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Location: San Antonio TX
What after-market additions and modifications tend to increase the value of an FL car rather than reduce the value? Which ones are the worst for resale price? Nothing too specific, just generally speaking in regards to both the vehicle and potential buyers; obviously modifying an ultra rare car like an Adventurer or 300 convertible is a whole different ballpark than altering a run of the mill sedan.
Edited by drosera88 2018-04-02 3:37 PM
Location: Newark, Texas (Fort Worth)
|I would say front disc brakes and a dual pot master can't hurt except for the most snobby forward looker, but I don't want to die any time soon. |
Location: Victoria, BC, on Vancouver Island, Canada
|An add-on A/C should always bring a premium|
Location: DFW, TX
|Dialed-in and functional disc brakes are great for resale, and so is funtioning air conditioning. A later and larger B/RB engine CAN add some value as long as you maintain a stock under hood appearance. |
Just about anything that is visibly and obviously not factory original will hurt the value. If you want to personalize it, you are automatically reducing the pool of potential buyers.
|anything non original can decrease for a true collectible, brake are a wash. Vintage air is nice and prob a wash. |
If it's a run of the mill car, I think anything helps as long as it doesn't get crazy and can look fairly original.
Brakes, ac, performance, comfort all can add to a run of the mill.
My car is a standard 325 57 royal, fairly run of the mill. I'm putting brakes and a 392 hemi with fuel injection in it. Still up in the air about the seats but they will look period correct. I may add ac later. I've done all kinds of "sealing" and rust proofing. I've seam sealed where the factory skipped, I use modern seam sealant also, modern coatings. Sound proofing... I've went over any trouble points and made sure I'm addressing them. Added sway bars etc.
Location: So. California
|Electronic ignition is also good. Many buyers aren't too put off by things that help to give them trouble free service, and if they can easily be undone or if they are completely hidden, that's even better. Most american buyers are happy with transmission & axle upgrades too (such as installing a '62-'65 727 & '65-'69 C-body 8 3/4), but some European buyers tend to be more picky in this area. Tires and wheels are a mixed bag. But it doesn't hurt too much because people know that they can easily change them. Just keep in mind that whatever money you spend on custom wheels, you will not likely get any value back out of them when you sell it. |
For the motor, it depends on what the car came with and what options were available for the car. Putting an original option 383 (a correct '59 383 would be even better) into a '59 Plymouth that originally came with a 318, will definitely help the value, whereas putting a 413 into a '57 New Yorker will hurt the value dramatically because people really want to see that 392 in there. But swapping out a 6 cylinder for a V8 will always help the value for the vast majority of buyers out there. Hidden motor upgrades are a real plus, such as higher compression, roller lifters, large valves, and ported cylinder heads, but you will typically not get the money back from those expenses when you sell. Still, most people will really appreciate a more efficient & powerful engine as long as you don't go overboard on the cam to require a high stall converter.
The original cloth interiors are a big part of the charm on these cars so that swapping them out for plain vinyl is a real disappointment for most people. Many people prefer to keep the car in its original colors, but if those colors are boring or ugly, it can't hurt to change them as long as you change everything to match in original fabrics & colors etc. Custom paint schemes, gold flake paint, etc are certain to hurt value unless it is a 4dr sedan, bottom end car that has nowhere to go but up.
Location: Parts Unknown
|4x4 conversions are always a winner, as are modern tilt steering, |
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Doctor DeSoto - 2018-04-02 10:03 PM 4x4 conversions are always a winner, as are modern tilt steering, plush modern interiors, ... oh yeah, and let's not forget airbags, cup holders, backup cameras, and movie screens.
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Location: Perth Australia
|This is almost an impossible question |
Look at what goes over the auction blocks
I think it has more to do with quality than whats actually done in most cases
Tasteful well done customisation can still bring in the bucks, where as something that's hideous wont
Restomods can pull as much as a good restoration
I think it comes down to personal taste and wants
Even A/C can be a killer if the buyer is after a clean/minimal engine bay
Done well and not so well
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ttotired - 2018-04-03 3:14 AM
This is almost an impossible question
Yep, purists will never agree to ANY mods and non-purists will never agree on the value of some mods.
Location: Hell's Outhouse - a.k.a. Buckeye, Arizona
|Here's a thought: Do what the hell you want to it without the preoccupation that you *must* re-sell it at some time or another. |
Own the thing for you, not someone else. Treat it as an heirloom as opposed to an investment.
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