The later 74+ plastic bumper version of the C3 Corvette (1968-1982) is not the most desirable or collectable of Corvettes, but it’ll probably get you more street cred than a C4 (or even C5) Vette. In California, this pre-75 example is free from the bi-annual smog inspection that could otherwise have you scratching your head […]
The 4th generation of the Chevrolet Impala (1965-1969) is a full-sized beast that comes in a bizarrely complicated collection of roof styles including a 2-door hardtop, 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and 4-door hardtop. I think this next car is a hardtop but it looks decent from the outside, but the interior is trashed. But don’t let that hold you back, because paint is expensive and requires a competent body shop, but interiors are easier and doable by the DIY guy who has internet access and can follow directions. Find this 1969 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop offered for $8800 in Chisago City, MN via craigslist. Tip from Mike.
The seventh generation Impala was launched in 1994 in SS trim, which meant power from a 260 horsepower LT1 borrowed from the Corvette. Unfortunately the Impala SS didn’t come with a manual gearbox and was only available with GM’s 4-speed 4L60E slushbox, but this next car has a T-56 manual 6-speed gearbox and is slammed to the ground with an air ride suspension. If it isn’t stock…it might as well be wild. Find this 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS offered for $26,500 near Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
When I first saw the cover shot of this next car…I didn’t know what it was. Not exactly, at least. I knew it was a GM 90s front-drive econobox, but like a small pile of earthworm vomit, it is moderately undesirable, but not as nasty as racoon scat. But I still didn’t know what kind of 90s GM product I was looking at until I saw the badge on the back and was surprised to see the legendary Monte Carlo badge. Somewhere between the old G-body Monte Carlo and the NAHSHCARR styling inspired thing released in 2000 there was a Lumina/GrandPrix/Cutlass that was as boring as the line at the DMV…but almost boring enough to be interesting. Find this 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS offered for $6,150 in Phiadelphia, PA via eBay.
Back in the 1980s the product planners at GM decided they needed to be more competitive in NASCAR, so they followed what they had done with the 1977-78 Impala Coupe with double bent tempered rear glass, and created a number of “aerodynamic” shared cars for the corporate fleet, including the Grand Prix 2+2 Aerocoupe, and what we have here today, which is a Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe. It isn’t conventionally pretty, but it’s pretty awesome. Find this 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe offered for $17,500 in West Babylon, NY via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
e fourth generation Nova was released in 1973 with a “so-called” hatchback body style and restyled front and rear. The big government mandated bumpers don’t look as bad as some of the competition. Fast forward almost 50 years and now this thing looks cool. One interesting thing about this car is that it has the one-year only 262 (4.3 liter making 110 horsepower) small block which was only available in the Monza/Nova (and Pontiac Ventura) for a year before folks at GM realized it was stupid to not just put a 350 into everything. Find this 1975 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback offered for $13,500 in Walton, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory (who mentioned he loves those flat seats).
hen, what happened? Oh. Sorry. I didn’t know you were transferred to the Cadillac naming department and now spend your days trying to figure out new and complicated alpha numeric designations for the next g-neration of sedan, but I’m excited to see the new C’NSYNC5 Blackbeard Edition when it launches. Is that a fixed roof convertible crossover sedan coupe motorcycle batwing? Cool. Find this 2006 Chevrolet Malibu SS offered for $7,950 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
People sell classic cars (and take a bath on them) when expectations and reality crash like two freight trains. The expectation was that the high desert dweller would store these classics for a day when they became valuable, but reality involved lots of blue tarps and some meth…err…mess. I’m not sure what is going on in this listing, but it seems like a fun weekend if you’ve got a car carrier and want to make some new friends. Find this collection of cars offered for $20,000 in Oro Grande, CA.
This next car comes as a tip from Hugh who also provides some commentary: This thing just looks like so much fun. Looks like the builder had at least seen a Kurtis roadster. Look at that beam axle. Seems that the seller picked it up at this auction. There are a couple of vacuum cleaner patents listed to a Leo G. Krieger who worked for whirlpool in Benton Harbor, MI. So maybe this was a hobby project for an engineer at Whirlpool? I can’t find anything else about it, and just don’t have the resources to acquire and keep this thing but it looks like fun and I am sure has some sort of interesting story. You could probably get invited to some old car events with this thing on the cheap. Personally, I love the combination of biasply tires and finned drum brakes on something powered by a small block Chevy and sporting Batman seat piping plus tail fins. Win, win, win. Those little exhaust pipes should make the perfect hotrod brap-brap-brap sounds as you do limitless burnouts to impress your neighbors. Find this 1961 Custom Replica bidding for $8,850 in Granger, IN via ebay.
I don’t own a C4 Corvette, but if I did it wouldn’t be one of those wicked ZR1s or a Grand Sport…because they are expensive and only offer a minimum of improvement over a base Vette. So, I’d find a C4 with a Doug Nash 4+3 manual gearbox with a two tone exterior brown/gold paint […]