Classic Car Watch
Back to Basics - Part III

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, 2015
By Scott Lewis

In Part I of my mini series on Back To Basics, I looked at cars in Texas. For Part II we went to my "short list." For this final installment of Back to Basics I want to cover alternative cars.

What are alternative cars? Well, from the short list the Corvair is the ultimate alternative. It is an odd-ball car. It will never become seriously valuable. The overall demand for the car is about equal to the supply, so they will generally go up slightly with inflation, but not much more.

Alternative cars are also the "other" versions of a car. Three examples leap to mind... the Cougar is an alternative to a Mustang, a Firebird can replace a Camaro, and a Grand Prix is a substitute for a Monte Carlo. Same basic platform, different brand... and typically a lower price in today's market. The Ford Falcon is also an alternative to the Mustang. Of course you can also get a base Chevelle, Cutlass or Le Mans instead of a GTO, SS or 442.

My ultimate alternative has to be a blast from the past (for me). The 73-74 Road Runner. I had a 73 Road Runner GTX with a 440 that I bought from the original owner back in 1984. It did not last. But I really liked that car. This year of Road Runner is way down on the desirable list from other Mopars and is a bargain compared to the 68-72 Road Runners and the 68-70 Chargers. But it is very similar under the skin, and certainly all the performance goodies all bolt on.

1967 Mercury Cougar - $10,000

Description: Mercury Cougar 2Dr Coupe. New black carpet, front & rear parchment seat covers, arm rests, exhaust system, headers, battery & battery cables, suspension components, starter, heater core, radiator, radiator cap, hoses, belts, power disc brake master cylinder, water pump, door latches, ignition coil, spark plugs, carburetor, fuel filter, u-joints, powder coated frame, fresh drive train & rebuilt engine & transmission. Factory AC, Power Steering & Console car.

Alternative To: Mustang

Source: Cars On Line

Comments: This seems like a nice, plain Cougar. Worth a deeper look.

1968 Mercury Cougar - $13,900

Description: For sale by owner is this nice 1968 Cougar with a 302 engine. According to the owner this is a combination of original with some mechanical and cosmetic restoration over the years. The 302 engine and C-4 transmission have been rebuilt with less 700 miles driven since. It has all new brakes, gas tank, radiator, alternator, exhaust system, tires and battery. The interior has been redone with new seat covers, dash pad, carpeting and headliner. The car was repaint in the original Lime Frost with rechromed bumpers and new door handles added at the same time and the undercarriage is solid and clean. It runs and drives great and is now ready for a new owner.

Alternative To: Mustang

Source: Classic Cars America

Comments: Another clean, plain Cougar. A blank canvas.

1967 Mercury Cougar - $18,995

Description: Refinished several years ago, the paint remains in good condition, and all appearances suggest that this car was never rusty or a basket case. An AM/FM/cassette stereo has been fitted in the original location right above the ''garage'' storage compartment, and there was no cutting, so it looks like it belongs and can be returned to original without worries. 289 cubic inch V8, Edelbrock 4-barrel carb, Power steering, Flowmaster exhaust, C4 3-speed automatic transmission.

Alternative To: Mustang

Source: Streetside Classics

Comments: Very nice looking car. Though pricey for me, especially for an alternative. However, the car is located in Texas so it is possible I could save flight and shipping fees getting it home.

1967 Mercury Cougar - $17,000

Description: Take a look at this hardtop 1967 Mercury Cougar coupe. This car was built on November 22nd 1966 at the Dearborn Michigan plant. The Cougar was based off the Ford Mustang so it shares a similar power plant such as the 289 Cubic Inch V8 engine with a 4 barrel carburetor that is connected to a C4 Select-Shift Merc-O-Matic 3 speed automatic transmission to turn the 3.00 Conventional rear axle. Other features under the hood include Air Conditioning, Power Steering, and Power Brakes. This interior is all original except for the carpet and features its standard bucket seats in black vinyl, a tilt away steering wheel, deluxe seat belts, electric clock, and a AM Radio. This Cougar has been repainted once in its original Polar White paint. Other exterior features are its iconic hide-away front headlights and sequential rear turning signals along with white side wall tires and original hubcaps. Cruise around town with your loved ones in this sporty coupe and enjoy the originality of this classic Cougar!

