Classic Car Watch
Late Model Muscle Cars... and One Oddball
|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.|
March 2, 2011
By Scott Lewis
I saw something that made me think of the Buick Regal T-Type, the turbo version from the mid 80's. So this month I decided to look for some... and came up empty. However, there are plenty Grand Nationals out there.
Of course, I could not leave that alone, I had to look at the other brands besides Buick. Oldsmobile had the Hurst/Olds version of the Cutlass, Chevrolet had the Monte Carlo SS and Pontiac had... well, let's say Pontiac did really do anything with its Grand Prix in those days. At least I could not find any. But in looking at Pontiacs of those years I came across a nice 1988 Fiero, so that will be the Pontiac representative in this groups of "late model" Muscle Cars.
1984 Buick Grand National - $10,995
Description: This Buick Grand National is one of only 2,000 produced in 1984 and as such is very rare. It was the only year w/leather seats and factory mag wheels. It has power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, tilt wheel, cruise, power driver's seat and power windows. Current mileage is 105K.
Source: Fabulous 50's Motor Car Company
Comments: On the day I was looking at these cars this car was affordable and looked better than most of them. So it is the only Grand National I am showing you. I wanted to do the same with all the other cars, but there was one that leaped out at me like this one does... especially at this price.
1983 Oldsmobile Hurst Olds - $13,500
Description: 1983 Hurst Olds, 305 Engine, Auto with 3 Shift Tranny, A/C, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Tilt, Nice Original Car, Shows 32k.
Source: RB Motors
Comments: I am starting with this Hurst/Olds for one simple reason... it is located in Texas. Otherwise this is just another Hurst/Olds. I do prefer the black over silver paint scheme to the silver over black. This one seems to have low mileage as an added incentive.
1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst/Olds - $10,900
Description: 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2, Hurst Oldsmobile, t-tops, 307 HO motor, Hurst Lighting Rods shifter, buckets console, power windows, power seat, power locks, steering, brakes, tilt wheel, super stock wheels, new tires, very original car, one repaint, 2 owner car. Last year made, 1 of 2500 built in the final year of production, fully serviced and ready to cruise or show!
Source: San Diego Classic & Muscle Cars
Comments: Here is a silver over black version. The interior looks pretty faded to me. I would need to see it in person to make a judgment call.
1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass - $6,995
Description: This 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass 2dr Hurst - Olds Coupe features a 5.0L V8 4BL OHV 8 cyl Gasoline engine. It is equipped with a 4 Speed Automatic transmission. The vehicle is Silver with a Burgundy Cloth interior. - - This Oldsmobile is in Excellent overall exterior condition, Excellent overall interior condition, Cloth seats - Cloth Interior Surface.
Source: WeBe Autos
Comments: This one is here because of the price. At this price it would be worth checking out.
1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass - $15,900
Description: 1983 Oldsmobile Hurst 442 ...... 15th anniversary model.....high quality black paint on a straight body. Correct stripes. Original .maroon interior looks new, bucket seats, console, 51,000 miles, original 307 olds high output engine, factory lighting rod shifters, power steering, power brakes, power locks, power seats, cruise control, factory air conditioning, new tires, original rims, this is car number 2017 out of a production of 3001 built. Runs and drives like new.
Source: Cool Cars
Comments: This one is here because the picture of the interior looked the best of anything else I saw. Maybe that's why it is priced higher than most.
1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - $13,995
Description: With only 49,253 documented original miles, this Monte Carlo is extremely clean from bumper to bumper and is a true survivor car from the 1980's. We have documentation on the car's entire history and we also have the original owner's manual and dealer paperwork. This car has only had three caring owners in it's life, all were from Georgia. The exterior is dressed in its factory white paint and still adorns the original SS stripe and emblem package. The flawless interior is wrapped in comfortable burgundy velour and vinyl, and with the original AM/FM/Cassette in the dash, the center console with shifter and the rally gauges with tach, you know you're sitting in an SS. Sitting on the stock SS Rally wheels and rolling on white letter radial tires, the stock numbers-matching 5.0L 305ci V8 has the pep that gets you where you need to go quickly. Power steering, power brakes, tilt steering wheel and A/C make this 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS a pleasure to drive.
Source: Streetside Classics
Comments: I am not a big fan of the white for these cars. But it looks like it is in great shape and worth a look.
1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - $9,500
Description: Immaculate, showroom condition, all original, garage kept, non-smoker, 2ND owner, new tires, runs and drives great, never seen snow, car cover, like new, 80,000 miles.
Source: AutoTrader Classic
Comments: I had to list this one because of the sub $10K price. On the plus side... it doesn't have t-tops. On the downside... it doesn't have buckets and a console.
1987 Monte Carlos SS - $6,995
Description: This 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2dr SS Coupe features a 5.0L V8 4BL OHV 8 cyl Gasoline engine. It is equipped with a 3 Speed Automatic transmission. The vehicle is Black with a Burgundy Cloth interior. - - This Chevrolet is in Excellent overall exterior condition, Excellent overall interior condition, Cloth seats - Cloth Interior Surface.
Source: WeBe Autos
Comments: Again... the price makes this car worth taking a look at.
1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - $11,950
Description: In 1987, the Areo coupe made up 6,052 of the 39,251 total super sports that were produced that year. This Aero coupe SS with Black Razor Sting Exterior and Maroon Cloth Interior is a real eye catcher. The engine is an all original 305 CD with a 4 speed automatic transmission. The car is equipped with P/S, P/B, A/C, P/W, Door Locks, Power Trunk, Tilt Wheel, Power Trunk, Tinted Glass, Cruise and a Cassette Player. The car also has Tri Duel Exhaust, and Original Wheels come with this car.
Source: Classic Auto Showplace
Comments: I am not a fan of the Aero Coupe. And I think the wheels are to bling for me. But those are 20" wheels with 245/35-20 tires. I guess I need to see this one in person. And it comes with the original wheels if you want to put them back on.
1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS - $13,900
Description: 52k documented miles, 305 HO, at, ice cold ac, T-tops,
buckets/console, loaded, All original paperwork, garaged since new,
Source: Just Muscle Cars
Comments: From the low resolution pictures this is my favorite Monte Carlo SS. I love the maroon exterior... when it is good condition. The pictures show a very shiny car. If it looks as good in person I would jump at this car.
1988 Pontiac Fiero - $5,000
Description: This Fiero Formula is a beautiful California bought car and has been meticulously cared for and garaged its entire life. It has won several Pontiac and Fiero only car shows. I purchased it in 1999 and am the 3rd owner. The prior two owners took great care to keep the car in top condition and garaged as well. The addition of the power windows and Mr. Mike s Leather seats were added by the prior owner. I also have the original cloth seats that can be put back on if desired. All scheduled maintenance has been done and has Ice cold A/C and warm heat. All maintenance records are available. The automatic transmission has been rebuilt about 5K miles ago. It has never seen snow, has no accidents, a non-smoker, and runs & drives great, Very clean interior as you can see, and well maintained. A beautiful show car, weekend car, or classic commuter car.
Source: AutoTrader Classic
Comments: I really like the Fiero. I bought my first new car in November 1988... and I did not try to get a Fiero since they stopped making them. I kind of regret that. The 88 model was the best of them. Now I could go back in time and try and enjoy one. The price of this car makes me want to call right now. I could see buying this car to have as a second car... while trading in my Mini Cooper S on an affordable sedan for the time when I need to carry more than two people.