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  • What would it take to buy your car?

    Just another prickly question: Suppose that someone walks up to you and your beloved TR to tell you that he wants to buy it. How do you answer? Maybe you hadn't considered selling your baby before, but how do you answer?

    Not long ago, I was asked just this question, and I answered that my car was not for sale. There is also a perceived ceiling among owners on what a TR6 is worth. I disagree with that premise, but that is a different question altogether. Asking prices recently have crept in a few cases above $50K, and there is a lot of derisive snorting and laughing from among the owners, people just like you and me...just not me. Polly is not for sale. Polly will not be available for sale in my lifetime, nor probably in those of my two adult children. There is no price for her, which is something that my questioner could not grasp, I guess.

    As much as you love your TR, what would it take to buy it from you? Be real. Don't just say something like $100K so you could replace it and buy another with enough left to restore it. Remember, you might drop dead before you got the replacement on the road, and in the meantime you lost some drive time. Assuming that you have no issues with feeding your family or keeping a roof over them, would you sell your special toy?

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    I'd hope that I'd never have to sell my TR6 because I needed the money for Cormae and I to live on; but if I needed the money to buy some other play car that seriously interested me, I'd sell it.....I've done it before, many times....and there's a few of those (or ones like it) that I wish I now had the money to buy back..so who knows.
    One thing I do know (or at least hope) is that I have the opportunity to sell it and other toys before I pass and not leave Cormae to deal with such.
    Driving a 1973 TR6
    Doing ZS carb repairs
    email kencorsaw"at"aol.com

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    • #3
      I think if someone were to offer me around 35000 US (not that it’s worth it), I’d have to take it. This would apply to either my TR6 or my TR3A.

      Cheers
      Tush
      81 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, 81 Triumph TR8
      73 Triumph TR6 CF4874UO, 68 Triumph TR250 CD5228LO
      62 Triumph TR4 CT6716LO, 60 Triumph TR3A TS69891LO
      60 Triumph TR3A TS64870LO, 59 Triumph TR3A TS44836LO

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      • #4
        Originally posted by poolboy View Post
        I'd hope that I'd never have to sell my TR6 because I needed the money for Cormae and I to live on; but if I needed the money to buy some other play car that seriously interested me, I'd sell it.....I've done it before, many times....and there's a few of those (or ones like it) that I wish I now had the money to buy back..so who knows.
        One thing I do know (or at least hope) is that I have the opportunity to sell it and other toys before I pass and not leave Cormae to deal with such.
        That is an honest answer. I would like to think that maybe my kids (ages 39 and 34) would view Polly as a rolling memorial. Maybe by that time, they will, but today her value to them is much like mine: fun car.

        I woke up one day to find that I’m close to becoming an old man. I need nothing, for which fact I am grateful, so there can be no cash consideration. As much as for any other reason, I need Polly to keep me young (-ish), interested, and active.

        Another way to think about the question is to ask if an owner’s commitment is sufficient to keep these cars and the active communities supporting them alive. I’m lucky, and I know it.

        I wish that I had never sold the 1967 MG B that I bought new. I wish that I had never sold the 1974 TR6 that I bought in a midlife crisis moment. There were lots of other LBCs in between, most of which I wish that I could have kept. Today, there are Polly and her roommate, Annie, who will be staying with me.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tush View Post
          I think if someone were to offer me around 35000 US (not that it’s worth it), I’d have to take it. This would apply to either my TR6 or my TR3A.

          Cheers
          Tush
          See? Another honest answer.

          I’m glad you live so far from me, Tush. Otherwise, I might have a senior moment and buy both. I really don’t need any more of these little beasties.

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          • #6
            Never really thought about it as Lilred belongs to my son when I can no longer drive it. He helped me rebuild her when he was 15 and I know he would keep her as she is part of the family now.
            I72 Pimento w/overdrive

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            • #7
              If I'm not mistaken at least (2) Michelotti TRs fetched over $90K on Barrett Jackson auctions. Exceptions to the rule these, TRs aren't worth the cost to restore with the possible exception of TR5s where it may be a wash at best. U.S. market TR6s may never, ever get there but then their affordability is wonderful asset - great value among their so-called peers.

