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 3, 2012
By Scott Lewis

I bought my son a car. This means I no longer have any money saved for a classic... or anything else for that matter. This month I am going to show you a handful of cars I was considering before I bought my son his car.

I was looking at mostly Mustang and Corvettes. But there are a couple of curve balls below. This is not everything I was looking at. Just a couple of stand outs. It would take much to much space here to show all the mediocre Mustangs i was tracking on eBay and AutoTrader Classics.

Next month I will go back to looking at cars in general... until my savings account gets to a reasonable level.

1966 Ford Mustang - eBay

Description: Fast440 is pleased to offer this 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe. This example is Texas Solid, and has undergone a complete restoration in 2010 with receipts provided. A Very presentable car with nice paint, a completely restored interior, rebuilt 302 C.I.D. V-8 Engine and Automatic Transmission as well as other mechanicals such as Suspension, Fuel and the Braking System. Everything works as it should, and the car has excellent road manners. This is a Turn-Key Mustang Coupe that is ready to drive and enjoy right now.

Source: Fast440

Found: 4/15/2012

Comments: I saw this car listed and relisted on eBay, so I contacted the seller and asked what their reserve was for the car. They wanted $11,500 for it. I saw it stall on eBay twice for under $9,000. I seriously wanted this car. It would have made the perfect car for me to enjoy with my sons.

1968 Ford Mustang - $12,900

Description: Turquoise blue. All original survivor, 42K miles garage kept, original paint & interior, 289 V8, automatic trans, power steering, factory fog lamps & flip gas cap, rust free body & floors, drives like a new car.

Source: Old Town Automobile

Found: 3/10/2012

Comments: This car was not located in Texas, but I could not look past the 42K original miles. If I could have stretched my budget I would have giving this car serious consideration.

1975 Chevrolet Corvette - $12,500

Description: 4 Speed Manual Transmission - Rebuilt small block 350 with World Products Torqer S/R Heads. Motor estimated at 350 HP. Rebuilt motor only has 1,693 miles on it. 118,541 total miles on vehicle. - New 4 barrel Quadrajet carb - Magnaflow Mufflers, Convert to True Dual Exhaust with all new exhaust pipes (2 inch) - New Radiator, Fan Shroud, Fan and Cond. Coil - Edelbrock Waterpump - Edelbrock Aluminum Intake - Edelbrock Valve Covers - Hi Perf. Accel Distributer, All New Plug Wires & Plugs - Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch - Throwout Bearing & Machine Work to Turn Factory Flywheel - Thermostat Housing, Thermostat, Hi Perf Fuel Pump - Engine Dressup Chrome Parts - Custom Chrome Work for Stock Air Cleaner - 4 New Tires, Goodrich Radial T/A - 4 KYB Gas-a-just Shocks - K & N Filter - New Ball Joints, Bushings , Tie rods - Door panels replaced a few years ago. Drivers seat has tear in the leather. - Also have new factory floor mats, door sill plates, and new car cover. Have receipts for all items listed above. Also have stock numbers matching original running motor with 116,000 miles.

Source: AutoTrader Classics

Found: 5/12/2012

Comments: The car has a lot of modifications. But it looked so nice in the pictures and was located close enough by it would be no trouble taking a look at it.

1981 Chevrolet Corvette - $10,898

Description: L81, 4 Speed, both tops, very original, 84,312 miles. 350 CU V8 - Red cloth interior, recent repaint, two tone exterior, no signs of repair or damage. Runs and drives great.

Source: Sovereign Auto Group

Found: 3/7/2012

Comments: I watched this car for over a couple of months. Then gave up watching. As I wrote this up... I see the car is still for sale. When I first saw it in March they were asking $10,898. Then they increased the price to $11,300 around May. Now in July they are asking $12,400. No wonder it is not sold... they are raising the price and not lowering it.

I really love this two tone paint scheme from the Corvettes of these years. This car would be perfect if it where two tone blue, which a blue interior.

