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    For those of you that still think Studebaker pricing should be stuck in the 70s. here is a reminder of what is happening to prices. This just sold for $30,000.....yep THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.Click image for larger version

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  • #2
    Oh my!
    Joe Roberts
    '61 R1 Champ
    '65 Cruiser
    Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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    • #3
      Ford Pinto - The car nobody wanted, but everyone bought.

      Funny, you saw these everywhere back in the day, and they suddenly disappeared all at once!

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      • #4
        Hmm...........I was just telling my neighbor that common sense has left America. 30K could have bought some nice Studebakers.

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        • #5
          And to think I sold some for $200 bucks. But I also sold a 1970 SS 396 for $900 and no one wanted it because it was a gas hog and gas was hard to come by.

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          • #6
            I'm guessing that that Pinto must have very few to no miles on it to command that price.

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            • #7
              I know the reputation of Pintos; even when I owned one it was maligned. But for a high school/college kid, it was great. But $30k??? Like Joe said: WOW!
              Mike Davis
              Regional Manager, North Carolina
              1964 Champ 8E7-122 "Stuey"

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              • #8
                Meh. I drove through the local Chevrolet dealership for the first time in over 20 years and saw prices on USED trucks that were higher than what I paid for my house.
                That was a eye opener.
                For clarity I will state I bought the house 35 years ago when Delano was still a small farming town.
                Mono mind in a stereo world

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bob40 View Post
                  Meh. I drove through the local Chevrolet dealership for the first time in over 20 years and saw prices on USED trucks that were higher than what I paid for my house.
                  That was a eye opener.
                  For clarity I will state I bought the house 35 years ago when Delano was still a small farming town.
                  Your post made me look at what state you live in. We bought our current home 28 years ago and I could now buy four very nice new trucks for the same price.
                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  SDC member since 1968
                  Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                  • #10
                    I imagine some trust fund baby hipster bought it.

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                    • #11
                      Blue; they were entry level, cheap cars, when they were done, they were thrown away, like the Vega, I had one , a starter, bought for $1650 new, radio, heater, that was about it.

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                      • #12
                        more than likely a collector filling out a bucket list or other. money is no object. absolutely no reflection of true value. This is where the price sold is not really the value price...

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                        • #13
                          My Dad's uncle Mark had one almost like that, but a lighter shade of green. He'd come to the farm to visit grandma and I remember that car well. One time the glove box door had fallen off and he asked Dad if he could fix it. The screws had fallen out (we found them laying somewhere in the car).

                          The last Pinto's were made in 1980 and I don't think I have seen one one the road as a driver since about 1990 at least. I think the reason this one has "value" over what its condition would otherwise have as just a old cheap car is the Pinto is somewhat of a icon in a sense and the bursting into flames "reputation" it got in the media put it into the public consciousness. There cannot be too many of these left in minty shape as was said they were used up and tossed.

                          I would wonder if a similar condition Ford Escort wagon or Chevy Cavalier or a early K car, etc would ever bring such a price as those don't seem to every have gotten any notoriety in the media, etc.

                          Jeff in ND

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jeff_H View Post
                            I would wonder if a similar condition Ford Escort wagon or Chevy Cavalier or a early K car, etc would ever bring such a price as those don't seem to every have gotten any notoriety in the media, etc.
                            A few years ago, there was a photo of a fully restored first generation Dodge minivan in Sports Car Market, I think it was, and they questioned why anyone would do so.

                            I would have thought the ONLY Pinto that would ever carry any value would have to be the short-lived 1978-79 'Cruisin' Wagon' with the round heavy-tint rear quarter porthole windows.

                            Craig

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                            • #15
                              When I was a kid, I set the price to mow a normal sized lot to the price of an AMT or Revell plastic model kit. When I started in about 1974, that was $2.50. Soon had to move to $3.50 after the first year. That included the 5% Sales Tax at the time, which I passed along to my customers back then. Every 4th or 5th lawn paid for fuel.

                              I paid almost $30 for the last Round 2 AMT kit I bought this year. 1953 Studebaker 3 in 1. One of the first models I built back then.

                              $30K is the price of the average new sedan now. That may give some insight into how people with a shorter frame of reference process prices on old cars now.

                              If there's still a kid push mowing lawns for old ladies, I hope he's getting $30 per lawn or more. I paid a mowing service $75 each time to mow my Dad's acre lot before we sold the house in 2017 after his passing. Only mature professionals were available today. I would have charged $15 in the old days.

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