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Just been nosing though E bay and looking at the amount of traders selling rods and classic yanks for serious money. They are obviously selling or the traders wouldn't be buying them to resell from places like here. No problems with that before anyone starts , buyer gets what they want and somehow the trader makes a profit.


My question is who the hell is buying them? Fairly obviously it's not those within the 'scene' cos they could have bought them direct. Is it people influenced by all the hotrod programmes on TV or 'celebrities' like Simon Cowell who owns one (at least ) in America ?
 

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Ill say theres a lot more people into the cars than are into the scene.a lot off my customers have no connection with the scene.just like the cars.just how i like my customers,lol

Im not sure if they are influenced by the programs but they certainly help,putting car modifying on the map for the masses.

Seams a lot were fans in say the 70,s or eighties and bought the mags and now have the funds to finance their dreams.
 

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I agree that much of the 'new blood' is guys who can now afford what they always wanted when younger but couldn't afford it then. I still waiting for that to happen to me .
 

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I agree that much of the 'new blood' is guys who can now afford what they always wanted when younger but couldn't afford it then.
Kind of relevent I guess, but I've never understood guys who spend the same money on a Cortina that they could have bought a Mustang or Chevy for. To me, that's like having your choice of any girl you like at the school dance and opting for the fat bird!!!!
 

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Kind of relevent I guess, but I've never understood guys who spend the same money on a Cortina that they could have bought a Mustang or Chevy for. To me, that's like having your choice of any girl you like at the school dance and opting for the fat bird!!!!
Maybe thats because they like cortinas and not mustangs or chevy,s.

You know there are alternatives to yank cars.i appreciate its the only thing you seam to like but others have different tastes for different rreasons.

You could counter what you say by asking why do you waste youre money on dull,uniteresting yanks when you could spend the same money on a decent rod
 

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Maybe thats because they like cortinas and not mustangs or chevy,s.

You know there are alternatives to yank cars.i appreciate its the only thing you seam to like but others have different tastes for different rreasons.

You could counter what you say by asking why do you waste youre money on dull,uniteresting yanks when you could spend the same money on a decent rod
I would have a nice Cortina 1600E, over a lot of mustangs/chevys, fist car I ever brought
 

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When i was a lad...

Wasn't it the same as it is now, most follow formula 1 and fawn over the new [email protected] Focus ST in burnt orange with recaros.
The majority of lads wanted the latest RS Escort / Capri to go with the £80 Pringle jumpers.

Reasonable to say there's a fair amount of comfortably off baby boomer ish folks out there with a spare £20k+.
That aint exclusive to the casuals and publicity has probably made 'custom' folks feel more comfortable buying rods and customs now!?

I'd much rather have a MK3 [email protected] GT 2000, piss yella with black vinyl roof than a 70s Stang.
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At least in Vans we had room for the fat birds....... as Bungle would say 'slap her arse and ride the ripples all night'.

There is one trader on Evil bay selling some very interesting motors at not too silly prices, but the question is will/can they look after them, too many nice motors have been bought by people as a toy on a whim and left to fall to bits as they don't have the love for them.
 

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I must admit that having watched the prices of rods, bobbers and café racers recently (not to mention classics) I've seriously considered selling all my stuff, waiting for the bubble to burst and the "trendies" to move on to eco-friendly toasters or somesuch and then to buy it all back again at a pittance... :D Just wait for the next rash of shoddy and cheaply made "fashion" reality t.v shows and watch how the market changes. The amount of folk I've heard of who have taken up an interest in dance due to "Strictly come dancing", or cooking due to "The great masterbake"... not saying that everyone will move on but fashions come and go, and what is lauded on t.v. or in the lifestyle pages has a massive influence.

As for "a Mustang or a Cortina, err... aren't they both Fords..."
 

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Jaydub.will the bubble burst though.once the kids are gone and the house is payed off ,people will be in the same possition financually until they retire or die.

And theres plenty more around to replace them.

Retro will always innstyle to some.

Have noticed round here im starting to see more stuff like mint xr3,s.it was the car off choice for those into cars of my generstion.now their age dictates they can have them again.
 

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I must admit that having watched the prices of rods, bobbers and café racers recently (not to mention classics) I've seriously considered selling all my stuff, waiting for the bubble to burst and the "trendies" to move on to eco-friendly toasters or somesuch and then to buy it all back again at a pittance... :D
Been waiting for that to happen with Harleys for the last 25 years!:lol:
 

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Just been nosing though E bay and looking at the amount of traders selling rods and classic yanks for serious money. They are obviously selling or the traders wouldn't be buying them to resell from places like here. No problems with that before anyone starts , buyer gets what they want and somehow the trader makes a profit.

My question is who the hell is buying them? Fairly obviously it's not those within the 'scene' cos they could have bought them direct. Is it people influenced by all the hotrod programmes on TV or 'celebrities' like Simon Cowell who owns one (at least ) in America ?
kev its people like me who are buying them i guess , im not involved in the scene (what ever that is ) or maybe i am but don't know lol, i am not particularly influenced by hot rod programs as i don't have sky only free-view. i go to various events in 100-150 mile radius of where i live if i fancy it because they sound interesting and fun.
i work hard for a shit wage to enjoy my toys . i have always loved old cars and have been riding lambrettas for close to 40 yrs, i don't do the scooter rallies as much as i used to since my accident in 2009 but still do one big euro adventure with my wife every year , this year its 2 up to camp in a ski resort in the alps.
i just think im too old to worry bout what other people do and just try to enjoy myself.
 

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Briz you're not alone. I remember in the mid eighties saying " the bubble will burst in a year or two and it'll go back to what it was". It never did.

Reading some of the car and rod adverts it becomes obvious that some of the people trading haven't got a clue about the product that they are trying to sell whatever area of the hobby they may be specialising in.
 

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Nobody and Briz - hence the smiley... was playing with cheap classic cars when the prices went mad first time around, thought, "this can't last" - it didn't, but it never went back to how it was either. When/if the bubble bursts the old crap will probably will be slung out where it belongs, and cars that should have been broken or scrapped probably will be, but there will always be a place for the quality stuff like the mint XRs etc. The knock on effect of the first classic car boom was better supply of parts, better quality of cars in general and a better general understanding of the scene - all due in some part to the amount of cash involved.

What I do find interesting about the current scene (apologies for the terminology) and how the demographic has changed is how "back in the day" you wouldn't want your daughter going out with an old fashioned biker, "custom car type" and particularly not a vanner (lower socio-economic, bit flash, "only after one thing", said in a high pitched tone) - there was always something dangerous and exciting about them, hence the attraction for a lot of us. Nowadays you'd not want her to go out with one despite the fact he has a disposable income high enough to buy a nice "toy", as he'd likely be too old for her...
 

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Iv`e always been into yanks/ rods / custom cars and bikes since a teenager and have tried to have all at the same time but the bikes ( chops brit /japs / harleys ) and the lifestyle have taken preference , Had loads of cars as well inc F Victor 70 Plymouth Belvedere Rover P5B and my PA Cresta for 25 years, always dream`t of a Tri chev and many other desirable yanks but they were totally out of reach unless I gave everything else up.
But now many of these are within reach I suppose now I`me better of than I used to be, but the price of classic Brit motors is going up again now you can get solid classic yank with better spares availability for less than a PA cresta / Zody and many others we took for granted at the time.
Plus the people on the rod/custom/ drag scene are a F**K site more welcoming and interesting than some of the classic owners .
 
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