I’m Thinking About Selling My SC …
What’s it Worth?
By Michael Albee
If I only had a nickel for every time that I have been asked this question …. I’d be a rich man!
Although the Super Coupe is not yet a collector car, (collector cars are generally considered to be cars that are over 30 years old), the Super Coupe is becoming more and more collectible every day.
As the total number of this limited production Thunderbird has steadily decreased over the past few years, the ones that are left on the road have become inherently more valuable. This is mostly due to the fact that the parts to maintain them are becoming harder and harder to find.
Those owners who choose not to fix an SC when they: A). blow a head gasket, B). wear out the front end, C). burn up the transmission, or D). have “other major issues with it” that they determine to be “just not worth fixing” have unintentionally set the wheels in motion to increase the value of the rest of the Super Coupes and XR7’s on the road. They have done this by selling off their car for parts.
The sad part is, that most of these cars are repairable if someone would just be willing to spend the money. But, I’m sure this isn’t the first time this has happened in the automotive world. I imagine that this is also the reason you don’t see very many “all-steel” ’32-’34 Ford’s around anymore either!!!!
Out of the approximately 66,000 Thunderbird Super Coupes and Cougar XR7’s that were produced from 1989-1995 it is now estimated that well over half of them have been scraped and/or parted out. These vehicles have been removed from the streets due to normal attrition or because they have sustained non-repairable damage caused during an accident.
Because of these dwindling amounts, groups like the Super Coupe Club of America and it’s local chapters have been formed to help preserve the Super Coupe’s that are left.
As far as the value of your particular SC or XR7, it’s value depends greatly on the condition of the car, the options your car has and the buyer’s conception of what it’s worth.
I have seen early SC’s go for $200-$500 dollars. As a parts car, a little higher. The Really Nice ones (with all of the options) have gone for as much as $3500.00 (early models) to $11,000.00 (later models).
NOTE: “A Real Nice One” assumes that the car is original, (except for maintenance parts), has no rust or body damage, the interior is not worn, the under-hood area is clean and dry, it has way under 100k miles on it….. Oh, it also helps if the head gaskets have been replaced.
Unfortunately, there is no “Hard and Fast” rule when it comes to placing a value on your car, (no matter what kind of car it is). It’s all about perceived value. A.K.A. “what you and the buyer both think it is worth”.
As a rule of thumb, you can figure that an SC that runs good and you can drive it without worry of breaking down is worth about $1000.00. From there you start adding value for all of the little things.
In the end, I guess the best thing to keep in mind is that these cars originally sold for around $21,000 to $27,000 when they were new and the “really nice ones” are worth about half of that. That being said, you then need to ask yourself, “Is my car Perfect, Nice, Fair, So-So, or a basket case?” Then determine the price break for each level. For example some have offered the following breakdown:
Perfect= 11k, Nice= 5k, Fair= 2k, So-So= 1k, and a Basket Case= 200-500.
Sorry I can’t get any closer than that for you. But without seeing it in person, taking it for a drive and crawling under it, that’s the best I can do.