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
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
NADA: $5,170 - $7,480
Source: Sports Car Gallery of Beaver Falls
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
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
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
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
NADA: $16,273 - $28,405
Source: Classic Lady Motors
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
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.