Classic Car Watch
Are These Classics?

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.

January 7, 2014
By Scott Lewis

What makes a car a classic. As I learned it years ago it was a car that was 25 years old.

Over time that distinction as changed. For instance, the Classic Car Club of America defines it as "A CCCA Classic is a 'fine' or 'distinctive' automobile, either American or foreign built, produced between 1925 and 1948. Other factors, including engine displacement, custom coachwork and luxury accessories, such as power brakes, power clutch, and 'one-shot' or automatic lubrication systems, help determine whether a car is considered a Classic."

Many states legally define a car as a classic at 20 or 25 years, for registration purposes.

With the vagueness of these, I am going to stick to the 25 years definition for now. I vaguely recall seeing a TV show reporting a high end car show, and saying how a Gremlin would be eligible the following year, due to the 25 year rule. Obviously, that show was on TYV a long time ago, but it stuck with me for all these years. I wish I could remember what car show it was talking about.

Using the 25 year rule, that means that any car from 1989 is a classic. Or is it? Below are cars I found over the last few months for sale... all 1989 vintage automobiles. To make it interesting... I tried to find two examples of each car... one with the lowest mileage I could find, and one that seemed like the best compromise between price and mileage, should you be thinking about getting a affordable "classic."

Are they classics? You decide!

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL - $18,500

Mileage: 42,000

Description: A/C ice cold, All scheduled maintenance, All records, Always garaged, Custom wheels, Excellent condition, Fully loaded with all the goodies, Looks & drives great, Must see, Never seen snow, No accidents, Non-smoker, Seats like new, Title in hand, Very clean interior, Well maintained. I bought this car from Arizona. I've owned it for the past eight years. I have title in hand. It has never seen rain or snow, and has been stored in a heated/cooled garage. It is original down to the cassette player, first aid kit (which has never been opened), and tool kit. It is a true two seater. I installed a new soft top 4 years ago. I have the matching hard top and it has rear defrost. The wood grain is burlwood. It is truly a must see.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: I truly consider this a classic myself. This is the last year for this body style for the SL. It goes back to 1972. This was the lowest mileage example I came across. And the price seems reasonable to me.

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL - $14,500

Mileage: 62,898

Description: Brand New Arrival! PRISTINE classic is sitting proudly on our showroom floor in fantastic condition. This 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible has been extraordinarily well-cared for and includes the optional hard top as well. This was the last model year for the 560 SL. They made this body style from 1972 - 1989, making it the longest manufactured line in history. That's right, you can own a piece of history! There might be others out there, but it would be tough to find one this nice. Equipped with the . . No . . ARMED with the 5.6 liter V8 engine and a four speed automatic transmission, this bad boy is ready to hit the open road for a long distance trip or the inner-city to just strut a little. Either way you'll travel in style and substance. The paint looks great! The leather is stellar. The seat perforations are standing tall and aren't matted down, each line of stitching clearly defined. The rear seat and trunk are lined with alcantara that is absolutely beautiful and has no signs of wear at all. The car has just been preserved excellent. We hold a clean title that shows previously salvaged when new on the CarFax, which is sort of misleading. There is no history of damage, flood or fire. There are no records of accidents or anything else. Please contact our sales department for details.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: Looks good to me. A nice discount for the mileage. I saw a lot of these in the $12k - $16k range with under 100k miles. So shop around.

1989 Mercedes-Benz 300CE - $8,950

Mileage: 33,660

Description: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Coupe 2D. 33,660 original miles, $8,950.00, 6-Cyl. 103 / 4 stroke engine, gasoline injection, bore 82.93mm, stroke 80.25mm. 158 horse power. Clean, one-owner, A/C ice cold, always garaged, excellent condition, looks & drives great, Las Vegas car, never seen snow, no accidents, non-smoker, sheepskin covered seats, title in hand, well maintained. Sunroof for evening drives. Looks like just left the showroom floor.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: I am assuming those sheepskin seat covers are covering perfect seats. Otherwise run from this car.

1989 Mercedes-Benz 300CE - $8,995

Mileage: 88471

Description: Bright Red on Grey Interior, LOW 88K Miles, Automatic Transmission, New Alloys, Power Windows, Clean Carfax, Part of a well maintained collection.

Source: Reina International Auto

Found: 8/23/2013

Comments: Much prettier than  the boring beige one above. I would take this one even at the same price. Hey, its color is "resale red." I do not consider this car a classic, but I like it and could see getting one as a part time driver. Could be interesting.

