Classic Car Watch
Just A Car

NOTE: This column displays cars I have found on the Internet. I am not selling them. Please follow the links if you are interest in a car. Be mindful of the date this article was published. For an explanation why I do this read the original column here.

February 1, 2008
By Scott Lewis

This month has been very busy. I did not have much time to look for cars. I almost decided to just pick one car from my archives and be done with it. I am THAT busy. But I decided to take a quick look around and found a few cars that carry a single theme.

The theme this month is everyday cars. Well, these were everyday cars 35 years ago. There is absolutely nothing special about these cars, with the exception of the one car with a manual transmission. 30 years ago these cars would have all been viable used cars on any small lot in America and priced around $1,500-$2,000. These would have been overlooked by the youth looking for "cool" cars. Today, they still are not special in the era of Barrett-Jackson overpriced Muscle Cars. But these cars do represent what I have always claimed for this column... daily driver classic cars.

Let's see what I found all in one evening of searching.

1969 Plymouth Satellite - $15,900

Description: # matching 318, at, AC, ps, 32,000 miles, 2 owner car, Magnum wheels, Excellent shape!

NADA: $8,690 - $14,575

Source: Just Muscle Cars

Found: 1/27/2008

Comments: I went over budget. This is the car I would buy if all these cars were side by side on a used car lot. Why? Because this car looks the most muscular. Yep, it would be a great daily driver classic, and it would look great as a Road Runner look-a-like. Plus Mopars generally are worth more right now.

1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass S - $12,900

Description: Beautiful Factory Orange 2 Door Hardtop With White Top And Immaculate White Interior. Matching # 350 V8, Automatic Transmission, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Trunk Release, Rear Window Defogger, AM Radio, Clock, Rally II Wheels With TA Radials. Excellent Chrome And Stainless. Excellent Body And Panel Fit. Runs And Drives Like New.

NADA: $6,225 - $10,750

Source: Memory Lane Motors

Found: 1/27/2008

Comments: Here's the car that started this month's list. A simple Olds that would make a good classic driver. If this car already had air conditioning it might be the preferred car.

1971 Buick Skylark - $9,995

Description: 2 Door Hardtop 350 c.i. 2BBL V8, Automatic (Turbo 350), 10 Bolt Rear w/2.73 Gear Ratio, Power Steering, Seat Belts, AM/FM/Cassette, Black Vinyl Top, Correct Lime Mist w/Black Interior, Spare, Jack and Tool, Buick Factory Chrome Rallye Wheels, Appears To Be Original Floors, Quarters and Fenders, Numbers Matching Engine and Transmission, 2 Owner Car, Only 90,xxx Actual Miles, One Older Repaint, Well Preserved Skylark!!

NADA: $6,243 - $10,340

Source: Fast Lane Classic Cars

Found: 1/27/2008

Comments: Here is a really nice looking old car. If it weren't for all the hoopla about Muscle Cars this would make a great old car you could drive on a regular basis. The wheels give it an aggressive look, and the air condition will keep you cool... assuming it blows cold.

1972 Pontiac Ventura - $5,995

Description: 83,000 Actual Miles. Same Car As A Chevy Nova. 307 Chev Small Block V8, Automatic Transmission, Power Steering. Bright Green Exterior With Original White Vinyl Top. Original Green Bench Seat Interior With New CD Sound System. Cragar SS Wheels With TA Radials. Lifelong Northwest Car With All Original Books And Manuals. Clean, Solid Car That Runs And Drives Excellent. Great Hot Rod Project Or Drive Every Day As It Is.

NADA: $5,693 - $8,580

Source: Memory Lane Motors

Found: 1/27/2008

Comments: Here's our price champ, which is why it is here. Chevrolet Nova are way overpriced in my book. But this is a clean old car that is price low enough for almost anyone to but and drive. This would make a great daily driver. They don't mention air, so we would need to add that. I wonder if the Chevy engine in this Pontiac is original. Probably not.

1967 Chevrolet Impala - $12,900

Description: 283 # matching, AC, at, ps, Red with white interior, 81,000 miles, Rally wheel, Excellent Shape!

NADA: $14,685 - $22,220

Source: Just Muscle Cars

Found: 1/27/2008

Comments: I love this body style. However, this car is significantly older than the other GM cars. GM did a lot during the late sixties and early seventies. A 67 car from GM is decidedly different on the interior from the cars starting in 1970. The dash is plainer, and the overall car is less comfortable as a daily driver. Close but no cigar.

1970 Mercury Cougar - $12,500

Description: 351 cid/300 hp V-8 (four barrel), four-speed manual transmission, power steering, and much more!

NADA: $17,270 - $27,940

Source: Classic Auto Showplace

Found: 1/27/2008

Comments: This is the only car here that is remotely special. A manual transmission in a Mercury is very unusual. However, 35 years ago it would probably have been a bad thing with this car on a used car lot. Few people wanted a manual transmission in a "personal luxury car." In this collection it is probably a bad thing as well. But the four speed today boost the value of this car. So I could not give it the preferred status.