Hows about we play a little game amongst ourselves? There’ll be no big cash prizes, we’re playing solely for the warm feeling of being right.
I visited the 2017 London Classic Car Show over the weekend, where I saw many cars, most of which were arguably classics – and most of which were for sale. The place was littered with blue chip, investment-grade material like Ferrari 288 GTOs, Gullwing 300SLs and vintage stuff of all kinds. And we all know that certain classics have ascended the stratosphere – it’s well documented that a 250 GTO sold at auction for over $38m, that’s more than Jeff Glucker earns.
So here are three cars, chosen at random. But can you guess the prices that they’re stickered at?
We start with something that I have barely any real knowledge of. This is a ’68 Dodge D100 pickup.
According to our handy dandy registration plate lookup system, it’s been in the UK since the turn of the millennium. Good news too is that it has a ‘5200cc’ engine, which suggests a certain amount of rounding up or down, but also spells V8.
It’s claimed to have a low, low 74,000 miles on the clock. Condition appears sound, good even, though there is surface rust in the loadbed. So what am I bid?
Well, the asking price for this fine specimen is £14,995. Right this minute that’s $18,656. A fair price? I’ve no idea.
So what about this next one?
The Ford Capri was launched in ’69 as ‘the car you always promised yourself’. It’s an uncomplicated car, based on simple rear-drive metalwork with much in common to the Ford Cortina. It’s kind of the European equivalent of the Mustang, but baked to a lower temperature.
This particular example is the 2.0 Laser – the biggest engine to be available in what was, in ’86, the entry-level model. While the fire-breathing 2.8 Injection had 160bhp, the 2.0 made do with 98. Not a fast car then. It’s pretty much our Mustang 2.3 base.
It is, however, in spectacularly good condition. with a mileage of not much over 4,000. But what’s the price?
£19,995. That’s $24,874 at 20:18 GMT. This is, incidentally, over ten grand more than it sold for in 2013.
So, on with the third.
It’s a Mercedes 280SE convertible from 1969. I remember getting one of these in 1:18 scale, and being delighted to own a model of such a ‘normal’ car. The kind of thing that real Germans – albeit wealthy ones – might have pottered around in, roof down, from golf club to Geriatric clinician.
This one is, it’s fair to say, quite a nice one. It’s been comprehensively restored by BRABUS Classics, a division of the Mercedes tuner turned corporation with more tentacles and offshoots than a squid versus Portuguese man o’war line dancing contest. Since restoration it has covered a total of 0km.
The full spec is impressive; with BEHR air conditioning and a Becker Grand Mexico stereo, and apparently only 1,232 of these were built between ’69 and ’71.
So the price?
Did anybody say £512,640? $637,724?
You do get a two year warranty.
(All images copyright Chris Haining / Hooniverse 2017. Photos not the greatest, admittedly – I blame harsh lighting, a phone camera and a lack of talent)