Alternative To: Mustang

Source: Back in the Day Classics

Comments: Another super clean, but somewhat pricey cat. Harder to justify than the red one from Texas above.

1968 Ford Falcon Futura - $8,000

Description: 1968 Ford Falcon Futura Sport Coupe. Original 200 cu in six, auto, ps, vinyl top, buckets and console. Nice unrestored, low mileage car that runs and drives as well as it did back in '68. Body, interior and paint in very good condition. Cruise to car shows, beach, long scenic rides in comfort and with complete confidence...sporty yet economical and extremely reliable.

Alternative To: Mustang

Source: Hemmings

Comments: This is a perfect example of an alternative car. It is plain, very plain. But it is essentially a Mustang under the skin. The ad said 60K miles. This is a cheap way into classic car collecting.

1965 Ford Falcon Convertible - $16,995

Description: 1965 Falcon convertible. . . . . . red paint . . . . . white power convertible top. . . . . red and white interior. . . . . . bench seat. . . . . am radio. . . . 6 cylinder 200 cu engine. . . . . Cruise-o-matic auto trans. . . . . power steering. . . . . . skirts. . . . wire wheel hub caps. . . . . white wall tires. . . . . very good stainless and chrome bumpers. . . . runs and drives great. . . . . . .the 1965 was the second generation and was redesigned with a new squared look.. . . . It offered a new grill and side trim. . . . Only 6,191 convertibles were made in 1965.

Alternative To: Mustang

Source: Cool Cars

Comments: Loose the fender skirts... NOW! This is another perfect alternative. This car is (from the pictures) much nicer than any 65 Mustang I have seen for sale for $17K or less. So you get close to a Mustang, in much better condition, for a reasonable price. Definitely worth a look.

1968 Chevrolet Bel Air - $13,900

Description: Big block V-8 engine, automatic transmission, power steering, power disc brakes, chrome accessories, Flowmaster mufflers, nice interior, staggered 15" rally wheels.

Alternative To: Impala

Source: Maple Motors

Comments: I love this car. The Bel Air was below the Impala, though not as low as the base trim Biscayne. Original Biscaynes with Big Blocks fetch tons of money. But there is nothing wrong with buying a Biscayne or Bel Air and dropping a big block in. Which I have to assume is what was done here. You get a great alternative to an Impala SS for a lot less money. Plus it is lighter, so it has the potential to be faster.

1969 Chevrolet Caprice - $9,700

Description: 1969 Chevrolet Caprice Purchased in 2013 from the original owner ( have documentation) Currently has 119250 miles 350 cubic inch, 300 horsepower, L48 motor Original condition, zero body rust or rot, no holes anywhere on body Hideaway headlights work properly, vacuum controlled AM/FM radio with 3 speakers, all work Rally wheels with new tires (I have the original steel wheels with hub caps) Professionally rebuilt 4 barrel carburetor Replaced master cylinder, all brake lines and drum brake components front and rear. Entirely new brake system New alternator, new starter Replaced fuel pump, gas lines, new gas tank, filters. Entire new fuel system. Replaced heater core Replaced all belts and hoses Replaced distributor cap, rotor, spark plugs and all wires New radiator New front and rear shocks All new front end bushings and ty rod ends New dual exhaust Recharged air conditioning unit. Works great, ice cold air.

Alternative To: Impala

Source: Hemmings

Comments: Another classic alternative car... with a nice price.

1966 Ford Thunderbird - $12,995

Description: N/A

Alternative To: Fairlane/Torino (for me... Monte Carlo)

Source: WeBe Autos

Comments: Love it when there is no description. Also, love the Photoshop on the first photo. Looks like a completely different car. Regardless it is an Emberglo color, and I love this color on early Mustangs. Looks good here too. This car is also equipped with power windows... to include power wing wind windows. Yes... those little triangle windows are power as well. Something unique to the Thunderbird. This car is located on Long Island so I would probably have my brother check it out for me to see if it is worth taking the trip to see it. I like this car so much... I am really hoping it is still for sale when the equity check comes in.

