Time to sell my 1977 Canadian Newport

Later Model C Bodies - "The Formal Years"

  1. Pclancy

    Pclancy Active Member FCBO Gold Member

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    My wife has given me an ultimatum, and my precious 77 Newport's gotta go to the next caretaker. I assume this is not the correct thread to sell a car, but you can you guys give me advice on the most successful site (from the perspective of the seller) to sell a C body? I was thinking about BAT, where I bought her. Other ideas?

    While I want to get as much as possible, I'm a realist and know I will never recoup my investment. That's OK. I have really enjoyed her, and whomever buys her will be getting a really, really nice car.

    What lessons learned on selling a Formal can you share?

    Thanks

    Peter
     
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    polara71 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    We have a C body for sale section. Why not post it here with pictures and all info?
     
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    commando1 Mr. Normal FCBO Gold Member

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    Lessons I learned??
    :rofl:
    No seriously, how much time do you have. :rolleyes:
     
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    Rapidtrans777 Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I am truly sorry.
     
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    Is it a four-door sedan or hardtop? Was it built in Belvidere (D in the VIN)? In that case I would very much like to see the fender tag, for my research on floor heat shields.
     
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    Pclancy Active Member FCBO Gold Member

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    2-door coupe. Vin starts with a "C"
     
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    Pclancy Active Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I have a lot of time. Did you sell yours? What would do differently, given the experience?
     
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    jason99 Active Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Here would seem to be a good place to start. I've seen a few formals on Hemmings and the ones that were in good shape sold somewhat quickly. Probably depends on your car and how much you want to get out of it.
     
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    Would you rather keep it? The car, that is....
     
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    cm23uoc Old Man with a Hat

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    Just Price it high enough and Keep it forever.
     
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    Davea Lux Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    If you have too many cars, offer the wife a compromise and sell her car.

    Dave
     
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    Davea Lux Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    "C" is the car line (Chrysler), plant code will be the 7th digit in the VIN. Vin for a '77 formal is something like CH29T7W plus the 6 digit sequence code. This example assumes a 440 engine and Windsor produced car.

    Dave
     
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    The plant code for this 1977 Newport will also be "C", as all 2-door Newports were produced at Jefferson Assembly. I am after 1977 Belvidere-assembled cars ("D"). 1977 Newport 4-door hardtops were shared between Jefferson and Belvidere, while 4-door sedans were a Belvidere-only product.
     
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    1. I had a set, firm, non-negotiable, set price in my head. If I didn't get it, I was going to pull it off the road, store it in a sealed room, and let people say WTF when they discover it 50 years from now.
    2. I asked the most knowledgeable here what I should price it at.
    The figure was really up there, but possible to get.
    3. Listed it on Hemmings. I priced it a bit higher hopefully to get get the price FCBO's Best & Brightest suggested. I refused to resort to CL.
    4. After 9 months... Nothing, Zero, Nada, on bona-fide inquiries.
    5. Prepared sealed room.
    6. Listed it on ebay with impossible reserve to see what the price point needed to be to move the car.
    7. Looked at the LEGITIMATE bids after the listing ended.
    8. Relisted at a generous but realistic reserve.
    9. Bang. SOLD!!! It was now one year later. One year!
    10. It sold for the EXACT figure I had mentioned in Line 1.
    11. The sealed room was changed to a cabin smack dab in the center of a golf course.
     
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    commando1 Mr. Normal FCBO Gold Member

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    Not to have put one nickel into it after buying it and flip it after throwing 26"wheels on it.
     
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    So. . . I guess we are never gonna see any pictures of this car. Huh?!?
     
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    You know, they make these silly "car bubbles" for said type of storage so that you don't have to resort to sealing off a room...:poke:
    If they can fit a formal C-body, that's another story....

    Car-bubble.jpg
     
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    LocuMob Fluid Technician with a hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Be fun to go in there and pop the bubbles. I can't help.myself with bubble wrap...
     
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    Great post!
     
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    I getting photos done today. Will post. Would appreciate views on what it's worth. Note, BAT rejected an auction on the car, even tho I bought it on BAT--at the time, the auction garnered over 100 comments and 30 bids.