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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-03-2004, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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I have been offered a very desirable 67 GT FB stang in excellent condition, but several items are not stock. It has the original engine, but the 4 spd. has been changed over to C-6 auto. ( i would find a 4 spd. and reinstall it, if i bought it),but it also has an exterior color change from arcadian blue to dark moss green, and the interior color has been changed to black standard. I like the new colors better anyway. It is a GT fastback S code in fine shape. How much does a change like this affect the value of the car and the resell value. To be honest, after I got the manual trans back in, I would probably just keep the car, but you never know. I would rate this car as a very nice driver. $8000.00 in the paint.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-03-2004, 11:15 PM
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How much does it matter to you? That's probably the same as it would to anybody else. It's all up to the buyer really. I like the Bullitt combo. And if it's an $8000 paint job, that helps even more.

Besides, paint can be changed.

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People don't really care a whole lot, unless it is a rare car (which it doesn't sound like it is). So long as it looks good, thats where the value is.

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It all depends on how much you care. If you are in it for the resale value afterward, an original paint color will get a higher value.

Its all up to you.

Personally, to me it only matters if I like the color.

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which it doesn't sound like it is
An S code GT fastback doesn't sond like a rare car to you? It DOES to me! *LOL*

Still, I don't think original color effects the value very much at all on any 40 year old car.

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Sounds like a great car, and if you like it even better than stock--well there's your answer right there! My two cents: JUST DO IT. ::

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When I bought my car 20 years ago, color changes were really taboo as far as retaining value went.

Today, with all the customizing (not to mention Eleanor types) going on, changes to the car that are reversible not only seem to not hurt value, but well done changes improve value.

I wouldn't worry about the color change.

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IMHO if you like it, no problem. If you keep the car for a few years and any buyer that wants a concours correct car will need to repaint it anyway. So the max effect on price should be the difference between painting the exterior only vs the cost of including door jams, trunk, etc. That would be a relatively small amount.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-04-2004, 09:22 AM
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You said it yourself...
" I like the new colors better anyway." and that's what it's all about.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-04-2004, 09:56 AM
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I'd paint it the colour you want it. The percentage of buyers who really care about the colour being factory is so small that's it's not even worth considering. Let's face it. These cars are in demand and if one guy doesn't want it because the paint is other than factory, well there's someone 5 minutes behind him that will buy it gladly. Also, depending on the colour it was, the change may get you more than with factory colour.

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I like green fastbacks , and blue ones too.

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I had an Acadian Blue coupe and they usually came with the two tone blue interior. It is not a bad combination but not on the top of the disirability list. Your questions is about the value on your car in its original color versus the value of your car in its current color. IMO since the Bullit look IS popular, that the color change went in the right direction. It also could have been painted black and perhaps increased its value even more. (since it is my opinion that black Mustang GT fastbacks are on the top of the color vs value chart) Since the Moss Green over black is a more desirable combo than the light blue I feel that the value would actually be the same or slightly higher for the car like yours. As an original Acadian Blue it would have had a certain value based on originality and matching door tag data that would appeal to certain groups of buyers, but would have turned off a block of Mustang buyers that would have passed on an acadian blue car. However, Mustangs are unique in that they paint their underhood area black, making a color chage much easier to do and make look correct. So, in the dark green over black the car should appeal to more potential buyers that would be willing to overlook the color change/door tag issue, especially if the paint was done correctly without overspray all over everything. I think that overall your car might be worth slightly more in its color changed condition than in the original color.

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no worries....esp since the change was to another Ford color of the same era.

Im fond of Dark Moss Green FBs myself ::
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-04-2004, 04:37 PM
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If its good paint it has to help, especially if its "resale RED" and not "institutional GREEN"

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