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#1027 of 1036 Re: Calling Fintail! [michaell]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 01, 2013 (11:16 am)
It's an odd duck to be sure. I can tell you one thing---it's never going to live in California.
Given the stripper interior and 4 cylinder motor and parts inconvenience, if not hassle, I'd have to guess that around $3500 is all the money here.
If it were a 6 cylinder with MB Tex and automatic, and a U.S. model, it'd be worth more.
#1028 of 1036 Re: Calling Fintail! [michaell]
Feb 01, 2013 (11:35 am)
I agree with shifty - a few grand. It's an odd Euro (wrongly badged), not very fast or sporty, kind of pretty but needs a lot of detail work (cleaning, wheels, who knows what else, those for sale signs are disturbing). A very late (83-85) 300CD Turbodiesel coupe will bring the biggest money out of that series.
May 10, 2013 (12:19 am)
In fact car advertisements have about as much in common with reality as James Bond's life has with my life - S.F.A. You will never see people commuting to work in a car advert
#1032 of 1036 1974 Plymouth Grand Fury
Jun 04, 2013 (4:05 pm)
I have an opportunity to buy 1974 Plymouth Grand Fury 2 doors in medium condition (little rust, 2 cracks in a dashboard, teared seat, old faded 2nd paint coat but strait solid body, 400 big block sound and run very smooth) but I have no idea how much is fair price for Grand Fury coupe, because I cant find anything to compare. Looks like 2 door Grand Fury is very rare car or I don't know how or where to search. Can anyone help me please?
#1033 of 1036 Re: 1974 Plymouth Grand Fury [makojakopako]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 05, 2013 (7:25 am)
Sounds like something in the $2000 to $3000 range at best. While some cars might be rare, that alone does not boost value, since someone also has to "care that it's rare". The rarity was due to poor sales all across the "C" body line in 1974. In this case, 1974 was long past the Golden Age for Mopar. Still, not a bad "starter car" for getting into the hobby.
If you can pick it up cheap and restoration costs are not too excessive, you can come out all right on this car, but I would set a maximum budget of around $10,000, because after that point, you may no longer break even on it.
What are they asking for it?
From your description, I would grade the car on the well-known Collector Car Condition Category as a Number 4 car (on a scale of 1 to 6, 1 being a show car, and 6 being a parts car)
This "grade" may help you if you find any price guides online that cover this car.
#1034 of 1036 Re: 1974 Plymouth Grand Fury [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 05, 2013 (7:46 am)
I don't know of any US auto after about 71 that has a great deal of interest. Go to Mecum.com and see what the values there are. I see their auctions on Velocity Chanel about every week, and cannot remember any mid 70's car on the Block. 4WD Drive Jimmys and some trucks yes, but no cars.
#1035 of 1036 Re: 1974 Plymouth Grand Fury [olddustoffer]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 05, 2013 (7:52 am)
Yes, 1971 seems to be the general "drop-off" point, due to the fact that most cars started to suffer from horsepower reductions and complicated electro-mechanical pollution controls---in other words, drivability issues and a decided lack of "punch" to the gas pedal. You'll start to see "big blocks" with under 200 HP. Also the styling got more cluttered and bloated in American cars of that era.
However, a post 1971 car can be a nice "entry-level" car for someone starting out in the old car hobby. The trick is to buy as nice an example as you can, because most post '71 cars are not that valuable as to justify the cost of restoration.
So what I'm saying is that it makes much more sense to buy a very clean 1974 "survivor" for $6000 than a somewhat needy one for $2000.
#1036 of 1036 Re: 1974 Plymouth Grand Fury [makojakopako]
Jun 05, 2013 (7:10 pm)
Wow, small world. I came somewhat close to buying a '74 hardtop coupe back in the late 90's (technically, that first year the car's correct name would be Plymouth Fury Gran Coupe) from a guy in a Mopar club. This one was pale yellow, had a 360, fairly good shape, and he wanted $900 for it.
These cars were very poor sellers when new, partly because they debuted during the first Arab oil embargo. That was a bad time for big cars in general, but I think Mopar suffered extra hard because they introduced an all-new style that year. And they had sort of a massive, hulking look to them that made them just look like guzzlers. Personally, I love 'em though, especially the '74 Furys and the '75 Gran Furys with the quad headlights.
According to my old car book, they only made 9617 Fury Gran coupes in 1974, so it was a rare car, even when new. For the most part, these cars were popular as police cars and taxis, but sold poorly to the general public, Often the civilian models, the 4-doors at least, fell into the hands of taxi drivers as they became used cars, so for the most part the big C-body 1974-77 Fury/Gran Fury, and its sister Monaco/Royal Monaco, became rarities pretty quickly.
If you get it, post some pics. I'd love to see it!