The Impala was on its fourth generation of major designs when it changed from the iconic triple round taillights to triple rectangular lamps…but that shouldn’t stop you from wanting a 1966 Impala. These things are still the same full-sized machines that came in a bizarrely complicated collection of roof styles including a 2-door hardtop, 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and 4-door hardtop — I’m still not clear on some of the differences, but if you find a grey haired guy/gal at a Friday night car show, you’ll have an easy 30 minute conversation if you ask the question. But the only thing you really need to know is that a classic Impala will put a smile on your face that’s as wide as the grill. Find this 1966 Chevrolet Impala Coupe offered for $14,900 (or less without the big bling wheels/tires) in Grand Rapids, MI via craigslist.
You guys are good at finding the best terrible cars for sale on the internet, but I have to come clean and admit that even though tipper Matt wrote; Caution – this link contains graphic images of a truly hideous paint job…’70s Cadillac Seville appears to be the offspring of a Stutz revival and a bass boat… Regardless, I shrieked when I opened the link. The technical term from the turbocharger noise and vibration industry is kreischen, which is a German word for a screech/squeal/squawk when a turbocharger’s ported shroud isn’t designed correctly, but I digress. This car. Wow. It is really something else. Find this 1979 Cadillac SeVille Opera Coupe offered for $15,995 in Concord, NC via mercado de libros-caras.
This next Ford Model A makes up for all of the Jaguars with small block Ford V8s (and Chevy 350s) that we’ve posted over the years…and leaves some change on the table. It starts with a 1930 Ford Model A Coupe that has been chopped and then adds a Jaguar inline-6 that has been juiced to produce some insane amount of horsepower if we are to believe the 9.32 second 1/4 mile drag time according to the seller (then engine needs a new headgasket, but don’t even think about putting a Chevy V8 in it!) We’ve always wondered where the old XJ engines go when someone shoves in some lump of American iron…well here it is. Find this 1930 Ford Model A Coupe offered for $14000 in Modesto, CA via craigslist. Tip from Andy.
People make all sorts of unsubstantiated claims on craigslist — this is the fastest Tiburon in Cincinnati, or if it doesn’t sell I’m going to melt down into its basic elements and recycle it on the intergalactic mineral exchange…and this next seller claims his car is “the cleanest Acura on Craigslist”…which it very well might. At least, it might be the cleanest 90s Acura on craigslist with a manual gearbox and a color that isn’t from a kitchen appliance, because most 90s Acuras went from being a proud yuppy’s daily driver to hot boxed by their ne’er-do-well children who haven’t done maintenance since the odometer hit 200k miles. But today’s 1st generation Acura CL (1997-1999) looks as nice as it did back in the 90s…and I think I’m in love. Find this 1997 Acura CL 2.2 offered for $3,900 in Novato, CA via craigslist.
Another day, another basic and reliable 90s Toyota featured on the front page of Daily Turismo. Yup. Dependability, practicality, and slushbox autotragic transmissions is what we’ve spend years searching for…wait…FULL STOP. Something is wrong with this Camry. Somebody stole the rear doors…or it is a rare hardtop Solara…no. This is a rare XV10 3rd generation Toyota Camry 2-door coupe, which was the only generation of Toyota’s super-selling sedan to offer a coupe version that wasn’t called a Solara and I don’t think I’ve seen one before. Find this 1995 Toyota Camry Coupe offered for $2,899 in Renton, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.
There is a cricket living in my home office right now. Okay, it is not a home office, it is the garage, and I assume it is a cricket, but it is certainly some hemimetabolous insect that is part of the suborder caelifera (aka the grasshopper). He is quiet during the day, but in the evening when I’m enjoying a libation and drafting some witty words for DT, that little stridulating bastard starts rubbing his legs together to find a mate. It is loud. Screeching. I’m ready to leave my garage office and do business from the inside of a Toyota Prius…no…even better, I would live inside this next car if it would guarantee me a few moments of silence from the 65-75 decibels of Previa-esq supercharger scream that has been pounding my ears for the past week. Find this 1993 Porsche 968 offered for $14,500 in New Jersey via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Fiat 850 was available as a boxy van, an oddly bulbous sedan, and a cute little spider ragtop, but that best looking version had a fastback roofline and was called the 850 Coupe. They were manufactured in huge quantities (2.3 million 850s were sold worldwide from 1963-1973) but isn’t a car you’ll see very often — probably because of the sheet metal disintegrated in moisture like single layer cardboard and the engines needed to run at 100% duty cycle to keep the driver from being rear-ended by children on skateboards. Despite that, I think I’d enjoy the experience of owning a classic like an 850 Coupe. Find this 1966 Fiat 850 Coupe offered for $9,000 in Scotch Plains, NJ via craigslist.
Stepping into a Buick dealer in 1992 and looking at the 2-door coupes must have been a strange experience. Starting at the bottom end of the cost spectrum you could get an ugly compact thing called a Skylark based on the N-body. Too small– so you upsize to a mid sized Century coupe and maybe find an unsold LeSabre coupe from a previous model year, or an unsold ’91 Reatta if you are feeling more sporty. You could also get a Riviera Coupe (with available Buick Graphic Control) which fit into the personal luxury coupe market segment…but if you really wanted the sportiest coupe from 1992 there was only one answer…the Buick Regal GS. It wasn’t just Sport…it was Gran (not Grand) Sport. Find this 1992 Buick Regal GS Coupe offered for $3995 in Ft Myers, FL via craigslist.
If you thought Chris Bangle’s deconstructivist flame surfacing styling was tacky on early millennial BMWs, just remember that he was destroying the design language of Fiat in the early 1990s. Actually, the Fiat Coupe (or Coupé, if you prefer) had styling that was a welcome departure from the boxy and boring Fiats of the 1980s and it is quite striking in person or in print, particularly compared to some of the monstrosities that roam the streets today. The Coupe was never imported into the USA as a new car, so you’ll have to find a grey market import like this next one. Find this 1994 Fiat Coupé offered for $14000 in Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Car lovers sink all sorts of money into Friday car club cars…these are the cars that won’t make headlines at your next Barrett-Jackson auction, but they do offer a significant bang-for-your-buck if you are willing to live with custom flames on your fenders, air bags, and chrome side pipes. Not that any of those things […]