Classic Car Watch
|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.|
July 4, 2011
By Scott Lewis
This month I just want to list a couple of cars that I would not normally go looking for. I stumbled on them while browsing some dealer web sites. Sometimes this is the best way to find an interesting car. And it can be a way to find a good deal on a car that is less popular.
1966 Plymouth Satellite - $9,999
Description: 360 ci V-8 engine, 727 automatic
transmission, A/C (not working), 14 inch Magnum 500 wheels, power
steering, manual brakes, 8 3/4 rear end.
Source: Harwell Motors
Comments: I actually have seen this car on Harwell's site for a while longer than the date above. I blew it off... because I usually don't like Mopars before 1968. But this car keeps calling out to me. I could really see driving this to the cruise scenes. My old President would get a kick out of it since he has a 67 Coronet R/T. Definitely get the A/C working on this car.
1962 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport - $19,900
Description: Matching Number 283 With Weiand Intake
And Edelbrock 4 Barrel Carb. Turbo 350 Automatic Transmission. Power
Steering And Power Brakes. Beautiful Tuxedo Black Exterior Finish With
Excellent Chrome And Stainless. Immaculate Stock Red Super Sport Bucket
Seat Interior With B&M Quick Silver Shifter. AM-FM-CD Sound System In
The Glove Box And Original AM Radio Still Works Great. 16" Chromed
American Torque Thrust II Wheels With New Toyo Radials. Nicely Detailed
Engine And Trunk Areas. Ready to Show Or Drive Anywhere.
Source: Memory Lane Motors
Comments: This is a little out of my normal price range, but I really like the car. I remember the first car show I ever went to, The Street Machine Nationals East, in upstate New York the summer of 1984. There was a 65 Bel Air in the parking lot of the motel I stayed at in this exact color combination. I talked with the owner and he found the car as-is and was enjoying it a lot. Granted... in 84 he paid $2,500 for his. So this is a hell of a price increase. But in the grand scheme of things... this is not that expensive when you think about it. It is still a good deal cheaper than most new cars. And it is going up in value. If slowly. I just can't get it out of my head.
1969 Pontiac Firebird - $19,900
Description: Beautiful bright red paint, new black
vinyl interior, 400 ci engine, Edelbrock 4 bbl with electric choke,
Edelbrock Performer aluminum intake, headers, chrome breather & valve
covers, Accel electronic distributor, power steering, 400 turbo-hydramatic
transmission, bucket seats, factory wood grain console, factory dash,
Sun Pro tach, Kenwood am-fm-cd with remote, GM seat belts, new sill
plates, new 2 ½” dual exhaust, factory 10 bolt rear end, new 255/45/17
rear tires, 235/45/17 fronts, new 17” black Torque Thrust wheels, new
chrome & stainless, Ready to Cruise!
Source: Southern Motors
Comments: Although the Firebird is not for from a mainstream classic, I would not have found this if I was not just browsing the dealer's site. I like the overall look. I could drive this car as-is with the sole addition of air conditioning.
1972 Dodge Dart Swinger - $17,900
Description: Clean Virginia car, beautiful factory
F3 green metallic paint, black striping, two tone green vinyl interior,
matching numbers 318 ci engine, factory Carter 2 bbl, factory intake &
exhaust manifolds, factory breather & valve covers, power steering,
factory air conditioning, electronic ignition, Mopar radiator with
shroud, automatic transmission, factory bench seat, factory dash &
gauges, JVC am-fm-cd, remote mirror, Flowmaster dual exhaust with chrome
tips, factory rear end, 215/65/15 BF Goodrich Radial TA tires, factory
15” Rally wheels, factory jack with spare, sport hood, fender mount turn
signals, original fender tag & broadcast sheet, 75,000 actual miles, One
Source: Southern Motors
Comments: This car appeals to me because of how original it is. It is very clean and unmolested. I really like that.
1969 Dart Swinger - $11,950
Description: A very nice color combination on this
340 swinger, the exterior is bronze with with a black vinyl top, and it
sports a black "bumble bee" stripe. There are simulated intake ports on
the hood, and Crager chrome wheels finish the exterior. The interior has
a black vinyl bench seat and on column automatic shift. The engine is
the original 340 matched with the Torque Flight 3 speed automatic
transmission. Factory options include front disc brakes. Upgrades
include new 3:55 positraction rear end, 2.5" exhaust, new radiator,
water pump, master cylinders, MSD ignition, radial TA's, CD Player,
Source: Classic Auto Showplace
Comments: Another Dart Swinger. This one is much more affordable and has a 340 engine. I would like to see this one and the one above side by side.