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Discussion in 'VR - VS Holden Commodore (1993 - 1997)' started by Benjamin Whiley, Mar 20, 2020.
It’s amazing how cheap the classics were in the 80s and 90s. I wish I would have bought a heap of them for next to nothing and sat on them until now and sold them. I could have retired by now! My cousin used to own a GTR XU1 Torana back in the 90s that he only paid 8 grand for! He would have made a pretty penny out of it now if he would have kept it! The cheapest one on Carsales atm is 59 grand!
Wouldn’t we all like to have had a crystal ball. Loads of desirable cars for cheap in the 90’s. My first car was an XA GS 4 speed with factory GT running gear. $1800
2nd car HQ 4 door GTS Monaro $2400
The list goes on. Didn’t make a $$ on any....
As they say, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. I think a lot of it comes down to the styling of the vehicles from back in that era. Most cars now have a lot more power than most cars from the 80s and 90s but the cars from that era were very distinctive unlike today where if you took the badges off the cars you would struggle to tell them apart from each other.
A few years ago I went and visited a person who had the foresight to buy cars for very little money years ago that are worth a lot now. He had about 50 cars in a big shed and apparently more cars stashed elsewhere. He had a number of 70's and 80's cars including early Monaros and Fords. He even had a Brock Lada. I'm not sure that would be worth all that much even now. The total value of what he had on display must have been in the millions.
Sorry, but a little of topic,
I had a 1977 LX 4.2 4 Speed [M20] SL Torana in Mandarin Red, Purchased it for $5,500 in 1979 with 40,000 k/s on it,
In the time I had it, I killed it a few times,
Repaired Gear Box a few times, replaced the clutch as few times, replaced the Diff from a single spinner to a LSD,
And after doing all that, and realizing I am blowing money away.
I put a set of extractors on it and got a beautiful note out of it, not loud, just a nice deep V8 note, and ended up selling it for $4,600 with 90,000 k/s on it.
Only if I had a crystal ball, you can guess the rest.
Sounds very much like my cousins experience with his GTR XU1! He was always spending money fixing stuff on it that broke, mostly because he got up it for the rent at every opportunity!
So we should all start stashing VE's into the black hole for ron ?
I don't think so..................
I know of an XAGT 4 door that he had a few years back, that he was asking $20,000 or there abouts.....Non matching numbers motor....Non runner.....He paid about $7,000......A mate bought it, but before he bought it, he did some researching about the car and was able to knock this leech down to $9,000 for it....So he didn't get too much extra with that one
I figure his asking prices are just that and 9 times out of 10 they never fetch that to finalise a sale.
I look on car sales most days and see cars that the owners are asking quite a lot of money. I mainly look at vs ss utes and vh v8's. These cars are moving very slowly and in some cases have been there a long time. Although the second ad has been taken off the same Ute was advertised at $18,000 and $11,000. Occasionally there is a price drop but they still aren't selling.
This is the point I try to bring to most people's attention, this high priced car economy is somewhat of a false economy as none of these things sell for anywhere near the deluded asking prices. Then the problem is the casual looker in the market thinks that all these cars are actually worth these ridiculous figures which they aren't. Only the intelligent folks know what's really happening out there.
Here's a couple of good ones especially the Caprice Ute which I really really love and would love to own.
For over 12k you can have this,
And this unique one at 6K,
If any VS's are going to go up in value then these should certainly be up for consideration.
Again love that Caprice ute and all the work that's gone into the rear end looking like a Caprice and not a conventional work ute.
That Caprice would be a fantastic buy.
I think for the money i have poured into my old bus that Caprice ute for $12k is not a bad buy. That is 100s of hours of work getting that ute that nice. I could easily sink $10k just a paint job on my bus and it still wouldn't have a nice V8 and Caprice interior. If it was local to me I would seriously consider it.
Don’t mind the Caprice but not sure about the dual cab. $6000 would get you a clean original V8 ute.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess. I’ve got a missus so that must be true.
Caprice is nice and looks to be decent buy. Not sure about the dual cab though. $6000 would buy you a reasonably clean original 5L ute.
Have never thought much of the dual cab commodore utes though so I might be biased. Comprise tray to get a back seat which you also compromise on.
Didn’t mean to repeat myself. Didn’t think that first one posted. Doh
I don't really find any dual cab ute appealing. For almost every dual cab you lose twice. Cab is cramped and tray/tub is too short. Exception to the rule is the Ford Transit mini truck.
Totally agreed, the only reason I put it up there was because it was very different to what we normally see, nothing more nothing less.
Losh I think what you spend on your vehicle is irrelevant. If we thought like accountants we wouldn't spend the money we do, fortunately we don't. I don't think there would be anyone who thought my vh was worth less than the $3000 I paid for it about 22 years ago. I only have a slight idea what it's worth now and don't really care. No matter what it's worth it would not account for the bad money I spent on it. Lets face it we are wasters and get enjoyment out of our vehicles and that is good enough. I own three vehicles and only have one arse, if I had too cut back to one vehicle it would be the vh, it is such (when it goes again) a joy to drive.
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