It is hard to argue with the dollar per pound proposition of a used classic– particularly when the car is clean and in great condition. It isn’t that I’ve got anything specifically against new cars, it is just that used cars offer so much more per dollar. Just look at this next thing. You can’t find a car half as cool at a new car dealer for ten times the price. And while it might not conform to the latest fuel economy standards or offer apple car play…ehhh…who cares, a real pimp don’t need Waze or Google Maps telling them where to go anyway. Find this 1982 Lincoln Mark VI offered for $6,500 in Glendale, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
I always imagined that Steve Saleen was some kind of a magician with the way he could build and sell cars. Not that his recipe for success was magic (take a basic car, add some scoops, more horsepower, racy name, boom). No, his spellcasting was reserved for what he could convince buyers to pay for his pimped out Ford/Saleen machines. Let’s take the Saleen S331 Sport Truck for instance: It starts with a 2007 $19k Ford F150, add a supercharger, those scoops, some head rests, big brake kit and $55k MSRP…yikes! With mark ups like that it’s no surprise the Chinese government is currently embroiled in some kinda kerfuffle with Saleen involving a failed business venture in Shanghai — but that is a story for another time and we’ve got a good deal on a well depreciated F150 Saleen thing. Find this 2007 Saleen S331 Sport Truck offered for $16,500 in Rochelle Park, NJ via craigslist.
This next car puts a smile on my face because it combines most of the desirable traits in a used car into one cool blue package. First, it is sold by the original owner — the guy/gal who purchased it new from the dealer typically (maybe not always) keeps it nicer than the third owner who got it on loan from his uncle and parks it near other cars in parking lots (yes…I am an admitted far-end-of-the-lotter). Next, this car has had the asking price in maintenance/upgrades invested into it in the past few years and it is immaculately clean inside and out. Finally, it comes with a thorough description and pics and videos from the seller. Find this 1995 Ford Mustang GT offered for $14,900 in Palm Springs, CA via eBay.
This next green beauty comes from tipper SecondMouse who writes: This is a beautiful, low mileage, 390 V8 two-door survivor that the seller represents as ‘rust-free’, offered at $14,000. Seller also looks willing to trade. Not a bad little time machine for the 60’s Ford aficionado. Find this 1968 Ford Galaxie in suburban northwest Houston on Craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Erik202 who writes; I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out a way to own this. It was posted about a year ago and sat there for quite some time before the ad was taken down. Now it’s back up and I’m devoting way too much time to thinking about it. I seem to recall the previous posting mentioning that it didn’t have a vin or that you are not able to register it for some reason so it is strictly a race car…Obviously I needed something else to make me want this thing even more and I came across a lotus twin cam engine with transmission listed locally. Find this 1965 Ford Cortina offered for $6,000 in Squamish, BC, Canada.
This next car comes as seller submission from Nic who writes; I recently listed my second gen Taurus SHO manual for sale, and my friend suggested I forward to you guys (he even sent one of the same color recently posted) Anyways, here’s my link below. My dad bought the car new in 1992. The car has never seen salt and spent its entire life in Oklahoma until I moved it to Michigan in the spring. The car was my primary transit in college, and is in really good (but definitely not perfect!) shape. Definitely sad to see it go but I have a few “toy cars” already and a daily driver. Find this 1992 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $5000 in Ann Arbor, MI via craigslist.
This next car is one of those hidden secrets of the classic car market that I am somewhat reluctant to share with the world. The problem is that if I say something is a good deal and a few people share this thought with their friends and they share with additional people, and soon, thousands of like minded people are looking to “score a deal” on something like a ’65 Falcon. Regrettably, the market gets enough attention that it is no longer a good deal. Because, while first generation Ford Mustang prices are high, the Falcon (which shares most of its hard parts with the Mustang) continues to be a reasonably priced alternative, at least for now. Find this 1965 Ford Falcon offered for $13,000 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip form Kevin who writes: If I am off on an endless road trip this just might be my ride. Sure it has the turn radius of the Queen Mary, but it has the comfort of a stateroom on wheels. Sit in that front seat and tell me it isn’t so! I have to agree with Kevin — this car just gobbles up the miles, and I drove one as a company car on many occasions. It was the EcoBoost twin-turbo version and was effortless in acceleration and a spitting chips for fuel. As an alternative to the unwieldy SUVs and uncool minivans that dot the modern automotive landscape, I find the Flex to be closer to the giant 3-row wagons of yesteryear. Find this 2015 Ford Flex offered for $15,000 in Shoreview, MN via craigslist.
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.
This next car coms as a tip from Rock On who called it a “bundle of snakes”…which surprised me because I hadn’t put the Taurus SHO in the same snake-in-the-box paradigm as something like a ’70s Italian sportscar or an ’80s Jag. Did Ford pickup were Jaguar left off — did they have a factory of careless workers assembling something that was so needlessly complicated that failure is only a turn of the key away at any given time? I’m not sure, but I have heard reports of transmission issues and consistently leaking oil pan…what can the ex-SHOwners in the audience tell us? Find this 1993 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $5500 in Portland, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!