Classic Car Watch
Plain Jane

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.

February 1, 2012
By Scott Lewis

This month I was inspired by a sleeper Chevelle. It was plain as could be on the outside. I had me notice a few more, so here we have a group of cars that would have been walked right past 40 years ago.

Today... we call them classics.

1967 Ford Mustang - $15,995

Description: V8 with Factory A/C and only 34,206 actual miles!! 289 V8, automatic, factory A/C, original AM radio, all original, repainted original color in 2001. Serviced regularly, new battery, new power brake booster and extra parts.

Source: Play Toys

Found: 12/22/2011

Comments: I love this. A very low mileage car at an affordable price. This is about as plain as a Mustang can get... short of one with a 6 cylinder under the hood. It is so plain. But the 34K miles really pulls at my heartstrings.

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle - $16,900

Description: Here we have a very nice Tahoe Turquoise 1967 Chevelle, equipped with a 327 small block V8 engine, Edelbrock 4 barrel carburetor, headers, dual exhaust, power steering, manual brakes, turbo 350 transmission and a 12 bolt rear end. Body is super solid and straight, with no rust bubbles anywhere. Paint is a few years old, but still looks great and is very shiny. Interior is older, but still shows well and looks very nice. This car runs and drives great.

Source: Atlas Muscle Cars

Found: 12/6/2011

Comments: This car was the inspiration for this month's list. I saw this and thought of it as a totally Plain Jane car. One that could be a cool sleeper Muscle Car. I love the exterior. The dog dish hub caps make for a great look. A total stripper of a car. Perfect for a little drag action. The gold interior... well that might have to go some day.

1968 Chevrolet Chevelle 396 Post - $13,900

Description: 1968 Chevelle 396, Rare 2dr post, Built 396, auto, power steering, Baby moons with redline tires, Excellent condition!

Source: Just Muscle Cars

Found: 12/22/2011

Comments: Now we really are talking sleeper with a 396 big block under the hood. And this is a post car... as apposed to a Hardtop. It just doesn't get much plainer than this.

1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - $13,995

Description: This 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2 Door Hardtop has a 350c.i. 4BBL (#s Match) V8, Automatic Turbo 350 (#s Match) Transmission, 12 Bolt Rear w/ 2.73 Gear Ratio, P. Steering, P. Disc Brakes, Nice Chrome, Factory Air Conditioning, AM/FM/8-Trac, Black Vinyl Interior, Seat Belts, Black Vinyl Halo Roof, Dual Exhaust, Correct Classic White Exterior (Paint Code-10), Engine Chrome Dress-Up, Rally Wheels w/ Radial Tires, Dual Outside Rearview Mirrors, Owners Manuals, Appears to have Original Fenders, Quarters, & Floors, Build Sheet, Lots of Documentation, Protect-O-Plate, Bill of Sale, Fine Example of a Classic Very Correct Monte Carlo!!

Source: FastLane Classic Cars

Found: 12/21/2011

Comments: I have looked over all the pictures of this car on their web site. I can't find anything wrong with it. I want it... bad. Sure it could have bucket seats and a console. Sure it could have a big block and power windows. I don't care. This car looks so clean I want it... now! Why am I so poor?

1973 Dodge Challenger - $20,900

Description: With Its Highly Individualized Style, Acceleration And Road Handling Ability The Challenger Was One Fun Car To Drive And Be Seen In! Driven By An All New Mopar Performance 360 - 4 bbl Engine With J Heads, 727 Automatic Transmission With 2200 Stall, Power Steering, Power Disc Brakes, Air Conditioning, 3.90 Gear Posi Rear End, Dual Chrome Side Mirrors With Drivers Remote, Fender Mounted Turn Signal Indicators, AM/FM 8 Track Radio - Great Looking Gold Metallic Paint With Black Vinyl Top And Black Bucket Seat Interior.

Source: Midwest Car Exchange

Found: 1/27/2012

Comments: This is above my normal price range. But Challengers are typically expensive. This one being $21,000 tells you two things. 1) The market has softened a bit from the crazy days (good for all of us enthusiasts), and 2) This Challenger is about as plain a Challenger can get. And I like it!

1971 Plymouth Duster - $10,990

Description: This sporty blue Duster comes to us from it’s 3rd owner who has owned it for the last 35 years! It is equipped with the bulletproof slant 6 engine. The odometer reads 85,000 miles and according to the owner it has only spun over once . Do the math and you get a very nice un-molested Duster with tons of curb appeal. The vinyl top and interior are all original and the car was painted sometime in the 1990s.

Source: Specialty Sales Classic Cars

Found: 1/27/2012

Comments: Now we are talking plain... to include the most plain engine. A Slant 6. These engines are virtually bulletproof. This is a time capsule car. Or a car begging for a V-8 and some attitude.