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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.

September 1, 2014
By Scott Lewis

I thought it was time to get back to basics for this month's column and look for affordable Muscle Car era cars. This column originated with a $15k budget back in 2004. I decided to cap my searching at $20k. Sorry.

Back in my May 2010 column I gave you a short list of cars I wanted to look at once I left my wife and controlled my own money. A lot has happened since that time. All of it financially bad. However, there is a dim light that tells me there is an end to this long tunnel. In 2 years my youngest son  will graduate high school. That means that child support will end and I really can start looking for classic cars.

That is one of the reasons I started looking at the Mecum Auctions. I would hope to have enough money to buy something buy 2017. So you see... it is still a long tunnel, but with a small dot of light at the end of it.

I thought I would take this month to see what cars from my short list I could find quickly. So you don't have to look back, the short list comprises: 1st Gen Monte Carlo, 1st Gen Mustang, 2nd Gen Corvair, 1st - 2nd Gen Camaro, and C3 Corvette.

Let's see what I found.


1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS - $14,499

Description: Accel Auto Group is proud to offer a 1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS. This car has a Chevrolet V8 350 with a Muncie Manual 4spd transmission. The paint is driver quality with a nice shine. Interior is in good condition with no major rips or tears. This car comes equipped with bucket seats, console, tilt steering wheel, disc brakes, 17 Inch Torque Thrust Wheels and much more.

Source: Accel Auto Group

Found: 7/20/2014

Comments: A split bumper 2nd Gen Camaro for under $15K. How could I pass this up. Looks pretty solid too. And it has a 4 speed. This is what this column is supposed to be about. A nice driver quality car I could enjoy as much as possible.


1970 Chevrolet Chevelle - $17,999

Description: Accel Auto Group is proud to offer a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle. This car has a good running Chevrolet 350 with a automatic transmission. The paint presents very well and is a nice driver quality job with a great shine. The interior is in good shape with no rips or tears. The car comes equipped with bucket seats, power disc brakes, power steering, Factory AC (not working), dual Flow Master exhaust, 17 Inch Torque Thrust wheels, 10 bolt rear end and much more.

Source: Accel Auto Group

Found: 7/20/2014

Comments: I built a 70 Chevelle (engine only) and drove it down to Texas in 1986. I regret getting rid of that car. This is a lot nicer. Yea, it's not on the short list... but I didn't put Chevelles on the short list for 2 reasons. 1) At the time I created it I was seeing very, very few Chevelles worth thinking about for under $15k, and 2) I wanted to be a little different and went with the Monte Carlo, which is built on the Chevelle platform. I think the Monte Carlo is on the Chevelle station wagon frame.


1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 - $14,999

Description: Matching numbers 351 Cleveland V-8 with 5-speed manual transmission.

Source: Classic Car Liquidators

Found: 9/1/2014

Comments: I kind of like the huge Mustangs, but not that much. The 5 speed has me intrigued with this car. If I were in the market today I would at least look at this car.


1968 Chevrolet Camaro - $17,999

Description: 327 V8 with numbers matching, and Powerglide Automatic.

Source: Classic Car Liquidators

Found: 9/1/2014

Comments: This is about as plain as a Camaro gets. Which is what it takes to get a 1st Gen Camaro at an affordable price. I would still look this car over very carefully. Just in case. This could be the perfect blank canvas for a nice project car.


1968 Mercury Cougar XR7 - $13,999

Description: 302 V8, C4 Automatic, 4v, buckets, console, numbers matching, tilt wheel.

Source: Classic Car Liquidators

Found: 9/1/2014

Comments: Yes, it is not a Mustang, but it is close. The car just looks very presentable in the photos, so I had to include it.


1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - $14,950

Description: Strong 350 4brrl, Recent Frame Off Restoration, Gorgeous Correct Green finish, excellent matching Green vinyl top and like new interior. Solid Alabama Car, Great chrome and stainless. Only 118k actual miles. Cold Factory Air Conditioning. Factory Working 8 track, Power Steering, Power Brakes. Awesome Bucket Seats with Desirable Staple/ Horseshoe Shifter. Newer BFG Radial tires on Rally Wheels. Dual Exhaust, Detailed throughout. Runs, Drives and looks Awesome!

Source: Silver Creek Classics

Found: 9/1/2014

Comments: Sorry, I went outside Texas to find this one. But it is exactly like I want a Monte Carlo. Vinyl roof - check, buckets with console - check, horse shifter - check, fake wood grain dash - check, Rallye wheels - check, air conditioning - check. What's not to love.


1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 - $13,999

Description: The car was repainted a few years ago using the original dark blue color combination, as well as a new set of Z/28 decals. The bodywork underneath is in decent shape with panel fit that is typical of the era, so no demerits there. A center-mounted "power dome" hood is a nice update. There's a mild cam inside to give it a rumbling idle and awesome mid-range pull, along with a Holley 4-barrel carburetor and matching intake. The black engine bay is tidy and offers some chrome dress-up to offset the monochromatic look, and it runs quite well. A nice-sounding dual exhaust system with new Flowmaster mufflers snarls to life when you turn the key and the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission always seems to be in the right gear.

