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Classic Car Watch
Affordable Oddballs

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.

December 1, 2008
By Scott Lewis

Last month I wiped clean all the ads I had saved. So this month starts all new. I didn't have any time to do actual searches for a theme, so I just took some nice looking oddball cars. Here's what I came across without searching, just browsing a few of my regular sites.


1970 Mercury Monterey Custom 2 Door - $8,500

Description: 390 c.i. 4BBL V8 (#’s matching engine block), automatic transmission (C-6), 9” rear w/ 2.75 gear ratio, power steering, power disc brakes, remote mirror, AM/FM/Cassette, tilt steering column, performance intake & carb (original parts in trunk), seat belts, dual exhaust, original cloth interior that had plastic seat covers still on seats, new American Racing Torque Thrust wheels w/ radial tires, spare, jack, and tool, owners manual & fact booklet. Appears to be original floors, quarters & fenders. Only 75,XXX actual miles! Very original survivor Monterey in beautiful condition!

Source: Fast Lane Classic Cars

Found: 11/27/2008

Comments: Here we have an unusual car. Clearly this is not going to be a high dollar collectible. And that's what makes it perfect. It is an old car. Just a aftermarket wheels to give it a little attitude and you have a nice cruiser. If you are looking for a daily driver classic this is perfect. The 390 engine will suck a lot of gas, but look how much you save over a 390 power Mustang or Torino. That could pay for the gas. Or you could look at this like a project to see how much you can improve the mileage of this car.

If you really had a $15K budget, what this column tries to adhere to, then this car has lots of potential with the money leftover. Start with adding air conditioning.


1967 Mercury ParkLane Fastback - $12,000

Description: Matching numbers 410/330 hp, 4-barrel engine, C6 automatic transmission, factory 9" rearend, power steering, power disc brakes, tilt steering column, factory air conditioning, 6-way power seat, deluxe original Brocade cloth interior, remote mirror, factory AM radio w/tape, factory two-tone paint, deluxe factory wheel covers, whitewall radials.

Source: Sports Car Gallery of Beaver Falls

Found: 11/27/2008

Comments: This car is not that different from the Monterey above, except this car doesn't have the cool wheels... yet. Oh, and one more thing... I never heard of a ParkLane before. I don't know what these cars a worth, but the price seems high to me. But it is still affordable base on our $15 budget, so wheels and tires shold not be a problem, and it already has air conditioning.


1971 Buick Riviera - $10,995

Description: 455 c.i. 4BBL V-8, automatic, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows, power seat, A/C, Kenwood AM/FM Cassette, tilt, cruise control, remote mirror, seat belts, original interior still in great condition, dual exhaust, original books and purchase order, Protect-o-Plate, original bill of sale, aluminum alloy wheels w/ radial tires. Believed to be a 67,xxx actual mile car. Very original car w/ 1 repaint!

Source: Fast Lane Classic Cars

Found: 11/27/2008

Comments: This car is in the middle of the two above, both in price and options. It has both air conditioning and aftermarket wheels. But those wheels have way too much bling for me. They would have to go first thing. I was a big fan of the Bowtie rear end Riviera. I knew a guy down the street from me that had one when I was a teenager.

This car will probably get the worst mileage of all the cars in this month's list.

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