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC - $13,777

Mileage: 58,737

Description: "ONE OWNER - ONE OF A KIND - YOU WILL NOT FIND ANOTHER ONE LIKE THIS - METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED - LIKE NEW - SHOW ROOM CONDITION - LOW 58K MILES. In back of the traditional land, sea and sky emblem, 300 German Thoroughbreds are harnessed. (*** Unharness at your own discretion - owner assumes no liability ***) Form followed function with this vehicle. Nothing was imprecise. Nothing. On the Autobahn they referred to it as "The Porsche Hunter." This particular vehicle is rare. Not only were only 5,000 produced at a cost of $100,000, but it has only 58k miles. It's rust free, accident free and at this price - just about free. It oozes wealth and is a symphony of engineering, craftsmanship and styling that makes driving an absolute pleasure. It puts you in another world.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: I did not look hard for these. This one seemed nice enough to cover the model. Is it a classic. Maybe, I don't know. What I do know is I really liked them when new, and could consider adding one to my collection... if ever I really start a collection.

1989 BMW 635CSI Coupe - $29,500

Mileage: 46,000

Description: The BMW 635 roots date back to the high-performance CS coupes of the late Sixties, which combined open-greenhouse styling with powerful SOHC engines for blistering performance that earned the marquee numerous national and world championships. This loaded, impeccably maintained, 1989 635 CSI coupe came to us from a private collection in Florida. It features a fuel-efficient Bosch Motronic fuel-injected SOHC inline-6 cylinder motor, factory-rated at 215 HP and 224 lb/ft of torque, in a nicely detailed engine bay. It is backed by a 4-speed automatic transmission. The Alpine White paint is complemented by black leather, heated, quad bucket seat interior, a power sun roof, and BMW well-conceived instruments and controls. With just over 46,000 believed-correct miles, the car rides on large diameter chromed multi-spoke wheels shod with Goodyear Eagle GT radials. It also has 4 wheel disc brakes with high performance calipers. Born at the dawn of the most dramatic quarter century of advances in automotive technology, there is still something very special about this great BMW coupe. It is in outstanding condition through out and runs fantastic. It has a clean CarFax report so make it yours today.

Source: Street Dreams of Texas

Found: 8/20/2013

Comments: I love these cars personally. Are they a classic. Maybe. I believe the M6 version of this car will go down as a classic. This car is so nice that it should fit in at any car show. But that price is awfully steep. I could not justify this price for this car.

1989 BMW 635 CSI - eBay Reserve Not Met

Mileage: 99,405

Description: BMW 6-Series, 3.5 L, Manual Transmission, Sunroof, Leather Seats, CD Player, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats.

Source: eBay Motors

Found: September 2013

Comments: I was unable to determine if this car sold and for how much. I saw it on eBay when it was not reaching its reserve. I suspect they wanted over $20k for it. Which would be a lot. For under $20k I would consider it.

1989 Porsche 928 S4 - ebay Sold For $25,000

Mileage: 64,000

Description: This 1989 Porsche 928S4 is in excellent condition. Expect a very nice and original presenting car but it is not a "show" car by definition so please don't expect same. Very, very nice car that you will love and the pictures are what you see in real life, but please, it is not a 100% perfect example as she is some 25 years old. This is a "like-new" Porsche 928 S4 coupe finished in Slate grey metallic with ochre leather interior. The colour combination is quite rare and looks stunning. This 928 S4 is a 2 owner from new and now showing some 62,000 odd miles. The 1989 year brought with it many improvements including the 32 Valve 5 litre V8 delivering 320 horsepower. Predominantly all original paint and condition. The paint is deep in luster, consistent and very easily ranks as a 10-out-of-10 for diver condition. There is no rust, of course. The car has the dual air-conditioning fitted which work well. Carpets, headlining, rear compartment and fittings are all excellent. Mechanically the car is up to date on all its services and performs well. Fires up first time, idles smooth and drives strong and sure. The car comes with its original tools, space-saver spare (which has never been used) and original manuals.

Source: eBay Motors

Found: 8/4/2013

Comments: I love these cars, and this is the nicest one I have ever seen for sale. Price was a little high for my taste, but if you have the cash. I do believe these will become a classic some day. Notice I did not put any 911s on this list. They go back for so long, just plucking out a 1989 version would not make sense. The 911 is a classic. It's just a matter of what the value will be form them when they are a classic.

1989 Porsche 928 S4 - $17,900

Mileage: 75,500

Description: 1989 928 S4, Auto, All service (since I've owned it) performed by Greg Brown (Precision Motorwerks). Exterior and interior in excellent condition, no cracks in dash, pod, seats, rear quarters rugs clean with no wear, ac blows cold, belt & water pump done at 57k, brakes recently done. Needs nothing. Absolutely the nicest 1989 928 you will ever find.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: This is the 928 for me. S4 with an automatic. This car is supposed to be a true GT... Grand Touring... car. So I like the automatic. I liked the price/mileage compromise quite a bit so stopped looking. If I had the money this would be in my collection.