1962 Ford Thunderbird - $12,000


Description: Car has original black interior in excellent condition. Repainted in the original black. Same owner for 21 years. Very lightly used in summers with mileage under 44,000. Drives very well. 390 V8. Swing-a-way steering wheel. Original working AM radio. Some gauges not working.

Alternative To: Fairlane/Torino (for me... Monte Carlo)

Source: Hemmings

Comments:  These make great Hot Rod Cruisers. Just expect to spend a lot on gas. These cars are heavy.

1965 Ford Thunderbird - $13,900


Description: The car runs and drives like the cruiser it was designed to be, gliding down the highway, soft as a pillow. Acceleration from the big 390 cubic-inch engine is more than adequate, and the Cruise-O-Matic transmission shifts smoothly.  Power steering and power brakes. A recent investment of over $16,000 in a gorgeous two-stage paint job (in the original color), newly re-chromed bumpers and bright work, and a new (correctly patterned) vinyl top greatly enhance this gorgeous car.

Alternative To: Fairlane/Torino (for me... Monte Carlo)

Source: Hemmings

Comments: Really... a $16K paint job... and now selling for less than $14K. What is wrong with this car? Pictures look good though, so it could be a matter of getting a car for pennies on the dollar.

1969 Plymouth Sport Fury - $13,900


Description: Sport Fury Convertible - 1969 Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible with a 318 V8 - Floor Shift Automatic and Bucket Seats. A awesome Red car with a nice body and a New Top Included. Lady Owned and Driven the last 20 years!!  

Alternative To: Road Runner/Charger

Source: KC Classic Auto

Comments: I love a really big two door, especially the fuselage cars from Mopar. I would prefer the 71-72 Sport Fury with the hide-away headlights. I would also prefer a coupe... and a big fat 440 engine. Otherwise, this is a really nice looking cruiser. I am impressed to see it has buckets and a console. Most of these have bench seats. Makes we want to head to Corpus Christie and check out the beach!

1969 Plymouth Fury III - $13,000


Description: 1969 Plymouth Fury 3 2 door hardtop 318 V8 2 barrel Power steering. 3 speed auto, fender signals, Magnum wheels, This car turns head when at shows and down the road. Runs excellent ! Drive down the road smooth. Handle's really well fun to drive. Engine rebuilt The only thing it may need is a new headliner a few holes just above the sun visor. Other wise the headline is in very good shape not dull or faded. Car has always been well maintained & driven. 

Alternative To: Road Runner/Charger

Source: Hemmings

Comments: Well, we got the coupe part. And it comes with a bench seat. One set forward, one step back.

1969 Chrysler 300 Convertible - $8,500


Description: 1969 Chrysler 300 Two door convertible, Very low production of the V-8, 440 engine, 350 BHP. Only 1,933 of this make/model produced. I am the third owner. Bought the vehicle from a friend of the family about 5 years ago.

Alternative To: Road Runner/Charger

Source: Hemmings

Comments: We got the hide-away headlights, and the big 440, but its a bench seat... a split bench, but a bench. No console. At this price we need to tread carefully. The tan roof is ugly and should be replaced with black.

1969 Chrysler 300 - $2,750


Description: 1969 Chrysler 300, 440 engine w/auto transmission, all original / one owner. The car driven sparingly as a second car, then permanently parked for over 34 years under carport. (it ran when last parked) . Car needs restoration / some rust, but is complete, engine does turn over, but in need of points/fuel line, overall checked out, etc.

Alternative To: Road Runner/Charger

Source: Hemmings

Comments:  OK. This is clearly a project car. And located in Washington state it could cost as much to get it to Texas and it costs to buy. But we do have the big 440, and the hide-away headlights in a coupe. Bench seat though. If I were local I would definitely take a look. These cars are rare... meaning parts will be hard to find. Not engine and such, it would be a piece of cake mechanically to refresh this and get it running. But the interior is going to be extremely hard to source replacement parts. I really like the idea of this car. But I would probably never try to take on a project of this magnitude. I would be easier to just keep looking for a better car.

