I’m not a huge fan of bucket seats on a big American muscle cruiser — I think they should have vinyl bench seats and column mounted shifters…but the center console on this next car is amazing. Like a drunkards’ nose, it is huge, red and prominent. The shifter sticks out of it like an alien monolith and it just makes me happy. Find this 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL offered for $13,975 buy-it-now or make offer in Rapid City, SD via ebay.
The second generation Ford Taurus (1992-1995) wasn’t much of an enthusiasts car, at least until you consider the bundle-of-snakes manifold equipped Super High Output version that carried over from the previous generation. Ford pushed a surprising level of performance into their family sedan with a Yamaha built V6 and a 5-speed manual gearbox. Sixty miles per hour was hit in about 6.6 seconds and top speed as in excess of 140 mph, these were numbers that were reserved for real sports cars back in the early 1990s. Find this 1995 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $3,500 CAD ($2750 USD) in Edmonton, AB, Canada via kijiji.net. Tip from Erik202.
The Ford Maverick was released into the wild for the 1970 model year as a replacement for the compact pony car known as the Mustang that was being blown up into a fully fledged (from the zoology, a bird develops its plumage or fledge at maturity) muscle car (see 1971 Mustang). Anyway, the basic Maverick is interesting and I like it, but show me the corporate badged Mercury version known as the Comet and I’ll swoon like a teenage girl at an Elvis concert. Find this 1974 Mercury Comet offered for $7000 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
This next car sounds too good to be true. It is a 65 Mustang sold by the seller’s mother (who is unfortunately too sick to drive, so the car sat) and it looks straight and intact. Unfortunately, it is a low spec inline-6 with an automatic, but it’ll be faster than any Volkswagen from 1965 and it is certainly worth more than the asking price with a wash/wax and some elbow grease. This is 1999 pricing for a “barn find” ’65 Mustang, so it is probably already gone. Find this 1965 Ford Mustang offered for $5000 in Woodstock, NY via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
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.
I don’t need a tractor. Not in the slightest. I don’t have a ride on mower, or even a push motor. I barely have enough dirt in my yard to get one tire on this next thing muddy, but I still think I need it. The only thing it needs is a wagon to attached on the back so I can get the kids to school on time. Find this 1950ish Ford 8N Tractor with Ford 289 V8 offered for $5,500 in Humboldt, CA via craigslist.
If you see this next car and get a primordial tingling of deja vu…you might be right, because we’ve featured this car before…and not just another Falcon Caribbean kit car, but this exact Falcon Caribbean was featured in a “what am I?” post in 2014. It is, unfortunately, still in the same semi-finished state as before and the Ford Anglia chassis (probably not the Austin 7 as specified by the seller) is not entirely sorted under the fiberglass body. Get it for cheap, store it, don’t actually do anything to it, and then sell for the same price a few years later. Sounds like a recipe for success. Find this 1959 Falcon Caribbean offered for $7800 via facebag monsterbook.
Remarkable cars have an effect on automotive minded people. They make our mouths open in surprise and awe. But sometimes it is more confusion than anything, and here today we have a modified Ford Model A with a Mercedes inline-6 and some serious ’70s styling. You’d have to wear bell bottoms and rock some John Fogerty hair to drive this thing…but it might be worth it. Find this 1929 Ford Model A offered for $9,500 in Cottonwood, AZ via craigslist.
1995 was a great years for cars. Auto manufacturers had finally figured out how to dig their way out of the funk from the 70s/80s and things were looking good for performance, speed, and reliability. So, I love it when folks find a well preserved car from the mid 90s, because these modern classics are now 25 years old, but reliable, safe, and new enough to drive every day. But…BUT, out of all the cars on the planet built in 1995 to preserve and keep minty clean, why does it have to be a Taurus. But here it is, 38,000 miles and a car that the late, great Hunsbloger would approve 1000%…so here it goes; find this 1995 Ford Taurus offered for $3,500 in Lansdale, PA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
This next car is a very complicated piece of machinery. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous. Getting past the fact that this car was built by the Neanderthals at Gas Monkey Garage isn’t easy, but it does carry all of the charisma and charm of the Dude’s actual ride, plus you’ve got some window stickers to remind people you aren’t homeless, just a huge fan of the Coen brother’s 1998 classic, The Big Lebowski. Or perhaps both, because there is nothing wrong with that. Find this 1973 Ford Gran Torino offered for $6,900 in Richmond, VA via eBay.