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What amazes me is that the people that are charging the big bucks for the restored Z's do not even have working air conditioning.If I'm buying a restored Z, the A/C better be working.I 'm not interested in having to install it later.

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So are ya talking Factory? Or Dealer Installed? Cause most 240Z's Didn't come with Factory A/C. Hell of a lot of Dealer installed units though.

Actually, ALL 240Z's came with A/C.... Up here, we call it a window. and the awesome thing was that they all came with 2 windows. :stupid: ROFL

I understand wanting the A/C, being in California and all. but let's keep on subject here.

any other input, guys?

Dave

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Over here on the east coast, a relatively rust free, solid running Z would go for about $5000 - $6000. I think you have a very fair price and it would be a solid deal for anyone looking for a Z.

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Then why have I only had 1 email about it?

Guess it's Craigslist time.

Dave

Same reason I ended up parting the yellow car. While it would have been a great starting point in the Rust Belt, by the time you add trucking costs and the uncertainty from not being able to inspect in person, most buyers back East are wary of pulling the trigger on something like this. And there's too much competition here on the West Coast.

I know it's hard, Dave, but be patient and your buyer will come. It is a good car, and someone will eventually come to that conclusion.

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What amazes me is that the people that are charging the big bucks for the restored Z's do not even have working air conditioning.If I'm buying a restored Z, the A/C better be working.I 'm not interested in having to install it later.

Dealer install air conditioning in the 1970's and into '71 was a total ripoff since it did not work for crap. I paid for the dealer installed system in Dec,'70 and it never worked right after delivery in '71. Car was back to the dealer maybe 5-6 times for them to fix it but they failed each time.

I trashed the system out of frustration after dealing with 115 deg F temps in Mojave Desert in 1974. Yanked all the stuff and planted it it in the dumpster except for the York Compressor which I was going to return to Dealer's showroom floor. It does make a great boat anchor.

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Dave

I agree with Arne - you have a very solid car and serious Z buyers will realize that. Here in the midwest - your car would probably go for around $ 5,000 minimum.

If you have the time - there is always a buyer for every seller. It all depends on your time schedule and amount of patience. I also think that you are best staying with the Datsun classified ads. They will be more serious buyers and will realize the value of the work you have done.

I bought mine from Ebay - sight unseen - so don't discount the crazy buyers out there either! :stupid:

Good luck

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Thanks Jim. Patience is a virtue that I've lived by for a long time. I now have 5 kids, if it weren't for patience, I'd likely only have 3 or 4.

I may go with a Solid $4000 or find a dent free, clean hood and Paint it a Satin or low gloss black, just to minimize the amount of ("How bad is that hood?") questions.

I could really use the Cash now but I'm OK for now.

Thanks.

Dave

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I may go with a Solid $4000 ......

That's probably the smartest way to go when you find buyer resistance at a given price. Drop it a little at a time until it gets into a potential buyer's comfort zone - while hopefully still priced in your comfort zone.

You know that when a buyer does turn up, he'll try to beat the price down even further. You've got a good car and you can sell it on its virtues. Be strong, there's a buyer out there somewhere :)

Dennis

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Dave, I like the car. And as a former Paratrooper/Ranger I like the color!

Dennis said it right, the right guy will come along and snap that car right

up at four grand. I garn-dam-tee-ya (still got the Texas in me, I don't

suppose I'll ever lose it) I would be that guy, except that I have this

propensity for getting the zoning authorities on my case. Some of the

vehicles I had to sell or dispose of to get them out of my face, I still feel

angry when I think about it. I suppose that blue-on-blue Series 1 1971

was the worst kick in the teeth, that was one nice car.

Distance is no problem, I would use the purchase as an excuse to take a

vacation and visit a state I haven't been in, in a long time. In fact if I did

the right routing, I could do ND, SD, MT, ID, and OR in the same trip, and

then have all 50 covered. (Except for the other 7 Obama talked about.)

HANG ONTO THAT CAR, I'LL CALL AAA FOR A ROUTING AND DEAL WITH

THE AUTHORITIES WHEN I GET BACK!!!! (Just kidding, high property taxes

and insurance rates are also a big challenge up here in the Northeast!)

