Finding Used Car Values

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Old 09-12-06, 10:32 PM
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Finding Used Car Values

My daughter is interested in a 1977 MG Midget that is being advertised locally by the owner. Is there a place online or even a reference book I can consult to determine if the asking price is reasonable? I don't know much about the market value of these types of cars, although I've worked with friends on a few MGs and Austin-Healey's when I was in college, so I'm familiar with the mechanics.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Rick
 
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Old 09-13-06, 05:00 AM
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Kelly Blue book at www.kbb.com
and NADA at www.nadaguides.com.
 
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Old 09-14-06, 10:28 PM
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I believe they both only go back to 1983 or 1986.
 
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Old 09-15-06, 05:02 AM
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You have to hunt to find it, but here's NADA:

http://www.nadaguides.com/default.aspx?LI=1-22-1-5013-0-0-0&l=1&w=22&p=1&f=5014&c=13&m=1304&d=7030&y=1977&vi=77830&z=34287&da=-1

I also did a quick search at http://www.collectorcartraderonline.com and got two hits; one for $6500 and one for $3900. Both look about like book value.
 
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Old 09-15-06, 10:11 PM
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Bingo! Thanks Tow Guy!
 
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Old 09-16-06, 05:24 AM
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So much do they want for the one you're looking at?

Tow Guy is trying to remember why he sold his first car, a '66 Austin-Healy Sprite [Midget look-alike]. Sure was a fun car.
 
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Old 09-16-06, 11:23 PM
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$2,800. I get to see it tomorrow. Not sure what I will find, but that's part of the adventure!
 
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Tow Guy, I had a '60 AH 3000. That was the transition year from the 100-6 to the 3000. It was a fun car when it ran. Seem to recall many problems from battery hold downs breaking loose - it had two 6 V batteries in series, to electric fuel pump problems, to transmission woes, and having to have the wheels re spoked numerous times because they weren't strong enough to support the in-line six. Every time I needed a part, the local dealer had to call Chicago, and they then seemed to need to contact warehouses on the east or west coast. Bottom line was it sat for weeks waiting for a part. Do I miss it? Not a bit.
 
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