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 […]
This next car is something else. It has that sweet 64 Buick Skylark hardtop shape that is undeniably sexy, and a built 327 V8 with a huge gas spewing carburetor, built powerglide 2-speed tranny, and the worlds smallest gas tank. I challenge you to find a car that would require more trips to the gas station than this car on a trip from LA to Vegas. But my kids need to go pee every 35 seconds whenever we are on a road trip, so perhaps this would work okay. I wonder if you could zip-tie a car seat to a roll cage… Find this 1964 Buick Skylark offered for $9,500 in Santa Rosa, 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 is one of the few times that I’m going to feature a car and rave about it, but advise you not to buy it. Because this car represents a discontinuity in the automotive landscape and not because it is massive enough to start forming a black hole…but because it is so close to being perfect. Let’s start with the good — it is a B-Body Buick Roadmaster that were sold from 1991 to 1996 and it has a gorgeous wood paneling — actually, some people find the wood paneling to be tacky, but this example has “wood” in nice nick. It is also low miles and the ONLY thing holding it back is that it was born one year too early. In 1993 the Roadmaster was powered Chevy L05 V8…which is a slovenly hunk of pig iron, good for something like 180 horsepower, and if it it had been born one year later, it would have gotten a 260 horsepower LT1 V8 which takes it from zero to hero. So, in conclusion, nice car, great shape, wrong engine, don’t buy it. You’ll be better off waiting for a 1994-1996 Roadmaster. Find this 1993 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon offered for $6,999 in Easton, PA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next green beauty comes from tipper SecondMouse who writes: This is a beautiful, low mileage, 390 V8 two-door survivor that the seller represents as ‘rust-free’, offered at $14,000. Seller also looks willing to trade. Not a bad little time machine for the 60’s Ford aficionado. Find this 1968 Ford Galaxie in suburban northwest Houston on Craigslist.
I was preparing an onslaught of Canadian Thanksgiving posts to continue celebrating the Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving extravaganza…but this next car is just too cool to skip. It is a reminder of a time when style was more than just some giant wheels and big grill — and slab sided styling was king. Find this 1966 Chrysler 300 offered for $8,500 in Cape Coral, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.
The second generation Chevrolet Camaro was released in 1970 as an upgrade to the first generation (1967-1969), and it was longer, lower, and wider and more expensive. Was it better looking…? Ehh…maybe to a few Chevy nerds looking for something more modern in 1970, but time as certainly favored the clean looks of the first generation, but the 70s version has a certain appeal that can’t be denied. Life was going great for the “super hugger” Camaro until the fuel crisis, safety standards, high insurance rates, and ever-tightening emissions turned it into a slow and mushy thing covered in decals, stickers, and scoops to distract the seller from the fact that horsepower was down and fun was out. But that doesn’t matter today because this next example looks good and is offered for a price that isn’t insane. Find this 1977 Chevrolet Camaro LT offered $13,500 in Austin, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rramjet.
This next car comes as a tip from SecondMouse who writes: Ordinarily, car people would generally run screaming away from an S10 offered for sale. But this one is, well, different. Some maniac stuffed a 2012 6.2 liter Chevy V8 in it, along with a 6 speed automatic and a few other goodies. This might be a fun ride for someone with an uncle in the tire business. Find this 1998 Chevrolet S-10 in Clute, TX via craigslist offered at $8500.
The Dodge Viper is one of the cars that dominated automotive poster scene in the 1990s. It took a prominent space in video games and wall decorations, along with the Acura NSX, Porsche 911, Lamborghini Diablo, Ferrari 355 and even the Toyota Mk IV Supra. The rest of those speed machines are cars have appreciated into the stratosphere by well heeled and nostalgia-intoxicated) rich Gen Xers — particularly a breed located in the silicon valley area. These are the children of the 90s fed by the relentless machines of free market capitalism. The combination of insane signing bonuses and limitless stock options have driven some ridiculous price appreciation in home prices for certain zip codes and the same madness in certain automobiles (see list above). Somehow the brutish Viper has not fell victim to this relentless price escalation, perhaps its fume burping V10 is a bridge too far for their particular approach to freelance environmentalism. Jason; Dude, I just bought a Tesla, but I’ll have to demolish this patch of wetlands so I have a place to park it — and I’ll drop in a new AC unit while I’m paving the entire yard. David: Sweet, we should smoke cigars while we watch the new Al Gore movie tonight on my plasma screen. Yeah. Davids and Jasons of the world might find the lack of proper air conditioning an impediment to wearing Lacoste pullovers throughout the temperate Coastal California summer. Never mind that their Sperry deck shoes will be ill equipped to fit in the cramped and hot pedal box, or be delicate enough to feather the throttle when the traction control free V10 unleashes 450 horsepower into the superwide rear slicks. The Viper will kill you quicker than you can say “word”, so that means it is still affordable for the few who have the “wicked skills” to tame one. Find this 2000 Dodge Viper offered for $30,000 CAD ($22,869 USD) via faceprayingmantis marketspace located in Calgary, AB. Tip from Erik202