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eBay Charger: Good, Bad or Ugly?

Posted in Custom, eBay Motors, General by MrAngry | March 10th, 2010 | 4 Responses |

1968 Dodge Charger

You’ve all heard me talk about custom cars before – the good, the bad and unfortunately the, ugly. Customization is something that is a very personalized thing. You’re building a car to your tastes and creating a vision that came from the inner workings of your mind and your mind alone. Now, if you are building a car that will never be sold, then this is fine. Built whatever you wish, enjoy it and to hell with what people say about it, be it positive or negative.

If however you are building a custom car for resale than I think you have to be very careful about how you go about not only designing the car, but how you go about the marketing as well. What you’re looking at here is a highly modified1968 Dodge Charger. Many have revered the ‘68 Charger as the most beautiful American car ever built, a sentiment, which I whole-heartedly agree with. Most people also think that modifying one in any way is sacrilege and God knows I’ve been down that road many times.

1968 Dodge Charger

This particular Charger is up for sale on eBay at the moment and is putting me in a tough spot emotionally. I know some of you are going to crush it immediately, hell I did to when I first saw it. The red paint is simply blinding and the wheels… well, that’s another story all together. HOWEVER – this is in no way a bad car or some hodgepodge mess that was quickly thrown together. I’ve built these cars before, I know what goes into them and I know what things cost. With that being said, I will tell you that this particular car has some VERY high-end components on it.

1968 Dodge Charger

One look at the laundry list of parts from their eBay add confirms they did in fact use some of the best items on the market today and in the process spent some BIG money. The build quality also looks to be top notch as well. It’s a car that, from a build standpoint anyway, looks to have been very well thought out. It’s stated that the appraisal on the car stands at $250,000, which I can believe. Look at the car and the work that was put into it, NOT THE RED PAINT. The sale price on the car is $199,000, which in my opinion is a big stretch.

1968 Dodge Charger

Now, do I think this price is way to high? Yes and no. From the sellers’ perspective I am sure they put in every bit of 2000 hours labor in on this thing, so to them that price is justifiable. From a buyers perspective though, it would have to be something that I REALLY wanted for me to pay that much. There are two things that kill the value of the car in my opinion – the color and the wheels – there is just too much of both. Otherwise I can AND would be more than happy to live with everything else on the car. Hell, I could even grow to like that molded rear spoiler on the deck lid.

1968 Dodge Charger

As stated above, this car really does have some of the best components money can buy, with a build execution that looks to be top notch. So, do I think this car will sell for that price, well, no… no chance actually, if fact they’ll be lucky to get half that in my opinion. Now, if it was a different color, with some different wheels and maybe just a touch of chrome, there may be a chance. We’ll follow the auction though and see how it pans out.

Check out the full eBay ad here.

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4 Responses

  1. JohnK says:

    Super clean build, but the color is so awful! Red is never a good choice on a restoration in my opinion, it screams, “look at me”. That car looks good enough it would have stood out on it’s own.

  2. AC Tony says:

    Absolutely outrageously GOOD! The body, paint, and polish on that monster is like glass from those photos. That style Dodge Charger has always been at or near the top of the list of my favorite ole muscle cars and that custom job is simply magnificent.

    As always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I do have a reputation as one who likes “ugly” cars… so who knows. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the opinions of those who weigh in on this one.

  3. AC Tony says:

    Apologies in advance for the follow-up – I will also take the “under” on that price. Now, I might pay that, if I had the scratch, for an all-original Plymouth Superbird (remember what I said about being a fan of the allegedly ugly?) – but I’m unconvinced that gorgeous Charger will fetch that lofty figure.

  4. John Short says:

    http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBidItems&userid=pmolis&completed=1&all=1&rows=50&sort=12&_rdc=1

    Current and recent auctions bid on by EBAY-BACKED SHILL-BID ID pmolis( 1071)
    Member since: Jul-31-04 in France
    All Feedback – 8,118 Feedback received
    Feedback left for others – 8,338 Feedback left WITH A FEEDBACK SCORE OF JUST 1071 <—- HUGE FLAG!

    OF SPECIAL NOTE IS THAT THIS SHILL-BID ID IS BIDDING ON EBAY ID jayandmarie ( 870565)
    Member since: Jan-02-99 in United States
    All Feedback – 1,888,154 Feedback received
    1,964,721 Feedback left WITH A FEEDBACK SCORE OF JUST 870565 <— FLAG!

    AS AN EXAMPLE, SEE Item number:150410047069, LOOK AT Bid History OF THIS PARTICULAR AUCTION, CLICK ON THE o***m (WHICH IS pmolis ID) AND LOOK AT THE Bid History: Details FOR BIDDER o***m WHICH IS pmolis ID… THIS IS WHAT EBAY-BACKED SHILL-BIDDING LOOKS LIKE!
    ID 9***t IS NOT SO INNOCENT HERE EITHER! HE IS OBVIOUSLY SHILL-BIDDING ON SELLER 1 (jayandmarie – Bid activity (%) with this seller: 76% ) AND SELLERS 2 AND 3, AS WELL!

    FROM pmolis' BUYING HISTORY, IT IS CLEAR TO SEE THAT EBAY-BACKED SHILL-BID ID pmolis IS ALSO A SHILL-BID ID FOR:
    amoeba-outlet ( 150392), amoebablowout ( 96030), recordrow-blowout ( 65044), nours77 ( 1699), fclna ( 602), AND diskodisko( 1255) <— WHO JUST CHANGED HIS ID ON Feb-10-10 TO TRY TO AVOID DETECTION FOR SHILL-BIDDING!

    I BELIEVE EBAY TO BE USING ID pmolis (FRANCE) TO SHILL-BID/CONDUCT FEEDBACK MANIPULATION/LISTINGS PADDING FOR PURPOSES OF STOCK MANIPULATION AND HAS BEEN DOING SO SINCE 1994!