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Classic Car Watch
Muscle Cars

November 1, 2006
By Scott Lewis

All I do is look at cars from the Muscle Car era. This month I want to look at the definitive Muscle Car. What is the "definitive" Muscle Car? Well, most people agree that the GTO was the first actual Muscle Car. We can argue whether or not that is a true statement all day long. For this month's list of cars I am going with the GTO formula of an intermediate two door with a big engine.

GTO, Road Runner, Chevelle SS, 442, Super Bee, R/T, Gran Sport. Whatever they were called it was all good back in the sixties. Because most true Muscle Cars cost more than my $15,000 budget, I am going to "raise the bar" one more time and look for cars up to $20,000. With the increased budget I am looking for real Muscle Cars, not clones. However, even with a $20,000 budget we can't expect a lot, so I am totally fine with non matching numbers cars... as long as the car is a true Muscle Car. No Chevelles with some badges posing as a SS 396 but running a 350 engine. No Tempests with a 326, or Coronets with a 318. Real Muscle Cars with real performance engines. This was tough to stick to. I found a number of Fords that might qualify if you loosen your standards slightly. They were equipped with 351 Cleveland engines. The 351C had cylinder heads with ports and valves that rivaled Chevrolet's Big Block engines. But I left them out. The smallest engine below is a 383.

I expected this month's list to be short. I started this search on my birthday... Dec 12th, 2005. It had nothing to do with my birthday. However, I stumbled across a really nice GTO for $17,900 and was trying to think of a way to work it into my column. I found more than I thought when I first started this search almost a year ago. However, it trailed off as it was getting harder and harder to find acceptable examples in the price range I was looking. I didn't really pay attention if prices were rising that fast as I let a few cars in that were significantly over 20K. But you will have to expect real Muscle Car prices to go up as you look, especially if you are looking for more than a year. ALso, I got bored with this list and had to concentrate on other things. That is as much a reason for the dates on the ads below.

Anyway, lets see what I dug up. I didn't bother to organize this list. I left them in chronological order, except the first car... the GTO that inspired this list.


1969 Pontiac GTO - $17,900 (Preferred Car)

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Description: Matching numbers 1969 GTO L65 Turnpike Cruiser in Expresso Brown with a black interior and factory Rallye gauges with only 51,284 MILES! Heavily Optioned, power steering, power disc brakes, factory air conditioning (the compressor has been removed but is included with the car), factory power windows (all operate smoothly), factory power bench seat with center armrest, factory tilt steering column and factory Rallye gauges. 400 cubic inch engine is 100% unmodified, Turbo 400, 2.78 factory rear gears. Excellent interior with no marks on the carpets, no warping of the original dash, and no sunfade on the instruments. Laser straight body with no dents, no dings, no waves. I cannot find any body filler, the trunk pan and floor pans are excellent, and rear mini quarters were professionally installed. Very nice paint in factory correct Code 61 Expresso Brown done in modern acrylic enamel to very high standards. Full Pontiac Historical Society documentation including the Build Sheet and Factory Window Sticker verifying this as a genuine L65 Turnpike Cruiser GTO originally from California. VERY NICE CAR!

NADA: $22,655 - $36,110

Source: Sports Car Gallery of Beaver Falls

Found: 12/12/05

Comments: This is it! This is soooo close to what I want. A super clean, daily drivable Muscle Car. The 2.78 gears should allow for nice highway cruising... even better I could add an overdrive tranny. We even have power windows. What more could I want. Well, in actuality it would be perfect with a 4 speed and a console. But I can live with this... just as it is. This is a good deal above my normal $15,000 budget. However, when I bought my 67 Camaro RS Convertible back in 2002 I paid exactly $2,900 below the asking price. If I could get away with that here that puts this car right at my $15,000 budget. However, with the air conditioning apart I bet we will have to spend real money fixing it. Good thing we raised the budget for a real Muscle Car to $20K.