1989 PORSCHE 944 S2 - eBay Buy It Now $20,995

Mileage: 22,018

Description: Guards Red, Black Leather Immaculate, Low Miles, Original Car. Quite the find... Incredible condition for a car of any age. Always owned by Porsche collectors. Never hit, all original... Maintained... Just had major services done by Auto Gallery Porsche in Woodland Hills. Everything works... AC freezes... No issues... Car is currently part of a significant collection in LA.

Source: eBay Motors

Found: 8/4/2013

Comments: This was the lowest mileage 944 I found. But it is not a Turbo. At this price I don't know if I could justify it. These may be considered classics, but they won't ever be high dollar cars in my opinion.

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo S - $13,800

Mileage: 67,042

Description: The price is negotiable I would like to have room in my garage before winter. I have kept the service up to date and it is in full working order. Recent maintenance includes oil cooler seals, oil filter housing, clutch master and slave cylinders, new bushings on the front sway bar. Belts and water pump were done at 60K. Upgrades: Short shift kit, chip, custom 3" exhaust, Lindsey's dual port waste gate with manual boost control (boost has been run at stock levels), boost gauge, new head unit with Bluetooth mic, front door speakers are new. I have the original radio, amp and speakers. A/C is fully functional, as is the sun roof. I have the records for the car from the last owner and myself. Car comes with a bra.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: If looking for a classic. mods are not cool. But the mods seem mild enough to me. At this price for a Turbo I am very interested. I think, to insure this car becomes a classic you should return it to stock.

1989 Pontiac 6000 STE - $6,995

Mileage: 85,000

Description: Extremely unique/rare one owner California classic with only 85,000 miles. Pontiac made just 1,376 identically equipped examples in only two color options. All original with no modifications or body work performed. Full time All Wheel Drive (AWD) system powered by 3.1 multi-port V6 mated to 3-speed automatic transmission. Body is straight and clean with no rust or door dings. Interior is spotless with no signs of wear. New headliner installed. Runs strong and clean with no fluid leaks. Digital readout dash with unique options such as lumbar power seats, automatic load leveling system with built in compressor to inflate tires. Period correct Goodyear Eagle GT+4 tires with 75% tread remaining. Professionally detailed right down to the engine bay. Use it as a sure footed daily driver with superior winter traction or save it as a classic and take it to shows to enjoy.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 7/28/2013

Comments: Here is where we start to get crazy. If this car a classic. By definition... if not now... then some day... maybe. I don't really think so. However, it is unusual to have a car like this in such good condition. For that I can see it taking a space in a collection somewhere. But my collect... I don't think so. The price seems mighty attractive for someone looking to get into car collect at an affordable price.

Note: I just love it when I see a car pictured in the snow... and yet I saw this car for sale in the summer. Yikes!

1989 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate - $8,344

Mileage: 43,507

Description: Award winning 1989 Alfa Spider Graduate. Immac condition, no damage history, never driven in snow or rain. All books and service records...will throw in Alfa service manual. No rust anywhere, All scheduled maintenance, All records, Excellent condition, Looks & drives great, Mostly highway miles, Must see, Title in hand, Very clean interior, Well maintained.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: This design goes back into the 60s, maybe earlier. So does an aging car become a classic. If it is a Porsche 911 then maybe. For this... I think it is just a near old car that should be fun to drive. At this price I could consider it if looking for a more reliable (???) Alfa to previous years.

1989 Cadillac Allante Convertible - $11,985

Mileage: 21,330

Description: This Allante has spent its entire life in Santa Barbara, California, where it was purchased new. The car was owned by an elderly couple (the 1st owners) who recently stopped driving and the husband passed away shortly thereafter. It was their 3rd vehicle, hence the low mileage, under 22,000 miles. It was used as a go to the country club vehicle and nothing else. The daughter of the former owner, who is in the automotive business (wrecking and towing, and she has several nice automobiles) did not want the vehicle and we came across it, bought it, and had it shipped to us. It definitely looks and acts like a 1-owner vehicle, but it had a few issues, which we have had fixed. The car sat for a couple of years and the brakes, electrical, fluids, hoses, and transmission needed to be completely gone through. We did all of that and really didn't find any surprises. They claimed that the air blew cold, and it did not, but we fixed that. It was simply a Freon issue. We did some work on the compressor, but kept the original one. The paint was a little stale from sitting, but a good buffing and it looks showroom new. The tires were better than we would have thought and we are keeping them. Most of these cars did NOT come with a factory hard-top, and this one DOES. The soft-top is perfect with no blemishes. The stereo is quirky. They were never that great to start.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: This has all the right makings for a classic. They did not make a ton of them, but they were not very good either. And didn't Stallone drive one of these in Tango & Cash? Anyway, I like the price for this car. It certainly should be preserved as something that was daring for Cadillac to try at the time. But a classic... I doubt it.

