From 1977 through 1993 the Ford Fox body platform 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. Today’s Fairmont might look like some kinda snoozefest, but it’s got […]
What is better than an original American classic from the 70s with a 4-speed and loaded options? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. It doesn’t matter that cars from a few years before had more power, because they are less refined, and it also doesn’t matter that cars from later years were better, because they are ugly. Don’t […]
Who says you can’t buy a mid ’60s domestic muscle car with a stonkin V8 and a pistol-grip 4-speed for around 5 grand? You don’t need to spend $25k like they might tell you over at those fancy auction websites, no sirrr, you just need to shop around and keep your booster shot up to […]
This next car isn’t for the faint of heart. It features a garish paint job that will get you more attention than you might want. It does, however, have a 4-speed manual gearbox, and at least 3 of the gears function. Not bad for less than $2500. Find this 1993 Toyota Corolla Station Wagon offered for $2400 in Oakland, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.
When do you supposed the last 4-speed manual gearbox equipped car left an American assembly line — if you said 1998, I wouldn’t be surprised, but according to Murilee “Phil” Martin at Autoweek it was 1996 with the Toyota Tercel for cars, but the Ford F150 was available with a 4-on-the-floor for a few more years. Find this 1998 Ford F150 XL offered for $3995 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.
Voice of the world’s most interesting man; I don’t always drive an El Camino, but when I do, it should have a big stonkin modified V8, a Muncie 4-on-the-floor, a gigantic cowl induction hood scoop, and matte-black paint. Drive thirsty, my friends. Find this 1986 Chevrolet El Camino offered for $13,000 in Danbury, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
In the realm of “gas station photo craigslist” advertisements, this next one is forgivable. But only because this isn’t just another Honda pictured in front of a gas pump late at night after the seller get’s off his night shift as a Walmart greeter…but this is a legit unicorn, the 4-speed equipped Mercury version of the Ford Granada. Find this 1978 Mercury Monarch offered for $12,000 in Fall Branch, TN via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Anybody who lived through the 1980s in the USA will have memories of the the North American first generation Ford Escort (1981-1990). Those memories will certainly be mixed…some good, some bad…but our squishy grey lobes tend to suppress the bad things; but DT is here to help recover some of those negative memories. First, you learned your first full set of curse words from your Mom when it wouldn’t start for the third time in a week. You also learned to dress for rain when the electrical system stopped working in November 1987. And finally, you learned why your Dad started buying only Japanese cars in 1990. But if you want to relive some of the good experiences in a Ford Escort…then you should buy the best preserved Escort you’ll ever see for less than four large. Find this 1985 Ford Escort Hatchback offered for $3,700 in Dallas, TX via craigslist.
In 1965 the Coronet name was revived for use on a Dodge product, this time an intermediate sized sedan that immediately became the highest volume Dodge from a sales perspective. This fifth generation Dodge Coronet was built on a shared intermediate sized platform with the Plymouth Belvedere/Savoy/GTX/Road Runner and Dodge Charger from 1965 through 1970…and […]
Remember the other day when I wrote that the V8 and 4-speed was overrated? Yeah…I may have been a bit tipsy from the Manhattan that Kaibeezy taught me to make the other day..and the reports of the death of the V8 and manual box have been greatly exaggerated. Find this 1975 Plymouth Scamp offered for $10.900 […]