1967 Pontiac GTO - $19,900

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Description: Very nice genuine GTO with full Pontiac Historical Society documentation including the Build Sheet and original Window Sticker! Non matching YF-code 400 cubic inch engine fitted with 092 casting 421 heads, the correct cast iron intake manifold, the correct Rochestor Quadrajet carburetor, hot street Crower Camshaft, Hedman headers, and dual FlowMaster exhaust. The 700R4 automatic transmission shifts perfectly and the overdrive fourth gear coupled with the factory 3.55 positraction rearend allows relaxed highway driving while providing strong acceleration. Power steering and power brakes. Black bucket seat interior with the center console and factory His&Hers shifter. Nice straight body with excellent panel fit, no dents, no dings, no waves. I cannot find any body filler and the rear quarters, trunk pan, and floor pans are the originals. Very nice paint in the correct R-R code Regimental Red with a smooth glossy finish.

NADA: $25,700 - $37,000

Source: Sports Car Gallery of Beaver Falls

Found: 12/12/05

Comments: This is exactly what you should get with a non matching numbers car. They priced it well below NADA's average retail price. That seems just right to me. I really like this body style. Too bad it doesn't already have air conditioning or this car could have made it to the top of the heap this month.


1967 Ford Fairlane 500 GT - $15,900

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Description: Very hard to find, true GT with factory 4 speed. Two door hardtop model. Originally a 390 GT, now has a 428 cubic inch V-8. Dark green exterior with black vinyl top. Gold GT stripes. Ivy gold and green interior. Bucket seats and console with aftermarket tach and gauges. Power disc brakes. Five star mag wheels. Engine dress up items. Raised white letter radials. Clean throughout. Runs great.

NADA: $7,123 - $12,705

Source: Gentle Touch Motor Cars

Found: 5/9/2006

Comments: Remember, I said I don't expect a numbers matching cars when looking for real Muscle Cars. Here we have a true 390 GT, but with a 428 engine. That impacts the value, but adds to the fun factor. We could easily add air conditioning and stay in our $20K budget with this one. NADA does not list the 500 or GT on the Fairlane, so this price above is way off.


1968 Oldsmobile 442 - $16,900

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Description: This 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible is a beauty of a ride! Under the hood, it sports a 400 CID V8 engine coupled with automatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes. It starts wonderfully and has the sound of raw horsepower! Other features in this Oldsmobile include an AM/FM stereo, cassette player, and a vinyl convertible top! This 442 has recently had its tune up. Come in and take a look.

NADA: $23,870 - $38,830

Source: Classic Auto Showplace Ltd.

Found: 1/27/2006

Comments: I need a power top with a convertible. I was surprised at the low price. Worth a look. I really prefer the 70-72 body style over this.


1968 Oldsmobile 442 - $22,000

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Description: 2-Door Hardtop in beautiful Peruvian Silver with black side stripes, Willow Gold bucket seat interior, and factory Rallye wheels. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL CONDITION, COMPLETELY RESTORED, MATCHING NUMBERS CAR WITH THE FACTORY CHALK MARKS STILL ON THE FIREWALL!! The original 400 cubic inch 325 horse engine is 100% factory original and unmodified. The VIN is clearly stamped in the block pad and it is still equipped with the original 396026G casting block, original C casting heads, original cast iron intake manifold, original Rochestor Quadrajet carburetor, original cast iron exhaust manifolds, and factory original chrome air cleaner assembly. Fires right up and settles into a factory muscle car lopey idle with a deep aggressive exhaust note from brand new dual FlowMaster exhaust exiting from the correct chrome trumpet tips. Nails you back in the seat when you punch it, spins the tires with a stab of the throttle, and runs like a 442 should with a strong bottom end and powerful midrange that keeps on pulling right up to redline. The factory M40 Heavy Duty TurboHydramatic 400 automatic transmission shifts perfectly and the factory heavy duty 12-bolt rearend fitted with original 3.08 gears provides hard acceleration while allowing relaxed highway driving. Power steering and power brakes for safe easy maneuvering. Gorgeous Willow Gold bucket seat interior with the center console and factory floor shifter completely professionally reupholstered. Brand new and correct Legendary seat covers front and rear, complete carpet kit, inner door panels, and parcel shelf. Factory Rallye gauges with the TicTocTach and factory Oil Pressure and Water Temperature gauges. Excellent dash with no warping and no sunfade on the instruments. The factory steering wheel is still fitted with several small heat cracks but minimal gapping. Excellent headliner. A great sounding Kenwood stereo has been fitted in dash with no alterations. Absolutely perfect body with no dents, no dings, no waves. All gaps are factory perfect, panel fit is excellent, and the original floor pans and trunk pan are in excellent condition. Show quality paint in stunning Peruvian Silver base/clear acrylic enamel and the factory black side stripes are painted under the clear coat.

