The first generation (Mark I) MG Midget was a pint sized little runabout from Morris Garage that shared mechanical parts with the Sprite from Austin-Healey from 1961-1964. The Midget shared basically every part of its bill-of-materials (except the badge) with the Sprite, but today’s example has a bigport 2T-C 4-cylinder 1.6-liter engine borrowed from an early 70s Toyota Celica or Corona. Find this 1964 MG Midget offered for $1900 in Olympia, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. The Yenko Stinger was a Corvair based custom built in the late 60s, but hold your pitchforks…Don Yenko also built a few hundred Yenko Stingers in the early 70s on the Vega chassis. This next car is offered as a “tribute” to the actual Stinger, but it has a 3.8 liter Buick V6 instead of the original turbo-4 2.3 liter that Yenko offered. Find this 1973 Chevrolet Vega GT Kammback bidding for $6,500 in Bakersfield, CA via ebay with 1 day to go.
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 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.
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.
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 comes as a tip from Zach Z who writes; Eight (wheels) is great. 17 (horsepower) is more than twice as good, if my math is correct. More than two horsepower per wheel – what trails would you blaze? Find this 1970 ASV Sur-Trek offered for $2500 in the North Pole via craigslist.
The International Harvester corporation released a new line of pickup trucks called the D-series in 1969 to replace the older C-series trucks that had been sold since 1961. This next example comes from the first year of a 1971 restyle where the trucks dropped their D-suffix (1100D, 1500D, etc) and were now called 1010 or 1110 depending on weight rating. For the price I can’t think you can get much more vintage truck coolness. Find this 1971 International 1110 Pickup offered for $6,500 in Modesto, CA via craigslist.
The first generation Chevrolet Corvair (1960-1964) was much maligned for it’s swing axle suspension that would pogo-stick you into a spin at the first chance it could get…but the 2nd generation (1965-1969) fixed that with a fully independent rear suspension with coil springs at all four corners that would keep you right-side-up right-side-forward and alive. But this next example has a Corvette LT1 V8 sitting where an arm rest would normally go…and if that won’t kill you in a crash, the roll cage will certainly finish you off. Might as well mount a Viking helmet as an airbag in this thing…but oh man it looks like fun. Find this 1966 Chevrolet Corvair V8 offered for $8000 in Hamilton, OH via craigslist.
A few short years ago the early 2nd generation Pontiac Firebird (1970 -1974) was a cheap classic, but prices have soared, particularly for the Firebird Formula 400 version. Today’s next example isn’t a real deal Formula, but it has a 400 cubic inch Poncho V8 with a bunch of hod-rod goodies and is probably a hoot to drive. The price is high, but it probably cost more to build it. Find this 1973 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 offered for $23,000 in Tulsa, OK via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!