Classic Car Watch
A Goal and A Project

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.

April 1, 2008
By Scott Lewis

Last month I showed only one car. It was an affordable Mustang coupe located in Texas. That made it a very reasonable car to buy as a driving project car. If you read my Car Column this month you will see that I bought a 2007 BMW 335i.

This means articles about looking for a new car are over for quite a while. It also means I will not have enough money to buy a classic car for some time. What does that mean for this column? I am going to change the way I look for cars. I want to search for affordable classics, like last month, that will make drivable project cars.

I am also going to try looking for examples of what the car would look like after it was done. This month I am showing a Nova. I am going to try and reduce the variety of the vehicles with each list. Nova this month, then next month I want to show a nice Mustang California Special. I have an expensive Nova below that is basically the goal of what a project car would be. Then I want to list a couple of cars that make affordable project cars that could be made to be close to the goal over time.

I am still working out the details of this new method, so excuse me if I am rambling and leaving out some detail. This month I am not going to provide NADA values. I may stop doing that, I have not decided yet.

Please let me know if you like it this way. 

1969 Chevrolet Nova - $26,995 (The Goal)

Description: SS Options, 406 C.I 425 H.P. Small Block, Automatic with B&M Shifter, Power Steering, Power Front Disc Brakes, Ceramic Headers, Aluminized Dual Exhausts with Flowmasters, 17" American Racing Torque Thrust II Wheels, P255/45 ZR 17 Performance Radials (Rear), P235/45 ZR 17 Performance Radials (Front), 3 Spoke Rosewood Steering Wheel, AM-FM/CD Audio System, In-Dash Tachometer, Auto Meter Auxiliary Gauges, 3.73 10 Bolt Posi Rear Axle, Professional Show Quality Restoration, Lemans Blue with Black Interior.

Source: Berry Motor Cars, LLC

Found: 3/12/2008

Comments: I love the color. This is just about perfect for the look of a Nova for me. Nice powerful small block with the bench seat interior. I love it.

1969 Chevrolet Nova - $11,750

Description: Fresh 350, mild cam, auto trans, pwr steering, pwr brakes, new seat covers, original door panels, nice chrome & stainless, solid floors & trunk, solid doors, rear quarter has had rust repair a few years back, not a show car but nice little car, drives & runs out good drive anywhere.


Found: 3/12/2008

Comments: Here is a car that fits within this column's usual $15K budget. It surely has the potential to become a close match to the goal above. This is the kind of stuff I want to start showing. We'll see if I can keep finding examples like this.