Need help re. 2015 IM on Hemmings

The following ad:

https://www.hemmings.com/class...eedster/2056836.html

represents the car as a 2015 build with "original build value" $89,740. It has everything that I've been looking for and then some...and is being offered at $49,500. My questions to those of you who know way more about this than I - which means everybody - are as follows:

1) How best to find someone in the area to do a pre-buy inspection?

2) Not that it really matters, but is $89,740 reasonably accurate?

3) What does matter is what is a reasonable price for this car?

4) Answers to any questions I should have but don't know enough to ask..

In advance, thanks for taking the time to reply,

Edward

 

 

 

Edward Simonian

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Bob: IM S6 posted:

Same or similar car:  copy and paste.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/65579473@N08/albums/72157648913988009

Looking at the ad on Pelican, that is the same car.  If this is for real, that is one super buy for an almost brand new IM Speedster with a turbo Subaru engine in it.

The link here takes you to Henry’s photos of his builds.

Yep. A lot to like about that car. I am knee keep in projects myself. Beginning a resto mod on a 1976 - bmw 2002 - so I have to look the other way.  (And I'ld have to sell my IM roadster - not ready to do that just yet.) I wonder if it will bring close to the $50k. Sub $45 seems more like it. ?

(FIY - Lots of pine trees in Florida too. Background looks like central Fl to me.)

edwardsimonian posted:

I've bought a lot of cars over the years and don't remember ever being this psyched. Then again, at almost 78, there's a LOT I don't remember.

Well, at seventy-eight, it's time you had a nice Speedster.  I do hope this works out for you.  I've had three nice Intermeccanicas, and was psyched with each purchase. 

(being in Canada, Intermeccanicas are a good option - saves the import hassle, for one thing)

If that car is in good shape, no prior accidents etc...that's the bomb.  Maybe even a better deal than my old car for $40k.  That car has the juice...300hp worth.

 

Say its 239hp.  My spyder is a 230hp naturally aspirated 2.5L Subaru.  That car has to be close to 300hp.  Think that car has same engine as Marty's car. 

It is 3 y.o. so the stuff is pretty new, but it is lacking the hard top that Phil had.  It is in the ball park IMO if you want a turbo response.  I like N/A response better if I ever built again I would go with a IM-6 frame but use a Subie 6 it weighs like 50-60 lbs more than a 2.5L and has stock 250hp with a normal torque curve ... now that would be an interesting build. 

550 Phil posted:

If that car is in good shape, no prior accidents etc...that's the bomb.  Maybe even a better deal than my old car for $40k.  That car has the juice...300hp worth.

 

Say its 239hp.  My spyder is a 230hp naturally aspirated 2.5L Subaru.  That car has to be close to 300hp.  Think that car has same engine as Marty's car. 

METHINX Phil's assessment very accurate....upon PPI, quite an automobile. Probably not a blatant STEAL but in the fairly priced category. Would be nice to score it at 45K  but unlikely.....missing towel bars() that I love dearly

550 Phil posted:

If that car is in good shape, no prior accidents etc...that's the bomb.  Maybe even a better deal than my old car for $40k.  That car has the juice...300hp worth.

 

Say its 239hp.  My spyder is a 230hp naturally aspirated 2.5L Subaru.  That car has to be close to 300hp.  Think that car has same engine as Marty's car. 

Definitely worth it Phil. It looks REALLY nice. If I was in the market for a Speedster I'd be jumping on it.

That being said, remember that your car weighs not much over 1500 pounds. I believe the IM6 is close to 2500, so with a Suby4 turbo say 2300? Still an 800 pound weight penalty. But we'd have to weigh Marty's in Carlisle to know for sure. But I'm guessing you still have a better power/weight ratio. Yours is approxamately 6.5 lbs./hp. 

That IM would have to be under 2000 pounds to beat you despite 300 horses.

Bob Carley was surprised at how my new car moved with it's little 170hp engine. And Rob with the green SAS turbo was surprised as well.

Power/weight is king, ask Colin Chapman of Lotus fame.....

But dang, if I wanted a Speedster, nothing would keep me from grabbing THAT one!

Yup.  My car is about 1500 lbs with about 230hp.  Fastest thing I've ever driven with the exception of a 911 turbo a friend let me drive a few years ago.  Honestly if I could get the rubber to the road I think I might be faster.  Even with an LSD nothing but both tires spinning on hard acceleration in 1st and 2nd.

And no I don't have it yet.  Looking at early March.

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