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pjsmetana
04-14-2010, 11:44 AM
Yep, I do. I have 1 daily driver and I need another because my wife needs to go back to work. If I were to make my Spitfire a Daily Driver then I would not be able to afford the insurance, plus it would be a terrible shame to take a 22k mile show car and start thrashing it. I have kids and it has no back seats, and my daughter is scared of it. So, sadly, I need to sell it or trade it for a DD. NADA says its worth $12,150. I'm asking for $11,000, but obviously I'll make an awesome deal if one of you guys get it and take care of it... and maybe give me visitation rights? I'll consider trades too. I can't afford to trade up, or I would in no way be getting rid of this fantastic car.

I have a craigslist ad https://spacecoast.craigslist.org/cto/1687582555.html but most of what I get are spammers.

Contact me if interested.

tdskip
04-14-2010, 11:47 AM
Sorry to hear it Pete.

I'm sure the car is super nice, but I haven't seen many Spitfires trade in that range outside of high profile auction events. (not trying to be negative, just passing along an observation).

Hope you get visiation rights. Maybe a Stag as a replacement? :-)

jdubois
04-14-2010, 01:31 PM
I've got to agree with tdskip. Looks like a nice car, but I think you're a bit optimistic to put in that price range.

pjsmetana
04-14-2010, 02:42 PM
I'm in no hurry to sell the car, I just need to have a Daily Driver by mid summer. Yeah $11k is too high, but I want to see the offers. If a BCF member wants it, I'd settle for 6k, because then I'd have no doubt it will be treated right and picked up with a flat-bed or an enclosed trailer. With the offers I've been getting I'll probably pull the add, put up different pictures and put a price on it that will settle at about 7.5k.

Some of the offers have been around 6.5, but its been from people who want it as a daily driver or to buy it as their 16 year old kids 1st car. Those kinda of people need to make the weight of the money weigh more than the pressure on my heart from seeing this go that route.

Thanks for the input gentlemen! I hope some super awesome luck comes my way soon so I don't have to get rid of my show car.

jdubois
04-14-2010, 03:01 PM
Some of the offers have been around 6.5, but its been from people who want it as a daily driver or to buy it as their 16 year old kids 1st car.

I hear you; I've been there before myself. It's kind of like selling a puppy. The guy I sold my '80 Spit to a few years ago had, within about a week, reversed six months of work I had put into it! I had to take deep breaths and just keep saying, "it's his car now, it's his car now."


I hope some super awesome luck comes my way soon so I don't have to get rid of my show car.

I'll be pulling for you!

Geo Hahn
04-14-2010, 03:45 PM
...If a BCF member wants it, I'd settle for 6k, because then I'd have no doubt it will be treated right and picked up with a flat-bed or an enclosed trailer...

Wouldn't count on that (unless they make a solemn promise). I bought a low mileage TR4 pretty much all original including interior and paint. It got towed on a barge, lowered into a ship's hold and driven on an open car carrier to get to me. I have been driving it daily for the past 9 years... or maybe 'flogging it' would be more accurate.

IMO, with the possible exception of long-door 2s & LHD TR5s and such, these cars aren't really rare enough to warrant preserving as collector pieces but rather are best enjoyed in action knowing they can be repaired & restored ad infinitum.

Good luck selling it as I can see you have some good reasons.

TR3driver
04-14-2010, 04:27 PM
If I were to make my Spitfire a Daily Driver then I would not be able to afford the insurance, I'm a bit puzzled by that statement, Pete. I have my TR3 (and the TR3A before it) insured as a "regular car", and Mercury actually charges me less for full coverage on it than they do on my more plebian "LBC support vehicle".

pjsmetana
04-14-2010, 05:13 PM
If I were to make my Spitfire a Daily Driver then I would not be able to afford the insurance, I'm a bit puzzled by that statement, Pete. I have my TR3 (and the TR3A before it) insured as a "regular car", and Mercury actually charges me less for full coverage on it than they do on my more plebian "LBC support vehicle".

$118 increase monthly on my State Farm policy if I were to drive it regularly. My 03 Honda Element is $34/month. Full Coverage, mind you. Besides, my daughter is scared of it, and it does not have back seats.

TR3driver
04-14-2010, 06:37 PM
Phew! Well, I guess the other reasons make it a moot point anyway. I don't have a bill handy to check, but my total bill is only around $100/month, for two Triumphs, a Buick & a Toyota.

But my kids don't live at home (and are specifically excluded from the policy), so that may be part of the difference.

Brosky
04-14-2010, 07:01 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:]so that may be part of the difference[/QUOTE]

A BIG part in most "regular" policies. Even if they live under the same roof, but don't drive them, it can cost you with some companies.

pjsmetana
04-14-2010, 07:08 PM
I just had a guy come by and check it out. I let him drive it, and he never took it over 2.5k rpm. He seemed scared of it :smile: so I took him for a drive :devilgrin: after, and ghost white, he stuttered a bit and said he would have to sleep on it.

