Classic Car Watch
Keeping It Real

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.

February 2, 2016
By Scott Lewis

Hi All.

I am still hoping I will be able to buy a classic someday soon (math to come), so I wanted to list a few cars here that seem like real possibilities.

For the moment I am trying to list cars that pique my interest and are in the $6,000 - $10,000 price range. This will drastically limit my choices, and will require me to shop very smart to get something presentable while staying in this tight budget.

In the next month or two I am going to try and narrow my focus. I have noticed that my tastes are still wandering too far off. I need to tighten up if I am going to start shopping, and not just looking.

In the mean time, let's see what cars are still realistic classics for under $10K

1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL - $9,950

Description: Only 70K documented actual miles with many receipts. Factory warranty books has Mercedes-Benz authorized dealer maintenance to 34,669 on 12/81. Car includes all original 4 manual's car always maintained, garaged and pampered. Just had complete turn service and new brakes. Recent show correct metallic blue finish totally solid top to bottom. Very stunning an elegant. Original dark blue interior is like new. Car always wore expensive shag seat covers so kept soft and no ware. No cracks in steering wheel, arm rest or seats. Excellent headliner and carpet. 450s have the bigger V8. Automatic, Cold Air, Power Steering, desirable 4 wheel disc brakes. Car comes with both tops and soft top is excellent. Car comes with expensive car cover. All chrome and Stainless are excellent. Car is totally Straight. Detailed all stock motor and trunk with original mats, spare and jacks. Four matching radials. She looks, drives and runs as good as they get.

Source: Silver Creek Classics

Found: 8/13/2015

Comments: I really like the R107 version of the SL. Love the low mileage here. This could be a great weekend cruiser. In reality... I would be worried about maintenance cost. Not so much regular maintenance -- which will likely be more than most cars -- but repairs. If something breaks on this car... it will be expensive.

1974 Plymouth Duster - $6,950

Description: 74 Plymouth Duster Sport 2-door Coupe, only 49K actual documented miles and looks it. Very nice factory light gold metallic finish with rare and desirable factory rattlesnake vinyl top in excellent condition. (Very cool and great conversation piece). Famous strong, bigger 225 cyl, Automatic, great MPG yet very peppy and nicely detailed. Trunk also rock solid and detailed. All original dry sheet metal, floors, frame and body mounts. Attractive stock darker strip kit. Factory chrome Mopar rally wheels on good radials. Nice full tinted glass. Rare and desirable power steering. Excellent original factory two-tone interior. No cracks in dash or panel or arm rests.

Source: Silver Creek Classics

Found: 1/6/2016

Comments: I am not a huge fan of this car, but I have seen enough Dusters to know they can be cool. This is a great entry level car to enter car collecting. It's clean, low mileage and very affordable.

1977 Pontiac Grand Prix - $7,350

Description: 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix, only 82K actual miles. Recent show stunning midnight blue finish. Totally straight body and solid top to bottom. Really nice interior with original 60-40 velour seats. Excellent crack free armrests. Optional and desirable full gauge package so no idiot lights. Factory A/C car. Detailed original smooth 400 V8, AT, power steering and factory desirable power disc brakes. Tilt and cruise, both color keyed sport mirrors, Electric defrost and trunk release. Desirable factory detailed rally wheels with excellent factory correct raised white letter tires.

Source: Silver Creek Classics

Found: 1/6/2016

Comments: I'll save you the long story of how I drove my mom's 76 Grand Prix for more miles that I can recall during the years 1981 & 1986. Suffice it to say... this is a nostalgia car for me. Unfortunately, it has a bench seat. What? If it had buckets I might have called already.

1987 Dodge Charger Shelby GLHS - $6500

Description: 1987 Dodge Charger Shelby GLHS, Limited Edition #603 of 1000 Made, 2.2L Turbo with Intercooler, 5 Speed Manual Transmission, A/C (Works), Radio (Works), Electric Hatch Release (Works), Car Runs and Drives Great, Upgraded Shift Linkage: As with most Chrysler/Dodge products of this era, the shift linkage bushings wore out. We have repaired and upgraded these with the "L body Shift Linkage Kit" from Great Lakes Hot Rod. Works Great.

