It really doesn’t matter that the Kelmark GT started life as a Beetle floorpan based kit car…and that it used a Ford Pinto windshield or that the side windows are inverted Chevy Impala rear windows. What matters is that the Volkswagen aircooled versions of the Kelmark GT were slow and made that characteristic Beetle putt-putt noise…yuck. But when equipped with a watercooled Chevrolet V8 mounted in the middle, the Kelmark was easily equal in performance to the legendary Ferrari 206/246 Dino that it was trying to copy. Find this 1978 Kelmark GT offered for $17,500 in Sonora, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The fifth generation S197 Mustang was launched in 2005 with well executed retrostyle platform that was the baseline for future Mustang style. Later restyles (mid-cycle restyle in 2011 and generation change in 2015) added additional toughness and horsepower and width and girth to the Mustang…but I think the S197 is the cleanest looking of the post 2005 Mustangs (and I’m not even going to touch the subject of the horrible Mach-E abomination). The design was clean and simple in the V6 models, but got some fancy wings and junk in the V8 GT trim, unless you got the limited Bullitt edition from 2008 or 2009. The Bullitt package was an appearance and power package available only on GT models in dark highland green (or black) and added some serious Steve McQueen cool to the S197. Find this 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt offered for $12,500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
The fourth generation Pontiac LeMans was launched in 1973 during what is now known as the sunset of the muscle car era, but nobody told that to the Pontiac product planners. Ford was busy downsizing the Mustang and Chevy was changing their badges from US cubic inches to metric liters (seriously Chevy…?), but Pontiac was figuring out where they could put additional NACA ducts and designing the most badass tail lights ever. I still don’t understand why GM kept Buick alive and killed Pontiac during the 2008 Carpocalypse. Find this 1975 Pontiac LeMans GT offered for $15,900 in Dudley, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
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.
The strangest car you could find in a Buick dealer in 1972 wasn’t a Buick…but it did have styling that was hilariously similar to the Corvette and used transverse leaf spring suspension like the Vette. But where the size was 7/8ths scale of the Vette, the engine was only 1/8th the size, so performance isn’t exactly blistering…but GM sold an astonishing 103k example of these little West Germany assembled oddballs from 1968-1973. Today’s example has a nifty looking body kit and is offered at a premium price for a GT. Find this 1972 Opel GT offered for $14,995 in St Augustine, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car comes as a tip from Cory who writes: rare Fiberfab kit car- is that an oxymoron? Is it possible for a kit car to be rare? But the bigger question is…is this a kit car? The seller seems to think it isn’t a kit car and assures us that this is one of two factory built Fiberfab Aztecas with a factory ID tag…but I can’t find any reference to the Azteca on Fiberfabs website…but they do mention a Aztec GT convertible…so I’m not sure what this is…other than being really cool and needing some finishing to get it going. Find this 1966 Fiberfab Azteca offered for $8500 in Reinholds, PA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Kester who writes: Why do I like this so much? Is it because it’s so wrong and makes no sense whatsoever? I even struggled to send this in, though I know if I bought it, my wife would have me sleeping in it for the next month (and I don’t think the seats recline far enough…) She banished me to the garage once after buying a rusty old 914, but promised to never do it again as apparently I enjoyed it too much. The answer is easy — you like the idea of a reliable MGB GT with Mazda power and the patina of a WWII era battleship for next to nothing. Find this 1970 MG B GT offered for $5000 in Boone, IA via craigslist.
I missed this car for the 4th of July and I regret it. Because there is nothing more patriotic than this next beast. Feast your eyes on the wind whipped star spangled banner on the hood and drool a little red-white-n-blue on that interior. This car is as American as aggressive foreign policy, tipping waiters, […]
The Pontiac Fiero was the runt of the litter in the sports car world when it was new, and was the brunt of many jokes in the decades after…but…if you are going to buy a Fiero, don’t fall for the V8 swapped monster or the ’84 iron duke powered original and instead get yourself a […]
The MarkII Volkswagen Golf (1985-1992) was offered in a variety of trims, starting with the lowly base, and continuing up in equipment to the C, CL, GL, GT and finally the GTI trim. Prices for the super sporty and hip GTI model are high, but you can get into a Mk II GT for pennies […]