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MG MG Y Type - Original for the Lansdowne car on eBay
|The seller is describing this car as the original Y (licence plate at least) as being the one used to make the Lansdowne LDM28 model. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220526818229&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:GB:1123|
I have no financial interest in this sale.
|I looked at this car earlier this year while looking for a Y. At the time the car was a shell with just part of the new headlining in place. The cost of refitting the interior made it too expensive for me.|
The car and the plate are not original partners. I believe that the car is Y0303, which was originally registered as FWP 200. I was offered the car with either its original number or UMG 511, held on retention. Personally, I think that classic cars should retain their original registrations.
|My saloon is registered on the road here in Australia as "OWL-543", but that does not suggest that it is the original Monte Carlo Rally Car. |
Just an old car with a funny plate !.
|It is indeed Y 0303 FWP 200 formerly the late Dennis Sears car.|
Looks to be a bit more complete now Mike!
|The present owner had partially restored the car when I saw it in June. The exterior and mechanicals were complete. I ran the engine, but I could not drive it as there were no seats. The only incomplete part was the interior, apart from the headlining. |
The owner had an assortment of seats and trim panels, but they were not a complete set and, if my memory is correct, not even all the same colour. The whole lot was in poor condition and a complete refit of the interior was needed.
He did get a price from an upholsterer for re-trimming the car, but when added to his asking price for the car, the total was just shy of £10,000, which was over my budget. I also thought it high for even a pristine Y.
|Mike, I am surprised my your comment that a "pristine Y" would not be worth £10K.|
There are probably many owners who have spent a lot more than that on their cars and value the Y at that or above .
By the time you get all those bits on your car what do you think it is worth?
|I realise that this may start an argument over the values of our cars, but here goes. |
While not wishing to prejudice the sale of the car, when I saw it, the exterior restoration was not of the highest quality. Jack Murray had seen earlier restorations by the same man and was not surprised by my opinion. I would have wanted to do some remedial work to the exterior, adding to the total cost. I did not consider the car to be worth £10k.
During my search, I had several Ys inspected and valued professionally. The opinion of the inspector was that to be worth £10k, a Y type would have to be near perfect. This one did not fall into that category. Several very good Ys have been advertised recently by dealers for under £10k.
I subsequently found and bought a car almost restored to better condition for considerably less than £10k. I have had to complete the restoration, including the purchase of some parts. My total outlay so far, and the car is virtually complete, is about £7k. I have it insured for an agreed value of £8.5k, based on the insurer's valuation.
During my search for a classic car, I found many that were seriously over-valued by their owners. If you watch ebay regularly, you will see that classic cars frequently fail to reach their reserve. Those offered as 'buy it now' are frequently re-listed repeatedly.
A YA offered recently was bid up to just over £6k, but failed to reach its reserve. That car was one that I had had inspected during my search for a Y. It had serious problems with the paintwork, so £6k was probably optimistic. I declined the car. Nonetheless, it is now for sale by a dealer for just under £10k.
This thread was discussed between 15/12/2009 and 19/12/2009
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