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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, May 7, 2024.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,772


    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    Deals to be Had?


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  2. I'm hoping to get at least one of my project ideas going before it all ends.
  3. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
    Posts: 4,318

    Automotive Stud

    My mom always wanted a 1955 Tbird, she got a nice driver last Sunday for an incredible price.
  4. ClarkH
    Joined: Jul 21, 2010
    Posts: 1,434


    This is just one side of a coin we seem to flip week after week on this forum. Heads: The world is doomed and prices are falling. Tails: Prices are rising and the hobby is doomed.

    These prognostications are generally anecdotal: Tea leaf readings based on asking prices in a couple online ads, or something a friend saw at a swap meet. Let's be real: There will aways be abnormally low-priced cars, and there will always be abnormally high-priced cars. Until you see a car in person and learn the details, you're just speculating and filling in blanks with whatever narrative you currently believe.

    But that's OK. We'll flip the coin again next week. :D

  5. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,772


    I hear you that its always easy to call out one car as a price 'trend', but I've been seeing this decline in 30s - 50s era American car prices for a while now- It's not made up or speculative, and I'm hearing it from lots of traders out there. And based on what cars are actually selling for, not just what a seller thinks it's worth...

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  6. BigRedRivi
    Joined: Nov 22, 2022
    Posts: 39


    175k jobs added in March, not quite as many as in months prior, unemployment 3.9% Gas prices up a dime over last year.

    I believe that the low car prices are due to the fact that people are aging out of the hobby. That prices are low hopefully leads to more younger people entering the hobby. Just my $0.02 worth.
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  7. Everything I hear is that jobs are way up, can’t get in a restaurant without a reservation, people are living their best lives around here. I have worked plenty, so not really looking for a job. I am ready for a nice dream car, might pick up a 1947 driver tudor to keep me occupied until that certain one comes along. There are some friend and family cars that I would be honoured to buy and take care of before I age out.
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  8. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 9,599

    from Nebraska
    1. Central Nebraska H.A.M.B.

    At 79 I've been downsizing for the last few years, I've sold 3 deuces and a Corvette. Still got 4 deuces and a 40. I'll sit tight for a while, I don't need the money and have had one of them over 40 years. I built my first car in 1962 (53 Bel Air Hardtop) and over the 60+ years seen drastic market fluctuations. No need to get excited unless a car comes along I can't live without (chopped 36 3 window) that possibly might entice me to sell one or two?
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  9. Wow…..I mean wow….that seems like a steal
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  10. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,266


    Damn! The Woody you posted the link for was a smoking deal at $27K!

  11. hotrodlane
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 374


    I personally think a large reason prices are down is because of posers and trend followers headed to the next trendy thing. What I mean by that is Muscle cars with twin turbo LS engines and C10 pickups are super trendy right now. The guys who are not true hot rodders to the core are abandoning their 32-34 fords So they can get a lowered C10 pickup and be cool like the one they see on the cover of what is now called Hot rod magazine. Alot of Shops who have been building early fords for years are tooling up making chassis fixtures for new C10 frames and Frames for Camaros, Chevelles etc. I know alot of big name builders and I was speaking about this with one of them back in Feb. He said it is what it is. If your going to make a living building cars you have to follow the money. And right now the money is in highly modified muscle cars and c10's F100's etc. And don't get me started on whatever the hell a "G" body car is! Anyhow it is a good thing prices are down on early fords in my opinion because None of mine are for sale anyway I plan to keep them until they are worth nothing at all. And with prices being low that just means I can buy
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  12. hotrodsneverdie
    Joined: Jul 17, 2006
    Posts: 757


    There’s a done running and driving 34 roadster full fendered with a hopped up flathead selling local to me for 42k. I’ve seen a 36 3w sell dirt cheap recently. There a definitely deals out there right now.
  13. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 19,451

    from oregon

  14. guy1unico
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,160


    stock flatheads are pretty flat
    patina cars are fading fast
    If you can buy a finished 32 - 40 at a good price you will be alright.
    Old Fords are still best value...look dang cool and cheap to repair relatively.
  15. kustomfordman
    Joined: Feb 28, 2006
    Posts: 515


    I am in the market for a 36-40 Ford. I'm hoping this trend is in my favor.
  16. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 7,514

    A Boner

    Really…maybe the selling prices are going down, but haven’t noticed a drop in asking prices.
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  17. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,145


    The auctions in Oz have seen a recent "trend" of cars not making reserve. Buyers can't/won't pay what the vendors think they're worth. Surely the market finds it's level.
  18. Currently Boomers are dying off at 2.6 million per year, that is over 7000 per day. That will double to 4 million a year over the next 15 years. Lots of families selling "dads car" and the "dads" that are left don't need another and the "kids" are not interested making a small buying pool for a growing market of cars. $10K early Ford coupes and roadsters are coming if you can live long enough. Same will eventually happen with housing but it will take a few more decades. With the current low birth rate there will not be enough people to fill all the homes vacated by dead boomers. Good time to be in the funeral business, not the car flipping business.
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  19. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 7,466

    Staff Member

    Any Model T's for sale or Model T's being built ?
    Unfortunately time is marching on.

    Just enjoy what you like for the time you are here.
    Every day is a good day.
  20. stubbsrodandcustom
    Joined: Dec 28, 2010
    Posts: 2,326

    from Spring tx

    The market follows the trends, and what the TV shows put out and make "HIP"

    The builders will always follow the money as their shops are aiming to make profit not sit around money.

    I have recently toyed with getting out of my current rut, sell two to make 1 bad ass hotrod is in my thoughts.

    There is alot of folks getting out, some is due to the economy, some is due to their "love" is only whatever gets awards and magazine time. Its funny watching the fads of SEMA trickle down. Goes to show how many followers there are in this world!
  21. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,772


    You make some good points here for sure!
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  22. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,419


    It seems to me that prices are always changing on cars. Every once in a while a certain style is the hot thing. Sometimes Hemi cars are the crazy price car. Sometimes VW's. Right now square body Blazers ad Bronco's are crazy. All it takes is for the big money guys to decide a certain style of car is cheap. They will make the prices go up. Everything has it's moment.
    Buy what you enjoy.

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