Classic Car Watch
More Pony Cars

February 1, 2007
By Scott Lewis

Last month I did something totally different. I just showed examples of good pictures of cars. This was part of a "clean up" project. I wanted to get rid of a lot of ads I had saved. I needed a fresh start. I bought a Mini Cooper S Convertible back in June. It is going to be a long time before I can afford to buy a classic car... especially if I should trade in the Coopster for a 2009 Challenger or step up to a Mercedes SLK 350 or BMW M3.

This month's car are mostly recent, though I do have a couple of older ads. I was collecting ads from Pony cars when they came up... without searching for Pony cars. That's right, I did not actually search for these cars. I found them in one of two ways. 1) I was browsing the many dealer sites I visit (you can see a large handful of these on my favorites page), or 2) I stumbled across them while looking for other things.

That's it. The idea here is to convey what you could find if you just started looking for a Pony car and mainly stuck to visiting dealers of classic cars to get one. This is something ANY of you could do easily. No effort involved. In fact, I will make it easier still, all the cars below are ready to drive with the sole exception of whether or not they need an A/C upgrade. I won't spell out a ton of things they need as a project car. They should be good enough to use as a classic daily driver as-is if their description is accurate.

Look at it this way... it is this easy to find a Pony car by casually looking at a few dealer sites until something strikes your fancy. All of these cars did just that when I stumbled across them.

1968 Mercury Cougar - $10,900 - Top Pick

Description: 77,000 Actual Miles. Immaculate Original Bucket/Console Interior. Beautiful White Exterior Finish With Excellent Black Vinyl Top. 289 V8, Automatic, Power Steering, Power Front Disc Brakes, Factory Air Conditioning That Was just Serviced And Works Great, Style Steel Wheels With TA Radials, Dual Exhaust. Needs Nothing To Go On Vacation Or Drive Every Day. Clean, Well Maintained Survivor That You'll Be Proud To Show And Drive.

NADA: $17,930 - $29,920

Source: Memory Lane Motors

Found: 1/23/2007

Comments: Here is the underdog in a sea of Mustangs. This one looks nice and clean. I like it a lot. In fact, it is my Top Pick for this month. I almost gave it to the 67 Mustang you will see next, but in the end I wanted to be different more than appease my son. Is that bad?

1967 Ford Mustang - $8,995 - Runner Up

Description: 289 V8, A code, automatic, power steering, styled steel wheels, air conditioning, nice driver, clean paint & interior, solid & original body.

NADA: $14,490 - $24,150

Source: Classic & Collectible Cars

Found: 11/27/2006

Comments: This looks like a decent Mustang at a decent price. It looks nice enough to drive right now, and could make a nice project as time goes on. I could definitely see getting this as a car my son and I could work on for him to drive when he gets to high school. I almost made this the Top Pick for this month, but decided to go off the beaten path with the Cougar.

1965 Ford Mustang GT - $16,750

Description: Real GT, cold factory A/C, PS, disc brakes, am-fm cassette stereo, red guts, new white paint with red stripes, super, drive to the shows anywhere, much more.

NADA: $18,760 - $31,245

Source: Collectable Cars

Found: 11/27/2006

Comments: As long time reads know... I hate red interiors. But I am starting to think I may be too harsh, especially for a real GT. I like this car. The pictures are so low in resolution, and we don't really know anything. But this dealer is located in Texas and I would be willing to take the drive to see this one. We need to work the price down a bit, but I could see driving this car and passing it on to my son when he gets to driving age.

1965 Ford Mustang Coupe - $14,900

Description: Fresh Frame Up Restoration That You Need To See To Believe. Every Square Inch Of This Car Including Underneath Is Restored And Detailed To The Highest Level. Performance Built 289, 4 Speed Manual Trans, Dark Teal Exterior With Immaculate White Standard Interior. Receipts For Everything. Looks, Runs And Sounds Awesome.

NADA: $16,940 - $28,380

Source: Memory Lane Motors

Found: 6/3/2006

Comments: I love the look of this car, which is why I put it in here right before throwing it into the archive pile. Love the color and the 4 speed is making up for the lack of air conditioning. If this car wasn't found so long ago and it had A/C it would be the Top Pick of the list.

1965 Ford Mustang - $12,500

Description: This 1965 Mustang was built March 15, 1965 in Dearborn Michigan. It is painted in new technology polar white (Ford code- 9D). Under the hood sports a V-8 289 CI engine coupled to C-300 automatic transmission (rebuilt in 1990). This Mustang has all new outside chrome, original parts, bumpers, door handles, trunk lock, all new original fenders (Ford manufactured), Rebuilt original starter, rebuilt alternator (1994), installed Mustang styled wheels, and a refurbished trunk area with dress up kit. The rebuilt engine has 9,500 miles and drive train parts have 2,000-2,500.

NADA: $15,400 - $25,800

Source: Classic Auto Showplace Ltd.

Found: 1/23/2007

Comments: This car doesn't look that special. Hopefully a nice clean Mustang. If I had cash in hand I would check it out.