NADA: $23,760 - $40,290

Source: Sports Car Gallery of Beaver Falls

Found: 4/5/2006

Comments: Pricey (for my budget) but nice. If I had the money I would take a close look.


1968 Pontiac GTO - $16,950

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Description: Nice Muscle Car! Original factory 360hp HO 400ci big block, auto w/his & hers shifter, p/s, p/b, rear window defogger, a/c, nice paint & interior! Rallye II wheels, dry Nevada car, very fast! Runs great!

NADA: $27,560 - $45,370

Source: Brockers Beautys

Found: 2/2/2006

Comments: What a bargain! What's wrong with this car. It is priced over ten grand less than NADA's average retail price. If this car is even close to the condition of my 67 Camaro Convertible when I sold it (I sold it for $1,600 less than NADA's average retail price) then I WANT THIS CAR.


1968 Plymouth Road Runner - $19,950

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Description: 2-door, numbers matching 383ci Magnum V8, automatic, p/s, p/b, Magnum 500's, dual exhaust, beautiful Sunfire yellow over black, same family for 30yrs with original window sticker.

NADA: $19,800 - $38,500

Source: Brockers Beautys

Found: 2/2/2006

Comments: Look at how much NADA says this car is worth restored. We could put a LOT of money into this car and still come out ahead. See... there are some relatively affordable, real Muscle Cars out there.


1968 Dodge Charger - $24,950

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Description: Beautiful Matching Numbers 383ci V8 Charger! Rare Bucket Seats And Console Option, Auto, P/S, P/Brakes & Factory A/C Car, Excellent Body Paint & Interior Vinyl, Top Is Perfect! Excellent Grill & Tail Section Chrome & Stainless, Car Runs & Drives Great! Complete With Build Sheet!

NADA: $18,040 - $39,160

Source: Brockers Beautys

Found: 4/6/2006

Comments: I love Chargers, so when I saw a big block that was close to the price point for this article I had to take a closer look.


1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 - $17,995

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Description: 396 V8 Engine. Automatic Transmission. Power Steering. Power Brakes. New Paint. Clean Interior. 12 Bolt Rear. Factory Tach & Gauges. New Exhaust.

NADA: $27,000 - $51,600

Source: Oldies but Goodies

Found: 5/18/2006

Comments: What's wrong with this car? They are asking $9,000 BELOW NADA's Average Retail price. Is this a clone? Does it have a non original motor (NOM)? Why so low?

Because of my price range for this article I am not concerned with numbers matching, but I want a true Muscle Car. If this is a real SS then that's good enough. Especially considering the price.


1969 Plymouth Roadrunner - $18,500

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Description: 383 Big Block, 4-Speed (code D21), hardtop, buckets, a REAL Roadrunner w/ "RM" Vin code, FenderTag, B5 Blue, custom wheels, runs & drives great!

NADA: $23,310 - $44,835

Source: Texas Toy Box

Found: 2/3/2006

Comments: It looks like it needs a paint job and some interior work. But look how much it is worth restored. It might make a good driver quality car in the mean time.


