Classic Car Watch
Still Hoping

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.

December 2, 2016
By Scott Lewis

I have not posted here in a while. The reason is quite simple, I used the down payment I saved for a classic car to buy a house, and take several trips. So, I am broke. However, in the Fall of 2017 my debt consolidation loan will be paid off. I will definitely be getting a car after that.

This month I am going to show you the handful of cars that are most intriguing to me now. I am trying to keep price under $30K, and less than that if they do not have A/C. Ideally my budget would be $30K for a fully running and nice looking car I can enjoy regularly.

I am also considering replacing my Ford Focus. It is running fine, with over 105K miles on it. The question is, do I replace it with a higher class car, or keep it and get a classic. Since I can't answer that now, I am writing in my Car Corner column the current short list of cars I am thinking about as a replacement daily driver.

Let's get on with the classics, after all this is called Classic Car Watch.

1969 Chevelle - $26,950

Description: 420HP LS 6.0, 4L60E, A/C

Found: August 2016, verified 11/21/2016

Source: Hemmings

Comments: This seems like the near perfect resto-mod! Modern drive train in a classic looking body. In the long run I would still needs a good Hotchkis suspension and some nice 4 wheel disc brakes. But there is money left in the budget to start those.

1972 Corvette - $27,972

Description: Blue on Blue with a numbers matching 350/200 engine and automatic transmission. A/C, power windows, PS, PB.

Found: 11/21/2016

Source: Buy-A-Vette

Comments: This is just about perfect. There was some blemishes I saw in the photos, but it still looks great for a driver quality C3 Vette. I could see driving this car as-is for quite a while.

1970 Camaro - $24,995

Description: Blue over Black, LS V-8, Manual.

Found: June 2016, verified 11/21/2016

Source: North Shore Classics

Comments: The verbal description was virtually non-existent. But the important thing is this already has a late model LS engine swapped in with a manual transmission. The price leaves a little money left over to sort things out and put in A/C.

1966 Mustang - $24,900

Description: GT tribute, 289 cubic inch V-8, automatic transmission, 50,000 original miles, air conditioning,  power disc brakes, gauge pack, fog lights, rally-pac, dual exhaust, original interior, styled steel wheels, radial tires, Nevada car, laser straight car, natural undercarriage, no undercoating.  Everything works. This Mustang runs as good as it looks.

Found: 11/21/2016

Source: Hemmings

Comments: This is just about a perfect Mustang. The only think missing is the Pony Interior. Yes, it is a clone, but that's not all bad. It has all the appropriate items: fog lights, trumpet exhaust, faux wood dash, wood steering wheel, Rally Pac gauges, and air conditioning. This car is ready to drive. Cars & Coffee... here I come. Over time I can add 4 wheel disc brakes, and an upgraded suspension to make the car safer and more enjoyable to drive. Then some form of fuel injection (engine swap, EFI swap, something) and overdrive transmission.

1970 Firebird Formula 400 - $25,900

Description: Blue over Black, 400, 4-Speed, A/C

Found: 11/21/2016

Source: Nuccio Auto Group

Comments: I love the color, and the lack of a rear spoiler. The combination of 4 speed and A/C is what got me. I could drive this car as-is.

72 Plymouth Cuda - $29,000

Description: This is a nice honest 1972 Plymouth Cuda. It is numbers matching 340 four-speed car. Strong Engine With 32000 original miles. It has 3:91 Posi rear end.

Found: August 2016, verified 11/21/2016

Source: Hemmings

Comments: This is exactly what I want my Cuda to look like. The only thing needed here is A/C. But a low mileage, numbers matching 340/4-speed and a Pistol Grip with console... I think I will bare the heat for a while.