I can't help but notice that lately a lot of pretty nice GT's are going unsold both at local auctions and online. I regularly see very desirable machines just sit for sale at prices only fraction of what they would have brought a couple years ago.
I hit just about every farm and consignment sale within a day's drive from me every spring and I've consistently been seeing GT's sell for only a few bucks. Just last month I picked up four 7100 Simplicity machines, complete with engines and decks at an auction for $12, $8, $22, and $3. The only other bidders were scrap guys buying iron. The one had a snow plow and rear tiller, another a plow and rear hitch, the other two had Brinly dirt plows. Two started right up when I got home with only a jump start, the one 7119 needed a starter, and the 7116 needed an ignition switch and coil.
A buddy bought a Kubota diesel for $400, it needed rear tires and a battery.
Two years ago that would have gone in the thousands. I bought a minty clean Wheel Horse B-80 two weeks ago for $20, I drove it on my trailer and cut my grass the next day. It sat for two weeks on CL for $200 with no takers, I finally parted it out and used the motor on a log splitter. There were several Case 220's for sale last Friday at one sale, they went unsold after the auctioneer couldn't get a bid. They eventually grouped them together with all that was left in the row for $20. They were complete, but I didn't stick around to see if they ran. A scrap guy bought the lot and was tossing it all in a dump trailer. My trailer was full or else they would have likely come home with me. There's been a Gravely with a 16hp Briggs listed online for a month now for $350, the guy started out at $500.
It looks like a well kept machine and the ad says everything works but it just sits. I bought an original Cub Cadet off CL last month after it was listed about 30 miles from me since November of last year. The guy took $75 and it came with a front mounted 120v Winco Generator and an original timed mower deck that works. I cut my grass with it this evening.
Maybe those who were into the older of vintage machines got old and quit messing with them?