Classic Car Watch
A Six-Banger for Inspiration

August 1, 2007
By Scott Lewis

In keeping with my recent trend to keep this list short and current, I came across a six cylinder Plymouth that inspired me to look for other six-bangers. Unfortunately, that was an elusive thing. I tried a little, but in the end I found myself seeing a few affordable Mustangs. So this month's list is short, and even goes off topic.

1971 Plymouth Scamp - $8,900

Description: 2-Door Hardtop in original Sassy Grass Green with the original white vinyl top, original white interior, and factory Rallye wheels. Extremely nice, factory original paint. Florida car with only 68,115 actual miles! The original 225 cubic inch Slant Six engine is completely stock and has no modifications. The original 3-speed automatic transmission shifts perfectly and the original 3.23 rearend provides economical highway cruising. Power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning blows ice cold (but has a leaking hose). All factory original body panels and I can find no body filler or patches anywhere.

NADA: $5,170 - $7,480

Source: Sports Car Gallery of Beaver Falls

Found: 7/16/2007

Comments: I love oddball original cars with low mileage. The only reason I don't ask my wife if I can buy this car is the color. Well, that and I don't have the cash right now. That is one bright green. Otherwise this is a great daily driver classic.

1967 Dodge Dart GT Convertible - $11,500

Description: Slant-6 engine, automatic trans, factory air conditioning, power steering, power top, AM radio - Super Straight & Solid Body - Runs & Drives Very Well - Quality Paint & Clean Interior - Ideal Classic For First Car!

NADA: $14,700 - $28,000

Source: Classic & Collectible Cars

Found: 7/23/2007

Comments: Wow! Practically the same as above but in convertible form. I was really stunned to see the A/C on this 6 cylinder car. Plus it is in my favorite color. I already have a convertible, but if I was get a classic as a occasional driver I would definitely go for this car. And what a bargain.

1965 Ford Mustang - $14,500


Description: Shelby Fastback Replica, was 6 cylinders, now 302, auto, blue w/gold Hertz stripes, needs some finishing, a driver.

NADA: $16,800 - $32,000

Source: Collector Car Trader

Found: 3/12/2007

Comments: I found this fastback when looking for 6 cylinder cars. O.K. SO it used to have a 6 banger. I was impressed by the price. I don't like the color of the stripes, but it is a fastback that is below my usual $15K budget. Plus this car is located in Texas, so I need an excuse to list it. 

1965 Ford Mustang - $10,995

Description: A rare factory A code car with factory air conditioning. All original body panels. Extremely well preserved body. Recently rebuilt engine. Style steel wheels. Very good condition inside and out.

NADA: $21,560 - $36,120

Source: Premium Motors

Found: 7/23/2007

Comments: I had a feeling looking at even one Mustang would have this start looking like a Mustang column. That was unintentional. I liked this Mustang so much because of the affordable price and the air conditioning. This could make a really nice daily driver.

1966 Ford Mustang - $12,500

Description: This is a very pretty light blue Mustang with a very sharp blue and white Pony console interior. Engine is the 289 V8 with automatic transmission. Paint, radiator, fan blade, upholstery, and front seal are all new. Car has the rally pack and original radio. Owner drove this car home 130 miles on the interstate and it handled very well.

NADA: $16,273 - $28,405

Source: Classic Lady Motors

Found: 7/23/2007

Comments: This Mustang got in here because I love the Pony interior...and the rally pac gauges. If this car had air conditioning I would be tempted to look at financing this one.

1968 Ford Mustang - $9,900


Description: 1968 Ford Mustang coupe with the original 289 V-8 engine, three speed manual transmission, power brakes, factory a/c, bench seat with fold down arm rest, and many new parts!

NADA: $13,973 - $22,425

Source: Automania

Found: 5/2/2007

Comments: I really like an unusual combination of options on a non-special car. Here we have a plain Jane Mustang Coupe. But a bench seat is pretty unusual in a Mustang. Add to that it has a manual transmission and air conditioning. I'll bet that overall combination is pretty rare. None of this would make this car worth a lot of money, but it does make it interesting. And I like that.

The cherry on the cake for me is this car is located in Texas.