This next car is about the lowest optioned Chevelle you could have purchased in 1970. Not only does it start with the pedestrian 4-door body, but it has a 250 inline-6 engine mated to a power-glide 2-speed automatic, and it is probably manual steering and manual brakes…but the price is right for a driveable classic that isn’t a rust bucket. Find this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle 4-Door offered for $2500 in Bridgeport, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
What has 4 doors, 8 cylinders, sky blue paint and more cool factor than just about anything on the road? Yeah, this isn’t a $100k Porsche or another appreciating rare Italian classic…this is a piece of Americana. A road sign on the way from the roaring 60s to the cocaine fueled 80s, born right in the middle of the oil crisis…but guess what…this thing survived the malaise era, and is coming at you like a bad guy from an episode of the Dukes of Hazard or Magnum PI or the Rockford Files. Find this 1974 Dodge Dart Custom offered for $4000 in El Cajon, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
A wiser man than I once said, if you can’t drive a nice classic car, then drive a cheap classic car. He (or she) was correct, because not everyone can afford a desirable classic like a first generation Corvette or a Austin-Healey 3000 or a Jag E-type…but…anyone can afford something strange like a ’55 Studebaker 4 door sedan in really nice shape. Find this 1955 Studebaker Champion offered for $7,500 in Houston, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
It’s been a bit of a front-wheel-drive Cadillac party over here in the DT offices and…well…if you’ve got to collect the whole set, then you’ll need to get a 6th generation DeVille which was the first time the full sized DeVille sedan transitioned from rear to front drive. This transition did make some difference in performance, but not the way you might have expected — the front drive version lost 500 lbs of weight (give or take), 10 inches of wheelbase, and picked up rack-n-pinion steering. To say that it is a more driver centric car is the same as saying that skunk smells better than burning hair…it’s all in the nose of the beholder. Find this 1992 Cadillac DeVille offered for $3,500 in Tucson, AZ via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Cory who writes; One of the odder volvo 240 swap cars I have seen- BMW engine and volvo s60 dash. In my opinion, the car is close to being actually good, but some very odd details (steering wheels is horrid) keep it in the mongrel category. Never seen or heard of anyone swapping in a poorly fitted dash into one of these. Find this 1990 Volvo 240 Sedan with BMW inline-6 swap offered for $1250 in Suffield, CT via facebash markingbaste.
This next car has an interesting color. I thought it looks like the color looks like a classic rotary telephone or a beige known as cosmic latte…which is what scientists argue is the net average color of the universe if you combined all the photons coming in from visible galaxies. I thought this was a profound answer to this question until Kaibeezy told me this color reminded him of his grandma — who grew up in a very poor part of the universe where tea bags would be reused 3-4 times and tea would be mostly milk (sugar added when she immigrated to America and could afford such luxury) — so the correct color of this is “very milky tea.” Find this 1961 Buick Special Sedan offered for $8000 in Westside Los Angeles, CA (or Lake Arrowhead?) via craigslist.
I love featuring random crazy kit cars and super well preserved malaise era boats as much as the next guy, but there are times when you’ve got to get back to basics when it comes to finding your “daily turismo”. Let’s rewind the clock to July 17th, 2012 when this little website was first launched, […]
There was an old saying in in Vaudeville that was particularly embraced by the instantly recognizable Groucho Marx — “will it play in Peoria?” This figure of speech asks if something will be acceptable to redneck…errr…hillbilly mainstream America — and the Volvo 240 asked that exact same question when it was released in 1975. And the […]
This next car comes from Doug who writes: Looks like a nice easy project if someone wanted to take this car to the next level. It’s surprisingly handsome for a boxy ‘mom car’ from 72. Not a fancy interior but with a 318 it should have plenty of get up and go. The rallye wheels […]
This next car comes as a tip from DT tipper SecondMouse who writes: Do you know a Mary Kay lady who needs a new whip? Trying to find a car to match those plastic pink flamingos you put in the yard? Look no further than this 1959 Ford Edsel Ranger, sensibly priced at $12,500 OBO. From […]