1989 Cadillac Allante - eBay Buy It Now - $6,500

Mileage: 71,572


Source: eBay Motors

Found: 7/14/2013

Comments: For this price this could be a neat old car to cruise around in and go to local Cars & Coffee events.

1989 BMW Z1 Series -  $30,000

Mileage: ???

Description: BMW Z1 Series. Classic Collector's Car In need of a good home. Needs light cosmetic restoration. Only 8,000 of these cars were built. Owner Retiring, Must sell. Drop Down Doors, 6 cylinder-inline engine, Bosch Motronic Electronic fuel injection, 5-speed manual, rear wheel drive. Only two owners - first owned by a movie producer and stunt helicopter pilot. Serious Inquiries Only.

Source: Cars On Line

Found: 8/23/2013

Comments: Now this is a classic. Just look at those doors! Heck... I have never even seem one in person. These are rare and will probably go up in value someday. It's just a matter of when. This car needs to be stored in a collection somewhere and driven sparingly. Mileage was not listed though.

1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet Boutique - $6,499

Mileage: 77,000

Description: WOW! Garage kept! This 1989 Cabrio classic car is clean/new inside and out. New Paint, no rust, new convertible top, brand new tires, brand new interior, original windshield, back convertible glass and all windows original. Wheel caps and side strips are in tact - very rare! Must SEE - most fun ride in S FL. Mechanical paperwork in tact for years of service and maintenance. Run this car down/up I-95 and you will be MOST impressed. Drive along the beach and feel the ocean air. Over 11k put into vehicle within past 2 years, asking $6499.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: I love the idea of this car. A low mileage VW Cabrio. Definitely a "chick" car. But how much fun would it be. Now I have to wonder about a car that is selling for $4500 less than they have invested in it. How bad was it? Does the $11k cover the cost of buying it and the work? Or just the work? Yikes? Lots of questions for the seller, but cool none the less. And maybe even a classic someday.

1989 Camaro Z28 IROC Conv - $29,500

Mileage: 7,729

Description: This 1989 Camaro Z28 IROC convertible has only 7729 miles and is just like brand new, right off the showroom floor. Yes, that is correct, only 7729 original miles! The car is part of a very private collection of impeccable collectable cars. The car is all original and is documented as a true survivor. It has the famous IROC (International Race of Champions) package and comes with a host of options starting with the IROC equipment group which includes the following: 350 Tune Port Injected Engine, automatic transmission, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo radio cassette, driver side power seat, power windows, speed control, power door locks, tilt, and of course, a power top. Hard to find and just like new, what a great daily driver.

Source: Classic Car Marketing

Found: 8/20/2013

Comments: Now we get into the cars we had hoped would be classics. Pony Cars! This is the lowest mileage Camaro I could find. And the price reflects it. This car is selling for what must be about twice the cars original price. That's seems like a lot. But considering the mileage.. it might be worth it.

So... is this a classic. YES, this car is. Are all 1989 Camaros classics. Not yet, not by a long shot. A good Z-28 or IROC-Z, sure. Regular Camaros are going to have to be awfully nice, and probably have to wait until the special edition version go higher in price before they are considered classics.

1989 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible - $16,995

Mileage: 19,627

Description: Low Miles! Rare Convertible! 5.0L TPI! AM/FM Stereo, Cassette, Air Conditioning, Center Console, Cruise Control, Dual Exhaust, Power Antenna, Power Brakes, Power Convertible Top, Power Door Locks, Power Mirrors, Power Steering, Power Windows, Inside Hood Release, Cloth Upholstery, Front Bucket Seats, Power Drivers Seat, Alloy Wheels.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/23/2013

Comments: This was the best compromise between price and mileage. For just over twice the mileage as the car above it costs just over half the price. I could see buying this one. I also saw a LOT of Camaros for sale. You will have your pick if you are willing to pay a little more for a quality car. Just remember, these cars squeaked and rattle right off the showroom floor, so buyer beware.