              I've only owned (4) cars in my life, (3) were TRs and I still have (2). The rest of what I've driven have been leased cars, or belong(ed) to my wife. I still have dreams about TR4s like the one I let go 40 years ago.

              Until I'm ready to pass my TRs on I would never sell them for what they're worth. Once I'm ready to let them go I'll sell them for a lot less than what I have in them, I expect. Proving the point, I couldn't reproduce my concourse car for $100K ( nothing so to my liking has ever appeared for sale before or since, so " reproduce " is the operative term ). At least they're insured for what I have in them apart from my valuable time.

              " For Sale " and " It's not for sale " are night and day different modes where prices are concerned. I submit the very best rarely, if ever, come up for sale. Lots of pretty ones which haven't met their owner's hopes and expectations appear, but are too often larded with " upgrades " which in fact devalue them. The most discriminating buyers hold out for unmolested dry climate unicorns!

              Tom

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              • #8
                You would have to ask my son as I will never sell mine. For those that don't know, I bought my 70 TR in 78 and sold it in 81. It is the car I had when I met and dated my late wife.
                I was able to find it and purchase it back last year, and am in the process of restoring it right now. As well as the above reasons it is also a left drive fuel injected car too.

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                • #9
                  My 27 year old son really wants the TR6 someday, so that will likely go to him when I can no longer get in or out of it. But, if someone offered $25K I'd seriously consider it. I'd then turn around and look for a surrey top TR4.
                  My TR8, which is a super comfortable cruiser I'd likely take $20K - $25K. The market is not at that point yet, but one sold on BaT for $20K so who knows?
                  I really like driving the TR8, but there's not as much of an attachment. as there is with the TR6.



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                  • #10
                    Back in 95 when I finished the 69 I ran into this smartass that started how much would you sell if for crap. I told him it's not for sale, of course to which he says everything is for sale, you got to have a price. Now mind you it was freshly done, 20,000 dollars in parts and 700 hours of my labor, I said you want it give me 50,000 dollars right now or shut the hell up and get out of my face. He left with his tail between his legs. I didn't build it to sell it, I built it to drive.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mrjim View Post
                      Back in 95 when I finished the 69 I ran into this smartass that started how much would you sell if for crap. I told him it's not for sale, of course to which he says everything is for sale, you got to have a price. Now mind you it was freshly done, 20,000 dollars in parts and 700 hours of my labor, I said you want it give me 50,000 dollars right now or shut the hell up and get out of my face. He left with his tail between his legs. I didn't build it to sell it, I built it to drive.
                      Amen. I cannot think of any statement ever made to me that I loathe more than, “Everything has a price.” It assumes that I wallow in the same sty as the speaker.

                      Good for you; keep driving.

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                      • #12
                        I get that question often at car shows. What’s it worth? How much to buy it? Sell it to me! So, for years I went with the “times two” rule, basically, twice the amount I have invested in the hobby car and I’ll sell. I’ve sold a few I wasn’t attached to that way, and the two best hobby cars I currently have, my 75 TR6 and 65 Fuelie Corvette which I’ve had the longest, the number is quite higher than most expect to hear, but if someone said yes to the number for either one I’d probably sell, have sellers remorse for a bit then smile at my bank balance as I shop for the next fun toy. I’m just the caretaker at the moment, but if someone wants to drop a big huge pile of cash at my feet to be the next caretaker, why not?

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                        • #13
                          I did and you would not let me post it

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                          • #14
                            It is all perception guys.
                            My present TR6 is my second one. I have driven over 125,000 miles on the two I owned.
                            Taught my wife how to dive stick on my first TR.
                            Have put more money + B,S & T's into them then I figured I would.
                            Out of all the people I know most could care less because they just are not into this kind of thing.
                            You really have a better chance of selling your motorcycle if you are into that.
                            When I die and I still have this car-fire sale or everything does have a price because there is no emotional attachment to it at that point.
                            I have seen this scenario too many times.

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                            • #15
                              So to answer the question-- if someone offered me $20,000 - sold -BUT I'm dreaming. If someone offered me $15,000 I would probably think about it seriously. Not happening.
                              The TR is a less expensive way of allowing me to tinker with things I like to do as motorhead. Sure a Jag or Austin Healy would be nice but that is out of the question for me.

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