The other day I witnessed a late model Crown Victoria driving down the road that was so low it grounded out on a small bump in the road — something that would have barely been noticed in a stock 65 Buick. And it got me thinking that the modern slammed stance stuff is strange…and then I remembered that there was a time when a modified car would have been jacked up and was probably equally annoying to drive…which takes us to this next beast which is a sweet ode to the stance of the 70s. Find this 1974 Ford Gran Torino Elite offered for $7000 in Thomaston, GA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
The Pinto was released for the 1971 model year from an optimistic front office at Ford. It was intended to be a light and compact import fighter…but due to a design flaw in the fuel tank it ended up as a punch line in every joke involving fiery death for the next 3 decades. The Pinto is now almost 50 years old and they are all but gone from the streets…so what is a really nice example worth to you? Find this 1972 Ford Pinto offered for $9750 in Simi Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Fox body Mustang was a huge breath of fresh air when it was released in 1979 and it returned the Mustang to a proper long-hood short-rear pony car shape. I think that the design has aged well and if you are looking for an inexpensive convertible that’ll seat 4 people and be fun to drive…it doesn’t get much better than a well preserved Fox. Find this 1988 Ford Mustang Convertible offered for $4500 in New York via classiccars.com. Tip from Barbpaddles.
Long before there was pinterest, there was Pintera. Okay…I gotta admit..I have a DailyTurismo pinterest account, but I don’t know what pinterest is. Haven’t a clue. There is something about pins and boards and supposedly it is a good place to share recipes or floral arrangements…but there’s also pictures of cars…anyway…pinterest I don’t understand, but the Pintera…THE PINTERA, I understand. Take one Pinto, on V8 Ford engine, and 60 cubic bushels of fiberglass resin from a company called Stiletto, and you get…PINTERA. Whisper it now. Pintera. Little bit louder now…Pintera…little bit louder now…Pinnnnn…ter…aaahhhh. You understand now too. Find this 1977 Pintera GT offered for $5500 in Pasco, FL via craigslist.
They called it a factory sport truck, but the first generation SVT Lightning was a bit more than a few stickers and some interior bling. It was built to compete with Chevy’s 454SS and had a special 240 horsepower version of the 351 Windsor under the hood, but it had some tricks up it’s sleeve when it came to the twisty parts, thanks in part to legendary F1 driver Jackie Stewart. It wasn’t just a spring/shock setting, the Lightning also used thicker F250 4X4 sourced frame rails and additional welded gusseting to increase chassis rigidity and make it stick to the pavement. Color matched bumpers, lower ride height, and blacked-out trim completed the look and with production limited to 11,563 units over 3 model years means the Lightning will be a future collectible. Find this 1993 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning offered for $8200 in Seekonk, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car comes from all the way around on the other side of the globe in a little place called Australia. Actually…it isn’t little at all. It is roughly the size of mainland USA from Los Angeles to Cleveland, but with the population of Texas. The result is a population density that is only beaten by Mongolia and Namibia if you are looking for places with wide open spaces. However, the people in Australia are car crazy and love horsepower and rear-drive beasts even if they no longer produce automobiles in their own factories thanks to Ford and GM. (Enjoy this tribute the the Australian car industry rock video from Grindhouse…but be warned you’ll see a lot of fat/hairy shirtless dudes past that click. Don’t say I didn’t warn you in the comments). Enjoy this tribute to the old days of Holden and Ford with a turbocharged inline-6. Find this 2005 Ford Falcon XR6T Ute offered for $7500 AUD ($5329 USD) in York, Western Australia via gumtree.
I’m conflicted about this next car. First it is an awesomely sick shade of teal (or is that sickly awesome…I dunno) in original paint (wow!) covering a survivor manual trans 360V8 survivor…just so many stories in that steel. But then I think it is a lot of money to pay for a car with manual drum brakes (aka thighmaster brakes) and a seriously scuzzy engine bay. But wow..this is the kind of patina I can appreciate. Find this 1969 Ford F-250 Custom Cab offered for $8,500 buy-it-now in Vancouver, WA via ebay.
I recommend the P71 Crown Victoria to anyone looking for a cheaply priced late model (yeesh, these things are getting near 20 years old now!) sedan that can do double duty as daily driver and for menacing the neighbors. The de-chromed exterior and cop-specific durability upgrades help sell a used P71 as a fantastic alternative to something like a boring old used Camry/Accord/Fusion/Impala and the only downside is you can’t get one with a shift-it-yerself gearbox…unless the owner has swapped in a 5-speed like this next one. Find this 2005 Ford Crown Victoria P71 offered for $4900 in Newton, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Juan.
What makes a car a “hot rod”? Do you need side exit exhaust, flames painted on the hood, or a skull shift knob? Or do you just need to ditch the original putt-putt engine that was designed when dinosaurs ruled the earth and replace it with a Ford Crossflow “Kent” Formula Racing Engine and stick some discs up front? Yup, leave the Chebby 350 V8 at home and enjoy this next hod rod MG. Find this 1952 MG TD offered for $11,000 in Eagle River, AK via craigslist. Tip from Zach Z.
If Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were born into a trailer park instead of wealthy globetrotting families (actually Epstein was born poor and built his wealth thru guile and treachery), this next vehicle might have been the limit of their damage to the world. Imagine if the neighboring trailer is occupied by their friend “Prince” Andy who comes over to listen to some Steely Dan records and children/ladies/anyone would know to give this thing a wide berth. The world would have been a safer place for everyone because the Wrassle Castle is the 1970s version of the Free Candy van. Find this 1974 Ford Econoline Camper offered for $9900 in Chesapeake, VA. Tip from SeanT.