BTW that Tuff Kote Dinol is great stuff, it is what saved your car. It's a

product originally formulated for military applications, and is basically the

predecessor of the Ziebart process. I had Tuff Kote on a '71 510 and it

was great (thanks for that loss, too, you zoning SOB's (Silly Old Boys))!

All Z Best,...........................Rick (and Kathy too, of course)

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I know this is a strategy that will raise a few eyebrows, but it absolutely does work. Raise the price instead of lowering it. If you value something highly, others will as well. They also feel good about beating you down on the price. Many times I haven't been able to sell something and raised the price to have someone come along and beat me down to the original asking price. I can give several instances but they aren't necessarily relevant. It took about 7 months to sell my Volvo 164 but a guy in the midwest found it on craigs list and was hell bent for it. It just takes time. Time is money however. You have to decide if it is worth the extra money to wait or to take a few bucks less and have access to the cash. Plus, it seems to be a poor market at the moment for Z cars, I can't find anyone interested in my 77 280. So, yes, I raised the price $1400 and put it right back on craigslist. Got a response that is ???? right away. If he shows up with the money, he gets a great car and I get a few bucks extra.

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That's how I sold my three Datsuns last year. The prices I posted here were $1500-2500 less than I posted anywhere else. Anyone who would have bought them based on the ads on this site would have got a better deal. The 280Z and the 320 sold for more than I originally wanted and the 810 sold for the exact amount I originally wanted.

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Well, She may be sold to a Gentleman in Wisconsin. He seams VERY intersted. I've been nothing but dead honest with him about everything and he seems fine with the 72's little issues. He's exstatic about everyting I've done to the car thus far and may also have me do a few things more,with his money, so the car is 100% before he drives it home or has it transported.

We'll see. At this point in life, I'm a believer when all is said and done, and not until then.

Thanks for everyones input so far. I really apreciate it.

Dave

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Nope, He totally flaked out on me. He ended up getting a "high Desert Arizona rust free Z for more" didn't even thank me for all the pics, 15 emails or anything else, just said "I'm buying a different Z" And never heard from him again.

I am however meeting with Richard, a Canadian Resident, tomorrow to 99% chance sell him the green Z. He's done ALL the paperwork, phone calls and is a long time Z car owner (dealt with many Z's) We'll see.

Dave

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Nope, He totally flaked out on me. He ended up getting a "high Desert Arizona rust free Z for more" didn't even thank me for all the pics, 15 emails or anything else, just said "I'm buying a different Z" And never heard from him again.

So much for being a "Gentleman":mad:

He sounds like a "User"!

Hang in there, someone will see the good value in your Z and buy it.

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I am very much interested, let me know if the deal doesn't go through tomorrow.

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Well, She's gone!! Just got back from the Canadian Border, where I sold the Z to Richard. Great guy, he came down with Greg (Olred70) in gregs 510 wagon. We had breakfast, swapped paperwork and cash and went our seperate ways.

I will miss that car. I was really growing attached to her but at the same time, knew she was going away and had time to prepare for the departing. Gonna put my focus back on the 260Z project and try getting more done this summer. More than would have been done, had I kept the green Z.

Thanks for everyones input and help.

Dave

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I don't know whether to offer congratulations or condolences so I'll offer both ;)

It is a nice car.

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Thanks. It was kinda fun watching Jon (Jmortenson) drive it around last friday. His first drive in a 240Z in over 6 years.

The new owner was very pleased with everything. even sold him some other stuff while there.

Dave

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Well ZODB I just about agree with eveyone else's opinion. But if you hang on to it emotionally you may never feel as if you got a fair price for a nice piece on history. I personally wouldn't sell. I would give it to the kid that just graduated. It would be a great way for him to hone his mechanical skills. The asking price is right but as you know people will naturally try to lowball you. So set a price sell it and forget about it.

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No real emotional attachment. I only had the car for 4 months, brought it back from the dead, worked on it, improved it, drove it and sold it. I'll use the money to help paint the 260Z project and get it moving.

I wanted no less than 38 100 bills and that's what I got. I started at 42 and let it slip to 38 and and am happy about it. worked out just as I planned.

Dave

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