Source: Craigslist

Found: 1/19/2016

Comments: Here is the cheapest way to own a real Shelby. Granted, some people won't consider them real Shelbys, but they are. This will be different at Cars & Coffee. I would prefer a two-tone version with the silver second color.

1966 Ford Mustang - $7,900

Description: 6cyl, automatic transmission, clean, daily driver, no a/c, straight body, paint job is decent (from 1-10 is 6), interior all original in perfect condition, new gas tank, new carburetor, distributor upgrade with electrical points, NO RUST on body, fun weekend car.

Source: Craigslist

Found: 1/15/2015

Comments: OK.. this one is really real. I will likely look at this car if I can. It is located in San Antonio, and I can at least see it and think about it as a project with my son. Where is my kitchen magnet?

1965 Chevrolet Corvair Convertible - $10,000

Description: This is a very nice Car, No rust issues, top is in like new condition, would drive this anywhere.

Source: Craigslist

Found: 1/1/2016

Comments: Wow. Looks really clean. But at the very top of my budget and this car was in Virginia. So I would have to plan for a paid inspection and then shipping. So.. more like I would need $12K to buy it. However, I would not hesitate to ask the seller to lower the price to cover shipping.

1965 Ford Mustang classic coupe - $9500

Description: 1965 Beautiful Mustang coupe, daily driver, runs and drives straight. Very nice '65. Restored 3 years ago and kept garaged, only driven 1500 miles after restoration. Starts right up. New tires, battery and paint. Re-built 289 motor and rare 4 speed manual transmission The car is not show quality, it has a few nicks and very small dings. 3 or 4 at most. No rust, very solid. Exterior and interior overall is in very good condition. Current registration and inspection, with clean Texas title in hand.

Source: Craigslist

Found: 1/11/2016

Comments: Wow... a clean 65 Mustang in Austin for under 10 grand. I may have to actually visit this car for real.

1984 Pontiac Fiero SE - $3,000

Description: 1984 Fiero SE in great condition. 4 cyl fuel injected automatic with 150k. Runs and drives great. Power windows, CD, sunroof, brand new A/C, windshield, water pump, etc. BF Goodrich tires with lots of tread, remote start. Not a show car, but an outstanding driver. A collectible car that isn't hard to work on, has no leaks, and has better heat and a/c than most cars. Working cruise control. Need to remodel our garage into living space, so the Fiero is going.

Source: Craigslist

Found: 1/7/2016

Comments: This looks like a very clean and simple car. If it is good as it looks it is could be the perfect candidate for a V-8 swap. I have see a Fiero with a Corvette LS3 engine, and except for looking under the hood you would not know it by looking. You could do that with this car. What a sleeper.

1988 Pontiac Fiero V8 - $9000

Description: This car has a 1995 Cadillac V8 with 4 speed Caddy auto trans with overdrive 54,700 miles on car and engine. Engine was installed by the Fiero Factory in Toomey Alabama. Car is Original except for engine ,trans, 17" Wheels and Michelin run flat tires with tps, and CD radio. New high capacity 3 core alum radiator, all service manuals for car and engine, Options are ac, sunroof, power windows, power locks with remote, rear defroster, tilt wheel, cruise, all glass tinted, exterior paint is Original except for black accents you can see your face in it, interior, is original and like new, comes with new spare rim, original am fm cassette radio, original radiator and other spare parts, tires have about 2000 miles and come with Discount tire full replacement warranty. Over $17,000 invested. I have receipts for work done This car is senior owned always under cover. This car would be a excellent daily driver excellent gas mileage.

Source: Craigslist

Found: 1/7/2016

Comments: Or.. you could just buy a V-8 Fiero that is already built.

1986 Pontiac Fiero Electric - $5000

Description: Electric car, 11" GE Motor, 12- 12V batteries = 144 DC Volts, smooth ride.

Source: Craigslist

Found: 1/7/2016

Comments: Or... you can get an Electric Powered Fiero. WHAT?!? This car was located in Florida. If I lived there I would definitely go see it in person. What kind of range does it get? How do you charge it? I Love It!!!