Evaluation: Unrestored original | In collector Dean Edmonds’s ownership since new and consistently maintained but never seriously restored. Original paint and chrome with just the right amount of patina. The interior wood looks old, but not 67 years old, and the leather up front has been redone. The back seats are original but are still clean and soft. Old tires. Clean chassis. It would make a straightforward project, but it’s also a clean survivor-class type of car that could be enjoyed as is. Buyer’s choice.
Bottom Line: The single ownership, service history, and charming preservation did little to inspire anyone doing the actual bidding. It’s a project car bought for project car money, and that leaves the new owner with money left over to tackle the job. That said, even excellent Mark VIIs aren’t particularly valuable. This will be a labor of love.