Classic Car Watch
Serious Choices

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.

April 1, 2012
By Scott Lewis

I am in the process of actively saving for a classic car. That means this column will be much less academic... and a realistic look for a classic car to purchase.

If you will recall... two years ago I told you that I separated from my wife. I finally got to the point where I am saving for a classic car. So it's time to revisit the list I create back then:

  • 1965-1968 Ford Mustang
  • 1970-1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  • 1965-1969 Chevrolet Corvair
  • 1967-1973 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 1968-1981 Chevrolet Corvette

I changed the order moving the Mustang to the top spot. I did that for 3 reasons, 1) I like them, 2) My youngest son likes them quite a bit, and 3) It will probably be the easiest to sell should the need arise (for college expenses).

I found 3 Split Bumper Camaros last month, so didn't try for a Camaro this month, but I found at least 1 f each of the others. I could not resist putting an extra two that were so good they would be backup cars if the first choice was not acceptable or available.

1964 Ford Mustang - $13,900

Description: 1964 and a half, original 260 V8, automatic transmission, power steering, magnum wheels, am/fm stereo, rust-free floors, straight body, nice chrome & stainless, runs & drives great.

Source: Old Town Automobile

Found: 3/10/2012

Comments: This car looks so clean I just love it. I also love the 260 V-8, to be different. And the 260 really does kind of prove the 64-1/2 thing. What could be better... if it had a two-tone black & white Pony interior. And I could see adding that to this car over time. I would eventually add A/C to it so I can enjoy cruising in the Texas heat.

1967 Ford Mustang Coupe -  $9,500

Description: This is a beautiful car. It is all original except for the fresh paint it has. The car has: Acapulco Blue paint, 87,000 miles on the speedo, was told it is original and by the looks it was a well kept and seldom driven car. 289, automatic, new tires, original hubcaps w/ pained rims to match car, clean chrome, original upholstery (one small area stitches coming apart), new gas tank. There are some small things that need to be done. It needs dash lights, new rear view mirror, both arm rests are splitting, back dash needs to be painted, the paint has a few barely noticeable blemishes. Still it's worthy of showing off. The car starts right up and is very fun to drive.

SourceCars On Line

Found: 3/7/2012

Comments: When they look good... I kind of prefer the 65-66 Mustangs. But I still like the 67-68. This one looks pretty clean, but the pictures are so low in resolution it really can't tell much. However, this car has two things in its favor... 1) the price is very nice for a driver/project car for me to work on with my son, and 2) it is located in Texas... so I could drive to see it easily and not have to worry about the cost of shipping it. The black Mustang above is in Maryland, and I would have to consider having it shipped.

1965 Corvair Monza Convertible $8,600

Description: This cool 1965 Corvair Monza Convertible is a smooth running car with a great look. The body is nice and straight with no big issues. It is coated in a Marina Blue that has a great shine outdoors. It looks great paired with the recently replaced Black convertible top that is in good condition. The top raises and lowers easily with no problems. The top seals as well as the door and window seals have all been gone through and replaced. The car has been upgraded with 14" SS Chevelle wheels that drastically improve the exterior look. The rear mounted 164cu 110 engine runs great with no problems. It was all rebuilt by a professional Corvair only mechanic a few years ago with only 700 miles since built. The whole system has been converted to use an electric fuel pump and Pertronix ignition system. The automatic Powerglide transmission shifts nice and smooth with no problems. The original AC vents are in place but are not currently working. The factory AC system has currently been disconnected for servicing.

Source: Classical Gas Motors

Found: 3/7/2012

Comments: I will most likely NOT get a convertible. But I can't deny that they have a strong appeal. As the description says... the wheels really do improve the overall look of the car. This car has the same two advantages as the blue Mustang above... price and location... in Texas. We will have to sort out that A/C, so expect a minimum of $1,000 to get it working (that's my standard anyway). But I think I could live with this car as-is once the A/C was working. There is a downside to this car... my son probably doesn't even know what it is. So it might be hard to get him excited about it. The price of this car almost had me call now... but I am about $4K short... and I don't have a garage to put it in yet.

1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - $13,000

Description: Chevy Monte Carlo. Green on green. Small block 350 Chevy engine with 95,000 original miles. Bucket seats, console, shifter on the console. Car was frame off restoration 5 years ago. New interior, new paint, new vinyl top. All new chrome, new brakes, new brake lines. Also new gas tank, sending units, straps. Too many new parts to list. Car has always been garage kept, 100% rust free car.

Source: Cars On Line

Found: 3/7/2012

Comments: I am a fan of the big Monte Carlo. This car looks good... and if it really did have a frame off restoration, it should be worth what they are asking.

1971 Chevrolet Corvette - $18,000

Description: Texas solid 1971 Corvette with matching numbers 350. Turbo automatic, PS, PDB, Power Windows, A/C. All working gauges (except clock), working Fiber Optics, factory AM/FM radio. Recent rebuild on engine and transmission, well maintained car, great for cruise nights and take on long trips also!!! No stress cracks on body, interior is in great condition, no disappointments here!

Source: Cars On Line

Found: 3/24/2012

Comments: The Corvette will be an easy sell to my son. He likes them a lot. Blue is my favorite color... and here we have a Chrome Bumper Corvette in blue for under $20,000... and located in Texas. This would get me to save my money longer. I hope I can find something at least this nice when I have this much money to spend.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette - $21,900

Description: 77K original miles, numbers matching 350/300 HP, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, factory cold A/C, power windows, tilt telescopic wheel, am/fm stereo with 10 disc C/D, rear window defogger, nice clean original car, drive anywhere.

Source: Old Town Automobile

Found: 3/10/2012

Comments: Here is a backup Blue Corvette. It cost over $20K, so that means saving for longer. I don't know if I will want to spend this much money on my "first" classic. By first... I mean that the next classic I get will hopefully be the first classic in my eventual collection.