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02-20-2012, 04:30 PM
My Grandson asked me a question this past Fall that I did not really have a answer for.
"Grandpa...what would it take to get you to sell your car... or what would you trade your car for?" After walking thru the car show together..and having him ask if I would trade for this car...or that car....I finally told him that...my car just was not for sale! "Oh come on Grandpa!"
My car is a 1960 TR3A...just like the one I had in college...many moons ago. I did restore it over 4 years.
I would think we all have a price that we just could not pass selling...or trading our rides for.
So in my case...I have to say...this IS the car I want. While I love the 356 Porsches' like I used to have...and
dream of owming a 350 Shelby again some day....Unless someone was crazy like that...I am not trading.
Some like Paul...that have had the ride forever...what would it take?
Just curious....we all have a point....or do we?
Gil NoCal

02-20-2012, 05:11 PM
I do have a point at which I'd probably sell my TR3. But only for enough money to buy another one in better condition and get it painted to suit me, plus enough for some other car (maybe a 550 Porsche replica).

First $50k takes it ... I might come down to $40k if I like you :smile:

Not sure why, but I seem to get a lot more positive comments with the TR3 than I ever did with the 3A. And no one yet has asked me if it is a "MG" (although one person did yell "Nice Sprite").

02-20-2012, 05:18 PM
I had a lady that parked next to my TR6 tell me that I had a "nice Mercedes".
When you restore something you gain a strong attachment to it.
I've owned my 1963 Lambretta since 1969. I drove it through college, then it sat for many years until I restored it about 15 years ago.... never would I sell it.
I am going to have trouble keeping my 6 in the family.... my wife doesn't care for it; my son and daughter want no part of it. The only thing I can hope for is a grandson one day or a second wife who appreciates classics :jester:
By the way, I just started to restore a 1959 Lambretta that I have had for years.... I'm just adding to my woes!

02-20-2012, 05:23 PM
Elliot that is a great line...."Nice Mercedes" ! My laugh for the afternoon! ! Gil NoCal

02-20-2012, 05:28 PM
Gil- By the way, I just said "Thank You" and never bothered to correct her.

02-21-2012, 08:57 AM
Having only bought my 3A in November, the only thing I can see that would pry it away from me would be some sort of financial ruin. I've dreamed about owning a british sports car for 3 decades. My daughters are already fighting over it when I die (whats up with that?).

02-21-2012, 11:17 AM
"So what would it take to pry the keys from your hands?"
Hard to list them all!
A 289 Slabside AC Cobra, a Series 2 Lotus 7 with a Cosworth engine(Caterham's need not apply) or an unmolested droop snoot Series 1 7, a Series 1 flat floor 3.8 E-Type OTS(exterior bonnet locks with welded louvers).
Just to start the list, it goes on. Don't misunderstand. I like my TR3A, it's one of the cars I always dreamed of owning, there's just such a long list of other cars I've always dream't of also. Of course, the only problem is, all of those cars are worth far more than my TR3 so I guess I'll be keeping the '3A for while longer.

02-21-2012, 11:50 AM
12 bucks and a 6 pack of Heiniken

02-21-2012, 11:55 AM
12 bucks and a 6 pack of Heiniken

For both?

02-21-2012, 12:02 PM
Half Rack

02-21-2012, 01:47 PM
12 bucks and a 6 pack of Heiniken
If that's all you value the car, why not just get rid of it?

02-21-2012, 02:01 PM
Both of them?

02-21-2012, 02:07 PM
Been through all manner of tough financial times, and have offered to unload the GT6 a couple of times to get what we could to help pay bills. Thankfully my wife has driven the car, (a lot!), and knows how rare it is, she keeps saying no to the sale, we have always found another way to make ends meet.

02-21-2012, 03:48 PM
I had to ask myself that question about a month ago. My wife and I were talking about getting a new car that we could simply wash, wax and drive. It would be a convertible and something really nice, but something that if it got stolen, dented or wrecked, would not cause any heartache.

After much discussion, we decided to keep both the TR6 and the TR8 for this year and talk about it again at the end of the year. I love them both, but she has the emotional attachment to the TR6, as it was her first new car. I personally like the ride and comfort of the TR8 and with the new front and rear end and the new, even more powerful engine, it's my favorite for longer cruises. But I have no emotional attachment to it other than the money invested in it.

So that was the long answer.

