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1965 Cevelle Malibu barn find

hi. im new to this site and new to restoring. but before i get myself into too much trouble, i want to find out what the experts think about this.
down the road from my house, an old lady died. her estranged son is selling off her estate. which includes a base model 1965 Chevelle Malibu 4 door. has the small 6 cylinder, no a/c, needs paint, and interior. hardly any rust. has 19,000 original miles, and runs! body, trim, glass, electrical, all in good shape. whats the car worth now? and if i were to get it, should i paint it and put new interior? and if i do, should i go back completely original? thanks so much! cant wait to hear what you all have to say!
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IMO Not worth much because it has 4 doors, might make a good parts car for a 2-door that is missing most of the front and rear trim, bumpers, and front sheetmetal, dash and little pieces.
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It's worth more restored to original condition, but personally I would not pay much for it as is. If you can get it cheap and restore it to original you might make a little money on it, but not very much. It would be worth a lot more if it was a 2 door.

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thanks. after purchase, paint, and interior, i would have about $5000 in the car. and about 40 hours of work. the engine may need a tune up, but that would be all i would do to it. what could i sell it for quick? thanks
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Low retail NADA value is $5063. This assumes a daily driver in good shape, needing only minor detailing. A good paint job and interior restoration job could exceed the value of the car by themselves, not including what you pay for the car. I see a parts car. Go to ebay and enter *1965 Chevelle parts* to see what parts would bring.
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thanks. after purchase, paint, and interior, i would have about $5000 in the car. and about 40 hours of work. the engine may need a tune up, but that would be all i would do to it. what could i sell it for quick? thanks
I'm really having a hard time believing you can buy it, paint it, and put new interior in it for $5000. But.........if you can, yes you can make money on it.
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yep

car is $2500. have paint and wil do myself. licensed painter. interior wil cost me $1000. will do myself. licensed upholsterer. thanks
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You may call me crazy, but being a more door it ain't even worth $5000 fully restored to original chalk marks, paper tags, inspection paint dabs and all. IMO. The demand for 4-doors is very low, even a wagon would pull more money. I don't think it is worth over $1000 as it sits now, it's just a parts car for a restorable 2-door.

Too many doors and not even a hard top, it's a sedan. Would have to be V8, 4-speed, special order SS package 4-door to be worth any real money.
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thanks. this is the info i needed. i just saw 2 sell on ebay this week that were 4 doors, more miles, worse condition, same year. one sold for $12k, the other sold for $17k. wonder what the difference is?
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car is $2500. have paint and wil do myself. licensed painter. interior wil cost me $1000. will do myself. licensed upholsterer. thanks
AAAAAAAHHH! That makes all the difference. 5000 buys you very little in an antique vehicle from the 60's era. Sure, you're not going to sell it to a "hot rodder", but there is still a market for nice old cars.
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I recently saw a 67 Chevelle 283 powerglide 4 door sell on Mecum auction for $21K, I was astounded.

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To each his own, If you can do the work in house and feel you can turn the car buy it and turn it there is always someone willin to buy, It just sometime takes a spell but they will come around if you pit it out there. Those old 64/65 malibu's getting harder to find 4 door or 2 door.IMO. Cole
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thanks. this is the info i needed. i just saw 2 sell on ebay this week that were 4 doors, more miles, worse condition, same year. one sold for $12k, the other sold for $17k. wonder what the difference is?
I don't know where you are looking on ebay. I use the "completed auctions" option under "advanced search". There were 27 1965 Chevelles or Malibus listed in the last thirty days. Exactly THREE of those cars sold, all were 2drs. The only four door post car in the list was "reserve not met" at $1,226.

By the way, the Z16 "recreation" didn't sell at $104,000 either...
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I have a '65 El Camino in decent, driver condition I'd LOVE to sell for $7500.00
Just not many takers in this economy.....
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I think you've received some excellent advise from the others here. One good feature is the very low mileage. Try and knock the price down, then buy the car knowing it's not going to move very fast, and wait for the economy to perk back up. You'll be able to sell the car if it's stock with numbers matching, original color scheme, original factory interior, and correct hubcaps and tires. It will just take time. -Jim
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