1972 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ - $16,900

Description: This is an excellent example of a well preserved Grand Prix SJ 455. A rare color combination to be sure, it started life in Florida and seems to have always been free of the northern winter exposure. The mileage is stated to be actual at 112K, and even typical issues with the door hinges (the opening and closing work like a very low mileage example), are not present. Options include air conditioning, power windows, steering, brakes, and seats. Overall, this should be considered a causal level show car that will be enjoyed as an excellent driver.

Alternative To: Monte Carlo

Source: Classic Auto Showplace

Comments: "Overall, this should be considered a causal level show car that will be enjoyed as an excellent driver." Wow... really well said. That is exactly what I want in my first classic car.

I really like this car. Love the 455 too. This is an alternative to a Monte Carlos SS 454. And a lot cheaper than the Monte. If I had the cash this would be near the top of my list.

1972 Pontiac Grand Prix - $16,900

Description: The 1972 Grand Prix’s Styling Is As Distinctive As Your Fingerprints Are To You. With A New Grille That Recalls The Golden Age Of Automobiles. If Any Car Were Destined To Make It Big On Looks Alone, That Was The 1972 Grand Prix, Pontiac’s Luxury Sports Coupe. With A Car Of This Stature, It Has To Perform Also! 400 ci V8 Engine Automatic Transmission With Floor Shift Console Rally Tachometer / Clock Power Steering Power Front Disc Brakes Power Windows.

Alternative To: Monte Carlo

Source: Midwest Car Exchange

Comments: I like this color combination better than the orange one above. But the orange one has the 455. This car looked nicer in the pictures, but lacked A/C. It would be very hard to decide between them if they were sitting on a lot next to each other.

1976 Pontiac Grand Prix LJ - $8,500

Description: This is a 1976 Grand Prix with a 455 & th400 the motor has never been out of car matching #s new paint runs and drives call for more info this car has been in western Montana all it life last year for the 455.

Alternative To: Monte Carlo

Source: Hemmings

Comments: Between 1981 and 1986 I put more miles on a 76 Grand Prix than all other cars combined. I owned 4 other cars in those years... but a 76 GP was my mother's car and my older sister, younger brother and myself all drive it a lot. My self probably the most of all as my mom signed it over to me so I would lend my brother money to buy a car. The one I drove was a 350 (2 barrel) car and slow as dirt. The 455 should help here, but it still won't be fast by today's standards... unless it is modified. I am not thrilled with the color combination, but it is a 76 and it does have the 455.

1977 Pontiac Grand Prix - $18,900

Description: 26,000 miles. Original paint and interior, rally II wheels, PHS documentation. Excellent condition.

Alternative To: Monte Carlo

Source: Hemmings

Comments: I LOVE the look of this car... on the outside. That is a great shade of clue, and the white landau roof looks great. The interior... that shade of blue... Meh! And it is a bench seat car. Yuck! Grand Prix's are supposed to be personal luxury cars with bucket seats and a console. Granted the low mileage helps. But I would never pay this much for a car with that interior. What a shame. So close yet so far.

1972 Pontiac Grand Prix Model SJ - $12,500

Description: Has original 455 engine and 400 transmission. PS PB tilt steering wheel, power windows, power locks and trunk release. Front power bench seat has been recovered, back seat is original. Original mileage is 98,600. I replaced the battery, alternator, power brake booster, wires and plugs, converted it to an HEI ignition. The vehicle has 5 new tires on mag wheels. No visible rust on the vehicle, but does have old chips and scratches on original paint.

Alternative To: Monte Carlo

Source: Cars On Line

Comments: I was right there with you up until... bench seat. However, this is a Texas car, so easy to go look at on a Saturday. The pictures sucked, but I am interested enough that if the how sells soon I will call for more picutres.