1969 Pontiac GTO - $19,500

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Description: This is a true GTO with its numbers matching driveline. It still has its original 400/350HP engine. The transmission is a 400 turbo and the rear is a 10 bolt posi unit with 3.23 gears. Very solid and straight body. Car is painted Orbit Orange and the paint has been wet sanded and buffed. New vinyl top, and new interior. The interior is excellent. The back bumper is a touch weak and could be rechromed. All the glass is excellent on the car. Very solid undercarriage and trunk. Appears to be original floor pans and trunk pan. Options include power steering, power brakes, factory A/C, Dash tach. Car has a lot of eye appeal and drives nicer than it looks.

NADA: $22,990 - $37,290

Source: Muscle City Inc.

Found: 4/11/2006

Comments: GTO, the original Muscle Car. Too bad it doesn't have a 4 speed. I HATE pictures out of focus. Are you a dealer? Do you make your living off of selling cars? Can you hold the camera still long enough to take a picture, or take more than one to make sure you get a good one?


1969 Dodge Coronet R/T - $21,500

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Description: 440 big block, auto in floor console, buckets, Cragers, dual side scoops, a real R/T w/ "WS" VIN code, fendertag, a clean driver & an awesome deal! You're not going to find a real R/T at this price!

NADA: $20,800 - $42,000

Source: Texas Toy Box

Found: 4/10/2006

Comments: This car needs a little work. I get a strange vibe here that this is not a numbers matching car. If it is it has some decent value potential if you can "clean it up" without repainting it.


1969 Pontiac GTO - $12,000

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Description: 2-dr hardtop, true GTO with 389/4 bbl., automatic/column shift, dual exhaust, PS, PB, Hide-Away headlights, no rust-solid from front to back, interior needs minor cosmetic restoration, Carousel Red w/Pontiac Rally wheels. You won't find a better price on a true GTO than this!

NADA: $20,900 - $33,900

Source: Classic Connection

Found: 4/6/2006

Comments: Why not a 400? NOM?


1969 Plymouth Roadrunner - $13,900

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Description: RM21H9Axxxxxx with a 383/335 hp Hi-perf V-8 engine (NOM), Weiand intake, Edelbrock carb, tachometer, four speed manual transmission with pistol grip shifter, 3.54:1 rear end, B-5 blue, heavy duty suspension, heavy duty brakes, heavy duty shocks, and power steering. The new headliner material goes with the car along with the original door panels. This one just needs to be finished.

NADA Price: $21,945 - $38,745

Source: Automania

Found: 9/27/05

Comments: Even if we deduct for not having a number matching engine, this car is a bargain. We just have to finish the interior. Let's do it.


1970 Chevelle SS454 - $26,500

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Description: 4-speed in Gobi Beige (better known as Butternut Yellow) with black hood and trunk stripes, factory Rallye wheels, and raise-white-letter radial tires. VERY NICE SS CHEVELLE 4-SPEED CAR FROM TENNESSEE!! The non matching 454 engine is 100% factory stock in appearance and still fitted with the factory cast iron intake manifold, factory air cleaner assembly, factory Delco electronic ignition, factory cast iron exhaust manifolds, and a dual FlowMaster exhaust exiting the correct chrome oval tips. Upgrades include a 280 duration Lunati cam and Holley 750cfm carburetor. Fires right up and settles into a lopey idle with a great sounding cam and a deep aggressive exhaust note. PULLS HARD through the gears and runs like a big block SS Chevelle should with gobs of torque and a strong midrange. Runs nicely on 93 octane gas and there are no mechanical issues; no smoke, no leaks, no noises. The 4-speed manual transmission shifts perfectly and the 12-bolt 3.36 rearend provides strong acceleration while allowing relaxed high speed driving. Power steering and power disc brakes for safe easy maneuvering. Beautiful black bucket seat interior with the center console and factory floor shifter. Excellent seats, excellent carpets, excellent door panels. The factory Delco AM radio is still in place and the original SS steering wheel is in excellent condition with no cracks in the rim. Excellent dash with no warping and no sunfade on the instruments. Tilt steering column. Factory air conditioned car but the compressor is gone. Excellent headliner. Factory Hurst shifter. Excellent body with no dents, no dings, no waves. Factory perfect panel fit and I cannot find any body filler. Excellent paint in correct Code 50 Gobi Beige with black hood and deck stripes (very rare color that looks like Butternut Yellow). Excellent chrome bumpers front and rear. Very good brightwork and stainless steel trim. Excellent glass and all windows operate smoothly. Brand new weatherstripping, window whiskers, and trunk seal. Original SS-only power bulge hood with hood pins. Factory Rallye wheels with the polished trim rings and chrome center caps fitted with P245-60-15 raised-white-letter radials. Three of the headlights are still the original T3s. The trunk is correctly splatter painted and contains the spare tire, jack assembly, and rubber mat. Just professionally detailed, polished, hand waxed, and turn key ready for shows and cruises. VERY NICE CAR!! 

