In the past few years, there has been an interesting shift in where you can find the cheapest used/abused cars on the internet. Craigslist was, for years, the gold standard for finding cheap junk, but they made a small change to limit spammers by charging a few bucks for a listing (back in 2019) and many of the cheapest cars migrated to free-to-list sites like OfferUp and Facebook’s Marketplace. This wasn’t a problem, per se, but I noticed that most Facebash listed cars had very limited info from the seller — just a few sentences usually, a factor driven by the facebook algorithms that convince people to hate their neighbors and feel better about themselves (probably). However, this next car has a long and complete description by the seller AND is offered for a good price. Find this 1977 AMC Pacer X offered for $4000 in Punta Gorda, FL via facelist marketbook. Tip from John W.
This next beast is just about extinct. You just don’t see 80s vintage AMCs driving around anymore — except maybe the occasional Pacer/Gremlin or Eagle 4X4. But the Concord was their compact entry-level sedan offering and you can’t even find these things in junkyards anymore. And if you are going to pick a Concord to save, one with the 258cubic inch inline-6 is the proper one to keep on the road. Find this 1983 AMC Concord offered for $3800 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Sometimes in the morning when I get up, I feel old. My joints are stiff and my head is pounding for a cup of coffee — which is something that didn’t happen a decade (or so) ago. But that’s okay, because being old has its advantages. You get to say things that you felt as a younger person, but didn’t say. You get to dole out your experience to young whippersnappers and tell them how easy they have it these days. But the best part, is that you get to drive a comfortable car. No more stiff, low, sporty cars, no…we don’t need them to get to church on time on Sunday morning or to get your latest prescription filled at the pharmacy at 10am on a Tuesday…no. But what we do need is a car that drives like a 5000 lb marshmallow and has a seriously sweet throwback radiatoresque grill. Now, get off my lawn. Find this 1989 Lincoln Town Car offered for $5500 in East Windsor, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car comes as a tip from Rock On who writes; Groom those chest hairs…which might be confusing if you aren’t a regular reader of DT, but let me fill you in. It starts with this ’78 Dodge Monaco that is about as malaise as you can find, but this next car might have a slightly more putrid shade of green and take the cake. The malaise cake. What do you think? Find this 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 offered for $9900 in West Covina, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The 4th generation Dodge Monaco was a big malaise era equivalent of striped velour v-neck shirt. This thing reeks of chest carpets and overgrown man-hair held back by a tennis headband (see Bjorn Borg at Wimbledon in 1978 for reference in case you weren’t alive back then or lived under a rock)….and I love it. Find this 1978 Dodge Monaco offered for $9900 in Greenville, SC via craigslist.
This next car is a big piece of American iron built at the height of the malaise era that is mostly known for donating its rear brakes to customized 60s Mustangs and being the first production car to offer clearcoat paint. If you are a DT regular, you might also know the Versailles from the time you spent in your local junk yard back in the 90s. Fortunately, today’s example is about as far from the typical Versailles sitting on cinder blocks at Billy’s Pick-n-Pull and looks (from the single photo provided by the seller) to be in premium shape. Find this 1978 Lincoln Versailles offered for $10,000 in Atchison, KS via hemmings. Tip from BP.
In a strange coincidence, we got a handful of tips for some nice Fox body cars from various tippers this weekend, so I’m feeling it’s time for a Foxy Friday Feature…oh…wait…it is Monday. Foxy Monday works too. What does that mean? You won’t see any El Caminos on the pages of Daily Turismo today, unless they are on a Fox Body Platform which from 1977 through 1993 had a MacPherson strut up front and live stick-beam axle out back and was the home of Ford’s Fairmont, Durango, Granada, LTD, Mustang, Thunderbird, and Mercury’s Zephyr, Cougar, Marquis, Capri, and Lincoln’s Continental, Mark VII. This first feature of our Foxy Monday is a Fairmont which was the first Ford vehicle to sit on the unibody Fox platform and this version is the sweet Futura version that had a bizarrely large wrap-over B-Pillar that was reminiscent of the similar vintage Thunderbird but without opera windows. Strange times for automotive design, but I think it looks cool today. Find this 1979 Ford Fairmont Futura offered for $8000 in Fontana, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
A white Chevrolet Nova with a red landau roof isn’t something you’d want to admit to buying new in the late 1970s…but today…anybody would be proud to rock this thing every single day of the week. Which makes it almost a crime that the odometer reading is so low on this amalaising piece of automotive art history. Find this 1976 Chevrolet Nova Concours offered for $18,500 in Scottsdale, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Zeke.
This next seller is asking a bucket full of cash for a Fiat X1/9, but to be honest I’m not 100% up-to-date with X1/9 pricing. These could be the next hot thing at all of the collector car auctions, but I do know that it’s got some wicked brown paint. And those bumper fangs are like bell-bottoms on a car. But the interior looks great and if all the gauges/electrics work, this could be a good little driver. Find this 1977 Fiat X1/9 offered for $8999 in Moorpark, CA via craigslist.
What has 4 doors, 8 cylinders, sky blue paint and more cool factor than just about anything on the road? Yeah, this isn’t a $100k Porsche or another appreciating rare Italian classic…this is a piece of Americana. A road sign on the way from the roaring 60s to the cocaine fueled 80s, born right in the middle of the oil crisis…but guess what…this thing survived the malaise era, and is coming at you like a bad guy from an episode of the Dukes of Hazard or Magnum PI or the Rockford Files. Find this 1974 Dodge Dart Custom offered for $4000 in El Cajon, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!