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 - eBay Buy It Now - $3,450

Mileage: 65,460

Description: You are bidding on one of the best Z24 convertibles anywhere! The paint is original and in very good condition (just a few small chips) The interior is all original and is like new (no rips, no stains and no wear). The convertible top and rear window are brand new. The top boot cover is like new. The dash is in excellent condition and has no cracks. A/C is ice cold . This car has never had any rust and has been stored indoors its whole life. The actual mileage since new is 65,460. She comes with all the original books and manuals that are in like new condition.

Source: eBay Motors

Found: 7/14/2013

Comments: This car started this entire exercise. The price seemed worth it to me. But would this car ever really be considered a classic. It is more of a novelty... but at this price it is a novelty that I could see buying.

A friend once told me that there are classics at every price. It does not take much to get into collecting cars. This is a perfect example of that. If you treat this car right and keep it looking good it will at least be something different at your local Cars and Coffee event.

1989 Toyota Celica GT Convertible - $4,800

Mileage: 80,000


Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: No, this is not a classic. Not in my book. But if you want a cheap daily driver convertible... Toyotas have the reliability reputation. This could be a fun second car.

1989 Chrysler Conquest - $16,500

Mileage: ???

Description: 1989 Chrysler Conquest TSi. Hard to find that were made from 1987 - 1989, American Sports Car. Exterior: Beautiful blue color and slick, chrome factory rims, dual outside mirrors, pop up headlights, rear window defrost, glass looks great, rubber looks great, original rear end. Eye catcher! Interior: Black leather interior, bucket seats, tilt wheel, dual power mirrors, power windows and power locks, all factory gauges, AM/FM/Cassette player with equalizer, black carpet, black padded dash all looks great, rear seats fold down, factory clock. Beautiful inside. Engine: 2.6L L4 SOHC 8V Turbo, 5 speed transmission, dual electric fans, Rear wheel drive. Neat and clean under hood.

Source: East Coast Classic Cars

Found: 8/12/2013

Comments: Wow, I have not seen one of these in a very long time. A Classic? I don't think so. More of an oddity. At this price you really have to have some serious nostalgia for this car.

Note: This engine was the first to get Mitsubishi's Balance Shafts that made larger displacement 4 cylinder engines run smooth. It was so good that Porsche licensed the technology to use on the Porsche 944.

1989 Corvette Convertible - $23,000

Mileage: 7,752

Description: You are looking at a very rare 1989 Corvette Convertible, 6 speed driven only 7752 miles since new. This beautiful Corvette has never seen rain or snow and appears as she did the day she was delivered to her original owner approx. 23 years ago. Finished in white with a red leather interior, and a white convertible top this is one sharp looking Corvette. This corvette is one of the very few that was ordered from the factory with the hardtop finished in white as well.

Source: Napoli Classics

Found: 8/23/2013

Comments: This was the lowest mileage Corvette from 1989 I came across. The price seams pretty reasonable to me, but I would definitely do some research as there are Corvette specific price guides out there. And yes... I believe this car is, and will be a classic.

1989 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe - $12,500

Mileage: 15,131

Description: A/C ice cold, All scheduled maintenance, All records, Always garaged, Excellent condition, Fully loaded with all the goodies, Looks & drives great, Must see, Never seen snow, New tires, No accidents, Non-smoker, Title in hand, Upgraded sound system, Very clean interior, Well maintained. very few flaws. paint 9+. interior 9.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: If mileage and price are your only criteria, this is very hard to pass up. So much so I have to wonder if it is too good to be true. But if the car was as advertised, it seems like a bargain. The one downside... it has an automatic, which will make it less desirable in the long term. Corvettes with manuals almost always get more money at resale time.

1989 Shelby Dakota - $19,800

Mileage: 5,000

Description: Simply as new in every way! One owner every document and record from new. Never driven in the rain still has the blue strip in the tire tread! Has both a full leather SHELBY steering wheel and the original wood/leather combination wheel. Not much more you can say .... this is basically a new 1989 Shelby Dakota! These trucks would be the first Dakota's to receive a V-8. They would also be the first V8 rear wheel drive vehicles built since the 1960's by Shelby. 318 (5.2 liter) cubic inch V-8 with dual throttle body injection. A four-speed automatic linked to a 3.91-geared Sure-Grip differential rounded out the drive train.

Source: Sovereign Auto Group

Found: 8/20/2013

Comments: Here's something I had completely forgotten about until I started researching this article. It's a real Shelby, so yea, it will be a classic. Though a few niche classic.

