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The time has arrived to sell my very nice Subaru powered Fiber Fab Californian Speedster. I am offering it here first. Some of you have seen my Speedster at Carlisle in 2019. If you are interested or know someone who may be please contact me for more details. The Speedster was professionally assembled in 2007 and sat in the first owners climate controlled garage with less than 100 miles on it until I bought it in 2017. The body has a high quality 2 stage paint job in a Jaguar metallic blue color. Everything on this car is done to high standards. The Subaru conversion was done over a 6 month period in 2018 by Special Edition in Bremen In. Carey can answer any questions to the quality of the car and conversion. This is one special FiberFab and not your average Classic Motor Carriages type Speedster. This car has less than 5000 miles on it and can be driven reliably on any length trip. I have gone on several 300-400 mile drives and the car performed flawlessly. The Rancho pro suby transaxle's special gearing makes the best use of the 180Hp the Suby engine puts out and can cruise on the expressway at 80 plus MPH with ease. 4 wheel disc brakes make stopping the car easy smooth and safe. The price I will sell for is $32K which is much less than it costs to build a speedster of this quality. The car comes with New Cocoa matts, cruiz'in side windows and full tonneau cover. The Mazda style show bar is easily removed with a few bolts for those whose taste it doesn't suite. The car is a well sorted Suby powered Speedster ready to enjoy this spring. It has a heater for those cooler evenings or mornings. Why am I selling ? I have other projects going and I usually sell cars that arrive to the point they need no further improvement and that is the case with this Speedster. I also need to stay out of the sun and a convertible just doesn't fit my situation any longer. I will still be a member of this great forum regardless of this if you all will have me. Contact Jim Vickers for more detailed information or additional pictures or video. The car looks great and performs even better.  812-972-4516 anytime between 9am -11pm EST.                   

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Wow. Just beautiful. If you go to BAT and browse completed auctions and filter for Vintage Speedster, you might be able to gauge the market. Yes, BAT is hit or miss, but you can always start out with a reserve price. Of course we aren't comparing Apples to Apples. You might also be able to reference this site which would serve as the 'provenance' or lack thereof between 2007-20017? But with only 100 miles in ten years, who needs those records. GLWS!

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BaT hasn't appeared to have auction off a flared or wide-body variant of the speedster.  I don't know if this is intentional (BaT not posting them), or if no one with a flared or wide body has bothered to try to auction their cars on BaT.

For awhile, they simply denied replica speedsters.......that is until I think they found that there's a demand for them.

As I understand, and perhaps those that have used BaT can weigh in, BaT will try to set a lower reserve than you may want, as selling your car is in their best interest, while selling your car at the price you want, may not be.

Boy was I disappointed tonight. I thought I had a car bought that I had been the high bidder on in an Ebay listing and as the last second of the auction clicked over instead of seeing you have won it said you have been outbid auction is now closed. Someone out bid my higher than visible amount by $100.00. I thought Ebay auctions  would keep extending the auction until there was a period of minutes without any bidding, I guess that isn't the case. I really thought I had this car and it was ripped from my hands. I have never had that happen. I will be able to slow the sale of my Speedster some because I won't be pressed for garage space now. Thanks for listening I needed to vent.  You may have seen the car that I thought would be mine. I know the guy who built this and I knew what the car was and it was the real deal. I now know someone else knew also and knew how to work the Ebay auction system better than me as well. The body was molded from one of the first Lola sports racers that Ford had brought over to start the GT40 program. That is why the nose looks shorter and higher than a GT40 Mk1 or MK11 because it isn't replicating either of the two. You can see footage of the cars this was molded off of in the Netflix documentary about Carrol Shelby.  I really wanted this one, Oh well it wasn't meant to be.

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Love the blue Speedster and remember it from Carlisle.  ebay is tricky to get to be the high bidder because of the unseen higher bids that can kick in automatically. I got my "banjo for life" off ebay at the last nano second by having a higher bid in reserve.  I understand that there are even programs to assist a buyer.  I buy a fair amount of stuff off ebay and use that higher automatic bid device and I pretty much always get what I'm after.  Trying to hit the"bid" button at the last second has never worked well for me--like it didn't work for you on that Ford clone.

A thought---I don't know if you will receive the most important part of owning a car like that red one you lost and that is the SOC and the great people  you make friends with in the Speedster/Spyder/ MG replica scene. Carlisle has been  the highlight of my year each year for 13 or 14 of them.  I love the 2,500 mile round trip, the gathering of additional cars along the way in the Southern caravan, and thedear friends at Carlisle.  (Sure hope it happens again in 2021!)

