QOTD: What Would You Overpay For?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

We just ran a Used Car of the Day post -- and there's a decent chance that the featured car could fetch more than it's objectively worth, since auctions like Bring a Trailer tend to have crazy results.

So I have to ask -- what make/model/body type would you OVERPAY for? To be clear, I am NOT asking which car you'd want to buy at auction. I am asking which car, if any, would you spend more for than it's worth? What car would get you to say "well it's worth $15,000 but if the auction goes nuts I'll pay $20K for it"?

I'd probably overspend on a great Fox body or a mid-90s Impala SS or a 1964 Impala SS. Or maybe a Viper GTS. I have reasons for each, ranging from "Always wanted another one" to "always wanted one" to sentimental reasons.

What say you?

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Damage Damage on Dec 20, 2022

    In 2005 I bought a Porsche 914 that I still have. It's now worth a lot more than I "overpaid" for it. As Keith Martin says, you can never pay too much, you can only buy too soon.

  • El scotto El scotto on Dec 20, 2022

    Sadly, there are too many what we may call unscrupulous people in the vintage car market. Shoot a new coat of paint on it, detail the interior shine the chrome and talk about the one they saw just like it on Barret-Jackson.

    Except the one on Barret-Jackson had a frame up restoration. The one these grifters are selling has been made all shiny and pretty and little else. I feel bad for the person who overpays for such a car.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Dec 21, 2022

    I drove 500 miles with a buddy to look at a car. This was pre-internet. I crawled underneath and found that the frame was shot. I was p!ssed since I had told him up front that any frame rot would kill the sale.

  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Dec 22, 2022

    I am physically unable to overpay for an automobile, I think my brain would melt down.