This next car comes as a tip from Jim who writes; This is the real deal and from bayside no less. Better check the trunk for a body. Yes, these big DeVille coupe/verts have a colossal trunk that can fit an entire load of your stuff or friends or whatever. But the best part of classic Cadillac cruising is the feeling of total disconnection from the typical driving experience. The hood is so far in front of you that the headlights might as well be in another zip code (it doesn’t really matter because they put out as much light as a zippo on a windy night) and the steering wheel is totally unconcerned with whatever the road (or an opossum) might be doing. So you don’t worry about your Nürburgring lap times or how fast it’ll go in the 1/4 mile — you just enjoy the soothing rocking motions of this road going pleasure craft. Find this 1966 Cadillac DeVille Convertible offered for $13,500 in Bayside, NY via craigslist.
The Renault Alliance was the result of an alliance between Renault and AMC, which was less of an alliance and more of a case of AMC borrowing a large sum of cash from Renault. In its day, the Alliance was the French version of the Honda Civic and lived on an Americanized Renault 9 chassis, but was assembled in Kenosha Wisconsin. The ragtop was ‘convertiblized’ by the American Sunroof Company, a custom builder regularly employed on oddball Detroit projects such as the ASC McLaren Grand Prix, Buick GNX, Chrysler Cordoba LS..etc. But, the most striking thing about today’s Alliance is how it managed to survive the last 35 years in such remarkable (and running!!) condition. Find this 1985 Renault Alliance Convertible offered for $4,500 or trade for Prius in Cedarburg, WI via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
I don’t like posting cars that are “expensive” and this next car is no cheap and depreciated luxury barge…but…BUT…it features the second most beautiful shape from Jaguar (first is the E-Type…hands down) and it is equipped with the rarely-seen-on-this-side-of-the-ocean manual gearbox. This is a combo that is hard to beat. Find this 1993 Jaguar XJS offered for $25,000 near Houston, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
I don’t know about you guys, but I subscribe to the Jeremy Clarkson school of thought about convertibles which can be summed up by his quote; “You may think, as you cruise about in your convertible, that you look good. But unless you are Angelina Jolie, or Pierce Brosnan, which you are not, I can assure you that actually you look like a tool.” But I’ve never owned a convertible, so maybe I’d look like Angelina Jolie…but that doesn’t matter, what matters is that this is a rare example of a rear drive Lexus convertible that is way better looking than an SC430 and offered for peanuts. Find this 2012 Lexus IS250 Convertible offered for $11,950 in Hoquiam, WA via craigslist.
This next classic is just such a big hunk of American iron that will put a smile on the face of anyone who sees it. It isn’t expensive or rare or a barn find…no…it is a big block piece of Americana with an open top and a gigantic grill. Sweet!! Find this 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible offered for $9,500 in Novato, CA via craigslist.
Happy Halloween to all DT readers out there: Those who are still young enough to dress like a super hero, and those who are still young enough to dress like an idiot (male) or harlot(female) and, of course, those who are old enough to look like a ghoul without dressing up. Today is the scariest day of the year because we feature horrorods, so I’ll just put this 1994 Chrysler LeBaron offered for $1000 in Reno, NV via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Cadillac Allanté was the end result of some serious white powder surfing from the guys at GM in the 80s. It started with a Pininfarina designed body assembled by Italians in Cambiano, Italy and then shipped airfreight to Detroit where the a domestic V8 was shoved up front. I can’t imagine what it cost to airfreight 21,000 Allante bodies from Italy to the Mantramck Assembly plant in Detroit (1986-1993), but they can’t have had much profit left to spend on rehab. Today’s example needs some TLC, but what Italian car from the 90s doesn’t? Find this 1991 Cadillac Allanté offered for $1,500 in Fort Myers, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.
The GT350 name was originally used on the Fastback Mustang from the first generation and it was put to pasture after the 1970 model year. However, for the 20th Anniversary of the Mustang, the product planners at Ford pulled out the GT350 name an put it on a 35 day production run (5261 cars). This new GT350 had no affiliation with Shelby, but it was only available in Oxford White and included 10 more horsepower from the carburetor fed 5.0 V8 (only the automatic transmission equipped version got fuel injection for whatever reason) and it included the TRX handling package. The original TRX metric sized 390mm wheels (I hope Ford fired whoever decided that was a good idea) and white paint are gone…and this thing is covered in a shade of fungus-infected-toenail beige ™. Despite the paint…and salvage title…I like it. Find this 1984 Ford Mustang GT350 5-Speed offered for $13,500 in Oakland, CA via craigslist.
I’m not a huge fan of recommending that people buy cars to squirrel away in barns waiting for some crazy speculative price bidding at all of the over-hyped auction sites around the web. In fact, it is quite the opposite. I recommend that you buy cars that are cheap today so you can enjoy them by driving around and putting (GASP!) miles on the odometer and letting the wind flow through your permed mullet. So buy this next car, drive it, enjoy, and maybe sell for about what you paid for it in a few year. Find this 1989 Dodge Dakota Sport Convertible offered for $5,000 in Boca Raton, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car come as a tip from SecondMouse who writes: This car is a throwback to the days when most of the iron rolling out of Detroit had king mattress-sized hoods, got 9 miles to the gallon rolling downhill with a tail wind, and was about as nimble as a pregnant Yak. But the Europeans refused to make huge cars for sale in America, choosing sportiness and economy of operation instead, and the consumers were buying them, so the Big 3 were sticking their toes in the ‘cars smaller than Rhode Island’ water. The Valiant was one of the results. This example comes with the venerable Mopar 225 slant six and the amusing dash-mounted pushbutton automatic. It looks to be in good driver condition, pop-top and all. The enthusiastic seller is offering at $11,900 and ‘let’s talk’. Find this 1963 Plymouth Valiant in Sealy Texas via craigslist.