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    Time capsule cars

    I have always been interested in the phenomenon of so-called "time capsule cars" - virtually new and undriven cars, kept in storage somewhere for many years (and ultimately of course hitting the market).  Sometimes they are just regular cars with no expectation of any special future value - who knows why the owner decided to keep the car in storage?  Other times the brand or model was special even at the time the car was new, and there might have been an idea to store the car for future sale at much higher price.  Unfortunately I often hear of the sale being though an estate sale (ie. the original owner has died....) so obviously the original plan did not get carried out.  

    In any case, here are 2 not so old perhaps, but already classic, sports cars, both coincidentally being listed for $US400,000, and both in Canadian dealers specializing in exotic used cars.  

    1.  1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster; 1800 km

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    2006 Ford GT, 180 miles

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    I'm curious to know if others on RT regularly see such time capsule cars listed - expect in the US many go to auction - or if in EU for example these are still relatively rare beasts.  


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    2011 Range Rover Sport S/C,  2009 Porsche 911S

     


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    I would consider the Lamborghini to be used with that mileage. Most likely the owner just ran out of repair funds. But the Ford GT is as described.   Still, I can see being interested in these cars. Why people do it with ordinary cars is a bit puzzeling. 


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    These are both great collectors and drivers cars! I would have a hard time picking a bland modern McLaren over these two true supercar classis 


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    1986 BMW 325i Cabrio Alpine Weiss/Black Leather - German Spec 
    2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 Black/Black Leather 

    Ex: ''91 BMW 535i, '91 BMW 318i, '89 BMW 525i, '74 Mercedes-Benz 280E, '87 BMW 325is, '86 BMW 325e, '05 Ford Focus ZX4 S, '85.5 Porsche 944

     


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    No reason to buy these unless you plan on just letting them sit much like they are now. Barn find/low mileage cars carry a premium because they have low mileage. You lose that premium the moment you begin to drive them. They'll also probably need extensive maintenance on top of that.

    There was a delivery miles McLaren F1 for sale not long ago. If you drove it, you'd have lost millions most likely.


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    But also you are able to buy a car that was for sale a along time ago when you could not afford it.. for some it's a dream come true, so let people blow their cash 


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    1986 BMW 325i Cabrio Alpine Weiss/Black Leather - German Spec 
    2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 Black/Black Leather 

    Ex: ''91 BMW 535i, '91 BMW 318i, '89 BMW 525i, '74 Mercedes-Benz 280E, '87 BMW 325is, '86 BMW 325e, '05 Ford Focus ZX4 S, '85.5 Porsche 944

     


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    Yep. The dream of finding a quasi brand new 914-6, 

     


    Re: Time capsule cars

    Atzporsche:

    But also you are able to buy a car that was for sale a along time ago when you could not afford it.. for some it's a dream come true, so let people blow their cash 

    Exactly. How many people have said - I wished I had bought xxx car when it was new?  Of course most mechanics will tell you you're better with a regularly driven and maintained example, but that would not satisfy the dream. 


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    2011 Range Rover Sport S/C,  2009 Porsche 911S


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    Not to worry! I can always find plenty of mechanics who like my money more than they like me. frown


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    KMM:

    Yep. The dream of finding a quasi brand new 914-6, 

    Hey, that's why I am looking for. There's a lovely '73 1.7 with 60k miles for 30k USD in baby blue on ebay right now.. Too bad I am set on the 2.0 from '74 Smiley

    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/1973-Porsche-914-914-Targa-/332067414598?hash=item4d50c2a246:g:mNoAAOSw241YWY5p

     


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    1986 BMW 325i Cabrio Alpine Weiss/Black Leather - German Spec 
    2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 Black/Black Leather 

    Ex: ''91 BMW 535i, '91 BMW 318i, '89 BMW 525i, '74 Mercedes-Benz 280E, '87 BMW 325is, '86 BMW 325e, '05 Ford Focus ZX4 S, '85.5 Porsche 944

     


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    Well, thats another way to end up with a time capsule car - a complete restoration to better than new condition.  Some have a new engine as well so mileage re-starts at zero too. 


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    2011 Range Rover Sport S/C,  2009 Porsche 911S


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    964 turbo s flachbau rhd with 600 miles:

    https://youtu.be/2up_skJ4xYk


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    Re: Time capsule cars

    Atzporsche:
    KMM:

    Yep. The dream of finding a quasi brand new 914-6, 

    Hey, that's why I am looking for. There's a lovely '73 1.7 with 60k miles for 30k USD in baby blue on ebay right now.. Too bad I am set on the 2.0 from '74 Smiley

    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/1973-Porsche-914-914-Targa-/332067414598?hash=item4d50c2a246:g:mNoAAOSw241YWY5p

     

    I used to have a 74 1.8 (74's came with the black bumpers). I replaced the 1.8 with a 2.1 (over bored pistons), 2 dual Webers (fantastic intake sound), modified suspension, etc... Loved that car. Manual steering, non-assisted brakes; but also sloppy shifter. I bought it for $4,500 in the late 70's (new motor and mods were extra). 

    My sense is: As with ex-girlfriends, you can't go back. I suspect this is a case of the fantasy being way better than the reality.

     

     


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    KMM::

    My sense is: As with ex-girlfriends, you can't go back. I suspect this is a case of the fantasy being way better than the reality.

    True; but- most buyers indulging in the fantasy now have modern cars for their everyday use.  Their 600 km Alfa Montreal, or whatever, will be used for occasional and emotional drives, a way to re-live some of the memories of that period or the less technology-filtered driving sensations, while still depending on their modern cars for reliable daily use. 

    To extend your ex-girlfriend metaphor - think: more a mistress who retains the looks and youth of your ex-gf, even as you yourself have aged.....Smiley


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    2011 Range Rover Sport S/C,  2009 Porsche 911S


    Re: Time capsule cars

    yeah...



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    Nice find, that's rare and price wise a real bargain! 


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    1986 BMW 325i Cabrio Alpine Weiss/Black Leather - German Spec 
    2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 Black/Black Leather 

    Ex: ''91 BMW 535i, '91 BMW 318i, '89 BMW 525i, '74 Mercedes-Benz 280E, '87 BMW 325is, '86 BMW 325e, '05 Ford Focus ZX4 S, '85.5 Porsche 944

     


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    blueflame:

    A chance to start a new time capsule car:

    http://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id=232621180&scopeId=C&damageUnrepaired=NO_DAMAGE_UNREPAIRED&isSearch...

    Blueflame

    The guy who specced went wild as well! Smiley


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    1992 Mercedes-Benz W124 500E / 2003 BMW M3 CSL (sold) / 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS / 2014 BMW-Alpina D3 biturbo Touring / 2014 BMW-Alpina B3 biturbo Touring Allrad


     
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