1989 Dodge Dakota - $13,000

Mileage: 28,000

Description: It is a one owner truck. Optioned with Shelby Signature steering wheel, Shelby cloth interior, bench seat, and the original floor mats in excellent condition. Currently 28K original miles. Converted to AMSOIL PRODUCTS (engine, transmission, differential, air filter, oil filter) at 5K miles, & used exclusively ever since. Owner added items: Infinity Kappa II speakers, Mopar Performance chrome differential cover, bed mat, trailer ball and wiring (used to move once), locking lug nuts, and custom made Evolution 4 car cover. Bed never used, no marks, waxed with the rest of the vehicle every time. Never titled still have MSO (signed by Carroll Shelby), window sticker (signed by Carroll Shelby), passenger dash insert/cup holder (signed by Carroll Shelby), spare hood decal (signed by Carroll Shelby). Been in dry storage, inside since 1999. Started and driven occasionally, all regular services met, have all maintenance documents, and paperwork, complete servicing and fuel system clean out in 2010, including transmission servicing on original transmission which is still working properly. Complete set of NOS decals, only bad decal is hood decal, due to engine heat. Deteriorating around the edges. Windscreen will need to be replaced due to small crack, or will be replaced by owner if requested during final part of sale.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/23/2013

Comments: If you want to save a little.. this one has more miles, but it has Carroll Shelby's signature on the dash. You can't get that anymore.

1989 Lotus Esprit - $19,985

Mileage: 67,152

Description: Engine 4 Cylinder Turbo, Transmission 5 Speed Manual.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: The price put this on this list. I would have thought these cars would be like Ferraris or something. Not sure it even belongs here.

1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula - $18,900

Mileage: 23,500

Description: Pontiac Firebird Formula. Not only looks good on the road but it handles great, and has only 23,500 miles. It is equipped with a T-roof, 305 fuel injected engine, Automatic transmission, Dual Flowmaster exhaust, 16 inch deep dish factory alloy rims and Kumho Ecsta Ast tires, Tinted windows, Cassette player, A/C, Bucket Seats, Power windows, Power Locks, Tilt Steering wheel.

Source: Cars On Line

Found: 8/23/2013

Comments: This would be better with a manual trans.

1989 Chrysler LeBaron Premium Convertible - $5,500

Mileage: 25,414

Description: This car has had 4 owners and has been garage kept since it was new. I just put in new a/c. This car is in excellent condition, original paint and convertible top. This is the 2.5 turbo engine, A/C ice cold, Always garaged, Excellent condition, Fully loaded with all the goodies, Looks & drives great, Must see, New tires, No accidents, Non-smoker, Seats like new, Title in hand, Very clean interior, Well maintained. This is actual mileage on this vehicle.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: A classic? Hell No! But this is the kind of car that someone will wax poetically over for nostalgia. Some kid will remember his parents having one, and want to re-live some memories... or just likes the movie Plans, Trains and Automobiles.

1989 Lincoln Mark VII LSC - $ 6,995

Mileage: ???

Description: The performance-oriented Lincoln Mark VII LSC (Luxury Sport Coupe) is the fabled "hot rod Lincoln" come to life... with firm suspension, performance tires on handsome cast-aluminum wheels, multi-adjustable sports bucket seats and Lincoln's best leather upholstery... It is all you could ask for in a luxury sport coupe. Horsepower is 225 with four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control. This well cared for Mark VII took a 2nd place trophy in the recent all Ford show.

Source: Cars On Line

Found: 8/20/2013

Comments: Another oddity, and maybe a nostalgia car for someone. But not a classic in my book.

Note: I believe this car started the trend in the U.S to have non-standard headlight sizes. Before this car all headlights where one of two sizes. But don't quote me on this... I did not look it up, and I just going from memory... which would be at least 25 year old memory, in this case.

1989 Ford Mustang - $14,900

Mileage: 32,487

Description: The amount of aftermarket upgrades done to the Fox Body's makes this original survivor a rare sight. This car was a dealer car in Grand Rapids, MI with 9,000 miles on it before it was purchased by its current owner in 1990. With only 32,000 miles on the odometer this 5.0 model is in as excellent of condition you can find a 1989 Mustang in. The interior & exterior are in truly awesome condition. The only major work done to this vehicle was back in 1998 there was a very low speed collision to the rear bumper. The owner elected to have the entire car professionally painted to avoid any mismatches. This car has always been stored in a climate controlled environment, and has had the same owner for 23 years taking perfect care of it. This is a perfect example of a 3rd generation Mustang 5.0.

Source: GR Auto Gallery

Found: 8/12/2013

Comments: I love the LX. Too bad this was not a coupe instead of the hatchback. Mustangs will all eventually become classics. They made over a million of them in 65-66, and no body thought that would be worth anything. Yet they are very much a classic. So will this car.

