Monday, March 16, 2009


Just a few updates on cars I recently featured...

1980 Lada Niva - This vehicle apparently sold. A day after I posted it on Just A Car Geek, the eBay listing showed it as "No longer available". I assume the seller got a good offer and took it. Somebody got a really cool, well set up, unique 4x4.

1973 Triumph Stag - This did not sell. The high bid was $10,500.00. The seller was looking for somewhere around $14,000.00. The sellers price was high, but realistic, given the work done, low miles and the car's original condition. As of now the seller has not re-listed the car.
Update 3/18 - This car has been relisted on eBay with a Buy It Now Price of $15,000.00. Click here to see the new listing.

2000 ARO - This did not sell. This is an odd one. JACG reader and ARO owner, Tedd, pointed out that this was not an ARO 244, but rather an ARO 10. That brings up all sorts of questions and problems. How did this vehicle wind up in Oklahoma? Was it brought in by an automobile manufacturer as a test vehicle? Was it connected to the Romanian embassy? Did someone drive it in from South America and leave it in the US?

This ARO is a recovered theft. Why was it stolen and stripped in the first place? The engine fits no other vehicle in the US and, it would seem to me, if you were going to steal a car for its engine and transmission, you'd steal a more common one.

Columbo would have a tough time figuring this one out.

Besides the missing running gear, there is another problem with this ARO. When asked in an e-mail whether he had a title for this vehicle, the seller stated, "Yes and no. I bought the vehicle from an individual from one of the tribes in OK. They went to the tribal office and had a title printed on the spot - all they had was a bill of sale. So, I have a title from the Ottawa Nation of Oklahoma" I'm not sure that title is valid in most states, especially given that this ARO is not an "officially" imported vehicle. Still, someone could buy it and not title it if it was to be used only off road.

I'm not blaming the seller here. He seems like an honest man and has a spectacular eBay feedback rating. I just think he inadvertently wound up with a vehicle with a dubious history and one that will not be easy to sell.

I still find this a really interesting vehicle. It was relisted almost immediately with a new lower opening bid of $799.00. Click here to see the new listing.

1987 Sterling 825S - This sold for $710.00. Someone got a nice car for very little money.

1970 Marcos GT - This car did not sell and received no bids. The starting bid price of $10,500 was steep, but how many Marcos' do you find in the US? The problem is, how many people actually want one? The Marcos GT is a nice car, but it's all but unknown in the US. It's not a car most people think of when they consider buying a British sports car. Someone will buy this car at some point, it just may take some time and it may not sell for the asking price.

1969 1.1 Liter Opel GT - This did not meet its reserve price. The high bid was $8988.00. This is quite possibly the nicest 1.1 liter Opel GT in the US. But, it is a 1.1 and the 1.9 Opel GT is a better car for everyday use. Like the Marcos above, someone will buy this at some point, it's just a matter of time. (Just a side note here - I had a 1.9 liter Opel GT back the the seventies and eighties - I sold it in 1982 to help finance the start up of my business. While not immaculate, it was in very nice condition. I got $1000.00 for it, which, at the time, was considered HUGE money for an Opel GT)

1974 MGB GT - This did not sell. The high bid was $3250.00. I have no idea, of course, what the reserve was, but this is a nice, very usable MGB GT. It is worth more than 3250.00.

1981 Lancia Beta Zagato - The high bid for this was $6500.00, which did not meet the reserve. This may be one of the nicest Beta Zagatos left in the US. Like the Opel GT, it's going to take some time to find a buyer who's looking for this type of car, in this type of condition, and is willing to pay for it.

1972 BMW Bavaria - This car sold for $3100.00. This car, with only 69,000 miles on it, appeared to be near immaculate. $3100.00? Hell, a 1978 320i in this condition would command the same amount of money or more. Forget book value and all that stuff. This is a really nice car and the buyer got a great deal. I'm jealous.

Huge Collection of Matchbox Type Cars - I bought a lottery ticket the day I saw this listing, but I didn't win (There's a surprise, huh?). Somebody else got this collection for $6700.00. Damn.

1 comment:

Richard Burgess said...

That 72 Bavaria is a steal! I have never seen them go for much, usually because of the tin worm, but this one looks perfect. Someone got a really good deal!