Classic Car Watch
Plain Jane Classics

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.

October 1, 2009
By Scott Lewis

Plain Jane. That's what was thought about a lot of the cars below when they were new. They were just plain cars sitting on a lot somewhere. We you don't look for performance version of Muscle Car era cars the price get much more reasonable. I have been try to find cars as plain as possible.

Let's see what I found.

1967 Dodge Dart GT - $9,900

Description: You are viewing a very nice, restored 1967 Dodge Dart GT. This car has a great running slant six, automatic transmission, dual exhaust, bucket seats with console, power steering, color coded steel wheels with dog dish hub caps and more. The body is solid without rust issues and has nice straight paint. The interior is in excellent condition as well. It runs and drives great. This car would be impossible to duplicate for the money so don't wait.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 10/25/2009

Comments: This is my favorite car this month. It looks great in the pictures, looks freshly restored, has buckets and a console, and if a GT. And it has the infamous Slant 6. The dog dish hub caps are perfect as well. Top it off this car is in Texas... waiting for me to pick it up.

1971 Chevrolet Chevelle = $11,900

Description: You are viewing a 78k original mile 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle. This car is a very rare factory painted roof car. It has factory AC, power steering, power disc brakes, Rallye wheels and more. It is documented with the build sheet, original manuals and the protect-o-plate. The interior is original and looks like new. Body and paint are in excellent condition with no rust issues. It runs and drives great.

Source: Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 10/25/2009

Comments: Wow, this is a nice looking Chevelle. My 70 Chevelle had a white painted roof. I just thought someone took the easy route when removing a vinyl roof. Maybe my old Chevelle was rare after all. We will never know.

1964 Chevrolet Malibu SS - $16,995

Description: Very nice original numbers matching with low miles Malibu SS Chevelle 2 door sport coupe! This one is the 230, 6 cylinder engine and is nicely detailed. One repaint (not original color), new bumpers and trim. Excellent interior with the factory bucket seats and console. Clock still intact as is the factory AM radio. Power steering with manual brakes. With only 74,250 original miles!

Source: C & C Auto Sales

Found: 5/25/2009

Comments: I love low mileage originals. And I am becoming a huge fan of 6 cylinder cars of this era. I like that we have a fun on SS with bucket and console, but with a 6 under the hood.

1966 AMC Rambler American - $10,950

Description: Wow! This is a 2 owner convertible with only 51,530 actual miles! Smooth, detailed, 232 6 cylinder with Flash-o-Matic automatic transmission. Power operated White convertible top. Freshly buffed and waxed Balboa Aqua finish with excellent original White interior. Optional wire wheel covers with new white wall radial tires. The first owner had this car until 2008, now it is your turn.

Source: Duffy's Collectible Cars

Found: 5/27/2009

Comments: A 2 owner car with 51K miles. Cool. I do wonder why it is being sold after only a year with its second owner.

1967 Chevrolet Bel Air - $8,995

Description: Originally a Kentucky car equipped with a 283 with a turbo 350 auto trans. Power steering. Newer maroon paint with black interior. Nice running car with great sounding dual exhaust system and new radials. Add some custom wheels and you'll have a great car for cruise nights or build a big block for it for even more fun.

Source: Valley Motors

Found: 5/26/2009

Comments: These cars make cool sleepers. Super stripped big cars. We just need the power. Or do like they suggest... add some nice wheels and cruise. I would still add headers and a nice exhaust so the sound matches the image. Buckets and a console would be nice touches too.

1967 Mercury Cougar - $13,500 --> $12,500

Description: 289 V8, C-4 Auto Trans, New Paint, One Owner (little old lady...true), Never a scratch or door ding! Original wood steering wheel been covered from day one, Like brand new!!

Source: Beacon West Auto Sales

Found: 5/24/2009 (price checked on 11/1)

Comments: They showed pictures with the little old lady. In those pictures the car had a black vinyl top. I don't know if that means anything or not, just thought I would mention it. I would like to check this car out more closely, and it is located in Texas.

1968 Pontiac Firebird Convertible - $15,900

Description: Under the hood sports a 4.1L overhead cam 6 coupled to a 3 speed manual transmission.

Source: Classic Auto Showplace

Found: 5/23/2009

Comments: I especially like Pontiac's Sprint Overhead Cam 6.

