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Bargain "Classics"--$12,000 or Less and 20 Years or Older

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,887
    The interior of that '70 Olds also looks close to the color of my '69 Bonneville, sort of a gold with a hint of green. My Bonneville was all-vinyl, though.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    ....cool, gaudy, was-in-style-then French Provincial upholstery, looks loaded (tilt-tele wheel, factory 8-track, along with the usual stuff), and body looks OK. I would have paid the sales price of $915, though I doubt it would fit in my garage (maybe if the garage were COMPLETELY cleaned out).

    The LeSabre convertible looks nice, though it's at the St. Louis place that has beautiful cars, typically overpriced by about 50% (I lived in St. Louis, this dealer was about 5 miles from our house, I used to BEG my mom to take me there, regularly). Back then (87-88), they typically had more imports (old 911s, Corniches, Silver Spurs, etc.), along with newly-collectibles ('59 Cadillacs, '60s Vettes).
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,887
    I was curious to find out how long overall that 70 Olds 98 is, and tried googling it. Closest I found was a Wikipedia article listing the 1969 version at 224.4 inches. So, hardly stubby, but for some reason I thought they were actually longer! That surprises me that my old 1969 Bonneville, at 225", was actually a bit longer overall! Shorter wheelbase though, 125" versus 127" for the 98/Electra. And the C-bodies had a larger passenger cabin, where the Bonneville was essentially just a Catalina with a longer rear deck, and a rear axle moved a few inches back, without making hte passenger cabin any bigger.

    Is that St. Louis place you mention Gateway Classic Cars? I used to love looking through their inventory online. One of my former co-workers bought a '66 Charger from them back in 2000. I think he paid $6,000 for it. It looked to be in great shape at a quick glance, although it had a funky paintjob with flames on it. It was sort of burgundy overall, with light gold flames at the front. It had a few quirks, too. Headlights wouldn't flip; you had to force them manually. I think you had to start it in neutral. Heater was disconnected, and I don't think it had a/c. It was a good driving car, though. He had registered for the Mopar Nats at Carlisle in 2001, but had to bail at the last minute because his mother took ill, so he let me drive it up there. It had a 383 4-bbl, and definitely had some kick to it! Yet, I remember that at 75 mph, it turned about 2500 rpm, same as my Intrepid. Fuel economy, not so good though. Got about 14 mpg on that trip, while a friend of mine, who drove my Intrepid up, got around 28.

    I didn't realize it at the time, but my friend had fallen on some hard financial times. I got a clue though, when he said that if anybody expresses an interest in buying the car, get their contact info! Here, this guy had talked about nothing but '66 Chargers for as long as I'd known him, had wanted one since he was a little kid, finally got his dream car, and suddenly starts talking about selling it? Yeah, something was definitely wrong with that picture. :sick:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,501
    Any "classic" car that is a bit funky is taking a beating in price right now. Nobody wants "projects" unless they are very cheap. People seem to be either wanting top-notch "turn key" cars that they don't have to work on....or "cheap and cheerful" old cars they can tinker with.

    But things like substandard paint and disconnected heater are not minor items, and will probably discourage many buyers today unless the price drops accordingly.

    A slightly funky '66 Charger with 383 is probably worth no more than he paid for it in 2000.

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,887
    A slightly funky '66 Charger with 383 is probably worth no more than he paid for it in 2000.

    I forget now how much he ended up selling it for. My friend had a bad habit of over-paying for things when the times were good, thinking that the prosperity would go on forever. He'd bought a few other overpriced toys, but compared to them the Charger seemed downright cheap. I remember at one time he said he was looking for $4-5K, and I was kinda tempted. However, the '66-67 Charger really doesn't excite me. Now if it was a '68-70 Charger, or even a Satellite or a '68-69 Coronet (don't care for that double-loop bumper '70 as much) I probably would've hopped on it!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,501
    if it's not a R/T or a Big Block or a '68 on up, it's really a fairly ordinary and plentiful car.

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  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    no, the dealer near us was Daniel Schmitt (www.schmitt.com); nice cars and usually good selection, but their prices are pretty high. St. Louis Car Museum (they should use the term lightly) is lots of fun....tons of cars and automobilia in a huge warehouse.
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