Classic Car Watch
Two Texas Pony Cars

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.

November 1, 2011
By Scott Lewis

Last month I told you I was going to start taking this column more seriously. At that time I was doing a contract job in my spare time, and was hoping to buy a classic in the Summer 2012. Unfortunately, the contract was cancelled.

I am going to try and keep this column serious... meaning the cars presented here will be cars I would go visit on a weekend because I really would need to see them in person to make a choice about buying them.

I may give that up if the contract does not get started again, but my current intentions to to show more cars from Texas (easy to visit) and more cars that really attract my eye.

This month I find a near perfect (to me) Mustang.

1966 Ford Mustang - $17,500

Description: It is a good looking car in a beautiful Emberglo hue. Burnt Orange is what you would call it. It looks fantastic with the contrasting Parchment Pony interior. The VIN tells us it is a C code original 289 V-8 car with a 2 barrel carburetor. That carb has been replaced with a 4 barrel unit atop a Ford cast iron manifold. The motor runs strong and has dual exhaust. A GT-350 style export brace and shock tower brace were installed for strength. This car has the 289 Hi-Po badges on the fender. GT light bar, and 68/69 GT color coded styled steel wheels but it is not a GT. The good news is this car has a 4 speed. That makes for fun driving and it shifts very smoothly. The interior is very nice with the aforementioned deluxe Pony interior, gauge package, aftermarket digital radio, full console, and newer vinyl fabrics. There is a small hole in the driver seat about the size of the end of a pen. Overall the interior shows very nicely.

Source: Street Dreams

Found: 10/2/2011

Comments: I have briefly mention this in the past... Emberglo is my favorite of the "unusual" colors the Mustang was available with in the 60's. I also like the near white "parchment" interior. If you look at the interior picture above, you will see that the open door's panel is almost white. But the seats look tan. I think this is a problem with the photo. If you look at the passenger door... it's panel is tan in the picture, but it is close to white as well (I saw it in another picture on their site). This tells me that in person those seats are the near white parchment as well. That is exactly the color combination I like for the earliest of Mustangs (65-66). The only thing that could be better would be if the seats were two-tone Emberglo/Parchment.

I was very close to taking a drive out to Fredericksburg this month to get a closer look. Unfortunately, the car sold. Oh well, the contract is on hold... indefinitely. So it would have been a fruitless endevour.

1974 Plymouth Barracuda - $15,999

Description: This Mopar E-Body has driver quality white paint over a green interior. It is powered by the bulletproof 318 V-8 engine backed by a 727 Torqueflight automatic transmission. All the important extras to enjoy weekend drives are here... power steering, power brakes and air conditioning. Unfortunately, the A/C is not working. Everything else works... and it has a nice set of Rallye wheels to give it that Muscle Car look.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 10/30/2011

Comments: It is rare that I find nice Mopar's at reasonable prices. This is not a Cuda, but a plain Barracuda. Perfect for us. To make this car more appealing we need to provide a little interior TLC. I show the driver's door panel above. The passenger's door panel was perfect looking. SO we need to restore or replace this panel. Next up is to get the A/C working. Finally... I would remove the pinstripes that are on the car and I would add the "billboard" graphics on the rear quarter panels... with 383 on them. So what if it is not a 383 car... maybe it still looks cool.