This next car needs a few things. It needs to be fixed up from a small accident that bent an A-arm and damaged the rims. It also needs the headlights wired up. It also needs some bumpers and de-stickerfication. It also needs a 6-speed manual swap. And then its to be driven and enjoyed because it would be sublime. Find this 1974 Mercedes-Benz 230C offered for $25k in Belmont, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
There is something supremely cool about a vintage Mercury Comet. It isn’t the fastest classic car around…with the stock 170 cubic inch inline-6 and automatic it is going to be downright slow…but car isn’t about reaching your destination, this car is about the experience of getting there. Find this 1962 Mercury Comet offered for $9800 in Huntington Beach, CA via craigslist.
The seller of this next car describes it as “old school looks with modern reliability”…but sticking through the hood appears to be an old school Edelbrock (which is a copy of the Carter AFB) carburetor which is mounted on a Ford small block V8…modern? I guess everything is relative, but perhaps “old school British looks with American reliability” is what the seller was going for. Find this 1974 Jensen-Healey offered for $26,950 in Beverly Hills, CA via craigslist.
The Volvo 1800ES was a shooting brake version of Volvo’s aging P1800/1800S/1800E platform, meant to breath new life in the old parts. The frameless glass tailgate equipped version only sold 8,000 units for the ’72 & ’73 model years, but the prices don’t really reflect that level of exclusivity, but prices have been going up in the past few years. This next version looks to need some interior sorting, but if the paint looks as good in person as it does in the pictures, it could be a good deal. Find this 1972 Volvo 1800ES offered for $11,000 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.
This next advertisement came with a surprising headline “5 Avanti II hard to find chevys”…which through me for a real loop, because I thought that Studebaker built the Avanti. So these aren’t Chevys nor Studebakers, because the Avanti name was used to build cars using the fiberglass Raymond Loewy designed bodies through five different ownership arrangements from 1965 through 2006. Confused? Wait, it gets more so. Because the Avanti was build on the Studebaker chassis with a Corvette engine from the late 1960s through 1985 and then it was put on a Chevy Monte Carlo chassis and finally a Caprice chassis. There was even a Mustang V8 based version that was built in Cancun, Mexico before the then current owner Michael Kelly was arrested on fraud charges related to a Ponzi scheme. I can tell you one that that isn’t a Ponzi scheme and that is investing your retirement income in cold hard Avantis. Go ahead, make your own day. Find this Collection of 1982-89 Avanti IIs offered per car starting at $12k to $19k located in Ocala, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car looks like it should cost way more than the asking price…and not in the way that the typical good deal looks on craigslist. No, this car looks like it should be collected by wealthy members of the elite driving clubs and not collected by the likes of people who frequent sites like Daily Turismo…errrr…not that we shouldn’t be driving nice cars, but so much of the fancy Italian stuff is so expensive to only be driven by the Jay Lenos of the world. Find this 1975 Fiat 130 Coupe offered for $14,500 in New Milford, CT via craigslist.
The Paul Bracq designed E23 generation BMW 7-series was released in 1977, right in the middle of the malaise era, but it was far from a floating slow boat that induced thoughts of suicide, particularly with a manual gearbox. Domestic cars might have offered luxury in the form of a vinyl top or total isolation from the road, but the German version of luxury involved a properly fast ride with a manual gearbox, taught suspension, and rear-wheel-drive. The only thing you couldn’t get in a late 70s/early 80s BMW was a beverage holder for your giant American big-gulp. Life is full of compromises, I guess. Find this 1985 BMW 735i E23 offered for $4500 in San Rafael, CA via craigslist.
The Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel is the slowest car you will ever drive. It will get you something near 50 mpg in fuel economy, but the 52 horsepower 1.6 liter diesel is such a gutless pile of scrap iron that you will have a hard time beating a UPS truck to 60mph. However, you shouldn’t let that stop you from enjoying a driving experience that is as pure as they get — unassisted power steering and pizza cutter tires keep you completely informed of the road conditions. Find this 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel offered for $4,500 in Alameda, CA via craigslist.
I’m not a big fan of the whole finding cars in barns movement where people pay disproportionately large amounts of money to have the pleasure of pumping more money into restoring an old heap of parts…but sometimes you find a car that might be worth the cost of restoration because the asking price is so far below the going rate of decent version. The subject car might have been stored in the barn, but the reasons for ownership has less to do with the emotional aspects This next car fits into that paradigm, but will depend on the condition of the frame that sits under the fiberglass outer panels. Find this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427 4-Speed offered for $16,500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
The 1965-1967 Buick Special was an intermediate sized thing built on the body-on-frame platform known internally at GM as the A-body, shared with the Skylark, Chevelle, Cutlass, and LeMans. If you find one of these cool wagons with the raised roof with the vista windows, it is known as a SportWagon, but without the crazy glass roof panels it just a Special. Find this 1967 Buick Special Wagon offered for $18000 in Scottsbluff, NE via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!