Classic Car Watch
No Inspiration

September 1, 2007
By Scott Lewis

Try as I might, I could not find any serious cars to consider for this month. So... we are going to make it s blue month. I went through my recently saved ads and just looked for blue cars. Simple.

The comments below will mostly revolve around what's wrong with the cars. Like I said, I did not find any inspiration.

1970 Camaro RS - $14,995

Description: This is a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro powered by modified 350ci engine, and automatic transmission. Finished in a Mulsanne Blue Metallic paint with black vinyl interior. Accessories include power steering, white racing stripes, engine dress up kit with performance parts, newer Cooper Cobra tires with factory wheels, factory gauges, floor mats, and dual exhaust. This Camaro has great carpet, interior and exterior both good.

NADA: $15,730 - $27,170

Source: Holt Auto Sales

Found: 8/25/2007

Comments: Something about this car is giving me a bad vibe. I am not thrilled with the cowl induction hood. Maybe I just need to see it in person. When I fist started getting into cars when I was a kid, a guy down the street owned an early 70's Camaro RS. He had chrome side pipes and Crager wheels... and an L-88 style hood. A few years later when he sold the car to someone in the neighborhood we all found out that the car had a 307. Nobody knew. The car looked cool. I would love to see this car with an L-88 hood. I love this color. I would need to put air conditioning in this car, and we are at the top of my normal $15 budget for looking at cars. I should really like this car, but something is preventing inspiration.

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: This car is returning from last month's list. It is blue... and it is still for sale at the time I wrote this. I really like this car. If it were a hardtop I would jump at it. But I currently have a convertible, so I don't need one. My experience with classic convertibles (I owned a 67 Camaro convertible for a little more than a year) is that they make great occasional drivers, but are a little difficult as daily drivers. This car does have a power top, that it could work. But I suspect the top would be up far more than down, why not get a coupe.

1970 Pontiac LeMans Sport - $13,595

Description: 350, Auto, bucket seats, dual exhaust, new battery, rebuilt distributor, rechromed rear bumper, air shocks, GTO hood and steering wheel and painted front bumper. Radial Tires, Rally Wheels, Seatbelts, Vinyl Interior.

NADA: $8,085 - $12,023

Source: Gateway Classic Cars

Found: 6/13/2007

Comments: Yes, this car is blue, but it is so dark you have to look close to see that. I prefer I lighter shade of blue. Something that is blue as soon as you see it... day or night. Otherwise this would be a good daily driver. It is not a GTO, and has not been turned into a GTO clone. A nice old car. I could see driving this while making performance modifications over time. This car is priced very high. And it doesn't even have air conditioning. If this car was $10,000 I would put it at the top of the list this month.

1971 Chevrolet Nova - $12,900

Description: 1971 Chevrolet Nova SS Clone with 92,936 actual miles, 3-speed automatic transmission, 350 CID V-8 engine, new radiator, new front end ball joints, bench seat, AM/FM Stereo.

NADA: $8,150 - $15,900

Source: Classic Auto Showplace Ltd.

Found: 8/25/2007

Comments: This car should probably be at the top of the list. It is priced reasonably between NADA's average and high retail values. It needs air conditioning to be a daily driver in South Texas, but thee is just enough left in a $15K budget to add that. Overall I should be impressed. I am just not getting inspired. Maybe its my mood this month.

1970 Chevrolet Nova - $7,995

Description: Rebuilt 350 V8 With Approx 6000 Miles, Rebuilt Turbo 350 Automatic With Approx 5000 Miles. Power Steering, Front Disc Brakes, Dual Exhaust. Bright Blue Exterior With Restored Black Bench Seat Interior. CD Sound System. SS Badges And Hood. Clean, Dependable Every Day Cruiser.

NADA: $8,150 - $15,900

Source: Memory Lane Motors

Found: 4/30/2007

Comments: I found this car a few months ago. When I checked it this month it was already sold, the only car with that status at press time. I included it here to show you how important timing and searching regularly can be. There is no real way of know which car is better without inspecting them... preferably side by side. If you were looking for a Nova, particularly a blue one, this car would have been a great choice... if it was rust free.

1972 Chevrolet Chevelle - $15,900

Description: SS Clone 454 400 Turbo, 370 Gear , 12 Bolt Rearend, PS, PB, New Crate Motor with 1600 miles in 2000, New: Paint, Brakes, Tires, Exhaust, Front end alignment just completed, Straight as an arrow. If there has ever been any rust, it has been taken care of properly.

NADA: $7,525 - $11,750

Source: Bob Taylor's Classic Auto

Found: 8/26/2007

Comments: In today's $3/gal. gas prices I don't know that I want to drive a 454 every day. Maybe once a week or so. If gas were still under $2/gal. I would jump at something like this. Clearly you are buying someone else's project car here. Careful inspection is important.