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March 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm #58137
I’m new to this forum but certainly not Rootes Cars. I’ve been a member of TEAE for several years but let my membership lapse. I have a 1963 SIII GT in excellent condition and need an estimate of its value by the Rootes community. A full restoration was completed in 2007 and it’s been mostly garage kept ever since. Therein belies my problem. I simply DO NOT use the car. Although I start the car religiously every 2-3 weeks I only drive about 150 miles per year. I also own a daily driver 1959 Hillman Husky that I use regularly. The Alpine is cooler but I live in a city and the Husky eliminates any worry of starches, dings, or even theft.
I have Rootes cars in my blood and will keep the Hillman but am thinking of selling the Alpine to a good owner that will use. What is this car worth to a Rootes guy?
Some details on the 1963 SIII GT:
This is a very nice, complete car but it is not show winner. It has its minor quirks and a top few coat blemishes but otherwise very good condition.
• 1725 motor rebuilt with approx 7500 miles
• Interior in very good condition
• Soft top added for convenience. Nice conversion
• I have the matching original hard top. Never use
• All syncro tranny w/ overdrive works well. No problems
• The single downdraft Weber purrrs
• Extra cell added to stock re-cored radiator for warm weather climate.
I would add some pictures but can’t figure out the process. Thanks to everyone for your help.
March 25, 2014 at 12:19 pm #65553
Pictures can tell us a lot. Here’s a self-help thread on the use of posting buttons. You can post externally hosted pictures with the IMG tag like this for example.code :
The market on Alpines has been up and down. With the practical modifications considered / the modified soft top / radiator mods / and later series engine. Depending on the perspective buyer those practical modifications can be considered value enhancing. Can we also consider the original Series 3 front suspension or Series V mod? Any original interior components (radio / clock / dash condition [presumably wood for GT])? Brightwork condition? Wheel type?
Have you been able to find a comparable car for sale to see what others have been asking? Series 3 being the shortest production model can be compared a little more closely to the other early finned models. Alpines ranging between "complete rough rust free" and "show winner" have been advertised anywhere between $2,500 to $20,000. From your description you should be on the higher end, but judging how much to ask initially is going to be a breakdown of individual condition items and buyer negotiation.
Anyone else care to weigh in on discussing considerations?
Sure you don’t want to sell me your Husky instead? Seriously, Husky’s are way cool!
March 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm #65554
There was a Series II Alpine on Ebay that just sold for $9,500. Not a GT but maybe a good starting point.
March 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm #65561
This might be a good test for….
March 30, 2014 at 2:24 pm #65563
Apparently I am still having issues posting pictures. I placed them in a Dropbox folder and tried to post again (see below)
Thanks for all your comments and the Fuel List recommendation. Fuel list showed a car selling for $11,500 in Sept 2013. Not bad.
My Alpine has aftermarket chrome knock off wheels which are in mid range condition. If I were to keep the car I’d buy a set of 14" Super Lites and be done with the spokes.
Standard Alpine gauges, Temp, Oil Pressure, Tech & Speedo. No clock or radio. This is simply a very nice car that I hate to get rid of but do not use. And the Husky is NOT for sale. I need a Rootes car in my life to bring bouts of joy and frustration.
March 31, 2014 at 11:38 am #65567
Dropbox doesn’t handle direct image links for a whole album. You have to use the [URL] tag to post an album. [IMG] links will work with any link that ends in .jpg, .gif, etc
The car looks good. What’s the engine compartment look like?
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