Piston Slap: Scootin' Around A Classic Car Valuation?
I have a 1982 Chevrolet Chevette Scooter and I’m trying to determine its value. It has manual transmission and no A/C. Is there a source you recommend I contact?
Thank you for your help!
Cheryl, you don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for this moment. For something, anything, related to the Chevy Chevette.
Plus it’s a Scooter: the stripped out model so minimalist it mocked the works of Josef Albers for being too busy! Many readers know Chevettes were a
terrible great candidate for V-8 swaps, especially this super light version.
I can’t imagine anything better than LSX-FTW TURBO SCOOTER!
On to your query: Classic car values have the fluidity of a wandering stream, and everyone’s opinion is the right answer. Researching values at NADA, Hagerty and Hemmings is a good start. Also, check the classified section of Hemmings and eBay for comps.
But here’s the real problem: perceived condition of a classic.
Countless sellers think their vehicles are worth more than market value: their ride is in “A+” example when it’s actually a solid “B”. The latter happens when the seller overvalues the reconditioning’s quality (paint job starting from bare metal vs. Maaco) and utility (no rotisserie restorations on undesirable cars).
And I don’t even wanna discuss market valuations of restomods, in varying degrees of customization/budgets.
But I, using my infinite powers of perception, think your 1982 Chevrolet Chevette Scooter is worth anywhere from $200 to $7000. The low is for a non-runner that’s lived outside, worn to bits and worth little more than roughly scrap value. The high is for a museum quality, less than 5,000 miles, untouched and original down to the factory tires and battery.
An LSX-FTW Chevette Scooter? PRICELESS.
Off to you, Best and Brightest.
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