1968 Chevy Impala - $13,500

Description: This very clean car has been in the same family since new, No rust any place, Car only has 60,000 miles on it, 307 V8 motor with power glide trans with power steering and dual exhaust. Nice yellow paint with black top in great shape. This is a standard 1968 Impala 2 Door Hardtop, Great cruiser for anytime. The interior is also very clean and no tears. Chrome rally wheels and tires.

Source: Western Klassic Kars

Found: 5/31/2009

Comments: Another low mileage, Plain Jane car.

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle - $ 18,900 --> $16,900

Description: Original Documented 35,000 Mile Chevelle...Just Two Owners Since New! 307 V8, 3 Speed Turbo Trans, Factory Air-Conditioning, Frost Green Metallic, Original Bench Seat Interior, Power Steering, Green Vinyl Top, Runs & Drives Same as New, Original AM Radio.

Source: Dream Car Store

Found: 5/28/2009 (price checked on 11/1)

Comments: I like it! A little price for this article, but I like it anyway.

1970 Chevrolet Impala - $7,500 --> $6,500

Description: Custom 2DR hardtop, 112,000 miles, 2nd owner, 1987 V8, good gas mileage. Have original motor if needed. TH-350 Auto, Newer Paint, Vinyl Top New
Suspension: springs, shocks, bushings, ball joints, sway arm bushings. Enkie Wheels Great interior, new carpet. Factory AM radio, rebuilt speedometer, Rebuilt air conditioning conversion to 134A. Radiator, water pump, new carburetor, starter, new driveline, u-joints & more.

Source: Northwest Classic Auto Mall

Found: 5/31/2009 (price checked on 11/1)

Comments: That's a lot of new stuff. Could this car still need a lot of new stuff. I like the price at least. At that was the point of looking at Plain Jane cars.

1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass - $12,995

Description: Want a clean Oldsmobile Cutlass that's straight out of the seventies? This 71 Cutlass is in exceptional condition with newer metallic green paint and a very clean original interior. The numbers-matching 350 is still running strong under hood and is backed by a 350 Turbo transmission. Everything works on this car including the factory air conditioning! This car is 100% stock right down to the AM radio. The Oldsmobile Protect-O-Plate and owner's manual are included with the car.

Source: Streetside Classic Cars

Found: 5/23/2009

Comments: 100% stock right down to the AM radio. Gotta love that.

 1972 Ford Mustang - $12.900

Description: California Adult Owned Car, One Family Owned Since New, Very Solid Original Car, No Rust Or Body Damage Ever, 302 V8 Engine, Automatic Transmission, Air Conditioned, Power Steering, Power Brakes, California "Pink Slip" Title Copy, California Black Tags, Original Documents and Manuals, A Folder Full Of Receipts and Documents. If you are looking for a nice original "never messed with" Mustang, this one will not disappoint you. The only thing not original about this car is the dual exhaust that we had installed.

Source: Pride Auto Plaza

Found: 5/26/2009

Comments: This is one of the least appreciated Mustangs. But it looks very clean and is all original. Cool!

1972 Plymouth Sebring - $15,750 --> $13,250

Description: Oklahoma car, 318 CID, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, newer tires, heavy duty rear springs.

Source: Classic Auto Showplace

Found: 5/23/2009 (price checked on 9/20 & 11/1)

Comments: The ad listed mileage at 27998, but didn't say anything about it. Is this a very low mileage original car. It is definitely worth calling to find out. I don't know if i could live with that color.

1972 BUICK SKYLARK - $12,900

Description: One Family Owned Since New And 69K Original Miles - Just Serviced And Inspected, Smooth Runing 350 / 2 bbl Engine, Automatic Transmission, Power Steering, Power Brakes, AM/FM Cassette, Driver And Passenger Retractable Seat Belts, Dual Chrome Side Mirrors - New Deep Hunter Green Paint In Base Coat/Clear Coat Urethane With Matching Interior - Documented With Owners Manual And New Vehicle Warranty Booklets When Purchased New - Car Has Been Stored For 10 Years And Family Wishes To Part . . Clean Straight Solid And Very Affordable . . Mechanics Recently Checked And Serviced.

