Ive been meaning to post this for awhile now. Ive been looking for the "right" car for something like 3 years of actual active searching. I finally bought my car 3 months ago, its an August 81 with a black interior, gas flap, grooves and a 5 speed with 89 miles and the original NCT's. I went through hell to get it, and it almost didnt happen. Anyway, my point....the seller was asking $32,000. I finally after much pleading bought the car for $25,000. I had it trailered to PJ Grady's (I live in NY) were i spent close to $5,000 it making the car utterly flawless.All the updates, recalls, Zillas,lowered the suspension, tuneup, belts, wires, hoses etc...When i brought the car there he said it was very close to being concours worthy, after it left his shop Rob said it was definitely a contender and as close to a 10 as he has seen. He also said that I paid a fair price for the car(the car belonged to an old man who bought it for his grandson as an investment towards his education,he passed away and his daughter needed the $$$ but was reluctant to giveaway her fathers prized possesion). Which brings me to the $25,000 rule...I find it hard to believe that a person would be likely to give away a car theyve been caring for, for the last 20+++ years and all these cars do need some TLC especially after being "mothballed" for 2 decades, so how is the $25,000 rule (guideline) still accurate?? BTW, I really shopped around and am very mechanically inclined and knowledgeble and ive seen many $15,000 cars, in comparison to mine and other concours cars they are lightyears apart. Are we to assume that the values a rising? because I had a wicked car to start with and still spent real money.