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There are threads here concerning what 1911 you would choose; they are, in fact, frequent ... and a lot of fun.

So ... try this: Of the 1911 choices you have now, which one will hold it's value best (or increase in value most)?

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Originally posted by jpwright:
Of the 1911 choices you have now, which one will hold it's value best (or increase in value most)?

Hopefully my Series 70 Colt by CT Brian.



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Much like Works of Art, the 1911's built by Master's who no longer walk the planet like Swenson, or Bilby, since they are limited in numbers at this point.

Beyond that, the ones by guys like Vickers, or Heinie that don't produce thousands of examples come close... Again, Supply & Demand, and the Supply is somewhat limited.

Towards the other end, Original Classic's like the WW1/WW2 guns, or early Commercial's will maintain good value, as they also exist in limited numbers, but these are more affected by individual condition.
 

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Any customized gun is a bad investment. You'll never be able to sell it for what you put into it.

Of my current firearms, I'd say my 95% WW1-era Colt will eventually climb in value the most. Nice ones are getting very hard to find!

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You'll never be able to sell it for what you put into it.
I think that depends on who did the work and if you ever plan on selling them in the first place. Swenson's just seem to be going up in value. I haven't seen a Bilby gun for sale.

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I'd guess the 1913 Colt with Navy markings in about 85-90% condition.

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Hey SCF,

Got any good pics of your commercial/military? I could use one for my website.


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In terms of % of worth from used guns, Kimber & Colt still hold their value, whereas SA and Para only sell well in this area if they're dirt cheap (and sometimes not even then) so their value is pretty shot.

For well-known custom makers, you need to find someone that recognizes the name. We had a really nice Clark that took a while to sell, since the name wasn't as well known as Wilson or Les Baer. For those gunsmith's not advertising in every magazine they can find, your resale depends on finding people that know about them. (The internet is great for that :)
Of my personal guns, my Defender is too beat right now, though someday I'll get it refinished...
The Pre-70's LW Commander is probably gonna hold it's % the best, but that has as much to do with the price I paid as it's worth :)
 
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