I’ve spent the better part of the past six months complaining about how expensive used late model (5 year old-ish) cars are these days and for good reason, they are stupidly priced and total garbage. But this next car is only one of those things. I’ll give you a hint — it isn’t overpriced. But it is one of GM’s bargain basement parts-bin specials that are sold to unsuspecting buyers who could have gotten a Toyota or Honda. But the lowest optioned Cruze was available with a 138 horsepower 1.4 liter Ecotec turbo-4 that was attached to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. Find this 2014 Chevrolet Cruze offered for $5900 in Space Coast, FL via craigslist.
This next car has a shockingly optimistic asking price for a Chevette that wasn’t owned by Elvis — but it might have enough added value with its custom built engine…oh..wait, its got a 4.3 V6? Yikes. Not sure I’d drop this much coin on a V6 powered Chevette, but it is still an interesting build. Find this 1984 Chevrolet Chevette offered for $23,000 in Batavia, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Chevrolet released the El Camino in 1959 but it only survived until the 1960 model year before it was discontinued because people didn’t understand it. However, Ford sold enough of their Rancheros in the early 1960s that GM got back into the game in 1964 and didn’t stop until 1987. Their product planners are probably considering reviving the name on an electric SUV right now, but I think this 4th generation example is what you want. Find this 1974 Chevrolet El Camino offered for $9,800 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist.
The concept behind a rear-mount turbo seems silly at first look. The basic idea is that you mount the turbocharger where one of the mufflers should be — you use the stock exhaust system and then push boosted air back up to the engine via another pipe. No intercooler needed (because the compressed air pipe is long enough to cool the charge air) and you get a stealth setup. Unfortunately you also lose efficiency because the exhaust gas cools before it hits the inlet of the turbo and you add a bucket of lag in inlet-and-outlet pipe air capacity. However, it seems to work okay if you start with a large displacement engine that didn’t really need a turbo to begin with and the boost is just a little bit-o-frosting on your performance cake. Find this 2003 Chevrolet Blazer S10 offered for $7000 in Conestoga, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
There are lifted vehicles and then there is a LIFTED vehicle. This next one is an example of the latter, where the lift is as much cosmetic as it is functional. Yes, you could go mudding in this next van or cross the Rubicon, but you could just as easily drive over the shrubs dividing the parking spaces at your nearest Costco or find a railroad crossing where you can try and get air. Freedom. Find this 1978 Chevrolet G3500 Van offered for $11,000 in Riverside, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Who doesn’t love a nice looking C4 Corvette offered in a shade of white paint with matching white wheels — this is so late 80s/early 90s that it might as well be a mix tape on cassette. It comes as a seller submission from DT regular David S who writes: Yes, it’s mine. Yes it’s a good deal on a nice 6-speed Corvette, as the gods intended. Find this 1990 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $8500 in Tampa, FL via craigslist.
We featured a chopped Silverado the other day that was generally appreciated by the crowd for being tidy and subtle modification. However, today’s next feature is anything but understated. It does appear to be a decently conceived 4 seat convertible pickup truck conversion, which is not something you hear very often. Find this 2000 Chevrolet Silverado offered for $6000 in Buffalo, MN via fleecebook mothership.
This next car comes as a tip from Matt who writes; Another sketchy, cheap C4 Corvette for DT readers who thought the purple LT1 Corvette was too expensive – or that purple just wasn’t sufficiently over the top to be noticed. Here’s yet another C4 that could use some work! Find this 1984 Chevrolet Corvette C4 offered for $3,500 in Smyrna, GA via facebash censorbook.
This next car comes as a tip from Cory who writes: over the top custom g body monte carlo- what is it?? That is a fabulous question, and one that the seller doesn’t really do a good job answering with a few lines of text and a total of 24 photos. The seller reports that a family is asking him to help sell their Dad’s uncompleted custom thing which is described as starting life as an ’87 Monte Carlo and now its been given a full Johnny Cash treatment with all manner of 59 T-Bird parts, Ford wheel caps, and whatever a “Continental Kit” is. I’m confused, but strangely attracted. Find this 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Kustom offered for $15,000 in Hartford, CT via craigslist.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; the C4 Corvette has to be worth something more than scrap value in the near future. It’s a classic and the good ones will demand crazy money, but even the purple wrecks will be worth something because someone will convert them back to stock and fix ’em. And before you say “it’ll never be worth anything” — just remember that there was a time when you could get 69 Corvettes for next to nothing (probably when this 94 was new) and they are expensive today. So I’m putting this car into the “ready for appreciation even though it is purple” group. Find this 1994 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $6,500 buy-it-now in Sandown, NH via eBay.