I wish it was as easy as just adding prices. If you count labor and all the small parts needed to make the car run right and be reliable then $17K is cheap. That's why 2zz turbo spyder are so rare. I have only seen 4 in that last 5 years.Hmm, $17k for a 100k mi chassis with what is a 2zz upgrade and a turbo, added nearly 30k miles ago.
let's see...100k mile car with no engine, $3,500. 2zz $2,500. 6 spd don't know maybe $1,500. A brand spankin new turbo kit with tuning 4k+1k = $5k. now add a premium because it has a plastic Lotus badge on it $___k. And a premium because it MIGHT be a nice Cali car instead of a midwest rust bucket $1.5k. I count $14k and granted my numbers might be low for some things and high for others. Now take off $__k for the wear and tear of the engine and turbo.
i agree, in regards to this threadSadly anybody who has ever built a car knows the reality of never getting back what you put into it when it comes time to sell your project car.
The only exception to that for me was my old GTI-R and I sold it two years after I bought it for more then I paid for it. It needed nothing when I got it and never required anything of me. I miss that car.