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Daytona MiGi

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  • #236001
    William Bonow
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    @billbonow

    I believe this to be a late ’70’s kit assembled on a ’71 VW chassis that hit the road in the early 80’s.
    I picked it up a few years ago from an ad in “the Samba” in project status with a very soft engine and bad brakes. Likely, I paid way too much and then rebuilt many items that had been “diddled” with over the past 30 years. The car now has a fresh 1588cc (stock displacement) dual port engine. The combustion chambers are cut down to 47cc to give it about 9:1 CR. The heads are off a race car (ported) with stainless valves, but soft valve springs for street use. Still has a single 34 PCIT/3 (with choke removed). This gives really good low end torque and the CR gives a healthy, crisp sound. Heat system is removed an a merge header system with a “fat boy” muffler installed. It no longer sounds like a VW bug. It has a new 75 amp alternator, electric fuel pump, new tires and brakes repaired (turned out to be a collapsed LR brake hose). The top and side curtains are in great shape. Two sets of wheels/tires. Period correct UK license plates front and rear. Clean/clear Illinois title and license.
    $6,500.00 and I’m taking a beating (daughter starting school in 2016 fall).
    The car is currently in heated storage (race shop) in southern Wisconsin for the winter. 
    Seeing the car is no biggie, just need to schedule access.
    Plenty more photos available.
    Bill 815.715.3253
    #267001
    davearoy
    Participant

    @davearoy

    Sorry to hear about you having to sell your car. I agree your daughters education is more important. You may want to check out the Federal Direct Student Loan program, that schools offer. I did to avoid selling Herbie, as the car actually saved my wife and my life. So Herbie has been a important part of the family for the last 30 years.

    I am on the level………

    Dave
    Lakeland, Fldavearoy2016-01-17 13:44:45

    Dave
    Lakeland, Florida, where we drive Topless every day

    #267002
    William Bonow
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    @billbonow

    OK, no bites on the previous posting.
    Let me try the listing in a different fashion.
    Per the chassis tag, this is a ’76 Daytona MiGi on a ’71 VW type 1 chassis. From the documentation that comes with the car, looks like the assembly finished in the early 80’s. I purchased the car as a runner (drove it home from Racine, WI), but it needed “help”. Over the past 2 years, the “help” has been given and is a strong running/functioning car. The top and side curtains are in great shape. (2) sets of wheels/tires in great condition (less than 300 miles each). Wheels were blasted and powdered. New “banjo” steering wheel. Engine 100% rebuilt and very strong. New clutch. Era UK license plates. Just installed front TD turn/park lights and purchased (but not installed) TD square tail lights with LED inserts ($300). Clear title (Illinois as a ’71 Beetle).
    The car is back in my garage in Plainfield, IL (South West suburb of Chicago)
    I welcome any local forum members to come inspect and drive the car, even if you have no interest in purchasing. This is a solid car that needs a good home and the word needs to be circulated to a person who is looking but can’t find the right car at a low price.
    Lowered the price to $5,500 OBO
     
    #267003
    William Bonow
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    @billbonow

    Guys, if you know someone looking for a great TD kit car for minimal money, this is it.
    Price is lowered again to $4,800.00 OBO
    Someone will be shocked at the car they are getting for a very minimal amount.
    Will send more photos or video if requested.
    #267004
    John Simion
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    @johnsimion

    Bill, if you absolutely must sell your car — you might want to try listing it with Hemmings Motor News as an alternative to a real TD.  At the price you are asking (you are entirely too reasonable) you might attract someone who otherwise would buy a real TD but is scared of the British car maintenance/repair issue.  You also might try eBay.  In frustration a couple of months ago, I listed my own car on eBay and got bids up to $5000 but that was below my reserve.  My own car, however, had all kinds of issues at the time and I hadn’t titled it yet, and as I found out, nobody wants to buy somebody else’s problems.  Your own car seems like it would be much more attractive to a buyer than my own because YOU don’t have all the problems and YOU have a clean title.  You wouldn’t get rich on eBay but I do think you’d do better than $4800.  Finding out how poor the market was for my car cost me $35 in eBay fees — it would be worth it to you to risk $35 in eBay fees.  Just be sure to set a reserve and read some of the information out there about scams.  Good luck.

