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828CC

United Kingdom
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Posted - 12 Aug 2020 :  11:40:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Any one familiar with this car at all? Looks very pretty, though not 100% 'original' (not that these things worry me, I'm buying to enjoy, not sell)
Only fly in the ointment is poor (or lack of) history. Online search shows last changed hands last year, but not taxed since '88 (even as 'historic' this wouldn't qualify 'til '92?) and no MOT history at all. Surely such a restoration would be worth a cursory test for added 'saleability'??
Without any paperwork it falls into 'gamble' territory, and at a 500 mile round trip to inspect I'd hoped to shorten the odds, somehow...

https://mathewsons.co.uk/auctions/auction-dates/vehicles/14950-august-entry-1967-sunbeam-rapier-v

Edited by - 828CC on 12 Aug 2020 11:42:38

rapier123

United Kingdom
15 Posts

Posted - 12 Aug 2020 :  19:48:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks like a very nice car on the pictures and the estimate seems reasonable, i would not be put off with it being off the road that long, as you usually find the straighter cars are the ones that have been stored(correctly) for donkey's years, as they have not been passed through the hands of different owners with bodge on top of bodge! just to keep them on the road. The main thing i would want to see would be pictures of the car before and during the restoration to make sure all metal repairs have been done correctly.
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Navigator

Ireland
12 Posts

Posted - 19 Aug 2020 :  11:03:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As far as series rapiers go it looks like a real stunner, a beautiful colour - depending on ones taste. On looks (photos) it’s hard to fault and at a reasonable price. It’s a pity the boot plinth wasn’t re-chromed during it’s restoration. Sometimes we have to accept that there are cars out there that don’t have any history, either by lazy owners, or was lost or misplaced over the years. Strange though there aren’t any photos of it’s restoration, the before and after. To go through all that expense and not document the work carried out? An essential part of the cars rebirth, or new history so to speak. You would expect a new folder of invoices, for all work carried out including all items bought for the restoration. I’m restoring a 1976 Fastback at the minute, it came with absolutely no history, only the logo book. Replacement engine, so no matching numbers. Its new history will now begin with me. Photos will and have been taken at every stage of its restoration.
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828CC

United Kingdom
51 Posts

Posted - 19 Aug 2020 :  11:36:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did the 500 miles to view..

Edited by - 828CC on 19 Aug 2020 11:54:53
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tgr747

United Kingdom
25 Posts

Posted - 19 Aug 2020 :  17:37:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What’s your opinion of it?
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828CC

United Kingdom
51 Posts

Posted - 19 Aug 2020 :  20:45:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Someone has made a very good job of the bodywork and interior. It starts well and shows good oil pressure.
But, as I mentioned in my first post, mechanically beyond that it's all conjecture with no history.
It would be disingenuous of me to put too much personal opinion on a public forum, suffice to say I won't be bidding on it...

They also have another Rapier for auction on the same day (Lot 55) I did have a cursory glance but I'm sure many here will find it, erm... 'interesting!'

Edited by - 828CC on 19 Aug 2020 21:31:50
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tgr747

United Kingdom
25 Posts

Posted - 21 Aug 2020 :  09:54:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have you seen the metallic blue one on eBay at the moment,it’s been for sale for a while now.
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828CC

United Kingdom
51 Posts

Posted - 21 Aug 2020 :  10:23:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, viewed last week. Excellent car and I'd recommend viewing to anyone wanting one (but be nice to the vendor, I think he's suffering: 'time waster' fatigue, and put me in that category ), but....
Having started this love affair forty years ago with a Lagoon Blue Series V, I sadly found that I couldn't go back, next one needs to be different..
May sound daft, but have you seen your first girlfriend recently??

Edited by - 828CC on 21 Aug 2020 10:27:57
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tgr747

United Kingdom
25 Posts

Posted - 21 Aug 2020 :  17:36:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Keep looking,it’s out there some where.
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tgr747

United Kingdom
25 Posts

Posted - 23 Aug 2020 :  13:45:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have been told it sold for just over £11k
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828CC

United Kingdom
51 Posts

Posted - 23 Aug 2020 :  13:56:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The cynic in me might say that could just be the start... But for the new owner hopefully not!
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