The short answer is that I guess everything has a price, be it a buy or sell price. If offered enough, I personally would sell both and buy a new sports car of some sort. My wife would prefer I sell the TR8 and that we keep the TR6. That's today. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? I guess that I just don't have the energy or desire to do anymore major work restoring a car, so I'll either keep what I have and just keep tweaking them or get something new, add gasoline and go.

I say that as I look at the box sitting in front of me with the new seat brackets to install the Miata seats in the TR8. I also have the color leather samples sitting here to order the new seat trim covers this week.

02-21-2012, 04:11 PM
A little warm weather, a drive with the top down and you'll be thinking a lot differently Paul <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

02-21-2012, 04:55 PM
I liked my TR7, but felt no real attachment to it. In fact, after the car port collapse, I felt motivated to get down to just the TR6 project and parts car in the garage this winter. I've got a LOT of time and money invested into my project now, and once my new body makes it here from Germany... well, I'm putting a lot of extra money into the TR6 to do the Hathaway Hunter body kit. When finished, it will be one of around 20 or so in the world, and be pretty unique. That may make it hard to ever sell for 2 reasons. 1) I love owning unique things and 2) selling unique things is always hard to find a buyer.

I guess at this point, with the time and money I've invested, I'd have to get 35 to 40k to not feel like I've wasted my time and money, though actually getting the car valued at that? probably wont happen.

02-21-2012, 05:21 PM
Sort of the same situation in reverse. What would one cough up for this "survivor"? TR3"B" (https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1962-Triumph-TR3B-TCF2719L-rare-beautifully-preserved-survivor-/180825308193?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&amp;hash=item2a1a073c21 )

Don Elliott
02-21-2012, 05:31 PM
I showed my 1958 TR3A at the Ottawa British Car Day in 2005. I saw two nice soft-top Jaguar XKEs (with the tops down) drive in and park. Later the male owner of one of the Jags came over to my TR and took a very close look, then asked what my selling price was? I told him it wasn't for sale. He was a cosmetic surgeon (face-lifts and boobs etc.) and his wife was the one driving their other XKE. He had a small collection and wanted to add mine to it. With his occupation and the money it pays, I supposed he could afford any price I might mention.

I explained that I had bought my TR brand new and that I had restored it myself. I told him it would never be for sale. He replied that everyone has his price where they can become convinced. I still have it. It took 2nd place in 2007 at VTR with 384 points out of 400 (96%) and I have driven it 108,000 miles since my restoration in 1990 and it has a total of 188,000 total miles from new.

He insisted that I take his card with his name and phone number on it. I have no intention of calling him. I plan to still be driving it for another 54 years.

02-21-2012, 05:41 PM
I'm thinking about letting my 'daily driver' TR4A go to pay for my wife's MGA parts. Everything works but it really needs a true restoration.

02-21-2012, 05:48 PM
I'm so back and forth about mine it's pathetic. I have dreams of getting it all done and driving it, then the reality of my finances kick in and I think about putting it up for sale. It's not a current financial crunch. I never had the money, and there's nothing on the horizon to make me believe there ever will be.
What's my price?... I dunno.. It's not really for sale, but if someone handed me a decent wad of green, I'd help them load it all up.

02-21-2012, 05:52 PM
Don....That was the type of story....the guy with a XKE and was interested in your 3A that I was thinking about.
Last Spring I did a car show in Marin county. I was parked at the end of my class....and what should be the first car in the next class...parked right next to my red 3A.... the most beautiful MBZ Gullwing...and yes red...and it got a lot of attention...but so did my car. I was standing there when a man came up and offered the guy a blank check for that Gullwing...and he turned that down! But have to say I would have have loved a ride in that car! Gil NoCal

02-21-2012, 06:02 PM
I showed my car this summer at a local show. Two guys came over to my car and asked me if it's for sale... I said "no"
One of them said "will you take $30,000?" I told them either they had too much money, knew nothing about the cars value, or a little of both :smirk:
That said, I'm glad I didn't succumb to their offer. I can always contact them since I know who they are and yes, their pockets have lots of cash!

Lou Metelko
02-21-2012, 06:53 PM
My TR2 has been on the road for almost ten years and whenever someone makes a wild bid for the keys I have always looked them dead in the eye and without a smile I say "add another zero and we can talk about it!" That usually changes the subject.

The 2 has provided too many sweet memories to bid it farewell - We are together for the duration.

