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What is my car worth?

�What someone else will pay for it.� There is a difference between asking price and selling price. In most cases cars sell for hundreds or even thousands less than the asking price. There are publications which will list prices. Many use a numbered car rating system. For each price given, percentage amounts are added or subtracted depending on options. One publication is �N.A.D.A.� It uses a low/average/high value range. There are other publications as well. However, these prices cannot account for �appeal� of particular models. Colors, engine options, and transmissions can have a huge impact on a car�s desirability. You may have the rarest model because no one ordered a car that stripped down, and that rarity will not equate to value. On the other hand, a red car is common, but also very desirable. Use the guides as a first cut at value, then honestly appraise the condition and the desirability of its features. Remember that if it was so desirable, you would not be selling it!

How can I determine the condition of my car?

Collector Car & Truck Prices magazine gives one of the best ways to rate a car:

#1 - Excellent: A close to perfect original or a very well restored vehicle. Generally a body-off restoration, but a well done body-on restoration that has been fully detailed may qualify. The vehicle is stunning to look at and any flaws are trivial and not readily apparent. Everything works as new. All equipment is original, NOS, or excellent quality reproductions. (Very few cars meet this standard -- none that are regularly driven.)

#2 - Very Good: An extremely presentable vehicle showing minimal wear, or a well restored vehicle. Runs and drives smooth and tight. Needs no mechanical or cosmetic work. All areas (chassis not required) have been detailed. Beautiful to look at but clearly below a #1 vehicle. (A car driven only on the best of days. At others times it is garage kept and covered.)

#3 - Good: Presentable inside and out with some signs of wear. Not detailed, but very clean. Body should be straight and solid with no rust-through anywhere. Shiny, attractive paint but may have evidence of minor fading or checking or other imperfections. Runs and drives well. May need some minor mechanical or cosmetic work but is fully usable and enjoyable as is. (A car that is driven, but well taken care of.)

#4 - Fair: Runs and drives okay, but needs work throughout the vehicle. Body shows signs of wear or previous restoration work. Any rust should be minimal and not in any structural areas. Cosmetics, body, and mechanics all need work to some degree. (This is the typical driver car.)

#5 - Poor: In need of complete restoration, but is complete and not a rust bucket beyond repair. May or may not run and drive. Not roadworthy. (This is a driver car that is no longer being driven and has been allowed to sit outside.)

#6 - Parts or Salvage: Incomplete vehicle most useful for parts. Generally, take 40-50% of the #5 value. (This is a car that is not economically feasible to be restored.)

Here are some approximate market values for 1969 models:

Condition

6

5

4

3

2

1

302 cubic inch V8 code "F"

Fairlane 500

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

300

700

1200

2400

4100

5900

2-dr Fstbk Cpe

300

800

1300

2600

4600

6600

2-dr Conv Cpe

400

1150

1850

3700

6400

9300

Torino

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

350

900

1500

2900

5200

7400

Torino GT

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

400

1100

1800

3500

6100

8900

2-dr Fstbk Cpe

500

1300

2250

4500

7700

11000

2-dr Conv

650

1700

3000

5900

10200

14700

 

351 cubic inch V8 code "H"

Fairlane 500

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

350

850

1400

2800

4900

7100

2-dr Fstbk Cpe

350

900

1500

3000

5300

7600

2-dr Conv Cpe

450

1250

2050

4100

7100

10300

Torino

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

400

1050

1700

3300

5800

8300

Torino GT

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

500

1350

2350

4700

8100

11500

2-dr Fstbk Cpe

550

1450

2450

4900

8500

12000

2-dr Conv

650

1750

3150

6300

10900

15700

 

351 cubic inch V8 code "M"

Fairlane 500

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

350

950

1550

3100

5500

7900

2-dr Fstbk Cpe

400

1050

1700

3300

5800

8300

2-dr Conv Cpe

450

1250

2200

4400

7600

10900

Torino

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

400

1100

1800

3600

6200

9100

Torino GT

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

550

1500

2500

5000

8700

12300

2-dr Fstbk Cpe

550

1550

2600

5200

9000

12800

2-dr Conv

700

1850

3300

6600

11300

15300

 

390 cubic inch V8 code "Y"

Fairlane 500

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

400

1200

1950

3900

6800

9900

2-dr Fstbk Cpe

450

1250

2050

4100

7100

10300

2-dr Conv Cpe

550

1550

2600

5200

9000

13000

Torino

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

450

1250

2200

4400

7600

10900

Torino GT

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

600

1650

2900

5800

10000

14500

2-dr Fstbk Cpe

650

1700

3000

6000

10400

14900

2-dr Conv

750

2250

3700

7400

12800

18500

 

428 cubic inch V8 code "Q" or "R"

Fairlane 500

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

550

1450

2450

4900

8500

12000

2-dr Fstbk Cpe

550

1500

2500

5100

8800

12500

2-dr Conv Cpe

650

1750

3100

6200

10700

15400

Torino

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

600

1600

2700

5400

9300

13500

Torino GT

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp Cpe

700

1900

3400

6800

11700

16900

2-dr Fstbk Cpe

700

2050

3500

7000

12100

17400

2-dr Talladega Fstbk Cpe

950

2950

4950

9900

17500

24700

2-dr Conv

800

2500

4200

8400

14800

20900

Torino Cobra

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-dr Hdtp

750

2300

3800

7600

13100

18900

2-dr Fstbk

800

2350

3900

7800

13500

19500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Factory Air add $500

Power Windows add $100

4-speed Manual add $750

  

 

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