I am looking to buy a turbo coupe next week and as much as pains me my head tells me I need to be practical and look to sell my NA which I have owned for best part of 15 years. I really would want it to go to a forum member who would look after it as I have but really not sure what would be a realistic price. What the best route to price the car fairly but to reflect condition and spec. I would likely sell with the number plate. I will not be in a rush so may try a classic car ad route first, what are your thoughts?
They don't seem to go for much in comparison to the turbos,mine is very similar to yours (probably not as clean) and I paid £1600 for it recently, it was a 64k with 12mths mot. I missed out on a 25k one for £2500, I've seen one labelled as as a baby Ferrari (for no good reason that I could see) for over £10k so it's really hard to know where to pitch them.
I'm in a similar situation to you. Bought my VIS before my LE and could do with not having three cars and a motorbike.
But I decided not to sell the VIS simply because the NAs are so unloved the number of them on the road is dropping fast. Down to just 181 now and the VIS is a small portion of that. 46 fewer on the road than just a year ago. 26 of them have disappeared entirely in that time. Expect the trend will continue until they are seriously rare.
The VIS gives me a great deal of pleasure because you can rev it through without ending up doing ridiculous speeds like the turbo. That means I can enjoy that wonderful engine that much more often than in the LE. Also it's a little softer so bumpy B roads are glided over with ease.
I know that in some clubs you can donate cars that you no longer want or need so that they can be saved and passed to future members and save them from being scrapped. I suppose a reasonable fee could be charged to members who wished to save them, over time any profits could be built up to purchase more desirable coops to await more suitable owners.
Well best laid plans etc... flew up this morning and had a good test drive which put a smile on my face. Car looked very tidy and smart. Checked the header tank and found mayonnaise type deposits and very murky coolant. Just landed back at Gatwick so a long day but alas no Coupe Turbo:(