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A friend of mine has asked me to sell this for him on ebay (he does not have the internet in his house), but I don't know where to start. Does it look like it's in decent shape for an old car? How old is it, exactly? What would be a fair asking price?
All four wheels are good, they even say Goodyear on them (stamped, not painted), and the car rolls very well and very straight.
I'm in the JL Topper minority, I'm sure some more experts will chime in...in fact they may look more on the other board, the Vintage Diecast one...
but the Tomarts Johnny Lightning book (which is a few years old now) says $150.00 loose mint.. I haven't looked lately on evil-bay, but I don't think they go for that much... the wheels on this one are reeeeealy nice, too bad about the paint chips... I'd say it might go for $100 if u get lucky. If it was the version where the doors didn't open, it would be worth about 5 times as much.
As I'm known to be quite cheap (here and on other boards); this car is probably within the 40-45 dollar range seriously (me being cheap would pay no more than 15-20). Common color and plenty of chips. 50.00 + maybe if you are REALLY lucky if you find a gullible Gomer Pyle...
The ElDorado is the most common among the Detroit Toppers (and the least sought after Detroit by die-hard Topper collectors). Sorry...
Note: However had this been a SEALED door version Topper ElDorado (doors cast shut), the price would be north of Jupiter's 4th moon...
The sealed door ElDorado is without argument the most sought after regular production Topper period (non prototype, non former Topper employee thief lunch box special).
Of the thousands of Toppers I have, I do not have this one. I ever find one, it will be the last Topper I get (according to my wife who is sick of hearing about this particular pursuit)...
Hope this helps...
Also added: The Tomart's Johnny Lightning book is WAY OFF in regard to Topper pricing. My hunch is that Mac Regan's Topper source was just a bit self serving (ulterior motives for artificially pumping the prices way up) with his estimates.
If I might make a suggestion:
The Topper ElDorado seems to have a very broad appeal to folks (usually older collectors and especially European diecast collectors) who collect more realistic, non-muscle car, detailed non-track cars like vintage Matchbox cars and Corgi Jrs (from my experience). Plus the appeal of a Cadillac to collectors of American made marques as well (oddly of non redline type collectors out there, I find many will interestingly include both a Hot Wheels and a Topper Johnny Lightning ElDorado??).
I might suggest either offering this out-right on the swap sell board here or on other boards as well.
Also you may want to offer this on a vintage Cadillac discussion forum as there are plenty of Cadillac enthusiests looking for anything Cadillac (there are plenty of these forums on the net, just use Google search) most of them have a "for sale classified" area...
"eBay" isn't the end-all answer...you might be surprised.
You might have better luck.
Just a thought...
Id agree with mod. Be good to get around 50 if you found someone who needs that color. If it was a mint Car you wouldnt have any probs getting a good price for it. a few nicks here and there are common, still a very nice peice, hope you make will on it.
As for what the Books say the cars are worth and what it will actully sells for will always be a differnt thing.
Best you can do is toss it on the bay and hope someout out there takes a liking to it.
you should be able to get at least 25.00 for yours....
32.00, then you got a very good deal! Yours looks much better than the one pictured at the beginning of this thread. Though purple is the most common color, yours is a very good example.
Where did you find this car for 32.00 if you don't mind my asking?