If you follow our daily Classi-finds on guyswithrides.com, you'll know that whenever we come across a collector car whose seller’s expectations about the price are not in line with what buyers are willing to pay, we award them our honorary "NEW!" Award, which is short for "No Effin Way!" Some sellers believe they can add the restoration costs of their collector car into the asking price. Others observe a collector car similar to theirs (but almost never in the same condition) sell for a record hammer price at auction and believe they can achieve the same.
We’re here to manage expectations.
To qualify for our NEW! Award, the rules are simple: any collectible car with an asking price that is not in line with the guidelines sourced from either the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool or the latest print version of the NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide is a candidate for bestowing this honor.
We’ve dedicated our NEW! Award Page to showcase winners as they occur. With 2019 and the decade quickly coming to a close, we want you to help us pick our overall winner based on your votes. Listed below are the five finalists with links to each full article. At the very bottom is our poll you can use to vote. Choose once, choose wisely, and Happy New Year to you and yours!
This 1977 Plymouth Volare Coupe survivor only has 17K original miles and features a sunroof and a floor-shifted manual
1. 1977 Plymouth Volare Coupe - $10,000 FIRM - In late September we came across this this blue over black, 17K original mile 1977 Plymouth Volare two door coupe equipped with a factory sunroof and floor shift manual for sale by the private seller in Hartford, Connecticut. Despite bragging he displayed his Volare at the Mopar Nationals Survivors tent in Carlisle, PA, the seller was willing to ruin his low mileage original by offering a 1969 340 V8 for the next caretaker to swap out the slant six for additional $5,000.
Priced at $22,900, this was big money for what boils down a project truck
2. 1965 Chevrolet C10 1/2 Ton Pick Up Project - $22,900 - We came across a number of overpriced trucks in 2019, but this '65 Chevy C10 we passed on the side of the road less than ten miles from our office really stood out. The irony of the asking price of this project truck was that during the same time frame on the other side town we were featuring this 1966 Chevy C10 Stepside Restomod on our Reserved Parking section for just $3,000 more.
I drove a similar Vega in college. It was a horrible car for $400 and even worse if someone paid $12,000 now.
3. 1977 Chevrolet Vega GT Wagon – $12,000 Firm - I was downright shocked when we came across this 1977 red over tan vinyl Chevrolet Vega GT Wagon 5-speed example with 73,000 original miles and factory air conditioning for a firm $12,000 in Charlton City, Massachusetts this past May. I drove one of these for $400 (albeit no where near as nice as this one) during college and it remains one of the worst cars I have ever driven. Consequently, I can't even begin to imagine someone actually paying this much money for a Vega unless it has a V8 powertrain conversion.
The original owner of this '65 Bonneville boldly claims no one else has ever driven his car
4. 1965 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible - $65,900 - Our overall Topless Thursday winner was a complex tale. The original owner of this highly optioned, 60K original mile 1965 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible claims he is the only person who has ever driven this car. Asking $65,900, the original owner hoped to find someone willing to pay nearly $12,000 more than the Hagerty Insurance #1 “Concours” estimate. This owner fell victim of seeing a car similar to his sell at auction in Scottsdale in 2017 for $90,200. While having a great provenance and being a well-cared for survivor, the owner didn't understand his car was not in concours condition.
While prices for TR-6s are on the rise, the original owner was asking double what he really should for his example
5. 1974 Triumph TR6 Original Owner - $13,900 - Our overall Sports Car NEW! winner was this 1974 31K original mile, White over Chestnut Brown vinyl, Triumph TR6 for sale by the original owner. Unfortunately, the original owner was asking for show-car-ready money for a used car as it needed a thorough detailing and better quality top to replace the cheap one thrown on to sell the car. What really took us down memory lane was seeing the famous yellow Ziebart rustproofing plugs capping the drilled holes filled with undercoating that helped keep this TR-6 solid.
So, of these five which one do you think deserves our overall NEW! Award for 2019? Please please your vote below.