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Old February 1st, 2016, 10:57 AM
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Slow down in the Defender world

Anyone else notice a slow down in the Defender world? I just sold that 1985 ROW and ended up taking $8k for it despite lots of advertising. Granted, it was in pretty bad shape but I was almost sure I could get at least 10 when I started advertising it. I noticed other people's stuff seems to be taking longer to sell and at lower prices that they first thought, vehicles and parts alike. Maybe it's just because it's winter. I know a few of the shops that do restorations are swamped with work.

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Old February 1st, 2016, 10:59 AM
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I follow the market and I feel the opposite. There are much fewer for sale on Ebay than 1-2 years ago

It's just like a lot of things nowadays. The good ones get bought up quick because nobody really wants to do the work on them. It's hard work. Nice real estate sells fast. Nice collector cars sell fast. Anything needing work sits.
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Old February 1st, 2016, 11:15 AM
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I follow the market and I feel the opposite. There are much fewer for sale on Ebay than 1-2 years ago

It's just like a lot of things nowadays. The good ones get bought up quick because nobody really wants to do the work on them. It's hard work. Nice real estate sells fast. Nice collector cars sell fast. Anything needing work sits.
True, when an actual complete restoration (new galvy frame, rebuilt engine, new paint, NTO parts, etc) comes up for sale they seem to go quick. Not many of those out there comparatively speaking.
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Old February 1st, 2016, 11:26 AM
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Parts are slow parts are way above average.

Ex mod market it pretty much dead. Very cheap stateside and super expensive to source in the UK.

200tdi market is just taking off.

Mid level 5 door market is doing above average.

Just what I see in my sales.
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Old February 1st, 2016, 11:48 AM
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I'm more concerned about how the parts market is going to develop over the next few years. One area that will prove increasingly difficult is going to be interior parts such as the dash.
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Old February 1st, 2016, 11:50 AM
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Somebody needs to develop a complete aftermarket left-hand drive (affordable) dash. That would be cool
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Old February 1st, 2016, 11:52 AM
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Id say the 'needs work' trucks are more appealing to enthusiasts, and that market is relatively flat. The 'restored' trucks appeal to the lifestyle crowd, and that is why the high end is what it is.

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Completely agree. The needs work trucks get more popular come spring time when most of the country can work on them without freezing to death. Come May that market will pick up.
The restored vehicle market keeps going as long as people have a healthy dose of disposable income. Barrett Jackson auction and EBay NAS truck prices are proof of that.
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Old February 1st, 2016, 12:00 PM
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Somebody needs to develop a complete aftermarket left-hand drive (affordable) dash. That would be cool
That would be a major advance!
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Old February 1st, 2016, 12:20 PM
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Somebody needs to develop a complete aftermarket left-hand drive (affordable) dash. That would be cool
Uncle Doug posted on another thread about a possible small/boutique manufacturing for certain Defender parts and I immediately thought about the bulkhead and dash.

It's one of the first things to corrode, could use some improvement in design, and is regional specific (LHD).
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Old February 1st, 2016, 12:34 PM
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Reasonably priced LHD sell immediately....Reasonably priced RHD trucks not so much...and then you have those that list an RHD for the same price as a comparable LHD....seems they never sell.
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Old February 1st, 2016, 12:55 PM
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Somebody needs to develop a complete aftermarket left-hand drive (affordable) dash. That would be cool
I've got one in the pipeline; just trying to get a bulkhead without breaking the bank.

With the ls swaps I think this market is heating up
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