Maybe its a bit faster than I thought...

poolboy
04-14-2010, 07:11 PM
What was he driving, Pete ?

pjsmetana
04-14-2010, 07:24 PM
A Honda Civic. I 'spose that might 'splain it :smile:

Silverghost
04-15-2010, 12:38 AM
Pete, beat the Craigslist boards and eBay listings....find something for $3G or less and keep the Spit. There's plenty of stuff out there for daily drivers...it may take some searching but they're out there....just my $.02 :smile:

Here's a few - and under $2G:

https://spacecoast.craigslist.org/cto/1680466552.html
https://spacecoast.craigslist.org/cto/1663611053.html
https://daytona.craigslist.org/cto/1690932916.html

pjsmetana
04-15-2010, 09:45 AM
Wow that ranger actually looks like a good deal... we'll see.

Silverghost
04-15-2010, 12:59 PM
Those were just a few examples that came up in a very quick search....i am not that familiar with Cocoa Beach and the surrounding counties. You'll probably find more knowing where to look. Keep us posted! :smile:

PATR8
04-15-2010, 04:17 PM
VOLVO VOLVO VOLVO!!!!!!! my son has one (sedan or saloon how ever you want to say it)and it is a dated look but a modern design

71MKIV
04-16-2010, 12:21 PM
I'll ditto the LBC support thing.

It's spring and all the hardcore bikers are dumping their winter "i'm too old to ride through the winter any more" rides.

Bought a 90 celebrity wagon for $2K. Hadda fix the a/c but other than that.... If the oil light goes out you run it. If it blinks going around a hard right hand you dump two more in the top and run it some more.

Keep the Spit, the kids'll grow up. Had the same issue as you, older one now has his own car.

pjsmetana
04-16-2010, 12:22 PM
Heres my new ad. Lemme know what you guys think.
https://spacecoast.craigslist.org/cto/1695186423.html

poolboy
04-16-2010, 01:49 PM
Pete, what I'd like to see in an ad is a picture of the whole car where the prospect can see the beautiful Spitfire lines. Roll it outdoors and get off to the side with the camera.

booley
04-18-2010, 09:48 AM
Pete, look at the Buy It Now price,
https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Triumph-S...5fCarsQ5fTrucks (https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Triumph-Spitfire-FULLY-RESTORED-1980-TRIUMPH-SPITFIRE-WOW_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem3a59f175d7QQitemZ25 0617099735QQptZUSQ5fCarsQ5fTrucks)
maybe you should edit your ad again?

jdubois
04-18-2010, 12:14 PM
https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Triumph-S...5fCarsQ5fTrucks (https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Triumph-Spitfire-FULLY-RESTORED-1980-TRIUMPH-SPITFIRE-WOW_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem3a59f175d7QQitemZ25 0617099735QQptZUSQ5fCarsQ5fTrucks)

Yikes! I think I'd take about $5K off my offer just for that red/blue engine!

swift6
04-18-2010, 06:47 PM
Is that a broken antennae that they stuck the British Flag in?

booley
04-19-2010, 04:44 AM
and another:
https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Triumph-S...5fCarsQ5fTrucks (https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Triumph-Spitfire-1500-1976-Triumph-Spitfire-Convertible_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem2a06661b11Q QitemZ180495981329QQptZUSQ5fCarsQ5fTrucks)

60k miles for 11G?

pjsmetana
04-19-2010, 06:09 AM
60k miles for 11G?

Mine has 22k miles and I'm pretty sure the general consensus is that I was nuts for asking $11k

jdubois
04-19-2010, 06:57 AM
60k miles for 11G?

At least that one looks relatively untouched. Only modification I can see is the aftermarket ignition.



Mine has 22k miles and I'm pretty sure the general consensus is that I was nuts for asking $11k

The thing to look at is not asking prices, but selling prices.

https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Fun-drive...=item4ceeb5bce5 (https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Fun-driver-in-good-original-condition-Runs-great_W0QQitemZ330422402277QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_C ars_Trucks?hash=item4ceeb5bce5) $3650

https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1980-TRIU...=item3efe934298 (https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1980-TRIUMPH-SPITFIRE-1500_W0QQitemZ270559036056QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Ca rs_Trucks?hash=item3efe934298) $6801

https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1979-Triu...=item3caba75b7b (https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1979-Triumph-Spitfire-1500_W0QQitemZ260577909627QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Ca rs_Trucks?hash=item3caba75b7b) $4800 (reserve not met)

https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Triumph-S...=item4aa00d8e8d (https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Triumph-Spitfire-1500_W0QQitemZ320512822925QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Ca rs_Trucks?hash=item4aa00d8e8d) $5900 (reserve not met)

I think $6K-$8K is probably the top of the market.

pjsmetana
04-19-2010, 02:03 PM
https://spacecoast.craigslist.org/cto/1699839069.html

My latest ad, taking all notes into consideration. Thanks for your input guys!

jdubois
04-19-2010, 04:41 PM
That looks good to me!


Bad:
Gets attention like a Ferrari.

Lol. My triumphs often get <span style="font-style: italic">more</span> attention than my Ferrari.