This might sound like a strange thing to say, but I’m going to say it anyway; This isn’t a bad looking Beetle based Bugatti kit car. I know that sounds crazy, but this thing isn’t bad looking, not just for a kit car, but for any car. I wouldn’t put it in the automotive hall of fame and I certainly want a better shot of the rear end…but for 50 Benjamins, this isn’t bad at all. Find this 1963 Volkswagen Beetle Kit Car offered for $5000 in Atlanta, GA via craigslist. Tip from Matt C.
This Mercury Capri spent the better 1/4 of a century sleeping in a garage…but you’d better not call it a barn find. The seller claims it was built by a NASA engineer (Why is it always a NASA engineer or a GM factory engineer, why not a part time clerk at Boot Barn or a family practice psychologist?) who added a draw-through turbocharger with an old school water/methanol injection system to the Cologne V6. Looks like fun. Find this 1976 Mercury Capri offered for $6,000 in Eagle, ID via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The conventional wisdom is that if you want to drive a classic late 60s/early 70s American muscle car, then you need to drop a big pile of money into your heap of choice. But that isn’t exactly true. Because there are some good classic Muscle cars that you can buy for less than the price of a new economy car and this next thing is a perfect example. Find this 1973 Dodge Charger SE offered for $16,500 in Eunice, LA via craigslist. Tip from Ramjet.
WHOA! A ’60s Lotus Elan for $10k? This thing is just a few cans of spray paint and some bed-liner to cover the frame rust away from being a $50k car on one of those fancy car auction sites. Take some dramatic photos, add a made up back story about the legacy of the previous owner and step 3 — profit. Find this 1968 Lotus Elan offered for $10,900 in Sarasota, FL via hemmings. Tip from BP.
This next car is about the lowest optioned Chevelle you could have purchased in 1970. Not only does it start with the pedestrian 4-door body, but it has a 250 inline-6 engine mated to a power-glide 2-speed automatic, and it is probably manual steering and manual brakes…but the price is right for a driveable classic that isn’t a rust bucket. Find this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle 4-Door offered for $2500 in Bridgeport, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
When did classic cars get so stinkin expensive? One day you can get an ’80s Bronco for a few hundred bucks, and now people are treating them like they are the next Ferrari 365GTB. And it isn’t just Broncos, it is a serious epidemic of classic car price appreciation. Personally, I blame the internet. Prior to the birth of the world’s central nervous system, if you wanted to drive an old car you had to have some serious investment into that car — either cash to pay someone to fix/maintain it, or the tools/books/know-how to do it yourself. Today, you just need an internet connection and to watch some youtube videos and a few hours later you are bidding on an overpriced Bronco. Uggg. At least there are a few old makes/marques that are still affordable, but it is only a matter of time before this also spreads on the inter…wait…I think I might be part of the problem. Oh well ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Find this 1960 AMC Rambler Country Club Custom offered for $12,900 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Hartsville, TN via craigslist.
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.