NADA: $40,150 - $68,675

Source: Sports Car Gallery of Beaver Falls

Found: 7/19/2006

Comments: Worth a ton of money if it had its original engine. So, is it worth it at 14 grand under average retail to NEVER be a numbers matching car. I would seriously consider this as a car I would be willing to drive more than a numbers matching car. I couldn't help myself including this even though it is out of a 20K budget.


1970 Pontiac GTO - $17,500

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Description: 400 V8 engine. 4 speed transmission. Power steering, power brakes, factory sport wheels, red outside, black vinyl interior. Very good overall condition. Fly in, drive home.

NADA: $24,960 - $41,600

Source: Oldies but Goodies

Found: 2/3/2006

Comments: I don't like the black pieces on the body (hood ducts, tach, spoiler). But considering this car's value with NADA it could be a diamond in the rough.


1970 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible - $13,900

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Description: Big Block 455 (2000mi on engine), Turbo 400 transmission with Super Street stall converter. Eldebrock Performer intake with custom matched head ports. Holley TBI/ECM. Hooker Comp headers, custom high flow exhaust, Custom hurst gate shifter with reverse lock out. Custom gold differential cover with matching sway bar, 3.73 gears, new T/A tires.

NADA: $24,236 - $37,778

Source: Collector Car Trader

Found: 2/17/2006

Comments: I have a LOT of questions. 1) Power top? 2) Real 442? 3) Original engine? This car is located in San Antonio, making it VERY local. I would call in a heartbeat... as long as it is a real 442 and has a power top. I actually would not care if it was not the original engine.


1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass SX455 - $16,900

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Description: N/A

NADA: $8,438 - $13,838

Source: Sports Car Gallery of Beaver Falls

Found: 4/5/2006

Comments: This one may not belong here. It is not a 442. However, it is an intermediate, two door with a big block. 365 horsepower is nothing to sneeze at. I was surprised this car was not worth more on NADA. Hey, we have a bargaining chip.


