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Very nice car but.....to be worth anything near the asking price the car should look lke it does with original paint, be absolutely original, and have full documentation (meaning EVERY receipt, original bill of sale, detailed service and fuel record bound in calf-skin etc.) Even then, the price is too high.

The respray (albeit a good one) knocks the car way down in value. Without a thorough examination, I say $12,000 would be fair to buyer and seller....after all, it is a squarie, and a 76 to boot.

Just my .02

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Very nice car but.....to be worth anything near the asking price the car should look lke it does with original paint, be absolutely original, and have full documentation (meaning EVERY receipt, original bill of sale, detailed service and fuel record bound in calf-skin etc.) Even then, the price is too high.

The respray (albeit a good one) knocks the car way down in value. Without a thorough examination, I say $12,000 would be fair to buyer and seller....after all, it is a squarie, and a 76 to boot.

Just my .02

I would agree with edward IF he can show me a comparably restored 76 that is on the market for $12k. You just can't duplicate the as-new condition of these 30+ year old cars for $12k anymore. A paint job alone is gonna eat up a BIG chunk of that and that's before you include the cost of any sorta rust, mechanical, interior, or suspension etc. work. If you want a "like new" restoration or an original car, I just don't think you are gonna see one on the maket for $12k in ANY economy. If you ask around, the guys on this forum with restorations done at this level would laugh at you (or sock you in the mouth!) if you offered them that kinda loot for their cars--roundie or square.

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So far I've seen the Polaris '02 which was on EBay last year with something like 6k on the clock. It sold in excess of $30 but was so bone stock that it never even had a radio. This is a time-capsule car and defeats the whole purpose of owning one because you'd never want to actually take it on the road.

Then there was the pristine Ceylon tii in Ct which was also on & off Ebay for about the same price in excess of $35k if I remember correctly but then again it's not for the road - it's a showpeice.

Would I spend $22k on the Malaga? Naw - not unless I hit the Lotto - even though looking at the pictures brought on some serious priceless olfactory flashbacks of how mine smelled back in '73

Guys will spend huge bucks to restore something for the sake of doing it out of a sense of accomplishment. It's like sailing - you have your fun getting there but once you arrive you get b o r e d and then look for another project. Seldom if ever do you recoup what you spent and then you see something really perfect and ....

My advice - get something unrusted and clean. The thing is that you can do this for $5-6k and drive the damn thing each day and tinker to your hearts content and still show it here and there. Later on if you insist on restoring it you will know what you have to begin with and budget your way along from a good starting point to whatever level you feel you need to acheive.

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