Source: Midwest Car Exchange

Found 5/23/2009

Comments: The pictures look good. Nice, shiny old car. I like it.

1973 Plymouth Barracuda - $14,500 --> $13,900

Description: 318 2bl, 3 spd in floor, manual steering, manual disk brakes, non A/C car, rear defrost, FE5 Rally red, Black Int., dual sport chrome mirrors, 8 3/4 rear, factory undercoating, 14x8 rear 14x5.5 front. Rallye wheels. Flat hood, car has been repainted approx. 10 years ago with a lighter red, was told from the prev. owner that the miles were org. and was told by other that there were only 315 (318 3spd) cars manufactured. I can not confirm or deny that info. the car is a running driving car, and every thing seems to be working, including the seat belt buzzer. Have title.

Source: Cuda World

Found: 5/26/2009 (price checked on 11/1)

Comments: I normally avoid cars where you can tell they have rust from the simple pictures provided in the ad. But Mopars are expensive. It is hard to find affordable Barracudas. This car looked nice enough that maybe I could drive it as a plain Barracuda and later invest in bodywork and paint and make it a killer Cuda look-a-like.

This is a project car, albeit and expensive one.

1973 Dodge Challenger - $15,900

Description: This vehicle is in very good condition. The exterior has no rust/ recent paint. The interior has been completely redone including: new carpet, headliner, seat upholstery, dash pad, door & window weather stripping and radio w/ 4 new speakers. Factory AC. Everything works. Four new tires, four new shocks, rebuilt steering box, new front end parts. Mechanically inspected and tested by a reputable restoration shop. Have original build sheet, original bill of sale. Numbers matching. 318 ci with Edelbrock 4 bbl- motor just rebuilt (only 2000 miles on rebuild). Three speed automatic transmission with slap stick. Runs excellent. This vehicle is very clean- inside and out.

Source: No Necks Classifieds

Found: 5/25/2009

Comments: Mopars get expensive fast, so finding one at a decent price is worth looking into.

1973 Pontiac Firebird Formula - $8,995

Description: PHS Documented. 350 4 BBL (originally 2BBL). 3 speed manual transmission. AM/FM/CD stereo, also the 8 track player is included. Nice original interior, formula wheel w/added column tach. Newer Dual exhaust w/ crossflow mufflers. Newer tires. Factory manuals included. Nice Driver! Great Price!

Source: C&C Auto Sales

Found: 5/25/2009

Comments: This car looks very nice... for not being a Camaro. I should check it out.

1974 AMC Hornet - $7,950

Description: 33,000 actual miles. Rare 360 engine. big motor for such a small car. It is in excellent, original shape. Stored since 1978. Rare air conditioned car. Rust free body, repainted once, very nice original interior, motor compartment is like it left the factory. Trunk compartment still has factory spatter paint and the original space saver spare.

Source: Volo Auto Museum

Found: 5/31/2009

Comments: When you look for Plain Jane cars you often have to take that a step further and look for something completely different. This is different. I would not buy this car myself, but if you are a AMC faithful this is your ride.

1974 Ford Maverick - $3,195

Description: Original one owner car, 89K nicely preserved miles... Powerful 250(88hp) 6cyl with Factory A/C and power steering. Nice body and interior.

Source: C&C Auto Sales

Found: 5/25/2009

Comments: Going off the beaten path can turn up unusual cars. This price makes this a good used car... period. The big bumpers introduces this model year are weight and ugly-ness. Maybe we can get the early seventies bumpers put in place. I see a Grabber look in this car's future.

1969 Ford Torino GT Convertible - $10,500

Description: You are viewing a rare, unrestored 1969 Ford Torino GT convertible. It has the factory GT package, 351w engine, AC, power steering, power top, and more. The body is very solid with a lot of the original paint still there. Interior is original as well and in good condition for its age. It fires right up every time and still drives great.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 6/5/2009

Comments: When I saw the first picture of this car and the price I knew I had to use it in this column. I am not even interested in convertibles anymore. But how could I pass this one up with a power top and air conditioning. Plus it is located right here in Texas, so I could just fly up to Dallas and drive it home. I am temped to call right now... money be damned.

1969 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible - $9,500

Description: Maroon, 164/95HP rebuilt engine, automatic trans, power top, spinner hub caps, solid floors, straight body, drive anywhere.

