Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Adelaide South Australia
I think you are right...at current silly prices for restored examples the $7,800 purchase price is effectively nothing - a buyer could replace everything but the 3 inches of metal where the VIN no sits with all new metal, and still make a quid.
Bit of a shame tho, when it just starts to be all about the money.
I bet they don't advertise it as a replica, which is what it will be. Those old vans don't have a vin number, but a chassis number stamped into the back of the engine bay.
I like old kombis because I grew up with them and learned to drive in one of Dad's, but I don't understand how they came to be worth silly money. I doubt that many of the people buying them have any idea of what it is like to drive one. They are fun in their own way but are extremely noisy, have terrible handling, mediocre brakes and uncomfortable seats. At least my brother's is still being used as a workhorse, which is what it was designed for. It still does a good job of that.
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), sonís girlfiendís car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (sonís new car).
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).