The convertible pickup might have seemed like a novel idea when the Dakota Sport was released in 1989…but then you start thinking about the horse drawn wagon…which was pretty much a convertible pickup since man first domesticated horse in the Bronze age, and then you think about the first mass produced vehicle..yup, the Ford Model T Runabout was a convertible pickup. So…yeah…nothing new is really ever new, just rebranded and adjusted for inflation. Find this 1989 Dodge Dakota Sport Convertible offered for $8,500 in Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The second generation Chevrolet Corvair (1965-1969) is one of the cheaper ways to get into a rear-engine aircooled classic with a flat-6 out back…but when people see them on the road they probably assume it is another V8 powered American car. So why not conform to their delusions with a little custom beast like this next car. Find this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair offered for $16,000 in Gloucester, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car might look like something that Jim Rockford would have chased down the bad guys (with a paint color change, of course) and done some serious J-turns or Bandit would have evaded Buford T. Justice across scores of county lines…but with the base (Buick sourced) 231ci V6 mated to a 3-speed auto, this car would have a hard time chasing down a kid on a bicycle, much less evading some baddy with a Pontiac LeMans or a full sized Ford. Despite that…I can appreciate that someone looking to get into the classic car hobby with an affordable and approachable classic could do much worse. Find this 1980 Pontiac Firebird Esprit bidding for $3600 no-reserve in Tempe, AZ with less than 1 day to go on BringATrailer.
If you are a regular on this website, you are probably thinking “Sweet! Another Monte Carlo Custom Cloud find, good job boys”…but if you are a first time visitor you are thinking “what in the blazes? Is my virus software up to date…get me off this website!” But wait! Don’t go yet — I haven’t explained to you about a small company in Florida that from 1973-1977 put a fiberglass front/rear on a Monte Carlo to make it look vaguely like a Rolls Royce, until the corporate goons at Rolls sued them and stopped the insanity…anyway, you can read the entire story of the Custom Cloud here and here… but you should buy this example before it gets pushed into a crusher. Find this 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Custom Cloud offered for $3,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
I firmly believe that the 6 digit odometer, the prevalence of maintenance tracking apps like Carmax/Autocheck, and the rise of global internet auctions have somewhat turned car collecting into something akin to stamp collecting. There was a time when you judged a vehicle’s value based on a thorough inspection, a good test drive and your ability to tell if a car was junk…but these other tools (Carmax/Odo etc) have turned some of the car hobby into this armchair valuation game where 90s Miatas with 225 miles on the odometer are treated like they are something special. And this next car is a prime example, except I wouldn’t buy it without a good inspection and I wouldn’t assume the odo hadn’t flipped a few times, and I wouldn’t let it sit in my garage collecting dust while I waited to sell it for profit. Drive the dang things, that’s why they have wheels folks. Find this 1974 Pontiac Ventura Custom bidding for $12,000 with a few hours to go located in Fourmile, KY via eBay.
The third generation (1968-1974) Chevrolet Nova was categorized in GM’s fleet as a compact but with a 111 inch wheelbase and a 189 inch overall length was anything but compact. GM’s eye on the market was also anything but compact and they released corporate cousins in the Buick Apollo, Oldsmobile Omega, and Pontiac Ventura…and those cousins are much cheaper on the used market today compared to the more well known Nova. Find this 1973 Buick Apollo offered for $6,800 in Knoxville, TN via craigslist.
It was recently announced that Chrysler (technically Fiat-Chrysler-Automobiles) merged with Peugeot S.A. (which is Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Vauxhall…) and became yet another global conglomerate with the baffling (and vaguely aquatic sounding) name Stellantis. Uggg. The irony is that Plato’s city of Atlantis was a fictional city that was consumed by the ocean after an unsuccessful attack on ancient Athens…a victim of it’s own hubris. Perhaps, there will be a time in the not-so-distant future when people talk about a car brand called Chrysler who built amazing cars back in the 20th century…but it is only a myth. Find this 1965 Chrysler New Yorker offered for $4995 in Santa Rosa, CA via craigslist.
I know what you’re thinking. You think that ten large is a skosh high to pay for a malaise era Olds Cutlass with a dirty engine bay…but hold on thought before you click away and start searching for used Fiats or something that doesn’t have the solid elegance, solid comfort, solid economy, or solid feeling of a vintage Olds Custlass Supreme Brougham. Plus, bad boy has a stick shift! Find this 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme with 4-speed offered for $10,000 in Mira Mesa, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Caprice name was first used by GM on a full sized top of the line Chevrolet in 1966. You could even get the Caprice with a big block pushing 425 horsepower out of some crazy 11:1 compression ratio solid lifter equipped beast…but those are collectible and expensive today…and still slower than the Caprice you can get from a city surplus auction for about $5k. The sixth generation Caprice was built in Australia through 2017 when the Holden plant was closed and another chapter in the automotive history books was closed. Find this 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV bidding for $5000 with a few hours to go, located in Orlando, FL.
The 1970’s were a wonderful time. Disco, Bruce Springsteen and Meatloaf dominated the airwaves. OPEC embargoes domaited the car scene. Pontiac sold the most Trans Ams in 1979 (116,535) so it is a good bet people were tired of the malaise era vehicles. This blue-gold beauty appears to be one of the 30,728 Trans Ams built with a 403 cubic inch engine and T-tops that year. While the seller is brief in his description the pictures speak for themselves. Find this 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am offered for $8500 in New York via craigslist.