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Old August 22nd, 2011, 04:52 PM
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Feeler Perfect 1954 Series I

Ok..so I got an option to buy a fully restored all original, numbers matching 1954 Series I. The truck is in perfect condition, beautiful! The photos don't really do it justice...anyway I'm just getting into Series trucks and I'm wondering what a type of price this truck should sell for? Any help from the Series guys would be great.

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Old August 22nd, 2011, 04:53 PM
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 06:01 PM
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I'd say about $12k without crawling around it to be sure. If the restoration was indeed correct, with all correct parts, etc, it could be in the high teens. At auction it could get in to the $25k range with interested birders.

What is the guy selling for?
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 06:43 PM
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 10:39 PM
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Probably worth $20K, though it'd be nice to pick it up for less than that (i.e. $20K is "asking price"). But heck, a really nice 88 or 109 could get $15-25K to the right buyer.
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 11:21 PM
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Agreed, 20k if it runs as good as it looks. A Series I is going to be super *slow*...
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:24 AM
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The price is going to be a result of several factors. How original is this truck? How good is the restoration and what did it involve? How many of these trucks exist?
The problem with such an old Series in top condition is that it will be a viable collectors car which means that it will attract buyers who are not normally LR owners.
Another way to look at the price of a restored truck is to think of the labor and parts involved. In that regard $25k is a deal.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 05:56 PM
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Thanks guys for all the info. I will keep you posted on how it goes.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 06:51 PM
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Wouldn't this thread make more sense by saying that you found a series 1 for X amount of dollars and you want for the series/d90 community to give their opinion on if its a price we all would feel comfortable buying it for.

My thinking is you have the opportunity to aquire the series 1 for cheap and you're seeing what we all think by looking at the photos it should resell for after its in your possession.

Survey says?
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 08:54 PM
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Wouldn't this thread make more sense by saying that you found a series 1 for X amount of dollars and you want for the series/d90 community to give their opinion on if its a price we all would feel comfortable buying it for.

My thinking is you have the opportunity to aquire the series 1 for cheap and you're seeing what we all think by looking at the photos it should resell for after its in your possession.

Survey says?

Survey says: That James is an honest guy who is asking a question he wants answered.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:08 PM
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Survey says: Martin is the one more likely to flip a rover than James. I recall James talking about this rover this past Spring. Hope it works out James - just keep this one out of the jungle.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 01:44 PM
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Survey says - wrong...not that it's any of your concern but I have been looking for a Series I for quite some time, I just don't know quite as much about them as others on this forum. I have two other Series trucks that are being restored as we speak but I really want this truck so I will be selling the other two very soon.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 03:57 PM
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Survey says: Martin is the one more likely to flip a rover than James. I recall James talking about this rover this past Spring. Hope it works out James - just keep this one out of the jungle.
Oxcrap13: How do you know me, dont recall you? I made a assumsion based on what was said. I was mistaken on James's thoughts. I didnt have the whole story. If I would have known that he has been looking for one of these trucks since the spring and known that he was restoring two others that he is now going to sell I would not have mentioned anything.

Best of luck James, I too hope it works out, check this site out for all your series one needs and wants
http://www.lrsoc.com/forum/
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Old August 24th, 2011, 06:08 PM
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Martin - I've been on this forum for some time and recalled many of your posts, with mention of terms like 'FS' and Land Rover Fort Lauderdale. So let's just say my assertion was an educated guess.

I consider James a friend and didn't appreciate your implication. A bit hypocritical in my opinion.

You're the one who threw out the 'Survey says'. So there you have it.
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While nice, there are a bunch of things on that truck that are wrong and IMHO, let it down. Not the least of which are the double front plastic lights. Still quite nice, but I would think it would sell in the 10k range.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 01:02 PM
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Call it a "resto-mod", not a restoration. It's more a driver than a museum piece. Buy it, enjoy it, but it's no Strad.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 01:22 PM
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While nice, there are a bunch of things on that truck that are wrong and IMHO, let it down. Not the least of which are the double front plastic lights. Still quite nice, but I would think it would sell in the 10k range.
x2. And the double rear lights.

The Original Series One by James Taylor is back in print now. Because nearly all S1s have been jacked with quite a bit over the course of their lives, I think anyone interested in buying a Series 1 should have a copy of Taylor's book just to have some idea as to what they are supposed to look like.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 01:33 PM
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x2. And the double rear lights.

The Original Series One by James Taylor is back in print now. Because nearly all S1s have been jacked with quite a bit over the course of their lives, I think anyone interested in buying a Series 1 should have a copy of Taylor's book just to have some idea as to what they are supposed to look like.

So youre saying there not all supposed to look like mine? Sorry hijack.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 01:42 PM
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So youre saying there not all supposed to look like mine? Sorry hijack.
It would have been something if they all came with an Eaton 72 in the back and FC in the front.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 06:28 PM
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Thanks again to everyone for all the info...The values being thrown out seem to be all over the place? 12k, 10k, 20k, 25....it doesn't seem to me that you could even gather the parts and assemble for 10k...paint & body, interior, motor rebuild etc..?

I have seen trucks with all sorts of side light patterns (see pic) 1 light, 2 side by side, one on top of the other etc..what would be original to this truck?

I think restoration is one of those terms that is up for interpretation...lets just say it has been brought back to stunning near original condition ( ;
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