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And people wonder why some of the restorations cost so much money

June 18 2007 at 3:17 PM
Tom Slayton  (no login)

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Some people, whether it be cars or boats, just scoff at the price of a restoration because they can go out and find a junker with paint holding the rust together for less money. They expect the restorer, whether it's a shop or an enthusiast, to give their labor away.

As a result, many of the restorations are priced so far out of reason they can't be sold, or the price is lowered down to a level where it is competitive, in which case the buyer generally gets a real deal.

For instance, look at the cost of a frame off 1957 Chevrolet, compared to one that is a survivor with a fresh coat of paint. They may generally look the same, but one will cost 10X the price of the other.

I keep thinking about the 38 Express Warren Pateman restored. You'll never find a boat that had that kind of cash and loving attention paid, and the buyer probably got the thing for 55-cents on the dollar compared to what the boat was really worth in time and cash.

Your comments about all the coordination time it takes to do a project rang true. I'm in the middle of a kitchen project right now at home, and oooohhh boy. Everyone at the local hardware store knows me by first name.


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