In your opinion what do you think the car value is worth? I agree in not wanting to get into a money pit and if I have too look elsewhere for another one I will, just caught my eye on this one for some reason and have been doing all the homework for it. I'd hate to give up on it just yet. But money will ultimately be the factor. I don't want to be caught throwing thousands into it.
Putting a price is always a difficult subject. Many factors come in to play, including geography, and even time of the year. The mechanics is very important as these add up real quickly -especially if you have to farm out your work to someone else.
Personal Opinion, again. An honest price range would be much lower in my book, because now you are stating the paint has some blemishes. If it has the original interior, you probably will find some wear issues there as well. If the engine/mechanics are within a reasonable amount of miles since rebuilt or replaced, then I would go $12,000 to $15,000. Now if you look on the internet, you will see prices range from mid 20's and near $100 K for a few. I have watched 1 Judge that was up to $84K at one point and its now down to $64K and still for sale and its been well over a year or more. $64K is still too high in my opinion, but who knows.
Many of these high dollar cars don't sell as you would think. Many times trades or deals are made. I go to local car shows having many assorted cars for sale. I see the same cars for sale year after year after year. You can put any price tag on it you want, but it is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay, period. And DON'T believe any of those car shows that flip cars, its a TV show, not reality.
If you are willing to pay $27K for a non-numbers matching car, why not go a few more $K and get a numbers matching or completely rebuilt, turn key, low miles since rebuild type car that is non numbers matching? Numbers matching is certainly a better investment when selling -maybe. The non numbers matching car may or may not hold its value. Some resto-mod cars done right have a higher value than original. Now once you use it and put more miles and wear on it, the value drops additionally. Then should you try to get your money back out of it, it may take some body work, a new paint job, reupholstery work, engine/trans rebuild, etc. and now you technically have the original purchase price PLUS however many $thousands into it. Guarantee you will most likely sell at a good loss should you ever sell it. Keep it a lifetime and it doesn't matter.
Keep in mind as the boomer generation dies off or goes into retirement homes, the next generation is not as hot to have these "old" cars as they want much newer handling, braking, shifting, and electronic laden engines cranking out better mileage at near or better HP. So desire for these cars may drop and pricing goes down even more if you sell years from now.
My best advice is to do a lot of research into the car of your interest so you have a feel of pricing for what condition and what driveline. If you can't work on your car, talk to machinists, bodymen, and mechanics to get an idea of costs to either rebuild or maintain the car. Don't jump at the first car you see just because its what you always wanted. And if I were to buy it and it was not in my local area for viewing, then a flight is in order to personally inspect and crawl all over that car to ensue the pictures/dealer don't embellish the car's condition.