Is fun still legal? I dunno. Somebody told me that they (you know…them) are thinking of banning fun because it isn’t inclusive or exclusive enough. The person who told me that is probably crazy, but then so is the person who would drive around in an ex-cop car. This next one sports a “safety officer” black/white paint job that would need to be turned into pure “detective” black for proper fun…but man…you’d never need to worry about people speeding on your block again. Find this 2007 Ford Crown Victoria P71 Police Interceptor offered for $3900 in Nashville, TN via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
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The Toyota FJ Cruiser (2010-2018) was a retro-style mid-sized SUV that should not be confused with the original Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 (1960-1984). The FJ Cruiser did however take off where the FJ40 left by being built on a proper body-on-frame chassis with suspension borrowed from the LandCruiser Prado/4Runner/Tacoma. Today’s example is not only equipped with the rare 6-speed manual, but also sports a TRD supercharger for extra punch. Find this 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser bidding for $8100 with 4 days to go in Naples, FL via carsandbids.com. Seller submission from Serge.
The second generation Camaro was first sold in 1970 as an upgrade in length, width, power, and price over the outgoing model. Buyers had favored the classic looks of the first generation models for decades, but in the past few years the prices of the 1970-1981 models have gone up. This next example is an original numbers matching survivor that has a high asking price, but could be worth it if the paint is original and still good. Find this 1975 Chevrolet Camaro LT offered for $18,000 in Mobile, AL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car is an oddball. It isn’t sporty or fast, or cool, or sexy…but it is special. First you’ve got to admit that any wagon with rear facing seats is something special…and then you’ve got to honor the souls of all the muppets who were killed and skinned to cover those seats. And finally, this is a Hunsbloger approved Sable — the corporate cousin of the Ford Taurus that is both cheaper and more interesting than the Taurus bidding for a pittance with a few days to go. Find this 1992 Mercury Sable LS Wagon bidding for $2200 in Tucson, AZ with 3 days to go via carsandbids.com.
This next car isn’t a museum piece or a rusty barn find…no, it is neither — it lives somewhere in the seedy underworld of automotive purgatory. This half-fixed classic needs someone to expunge its past sins and prepare it for automotive Valhalla or sell it for scrap. But for $1500, you could go either way and break even. Find this 1972 MG Midget offered for $1500 in Cuero, TX via craigslist.
All things are temporary. When I say things, I mean most any thing. They start out simple, get better with time, and then eventually the become extinct. Dinosaurs; yup, 240 Million BC to 66 Million BC. Classic music; sure thing 1750-1820. Rock and roll music; 1960-1980. And there is another rule, the best example of said thing happens towards the end of the timespan of said thing. Tyrannosaurus Rex went extinct in 66MBC, Beethoven died in 1827, and John Bonham died in 1980. Which brings us to today’s topic – the thing is the sports car; born in 1903 and dead in 2009. Some 60 horsepower Mercedes was the first sports car, but the Honda S2000 was the last. Find this 2001 Honda S2000 offered for $9,800 in Atlanta, GA. Tip from FuelTruck.
This next car sounds too good to be true. It is a 65 Mustang sold by the seller’s mother (who is unfortunately too sick to drive, so the car sat) and it looks straight and intact. Unfortunately, it is a low spec inline-6 with an automatic, but it’ll be faster than any Volkswagen from 1965 and it is certainly worth more than the asking price with a wash/wax and some elbow grease. This is 1999 pricing for a “barn find” ’65 Mustang, so it is probably already gone. Find this 1965 Ford Mustang offered for $5000 in Woodstock, NY via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
In 1994 the Buick Roadmaster got a massive powerplant upgrade when it ditched the old L03/L05 V8 and replaced it with an LT1 V8 that had more horsepower, more torque, and better fuel economy. It shared the LT1 with the Corvette, which was always available with some kind of T-top or removable roof option, so this next car makes some kinda sense, in a twisted chassis kinda way. Find this 1996 Buick Roadmaster offered for $3850 in Chicopee, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Fairthorpe Cars out of Buckinghamshire England started making cars in 1954 using motorcycle engines mounted on steel backbones with fiberglass body panels. By the 1970s the company was almost extinct, but not before they released the TX Tripper (possibly through a side venture called Technical Exponents run by the son of the founder), which put dune buggy-ish styling on a Triumph GT6 chassis. It is a hand-built car produced in handfuls and now it is offered for pennies. Find this 1974 Fairthorpe TX Tripper offered for $4,800 in Austin, TX via craigslist.
This next car was produced in 1937…and that was a long time ago. It was the year that Howard Hughes made history by flying from Los Angeles to New York in 7.5 hours, Trotskyites were being executed for their anti-Stalin overthrow attempts, FDR was trying (and failed) to pack the supreme court, George VI and Elizabeth (I) were crowned King & Queen of England, Amelia Earhart disappeared, the Hindenburg blew up, people built custom scale battleships with functioning guns, and Steinbeck was writing the Grapes of Wrath…which brings us to back to our featured car. The seller describes it as a “tinyhouse”, but I’d call it a mobile home from the Grapes of Wrath era. Find this 1937 Chevrolet Truck House offered for $21,500 in Austin, TX via craigslist.