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Hi, guys and gals....long time no post. Well I would like to find a early IM pan based Speedster. The one white one recently sold on BAT was perfect but I was in the middle of buying a house so I didn't pull the trigger but should have. IMHO at $20k from the photos it was "well bought". A clean CA title would be preferred. I'm interested in anything from a roller to a turn key car.

Thanks in advance....

 It will never be my old IM-6 but I'll still have fun.

"Stupid should hurt" 

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Dave Welcome Back  ! There are small differences between an early pan based IM, a FF or CMC is a close second. The IM had composite blocks that support the front and rear bumpers, also had additional horizontal bracing off the rear portion of the VW chassis to the IM 20 ga. steel inner structure. Other than the embossed IM name on the deck lid hinges that's about all the difference there is. As far as the FF - CMC but sag that's an easy fix by replacing the rivets on the vertical wheel well wall with 5 1/6 bolts and Panel Bond adhesive, additionally you can add a length of steel between the vertical behind the door jamb attaching the other end back around the taillights.  

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Thanks Alan. Any help would be appreciated. I'm looking specifically for a IM that still is wearing its factory roll stamp ID. I want one that Henry's dad likely had his hands on..this photo is from the one sold on BAT 12-12-19. Original white gelcoat. 

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Bob: IM S6 posted:

Dave

Your IM6 was a sweet car, and I hope you find something that gets that feeling back for you.

 

 

Thanks buddy...my Fiat 124 was fun as are my 911’s  but I just want a basic Speedster. It will have a T-4 and 5 speed when I’m done. 

TRP posted:

I would be willing to go have a look at it for you, Dave.

I appreciate the offer...I reached out already. Let’s see how things go. With moving to a new place in Sonora I have a lot going on right now. Maybe the timings good, maybe not. 

I test drove that white IM in SF last year for an SOC member.  At that point, I have never driven an IM before.

I believe I wrote about it last year on here, but to summarize, I used to believe IM owners were rather snobbish about their IM's.  And even though the white one in SF is an older driver-quality car, the quality of the build is still there.  While I love my VS, there's no denying the IM overall is a more quality piece.  The front bonnet alone, probably weighs 2.5 times my VS's.

Kevin - Bay Area posted:

I test drove that white IM in SF last year for an SOC member.  At that point, I have never driven an IM before.

I believe I wrote about it last year on here, but to summarize, I used to believe IM owners were rather snobbish about their IM's.  And even though the white one in SF is an older driver-quality car, the quality of the build is still there.  While I love my VS, there's no denying the IM overall is a more quality piece.  The front bonnet alone, probably weighs 2.5 times my VS's.

Thanks Kevin! I wish I could have bought it from the original owner. That said do you think it’s worth my time to drive up from Sacramento to look at and drive it?

Hey Dave! Looking for a new project? If the timing is right I might make an SF run with you.  I will drive my X5 and you buy lunch at Scoma's. It is Crab Season after all. I have all the toll passes as well. The located by SF State my alma mater. 

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majorkahuna posted:

Hey Dave! Looking for a new project? If the timing is right I might make an SF run with you.  I will drive my X5 and you buy lunch at Scoma's. It is Crab Season after all. I have all the toll passes as well. The located by SF State my alma mater. 

It could be fun but I’m passing on the white car...guys nuts for the $27k asking price. 

Dave, sometimes you just have to let them hold on to it for longer when they have illusions on the value of their car.  When that happens the need to hang onto their dreams. 

Most cars that age unless completely redone need a lot of work.  

Just because it is an IM does not mean it does not need refreshing.  

There are others who have 30 year old cars who also want as lot for there cars thinking maybe that they have colletors value when all along Greg builds new one for that price. 

So in conclusion, at 20K It is absolutely a more realistic price... period  

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