1970 Dodge Charger - $15,900

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Description: Correct Ivy Green with a black vinyl top, Ivy green bucket seat interior, and factory Magnum 500 wheels. VERY NICE, VERY GOOD LOOKING CAR!! Original G-code car fitted with a High Performance 383 built with a Mopar PurpleShaft cam, Edelbrock intake manifold, Holley 750 DualFeed carb, Mallory electronic ignition, and Hedman headers. Fires right up and settles into a lopey idle with a deep aggessive exhaust note from the dual 3" FlowMaster exhaust. Nails you back in the seat when you punch it and pulls hard through the rev range. Runs nicely on pump 93 octane gas and there are no mechanical issues; no smoke, no leaks, no noises. The 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission shifts perfectly and the 3.23 SureGrip positraction rearend provides strong acceleration while allowing relaxed highway use. Power steering and power brakes for safe easy driving. Beautiful Ivy Green bucket seat interior with brand new bucket seat covers and a brand new full carpet kit. Factory Rallye gauges for Oil Pressure, Water Temperature, and Ammeter. Factory 150 mph speedometer. Original steering wheel in nice condition. Very nice original dash. Torn headliner but a new one is included with the car. Laser straight body with no dents, no dings, no waves. I cannot find any body filler and the trunk pan and floor pans are excellent. Very nice paint in factory correct FF4 Ivy Green with a smooth glossy finish but there are several small scratches which have been touched up. Very nice chrome bumpers but with a very small ding in both the front and rear upon critical examination. Excellent brightwork and stainless steel trim. Excellent weatherstripping, window whiskers, and trunk seal. Factory HideAway headlights operate correctly when the headlights are turned on and off. Factory vinyl top in excellent condition. Factory Rallye wheels with the polished trim rings and chrome center caps; fitted with P205-75-14 Coker Redline radial tires. Just professionally detailed, polished, hand waxed, and trunkey ready for cruises and shows. NICE CAR! When's the last time you saw a '68-70 Charger with a big block, in this condition, for this price?

NADA: $12,550 - $23,700

Source: Sports Car Gallery of Beaver Falls

Found: 11/28/05

Comments: "When's the last time you saw a '68-70 Charger with a big block, in this condition, for this price?" Good point. I really prefer the 68 & 69, but this will do. Just add air conditioning and make a great driver out of it.


1970 Plymouth Roadrunner - $17,850

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Description: 383 Big Block, auto in floor console, power steering, a REAL Roadrunner w/ "RM" Vin code, FenderTag, Go-Wing, straight & solid car, a clean driver! 

NADA: $16,400 - $32,000

Source: Texas Toy Box

Found: 2/3/2006

Comments: Another driver quality Road Runner that has some decent value potential.


1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee - $26,000

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Description: Matching numbers car: original HP383/300 horsepower engine, original 727 Torqueflite automatic transmission, original 3.23 Suregrip positraction rearend, power steering, power disc brakes, bucket seats, 150 mph speedometer, factory rallye gauges, factory 7000 rpm in-dash tachometer, rimblow steering wheel, remote driver's side mirror, rear go wing, factory side & hood stripes, factory Super Bee hood w/383 insert, factory rallye wheels, original build sheet, original window sticker, original sales invoice, original brochures.

NADA: $16,500 - $31,300

Source: Sports Car Gallery of Beaver Falls

Found: 4/13/2006

Comments: I know this is out of my $20K price range fro this month, but I couldn't help put it in here. This car is fairly rare. The Super Bee option was put on the Dodge Coronet in 68 - 70, to offset the Plymouth Road Runner. 71 was the only year the Super Bee was available on the (then) new Charger body style. I had heard of these but not see one for sale. Though I don't look for these normally, it just showed up on one of my regular sites.

Overall I like it, but it is over my budget and needs air conditioning. But I needed to include it this month.


1971 Plymouth Roadrunner - $21,500

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Description: 440 Big Block, auto, buckets, Go-Wing, new seats, a REAL Roadrunner w/ "RM" Vin code, FenderTag, runs & drives great! Sharp looking bird! Getting harder to find a Roadrunner in this year.

NADA: $20,570 - $36,190

Source: Texas Toy Box

Found: 2/3/2006

Comments: NADA shows the Road Runner as either a 383 or a 440 3x2 (Six Pack). I don't think the 440 alone was an option. I think this car does not have the original engine so I priced a standard Road Runner 383 on NADA's site. The A/C is a nice touch. I like it enough.