    As for my car, because I couldn’t sell it, I had to fix it, there was no alternative.  I finally found a decent mechanic and managed to deal with most of the issues that were plaguing it, and got it titled and registered as well.  Now I am just fixing little things and detailing, and waiting for a neighbor to finish sewing the top.  But at least it is driveable now, or it would be if it wasn’t 110 degrees in Vegas right now, or if I actually had a top on it.  However, since it is actually driveable, I am keeping it, at least for now.
    #267005
    William Bonow
    Participant

    @billbonow

    John,

    Thank you very much for the eBay idea.

    Now I feel dumb 😕

    Sometimes the answers are right in front of us, but we just don’t look  🙂

    #267006
    davearoy
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    @davearoy

    You may also try your local Craig’s List. I have seen several of these TDr cars for sale in the Tampa Bay Area. Prices any where from $4800 to $6800, for a quick sale. You are probably are a little low at $4800, ask your $5500, and negotiate down to a win, win price. Have you put it up for sale on Samba as well? If it driveable, I have always put a for sale sign on the car and drove mine, just to advertise it and enjoy it a little. You should also show it in any local car shows, or park it in a high traffic local parking lot, mall, grocery store, etc. Are there any local car clubs in your area that they might help you advertise your car? Good luck with it, sounds like a very nice car.

    Dave
    Lakeland, Fl

    Dave
    Lakeland, Florida, where we drive Topless every day

    #267007
    scubasteve
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    @scubasteve

    Another place is Gateway Classic Cars.
    http://gatewayclassiccars.com/sell-information
    You can consign your car with them. They have a showroom in Chicago. There is a number to call for information. I’m sure they would charge some sort of fee, but you would get national exposure for your car.
    Set your price at what you really want and add maybe 10% to cover their fee…

    Amor Conquista Todo

    #284016
    William Bonow
    Participant

    @billbonow

    Well, I listed it on Craigslist and WOW…..

    Within 24 hours, 7 contacts, all scammers. Not one person interested at $5,500.

    I did have one guy (high likelihood of a scammer) said $3k cash and not a penny more.

    Here’s the link:

    http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/cto/5653984485.html

    If someone wants a decent car for $4,800………

    I’ll contact Gateway.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by William Bonow.
    #284450
    Kevin Smithwick
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    @ksmithwick

    Bill – I’m interested in the MiGi. I contacted you on craiglist, but I figured I would post here too. I’m new to this hobby, but I’ve always loved MGs. I’d love to be able to learn more, and hopefully make a deal with you. I’m located in CT, so I hope shipping is a possibility.

    Let me know, thanks!

    #301643
    William Bonow
    Participant

    @billbonow

    Well, the summer is ending and I still have the car. Had a few calls, but very few have actually looked at the car.

    I’d still like to get $4,800, but will entertain any offers.

    Here are videos of the car

     

    #301644
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Super cool!

    #301647
    William Bonow
    Participant

    @billbonow

    Thanks Ed.

    Now listed on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/272355180634?

    #301687
    William Bonow
    Participant

    @billbonow

    Car is sold.

    #301689
    Vicenç Feliú
    Keymaster

    @sabreur76

    Congrats!

    Vicenç - (bee sense)
    Pembroke Pines, FL
    1983 FiberFab MiGi II - "Montse"

    #301690
    scubasteve
    Participant

    @scubasteve

    Congratulations on selling the car. Someone got a very nice and well sorted automobile. I’m sure you’re happy it sold, bust sad to see it go.

    Amor Conquista Todo

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