1966 Ford Mustang - $14,995

Description: 289 V8, automatic, power steering, power front disc brakes, bucket seats, leather wrapped LaCarra steering wheel with billet hub, new 16" polished Torque Thrust II, HiPo engine dress-up kit, Shelby style front grille, GT style rear lower valance with dual trumpet exhaust tips. Awesome restoration, beautiful paint, all new interior, chrome, weatherstripping, wheels, tires, exhaust & MUCH MORE! Runs & drives great, super straight rust free body, good clean paint & all new original style interior. Ready for show or go!

NADA: $14,150 - $24,700

Source: Classic & Collectible Cars

Found: 11/27/2006

Comments: I really like the mild custom touches on this car. The wheels and grill are perfect. We just need to get A/C into this car, which might be a problem at this price and our budget. Another near miss for the Top Pick because of a lack air conditioning.

1967 Ford Mustang - $9,800

Description: Nicely painted in Springtime yellow with a black vinyl top. Great black vinyl interior with unusual Tilt-Away steering wheel, 140 mph speedometer & 8000 rpm in-dash tach. Powered with a 302 V8 and automatic transmission. Power options include steering & brakes. Also equipped with factory air conditioning, tilt-away wood-look steering wheel, AM/FM, chrome luggage rack.

NADA: $14,490 - $24,150

Source: Classic Auto Showplace Ltd.

Found: 11/16/2006

Comments: I like unique option like the tilt-away steering wheel. This was common on the flagship Thunderbird. With air condition and under ten grand this could make a great driver/project car.

1968 Plymouth Barracuda 2 Door - $16,500

Description: 318 2BBL V-8, 4 speed, 8-3/4 rear w/ 3.23 gears. Original AM/FM thumbdial radio. Engine appears to be original, transmission is #s matching, fold-down rear seat, mostly new interior, buckets/ floor shift, Plymouth Rallye wheels, appears to be an original sheet metal car, Avocado green metallic w/ green interior, dual exhaust, rare factory 4 speed! Pretty correct classic Barracuda!

NADA: $11,760 - $22,365

Source: Fast Lane Classic Cars

Found: 7/19/2006

Comments: We are a bit over budget here, but Mopars tend to be expensive. I am surprised that NADA lists this car lower in value than some of the Mustangs here. This car looks so clean and it has a four speed. Cool!

1968 Plymouth Barracuda - $12,850

Description: This 1968 Plymouth Barracuda sports a powerful 318 2bbl V-8 coupled to Torqueflite automatic transmission. This Plymouth was built in Hamtramck Michigan and had a total production number of 16,055 as the V-8 Fastback. This Barracuda features an AM radio, Thumbwheel, rear defogger, and a 2.73 axle ratio.

NADA: $11,200 - $21,300

Source: Classic Auto Showplace Ltd.

Found: 1/23/2007

Comments: More affordable than the green one above, but still no air conditioning.

 1971 Ford Mustang Convertible - $14,500

Description: Rarest Year for Convertible Early Mustangs. Beautiful Deep, Dark Green Metallic with Silver Striping and Trim. Very Nice Dark Green Standard Interior. White Convertible Top in Great Condition. 302 Cubic Inch V-8 with Two Barrel Carburetion. Automatic Transmission with Floor Shift. Bucket Seats. Power Steering. Magnum Style Mag Wheels. Nice Chrome and Stainless. Very Stock and Very Clean Throughout. Runs and Drives Excellent.

NADA: $17,710 - $35,420

Source: Gentle Touch

Found: 12/13/2006

Comments: I was not looking for convertibles at all. I already own one. I like the big Mustangs in convertible form. If this car has a power top it would make a great cruiser.

1973 Chevrolet Camaro - $12,995

Description: Numbers matching 350 4 speed. No rust, excellent body. Nice chrome. Mint condition interior. Power steering. Power brakes. Factory tach and gauge car. Dual exhaust. Z-28 stripes. Very clean car inside and out. Nice investment!

NADA: $10,700 - $17,825

Source: Premium Motors

Found: 11/16/2006

Comments:  I haven't seen any 1st generation Camaros recently (Remember, I am not searching for them) that fit the budget we use for this column. So a clean second generation car with a four speed is a nice compromise.

1973 Camaro Sport Coupe - $18,900

Description: 350 4-Speed in stunning Midnight Green with a Chamois bucket seat interior, front chin spoiler, factory three piece rear spoiler, and factory Rallye wheels. Original paint, original interior, original drivetrain, absolutely beautiful conditions, and only 63,902 actual miles! Factory 3.31 rearend and F41 sport suspension. Power steering and front disc brakes, factory 130 mph speedometer, factory 7,000 RPM in-dash tachometer, factory in-dash Rallye gauges; and all work perfectly. No body filler, no patch panels, and all original floors and pans. Paperwork includes the original window sticker, original sales papers from Don Allen Chevrolet, original sales brochures, original Owner's Manual, original Warranty Pamphlet, and maintenance records through the years. A true survivor and in trophy-winning condition! Very Nice!

NADA: $10,700 - $17,825

Source: Sports Car Gallery of Beaver Falls

Found: 7/19/2006

Comments: All original cars of any make or model are becoming very hard to come buy. The saying goes, anyone can restore a car, but it can only be original once. A car this good looking with its original paint is quite a find. This would be a show car in the sense that you would not drive this everyday because it would lose its value. This car may be worth quite a lot of money in the long run, but there is no way of knowing that for sure. I still love the idea of an all original car... right down to the paint. This car is way over budget, but I really like it.