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Old 02-28-2021, 07:43 AM   #1
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A friend gave me a 1996 copy of the Model A Trader, and it looks interesting. I found this link, but it looks old, possibly like it is not being maintained.

http://www.modelatrader.com

Is a quarterly magazine still in publication?


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Old 02-28-2021, 11:15 AM   #2
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LOL. Thanks for the reminder. That site was how I found my 30 Tudor in about 2002. I forgot all about it.
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There were only 19 Model-As for sale in this months Hemmings Motor News. Makes me wonder what is going on. The whole HMN is thinner.
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I have also noticed the same thing about Hemming's. A lot fewer cars for sale. Lots of other "fluff" but fewer cars.

I wonder, are people are having better luck selling their cars elsewhere?

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There were only 19 Model-As for sale in this months Hemmings Motor News. Makes me wonder what is going on. The whole HMN is thinner.
Social media sites and local marketplaces ads are where most Model-As and parts are sold these days. Hemmings is too slow and costly. Just following those sites you will see how quickly stuff is changing hands, -and those 'new hands' have lots of questions.
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Hemmings on line and auctions have taken over from the print edition. I’ve sold several high dollar cars through Hemmings on line.
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For us average Joe lower end car buyers;
Way back when, it would have been the local new paper(s) (the social media of the day) to buy and sell maybe Old Car Weekly later for many of us. Can't wrap my head around selling/buying a car in something that came out once a month with the chances of the car being sold before even saw it listed or as a seller fielding a bunch of call asking if you still had it for the next few months after the ad was published.
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My interest is in the unfinished cars, so I have alerts set up on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. Plus regional estate sales – I have yet to get a hit there, but hope springs eternal.
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I purchased my first Model A from a farmer not far away. It had been a paddock basher and was in very poor condition, but I just had to have a Model A. I was like a kid in a toy shop.
A local bloke by the name of Henry (and he may be named after our hero motorcar builder because he was born in the A era, and he is pictured below) restored the running gear. Now nearly 40 years later, Iím still pleased with his work. It was a very expensive project all up including rebuilding the body and replacing the upholstery and Henry told me it was much cheaper to purchase an already restored vehicle.
Since then I have purchased an additional 3 vintages. 2 partially restored but still needed a considerable cash injection, and 1 in original condition which needed only a tidy-up. Henry was correct, but granted, I do know many people get the enjoyment from the rebuild.
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I have also noticed the same thing about Hemming's. A lot fewer cars for sale. Lots of other "fluff" but fewer cars.

I wonder, are people are having better luck selling their cars elsewhere?

Chris W.
Chris I've noticed the same thing. If you took out the dealer's cars there wouldn't be much in there.

'Bring A Trailer' (BaT) is one of the hotter places where car sales and such are happening. 450,000 registered bidders and something like 200,000 transactions since they started in 2007.

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Old 03-01-2021, 03:58 PM   #11
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I just looked at Bring a Trailer today and there are 107 Model A's in or about to be auctioned.

Granted there are street rods in there too but you can sort and choose.

Today they sold a VERY nice looking '28 Roadster for $13,500.Turn key car hit it and go. Looked like a pretty darn good deal over all. Nice car. Somebody will have a lot of fun with that one.

Wanna try restoring one for that????

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1928-ford-model-a-26/

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Old 03-01-2021, 05:36 PM   #12
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You are correct Woofa Express, generally speaking a restored car is cheaper overall. That up front price is not cheaper though. I prefer a complete car, and I prefer something that is at least close to done. The problem is that people make terrible choices when redoing a car. It's amazing how people can screwup a car.
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