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looks great, practical, but the price will stop a train.

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The price is a joke right?
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I was thinking something similar...
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Market value vs build price

what would it cost to build? what do they trade for?
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Mac, you know as well as I do that the "cost to build" really has little bearing on the price they sell at.
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Mac, you know as well as I do that the "cost to build" really has little bearing on the price they sell at.
Correct............. I do know. These vehicles do trade on SAMBA I was curious as to the current market....... Also curious as to what it cost to build.

I could see it costing a pretty penny to build. The parts alone.......
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My brother-in-law runs a little shop in Boulder called Wild Westy. His specialty is putting Subaru engines into Synchros and other Westfalias. He's done some pretty serious restoration work on some of these vehicles. One of his clients is one of the major dealers in the country. This guy will bring a van into the shop and have Lucas do $20,000 worth of work on them, including paint and body, lift kits, cattle bumpers, fog lights, Yakima racks, additional power sources, new fridge and interiors, Audi S4 brake conversions, special ratio gearboxes with LSDs, etc., etc. The dealer then turns around and sells them for $35,000-45,000. One of the ones Lucas did sold last year for more than $50,000. So, yes the value of these old "vans" has gone up in recent years.

Lucas also has other customers who are willing to put $30,000 into them and leave the van with him for months on end. He's had vans delivered from as far as Florida and Washington with the owner flying in to pick them up and drive them home when they are done. These are recreational vehicles for these people and the owners tend to drive Audi S4s, Carreras, or things like BMW 5 series cars as a daily driver and are not hurting for money. It's an interesting little niche market and has guys as serious about their vans as we are about our P-Cars.
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