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The opening price is not unrealistic…..however the buy now is nuts!!

Ed Sparks

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old rusty disassembled iron goes for a lot of $$$ in TAZmania.
What was the opener.
 

ihredo4

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I sure would like to find 60,000 on the property I live. Dollars, Euros, heck I'd settle on Peso's. LOL
 

pjjms

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I can see why he wants to keep it in country. Here in New Zealand (and I would bet the same has happened in Aus) there have been a lot of buyers ship engines, cars and tractors off shore simply for profit, taking advantage of low local prices. I know of one company that was shipping vintage tractors off shore in containers, and they shipped lots. There is a strong desire to preserve the stocks we have here.
 

Engine Geezer

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He won't ship to the USA because Australia won't give him an export permit. In that regard they are a bit like Egypt which won't allow antiquities of cultural significance to leave the country. He probably put the first bid on it himself hoping to convince some other Aussie that it is worth at least that much.
You might recall what P.T. Barnum said on the topic.
 

OTTO-Sawyer

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.... He probably put the first bid on it himself hoping to convince some other Aussie that it is worth at least that much...
If he did, he got run up by a second bidder.

http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBids&_trksid=p2047675.l2565&rt=nc&item=281114868839

Or does that mean the second bidder is the seller bidding on his own engine trying to see how high the other guy bid.:shrug:

:O

Believe it or not, there are some Honest people on eBay. Maybe not all of them, but there are some.
 

Craig Gillingham

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I think you need to remember that it's a rare item, it's something I'd like to have. And it's a proper museum piece, and the bidding so far reflects this. The last inverted gas engine that I remember that sold in Australia made (from memory) $100,000+. That was a Crossley about 1/2 dozen years ago, and I can say from experience (looking hard), they are hard to find here, or anywhere else.
 

Merv C

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I think the rules in Australia are that agriculture equipment that have historical significance wont be given an export permit. That does limit the market.
If this engine does not have that it may be possible to sent it out of the country.
Rarity may be significant, but I do know of a quite rare engine that was given an export permit and it came to NZ.
We have similar rules here to stop our heritage from going off shore.
Pjjim's is right tractors, specially Lanz Buldogs, and traction engines were disappearing fast.
Merv.
 

OTTO-Sawyer

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Here in New Zealand (and I would bet the same has happened in Aus) there have been a lot of buyers ship engines, cars and tractors off shore simply for profit, taking advantage of low local prices. I know of one company that was shipping vintage tractors off shore in containers, and they shipped lots.
Sadly that happens with a lot of the U.S. cars, tractors, and engines as well, including some that I believe have gone to Australia and New Zealand.

But as has been pointed out in a couple other threads by either German George or Brothers Clemans...... The Boats Go BOTH Ways. All it takes is money. And once in a while the exchange rates switch and things sometimes go back where they came from. IF the Export Permits allow them to anyway.

---------- Post added at 10:08 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:01 PM ----------

I see the opening bidder has been outbid now too....

It's up to AU $60,600.00 now.
 

Craig Gillingham

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Interestingly, there appears to be the remains of the original flywheel on the pallet, the hub and the base of one spoke. Maybe it flew apart when it was in use?
 

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dalmatiangirl61

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Any chance one of these ended up in Central Texas or Northern Nevada? It sure would be sweet to pick one of these up @ .30c a lb:crazy: I hope the seller realizes their good fortune, if it pays off the farm power to them, it could have come back as chinese windsheield wipers:D
 

Nigel Scott

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Hi guys ,

We have no problem with the engine being shipped to the usa ,we have been told that an export permit should not be a problem.
but as stated in the listing ,the winning bidder is to organise packing and shipping at own cost ,although we will help as much as we can .

thanks for the good wishes and not so good lol.

there are some dodgy sellers on eBay ,agree with that ,but
percentage wise they are very low ,although it does make you wary once you have been bitten so understand that .

The high buy it now ,would have been nice:D
It was just a way of not being bombarded with emails asking for a bin price .
 

Paul Richardson

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Gday Nigel,..it was fun talking to you on the telephone,...it made me laugh a bit to realise you are just a garden variety(typical) Northwest Tassie farmer bloke,..and that you knew so many people there that i had the good fortune of getting to know in the short time i stayed there.I did think that because we both knew Keith and Sandra,..and that because i had actually attended a football match where Latrobe was playing,that you might consider giving me that thing:),..but by now there are more than 60 reasons why not i guess?:(
It was great to share a story or two then eventually talk about your engine.
I'm guessing for the most part this online community will be pretty excited here until the sale goes through,...i'm sure a bloke like you will understand that.
Thanks again,Paul.
 

Nigel Scott

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hi Paul ,this is the missus lol.

such a small world,I lived in latrobe for 18 years and keith and sandra lived about 3 houses from me round the corner .My family have know them for years .


Nigel said ,was great to talk to you too,ha ha the good old Latrobe days ..

Understand that people are excited ,we are still gobsmacked .
not much sleep happening here .
 
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