This next car was a bit of a puzzle when I first opened the pics. It appears that someone thought a Lincoln Continental would be better with side pipes…which is like putting three Mercury outboards on the Queen Mary. It won’t go any faster, but it’ll make lots of noise and look sweet. And then I recognized the sticker on the back window — LeMons Rally. A Rally is an automotive event where people drive their cars together and geek out, and LeMons is the cool race for $500 beaters…and LeMons rally is like a rally for pirates, but in the 21st Century. Find this 1977 Lincoln Continental offered for $6,900 in Commerce, GA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I know that an ’85 Eldorado is going to be a largely horrible car to drive around from a handling perspective, and performance from the 4.1 “High Technology” V6 is going to be painful, but I still am enamored by the idea of daily driving one of these. And this one has only 37638 miles on the odometer and is finished in a fantastic shade of prosthetic limb tan. Find this 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz offered for $5,500 in Oakland, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Hugh who writes: Non gm non v8 LS. That Lincoln that’s really a jaguar but with a stick 5 speed from Germany for 2500. And it’s neither a diesel truck or a stretch limo! I wasn’t going to post a car that wasn’t a limo or a diesel truck (Dieselimo Turismo…has a nice ring to it) but a manual gearbox Lincoln/Jag for the price of…well…a manual gearbox, can’t not post that. Find this 2001 Lincoln LS offered for $2,500 in Pittsburgh, PA via craigslist.
In 1993 Ford had a problem. The Mustang was still the best selling pony car on the block, but GM’s new fourth generation Camaro was a beast. The Z28 Camaro was powered by a 275 horsepower LT1 that obliterated the 215 horsepower Mustang GT, so Ford did what Ford does and they introduced a Special Vehicles Team version that put out 305 horsepower, first with a 5.0 pushrod version and later with a 4.6 DOHC modular V8…which was great until GM bumped the Camaro power up to 305 with the Z28 SS, but anyway, for a few years the SVT Cobra Mustang was a contender at the stop-light drags across America. Now the typical front-drive econo-sedan is about as fast, but that is a story for another time. Find this 1997 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT Convertible offered for $12,500 in Sunset Beach, NC via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
How many sub 100k mile revised suspension (no, it wasn’t Lotus, but in the final year of Fiero production the Pontiac engineers put a considerable amount of effort into making it handle better) Fiero GT’s exist on the planet? Probably only a handful…and the seller of this next one is asking a very reasonable amount of money. I’d give this a two yellow thumbs up! Find this 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT offered for $6,500 in Baldwin, NY via craigslist. Tip from ME.
This next car comes as a tip from SecondMouse who writes; I recently moved to northwest Arkansas, and have marveled at how some of the folks here look after their cars. Some think nothing of driving 40-60 year old cars they and/or an ancestor of theirs have doted on since new to work, or the store. Pristine WWII-era pickup trucks, sitting under carports, waiting to make a run for cattle feed. Here is a case in point. A 1950 Ford Businessman’s Coupe, in the necessary black, obviously carefully maintained with seller’s estimate of 50,000-some total miles, with the original flathead V8 and a three speed on the column. It has some needs, but at the $12,000 asking, there is plenty of room to put the few details it needs to rights. I am only sharing this because I am all tapped out right now. Seriously. All original 2 door Ford flathead. Find this awesome 1950 Ford Business Coupe automobile in Russellville, AR, on FacePlant Mumblety-peg.
The metal door vin plate on this next car has one of the most awesome inscriptions I’ve ever seen on a door plate — it says; AMERICAN MOTORS ADVANCED UNIT CONSTRUCTION; Advanced Unit Construction combines body and frame into a single all-welded structural unit, deep-dip primer paint, galvanized steel sections, plus lustre-gard baked acrylic enamel protect against body rust. It just sounds amazing. It sounds like a car that will last for a hundred years with just regular maintenance…until you remember that American Motors is AMC…and this car was built in 1977, which has been scientifically proven to be the worst year of all time for cars to be manufactured, but paradoxically the best year for a movie to be made (Star Wars, A Bridge Too Far, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Kentucky Fried Movie, Jabberwocky, Saturday Night Fever, Speedtrap, The Spy Who Loved Me, and last but not least Slap Shot). Find this 1977 AMC Hornet AMX offered for $6,500 in Colfax, WI via craigslist. Tip from Picklefork.
I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again — I love off-brand examples of mainstream vehicles. Take this next thing. If you tell people that you own a Chevrolet Chevette, most people will assume you were born really poor and/or dropped on your head as a kid. But if you say you’ve got a Pontiac T1000, folks will ask additional questions such as; a what? Or; like the Terminator? Anyway, if you want a conversation starter, don’t get a Chevette, get a Pontiac T1000. Find this 1982 Pontiac T1000 offered for $4,500 in Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Ford Excursion was only sold for a single generation from 2000 through 2006. It was a full sized heavy duty Class 2 SUV built on Ford’s F250 Super Duty platform and a direct competitor to GM’s Suburban SUV. The Suburban survived the early 2000s gas price crisis and the 2008 carpocalypse, but the Excursion went into the history books and the used car lots around the planet. Today we’ve got an Excursion that isn’t just the mean (and not at all green) Triton V10 powered version, but it is also 4X4 and converted into a limousine setup. Find this 2003 Ford Excursion XLT V10 Limo bidding for $5,100 in Binghampton, NY via carsandbids.com.
AMC fanboys and Eagle lunatics alike might not want to admit it, but the AMC Eagle was the original crossover. It combined a car-like chassis/ride with a truck-like raised suspension and off-roading capability…but it wasn’t that great at doing either thing. At least it was powered by a big AMC inline-6 shared with various Jeep and Jeep-like things. Find this 1986 AMC Eagle Wagon offered for $12,985 in Cary, IL via Hemmings. Tip from BP.