Classic Car Watch
Hot Rod Power Tour Possibilities

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.

June 3, 2013
By Scott Lewis

I just went to see the start of the 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour. I took my youngest son (15) and we both liked it a lot. We want to do it. I don't have a cool old Hot Rod, so I did a fast search on AutoTrader Classic and found these cars.

My search was very simple: 1965-1972, $14-17K. That's it. Over 300 cars came up. I briefly looked at 15 of those cars only because the thumbnail image caught my eye. Nothing more. I wanted a car I would like on the Power Tour. I deliberately did not look at Mustangs. I know... I like Mustangs, and my son would just assume I get one. But that's too easy.

I decided to narrow the 15 cars down to the 5 you see below. Enjoy!

1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - $16,995

Description: Just two owners from new, Refinished in the original Code 58 Autumn Gold. The chrome is excellent, and the black vinyl roof looks almost new with no signs of age and certainly no rust underneath. The bucket seats flank a center console fitted with GM's famous horseshoe shifter. The steering wheel is showing its age with a few cracks, but things like the dash pad, instruments, and door panels are original pieces in remarkably good shape. Cold A/C, AM/FM/CD stereo system (admittedly aftermarket), and plush carpets that keep the interior suitably quiet. Original and unmodified 350, this smooth-running power plant is ideal for the Monte Carlo's personality. Plenty of power for spinning all the power accessories, including a brand new A/C compressor converted to use R134a refrigerant. It appears to be wearing original Chevy Orange paint, although the Z/28-style valve covers and open-element air cleaner are obvious changes. It's linked to a TH350 3-speed automatic, and as a full-sized car, it got a 12-bolt rear for durability. This one has an awesome stance, too, a look enhanced by the factory Rally wheels wearing 225/70/15 Dunlop radials.

Source: Streetside Classics

Found: 6/3/2013

Comments: Perfect! I love this body style, and it really looks good with a black vinyl roof. That fact the car has cold A/C and a console just make it perfect to start cruising... in next year's Hot Rod Power Tour.

1969 Pontiac GTO - $16,900

Description: Barn find!!!!! Great original car in and out....... Just 84,267 Miles.....numbers matching Motor.....Trans & Rear..... this is rare find!!! 1969 GTO Hard Top with the ORIGINAL!! 400 Engine WT Code and four speed trans..... Power disc brakes, Power steering, 355 Posi rear.........Gold with a Gold interior and it's ORIGINAL!!! looks and runs great solid floors and trunk.....needs some quarter panel and front fender lowers need repair, panels that will be included........ some other minor metal work to make it perfect. The interior need front seat covers and rugs need replacing...........other the that it's a great Barn find.

Source: WeBe Autos

Found: 6/3/2013

Comments: I love this. I just want to leave it as is and drive it with all the patina intact. In the long run... I think that is exactly what I would want... leave the patina, but tweak the car. Add A/C, and bolt on a bunch of basic suspension and brake upgrades so it handles like a new car... but still looks like an old POS GTO. My only concern... the seats. Do I just duct tape them or fix them. Patina is nice... but not at the sacrifice of comfort.

1967 - Chrysler Newport - $15,995

Description: This 1967 Chrysler Newport 2 Door Hardtop has a 383c.i. 4BBL 325 H.P. V8 (Engine Code-H), Automatic Transmission (Trans Code-5), Factory Rear Axle, P. Steering, P. Brakes, P. Locks, Factory Air Conditioning, Bench Seat w/ Folding Armrest, Seat Belts, AM Thumb Dial Radio w/ Aftermarket AM/FM/CD Under Dash, Tinted Windows, Remote Outside Mirror, Black Vinyl Top, Correct Daffodil Yellow (Paint Code RR-1), Correct Black Vinyl Interior (Trim Code (E5X), Steel Wheels w/ Beauty Rings and Spinner Hubcaps, Fender Skirts, Spare & Jack, Owners Manual, Great Driving Rare Collector Car! Beautifully Maintained Classic Chrysler Newport!!

Source: Fast Lane Classic Cars

Found: 6/3/2013

Comments: This is another case of "I don't know why I like this car." If it did not have A/C I would pass. It just looks cool... in a way I can't quite explain in words.

1972 Chevrolet Chevelle - $14,950

Description: 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Sport Coupe 2dr hardtop, only 49k documented miles, life long no rust ever, eastern dry Colorado beauty! Even have original window sticker and other documents. True survivor with correct show finish, black correct SS stripes, brand new black vinyl top, original rebuilt 350/4bl with receipts approximately 250 hp. Factory highway gear for cruising and good MPG. Everything rebuilt R134 cold factory air conditioning, factory headers and flow master exhaust, new shocks, new American racing wheels on 15" radials.

Source: Midwest Wholesale Auto & Classics

Found: 6/3/2013

Comments: Here is one of those cars I just can't tell you why I like it... even over other Chevelles. I just plain like the color combination here, and the 50K documented original miles and A/C are big pluses for me.

1968 - Pontiac Firebird - $14,000

Description: This car is a definite must see. Looks and runs great. Interior and exterior restored to original color - dark green exterior, ivy gold interior, black vinyl roof. 350 engine, two speed automatic transmission with lots of pep. Very smooth riding car. Back seat folds down, a very unique feature. Clean and maintained - ready to drive. Spare tire in trunk, original hub caps available.

Source: AutoTrader Classics

Found: 6/3/2013

Comments: Here is another case of I jut like it... with little reason. And I am a Camaro fan long before a Firebird fan. But the color and factory Rallye wheels are pulling me in.