1980 Chevrolet Corvette - $8,500

Description: All scheduled maintenance, Custom Wheels, Ice cold A/C, Looks & runs great, Low mileage, Rebuilt Engine & Transmission, Non-smoker, Performance tires, Very clean interior, Well maintained, Must See.

Source: AutoTrader Classic

Found: 5/12/2012

Comments: In a different interior picture the steering wheel hub looked weird. Almost like he cut the horn/hub off the original wheel and glued it onto the custom wheel. Other than that I liked it. The pictures sucks, but nothing here tells me to run. At this price & located in Texas I wanted to take a look.

1986 Ford Mustang SVO - eBay - Winning Bid $5,000

Description: 1986 Mustang SVO 127695 miles Two sets of SVO wheels, one set polished with Azenis RT 615's and one set of unpolished wheels. The paint is showing the car has been driven regularly, but it still shines up nice and fun on cruises, events, etc. The interior is in very good shape overall but the dash did crack from the TX heat and the driver's seat has a little wear. The steering wheel and horn pad are new. Engine has been freshened up and World Class T5 transmission rebuilt at the same time (over last summer/fall) (both out of a 1987Turbo Coupe).

Source: eBay Motors

Found: 5/20/2012

Comments: The description was more in-depth than I copied here. I didn't copy it beyond the replaced engine from a Thunderbird. So this is not an original SVO. But at the price I think this could have made a fun Mustang to play around with... and it is a SVO Mustang. So at least it is different form all the other Mustangs out there.

1989 Mercedes Benz 560 SL - $8,500

Description: Beautiful Car! Must see this well- equipped 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster its in excellent shape. Hard Top and Retractable Soft Top in great condition. We've always kept this car garaged and covered. Very nice black/tan interior, with new wood burl and leather seats. Car runs great and has always been serviced at the Mercedes dealership. Equipped with Upgraded Kenwood CD system with external connector for your music device/phone. Infinity speakers, Power Windows/ Locks, Power Mirror Adjustment, Car Cover, New tires, always serviced at dealership.

Source: eBay Motors

Found: 4/18/2012

Comments: I don't remember how I stumbled on this car. But is was a "buy it now" car on eBay. When I first saw it it was listed for $9,500. I thought I would love to take a look and bring $8,000 in cash with me to make an offer. Then the time ran out on the eBay ad. Then it came up again for $9,000. Then a few days later it was lowered to $8,700. After it ran out it was relisted for $8,500.

I am a fan of the "Bobby Ewing" SL-Class cars. I remember the character drove a red SL in the TV series Dallas in the 70s. More important... to me... so did Lee Majors in The Six Million Dollar Man (though his was not red). Those two shows burned the image of this car into my memory forever. So I like them.

1967 Volkswagen Beetle - $9,500

Description: Original owner, 96,266 miles. Restored in 1988. Approximately 1000 miles since restoration: new engine- 1600cc, Engle 110 cam, dual Dellorto carbs, S&S Rally headers. All scheduled maintenance , Always garaged, in storage, or covered. Custom EMPI wheels. Looks & runs great , Must see , Upgraded sound system , Very clean interior , No accidents , Never seen snow.

Source: AutoTrader Classic

Found: 5/12/2012

Comments: If what they said was true... 96K original miles & 1000 miles since 1988... I really like this car. I would have to do research on Bugs before I went to look at it. I was interested.

1968 Mustang Coupe - $11,500

Description: 1 owner original California car. Comes with original sales receipt! This cool 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe is in great condition and drives out very well. The body is laser straight and is damage free. The car has a fresh coat of paint done to match the original Blue color once found on the car. The car is powered down the road by an original style 302 V8 that starts and runs with no issues. The motor is mated up to a C4 automatic transmission which is standard for most of these old Mustangs. There are drum brakes on all 4 which stop the car with no problems, nice and straight. And it is an ease to drive with power steering. This car is done in all Black and is fitted with the rare original factory bench seat.

Source: Classic Gas Motors

Found: 3/7/2012

Comments: This was a nice clean Mustang located in Texas. The original style motors means it is not the original motor. At this price I was not concerned with numbers matching. I really like the general appearance.