1970 Pontiac Grand Prix - $16,900

Description: Here is a really clean and straight 1970 Pontiac Grand Prix Model J. This car is all original with the exception of one quality re-paint in 2010. I purchased this car from the original owner who was a car dealer. He purchased this car new, and kept it in his collection. He has since retired, and has limited storage so decided to sell. This car was very well maintained in a climate controlled garage, and still shows very well. The interior is all original with no signs of wear. No rips, tears or cracking on any of the seats or dash. All the body panels are original. There has never been any rust on this car... ever. The lines are extremely straight, and you can clearly see that there has never been any body work done on this car. I recently installed a new black vinyl top that looks awesome on the car. The original Pontiac 400 engine runs very strong. It starts right up, and idles the way it should. When you step into the gas pedal... this big luxury coupe will flat out move! There are absolutely no issues with the motor or the original automatic transmission. Everything works just the way it should. Everything on the car works properly. The speedometer and fuel gauge work just as they should. The A/C blows properly and cold. The AM Radio works with good sound. This is an excellent example of a well-maintained classic that will continue to bring enjoyment for many years. The styling of the 1970 model is highly sought after, and becoming hard to find. This collector needs absolutely nothing, and is ready to drive anywhere you want to go. PHS Documents included!

Alternative To: Monte Carlo

Source: Cars On Line

Comments: This care sound great. I would seriously consider it if I had the cash. Though I think my budget is going to be closer to $14K instead of $17K.

1976 Pontiac Firebird - $15,800

Description: True U Code Formula with only 64k Actual Miles. Excellent shape inside and out. Very nice clean and straight body with a very shiny coat of 2 stage black paint finish that is a few years old but still looks better than new. Has a nice set of Trans Am alloy wheels and a nice new set of tires. Also all decals and markings very nice original or new. The interior is as clean as a whistle with no wear or tear, lots of new parts on this car. Under the hood it has been left alone for the most part and kept tidy. nice all original underside. This one was well preserved over the years and always repaired immediately if it was required. Beautiful car that has not needed much work mechanically because it was properly maintained and had all preventive maintenance performed as suggested.

Alternative To: Camaro/Trans Am

Source: American Classic Car Sales

Comments: I am assuming this is powered by a 400 engine. If not then I would pass at this price. Otherwise this makes a great alternative to a Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am, which is an alternative to a early 2nd Gen Camaro (for me). Love the low mileage.

1975 Pontiac Firebird - $16,900

Description: V8 Pontiac motor. Automatic transmission. 10 bolt rear end. Painted Deep Black & Cardinal Red finish. Black vinyl bucket seat interior with full console. Power front disc brakes. Power steering. Dual hood scoops. Rear sway bar. HEI. Dual exhaust with manifolds and chrome exhaust tips. Factory Air Conditioning. Factory in-dash tachometer and in-dash clock. Tilt column. Remote driver side mirror. AM/FM/Cassette radio with rear speakers. 15” Factory wheels with radial tires.

Alternative To: Camaro/Trans Am

Source: A & E Classics

Comments: We have a repeat. I showed this car two months back when looking for cars in Texas. I still like the look. But I think the black 76 is probably the better buy.

1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible 400 - $19,950

Description: Call For Details.

Alternative To: Camaro

Source: Dominion Carz

Comments: The pictures show it has a 4 speed. This is truly an alternative to a Camaro. In fact, with the 400 and 4 speed, this is an alterative to a Camaro SS 396. Thinking like that this car could be seen as a bargain.

1973 Plymouth Satellite Road Runner Clone - $12,900

Description: 1973 Plymouth Satalite ( Road Runner Clone). Power steering and power disc brakes. Excellent paint and new bucket seat interior with console and floorshift. Performance built 318 V-8 with 340 Heads Great sounding cam. New TCI Street Fighter transmission. Dual exhaust.

Alternative To: Road Runner/Charger

Source: Phil Stalling Classic Cars, LTD

Comments: Of note... the dash in this car is the proper dash with the round gauges. That is a huge plus for me over the bar speedo that comes in the Satellite. And since these cars a rare (not valuable, just not many around) I can live with a clone. Not sure about the color though.