Good luck with your car quest!

Oh I was never planning on leaving this forum/club/family. I love the people here and the Red V8archieGt4T that I missed getting  shows at Carlise on the same dates, and my plan is to get a Suby powered coupe eventually. Thanks for what you said. I did really screwed up. The seller offered to  stop the auction for $27500.00 when I was at $2700.00 two days before the auction was offer and I passed on the offer, what a bone head move!!

It may not be over, Jimmy. I've bought a couple of cars after the eBay auction ended when the high bidder wouldn't perform.

It's BaT that extends the auction if a higher bid comes in the last seconds. This is to eliminate the "sniping" software that is available (for free) for ebay auctions. With this software, one enters the absolute highest amount they will go to, and the software will bid high enough to win the auction, but places the bid in the final seconds of the auction. It works really, really well. It's kind of crazy to watch an auction with two bidders sniping-- the last seconds are crazy.

The BaT system is better for both buyers and sellers because it's closer to an actual auction, where the last two bidders get a chance to respond to the latest high bid. You never feel like you've been bull-rushed by software if you are the buyer, and you get the absolute top dollar somebody is willing to give if you are the seller. BaT isn't perfect (far from it), but their bidding system is pretty close.

I like the eBay system of bidding. I decide how much I’m willing to spend on something, I enter that amount, with 5-6 seconds left I hit the bid button. I figure if I lose out, so be it, that was all I was willing to go for said item. I don’t understand why people would even bother to make a bid before the last few seconds of the auction.

@LI-Rick posted:

I like the eBay system of bidding. I decide how much I’m willing to spend on something, I enter that amount, with 5-6 seconds left I hit the bid button. I figure if I lose out, so be it, that was all I was willing to go for said item. I don’t understand why people would even bother to make a bid before the last few seconds of the auction.

thats how i do it, if i win it was meant to be, if not, who cares

@Stan Galat posted:

It may not be over, Jimmy. I've bought a couple of cars after the eBay auction ended when the high bidder wouldn't perform.



@Jimmy V. I agree with Stan, there's a surprisingly realistic chance that the buyer fails to follow through.  My heart was broken a few times in the past, until I realized that the car was still available.  I can't remember how I determined this- either it was because I sent a message to the seller after the bidding ended ("Hi do you have other cars like this pls let me know when you do etc etc").  Or maybe I did an advanced eBay search where you filter to only completed vs sold listings, then notice that "hey wait a minute this didn't sell".

It's worth looking into, just as a last ditch effort.  That's a beautiful car, and as we all very well know (and I continue to learn), who's hands it was in before might be more important than anything else.  Unless you like headaches.

@Stan Galat posted:

I always contact the seller after the auction if I was the number 2 bidder.

"I'm really sorry I missed out on this. If the high-bidder doesn't perform for some reason, please let me know and we'll work something out. I'm in my 50s, have cash, garage space, and a trailer. My wife has already signed off on the purchase. If this car becomes available again, please let me know."

That sounds like lawyer boilerplate/template language that has been refined and optimized over years, I'm saving that somewhere!

@Jimmy V. posted:

Still possibly getting the GT40 replica that I was out bid on last night in the final seconds. Slight chance it is still in play.

V8ArchieGt4topened

Good luck, Jimmy. It seems like there's been a bunch of "sales not completed" lately.



I used sniping programs in the past and they saved me a lot of money. Rather than sitting and watching and risking "auction fever," I'd decide on a price, set the snipe, and walk away. You win some, you lose some, but you never pay more than you wanted to. Then, sometime around 2007, my sniping program stopped working, and I never figured out why, whether it was eBay or my program. But I haven't bought anything on eBay other than "buy it now" auctions for years. It helped a lot that one of the guys whose auctions I frequently bid on opened an actual online store for britalia motorcycle parts.

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@LI-Rick posted:

I like the eBay system of bidding. I decide how much I’m willing to spend on something, I enter that amount, with 5-6 seconds left I hit the bid button. I figure if I lose out, so be it, that was all I was willing to go for said item. I don’t understand why people would even bother to make a bid before the last few seconds of the auction.

The problem is if the item is still hundreds or thousands below what you would bid, if pressed. What do you bid? That's why the auto max bid option is valuable

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