The Chevrolet Corvair was built in two generations — the first from 1960-1964 and the later cars built from 1965-1969. The early cars have curves that are softer and more “50s”, while the later cars have a more angular “60s” look, no B-pillar, and an upgrade from the early swing axle rear end to a fully independent setup. The late, great Hunsbloger would always insist that the 65+ models were the only ones to consider, but this next early Monza is so nicely preserved for the asking price that I think he’d give it a second look. Find this 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza offered for $6,500 buy-it-now or make-offer in Littleton, CO via eBay.
I’m not a farmer, but I’ve spent some time on a small family farm. It functioned on an amazing combination of cooperation, compost, tractors, and hillbilly engineering. But the one thing it was missing was a farm truck — something that you’d be happy to drive to the dump, pull stumps, or let sit in the field because you are too busy castrating bulls. It takes a certain gauge of sheet metal to survive this kind of abuse for 60 years and you don’t want to spend much money on your farm truck, so I think this next one is just about perfect for the small independent farmer. Find this 1961 Chevrolet C60 2-Ton bidding for $560 reserve-not-met with $1750 buy-it-now in Moundville, MO.
If you thought Chris Bangle’s deconstructivist flame surfacing styling was tacky on early millennial BMWs, just remember that he was destroying the design language of Fiat in the early 1990s. Actually, the Fiat Coupe (or Coupé, if you prefer) had styling that was a welcome departure from the boxy and boring Fiats of the 1980s and it is quite striking in person or in print, particularly compared to some of the monstrosities that roam the streets today. The Coupe was never imported into the USA as a new car, so you’ll have to find a grey market import like this next one. Find this 1994 Fiat Coupé offered for $14000 in Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
As much as I am a fan of over exaggeration and making blanket statements, I can’t get over the statement in the title of this next advertisement. The seller lists it as “best deal on craigslist”. Seriously? Let’s take a look at the local competition. Is it a better deal than this ’78 RX7 barn find for $3500? Is it a better deal than a manual gearbox equipped 03 Legacy Outback for $2000? What about this ’89 240SX that needs some work for $3800? That’s about it for the Sacramento area craigslist…so maybe this is the best deal. Find this 1992 Infiniti M30 Convertible offered for $3900 in Folsom, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I have to admit that I’m not looking forward to the electric future. Yes, gasoline powered cars are inefficient, hard to operate safely, and pollute…and are eventually going to be replaced with super efficient Teslapplefacegoog cPods (TM) but I’m not looking forward to being zipped around on the electric superhighway in something that reports my serotonin levels to the Bene Gesserit. If I’m going to drive something powered by electrons, it’d better have a steering wheel and look like it is ready for Mad Max 17, Mel Gibson’s Revenge. Find this 1977 Sterling Kit Car converted to electric bidding for $6950 in Sparta, NJ via eBay.
I’m not afraid of high mile vehicles, particularly if they are from a known breed that survives into the triple digits without costing the owner his lunch each year in maintenance. The BMW 850 fits in that category of expensive to own, but not Ferrari ridiculous, andthe idea of scoring a deal on a low mile V12 powered BMW is compelling..but you have to wonder if a low mile V12 that hasn’t been driven is scarier than a high mile 850ci…I dunno, but the car collecting hobby has turned into stamp collecting these days and this will probably be worth more than the current ask if you just kept it in your garage for a decade and drove it once a week. Find this 1996 BMW 850Ci offered for $17,000 in San Rafael, CA via craigslist.
You probably know that Audi/Volkswagen diesels as the modern and fuel efficient machines that cheat on emissions tests, but there was a time when Audi was known for cars that accelerated without warning (warning that youtube link has the most awesome vintage commercials but you can also watch this awesome Audi PR film with an detailed rebuttal by Bobby Unser)…but these next two cars aren’t going anywhere fast. First they were equipped with an 84 horsepower 2.0 liter inline-5 turbocharged oil burner. It wasn’t as slow as the non-turbo cars from 1980-82, but after a few decades in a barn…these things are not going anywhere quickly. Find these 1983 Audi 5000 TD s (two of them) offered for $600 in Pittsfield, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Amazon (called the 120-series outside of Sweden) is a 50’s styled classic Volvo that makes a compelling case for a starter classic due to its simple ruggedness and basic reliability. Today’s example has ditched the simple B-series 4-cylinder for a small block Chevy V8 mated to a TH350 slushbox…which is the basic formula for every hot rod ever built, but gets the job done. Find this 1968 Volvo 122 Amazon bidding for $3050 in Bradenton, FL via eBay.
Turbochargers seem to be installed on half the cars in the showrooms these days, but there was a time when a turbo was a rare thing to find in a car. In fact, in 1981 there were only a few cars with the snail shaped glowing/spinning things under the hood and they were mostly American cars like the Monte Carlo, Trans Am, and Buick Grand National…but if you did some research you could find a little company on the East Coast called Legend Industries that would turbocharge your Fiat Spider for a few bones. Years later those kits are hard to maintain and parts are scarce, so many have been de-turbo’d but could be restored to their original boosted glory. Find this 1982 Fiat 124 Spider Turbo Not Turbo’d offered for $7500 in Medway, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Austin Healey Sprite was this cute little bug-eye (or frog eye depending on who was asking) 2-seater that was upgraded in mid 1961 to something less cute but equally cool. The new “square body” Mark II Sprite was also badge engineered to make the MG Midget, but today we’ve got something unique. It has a custom front end with big Mazda lookin smile and custom hardtop that is not show in the pictures. But at the current asking price, if it runs and drive nicely it is a winner. Find this 1962 Austin Healey Sprite offered for $7500 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.