Actually, quite a bit less into it. Recall I had the live install pricing on the swap, which was much less than the list, and they resold all my old equipment (I believe many of you have pieces of it still) and I got a super deal on the car when new (under 30), but anyway, here is the scoop.
It was great fun to talk about the car in the staging area for the couple hours prior to the run. I can't tell you how much attention it got from guys who were there to buy Porsches and Cobras, etc. People just gushed about the design, and most had never seen a coupe at all.
I went through with the top on as most of you suggested. I took a poll as I spoke to people and they all agreed, so in the end, you guys were right on that. Looking back, even though I was not supposed to, I should have lifted the top off, even just for a few seconds to show how it looks.
The buyer is a nice young guy from CO who was very familiar with it from the R&S listing and had watched all the YouTube stuff, etc. I told him he got a great deal and he smiled and said he was prepared to pay much more -- these things are all about that second or third buyer and we just didn't have the other person to push it higher. All told, I'm pleased as I was frantic earlier yesterday that it might go in the 20's. I had been watching all these amazing and pristine 60's Camaros and Mustangs selling for 14, 18 and 23K and it really had me worried. I would have put my car in the bottom ten percent of the 650 vehicles as I walked around on Wed night, but I bet it is easily in the top 25 percent of prices taken over the weekend.
I am second guessing as to not going to BJ as they seem to bring much higher prices for the same cars, and I think I would have seen north of 50, but hard to look back. The hospital had a relationship with R&S and they did give me a great run time on Friday evening - I might have gotten an 11 am at BJ and had 12 people in there and gotten killed, so hard to say.
I know the hospital is more than pleased, and I know that if I retailed it, I would have been happy with 38 as it's hard to find buyers for stuff like this.
I'll suggest the forum to the new buyer and be sure to tell him all the great info and ideas gleaned here. I'll watch also and might end up finding my way to another coupe project if I miss mine too much.
(In a few years, I could probably buy Larry's coupe for $8900, and with super low miles -- and a base model - perfect for a transplant!)
And I'll keep tabs on Rob's next phase. Actually saw something I thought you should do, Punisher tread pattern -- not kidding, you could do this...
Custom tire tread carving, grooving and regrooving by Proto Tyre
Anyway, thanks all for the support and info over the years. A good group here, I think. And now onto the next project, something a lot of you might hate, but I think a perfect fit for my tradition of wanting something a bit unusual: a 2013 Pontiac Trans Am from Trans Am Depot.
My 13 Camaro SS is already in their shop, with the new Mojave leather interior as well as the new touch screen, etc. I'm doing the black and gold 77 style package but NO HOOD CHICKEN. Of course, I have to have the t-tops and the snowflake wheels (315's in the back!). The guys building these cars are among the finest craftsmen you'll find anywhere (watch the videos on their site). No blower this time, but am thinking about an LS7 and bolts-ons to an easy and hiccup-free 550 flywheel hp.
Nice thing for me is I can fit the kids in if I have to and will find it much easier to find my way into the driver's seat, something that was really tough in the 2-seat Sol.
I'm in line to start this month and will keep you all updated. Probably see it in March. Recall that I used to have a G8 GXP beside my Solstice, and I also had Trans Ams in 82 and 85, so there is some Pontiac blood in my veins. (I'd love to bring it to the Sol Nats this summer, but will likely be gone during that time.)
Anyway, keep it straight everyone.
Anyway, be nice to the new guy if I joins and I'll stay in touch.