Lou Metelko
Auburn, Indiana

02-22-2012, 07:15 AM
Elliot, you are right. As I watch the sun come over the trees this morning and see no frost on the ground, I am getting more anxious to start driving both cars soon.

02-22-2012, 08:03 AM
$8500.00..no 9000.00... no 9500.00...no... and rising by the minute, for my TR3. I can always start over with a new money pit.

02-22-2012, 08:59 PM
To get the keys to my 72 Spit, all my son had to do was rebuild the engine and make Valedictorian of his high school class.
He did both, and they helped him win a full scholarship to Pharmacy school. So I guess my price was $120K. Not bad return on a $2K investment.


02-22-2012, 10:34 PM
I'm in the hobby for the fun of bringing an old girl back from scrap. I've had fun, but I'm already looking to the next girl in need of my help...!


02-23-2012, 11:31 PM
Much as I love to own and drive cars, I guess I am kind of like John, once I get it all done some of the fun wears off, I have no plans to sell the TR250, but I would start thinking about it at 20K, and 25-30k might let it go, but it wouldn't be an easy decision.

Life is short, I don't have unlimited time, money or space, I want to own and experience a lot of cars.

Of past cars I have owned, two have been pretty hard to sell, My Healey 100, which I probably never would have sold but circumstances pretty much dictated that it be done, and my TR4A, which I redid myself a few years out of college, which I reluctantly sold to experience other collector cars after about 15 years of ownership.

Not hard at all to sell: 1980 MGB LE I bought at auction a couple years ago as a short term investment, I actually liked it a little better than I thought I would, but not really my cup of tea.

A 1967 Austin Healey Sprite (late 90s ownership), OK car, but I sold it to partially finance the purchase of the AH 100, which I was very excited about.

A 1967 MGB GT (mid eighties), it was my driver in law school, but it pretty much rusted away, it was actually a pretty nice car, there just wasn't much left of it by the time I sold it (for the drivetrain for a guy with a lter B).

Kind of Hard to Sell(early eighties): My first 1967 Sprite, which had new interior and paint, a header, and was a very nice car, I didn't actually sell it my ex girlfreind wrecked it one morning when I loaned to her to drive when I was too hung over to get up and give her a ride, when she called me about the accident I gave a classic "is the car OK" sort of response.

02-24-2012, 08:12 AM
Which is probably why she is the EX-girlfriend :-)

02-24-2012, 06:10 PM
Hmmmmm.... would probably trade our 67 TR4A for your 63-67 Corvette rag top project!

02-24-2012, 09:55 PM
Offer me just about any pre war Roller and the other party can have ALL my other vehicles...... :smile:

02-24-2012, 10:36 PM
A hot young chic and a new place to live...cause if I sold my wife's car I'd could use both. :laugh:

02-25-2012, 03:59 PM
Me &amp; My TR6 have been through too much, covered too many miles, met too many other peeps with similar love/hate relationship with British Iron to be able to harbor the faintest thought other than don't ever think about sale when it comes to my TR6 when asked what's it worth? Priceless! Just as the individual @an All Brit Carshow asked what car would you buy if you had all the money you wanted, my response follow me, leading him to my TR6 I said there it is, he said no really, after which I left him standing there simply because Really. Check back with me when it's deemed I'm no longer fit/able to drive may be entertaining a whisper of a thought then. Really!

Geo Hahn
02-25-2012, 07:04 PM
Understood by most here but not even worth explaining to an outsider... I'd rather drive these cars the rest of my life than die with a bit more money.

02-25-2012, 11:07 PM
I'd rather drive these cars the rest of my life than die with a bit more money.

Agreed. But at the rate I'm going with my TR3, I may die with a lot less money, without ever driving it. -I am becoming a little less attached to my TR6, but I can't imagine what it might take for me to let go of this TR3. I think the restoration process adds immeasurable value.

My wife would be disappointed if I let either one go.

02-25-2012, 11:15 PM
My wife would be disappointed if I let either one go.

A hot young chic and a new place to live...cause if I sold my wife's car I'd could use both. :laugh:

Ahem.... :wink: :jester:

02-26-2012, 08:40 AM
Agreed. But at the rate I'm going with my TR3, I may die with a lot less money, without ever driving it. -I am becoming a little less attached to my TR6, but I can't imagine what it might take for me to let go of this TR3. I think the restoration process adds immeasurable value.

My wife would be disappointed if I let either one go.

Not to mention your buddies in the club!