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How Much Is My Car Worth?

Good Morning Bill,

I have a question regarding the sale and realistic price guidelines for a '65 Continental Convertible that would require a restoration. It appears difficult to find price comps that are reliable, I suppose, because every car is different.

This car has an excellent running motor, drive-train, breaking and exhaust system - all in current running order. However the body, interior and electrics need substantial work.

Is it possible for you to give me an idea of a price point to ask for the car? I don't want to overprice it or give it away.

Thanks for any help you can offer.



Greetings Mark -

I can imagine that this can be a real dilemma for you. Restoring a 60's Lincoln 4 door Convertible can fall into a category somewhere between extremely expensive, to over the top and out of reach for most pocket books.

While the complete drive-train and its support systems are very important, the complicated convertible top, and its window mechanisms, along with the unibody construction can be as much as 70-80% of the cost of restoration.

We would find it difficult and unfair to you to estimate a price point without inspecting your Lincoln on site. For this reason we would suggest purchasing the latest Car and Parts Price Guide, as well as Hemmings Motor News. Using the first type of guide can help you choose which condition your car falls into, and project a fair selling price. The latter will allow you to again see what the market is currently at in various areas of the country. In addition I would urge you to check venues such as eBay on-line. I hope that we have been of some help to you in this matter and I am sure that you can understand our position.