In a strange coincidence, we got a handful of tips for some nice Fox body cars from various tippers this weekend, so I’m feeling it’s time for a Foxy Friday Feature…oh…wait…it is Monday. Foxy Monday works too. What does that mean? You won’t see any El Caminos on the pages of Daily Turismo today, unless they are on a Fox Body Platform which from 1977 through 1993 had a MacPherson strut up front and live stick-beam axle out back and was the home of Ford’s Fairmont, Durango, Granada, LTD, Mustang, Thunderbird, and Mercury’s Zephyr, Cougar, Marquis, Capri, and Lincoln’s Continental, Mark VII. This first feature of our Foxy Monday is a Fairmont which was the first Ford vehicle to sit on the unibody Fox platform and this version is the sweet Futura version that had a bizarrely large wrap-over B-Pillar that was reminiscent of the similar vintage Thunderbird but without opera windows. Strange times for automotive design, but I think it looks cool today. Find this 1979 Ford Fairmont Futura offered for $8000 in Fontana, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I wouldn’t normally recommend you own and daily drive a big malaise era boat, but in these times of working from home and covid-traffic, it might be the only chance. On the days that this things decides to not start up, you just call in and work from home. Worry about overheating that old low compression hunk of iron in stop-and-go traffic…not a concern, traffic is light, you’ll be fine. So get a machining white/red mask, drive a classic, and take advantage of the odd times we live in before everything is back to normal and the pod-mobile can wait. Find this 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix offered for $9,800 in Palm Desert, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I’m not one to shout and scream about saving all of those horrible malaise era cars…but I gotta say that this next one hit me like one of those commercials where people show video montages of poor and neglected animals/kids (why aren’t you helping them instead of video taping their misery..?). Somebody has to save this old Lincoln from the snowy crashes and rust-filled future it has ahead of it in the Commonweath of Pennsyltucky. This gold moonroof optioned beast needs a garage and/or a temperate climate to survive into the 22nd Century. Find this 1977 Lincoln Mark V offered for $6,500 in Quakertown, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
You guys are good at finding the best terrible cars for sale on the internet, but I have to come clean and admit that even though tipper Matt wrote; Caution – this link contains graphic images of a truly hideous paint job…’70s Cadillac Seville appears to be the offspring of a Stutz revival and a bass boat… Regardless, I shrieked when I opened the link. The technical term from the turbocharger noise and vibration industry is kreischen, which is a German word for a screech/squeal/squawk when a turbocharger’s ported shroud isn’t designed correctly, but I digress. This car. Wow. It is really something else. Find this 1979 Cadillac SeVille Opera Coupe offered for $15,995 in Concord, NC via mercado de libros-caras.
Dr Henry Jekyll: I love this next car, it is so well preserved for a Chrysler Imperial. Mr Ed Hyde: Ugg, 24k miles. Frankly I’m shocked that anyone could stand this miserable pile of Chrysler K-Platform junk for 24 miles, much less 24,000. Dr Jekyll; Hold up there old chap, this car has a wicked sweet chrome grill and functioning pop-up headlights, and the burgundy interior is as delightful as a trip down Dean Street in London. Mr Hyde: You must be mad, somebody paid the equivalent of $50k in today’s money for this pile of slushbox shifted 147 horsepower V6 garbage and I’d pay that much to NOT drive it. Find this 1990 Chrysler Imperial offered for $4,995 in Fairfield, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Tipper Rock On sent in a nice 11th generation Eldorado for $15k so that we could continue collecting our set of Eldos (’98 here, ’67 here) , but that is expensive and I wanted something closer to…I dunno…$3k. So I found a 10th generation Eldorado, which is only a few years older, but looks way ancient because of the non-painted/integrated bumpers and wire wheel covers. But, the price is right and the paint is a sweet shade of pan fried livermush or scrapple. I love it! Find this 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz offered for $2,999 in Duluth, MN via craigslist.
This next car isn’t the perfect little old lady driven classic in mint condition that you dream about…and it does have some rust and dings and missing trim. It also has the remains of an RV towing mount, which means it probably logged some miles being towed through who-knows-what kind of environment. That is probably why, despite wearing vintage 1981 Cali Sunset plates, it has some significant surface rust. However, you don’t find driver condition Civics with manual gearboxes just sitting around at this price…so I give it a cautious one thumb up. Find this 1981 Honda Civic 1500GL offered for $4000 in Palmdale, CA via craigslist.
The guys over at Hagerty have it correct when they say that the Chevy Monza was born at just the wrong time. The Monza was released in 1975 as a rear-drive renaissance for compact American compact sports coupes, and while it sold in decent numbers (over 800k from 1975-1980) it was released at the height […]
It’s brown. It’s a wagon. It has a carburetor fed inline-6 mated to a slushbox automatic and it probably smells of old cheese vinyl. Yes, this is the perfect car for a family who doesn’t want to drive yet another stupid crossover/crossunder from the product planners at the mainstream automakers. Just be sure that everybody wears shoes that can be used to push a car if necessary. Find this 1977 Dodge Aspen Wagon offered for $10,500 in Westhampton Beach, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
It is difficult to remember that there was a time when Toyota made good looking cars for the average consumer, but here it is in the flesh. Feast your eyes on the two-tone brown-gold beauty with sharp lines and a hood with a subtle bulge — that is subdued style. And, I haven’t even mentioned the sweet liftback shape – yowza! This is the same company (Toyota!) that today makes all manner of bulbous monstrosities decked out with fake wings/scoops/lights, what happened? Find this 1986 Toyota Camry Liftback offered for $6,900 buy-it-now located in Irvine, CA via eBay.