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A quick question about matching numbers...what is the value of a matching numbers car vs a non-matching numbers. For example, I know of a 1968 Shelby GT500KR. The parts in the car are all correct in type. However, the Cobra Jet engine in the car is not the original engine. If this does affect the value of the car, does anyone have an idea about how much it would affect the value....

I am just starting to learn about some of these cars, so any opinion you could give me would help. Thank you...
 

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In my opinion (and I am sure a lot of the purists will disagree), a "matching numbers" drivetrain is not near as important as the overall condition of the car. That is does it have a lengthy collision history, any major rust/rot or past rust repairs and whether or not it is equiped as delivered to the original buyer. If you have the correct CJ and the date codes coincide with the build date of your car, that is what counts. Keep in mind that Ford only VIN stamped certain high performance vehicles, and a lot of them had their engines destroyed within the first year or two of operation due to hard rpm use. In my opinion, ANY Shelby that is correct in everyway regardless of VIN stamping is still a gem....

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A lot of time when you hear people commenting on non-matching number often this is looking at a 6cyl car that now has a v8 or a 289 2bbl car that has been converted to 4bbl, or an added gt package etc. The purists (insert insane here) look for (in addition to the above) the body panels, engine, transmission, rearend, etc, etc to match the build date of the car. These people are very few and far between compared to the overall market and will not reflect in its resale value much unless you are sellig to one of those few. But, a 6cly car that has been converted will always be worth less. That help?

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Certainly a matching numbers car is a nice find. How much does it affect value depends on the car. If your paying for a 70 Boss 302 and someone stuck a common 302 engine in it then that's really disappointing and it lowers the price but how much? Maybe the buyer has a correct Boss 302 sitting in his garage so it will get snapped up anyway for a good price...I know I wouldn't be able to afford it though. In today's global marked pricing is a guessing game so it seems. If the GT500 has a "correct" engine in it I don't see the value affected that much if any but that's just my opinion.

For rare cars checking for matching sheet metal numbers could reveal a rebody. It's something to keep in mind when purchasing a rare expensive car.

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I agree with the other posts, but there is one thing to keep in mind and that is what you plan to do with the car. If you plan to restore it to Concours Trailered condition and then expect to sell it someday for a Concours-class price, the majority of the customers you attract will attach a value to the matching numbers (or lack thereof).

Just as you wouldn't build a McMansion in a neighborhood of modest townhouses, don't build the car beyond what it can claim to be. If you adhere to that rule, there will be little to no value impact.

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In thorough breed cars such as the Shelbys, matching numbers is quite desirable and almost ALWAYS asked. If it didn't matter, it wouldn't be asked. The value of matching numbers is entirely up to the buyer, but as others have stated; It could be the finest car in the concours show, but without matching numbers it's not a winner. All things being equal, matching numbers can fetch $2-10k extra, depending on the car, the seller and what the buyer is looking for. In 65-66 Shelbys, modified cars are not nearly as penalized in value as the later cars.

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