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Classic Car Watch
It's The Wheels

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.

January 1, 2010
By Scott Lewis

I am spending the first three months of 2010 cleaning house. If you read this column regularly you know I look around the Internet for ads of classic cars. I take the ones I like, and fit some theme, and list them here.

January - For this month's list I let myself be taken in by appearances. All the cars here look good because of the wheels. On many Chevys I like the factory Rallye wheels.

February - I have been collecting ads of resto-mods. These are classic cars with modern drive trains and other upgrades. It took a while to find enough for a column of their own, but next month's cars will be all resto-mods as defined by running fuel injected motors.

March - March is truck month. I don't do trucks much because, well... I am a car guy. But I can't help resist the temptation of a V-8 powered, rear wheel drive vehicle at an affordable price.

On with the wheels...


1970 Chevrolet Chevelle - $13,900

Description: You are viewing a 1970 Chevelle SS clone. This car has a great running 350, AC, power steering, power brakes, automatic transmission, Rallye wheels, SS stripes, SS cowl hood, and more. It runs and drives great. Interior is in excellent original condition as well.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 12/13/2009

Comments: This is probably my favorite car this month. For a number of reasons. First, I used to own a 70 Chevelle. Second, this car would be as plain and worthless as any used car fodder 30 years ago. But, put a nice set of Rallye wheels and some SS stripes on the car and suddenly it looks like a Muscle Car. It's that simple.


1964 Chevrolet Nova - $11,900

Description: You are viewing a 1964 Chevrolet Nova 2 door hardtop. This car is in great condition with a great running 1965 283, aluminum intake with 4v carb, automatic transmission, vintage torque thrust D wheels, manual brakes, and more. The interior has been redone and is in excellent condition. Body is straight with nice paint and in solid condition. It runs great and drives excellent.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 10/25/2009

Comments: If this car was not resale red and did not have those wheels it would be the most plain car out of the sixties. It is amazing the transformation a nice set of wheels can make.


1964 Ford Galaxie 500 - $13,900

Description: You are viewing a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500. This car is factory A-code Raven Black, has a great running 390 big block, 4 speed transmission, nice red interior, magnum 500 wheels, original spare and jack and more. This car is super solid with a straight body. The interior is in excellent shape and the color combo really turns heads. It runs and drives great with excellent power.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 10/25/2009

Comments: nice wheels... make for a nice look.


1965 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 - $14,900

Description: You are viewing a 1965 Impala SS 427 4 speed car. This car has a great running big block, 4 speed Muncie transmission, bucket seats with console, power brakes, power steering, black vinyl top, and more. This is a great running/driving car with lots of power. The body is solid with a very very straight body. Here is a chance to own a real impala SS for a great price.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 12/13/2009

Comments: Big car with a big engine and a 4 speed. Cool. And it has nice wheels.


1966 Chevy El Camino - $15,995

Description: Has Chip Foose paint scheme with 17" Torque Thrust wheels. This is a California truck and is clean inside and out. New Sony CD AM/FM stereo with remote. El Camino has 327CI backed by 350 auto transmission. This truck looks good and is ready to roll. You won't find a nicer looking El Camino at a better price!

Source: Gateway Classic Cars

Found: 6/28/2009

Comments: I know this one is old (found over 6 months ago), but it was still for sale when I compiled this list just before Christmas.


1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Convertible - $8,900

Description: You are viewing a 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S convertible. This car has a great running 350, automatic transmission, power brakes, power steering , AC, torque thrust D wheels and more. It runs and drives great with plenty of power. The body is solid with driver quality paint. Interior looks to be original and still shows very well. This is a great, affordable convertible for an excellent price.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 12/13/2009

Comments: Nice set of aftermarket wheels makes this plain Cutlass look muscular. The A/C will come in handy when it too hot to put the top down... and it gets too hot here in South Central Texas.


1969 Chevrolet Caprice 427 - $12,900

Description: You are viewing a matching numbers 1969 Chevrolet 427 Caprice. This car comes with original protect-o-plate, matching numbers 427, hide away lights, AC, power windows, power steering, power disc brakes, and more. This car runs and drives great with lots of power. The body is solid with no rust issues. This is a rare car so don't miss out.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 10/25/2009

Comments: PS... check, PDB... check, PW... check, A/C... check, Protect-O-Plate... check, 427 Big Block... CHECK! And don't forget those Rallye wheels.


1970 Chevrolet Corvette - $15,900

Description: You are viewing a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette. This car has the original matching #s engine, 300hp-350, automatic transmission, tilt wheel, T-tops, correct 8 inch rallye wheels, factory Tach, power brakes, power steering, and more. It runs an drives great, all of the gauges/lights work as they should. The frame is solid, the car has a new exhaust as well. Interior is in excellent condition for being almost all original. Body and paint are nice driver quality and shows very well. This car is finished in its factory paint code #986 Cortez silver and code #400 Black vinyl.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 9/6/2009

Comments: This is where I remember Rallye wheels coming from. When I first got into cars these were Corvette wheels. And they look good on a Vette.


1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS - $13,900

Description: You are viewing a real 1971 Chevelle SS that is documented by a build sheet. This car has a great running 350, automatic transmission, factory AC (needs compressor), console bucket seats, power disc brakes, power steering, and more. The car runs and drives great. The body is solid with driver paint. Interior is also in nice condition with new door panels.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 11/1/2009

Comments: They claim this to be a real SS. I thought the SS came with the 396 engine in 71. You know what this means... research. Research this car before buying it. But it is not here because it is an SS, it is here for the same reason all these cars are here this month... the wheels. These are factory wheels, but they look cool, and help make the look of the car.


1972 Chevrolet Chevelle - $14,900

Description: You are viewing a 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Heavy Chevy. This rare car has a great running 350, 4 speed transmission, black bucket seat interior, SS wheels, power steering, power disc brakes, black SS stripes, and more. It runs and drives great with the transmission shifting very smoothly. The body is solid, straight and has nice paint.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 12/14/2009

Comments: I originally saw this car in September listed for $16,900. In December it was still for sale at $14,900. Nice wheels... and a 4 speed too.


1972 Chevrolet Nova - $12,850

Description: 83,390 stated actual miles, 350 CID V-8, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, and much more!

Source: Classic Auto Showplace

Found: 9/20/2009

Comments: Here we show again was just a set of aftermarket wheels can do to an otherwise plain car.

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