I hope this is ok to post here. One of my neighbors has
been a car enthusiast all of his life, but now is getting on in age and
has recently lost his vision all together. He has sold most of his
cars, but one of the ones still for sale is a 1953 Imperial. Since he
knows I own several Imperials, he asked me to try and sell his.
This is an original California car with almost no signs
of any rust. The brakes have all been replaced, as has the carpet. The
car runs and drives just fine, but does smoke. I feel it is because it
has sat for the last couple of years and the valve seals have
deteriorated. The car is complete and the only part needs replacing is
one door window, which is there but cracked. The body is very good, but
does need to be repainted to bring it up to snuff. The paint is all
there, but faded. It is a 2 tone green. It is safe to say that the car
is pretty much all original and to become show quality would need
rechroming, some upholstery etc. As a daily driver, it is all there.
Now, here is where I need some help. I have no idea what
a car like this is worth on the open market. I have looked at various
sources and the prices seem to be all over the map.
If anyone knows these models, I would appreciate some
guidance on pricing. As well, if anyone is interested, I would be
pleased to provide detailed photos.
By the way, the car is located in Northern California,
about 35 miles North of Fresno.