Sunday, November 8, 2009

Weekend Quickies

1967 Ford Mustang - Craigslist and eBay are loaded with old Mustangs. Most are either baskets cases or super expensive Cobras, fastbacks and convertibles. It's really nice to see one like this.

This car has V8 and an automatic. When new, it was a step up from the 6 cylinder Mustang, but not as expensive or as tricked out as a Cobra and the like. This is the type of Mustang that was affordable to everyone. This is the type of Mustang that tens of thousands of people drove everyday back in the 1960s.

It's great to see a car like this in this condition. It's a matching number car that looks completely stock except for the Cragers, which were a common upgrade in the 1960s.

Located in Corona Hills, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.

1969 Opel Kadett Wagon - In yesterday's post I mentioned that I like cars that have inexplicably survived. This is a perfect example.

In a Decemember, 2008, post, I wrote about an Opel Wagon being my first car. Mine was red and had a 4 speed manual transmission. I have some good memories of it, but it was an unremarkable car.

This is a 62,000 mile car. It has an automatic transmission. How and why it survived in such good shape, with so few miles, is a mystery. It has had no bodywork done to it and is rust free. The seller recently did a valve job and some routine maintenance on it.

Buy this car and take it to a German car show. Count how many times people stop and look at your unrestored Opel Kadett, versus how many people look at the last over-restored BMW 2002 in the long line of over-restored BMW 2002s. I bet the Opel gets twice as many looks. The 2002 is twice the car, but an Opel Wagon is rarely seen.

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, click here to see the eBay listing.

1968 Mercury Montego - I wish the ad for this car had more info and more pictures. This is a claimed 2 owner car with just 96,000 miles on it. It has the (matching number) 302 V8 in it. The seller says that the wheels and even the floor mats are original.

The Mustang I wrote about above was the "everyman's" Mustang. This was the "everyman's" (or "everywoman's") Montego. With the 302 it was a step above the 6 cylinder Montego, but not as expensive or wild as the Montego Cyclone.

Located in Gallatin, TN, click here to see the Craigslist listing.

1991 Acura NSX - I still haven't figured out what I think about the NSX. It's a great car. It's a Japanese supercar. It's well built. Back in 1990, when it was introduced, it was probably the only supercar you would even consider using as your daily driver.

When Honda was designing this car their target was the Ferrari 348. Its performance is on par with the Ferrari. In terms of reliability, it exceeds the Ferrari. Everything inside is ergonomically correct. The body is aerodynamically perfect.

But it's generic. It's a Honda. It's too perfect. For the sake of reliability some excitement is missing. For the sake of aerodynamics, the body is bland. I don't notice them when I see them on the road.

A really nice older NSX can be bought for less then $30,000.00 these days. For that money you get the performance of a Ferrari and the reliability of an Accord. Somehow that doesn't seem right. Accord and Ferrari should never be used in the same sentence.

Located in Indianapolis, IN, click here to see the eBay listing for this car.

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