My personal opionions on the monetary valuation of the Matador Coupe:
I am frequently asked about the valuation of Matador Coupes, both by buyers and sellers. While I try my best to intelligently answer these questions, first let me say that I am not an automotive valuation expert, a speculator, or a futurist. I am simply a guy who enjoys these cars. I do, however, have some opionions on the subject. I have put these opinions in a question and answer format.
- I'm selling my Matador Coupe - what is it worth?
- The best answer is - "Whatever someone will pay for it." If you are looking for a dollar amount, I have seen low mileage, excellent condition Matador Coupes sell for as little as $1500, and as much as $11,000. Personally, I have a hard time seeing how anything over $5000 is justified unless it is a low mileage car in excellent condition and/or heavily optioned; a very clean 1974 X with a 401; any 1975 with a 401 (yes, they did exist); a very clean 1978, highly optioned, with a 360; or another very unusual variant.
- I want to buy a Matador Coupe. What should I look for?
- First, don't buy a Matdor Coupe because you think they will become highly collectible. I love them, but I am realistic enough to realize that the coupe is a fringe car, and will probably never attain the collectible status of the AMX, Javelin, Rebel, Marlin or Rogue. I believe that it will become more valuable and interesting to collectors, but if you are buying one as an investment, I urge you to put that money to work for you in other ways.
If you simply like the car, and enjoy it's looks and character, then by all means get one. They are not all that rare, although it is getting more difficult to find one in pristine condition. Look for a Coupe that is complete, with as little body damage as possible, and with as many options as possible. X, Brougham, Cassini and Barcelona/Barcelona II trim packages are your best bets, although base models can be dressed nicely, too.
As with any older car, the less things missing or broken, the happier you will be. Glass, lights, rubber seals, metal trim, and interior pieces are all unique to the Coupe, so those should be a high priority. If the engine or tranny is trashed, but the car is complete and in good shape otherwise, get it. Any AMC 6 or 8 cyl. engine and transmission from 1970-1987 will fit, including the 232/258 6 cyl., and the 304/360/401 V8. The earlier AMC 290, 343 and 390 V8s will also work.
- Okay, I've made up my mind I want one. Should I get a 6 cylinder or a V8?
Collector Car & Truck Market Guide is also a good way to get a decent idea of what your car might be worth.
- Both are very dependable engines, but the V8s will always have more draw to collectors, and will most likely retain more resale value. However, that being said, always buy the best condition car you can, whatever engine it has. If you want more power, go with the V8. If you want slightly better gas mileage, go with the 6. I have noticed that some car show judges favor the V8s, if you plan to show your car.