1977 Pallas, what are they like to fix up?
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    Default 1977 Pallas, what are they like to fix up?

    Hello,

    For a special girl who loves Citroen was purchased an unregistered 1977 GS Pallas, then bought were a set of four new tyres, and then despite good intentions it got left in my mates backyard for a year while life got very busy

    Last weekend I bought a new battery and to its credit it started up and ran beautifully, the suspension is amazing (especially nice and gentle over speed humps)

    All the little bits that are missing or broken, I would think I could replace,
    steering wheel, hubcaps, grill badge, front blinker lenses etc etc... but.....

    The car has what I would call a fair amount of rust, new doors would be required I think, and also required would be someone who could really do the kind of welding/rust repair/painting that this car needs

    This is unfortunately not me, is there anyone out there who can suggest a reputable yet middle of the road place to get this work done

    The car will live near the sea and the job needs to be correct and well done, but we do not have tens of thousands to spend at highly specialist restoration companies

    I would seek anyones opinion on what these cars are like to try to get back onto the NSW roads, and what they are like to own and run and maintain

    Would anyone be able to indicate the current market value of a good rust free 1977 GS ?

    Also it would help if anyone could suggest what would be a realistic budget for restoring the car to a good level, before it would be much more logical to buy something already registered and in good condition

    My friend is still recovering from hospital and it is to make her life more happy that I wish to make this a good car for her, but she more than anyone has taught me how to let go when you need to

    Any opinions on what I am getting into would be appreciated, and suggestions of good rust repair people gratefully accepted

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    Many thanks

    Regards,
    Mason

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masonic7770
    I would seek anyones opinion on what these cars are like to try to get back onto the NSW roads, and what they are like to own and run and maintain
    Hi & welcome to Aussiefrogs
    All I know is that here in WA there are a lot of GS's off the road & parts arent a problem. I have owned 4 GS's over the past few years, selling my last one just under 2 yrs ago. The main reason I sold it was because the cost of running them (this was a 1220 Club) far outwayed keeping it on the road. Its a shame because I think they will have their day & become highly collectible in time. I learned to drive in a GS in QLD & it was the car that got me hooked on Cits. If a restored well priced wagon comes on the market here I will be the 1st to grab it. It has to be said that an A1 mech GS is probably a bit more reliable than a CX of the same vintage, your best bet might be to contact the Citroen Car Club of NSW http://www.citroencarclub.org.au/

    Quote Originally Posted by Masonic7770
    Would anyone be able to indicate the current market value of a good rust free 1977 GS ?
    A good rust free GS, particularly a 1977 Pallas should fetch anywhere from $2.5k to $6k depending on the state you live in. I know of $5.5k paid for an immaculate GS from WA 2 yrs ago which went to NSW. MY last GS, which was mech perfect but had body issues sold for a massive $500!

    Quote Originally Posted by Masonic7770
    Also it would help if anyone could suggest what would be a realistic budget for restoring the car to a good level, before it would be much more logical to buy something already registered and in good condition
    You could easily spend $10k but that would give you a very good car. If you do the work yourself, use mates of mates etc etc you could drop that down to $5k. But like restoring any Citroen you never really know till you've started! I think a well kept GS can only appreciate in value. Good Luck anyway!
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