1968 Buick Gran Sport California - $18,500

Description: 350 CID 4 Barrel, automatic. Beautiful Maroon Metallic paint with black interior. Interior is not cracked, torn or worn. All chrome and trim is very nice and not pitted. New dual exhaust. The car is all original with the exception of the transmission. It has been upgraded with a rebuilt Turbo 400 Transmission that was professionally installed. It also has a factory limited slip differential. The car is very solid all over including sheet metal, floors, frame and trunk. Original factory sport rims are in very nice condition. Tires are newer Kelley Charger tires. Everything work on the car including all electrical, lights and gauges. The AM/FM radio is a new classic Buick look radio that plays great. The dash has not been cut. The factory Air Conditioning blows cold. This is a great, well maintained vehicle that starts, runs and drives and can be driven anywhere. It handles beautifully on the highway. The car needs nothing and is ready to go to a new owner.

Alternative To: Chevelle SS/GTO/GS 455

Source: Dream Cruise Classics

Comments: I like this car a LOT. But a little price for me for an alternative.

1971 Buick Riviera - $15,500

Description: 2nd OWNER Texas and California. Car has been parked in the garage for the past 29 years to preserve good condition, has less than 10,000 miles. 455 CID rebuilt engine, barrel carburetor, rebuilt 400T automatic transmission, cruise control, NEW front end, floor shift console, driver side power seat, new upholstery, good condition dash board with no cracks, no rust, factory A/C (does not work), new front windshield, good condition hood vinyl, no accidents.

Alternative To: Monte Carlo

Source: Hemmings

Comments: I used to really like these cars. When I lived in New York someone down the block had one. It is rare to see them with the buckets and console. The paint on the front of this is in bad shape, so I would not pay this much for this car. But I like it.

1971 Buick Gran Sport - $12,900

Description: This is a '71 Gran Sport in great condition sporting the Cortez Gold paint color with a tan interior. It's powered by the original 350ci V8 paired with a console shift automatic transmission. It was repainted in 2004 and received recent engine work including new wires & plugs, electronic ignition, Hooker super competition headers, 3'' Flowmaster exhaust, B & M shift kit, mild crane cam shaft & lifters, and 3:73 rear end gears.

Alternative To: Chevelle SS/GS 455/GTO

Source: GR Auto Gallery

Comments: This is exactly why we look at alternative cars. This car looks very nice in the photos. We have here a Muscle Car era car with bucket seats and a console, and Ram Air. And for under 15 grand. It's not stock, so we just hope the mods are mild so it does not take away from the ability to drive the car a lot. Then we add a Vintage Air system and cruise until the wheels fall off.

1980 Datsun 280ZX 10th Anniversary Limited Edition - $11,000

Description: 1980 Datsun 280ZX "BLACK GOLD" 10th Anniversary Edition (#469 of 3000) 120,000 miles. Original owner. Maintained and kept in garage. Driven on average 25 miles mixed driving every one or two weeks. Five speed. Close to totally original condition. Reupholstered cloth front seats. Original sound system (Cassette not working) Michelin Tires (Original Wingfoots in storage)

Alternative To: Late 70's Early 80's Trans Am, Z/28 & Mustang GT

Source: Hemmings

Comments: I really like these cars. When I first got into cars in 1980/81 is about when the 280ZX Turbo came out. This car looks great. I would definitely consider a car like this. Very alternative the the stuff I usually look at.

1973 Datsun 240Z - $6,500

Description: 2.4L 6 Cylinder engine, automatic transmission. Front disc brakes, rack& pinion steering. Burgundy with black interior. The paint is older with a few blemishes. There is some repairable rust under the battery box. The car runs & drives.

Alternative To: Camaro, Mustang

Source: Auto Quest Investment Cars

Comments: The description is not inspiring. These cars really should not have automatics. But look at that price. You know... this would make a great candidate for an LS swap. This is clearly a project car from the pictures.

