Originally Posted by honeygoldcoupe
You got that right. Illinois is right up there in price. Not many of them for sale either.
The market for classic cars is soft in general. The only way to get an accurate appraisal is to look at the current
sales in the area you are interested in of similar vehicles. Checking the asking price helps to a broad degree since you never really know what the actual selling price is in most cases, but it will narrow down the value for you. You can do this online in minutes by checking cars for sale from both private parties in pubs like the Trader and Hemmings, etc, Mustang mags and forums that have a trading/buy/sell sub forum, ebay, or places like online auctions and dealer websites.
There are also services like
carfax if you want to do that, but some of them will not work with cars that do not have a 16 digit vins (older vehicles).
Remember, with classics, there is a super-big grey area with the condition of the car's infrastructure. An ad that is offering a cherry auto with a new looking chromed-out engine bay may have crap brakes or flood rust. To really get an accurate appraisal, one has to really look at many cars for sale/sold.
Good luck. I hope our cars are worth a ton. I'd like to know myself so I can make proper adjustments to my insurance.