1971 Plymouth Sebring - $13,500

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Description: Very rare Mopar Muscle! This car is a Satellite Sebring Plus that still has the factory 383Hp engine. There where only 1200 of these cars produced!!! This car was produced in Canada. This is a true N code car. The car maintains all of its original driveline that includes 383HP engine, 727 torqueflite transmission, 8.3/4" suregrip with factory 3:91 gears. Engine has been upgraded with alumimin intake, Edelbrock carb, MSD ignition, Motor sounds awesome! This car runs out exceptionally strong. Car has had one repaint. Body is straight as an arrow, paint is of good driver quality, it has been wet sanded and buffed. Interior is all original and in very good condition. We have ordered new carpet for the car and it goes with the sale of the car. All the chrome is excellent on the car as well as the glass. Car still has its fender tag, car comes with factory hood tach (fuctional), power steering, power disc brakes, driver remote mirror, power antenna, fender mounted turn signals, security system. Don't miss out on this extremely rare Mopar.

NADA: $10,120 - $16,963

Source: Muscle City Inc.

Found: 2/3/2006

Comments: Is this a Muscle Car? The real Muscle Car is considered the Road Runner. But this car does have the requisite 383 big block... from the factory. It's not a clone. Does it count? Since this is my web site I am going to count it. All we need are air conditioning, buckets and a console with the awesome Slapstick shifter.


1972 Plymouth Road Runner - $24,900

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Description: This is a very rare and low production Big Block Mopar. 1 of only 6800 Road Runners made for 1972. It has the factory 400 with factory 3 speed automatic transmission. Power disc brakes, power steering and factory air conditioning (currently non working). Factory Rally wheels. Dry Texas Road Runner that runs and drives great!

NADA: $16,610 - $32,670

Source: Cole Classics

Found: 4/10/2006

Comments: Considering where NADA places this car versus their asking price the A/C should be working. I love Road Runners, especially the "fuselage" versions 71-74. This car needs to get its A/C fixed and could use buckets and a console with the slapstick shifter... and still be this price.


1972 Buick GS - $16,900

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Description: 455 V-8 engine, automatic transmission, power steering, dual exhausts, Flame Orange paint, tan/saddle interior, power front disc brakes, factory a/c (not currently operating), and AM/FM/cassette and CD changer with remote. This beautiful car is located in our Austin showroom.

NADA: $24,255 - $41,160

Source: Automania

Found: 2/17/06

Comments: That front spoiler looks dorky, we will remove it. I love those wheels and the car almost looks bronze in some of the pictures. I need to see the color in person, easy to do located in Austin. I would definitely try and talk it down on the non-functional A/C. Is this a numbers matching car? Is it a factory GS455. It's worth a look.


