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PostPost by: Type28 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:56 am

This Elan on Gumtree at under ?10,000 looks like good value.

http://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-moto ... 1076491620
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:33 am

Yes, the Gumtree car looks really good value and mostly original.( S wheels?)
Not sure the horn push is worth more than the car but who knows these days :roll:
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PostPost by: Plus 2 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:02 pm

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PostPost by: TonyJ » Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:31 pm

I'm in Sevenoaks, so if you need a +2 man then drop me a PM. Happy to show you my +2S130/5 over a weekend. Just got to replace the bonnet release cable that I retreaded and messed up :evil: .

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PostPost by: alan » Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:06 am

I thought there was a English saying about a Gumtree :lol:
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PostPost by: GHill » Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:52 am

All

So buying a lemon looks like a greater possibility than buying a solid car - Ive booked to go and see the PM car on Friday and have noticed the following to double check - will also ask them to put it on the ramp to look at the chasis.

- Paint is cracked on the front right side light - any idea if this could be repaired without a full respray?
- Paint is cracked on the front left light pod and near the bumper (small chip potentially) - again any idea if this could be repaired without a full respray?
- Inconsistent windscreen wipers - easy enough to correct
- Tear in the centre consol behind the drivers seat - Are there any products to fix this or is this a replacement exercise?
- Untidy room lining, looks dirty and is sagging - I imagine this would be a nightmare to replace - has anyone done this themselves, is it worth doing yourself or getting a pro to do it? (Im not scared of a bit of effort)
- Left sill looks to have red paint (prior body colour perhaps?)
- The fuse box looks loose and untidy in the engine bay & the chasis plate has lost most of its paint Does this look standard to you all? or a DIY hodgepodge?

Thanks as always.

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PostPost by: Plus 2 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:51 am

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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:29 am

Come on then Steve - got to ask - how much do you think it's worth?
Just trying to picture poor Gareth being chased down the road by PM with a big stick after he talks him through your points :lol:
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PostPost by: alan » Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:32 am

imho the Gumtree car has had a new front fitted with the moulded in appetures for the spots
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PostPost by: Plus 2 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:51 am

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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:17 pm

Plus 2 wrote:Sorry to not really give a direct answer Kev.


Steve, thats quite understandable and I didn't realise that it was 'sold as seen' - doesn't really inspire a lot of confidence!
It just shows what a minefield the secondhand market is. Gareth's original question was how to avoid a lemon but with a car that can be totally rebuilt (such as mine) it's difficult to say where the true value in the car is. You could have great running gear & poor body and any combinations thereafter but i suppose because the fibreglass body is more of a challenge to put right, this has to be the prime consideration. The sort of 'middle ground' cars of about 10K are probably the hardest choice - still plenty to do but like you said about the dark silver one, a nice car for 4.5K more which you may have to spend anyway - I'm upto about the 10K point on my rebuild and many more Ks to go :?
All good fun though, and I love it (but I also like banging my head against a brick wall too :lol: )
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PS Am I right in thinking that the $64,000 question came from a game show hosted by Groucho Marx? maybe not.
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PostPost by: Plus 2 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:07 pm

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PostPost by: elan66 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:19 pm

Hi Gareth,
the other guys have great advice and know lots more than me,but from expierience if you know what you want as the finished article work out what you can afford to spend( be honest with yourself,but not SWMBO :lol: ) and
work backwards.If you want a car in showroom condition that is great but what spec do you want engine,suspension,paint etc. as per factory or subtle upgrades,because unless the car you buy is exactly what you want to start with an engine upgrade could end up costing nearly as much as a rebuild(or more),suspension can make your wallet light very quickly,and re-painting a good but not to tatty body could cost as much as a very tatty body.ie if you are going to change most things look for solid base to work from.
Plus 2s cost the same and sometimes more than 2 seater elans,especially if chrome and trim is missing to restore,but as the others said do as much research as you can. Cars do come up for sale on this great forum,which has the the advantage others may know about it and may even have a bit of history on the forum,mine did which i have found useful.
Just remember to walk away if you have ANY doubts there is allways another car to buy,decide in haste repent at leisure(ask me how i know :( ) good luck
ps i am in Brighton you can ring anytime.I have just started resto (pm sent)
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PostPost by: jimj » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:07 pm

The $64,000 dollar question was the top prize in Double Your Money, sadly I remember the Hughie Greene version in the UK.

As always, the more you pay (within reason) the less the car will cost overall. I`d say ?10-?12k should buy a pretty decent +2. You can usually tell if a car has been cherished at a glance and that, to me, is the main indicator to look for.
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