Last post on Jan 15, 2009 at 9:38 AM
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Aston Martin, Coupe, Convertible, Truck, Sedan, Wagon
#5 of 11 Re: Aston Martin 643 HYH ?? [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 14, 2009 (5:47 pm)
Thanks for the response. I haven't seen the car and the friend who just inherited it doesn't know a thing about cars and couldn't care less. It belonged to her father and she just wants to get it out of the way along with a 1934 MG J2 that is also in the storage garage in Miami, Florida. I told her I'd try to find out something about the Aston Martin. The 643 HYH was on a repair bill from a repair done in England in 1970. Thanks for the response. I'll ask here when she is going back and see if she can get more information.
It never occured to me that there is an Aston Martin model you couldn't give away. I think if she finds it isn't worth a lot she just may give it to me. She asked my wife if I would be interested in the MG but both cars are way out of my price range assuming they are worth much at all and in decent condition.
Thanks for the reply.
#6 of 11 Re: Aston Martin 643 HYH ?? [silversides44]
Jan 14, 2009 (6:24 pm)
I understand she couldn't care less, but these are both potentially valuable, so a little time might be well-spent making sure what she has.
#7 of 11 Re: Aston Martin 643 HYH ?? [texases]
Jan 14, 2009 (6:31 pm)
Yes, I told her to find a reputable antique auto appraiser to look at both, then get a second opinion, before she does anything.
#8 of 11 Re: Aston Martin 643 HYH ?? [silversides44]
Jan 14, 2009 (6:32 pm)
I am sure that's a registration number. I know there are databases of that information in England, maybe someone who reads this and lives in blighty could look it up.
Both of those cars have the potential to carry respectable values.
#9 of 11 Re: Aston Martin 643 HYH ?? [silversides44]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 14, 2009 (11:01 pm)
I can recommend a very reputable person out of St. Louis who would be scrupulously fair with her, if she's interested. He'd probably want to buy the cars though rather than merely appraise them, but that can be very convenient for someone in her situation.
She has to be very careful about this so she is not cheated by anyone. There could be 6 figure money here.
Ask her to at least read the inscription on the car to identify the model.
Jan 15, 2009 (6:24 am)
The cars are in Miami Florida. Can anyone recommend reputable appraiser/collector in that general area?
I won't see her again for a couple of weeks but I have past on to her, through my wife, that she should not do anything until she has had them appraised and I recommended she have at least two appraisials.
Thanks to all who have responded.
Jan 15, 2009 (9:38 am)
What she needs is a "real world" dollar amount, not really an appraisal. An appraisal is a legal document. She just needs to know what they are worth. I don't think she needs to go through all the expense of double-appraisals. That gets expensive. She'd only need an appraisal for insurance or probate or tax, that sort of thing. If the cars are all free and clear and settled, then she should just get the market value, not some elaborate 20 page document.
She should consult with someone who has absolutely no interest in the buying and selling of the type of cars she has. That type of expert can usually nail the real dollar amount.
If she could take extensive photos and write up a detailed description, she could have this done by Internet I would think. The location wouldn't matter. But she'd have to provide lots of good info to the evaluator. This would be an inexpensive way to do things.