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Old 02-23-2018, 12:58 PM
 
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Hi all - I hope it's not bad manners to ask for input on car prices here. A friend of mine is selling her '87 Chevy Caprice. One of her friends told her it could be worth up to $9000, as a classic car; another friend says she'd be lucky to get $50 for it.

NADA gives low/high estimates of $800 - $2325, in central CT, where she lives. Does this sound about right? A possible buyer is going to look at it tomorrow, and Tracy doesn't want to sell it for less if it's possibly worth $9000!

Grateful for any and all info/opinions!
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Old 02-23-2018, 01:00 PM
 
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Old 02-23-2018, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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$9000 seems to be a stretch, unless it has little to no miles, and is in as good of condition as when it left the assembly line, or if it's a serious show car. Other than that I'd guess the $2k-$5k range.
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Old 02-23-2018, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Hi all - I hope it's not bad manners to ask for input on car prices here. A friend of mine is selling her '87 Chevy Caprice. One of her friends told her it could be worth up to $9000, as a classic car; another friend says she'd be lucky to get $50 for it.

NADA gives low/high estimates of $800 - $2325, in central CT, where she lives. Does this sound about right? A possible buyer is going to look at it tomorrow, and Tracy doesn't want to sell it for less if it's possibly worth $9000!

Grateful for any and all info/opinions!
Likely it's a rust bucket if driven in winter there. If rusty, more like $100/ton max.
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Old 02-23-2018, 02:51 PM
 
Location: moved
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That depends. Is it a worn-out commuter-car, with a wheezy 305? Might be worth $1000. Does it have a warmed-over 350 and a 700R4, and otherwise no mods, on a rust-free body? Probably worth around $4000. A 454 with solid roller cam and high-flow aluminum heads, professionally-installed roll-cage, a 12-bolt rear-end and mini-tubs? In that case, I'll send her a $9000 check this afternoon!
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Old 02-23-2018, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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As others have said, if it's a super low mileage, well-optioned original in pristine shape or a tastefully modified street machine, maybe. Probably not, but maybe. To the right person.

But in general, no. With typical wear and tear and everything working right they're $1500 cars, up to maybe $3000 well-optioned with reasonably low miles and no rust.
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Old 02-23-2018, 05:10 PM
 
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The family's been using the car all along as a beater, and although it looks pretty okay considering its ancientness, I think she said it's got a rust problem with the frame? Like Mitch said. Definitely not in showroom shape.

Thanks also to Topher, Ohio, and Duster - all this information will help. She'll be able to sell the car for what it's worth with her mind at ease, not worrying that she should have gotten a lot more. And actually, since the car only cost $11,000 - something when it was new, and has given 30 years of service, what she'll probably get for it isn't bad!

Thanks again for such well-informed replies!
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