What is your Saxon Worth?
Like all antiques, worth is dependent upon condition, rarity and provenance. Saxons come up for sale so rarely, unlike Model T’s, that we can only set a range. In these comments, I am only considering cars that are complete and operable. You will find a number of Saxons that are incomplete projects, and for a good reason — Saxon-specific parts are very hard to come by.
Four Cylinder Roadsters The car most often associated with the Saxon marque are now priced a bit higher than Model T’s. Currently good examples can be found in the mid-teens$$, though a perfectly restored or completely original car, with an excellent history, might fetch more than $20,000. Cars built before 1916 fetch better prices because they can be shown and toured as brass cars, eligible for HCCA-sponsored tours.
Saxon Sixes generally follow the prices for light Studebaker, Dodges and REOs. As with roadsters, incomplete projects can be purchased at minimal cost. Good Sixes (complete, running and cosmetically sound) can be purchased in the mid teens$$ and 20s. A good touring car, with an excellent history and in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition, can currently reach prices in the mid-twenties$$ to the thirties$$. Again, cars built before 1916 (and there were sixes built in 1915) have a price advantage.
Some of the rarer Saxons, like the Chummy, the six-cylinder roadsters and the later Saxon Duplexes are so rare that I cannot put a range to them.
If you are buying a Saxon, try to get every scrap of history and information, used parts, and boxes of what the sellers consider “junk” when you take delivery. Many otherwise complete but disassembled Saxons languish in barns, but since Saxon owners rarely throw anything away, there may be treasures that you’ll need in reassembling your car. Saxons are, by the way, remarkably easy to reassemble, and they make excellent projects for the amateur restorer, if they are relatively complete.
Walter Prichard, in the September 2013 issue of the Saxon Times, lists these values for a roadster:
$7,500 for a car that “can be driven, with brakes, tires all the wood replaced and their windshield and doors and trunk lid.”
$15,000 for a nicely painted touring car with nice upholstery and a top, and able to cruise at 35mph reliably.
$20,000 for a car with great details, starter and very well appointed. Side curtains are a plus, though rarely used.
If you have parts to sell, or parts you need to buy, let me know and/or you can post it on the Saxon section of the A.A.C.A. Forum.
If you have a Saxon you’d like to sell, or you are looking for one, let me know and/or you can post your advertisement on the AACA Forum or the HCCA classifieds.