1989 Mustang GT Convertible - $13,500

Mileage: 35,000

Description: Mustang GT Convertible. 5.0L EFI HO V8, 5 speed OD manual, 25MPG in OD, original owner. Mint Condition. Always garaged. Nor driven in winter. Old guy's car, 81 years old; So. Calif. semi desert area. Premium sound with stereo cassette, four speakers. Speed control. Air conditioner. Electric windows, door locks, mirrors. Fog Lights. Upper and lower frame stiffeners, added. Steeda double hook clutch quadrant and firewall clutch adjustment kit.

Source: Cars On Line

Found: 8/23/2013

Comments: You know I had to include a Mustang GT.

1989 Honda Prelude Si - $4,999

Mileage: 90,649

Description: Engine 4 Cylinder, Transmission 4 Speed Automatic, A great running economy car. This is a One Owner car. The attention to maintenance is very obvious.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: Neat old car. Classic? No. I don't know where you would see one of these next to a Corvette at a car show. But at this price it makes for a cool old ride. Honda reliability should make this a neat old car to drive around.

1989 Buick Reatta Coupe - eBay Winning Bid - $3,950

Mileage: 79,150

Description: Low Mileage Southern California Car. 1989 Silver Reatta coupe with gray interior. 79,150 original miles. New Struts and Shocks, New Wheel Speed Sensors,  New Accumulator, New Battery, Compressor clutch replaced and compressor converted to R134A (blows cold).

Source: eBay Motors

Found: 8/4/2013

Comments: Another oddity, but not a classic.

1989 Mazda RX-7 GTU - $16,995

Mileage: 15,453

Description: Like new, all original equipment, original owner, garage kept (even smells new). 15,453 miles! Could not find a cleaner car! Must sell, moving & will not have enough garage space. Once you see this car, you will need to own it!

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/23/2013

Comments: Price seems a bit high to me. Check out those "automatic" seat belts. I think these cars have a chance at being a classic.. if they are not modified to within an inch of their lives.

1989 Mazda RX-7 - $7,995

Mileage: 34,000

Description: This is a lovely one owner car! Only driven in good weather by a little old school teacher. Garaged, no rust, very good condition (except for some door dings). This car has seen no winters. Paint color special ordered. Surround sound speaker system. Fully loaded with all the amenities you could ask for. Has detachable half roof. It has a power antenna. Everything is original on this car. Look great & drives great ! Hard to give up. This is really a must see!

Source: AutoTrader Classic

Found: 8/23/2013

Comments: Wow... half the price for twice the mileage. I think I might take this one instead. And it's a convertible.

1989 Pontiac Sunbird - $3,995

Mileage: 26,370

Description: Absolutely like new, 26k actual miles, original window sticker, service records. Great car, no issues.

Source: Just Right Motors

Found: 8/23/2013

Comments: Definitely an oddity, definitely NOT a classic.

1989 Toyota Supra - $6,995

Mileage: 26,627

Description: This car is clean! One owner and low miles! A true collectors car.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: I found plenty of Supras. But none with mileage this low. So I am surprised at the price... for a change. Be extra careful when you find a bargain.

1989 Toyota Supra Turbo - eBay Buy It Now - $7,950

Mileage: 85,949

Description: Absolutely Immaculate 1989 Toyota Supra with only 85,949 original miles on zippy 3.0 liter turbocharged 6 cylinder engine. This car is completely original and in show room condition with no body or paint work. It has always been stored in the garage and you will NEVER find a Supra in this condition. This auto has a Targa top which is removable and is stowed in the rear cargo area. I also have the original rims and tires from Toyota. I have these Lexus rims with Pirelli tires to "dress up" the car a bit.

Source: eBay Motors

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: Slightly high price, with a lot more miles. But this one is a Turbo. I really like this car. If I had the cash I would check it out myself.

1989 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo GTA - $29,995

Mileage: 7,072

Description: #S MATCHING 3.8 TURBO SIX, 7,072 ORIGINAL MILES, INVESTMENT GRADE PONTIAC, IMMAC. PHS documented #1431 of 1555 total cars produced, this nicely preserved example shows just 7072 original miles, making it perfect for the Firebird collector who thinks he has everything. Turbo Trans Ams are easy to spot with their white paint, tan leather interiors, and special badging, but the overall look is subtle. These cars came loaded with A/C, power everything, and enough buttons on the steering wheel to pilot the USS Enterprise, but it all works well with Pontiacs performance image. Its all fully functional, too, and the only deviation from stock is a small switch next to the original radio which controls the Performance Sound MP3 function. The engines were specially built in their own factory, too, and with a massive aftermarket supporting the Buick guys, staggering performance is only a few bolt-ons away. Fortunately, this one has been left alone, and retains 100% of its stock equipment, and has never been raced or abused, so its either a blank slate or an immaculate preservation-class piece. Even the original gold alloy wheels are wearing 1989-vintage Gatorbacks with their original valve caps!

