From 1971 through 1994 you could go to a Dodge dealer and purchase a brand new subcompact Japanese car in sedan/coupe/wagon/hatchback form. It was called the Colt and was a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi Galant/Lancer and later the Mirage, but today’s example comes from a time when the impending fuel crisis of the early 70s was making drivers look for something smaller than the typical huge V8 offered by the domestic brands. In the back of that Dodge showroom you could find something called the Colt that was powered by a 1.6 or 2.0 liter 4-banger and drive home without refilling twice on the way. Find this 1974 Dodge Colt Wagon offered for $8,500 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
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.
When I first received this tip with a rave review from DT regular Art C, I thought perhaps Art needed his CO2 detectors checked for function…but then I spent some more time examining the curves of this appliance white Escort and decided that I like it. Perhaps I got a computer virus from the tip? Anyway, some words of wisdom from Art: I don’t know why, but I want to buy this. I think it’s the blue interior combined with a manual wagon that is making me a little hot and steamy…Seriously though, this thing looks to be in GREAT shape! It’s a shame that motor is a dog and ford 90s build quality left something to be desired. Guaranteed to be the only one in your neighborhood though. Find this 1994 Ford Escort LX Wagon offered for $3,450 in Bristol, CT via craigslist.
r comes as a tip from ME who writes: I doubt it has a manual transmission, still a cool wagon for a few bucks. Yes, this car certainly does not have a manual, or an LS V8, but what it does have is room for lots of kids, cheap Ford Taurus replacement parts and zero mass market appeal, so you can get a nice one for about the cost of a pack of chewing gum. Find this 2001 Mercury Sable Wagon LS offered for $2995 in New Haven, CT via craigslist.
It might be difficult to tell when parked next to some huge modern full sized pickup truck, but the Chevrolet Impala wagon is huge. It was built on GM’s full sized B-body chassis, which was bigger than the mid-sized A-Body chassis that you might find in the form of a Chevrolet Chevelle Wagon or a Buick Sportwagon. The seller of today’s next car is asking an optimistic price for this wood sided land barge, but with the current pace of car price inflation this might be as much as a decent tip at a restaurant by the end of next summer. Find this 1967 Chevrolet Impala Wagon offered for $18,500 in Orange County, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Everyone knows about the legendary GM body-on-frame wagons equipped with a version of the Vette LT1 V8 known as the Buick Roadmaster/Chevy Caprice-Impala/Olds CustomCruiser built from 1994-1996…but did you know that GM made an LT1 powered wagon version available known as the 1A2 package? Of the 846 versions of these “special police package wagons” built in the few years of production, I doubt many survive. Survive this one has, and since this is a 94, that is a Camaro steering wheel and digital speedo in front of that heavy duty cop seat with locking center console. The only thing this car needs to to get its rear fender skirts welded back in the panels. Find this 1994 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon 1A2 offered for $6,999 in West Allis, WI via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
wagon. But you could get to an M3 with 5 doors with a basic 2.5 liter powered 323i/325i with a manual gearbox, so that’s gotta be worth something. Find this 2000 BMW 323i Wagon offered for $12,500 in Emeryville, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
In 1967 AMC (American Motors Corp) introduced the AMC Rebel which was, for the most part, a midsized short-wheelbase version of the full-sized Ambassador. The design for the sedan and hardtop and coupe followed contemporary square ‘Murican design standards of the era, but they also need a station wagon. It really looks like they realized they didn’t have a wagon design after building a few thousand extra sedans and they paid someone at the Kenosha, Wisconsin assembly line to weld on a cargo topper from a pickup truck. I’m not saying I wouldn’t own this thing, but the c-pillar is hilarious. Find this 1969 AMC Rambler Rebel Wagon offered for $15000 in Boston, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
We’ve featured some interesting Shorty conversions over the years — the winged Shorty Type 2, a super cheap 56 BelAir, and a particularly eye-bending Dodge Omni with rear doors that Kate Moss couldn’t squeeze through, but this next custom is special. Not short bus special, but with that wheelbase, it’ll be twitchier than Jeffery Epstein at a Disney princess convention. Find this 1980 Toyota Corolla Shorty offered for $3800 in Perth Amboy, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
There is a common misconception amongst regular folks that when a car gets to be over 10 years old, it just becomes an unreliable piece of junk. This just isn’t true. Or at least, it isn’t true anymore, because there was a time when daily driving a 10 year old car was unthinkable or at least uncommon, but that era ended in the 1950s when auto makers finally figured out how to put together good stuff. However, if you put aside your uninformed prejudices about old cars and get past the “its unsafe” nonsense (if you are older than 40, you probably spent most of your childhood riding around in the back of a car or pickup without a seat belt) then you will realize there is no reason to drive the over-digitized and hyper-plasticized garbage that comes from factories today. Your family might not agree with your lifestyle, but you’ll be happy that you don’t have a car payment. Find this 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 offered for $4,500 in Fountain Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!