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Post  Guesty1500 on Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:25 am

Hello everyone Smile ...
First off , what a friendly forum Smile and I hope I can tap into some of the obvious knowledge that is lurking on here regarding the following.

I have been asked to help sell my late Granddads pride and joy "Bluebell" a one owner 1981 manual VP1500 in Blue , 69000 miles…. cream Hide Upholstery, Armrests, Picnic Tables, Reading lights, Burr Walnut Facia and door cappings etc.. Great condition , always garaged.







The only thing wrong I can see with it is the headlining is missing , a job which was due to be completed but unfortunately was never done.

It comes with the following spares.
1 Headlining
4 CV GATERS
2 TORTION BAR BUSHES
2 DRIVE SHAFT CUPLINGS
SPARE FUEL PUMP
SPARE ALTERNATOR
2 HEADLIGHTS
2 REAR LIGHT CLUSTERS
PAIR COMPLETE DRIVE SHAFTS.

I’m under strict instructions that this car "MUST GO TO AN ENTHUSIAST"!!!!! so hopefully I’ve come to the right place.....so can you help with the following ...

indication on value ?

or if you think you may be interested in buying please let me know

Many thanks in advance for your assistance. Smile


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Re: 1981 VP1500

Post  Sweeney on Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:33 am

...Hi, Welcome to the forum! Very Happy you've done the right thing posting on here, there is a few of us 'live' with projects on the go, 3 VP 1500's & a series 1 Allegro 1500 all ongoing in various stages of order and prep so we should be able to help Very Happy myself ive recently retrimmed a VP of all the fabric parts of the interior including the headlining, sides, front, back & centre uprights behind the belts completing the job only a couple of months ago, all the same fabric & foam fitted in the 'as factory' way just using new glues & foams with pretty good results.

If the car is complete with no tricky bits of trim missing but just needing a refurb then thats quite normal for the headlinings on the VP's, if the panel is with the car it shouldnt put many interested parties off if you want to sell it. If you could post some upto date pictures we could indicate what sort of prices to expect as a guide with a few examples of vehicles sold recently that could be simular.

The cars are getting very much increasing demand now as unfortunatly the numbers are dropping quite sharp so the 'must go to an enthusiast' is very much a sellers condition of sale almost as strong as the price wanted understandably - again your in the right place and we will help you where we can Very Happy

Welcome to the forum Very Happy

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Re: 1981 VP1500

Post  Andy Perman on Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:04 pm

Hi, welcome to the forum. You are in the right place here Very Happy , we all have both off road & rolling restorations ongoing here. What you have sounds fantastic, a one owner, garaged 81 model with guaranteed 69K on the clock. If it has a current MOT then you will certainly get top dollar for it.

Post some pictures up of the 'old girl' so we can assess a guide value, plus confirm a few details. One biggie is, being an 81 model it could be a 1750 VP as I think that variant was predominant by then. Photo of the engine bay, or check if it has two oil dashpots on the carb (dual one). If so it's a 1750 engine and very desirable.

The headlining is a very common problem with the VP's, almost compulsary Very Happy . As Jamie said it's fairly easy to sort out provided all the panels are there. Not impossible if they're not Razz Mine has no headlining just now, I took down what was there it was sagging so much Smile

Some area's to look for that are nasty to fix, and therefore affect value are:

Rust!!!!! Wheel-arches, Front wings & front panel, cills, rear cross tube mountings, floor pans etc.
Suspension height to low or lop sided (it's obvious when you look)

Anything else is relatively easy to sort out. Post up some pictures, esp any of the above area's if necessary and we'll do what we can to help.

Does sound nice though, i'd give it a home myself if I had the space Very Happy

All the best. Andy.



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Post  Guesty1500 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:28 am

can someone expalin to me how to post pictures please....not an easy thing to do apprently.

many thanks.

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Re: 1981 VP1500

Post  Jimbo on Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:14 am

Hi Guesty, Welcome Very Happy

Here's a link to the photo posting thread, it's fairly straightforward when you try, I managed it anyhow Laughing

http://austinallegro.forumotion.co.uk/t74-how-to-post-photos

Prices are tricky, particularly for a project, so all the evidence of condition, and therefore jobs to do, will help tempt the fainter-hearted into the world of cheap classic car ownership Laughing

Whereabouts are you/the car?

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Re: 1981 VP1500

Post  Andy Perman on Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:23 am

Hi chaps!

Jamie has already posted this up under a seperate thread but I think it has some interest here: This is an 81, 1750 model with MOT and 30K on clock... Sound similar?? I know Guesty your grandfathers is a VP, but the VP is the most common variant of the Allegro so watch this one with interest as it will give you an indication of achievable price.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/230964182780?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649#ht_1386wt_1255

Andy.

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Re: 1981 VP1500

Post  Guesty1500 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:22 am

I can't post the pictures until next week ..Forum rules Sad .. I bet the anticipation is killing you all;)


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Re: 1981 VP1500

Post  Jimbo on Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:34 am

Guesty1500 wrote:I can't post the pictures until next week ..Forum rules Sad .. I bet the anticipation is killing you all;)


You can Very Happy (using photobucket is instantaneous, no idea how to do it officially Laughing )

And yes, the suspension is killing us Laughing

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Re: 1981 VP1500

Post  Sweeney on Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:18 pm

...Its the automatic antispam period for newbies thats all that is, couple of days will soon pass Wink
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Re: 1981 VP1500

Post  Guesty1500 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:19 am

pictures are up on the first post ...

Any questions please contact me .

She is now for sale ...open to offers

Essex based .

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Post  Sweeney on Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:09 am

...Looks a nice clean motor that does, you'll have to let us know how much its up for Very Happy
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Post  Guesty1500 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:51 pm

well if its worth say £1000 i would be happy ,,, but like i said im open to offers .

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Re: 1981 VP1500

Post  Andy Perman on Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:42 pm

Could you post up a link to where you have the car advertised, I'll post it in the owners club for more exposure. Looks a very tidy motor that, i'd gladly give it a home if i had the space and didn't have a project already Very Happy Andy

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