The other day I wrote a meandering diatribe where I claimed that a Volvo 122S was the textbook definition for an honest classic…and I’m going to have to add another honest car to the automotive dictionary, because this next car is an honest hotrod. Its got a small-block-Chevy in a ’41 Ford Coupe body with 3-on-the-tree, drum brakes, and all the best stuff you’d expect from a 40s hot-rod built in the 60s or 70s. And that’s not a bad thing, because HotRodding back in the day was less about pulling out your wallet for the latest/greatest junk you found at SEMA and more about figuring out what would fit with an adapter plate and some good ole American elbow grease. That hole for the original lug-wrench starter-crank might not be useful with the Chevy engine instead of the original flat-head, but man it looks rad. Find this 1941 Ford Business Coupe offered for $9,500 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
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Marauders are commonly mistaken for a pimped-out Crown Vic, but it was really a factory modified version of the Mercury Grand Marquis…yeah, I know, Potato, Shmotato….anyway, the Marauder was a Grand Marquis with blacked out the chrome, 5-spoke 18-inch wheels and a 4.6 liter Ford Modular V8 the breaths through a set of 4-Valve heads and is good for 302 horsepower and 318 ft-lbs of torque (borrowed from the Mustang Mach 1/SVT Cobra etc). Today’s example has an additional power adder in the form of a Kenne Bell supercharger and various sharpie-pen signatures of people who I’m not familiar with, but are clearly celebrities’ in the world of supercharged Marauders. Find this 2003 Mercury Marauder offered for $16,900 in Fayetteville, NC via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car came in as a tip from BP who reminded me that Hemmings had gotten into the auction business a few years ago to compete with all the online auctioning that is springing up around web. Hemmings had been a big name in classic cars for longer than most people can remember, but it wasn’t until 2019 that they launched an auction service…and truth be sold, I almost never go look at it unless someone sends me the link. But a site that is flush with car sellers and light on buyers is a recipe for a good deal (and the opposite of certain other sites where people seem to think the local currency is Brazilian Reals) and I think this next thing might go for a reasonable amount of money. Find this 1997 Ford F350 XLT Crew Cab with Power Stroke diesel bidding for $2000 reserve-not-met with 6 days to go on Hemmings.com.
This next car comes from tipper Erik202 who writes: I always think its funny when ads don’t have a price but do contain enough info to steal the seller’s identity (or i dunno at least apply for a credit card in their name) This guy probably did it because there is also an app for Kijiji that allows messaging and he didn’t want all the messages from people telling him there is no way his opel is worth whatever he’s asking for it. Anyway, even tho there is no price listed it can’t possibly be higher than the DT cutoff. Personally I think it is because this guy is sick of having people low-ball his asking price 24-7, because that seems to be the full time occupation of some craigslist/kijijiji readers. The only thing I’d change on this listing (other than posting a pie-in-the-sky price) is to take a photo without so much snow on the hood. Find this 1971 Opel Manta offered for an undisclosed sum of cash in Alberta, Canada via Kijiji.net.
Kawaii is not a Hawaiian Island — it is the Japanese word for what is known as the culture of cuteness. Rainbows, Hello Kitty accessories, and childlike aesthetics is the rule, and I won’t go into the details or controversy around kawaii, other than to say that is quite strange to descendants of uptight Westerners like myself…but if you were into that kinda thing, I can’t imagine a better car to go with your Pikachu fishnet stockings and miniature backpack than one of the retro Pike cars (Pao, S-Cargo, Figaro, Be-1, K10-Micra) from Nissan 90s catalog. This next one has some rust, but you could probably get someone to fix the rockers and keep this thing alive. Find this 1991 Nissan Figaro offered for $7,500 in Athens, GA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The term honest classic doesn’t have a good definition in major established media, but if I were writing the Wikipedia article for the term, I’d use this next car for the cover image. It has the all the charisma and class you need to park next to a Mercedes 300SL without being embarrassed, but you could also take it shopping at Walmart and park next to a Honda…it really doesn’t care. Find this 1966 Volvo 122S offered for $6000 in Chico, CA via craigslist.
The consensus from the crowd is that the 740 horsepower Volvo 240 from the other day was too much power for the car and the 300ish horspower Cummins 6BT Torino Wagon was too much torque for the power (and probably too much soot for the air), so how do you feel if we split the difference and find something that has as much power as torque and won’t melt tires or the polar ice caps. The only thing this wagon needs is an injection of manual gearbox. Find this 1990 Volvo 240 Wagon offered for $6,500 in Sarasota, FL via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
You know you’ve got your work cut out for yourself when someone writes in a craigslist advert; could probably start if I knew anything about fuel injection…Too much of a project for me. But to add insult to injury, this next car is a TVR 280i Tasmin, which sounds like it’ll never run again, but the 280i used a Ford Cologne V6 with Bosch fuel injection, so it shouldn’t be that hard to get back on the road. Find this 1985 TVR 280i offered for $1800 in Ocean Township, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car comes as a tip from Hugh who writes; What lasts 26.2 miles?It’s brown! It’s a wagon! It’s a SBC in a non-GM vehicle! Sounds like the Turismo trifecta to me. Yes indeed, this car does have all of the classic styled you’d expect from a car that started production in Kalamzoon Michigan in 1963 and continued with almost zero cosmetic/style changes through 1982. The biggest style change you’d find on a Marathon was the addition in 1974 of the cow-catcher 5mph bumpers that you see featured on this next beauty. Side note; I seriously wonder if 5mph bumpers had a net effect of saving money or cost more money to the consumer in the long run (contrary to popular belief, they had nothing to do with saving lives, but had to do with protecting the consumer and insurance agencies from costs associated with small fender benders). The 5mph bumper standard was reduced to a 2.5mph standard in 1983, but you have to wonder if all of the costs associated with these changes were just passed on to the consumer and the entire fiasco actually cost us more money. Food for thought. Find this 1974 Checker Marathon bidding for $4,262 in Sun City, AZ via eBay with a few hours to go.
In Episode 2 of Season 9, the guys at Roadkill take a Ford Torino Wagon that is powered by a gigantic Cummins 6BT inline-6 under the hood… well… actually, it doesn’t have a hood. Anyway, the guys at Roadkill didn’t build it, but they did drag race it against another Cummins swapped classic American body-on-frame thing. You can find the episode on streaming on the Motortrend App, or you can watch this low-res bootleg version before it gets taken down. Anyway, that same Torino is now offered with the Cummins diesel and offered for sale. Find this 1972 Ford Torino Wagon offered for $9000 in La Habra, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!