I had the opportunity to meet and shake Bob Bondurant’s hand at a Shelby Tribute car show a few years back, but I didn’t get a chance to get any tips on driving from him. But, Bondurant did teach Clint Eastwood, James Garner, Paul Newman, Tim Allen, Nick Cage, and Tom Cruise (among others) how to drive fast around a track in his world famous Bob Bondurant Racing School. Today the school uses Dodge Hell-things to teach people how to control uncontrollable Stellantis (hahahah, Stellantis!!) built muscle machines, but back in the 1990s, Bob used a Ford Taurus SHO to teach Hollywood elite how to properly heel-toe and control understeer, and this is supposedly his personal instructor’s car. Find this 1993 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $7500 in Fairfield, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The Fusion was released in 2006 as a replacement to Ford’s aging Taurus, and yet another name change for a ho-hum sedan from an American manufacturer. It is interesting that Honda doesn’t change the name of the Accord and Toyota still uses Camry, VW sells the Passat,…etc…but US manufacturers are quick to replace the bad taste in your mouth from the last Tempo, Escort, Taurus, Crown Vic, Nova, Cavalier, Lumina, Impala, or Citation, Berretta, Skylark, or Century, that you purchased with a new vehicle that has a different name, but the same basic platform. It’s like changing your name after each failed date on your favorite dating platform. Perhaps she won’t recognize me…Anyway, this next car is a Fusion and it comes with a strange looking gear selector knob in between the seats…scientists are still trying to determine its origins. Find this 2010 Ford Fusion offered for $4000 in Foxboro, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Look, I get it. Somebody out there loves the Mustang II. Possibly more than one person. But the Mustang II was such a kick in the nuts to the Pony car lover when it was released in 1974. People try and sugar coat it — oh, it was the right car for the right time, but let’s not mix metaphors here. It was the worst Mustang of all time (at least until the Mach-E.) And don’t try to confuse the fact that enthusiasts put the Mustang II rack and pinion (and other M2 parts) into many hot rods — it’s not like any mother ever said “I love my son, he’ll make a great organ donor some day.” No…the Mustang II could be nuked from the history of the automobile and we’d all be better for it…but…BUT…if I had to drive a Mustang II…gun-to-my-head…I’d drive this next thing. Find this 1977 Ford Mustang II with 351W offered for $12,500 in Milford, WA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
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.