Source: Streetside Classics

Found: 7/20/2014

Comments: I kind of like this. This one does not impress much, but maybe I need a closer look. These are a consolation price to a 70-73 Camaro.


1966 Ford Mustang - $15,995

Description: A nice 1966 Mustang coupe, 289 v-8 motor, automatic transmission, new white Pony interior including deluxe door panels, cold air conditioning, 15" American Racing Torque Thrust wheels, BF Goodrich radial t/a raised white letter tires, Shelby fiberglass hood with scoop & pins, gray racing stripes, center console, rally pack, Mustang am/fm cassette stereo in dash with iPod connector, pioneer speakers in kick panels, pioneer 6x9 speakers in rear deck, auto gauge coolant temp, volt meter & oil pressure gauges, Monte Carlo brace, chrome air cleaner, Edelbrock 4v carburetor with electric choke, Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum intake manifold, Edelbrock Performer 2122 camshaft & lifters, Mustang polished aluminum valve covers, electronic points-free ignition, Accel coil and spark plug wires, long tube headers, x-pipe & Flowmaster mufflers, new floors, runs great.

Source: Performance Mustangs

Found: 7/20/2014

Comments: I am getting a strange vide with this car. It seems to have a lot of nice things on it. But it is rubbing my grain. I can't put my finger on it. But I want to see it in person.


1970 Chevrolet Camaro - $19,500

Description: Factory Hugger Orange, Factory 350-4v, Factory 4 speed, Factory Air Conditioning, Factory Tachometer, Factory Power Steering, Power 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, Factory Console, Deluxe Black Interior, Front and Rear Spoilers, Z28 Wheels/Emblems/Stripes, Mild Cam, Aluminum 4v Intake, Longtube Headers w/Dual Exhaust, Solid Original Floorpans and Frame Rails, Purchased New By a Woman In Dallas Tx, Restored 10 years ago by previous owner, Runs and Drives Good.

Source: Auto Trends

Found: 7/20/2014

Comments: Not a Z/28, but that would be impossible at this price. But a factory 4 speed, A/C car. Nice. And it looks very presentable in the photos. I would take very long look at this car.


1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - $15,495

Description: This early 70’s classic is a great example of luxury muscle car. The 350CI engine supplies the power to an TH350 automatic transmission, and the car has bucket seats with console horseshoe style shifter, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power locks, AC, rear defogger, and a black vinyl top. A newer coat of paint, flowmaster exhaust, new tires and 20” IROC color coded wheels give this Monte Carlo curb appeal and that classic muscle car sound.

Source: Hardway Classic Cars

Found: 7/20/2014

Comments: Those wheels have got to go. Yuck! Year One makes a 17 inch wheel that looks like the original Rallye wheels for this car. That is what I would put on this car. Right away. Otherwise I like it as-is.


1972 Chevrolet Mont Carlo - $16,995

Description: N/A

Source: Hardway Classic Cars

Found: 7/20/2014

Comments: These wheels look much better on these cars. No information to go on. But it looks decent. Would prefer buckets and a console.


1968 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Coupe - $9,950

Description: 110 hp air cooled, flat 6. 38,421 original miles. Very clean. Runs great. Factory original; motor, paint, trim, seats, vinyl, carpet, mats, panels. Never wrecked. Garage kept. Minor exterior blemishes. All documentation available. More photos available upon request.

Source: AutoTrader Classics

Found: 9/1/2014

Comments: Again, I had to reach outside Texas. This looks like a sweet deal. I would want to check this car out. Under $10k for a 38k original miles Corvair. I like it.


1980 Chevrolet Corvette - $10,000

Description: Clean, minimally-driven Corvette. Bought it after my college days and had my share of fun with it but now, I'm not driving it hardly and need to move on. Only 35K+ miles on it, new tires, runs well. It does have some minor items that need repair (AC, tach, door locks and power antenna) but overall, a good car. Vehicle has T-tops, leather tan interior, CD radio, new battery. 8 cylinder, 350 engine. Recently put new gas tank and hoses on it.

Source: AutoTrader Classics

Found: 9/1/2014

Comments: If this really has 33k original miles I have to check this out.


1973 Chevrolet Corvette - $17,500

Description: T-Top Coupe in beautiful Marina Blue Exterior / Black Vinyl Interior. Options include: Power Steering, Power Disc Brakes, Air Conditioning, AM/FM Stereo with CD player as an option, GM Performance Aluminum Intake, Demon Carb w/electric choke and Air Cleaner, 350 Engine, 350 Transmission, Aluminum D wheels w/BF Goodrich Radial T/A raised white letter tires.

Source: AutoTrader Classics

Found: 9/1/2014

Comments: It is really hard to find a chrome bumper Corvette (68-72) in nice condition under $20k. But what about 1 chrome bumper. This one year only design saves thousands off the the previous year. He shows a picture of the speedo with 44k miles. But does not mention it in the ad. Hmm. Could this be a 44k original mile car. I would have to call and ask.

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