What's a Mint condition '83 Patrol Shorty worth?

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What's a Mint condition '83 Patrol Shorty worth?

Unread post by Hellbelly » March 24th, 2019, 3:25 am

Hi all.
It’s been a while since I was in here but I figure this is the place to start.

My old man is looking to sell this 1983 SWB Petrol Patrol. He bought it from the original owner and has literally only done a lap of the small town he lives in and then stored it away. It’s in immaculate condition with original paint and 69000 original kilometres.

I’m a Toyo guy myself and have no idea what these things sell for but even if I knew the market value of a daily driver, this CLEARLY is something a bit more special than that. I’m hoping that someone in the know could give me a rough ballpark figure of what it might be worth.

Thanks in advance.

Ps. He has the original bumper bar. I’m not sure why the other bar is on there.

Mick.

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Re: What's a Mint condition '83 Patrol Shorty worth?

Unread post by V Williamson » March 26th, 2019, 6:54 pm

Unfortunately I don't think I can help much but I think there is a need to comment.

Regrettably, although the vehicle is immaculate looking, it is only going to go for the price that someone is prepared to pay for it. What price is that? It might be heartbreakingly low.

It is of an age that you could register it with historic vehicle plates. If that was the case, then it would be unlikely to go and have fun and get muddy. For a fun and get muddy future, I really don't think it would pull much of a price. But... I could be way wrong.... and I am sure you be hoping the same....

The only way I think it could pull a good price would be if could be considered a "collectible". So what makes it collectible? Well the originality and overall condition certainly appear to tick the right boxes. Now all you need is a collector.

There are car sales magazines for not-your-ordinary-run-of-the-mill car. Perhaps you could try those magazines and place an ad and put an "offers considered" against the price and see what response you get. Obviously "consideration" includes you saying "no".

Hope this helps somehow.

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Re: What's a Mint condition '83 Patrol Shorty worth?

Unread post by Les - PK Ranger » March 27th, 2019, 7:54 pm

Unusual model Mick, I did a bit of googling . . .

Could be a 2 door pick up, they called them fire truck model ?
Could explain colour, the back is a removable canopy ?
Was this possibly an ex CFS vehicle ?

They had them know as an MK Patrol, though dealers never recognised this (or the previous MQ model, nor were these model letters ever in any official literature) and they were supposedly still called a Datsun Patrol then, losing that to Nissan from 1984 onwards.

It could be a 4 sp manual (economy option to clear old boxes), but most MK on were 5 speed.
It could be a 2.4, 2.8, or 4.0 litre petrol engine.

Very nice by the looks of it.

I found stats on it from Redbook for a diesel version, $13680 new, price range now private private sale $1,800 - $4,100.

I would do what VW advises above, list it on a specialty collectors type website, (or mag) that offers are being taken.

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Re: What's a Mint condition '83 Patrol Shorty worth?

Unread post by Hellbelly » April 8th, 2019, 9:40 pm

Sorry for the delay in my reply guys. It’s been so long since I’d logged on, I’d forgotten my password. Obviously I’d guessed it at some point for the original post but hell, do you think I could guess it again.....DOH!!

Thanks very much to you both. That sound like good advice. I still haven’t spoken to my old man about the details yet, but I like the idea of the specialised mags etc. And yeah, I’m not sure what he’ll end up getting for it. As VW said, you need a collector, at the end of the day.

The fire truck angle is pretty interesting too, thanks Les. I’ll see if he knows, or can dig anything up about that..

Many thanks again, Gentlemen.

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