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1944 Schwimmwagen on eBay

Discussion in 'Military Vehicle Restoration' started by rprice, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. rprice

    rprice Member

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    Someone in California is trying to sell his restored schwimmwagen. Great bug out vehicle for the well heeled prepper...

    1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen type 166 for sale by owner. Less than 100 miles since restoration. Needs freshening up. Ran great when I parked it in the warehouse a year ago. Needs fluids changed and a 6 volt battery to run. Comes with some spare parts and trim including a spare transmission and propeller out drive. Photos and documents of restoration done in Germany.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1944-Volkswagen-Schwimmwagen-type-166-/172498180096
     
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  2. Skipper

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    Not my cup of tea and way too expensive. The paint looks almost shiny an should not be creamy like that Maybe it's the pictures. .. Good luck to the seller.
     
  3. KJ Jr

    KJ Jr Well-Known Member Patron  

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    Seems a little pricey
     
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    I saw that. Looks cool, but too expensive. Maybe after they secede from the union, the exchange rate might be in my favor. LOL
     
  5. George Patton

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    Hmm. You could also buy a Leopard 1 for the same price. (no comment on why I'd bring up such an oddly specific comparison. You'll find out soon enough.....)
     
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    Don't tell me you are the one who bought the Littlefield Leo I...It went for just under 200K.
     
  7. Otto

    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I like that we have members here who are keenly aware of the prices of various AFVs, because they sometimes actually buy them.
     
  8. Skipper

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    If only Otto. Not my budget I'm afraid and no room anyway. I'm aware of the prices though. Such vehicles usually sell at Drouot around 50.000-70.000 euros . If they are rare they'll reach the 6 digits, but for such a price you can get a Sherman .
     
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    We think there might finally be some mild stalling going on regarding WW2 vehicle prices after a frankly peculiar year of epic prices being achieved (to the extent that last French museum auction led some to speculate there may be a tax benefit being manipulated... somewhere).

    An online friend pointed out that if you look at the Milweb listings for tracked and armoured at the mo, there is a remarkable selection of WW2 gear there.
    There's always a bit of a pre-season winter sales peak around now, but seemingly more so than usual, and heavy vehicle prices are slipping just a tad, if only by comparison to recent madness.

    http://www.milweb.net/classifieds.php?type=1

    Only so many people can store/run/transport a tank or something almost as heavy. Maybe a finite bubble reaching it's level there. Schwimmers and Kettenkrads will, I suspect, stay mostly immune from that market fluctuation. Compact, rare, weird, desired, I reckon the only way is up regarding prices that have sometimes roughly quadrupled in a decade or so.

    Were there two Leopards in the Littlefield collection? One to Indiana maybe? Memory fails.

    Whatever. If you had the capital to invest in WW2 MVs 10-20 years ago and were cashing in now, I dare say that investment would have out-performed most hedge funds by percentage, maybe even giving the medium range art market a run.
     
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    von Poop Waspish WW2|ORG Editor

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    Had a Google.
    Is it possible this Schwimmer's coming from a celeb collection, or someone with above average media/entertainment connections?
    Remarkable lot of linkage and mainstream coverage for any WW2 vehicle sale.
     
  11. rprice

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    The schwimmwagen listing expired with no takers. Perhaps the seller will relist it at a more realistic price or, better yet, as an auction...
     
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    Well I would not work all weekend to pay for it !!!!
     

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