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post #16 of 232 (permalink) Old 07-02-2014, 12:44 PM
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Nice car, I personally think everyone that has a negative opinion should not comment. Leave this thread to those who actually want to buy it. Good luck with the sale!
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Mallett LS2 V8 Tiger Cobra Corvette Hennessey Shelby GXP Lingenfelter Ford GT | eBay

This is the third or forth time this Mallet has been a No Sale on Ebay.
Seller Price: US $36,000.00 (6 offers). Price of car new: $59,420.88.

Wish Ebay showed the price of the offers.
Relisted 7/3/14, Mallet #5, now includes Best Offer:

Pontiac Solstice Mallett | eBay
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post #18 of 232 (permalink) Old 07-07-2014, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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New one. Brain Thompson built.
2007, 7.0/428 LSV8, 6-spd Manual, AC/CC, SSBC Brakes, Cool (Silver), Custom Cowl Hood, 22,375 Miles.

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7/14/14, Reserve not meet, High Bid: $20,100


Another one: Mallet #5 (Same seller as #41 Mallett in post 16)

2007, LS2, OEM Manual 5-SPD, Luc Pro Clutch, 2 Core Aluminum radiator, AC/CC, Sly (Grey), 1,816 Miles.

7/14/14, Reserve not meet ($36K), Relisted as of 7/14/14.


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7/14/14, Reserve not meet, High Bid: $26,400.
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Mallett LS2 V8 Tiger Cobra Corvette Hennessey Shelby GXP Lingenfelter Ford GT | eBay

This is the third or forth time this Mallet (#41) has been a No Sale on Ebay.
Seller Price: US $36,000.00 (6 offers). Price of car new: $59,420.88.

Wish Ebay showed the price of the offers.
Sold! $26,700 7/23/14

Someone got a free Solstice.

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post #20 of 232 (permalink) Old 07-24-2014, 06:54 AM
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So I guess what this points out is that the market for these cars is almost nonexistent or could it be the fact that Mallet went belly up and people are leery about buying one of his builds ? I think Rob hit the nail on the head with his comment that these are "toys" plain and simple just like any heavily modified car they appeal to a certain group sort of like pro street cars.
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So I guess what this points out is that the market for these cars is almost nonexistent or could it be the fact that Mallet went belly up and people are leery about buying one of his builds ? I think Rob hit the nail on the head with his comment that these are "toys" plain and simple just like any heavily modified car they appeal to a certain group sort of like pro street cars.


Cars are never an investment.

Almost everything loses value when it leaves the store for the first time.

The more uniqueness to an end item, generally the smaller the set of people who would pay to own it becomes.

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Cars are an investment, but long term and only when done properly. Like Rob said, as so as you drive off the lot you lose 30% (unless it's an M3). Typical depreciation on a Cadillac/BMW/Benz/Audi is 50-60% in 1.5yr.

For 'collectible' cars, seems that the trend is they depreciate and bottom out in value over 20-25 years. Then, they start climbing. Finally, when they're like hen's teeth and nostalgia kicks in, they skyrocket.

IF you're going to invest, these are my general rules (if possible):

1) 2 door. 4 doors will never meet the collectibility of a 2 door. People want sporty

2) RWD. fwd was never legendary and never will be. AWD is an alternative if it was the only option (See: Syclone/Typhoon)

3) RARE. A plain Jane 65 Mustang will not be worth anything in your lifetime. Should have driven it 1 million miles instead of letting it waste away in a garage for 50 years just so you could lose money with inflation-adjusted costs. Now, the first Mustang ever produced, GT500, Daytona Coupe, ...

4) powerful. Rare doesn't mean **** if it doesn't have power. See: Aztec

5) manual Because real men drive sticks, and collectors know this even if they can't.

6) convertible This one I don't care about and would never buy a vert. But, if you have a choice between two 1966 prototype RS/SS/Z28/427 Camaros and one is a vert, take the vert. Collectors always want the vert.

When you hit niche markets, it's a crapshoot. In the meantime, buy a house.
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Of COURSE cars are an investment. They just happen to be a BAD economic investment. But can be lots of fun.
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hmmmm I think I would put my money on the na engine setup that Tony has for sale for $3250 complete less head even if you hired out whole install and the new head I think you would be on the street for under $5500 and 440 whp would be good match for the corvettes for sure and you would be about 350 lbs under
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Cars are an investment, but long term and only when done properly.
I like your list - quite sensible.

People forget to figure in the true cost of ownership when calculating their 'profit' on a sale. The present value of the original purchase price, the carrying costs if they borrowed it or didn't use it to retire other existing debt, all the maintenance they had to do. Really hard to actually make more on a car than you would have made had you just stuck the same money in a conservative financial vehicle, and really, really easy to lose money. Just ask my buddy that let a kid test drive his Corvette hoping for a sale. What he got was a bill for $35K and a kid that wasn't worth chasing, and an uncooperative insurance company.

I am presently looking at selling some of my cars, and on only one will I make any 'profit', in the simplistic sense that term is usually intended.

I just sold one car for triple what I paid for it in the early 1980s. I figure that I only lost about double what I originally paid for it, when you factor in a body refurbishment and the new engine I put in it, but I'll bet that many people would be trumpeting their business savvy and claiming a real profit!

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Reposted to correct thread.

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2006 Pontiac Solstice, LS3 6.2L V8, 430 HP Corvette Engine, Manual, Sly (Grey), 18,400 Miles, $28000 (Naperville, IL).

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Sold! $26,700 7/23/14

Someone got a free Solstice.
Late to the thread, but happy to have been the buyer on this car. Taking my time evaluating it in the light of my other cars and spending some time (as I have it) on this forum to educate myself. Thanks to the moderators and contributors. The information is a priceless part of the experience. Headed to the dyno next week to get some baseline performance measurements. With the money I saved on the purchase, maybe....?

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Of COURSE cars are an investment. They just happen to be a BAD economic investment. But can be lots of fun.
I agree, a lot more fun than the $300K lost in the last market crash. My heart tells me buy a V8 Kappa. My head tells me buy a low mileage Solstice GXP Coupe. My wallet tells me don't buy either, keep your boosted Coupe and just have fun.
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Lmao! ^ I thought about a C7 but if I would be getting one it would have to be the Z06 simply because out of the box I can just take it to the track. The Stingray handles great as well but even the Zip package still is a tier lower than what the Z06 has.

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