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Turbo Coupe - potential donor car?
« on: August 05, 2019, 07:31:32 PM »
I know nothing about the car. I only saw it on CL and thought I'd make mention. 10 years ago these were a dime a dozen. Now it almost seems a shame to cannibalize one for a Pinto. But anyway... , it is the lower powered older, automatic version that is decent, but not pristine. $700 In So. Cal. .

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/d/palmdale-1985-ford-thunderbird-turbo/6946778222.html

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Re: Turbo Coupe - potential donor car?
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 07:57:50 PM »
The ad is long gone, but that's about what I payed for my '86 5-speed donor five years ago. It was out in Phelan, so not that far from Palmdale.
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Re: Turbo Coupe - potential donor car?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2020, 08:55:02 PM »
Just saw this and thought I'd put it up in case anyone is interested. The add is for two turbo coupes.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ant/cto/d/littlerock-1988-ford-thunderbird-turbo/7098513359.html
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Re: Turbo Coupe - potential donor car?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2020, 12:02:27 PM »
The guy sure has cornered the market on 87-88 Turbo Coupes. There is a red one in the background (like my old DD for 10 years) and what looks like a black SVO Mustang behind that. He is "to the point" in his ad and frankly the price is reasonable for today. Hate it when someone asks $4,000 when they would take $1,000. Those cars sit, and sit.., and sit..., eventually going to the JY for $300 and then no one profits.

Is it just me, or does it seem lately people will ask $4,000 for a rusted, thrashed, 4 door Falcon/Maverick etc. that 5 years ago was a $300-$600 car - at best. And the attitude seems to be if you don't buy it at that price (and no one ever will, nor should they) the seller would just rather let it sit and rot. It seems to me that too many sellers have an inflated perspective of the cars value and "just won't be taken advantage of" (in their minds).

Anyway, a good opportunity for the better of the Turbo Coupes (87-88) that are getting hard to find. The newest is now 32 years old. Hopefully someone fixes them up or they make great donor cars for a worthwhile project.

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Re: Turbo Coupe - potential donor car?
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2020, 07:58:07 PM »
The two T-Bird turbo coupes have been taken off of craigslist. There is a 1984 SVO posted for 2K, below. He says he has an extra non running turbo 4 cylinder that goes with the car.
Your right about the prices some are asking for their "valuable collector cars." I think it's a result of watching too much Barrett-Jackson.



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Re: Turbo Coupe - potential donor car?
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2020, 11:31:43 PM »
The interior of the SVO looks to be in decent shape. That looks like a decent deal.
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Re: Turbo Coupe - potential donor car?
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2020, 01:27:43 PM »
One thing about these cars is that the seller never mentions they are Non-Op. If you are an out of state buyer/register that is not a problem. But most cars that are three or more years out of registration and not Non-Op'ed typically have $600+ in back fees. It is a real "Guilty and no option to prove innocents" aspect of the California DMV. You MUST Non-Op the car before the registration expires other wise you pay for all and any years up to three years PLUS fines and penalties. They did this because too many people weren't paying their registration seeing if they could slip by and skip as many years as possible.

 My son acquired his grandmother's car as a second vehicle. Away at university he let the registration slip and the $125 reg. fee became $220 when four months later this became known. Sad too because he will not likely drive the car at all this year. He only paid the fees because next year when school is hopefully done he wanted that ability to sell the car and not have the back fee issue hanging over any potential sale. It is an odd situation. The car is 23 years old and has minor dings because his grandmother drove like Mr. Magoo. On the other hand the car only has 40,000 miles and that likely will give it some value.