The asking price for this next car is somewhat below what you would expect to pay for a perfectly painted classic piece of American muscle, but if you are looking for something that is orange creamsicle colored AND you don’t care for concours perfect paint…this could be your car. It is hard to tell from the photos, but a if this is a good paint job, and mechanical elements are well sorted, this would be a deal. Find this 1972 Buick Skylark offered for $11,900 in Ocean Beach, CA via craigslist.
This is next feature is intriguing, which Merriam-Webster defines as : engaging the interest to a marked degree : FASCINATING. I’ll start with the obvious, it is a Volvo 1800 (aka P1800, 1800S, etc) with nice paint that is photographed in a small crowded garage in the Sunset District of San Francisco. The seller describes the car as being in “great conduction” with “new ties”, “no damage to interior” and “drivable.” What? If this car is as nice as it sounds and isn’t a well designed lure with a scammer connected on the other end…then its gone and sold. Find this 1964 Volvo 1800S offered for $10000 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes; For everyone’s inner 8 year old; This one wasn’t posted in the regular Marketplace on Facebook, but for only $12,000 for a Cummins powered mega mud truck, I’m passing it on anyway. Ohh…yes…there isn’t an 8 year old on earth that wouldn’t be in heaven with this truck and a book full of fart jokes. Find this 2000ish Dodge Ram 1500 offered for $12,000 in Texarkana, TX via thefaceblight.
The Fusion was released in 2006 as a replacement to Ford’s aging Taurus, and yet another name change for a ho-hum sedan from an American manufacturer. It is interesting that Honda doesn’t change the name of the Accord and Toyota still uses Camry, VW sells the Passat,…etc…but US manufacturers are quick to replace the bad taste in your mouth from the last Tempo, Escort, Taurus, Crown Vic, Nova, Cavalier, Lumina, Impala, or Citation, Berretta, Skylark, or Century, that you purchased with a new vehicle that has a different name, but the same basic platform. It’s like changing your name after each failed date on your favorite dating platform. Perhaps she won’t recognize me…Anyway, this next car is a Fusion and it comes with a strange looking gear selector knob in between the seats…scientists are still trying to determine its origins. Find this 2010 Ford Fusion offered for $4000 in Foxboro, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I was watching a classic Doris Day & Rock Hudson movie the other day (Pillow Talk, 1959) and one of the antagonists tries to give Doris Day’s character a 1957 Mercedes SL Roadster (to which she declines the offer as “immodest” or something). Anyway, aside from being stupefied by the glory of a SL Roadster I was also struck by the fact that there was a time (late 60s, early 70s) when you could have picked up an original SL Roadster for what is considered pocket-change today. Which brings me to this next car…which is the natural successor to the SL and a surprising good deal, but it might not always be the case. Find this 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL W107 offered for $9,400 buy-it-now or make-offer from Houston, TX.
Folks into trucks are always arguing about which kind of drive system is better — many say 4-wheel-drive trucks are the best because you can drive through anything, while others say the basic rear-drive pickup is the best because you get to fish tail in the dirt…but, naturally, they are both wrong. The best kind of pickup is the front-wheel-drive pickup, particularly one built on a Cadillac chassis. Find this 1974 Cadillac Eldorado Pickup offered for $9995 in Edgewater, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
There are a lot of things I get sick of quite easily. Political advertisements. Brittle plastic connector parts. The Olsen Twins. The list goes on. But you know what I’ll never get sick of? Classic British sportscars with fastback roof shapes designed by Pininfarina offered for a few grand on craigslist. Yes. I’ll never get sick of that. Find this 1972 MG MGB GT offered for $5000 in Concord, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Look, I get it. Somebody out there loves the Mustang II. Possibly more than one person. But the Mustang II was such a kick in the nuts to the Pony car lover when it was released in 1974. People try and sugar coat it — oh, it was the right car for the right time, but let’s not mix metaphors here. It was the worst Mustang of all time (at least until the Mach-E.) And don’t try to confuse the fact that enthusiasts put the Mustang II rack and pinion (and other M2 parts) into many hot rods — it’s not like any mother ever said “I love my son, he’ll make a great organ donor some day.” No…the Mustang II could be nuked from the history of the automobile and we’d all be better for it…but…BUT…if I had to drive a Mustang II…gun-to-my-head…I’d drive this next thing. Find this 1977 Ford Mustang II with 351W offered for $12,500 in Milford, WA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I ask this question will all the innocence of a small child; can bad could it be try and restore a barn find DS21? Let’s assume you live in a country/state where MOT inspections and smog requirements are nil — how hard would it be to get this car to the point where you could drive it to work once a week? We’ve all heard the stories of rusting sheet metal, leaking suspension components and o-rings that need to be imported from Mars…but how bad can it really be? Does anyone have any experience with restoring a Citroen DS21 that needs “complete restoration” according to the seller? Is restoring a DS21 something that the strong willed shade-tree mechanic could conquer, or is this a recipe for tremors and a trip to Bellevue? Does anybody in the comments know, or do they not have internet access at mental health facilities? Find this Citroën DS21 offered for $9,850 in Simi Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I secretly want this next car. Well, not secretly, because I just shared it with you guys, but I do want to replace the late model German sports machine in my driveway with another late model German machine, but will be downgrading from 5 seats to 4. Will everyone assume I’m going through a mid-life crisis…sure, but who cares? I’ll be driving one of the worlds premier sports car and it cost less than a well optioned Nissan Versa. Find this 1999 Porsche Carrera 4 offered for $18,500 in Concord, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.