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I am looking to get a 1973 Opel GT, as far as I know, the paint is original (orange) and the car seems to be complete, it does run, but small things like the heater does not work and the rear defrost also, it also needs a boot for the shifter, it has 120,000 miles on it but seems to run real well, the problem I am having is I do not know how much money to offer the guy for it, any help???:confused:
 

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You're going to need to get a good look at how much rust it has on it. Also, if there is any bondo work done. Being up in the north as you are, it's likely to have some of either (or both). Check out the wheel wells and the the belly pan (where the seats attach). If either of these places are substantially rotted (e.g. seats falling through), the answer to your question is "not much". If there isn't any of the above, and the inside is decent, you're looking at between $500 and $1000.
 

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Or less. Or more. To be fair, I have seen pretty nice GT's sell for as little as $1000, and pretty ratty ones for as much as $2000. And nice ones for $15,000 (OK, it was REALLY nice!) and barely drivable ones for as little as $200. It really depends on where you live, and the exact circumstances. Some folks (like a certain Jim M.) might believe that every GT is worth at least $5000, and good ones at least $10,000, but he is the eternal optimist. And salesman incarnate.

Timing is everything. The other Calgary Opeler (who will go nameless to protect the guilty) bought his GT from his girlfriend's uncle for $1. Yes, one dollar. Canadian. Which is about 71 cents on a recent good day. The uncle was the original owner, it had a very good body and fresh paint (minor rust inside the rockers and the usual suspect places), ran well and was in "lower Class 3 or upper Class 4" (more about that in a second). It should have sold for at least $3000 Canadian (which usually means the same amount in Yankee bucks, given the market place up here), but the uncle wanted it to go to a good home. And John has given it a VERY good home, and is about to bestow it with a stroked 2.2, big valve head, high compression Chevy pistons, a ported manifold, and 5-speed Getrag. He thought it was only fair that he spend what he should have paid for the car in the first place. Of course, it will now be worth $4500, since you NEVER get more that half what you put into a car. And especially an Opel.

And as for the "Classes", Charles Goin has compiled an excellent appraisal guide on the Opel Association of North America site, at:

http://clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/oana/value.html

Have a look. Based on your too-brief description, it might go for as little as $500, and as much as $3500. But that largely depends on the body. Rust-free cars are on the upper end, rust buckets on the lower.

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