It is funny that you can’t buy a convertible pickup from a new car dealer today (at least since the SSR went out of production in 2006) because the convertible pickup has been a common form of transportation for the better part of human obsession with the wheel. Remember Ben-Hur? Charlton Heston’s chariot (technically a quadriga), was basically a Roman equivalent of this next car. What? Yes, it had wheels, a spot for the driver, and place for junk. Because to do work with a vehicle (regardless if that work is to transport someone places, or move stuff, or wreck someone else with spinning wheel spikes) what you really need is a propulsion system, a spot for the driver, and a work bed. Everything else — flappy paddle gearboxes, touchscreens, massaging chairs, rear seats, electric windows, opera lights, landau roof, any roof, 4-wheel-drive, airbags, cigarette lighter, ashtray, warranty, navigation, bluetooth, 8-track, et al — are simply luxury items. Get back to basics with this 1926 Ford Model T Pickup offered for $5,200 in Opelousas, LA via craigslist. Tip from Ramjet.
The world is filled with yawn inducing boring stuff. Just look at your nearest Toyondaordmotorstallanis dealer. The stuff you see in the showrooms is an insult to the 7 year old version of yourself who dared to dream about driving someday. It is boring, safe, comfortable, and gives you this false sense of security about arriving at your destination without stopping to diagnose a strange noise or soldering a coil pack harness on Christmas eve (true story from this past Xmas). These safe and sensible cars are fine for the zombified masses who wear name brands like RFID ear tags and read the fine print before signing mortgage docs — but readers of this rag know better. We know the feeling of success and relief when reaching your destination. And we understand that swapping a modern 1.8T Audi/VW engine into a vintage Caddy is a thing of beauty. Find this 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup Sportruck offered for $7000 in Machester, VT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The International Harvester corporation released a new line of pickup trucks called the D-series in 1969 to replace the older C-series trucks that had been sold since 1961. This next example comes from the first year of a 1971 restyle where the trucks dropped their D-suffix (1100D, 1500D, etc) and were now called 1010 or 1110 depending on weight rating. For the price I can’t think you can get much more vintage truck coolness. Find this 1971 International 1110 Pickup offered for $6,500 in Modesto, CA via craigslist.
This next pickup truck doesn’t look like much from near or far. In fact, it looks just like any other 90s era pickup, but to quote tipper Rock On; This thing can blow your doors off and then carry them away in the back of the bed! That’s not a Spacecab, that’s a sleeper cab!! Find this 1989 Isuzu Pickup LS1 offered for $16,500 in San Jose, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
A brand new Nissan Frontier pickup will set you back $30k before taxes and fees (more if you start piling on options)…and it is a nice car, but you can’t get it with a 6-speed manual gearbox because the only transmission that Nissan offers is some 9-speed super flappy birds paddle thing…sounds like a recipe for just putting in auto and following traffic on your daily commute. But if you want to save a few bones and you don’t mind the horrible death-by-plastic interior of early 2000s Nissan…then take the dirt road around traffic and get something like this 2006 Nissan Frontier SE Crew Cab offered for $7900 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
If you are going to buy a Humvee, you should just skip past all of the modern mass market versions with names like H2, H3…which were just styling exercises from the goons at General Motors. The correct way to drive a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle is to get a used military surplus version, like this next M998 Hummercamino. The typical HMMWV setup is a 4-door cabin, but the troop/cargo carrier version seen here has two doors and a large pickup bed that can be stuffed with gear or people. Find this 1993 AM General M998 offered for $11,000 in Baton Rouge, LA via craigslist. Tip from Ramjet.
Nissan sold a pickup under the Datsun brand in the USA in 1964 – technically called the 320 Pickup, but many folks call them the 1200 or D1200 because that had a 1200cc engine and 1200 badges on the side. If you look closely you will also find a 60hp badge as well…which was never something to brag about, unless you were trying to drag race toddler on a tricycle, but the 60s were a strange time. Find this 1964 Datsun 1200 Pickup offered for $6,500 in Yucca Valley, CA via craigslist.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone; We’re gonna feature one simple post today, an old pickup. And say that we are thankful for all of the stuff that is right in our live(s), like our families, friends, internet-buds, et cetera…but we are especially thankful that we can still buy and drive old beat up trucks for a small amount of money. Stay tuned, tomorrow is Bracq Friday. Find this 1969 Dodge W100 Sweptline offered for $12,500 in Hollister, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes; 4×4, 3/4 ton, 350, 4 speed, AZ truck with zero rust…$5k cash gets it for ya. Great unique dd work/cruise truck, or resto-mod it on the cheap with a cleaned up engine bay, bolt ons, cam, wheels and a drop… and get $15k for it…Probably bring $7k in new england/ny as is. Yes, this is indeed a sweet old truck and could probably be restored and flipped, but I think I’d just keep it as is and drive it. Find this 1979 Chevrolet K20 3/4 Ton offered for $5,900 in Tucson, AZ via craigslist.
I’m not a huge fan of recommending that people buy cars to squirrel away in barns waiting for some crazy speculative price bidding at all of the over-hyped auction sites around the web. In fact, it is quite the opposite. I recommend that you buy cars that are cheap today so you can enjoy them by driving around and putting (GASP!) miles on the odometer and letting the wind flow through your permed mullet. So buy this next car, drive it, enjoy, and maybe sell for about what you paid for it in a few year. Find this 1989 Dodge Dakota Sport Convertible offered for $5,000 in Boca Raton, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!