1973 Buick GranSport 455 - $18,900

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Description: in beautiful Mediterranean Blue with white pinstripes, a white half vinyl top, white bucket seat interior, and factory Rallye wheels. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS, MATCHING NUMBERS, AIR CONDITIONED, 455 GRAN SPORT FROM TEXAS and the original 455 Buick engine is 100% factory stock and unmodified. It is factory equipped with the original Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor, original intake manifold, original cast iron exhaust manifolds, original air cleaner assembly, and I can find no modifications from factory stock. Starts right up and settles into a lopey idle with a deep subdued exhaust note from the dual free-flow exhaust, runs nicely on premium pump gas, and there are no mechanical issues; no smoke, no leaks, no noises. PINS YOU BACK IN THE SEAT WHEN YOU PUNCH IT AND RUNS LIKE A BUICK 455 SHOULD!! Easily as fast as a Mopar 440, these GS455s are incredibly powerful yet ride nice, drive nice, and have comfortable luxurious interiors. The Turbohydramatic 400 automatic transmission shifts perfectly and the 3.08 rearend provides comfortable relaxed highway cruising. Power steering and power disc brakes. Gorgeous original white bucket seat interior with the full length center console and factory floor shifter. Excellent original seat covers front and rear, excellent original headliner, brand new full carpet kit. Factory Rallye gauges for Oil Pressure and Water Temperature, work properly. Factory AM/FM Stereo radio; sounds great. Factory air conditioning, works correctly and blows ice cold. Factory tilt steering column and factory sport steering wheel; excellent. Remote driver's side mirror. Excellent original dash with no warping, no cracks, and no sunfade on the gauges. Everything works, all of the lights, heater, air conditioning, horn, wipers, turn signals, etc.. Laser straight body with all original panels, all original floor pans, all original trunk pan. I can find no bodywork anywhere, no patch or repair panels, the original rear quarters are factory original, and the trunk is still painted in the original 1973 factory applied splatter paint. All gaps are factory perfect and all body lines match up perfectly. Gorgeous paint in the correct Code-26A Mediterranean Blue with a smooth shiny finish and a white factory correct 1/2 vinyl top. VERY SHARP COLOR COMBINATION!! Excellent chrome bumpers front and rear. Excellent brightwork and stainless steel trim. Excellent glass and all windows operate smoothly. Excellent weatherstripping and window whiskers. The trunk contains the original trunk mat, jack, and spare tire. Excellent factory chrome Rallye wheels fitted with P225-70-14 raised-white-letter radial tires. Just professionally detailed, polished, hand waxed, and turnkey ready for cruises and shows. Very rare and unusual car. Paperwork includes the original Shipping Invoice, the original Dealer's Order Form, the original Window Sticker ($5,095.45), the original Owner's Manual, the original Build Sheet, the original Accessories Pamphlet, the original Maintenance Schedule Booklet, and all of the maintenance records through the years. About as documented as a car can be!! One of only 979 GS455s produced. VERY VERY NICE!! 

NADA: $8,558 - $12,863

Source: Sports Car Gallery of Beaver Falls

Found: 7/19/2006

Comments: I love the idea of this. It is technically a post Muscle Car era car. But I like it. I especially love the color combination. NADA does not give it reason to ask so much. I might actually consider a car like this if it were in my normal $15K price range.


1974 Plymouth Road Runner GTX - $20,000

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Description: 440, 1 of 79, Deep Sherwood Green, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows, A/C, 727 torque flight, 3.91 Sure Grip, balanced motor, new Firestone tires, 90% original, numbers matching.

NADA: $12,313 - $18,500

Source: Collector Car Trader

Found: 11/22/05

Comments: This is one of those cars that you just come across once in a rare while. If you are not looking for one you blow right by... especially at the asking price. If you were looking for this particular car you will be tempted even at the price. Think about the seller. How many people are going to call about this car versus a 68-71 Road Runner? Not many. The 73-74 Road Runners were never considered much in their day. The Muscle Car era was over. The only reason these cars are worth anything today is because all the good Road Runners are way too expensive.

So how badly do you want this particular model and year? If you buy it you will have a hard time getting your money out of it when it is time to sell. Wait this guy out. This is a perfect chance to wear down the seller. Call him with questions. Don't act too serious, and mention other cars you need to look into first... even though you don't have any others to look at. Then call back a later and ask him to send you pictures. If he doesn't send enough ask him to take specific pictures of parts of the car (wheel wells, quarter panels, engine, tags, etc.). At this point you need to let him think you are a serious buyer. Then start to see how flexible the price is. Don't make an offer, just get a feel. If this car is not perfect, and I mean PERFECT, you should not pay more than $15K. Also, if it really is as good as he says then he should have trophies from at least local car shows. Find out about that, and see if the trophies come with the car. If there are no trophies then ask why? Surely a car as nice as he says has gone to a few car shows. Just keep this up until he realizes you are the only serious buyer he has on the line. Get your money together and make your offer. Have the cash ready, or don't make the offer. Nothing is worse than a seller accepting a low offer only to have the buyer suddenly need to arrange to get the money, or decide after the offer to get a mechanic's opinion. You do all that before you make the offer.

I had a 73 Road Runner GTX myself, so this pulls at my heart strings. I would try to wear the guy down. I put this in here even though it is a year old because I used to have one. The classic "I had one just like it when I was in College." I did!

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