Originally Posted by sfr_rob
can someone give me an example of, say, what they bought ..... and what they ended up with, how they went about buying an older car and what to look out for.
What are the most wallet lightening excersises you went through getting the car to A1 condition?
And where is the best place to look for an XB... been looking at the trading post, car sales... etc.. but are there any other places to search?
Hopefully this link works... this is pretty much the car I fall asleep thinking about every night! oh, except mine will have bonnet scoops! hah
you don't say what you intend to use the vehicle for? is it a daily driver, show car, weekend warrior? classic collectable? Your Budget?
These points are critical for your choice.
Another thing to consider is resale value, sooner or later (depending on what you buy or can afford) you'll probably want to sell it and change, again resale value is critical in your decision.
Economically there's no point spending 10K fixing up a 6K car to be left with something worth 7K...
My best advice is buy the best, rarest possible car you can, GT's will obviously hold or inprove their value far more than other model Falcons, so maybe look at an XBGT?
For 18-20K you'll get an average condition XBGT that shouldn't need much work at all and you could turn around in 12 months and probably get 22-25K for it the way GT prices are going.
From everything ive ever seen though the best value cars to purchase and hold their value are the cars that are looked after, remain close to genuine to their original specification and don't get molestered too much.
Nothing kills a classic vehicle's value faster than a color change or modernised customisation..
Good luck with your hunt!