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Old 07-20-2008, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1970 Impala... What's it worth?

All original except the engine. Garage kept since new. One owner. In great shape. Its brownish-gold and interior is about the same. What would be a fair asking price for this car? Thanks.

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With the limited information you gave, I would say between $300-$10,000 give or take.

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Old 07-21-2008, 09:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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With the limited information you gave, I would say between $300-$10,000 give or take.
Well,,, I can easily tell what you're worth! :mad:

Why not just ask me what else you need to know? Geez... my first post and no "welcome" or anything nice.... Maybe I should have first asked who all around here is old enough to drive anything other than a video game.

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Well,,, I can easily tell what you're worth! :mad:

Why not just ask me what else you need to know? Geez... my first post and no "welcome" or anything nice.... Maybe I should have first asked who all around here is old enough to drive anything other than a video game.


LOL!! Anyhow, please give us for review and comment the following:

Mileage
Trim package
maintance history if any
current mechanical condition
body condition/paint
any aftermarket items such as wheels
rebuilt trans or original
accident history

These things will very much help us help you. And Welcome to the forum.

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Old 07-21-2008, 11:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks!

I'm not certain about the mileage right now, but I'm pretty sure its in the 1xx,xxx range. Keep in mind the engine was replaced about 5 yrs ago. There were too many problems with it and the owner was in his 70's and felt the new engine would get him by for the rest of his life (which it did).

The deal is my step-dad passed away last fall and now mom wants to sell the car to help pay some bills, etc. Anyway, he bought the car new in 1970 when he was 40 yrs old. Base level trim package... Very utilitarian. He drove to work n came home and parked it in the garage. No hot-rodding or anything like that. He loved the car and took care of it to the best of his ability I'm sure. Although, I can't produce receipts for maintenance.

Excellent mechanical condition. The car appears new. No rust, doors open and close solidly, windows crank up n down smoothly, no rips, tears, or cracks anywhere. Its what you'd expect a quiet, middleclass, old man to have that quietly went to work and quietly came home.

The trans shifts smooth. I can't say for sure if the trans was ever rebuilt, but I'd be surprised to find it was. No clunks from the rearend (the diff gasket does leak though). All original wheels and hub caps.

The paint is in good shape. I'd almost swear there's no cracks in it and I'm certain there's no rust. Its brown though... I guess it was a 70's thing.

No aftermarket parts (other than engine) and no accidents.

I'd have to drive to another state to get a pic, so I'm just hoping for a ballpark estimate. Right now I have no clue what the value is, but I would think an old car in good shape would be worth a fair amount since I don't see too many of them on the road. Actually, I wouldn't mind having it myself... You can't beat the ride from these old boats.

I just don't want mom to get ripped off by selling it for 500 bucks... I know its worth more than that!

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Its hard to judge even with such good information but no pic so here is what I suggest. Start HIGH and let people make offers. If it looks as good as described, place a $7000 tag on it and see what bites. As with anything, an ad with a picture will get you much more than one without.

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Well, $7000 is already a lot more than I expected it to be worth. I guess the impala name is worth something then.

I found some pics from Easter 2006.





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The price just went up, add another 3k

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Hello and welcome to the community.
Try this page and it has several links to also help you with this car:
http://www.impalaforums.com/resource...ell-trade.html
That is a very nice car.

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The price just went up, add another 3k
$10,000 :eek: Never would have thought... I'd been ripped off for sure. What makes it worth so much? Is that $10,00 easy? Or just a fair estimate?

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Hello and welcome to the community.
Try this page and it has several links to also help you with this car:
http://www.impalaforums.com/resource...ell-trade.html
That is a very nice car.
Thanks! Craigslist seems to be picking up steam. I'll probably end up listing it there and see what happens.


I still can't get over the $10,000 figure.... Well, I guess I can if the car cost $1770 in 1970 it would be worth $10,000 today.... So long as it didn't lose any value. http://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm

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Dump the trailer hitch. NADA

Original MSRP: $3,203 Low Retail Average Retail Value High Retail
Base Price $3,500 $7,125 $10,900
Options

350 V8 Engine 20% 20% 20%
Factory Air Conditioning 10% 10% 10%
TOTAL PRICE $4,550 $9,263 $14,170

Thats for a hardtop, sedan...subtract 1k across the board. I assumed a 350 w/air. 396 would bump it up a little.


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Old 07-22-2008, 10:51 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I think it came with a 350, but now has an autozone 350.

Looks like it lost half its value if the original price was in the $3400 area. But that's government numbers. The real inflation number might put it up in the $30,000's to be equal with $3400 in 1970.

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Old 07-27-2008, 06:12 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Wonder why this guy is selling this http://atlanta.craigslist.org/car/756546341.html for only $4500 when mine is worth $10k? You think he doesn't know what he has? Need the loot REAL bad? Or Stolen????

Or is there something special about mine? :confused:

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that blue one looks typical. Nothing special or original. No interior pics,mileage,under carriage/frame pics.....more than likely junk for 4500. Your car has a history,looks original and clean. That's the difference.

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