It is funny to think that any non-basket case American V8 powered car from the 1960s you can find for less than $10k is a good deal, but that is way the market goes and she has indeed gone in the past decade or two. Regardless, this next car is an interesting find because it […]
People sell classic cars (and take a bath on them) when expectations and reality crash like two freight trains. The expectation was that the high desert dweller would store these classics for a day when they became valuable, but reality involved lots of blue tarps and some meth…err…mess. I’m not sure what is going on in this listing, but it seems like a fun weekend if you’ve got a car carrier and want to make some new friends. Find this collection of cars offered for $20,000 in Oro Grande, CA.
When I first received this tip with a rave review from DT regular Art C, I thought perhaps Art needed his CO2 detectors checked for function…but then I spent some more time examining the curves of this appliance white Escort and decided that I like it. Perhaps I got a computer virus from the tip? Anyway, some words of wisdom from Art: I don’t know why, but I want to buy this. I think it’s the blue interior combined with a manual wagon that is making me a little hot and steamy…Seriously though, this thing looks to be in GREAT shape! It’s a shame that motor is a dog and ford 90s build quality left something to be desired. Guaranteed to be the only one in your neighborhood though. Find this 1994 Ford Escort LX Wagon offered for $3,450 in Bristol, CT via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Hugh who also provides some commentary: This thing just looks like so much fun. Looks like the builder had at least seen a Kurtis roadster. Look at that beam axle. Seems that the seller picked it up at this auction. There are a couple of vacuum cleaner patents listed to a Leo G. Krieger who worked for whirlpool in Benton Harbor, MI. So maybe this was a hobby project for an engineer at Whirlpool? I can’t find anything else about it, and just don’t have the resources to acquire and keep this thing but it looks like fun and I am sure has some sort of interesting story. You could probably get invited to some old car events with this thing on the cheap. Personally, I love the combination of biasply tires and finned drum brakes on something powered by a small block Chevy and sporting Batman seat piping plus tail fins. Win, win, win. Those little exhaust pipes should make the perfect hotrod brap-brap-brap sounds as you do limitless burnouts to impress your neighbors. Find this 1961 Custom Replica bidding for $8,850 in Granger, IN via ebay.
The US market Ford Contour was marketed and sold as a US market version of the European Ford Mondeo, but in truth it only shared a few pieces including the windshield, windows, side mirrors and door handles. Everything else was standard parts bin junk left over from the Tempo or borrowed from the Taurus or Escort. That didn’t stop Ford from making an interesting SVT version that might be mistaken for another 90s domestic piece of junk, but it is a cool car and certainly a bit of a sleeper. Find this 1998 Ford Contour SVT offered for $5,500 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The 11th generation of Ford’s world recording selling F150 pickup truck was released for the 2004 model year and it was another instant hit. Available engines include a 4.2 liter Essex V6, 4.6 liter or 5.4 liter modular V8, but it wasn’t a performance automobile, it was a junk hauler. But todays F150 has been given an overhaul by the guys at Roush (Roosh or Roash…I dunno how it’s supposed to be pronounced) and given a supercharger and lowered suspension. Find this 2005 Ford F150 Roush FX4 offered for $18,000 in Wayzata, MN via craigslist.
The 2nd generation Ford Cortina was released in 1968 by Ford of Britain with the catchy slogan: “The New Cortina is more Cortina.” The statement was true because the compact sedan used a Kent inline-4 power up front and simple lightweight formula that makes it a great competitor to the BMW 2002..at least across the pond where you could get both cars. Prices of Cortinas aren’t as overhyped as the BMW 2002, but you don’t see them very often and are almost always grey market examples like this next Portuguese migrant. Find this 1969 Ford Cortina 1300 Deluxe offered for $14,600 in Las Cruces, NM via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
DT’s rule number 772: The original is always the best. Yup, sounds right, but let’s check; Terminator 1984 — yup. Star Wars — no contest. True Grit — John Wayne rules. Aladdin 1992 > 2019. Death Race 2000 1975>2008. The Italian Job 1969>2003. Ladykillers 1955 > 2004. Gone in 60 Seconds 1974 > 2000. Do I need to continue explaining this? Let’s move to cars. The original Mustang is still the best Mustang. The original Camaro — same. Finally we get to today’s feature subject which is a first generation Ford Taurus SHO (1986-1991) which was the original and the best of the SHO Taurii. Find this 1991 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $7250 in Los Molinos, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
A Dodge Caravan El Camino, an Excalibur and a ’51 Ford Ranchero walk into a bar. The bartender says…I picked the wrong week to stop huffing paint. Wow. Tipper Matt C (who found this by searching for who knows what) put a crisp summary of the seller’s faceplace marketbork listing here: A Dodge Caravan pickup conversion for $9000, looks fairly well done. A ’51 Ford also converted to a pickup for $12000, looks like more of a hack job. And wait, there’s also an Excalibur kit car for $13000, looking like a prewar Mercedes that has put on a considerable amount of weight and been stuffed full of seriously downmarket interior. In other words, like a typical Excalibur.
When do you supposed the last 4-speed manual gearbox equipped car left an American assembly line — if you said 1998, I wouldn’t be surprised, but according to Murilee “Phil” Martin at Autoweek it was 1996 with the Toyota Tercel for cars, but the Ford F150 was available with a 4-on-the-floor for a few more years. Find this 1998 Ford F150 XL offered for $3995 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.