The 4th generation of the Chevrolet Impala (1965-1969) is a full-sized beast that comes in a bizarrely complicated collection of roof styles including a 2-door hardtop, 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and 4-door hardtop. I think this next car is a hardtop but it looks decent from the outside, but the interior is trashed. But don’t let that hold you back, because paint is expensive and requires a competent body shop, but interiors are easier and doable by the DIY guy who has internet access and can follow directions. Find this 1969 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop offered for $8800 in Chisago City, MN via craigslist. Tip from Mike.
The seventh generation Impala was launched in 1994 in SS trim, which meant power from a 260 horsepower LT1 borrowed from the Corvette. Unfortunately the Impala SS didn’t come with a manual gearbox and was only available with GM’s 4-speed 4L60E slushbox, but this next car has a T-56 manual 6-speed gearbox and is slammed to the ground with an air ride suspension. If it isn’t stock…it might as well be wild. Find this 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS offered for $26,500 near Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Loony Labor Day wouldn’t be complete without featuring a vehicle that could be used to smuggle booze or people across state lines…and in this next car you could smuggle intoxicated people with ease. My only gripe is that the seller doesn’t include a good picture of what is going on with that tanker back end…but behind the cab appears to be a sound insulated sleeping area. But there is a photo with people standing up in the “tank” area, so it appears to be a platform, but some clarification is needed. Find this 2000 Ford F350 Tanker Truck offered for $18000 buy-it-now or make-offer located in quirky Albuquerque, NM. Tip from Hugh.
Unfortunately, I think that the best place to find cheaps cars has changed in the past few decades and I might need to get with the times. Gone are the advertisements in Autotrader print magazines and those who migrated to craigslist abandoned it when craigslist became a haven for scammers. A few years ago Craig implemented a simple $5 listing fee that is shockingly more than the typical kook (selling a classic for less than the prevailing rate) wants to pay and now some of the best deals have migrated to the faceyface. Find this 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix GT Coupe offered for $12,500 in San Leandro, CA via faceoff moshpitbook.
When I first saw the cover shot of this next car…I didn’t know what it was. Not exactly, at least. I knew it was a GM 90s front-drive econobox, but like a small pile of earthworm vomit, it is moderately undesirable, but not as nasty as racoon scat. But I still didn’t know what kind of 90s GM product I was looking at until I saw the badge on the back and was surprised to see the legendary Monte Carlo badge. Somewhere between the old G-body Monte Carlo and the NAHSHCARR styling inspired thing released in 2000 there was a Lumina/GrandPrix/Cutlass that was as boring as the line at the DMV…but almost boring enough to be interesting. Find this 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS offered for $6,150 in Phiadelphia, PA via eBay.
Back in the 1980s the product planners at GM decided they needed to be more competitive in NASCAR, so they followed what they had done with the 1977-78 Impala Coupe with double bent tempered rear glass, and created a number of “aerodynamic” shared cars for the corporate fleet, including the Grand Prix 2+2 Aerocoupe, and what we have here today, which is a Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe. It isn’t conventionally pretty, but it’s pretty awesome. Find this 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe offered for $17,500 in West Babylon, NY via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
sporty version of the Alliance called the GTA. Think about it — Boys of the Hood — just look at that hood, it is the flattest, most gangsta hood I’ve ever seen. And the lyricist even talks about his friend trying to steal his Alpine, which was the Renault Alpine GTA — a totally different car, but it all makes sense if you look at it from a 10,000 ft view. Find this 1987 Renault GTA Convertible offered for $3,800 in Sioux Falls, SD. Tip from Rock On!
e fourth generation Nova was released in 1973 with a “so-called” hatchback body style and restyled front and rear. The big government mandated bumpers don’t look as bad as some of the competition. Fast forward almost 50 years and now this thing looks cool. One interesting thing about this car is that it has the one-year only 262 (4.3 liter making 110 horsepower) small block which was only available in the Monza/Nova (and Pontiac Ventura) for a year before folks at GM realized it was stupid to not just put a 350 into everything. Find this 1975 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback offered for $13,500 in Walton, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory (who mentioned he loves those flat seats).
om the malaise era seems like a strange choice. There is a reason you don’t see an Aspens on the road today, but the builder of this next custom has replaced every single part that would have been a reason your dad would have taught you some new words as the car was stalled on the side the road. The price might be well above what you’d expect an Aspen to ever be worth, but the end result looks good and is probably fun to drive around town. Find this 1979 Dodge Aspen offered for $14,000 in Ardmore, OK via craigslist. Tip from Kevin.
Modern cars have terrible windows. Sure, they keep out bugs, and block the wind, but they are boring. Stale. Lame. Back in the 1970s, cars had cool windows. The front windshield on this Oldsmoboat has a classic American window shape, but the B-pillar windows are just rad…and you might think they were the best until you find the rear window. Just look at it — it has a V-shape in rear glass. Why? Why not!! Find this 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham offered for $9000 in Homosassa, FL via hemmings.