1988 Pontiac Fiero - $8,500

Description: F40 Motorsports is proud to offer this 1986 Pontiac Fiero. This car is 100% original and is in great shape having 72,000 original miles looking like it has 20,000 miles. Great car for cheap money.

Alternative To: Well.... Everything!

Source: F40 Motorsports

Comments: I bought my first new car in December of 88. I did not buy a Fiero because they were stopping production. I bought a Honda CRX Si instead. For sure the right choice, though I lust after these now, more than trying to recapture those days with another CRX. And the 88 Formula is the right one to get. The only problem with this car... it has an automatic. But that might make it an better candidate for a LS swap. I have seen one at the local Cars & Coffee from time to time. I would get with that guy and start picking his brain.

1977 Oldsmobile 442 - $12,900

Description: Documented W-29 Option Package. Runs and drives excellent. 231 V6 Auto, PS, PB, AM/FM Stereo, bucket seats, center console. Undercoated when new so the floor pans are in excellent shape. New interior, including recovered dash pad. New paint. All new suspension, brakes, mounts, hoses, gaskets, AC Delco Battery. Original Build Sheet included.

Alternative To: Real 442/GTO/ Chevelle SS

Source: Hemmings

Comments: The car looks great! But that V6 is going to be a dog. But if you just want mid 70's style this car looks amazing.

1970 Chevrolet Caprice - $13,999

Description: N/A

Alternate To: Impala SS

Source: Classic Car Liquidators

Comments: A perfect alternative to a 67 Impala SS. I like the over look, but I still think this is a little overpriced... at least for me.

1969 Chevrolet Caprice - $16,900

Description: Documented With Factory Original Protec-O-Plate Booklet RARE With 396 CID V8 Engine Numbers Match With Code "JQ" And Vehicle VIN Stamped On Front Pad. Surprisingly, The Engine Compartment Also Has Its Original Assembly Line Chalk Mark On The Firewall And This Is A Matching Number Which Is 015950 On The Front Of The Big Block Engine Matching With The VIN Number. Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 3 Speed Automatic Transmission Power Steering Power Disc Brakes AM/FM/Cassette Dual Chrome Side Mirrors With Drivers Inside Remote Power Trunk Release.

Alternative To: Impala SS

Source: Midwest Car Exchange

Comments: I like the car, but the price. It's not that attractive of a color. But that numbers matching big block is tempting.

1979 Pontiac Firebird - $6,995

Description: CD Player, Rear Spoiler, Tachometer.

Alternate To: Trans Am/Camaro

Source: Valley Car Sales

Comments: A perfect substitute for a Trans Am. Nice low price to represent this is a plain Firebird.

1973 Porsche 914 - $9,995

Description: Matching Numbers!!! 2.0Liter 4 cylinder, 5 speed manual transmission (rebuilt), 4 wheel disc brakes, AM/FM detachable stereo with remote, bucket seats, dual exhaust, polished aluminum wheels and new tires. New paint is 1 year old in Chrysler blue with metallic flake. Extra parts are also available.

Alternative To: Almost anything American

Source: Play Toys

Comments: No pictures of the interior were with the ad. But the car looked good enough I would definitely want to call.

1974 BMW 2002 - $9,800

Description: Custom Wheels, Always garaged, Looks & runs great, Low mileage, New paint, Non-smoker, Runs & drives great, Very clean interior, Well maintained.

Alternative To: Everything American

Source: AutoTrader Classics

Comments: Cute. These cars are rarely frowned upon for being modified. I would likely use this as a project and turn it into a cool car to autocross.

1973 Mercedes 450SL - $11,995

Description: Classic Mercedes Benz roadster with very low miles! I bought this 4 years ago from the daughter of the original owner. Spent most of its life in S. Florida, leisurely miles, always garaged. Outstanding condition, very well maintained, no accidents. I'm selling only because I have another classic car that's been in my family since new, and I don't have time to drive them both. Harvest Beige paint, Bamboo leather interior, chrome, hard and soft tops, interior are all in very good condition. Color combination is stunning. Car runs and drives very well, powerful engine with great pickup, cruises effortlessly without a squeak or rattle. Using the classic car guides, I feel that "very good condition" is most the most accurate and objective.

