PB.283 said:IMO this forum over estimates the Trophy's value, people ask more for private sales that dealers ask and dealers will offer at least £2k less than the put em up for.
Perhaps a tad harsh. With specialist cars, it is not unusual for private sale prices to meet or exceed dealer prices. The reason is that the private seller (and a sensible buyer) will take into account the fact that there is a limited number of these cars, they can see where the car has "lived" its recent (maybe whole) life. The seller knows how the car has been driven, the fact that it has (for example) been garage parked its whole life and not taken apart every 10 minutes etc. etc.
With a trader/dealer, it could be (and often is) junk that someone has traded in for the next big thing. Other factors which are harder to estabish are how old was the last owner, did they have a nice presentable house or was it a dump and the car left on the street in all weather, is it a track day hero returned to standard? These are all things that you can at least get a feel for when speaking to a private seller at their home. What does a trader/dealer offer that a private sale doesn't (and don't say warranty!)?