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I know, this topic has been up before. But the thing is that I own an M6 Panda manufactured 1989. What I´ve read and find out so far is that there was no Pandas around before -91. But I am 100% sure that my camera is an original from factory camera, based on from whom I bought it. First original owner and I know when and where he bought the camera, early 1990 in a small town in Sweden. My guess is that they started to be built in the series 1772501 - 1775000 in 1989. I have seen other up for sale within that range. The serial number is 1773xxx I need to do some more research on this topic.
Years ago I ordered my dream camera, a Leica M6. When I received it it had all these funny black knobs on it, and I even called the dealer to ask what was going on; this was not the silver M6 I had ordered. He said something like well Leica is shipping them out this way. It doesn't hurt the camera at all. If you want to exchange it you can, but he said he wouldn't if it was his. Well I kept it and have used it for years. Now it has sat in it's case for several years and I keep thinking I should sell it. (IT IS NOT FOR SALE AT THIS TIME!) But with what I have read I realize now it is not just a camera with mis-matched but a production necessity for parts and has become somewhat of a collectors item. I saw one on eBay from Europe, but it looked like new and was an exhorbant price. Mine has box and packing like it but has quite a bit more wear on it. My question: For insurance purposes, or if I should try and sell it, what is a reasonable expectation of value for such a camera. Picture Below. John Stitt