Alternative To: Monte Carlo

Source: AutoTrader Classics

Comments: I have always liked these. This one is very nice looking form the pictures.

1964 Dodge Dart - $5,900

Description: 1964 Dodge Dart GT, 2 door hardtop, 225 cu. in. slant 6, automatic. No dents, no rust, no door dings, no scratches. Garaged since new. Present owner for the last 25 years. Still garaged. Car is ready to drive anywhere in the country. Good tires. Car was taken down to bare metal several years ago, primed and finished with 3 coats of catalyzed acrylic enamel. All original interior is in very good. condition. Perfect headliner. Back seat rarely sat in. 130,000 miles. Does not burn oil. Custom color-matched car cover included with car.

Alternative To: Almost Any Other Mopar

Source: AutoTrader Classics

Comments: This is an odd-ball. The car pictured above in green is a custom hot rod version of a Dart. No one would think that this body style could look this cool. But having seen how nice the green car is... I wonder how little you could spend to get the white Dart to look good. A collector friend of mine once said that you can get into the collector car hobby at any price. This is an example of that. You could drive this car to local car shows and not be embarrassed. And for only 6 grand.

1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass - $12,900

Description: N/A

Alternative To: 442/GTO/Chevelle SS

Source: Unique Specialty and Classic Cars

Comments: I like this version of the GM intermediates in this year.

1966 Oldsmobile 88 Convertible - $13,900

Description: 1966 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 convertible owned by our family since 1966 V8 engine 425 cu inch 7.0 litters sound like the real deal !!!! Automatic transmission 3 speed turbo hydra matic in great condition This rare Dynamic 88 came in 1966 with power windows power top and steering As well with original A/C that works very well This beautiful convertible is native Californian has been bought in san Fernando valley and his entire life was in south California a way from the ocean so NO RUST !!!!!! Exterior is nice and clean it's the original color but not the original paint > painted few years ago so the paint is nice but not show or competition level. Never involve in an accident NO BONDO To be found any where on the body of this vehicle. Interior is original except the carpet that has been replaced several years ago. Dash board and gages are all original and works well except the radio. Overall this lovely rare Dynamic rides very well with plenty of power And looks impressive consider being so vintage or in other words 50 years old with original California black plates

Alternative To: Chevelle, Cutlass, Impala, Monte Carlo, Etc.

Source: AutoTrader Classics

Comments: A really BIG two door convertible. Load up 5 friends and head for the beach.

1972 Plymouth Valiant - $8,995

Description: 30933 miles.

Alternative To: All Mopars

Source: Miller Brothers Auto Sales

Comments: Yea... this is hard for even me to justify. But if it really is a 30K original mile car... I am in. The car looked immaculate in all the pictures. And it has A/C hanging onto that slant 6. This car would be kind of cool at a Mopar show.

1972 Plymouth Duster - $13,995

Description: Check out this extremely sharp 1972 Plymouth Duster! It is equipped with a great running 318 4bb V8 engine, automatic transmission, power steering, dual exhaust, original Am radio, Am FM CD player, and is riding on a nice set of factory rally rims with New BFG RWL tires. This rock solid rust free car was found and recently restored including, sanding down its original light gold paint and painting this solid and straight original body a brilliant gold metallic with a black hood and side stripes. This car looks amazing and sounds just the same. The original tan interior still looks to be in real nice original condition with just over 30,000 miles showing on the odometer. The previous owner had claimed that the miles were right and it had sat since the early 80's before he purchased it and restored. I am not sure nor do I have any documentation on that but I do know that the body, floors, frame rails, and trunk floor are awful nice and solid! This little Duster runs and drives nice down the road and is ready to jump in and drive to your next classic car event!

Alternative To: Cuda, Challenger, Road Runner, Etc.

Source: Coyote Classics

Comments: This was the alternative Mopar in its day. Although a 340 would be a lot better. But we can always add horsepower.