The 2nd generation Celica was great little rear-drive coupe from the makers of our favorite appliances, Toyota. It was built in Japan from 1978 to 1981 as a 2 door coupe or 3 door liftback, but it was not available from the factory as a convertible version. US dealers complained enough that Toyota outsourced the hacking of the roof off to the Griffith Company which installed a targa-style top with folding rear convertible back to roughly 2000 examples to make the Sunchaser. Find this 1980 Toyota Celica GT Sunchaser offered for $6,850 in Vancouver, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Another feature of today’s Foxy Monday special. The later GT versions of the Fox Body Mustang with all of their aerodynamic body moldings and borderline Pontiacish side skirts almost seem ridiculous compared to the clean early LX notchbacks you can find. But, perhaps you need all of that aero trickery to keep this next supercharged beast glued to the pavement. With a Vortech supercharger and all kinds of roller-rockers and custom cylinder heads this next car will be quite the handful if you aren’t easy with the loud pedal. Enjoy that characteristic 5.0 exhaust howl. Find this 1992 Ford Mustang GT offered for $16,500 in Lansdale, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I got really excited when I read the title of this next carvertisment. FREE OPAL GTI. Except its not FREE, not an OPAL, and not a GTI. Its like that scuba diving vacation I took in the Sahara Desert. I still feel cheated on that one, but the seller got me all hopeful and then ends with a “Not free, but will consider reasonable offers.” I’m thinking free is a pretty reasonable offer for a derelict Opel GT…but I’m no expert, I’m just a guy with too many cars in my driveway, garage, and clogging up the street to pick up another derelict. CFlo, any interest? Find this 1972 Opel GT offered for FREE, NOT FREE in Simi Valley, CA via freebook marketfleece.
There are a lot of things I get sick of quite easily. Political advertisements. Brittle plastic connector parts. The Olsen Twins. The list goes on. But you know what I’ll never get sick of? Classic British sportscars with fastback roof shapes designed by Pininfarina offered for a few grand on craigslist. Yes. I’ll never get sick of that. Find this 1972 MG MGB GT offered for $5000 in Concord, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. The Yenko Stinger was a Corvair based custom built in the late 60s, but hold your pitchforks…Don Yenko also built a few hundred Yenko Stingers in the early 70s on the Vega chassis. This next car is offered as a “tribute” to the actual Stinger, but it has a 3.8 liter Buick V6 instead of the original turbo-4 2.3 liter that Yenko offered. Find this 1973 Chevrolet Vega GT Kammback bidding for $6,500 in Bakersfield, CA via ebay with 1 day to go.
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!