Source: Street Side Classics

Found: 8/14/2013

Comments: This was by far the lowest mileage Turbo TA I could find. And the price reflects that. It seems high to me. But this car will definitely go down as a classic.

1989 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo - eBay buy it now - $15,495

Mileage: 44,000

Description: Up for auction is a 1989 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo with TTops - 20th Anniversary Pace Car #1133 of 1500 made. Very rare and in excellent condition. Car is very clean and has been garage kept. Body and undercarriage are rust free and engine is in stock condition except for a few mods. Interior is near perfect with all interior parts intact and working, no dry rotting or cracks in dashboard nor fading of colors, carpet is clean and not worn, seats are in great shape as are door handles/panels. Body is straight and has a few small dings from mishandling on hood near nose but no dents or scratches which would require repair. Recently buffed and had pace car decals installed by a custom paint shop. All parts are original except for fuel pump which was recently replaced with a Wallbro 255 and an adjustable fuel pressure regulator. Car has moderate aftermarket performance parts such as K&N filter, ultra chip, 160 degree thermostat, boost controller and a scanmaster. All lights and gauges are working as designed. This vehicle has new tires all around and recently was serviced for fuel pump with hot wire kit, fuel filter, coil pack, spark plugs & wires, and new heavy duty turbo hoses/clamps. Car has some additional bolt ons such as torque strap, and a tps tec device to keep tps at optimum voltage level. AC blows ice cold, all power accessories including cruise, power windows, power door locks, power antenna, power hatch release and radio are functional. Radio also has steering wheel controls. Car has 44K original miles, I am the 3rd owner, Car originally sold in New York and then went to Nevada, Wisconsin and to Florida where I purchased it. I have original owners kit which contains the OEM decals (decals on car are aftermarket) and window sticker. The only issue is the rear spoiler is cracked but not falling apart and it is not affecting the mounting to the hatch and a minor oil pan gasket leak, Car is garage kept and adult driven/maintained. Shown by appointment only. This car will not disappoint. I am selling for personal reasons. This is an actual pace car and not a clone. I have paperwork to prove it. This is basically a Buick GNX in and Fbody! I rate this car as a 9 out of 10 and guarantee my price is lower than others you will find with similar miles in this condition!!!!!

Source: eBay Motors

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: Here is a much more pleasant price point.

1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati - $10,950

Mileage: 15,027

Description: 1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati Convertible (Two Tops) Only 15,000 miles, powered by the 2.2 Litre Turbo II Motor, Automatic Transmission, Full Power Equipment including L.H & R.H. Power Seats, Factory AC, AM/FM w/Cassette, Speed Control, Power Windows and Power Door Locks. This car is original with no modifications. Bright Red in Color with Hand Stitched Ginger Italian Leather Interior with matching luxurious carpeting.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: Talk about an oddity. Chrysler teamed up with Maserati to create this odd-ball car. I can't see this ever reaching a weird "museum" status some day. But a real classic that you could take to car shows? Nope.

1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati - $5,300

Mileage: 47,500

Description: This beautiful car is # 89 out of 150 first made in Italy. Always garaged, Custom wheels, Looks & drives great, Never seen snow, Non-smoker, One owner, Title in hand, Infinity sound system with CD changer, Very clean interior, Well maintained, Brand new Pirelli all season tires, Leaded glass porthole hard top. Black rag-top. This Turbo charged convertible handles beautifully, and is a blast to drive!

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/23/2013

Comments: Half the price for this TC, but with more mileage. I actually like this color combo better. I would consider this one because of the price and to have something completely different in my collection.

1989 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe - $7,900

Mileage: 57,000

Description: One Owner! THUNDERBIRD SUPER COUPE in great condition with low miles. 3.8L V6 Engine with 5 Speed Manual Transmission. Very nice exterior finished in Red with very clean Grey interior. Runs and Drives excellent. Non-smoker, Garaged Kept.

Source: AutoTrader

Found: 8/24/2013

Comments: I remember really liking these cars when they were new, and even when they were affordable used cars. I thought they would make great project cars when they were 10 years old. Now at 25 does it make it a classic. Maybe. I have seen a lot of these, usually modified, so finding one in original condition is going to be tough.