Whats this worth? - Barn Find 1978 Viva 1300L

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Whats this worth? - Barn Find 1978 Viva 1300L

Postby lewiss123 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:23 am

Hi,

Vauxhall Viva 1300L
1978
46K
No Tax
Not Mot
West Midlands
Price - ?

I was hoping to draw on the experience of you Viva owners to find out what this Viva barn find is realistically worth?

Certainly not in A1 condition.....Its done 46K miles from new. Have 2 x original keys, manuals, owners booklets etc.

Not sure how to upload pics, I have stored them here:

https://imgur.com/a/0Q1IV

Many thanks

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Re: Whats this worth? - Barn Find 1978 Viva 1300L

Postby Fred Dukes » Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:29 pm

looks pretty shot - worth maybe £150 for spares if you can find anything any good :shock:
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Re: Whats this worth? - Barn Find 1978 Viva 1300L

Postby 1972nail » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:01 pm

I would agree with Fred, if you're buying. The seller may think differently.
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Re: Whats this worth? - Barn Find 1978 Viva 1300L

Postby lewiss123 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:17 pm

Thanks for the replies both.

I am actually the one who is going to be selling it. I have inherited it and wanted to know what I can reasonably ask for it.

I am the first one to open the garage for 17 years, i did try the key in the ignition, but the battery must be flat :D
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Re: Whats this worth? - Barn Find 1978 Viva 1300L

Postby 1972nail » Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:01 pm

In that case, I'd be asking up to about £500 and be prepared to accept as little as £150.

As far as parts are concerned the only worthwhile sought after bits are the dash crash pad - £50 to £100, late type 1256 engine and gearbox - £100 - £150 complete. If the bumpers and tail lights have very good chrome then £20 each. You may sell various other bits over a longer term.

Those values are if you were selling the bits already stripped off, not on the car.
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Re: Whats this worth? - Barn Find 1978 Viva 1300L

Postby billy_bunter » Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:42 pm

17 years. Yikes!

Looking at your photos it looks like some rust horrors will be living in the main shell. Rust will have taken hold. Garages like that really suffer from condensation hence all the mould and lichens all over it. The inside of the sills on these cars suffer badly when stored like that. This is where the cars strength comes from as it ties the floor to the A,B and C pillars.
Bear in mind a buyer will have to replace all rubbers and hoses. Strip and inspect engine and replace components as needed plus machining. Pull apart the gearbox and rear axle inspect and replace as required. Replace all brake lines and brake components. Refurbish radiator and heater matrix. New tyres. etc.

Let alone the hours needed to cut out and put fresh metal back in.

Last but not least if this was a rare model such as an early 70's SL or a 2300 Magnum or indeed a Firenza then you would have a different answer from us. It would fetch more than that and have a lot more interest in doing the work needed. In modern car terms Think Ford Focus 1600 (your Viva) to Ford Focus RS (an SL)

Maybe the last owner was someone special in your life if so why not take on restoring the car yourself.
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Re: Whats this worth? - Barn Find 1978 Viva 1300L

Postby cooperman » Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:46 pm

Hi Sean,
Sorry to say but I agree with the others, unfortunately in the Viva world the cost of restoring a car isn't financially worth while as a fully restored car will only sell for £4k. Whilst it is low mileage it still needs a lot of work and money throwing at it. Whether you strip it or sell as a whole, good luck.
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Re: Whats this worth? - Barn Find 1978 Viva 1300L

Postby lewiss123 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:51 pm

Hi Magnum Force,

will keep it in mind. Ideally I want to get the car moved as a total package. Haven't really got the time to go through selling it as bits and pieces.
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Re: Whats this worth? - Barn Find 1978 Viva 1300L

Postby OUL 735 L » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:05 pm

Hi

Would be interested in the Dash clocks inc wiring and switches, also demister panel and switches, and seatbelts including bolts, will send a PM

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