Source: Oldtown Automotive

Found: 6/5/2009

Comments: I like the second generation Corvairs. Nice look and the unusual engine placement are too much for me to pass up.

1967 Chevrolet Nova - $13,900

Description: 327/300HP, 4 speed transmission, new interior, bumpers, wiring, trim, rebuilt front end, runs & drives excellent.

Source: Oldtown Automotive

Found: 6/5/2009

Comments: This car is affordable because it is a post car and not a fastback version. Perfect for this group.

1971 Chevrolet Chevelle - $11,900

Description: You are viewing a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle. This car has a great running matching #s 350, power disc brakes, power steering, buck seats, console, custom wheels and more. It runs and drives great with a great ride. The body is solid, straight and has nice paint. Interior is also in excellent condition. Here is a great Chevelle for a great price, it wont last so don't wait.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 9/6/2009

Comments: I love Chevelles. I had a 1970 over 20 years ago. This seems nice and affordable.

1970 Mustang Fastback - $14,900

Description: wo Owner Car. One Repaint, 3 Speed Manual Trans, 119k Miles, New Mexico (Albuquerque) Since Mfg.

Source: Beacon West Auto Sales

Found: 11/1/2009

Comments: Talk about Plain Jain. If a Mustang Fastback could even be plain this is it.

1965 Chevrolet Corvair - $13,995 --> $12,995

Description: Tired of the rising gas prices? Need a car that sips gas instead of guzzles it? Then check out this beautiful 1965 Chevrolet Corvair! You don't see many of these around anymore. Black exterior with a red interior, Flat 6 cylinder engine, and a 4 speed manual transmission. AM/FM radio, seat belts, vinyl interior, and radial tires. Believed to be actual mileage, but cannot document. The master cylinder has been rebuilt, 2 new rear brake cylinder shoes, all new brake lines as well. The car also has an aftermarket Crane electronic ignition. This Corvair came with hardened valve seats straight from the factory too!

Source: Gateway Classic Cars

Found: 6/28/2009 (price checked on 11/1)

Comments: Another Corvair... this time a hartop.

1969 Plymouth Barracuda - $10,000 --> $11,000

Description: The original owner had it from 1969 to 1995. I'm the fourth owner. The two previous owners were dealerships. The exterior is the original Limelite Green with black side stripes and a black vinyl roof. The interior has been restored and in very good condition. There are bucket seats in the front and a bench seat in the back. It has a 904 Torqueflite transmission. The numbers matching engine has 38k miles. I have the original build sheet, window sticker, and all the papers that show which parts were rebuilt/replaced. The heat, a/c, radio, and rear defrost work. Looks good, runs good, and sounds good with no problems starting up.

Source: AutoTrader Classic

Found: 9/18/2009 (priced checked on 11/1)

Comments: I am not used to seeing prices go up on cars. Anyway, this is the body style i like for the 67-69 Barracudas. They just don't look as good as fastbacks to me.

1971 Pontiac Grand Prix - $14,900

Description: Original three owner CA car with 65,000 Miles. 400, TH400 auto, air, buckets. Car has recently gone though a professional strip to metal color change from Silver to White. Chrome is all in great shape including newly chromed rear bumper, emblems and rocker molding. New Vinyl top, front seats recovered and no cracks in entire interior. Other additions are electronic ignition and stock chrome valve covers. This is a great car and head turner.

Source: AutoTrader Classic

Found: 10/13/2009

Comments: The Grand Prix came before the Monte Carlos I like so much. Plus I learned to drive in a 76 Grand Prix. I like this car. Also some nice high resolution pictures.

1973 AMC Javelin - $9,950

Description: 2dr. hard top, all orig, outstanding surviving classic. Original rebuilt 360/4BL, fact. 4spd, ps, full gauges, 106k, fact. ac, Rally wheels, vinyl top, gorgeous orig. brown metallic finish, perfect orig. houndstooth int, no rust, 2-owner southern muscle car, detailed & ready to enjoy. I've had my fun, now it's your turn!

Source: Classic Car Values

Found: 10/13/2009

Comments: Here's another car when you go down the path less taken. This is one of those love it or hate it style of cars. I would consider it long before the Hornet above. In fact, it might make a neat old car to drive.