I’ve wanted to own a C5 generation Corvette Z06 since they came out of the factory for the 2001 model year for its blistering performance and basic good looks, and that desire didn’t wane as they’ve depreciated in price. My biggest concern (aside from things like shifting tectonic plates making my house closer to my neighbor and zombie sasquatch invasion) is that I’ll miss the window to buy the zed-ought-six before they become the playthings of wealth collectors. Find this 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 bidding for $7600 reserve-not-met with 5 days to go located in Morgantown, PA via eBay.
Back in the early 1970s, a Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an affordable way to get into a big 2-door personal luxury car. It might have not had the style of a Thunderbird or the sporty/upmarket(ish) badge of the Pontiac Grand Prix, but the Monte Carlo was available with a big block and understated styling with overstated gravitational pull. Bigger than Saturn, which is apparently giving a great view of its rings right now. Find this 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo offered for $9600 in Shelton, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Modern pickup trucks are huge — not just in length but also in girth and width. Today’s next car might not have the ginormous from grill of a new Silverado, but it has length in spades. Four doors and a long bed in a 3500 series GM pickup truck makes a long wheelbase Escalade look like a Miata. Find this 1996 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 offered for $3500 in Elk Grove, CA via craigslist.
un’s dress…and the low compression smog choked V8s are terrible and build quality is on par with the worst best stuff at Harbor Freight…but they have a certain aesthetic charm, and chicks dig ’em. Who doesn’t remember the Corvette Summer and a young Luke Skywalker starring next to the nerdy girl from Ghostbusters? Find this 1981 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $16,000 in Mesa, AZ via craigslist.
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.