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4 Muscle Cars for Sale on Craigslist under $5,000
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4 Muscle Cars for Sale on Craigslist under $5,000

By Cody Clark No matter what kind of car you’re looking for, there will always be one that is hacked apart beyond all measure. Most will rot in driveways because they’re not interesting enough to sell or build back. Finding muscle cars for sale on Craigslist, at least ones worth pursuing, can take some time, but these cars once had plenty of power and appear to have some life left. Better yet, they can be snagged for a reasonable price. 1970 Buick Skylark for sale This 1970 Buick Skylark is available for $4,500 in Kitsap County, WA and  has faced a rash of bad luck ever since the seller bought it. From damage at the mechanic to scary engine noises, this Skylark needs some patience and gold flaked paint to be daily ready. Once you listen to that 455 purr without a catastr...
Dollar Store John Wayne – 1971 Pontiac Grand Safari Wagon for under $6,000
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Dollar Store John Wayne – 1971 Pontiac Grand Safari Wagon for under $6,000

By Cody Clark Make / manufacturer: HUGE. This 1971 Pontiac Grand Safari Wagon is a once-in-a-lifetime find in The Dalles, Oregon for a cool $5,800. Clocking in at 19 feet and counting, huge is the only way to describe this car. Designed as Pontiac’s flagship model with cues from both the Bonneville and Grandville, The Grand Safari was a car of very few compromises. Perhaps that’s the reason John Wayne owned one.  This particular example wears a mint green hue speckled with many spots of rust. The bright spot is the original badges and the fact that this car was used as a daily driver for many decades. Somehow this small planet of a car didn’t drop any hubcaps in the last half a century.  But this pirate ship has seen better days. An ill-fated fix has left a ...
Five 1950s project cars for $5,000 or less
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Five 1950s project cars for $5,000 or less

By Cody Clark Every day, classic cars become more expensive. But for $5,000, can you still drive around in a relic from America’s golden era of motoring? While these project cars for sale on Craigslist may not be the best examples of the height of American manufacturing, they prove that on a budget there are still cars out there that require just a few very long weekends to roar back to life. Great investments start when the car can’t lose any more value, right? 1955 Chrysler for sale This 1955 Chrysler Windsor is available in Long Beach, CA for $3,600. It looks like it still has a few years before it rusts fully into the ground, and the seller states the engine turns. The dash mounted shifter, ‘Power steering’ label on the steering wheel and extremely wide white walls make t...
Cheap Cruiser – 1969 Buick Skylark Custom
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Cheap Cruiser – 1969 Buick Skylark Custom

By Cody Clark Like a company car for a couples’ counseling center, this 1969 Buick Skylark Custom collides a practical sedan shape with a mildly peppy V8 that is designed to please all parties. This example lives in Riverview, FL and is listed for a reasonable $7,495. This car wears slate gray paint with barely a hint of patina save for tiny rust spots. Immaculate Oldsmobile logo wheel covers shine framed by period-appropriate bulbous tires. A sleek pinstripe reaches to the rear door and highlights how much of an afterthought the sedan design really was. But four doors is additional justification for cruises with friends if not spouses. Does this 1969 Buick have seats? Interior photos are frustratingly sparse. What they do show is that the car presumably has ...
Cheap Date: 1973 Plymouth Satellite Custom Wagon
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Cheap Date: 1973 Plymouth Satellite Custom Wagon

By Cody Clark Mopar double headlights. White wall tires. Brown. This 1973 Plymouth Satellite in Long Beach, CA has it all for only $9,500. I don’t need to tell you how perfect this car is. It’s all right there. The rear window is longer than the two door windows combined. Anemic V8 power for maximum scream without the pretense of maximum go. The little round mirror. A few rust spots dot the corners of the car. Who cares? If it’s survived this long, it’s ready for another 50 years.  This Satellite boasts a 318 V8 connected to a dismal TorqueFlite 3-speed. The power-thirsty torque converter is actually a feature; any more torque delivery would probably bend the frame. This is no drag car, but it never promised that. This car didn’t even promise to make it to the 1980s. The eng...
Spring Cleaning: 5 Craigslist Project Cars Under $5,000
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Spring Cleaning: 5 Craigslist Project Cars Under $5,000

By Cody Clark It’s high time for another round of Five Project Cars. With car prices steadily rising, these neglected pieces of history might make an enthusiast very happy. 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass for sale While this 1973 Cutlass available for $3,000 on craigslist is the most complete of the bunch, what you see is what you get. A tepid assurance from the seller that this example runs is enough to convince you, you can enjoy this brown couple all the way home. If you squint you can say ‘luxury Camaro.’ Nice brown mags. 1959 Ford Thunderbird for sale This 1959 Ford Thunderbird was made during the Eisenhower administration and probably sold for around $3,500. After many decades and many run-ins with paint thinner, this one is only $2,500. It even comes with an engine o...
For Sale: 1903 Curved Dash Olds
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For Sale: 1903 Curved Dash Olds

I won't waste your time because I know you're burning to know. This is a replica, but a darn fine one at that. Found on Craigslist in Lakeland, FL for $9,800, this 1903 Olds Curved Dash replica is reported to have been built in the late 1950s by the E.W. Bliss Company. The business built approximately 500 of these full scale models and some 40 are known to survive. This particular one is in running condition, but the seller states it has a few loose ends to tie up. The Curved Dash is credited with being the first mass produced automobile. In 1901, the first year of production, 425 rolled off the assembly line. The model remained the staple of the Olds lineup until about the time General Motors purchased the company win 1908. A fire that broke out at the Olds Motor Vehicle Co. facto...
Vista Cruiser of the 90s? 1991 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser For Sale – $7,995
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Vista Cruiser of the 90s? 1991 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser For Sale – $7,995

By Cody Clark Here’s a sentence you probably didn’t expect to read today: The cleanest Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser wagon you’ve ever laid eyes on. Well. This is it. For just under $8,000 here on Craigslist you can own your very own eight-passenger wagon that costs $110 to fill up.  Hey, your drive home may be expensive, but at least you'll be super comfortable. It’s so… bubbly. And look at the pig nose. Those sawblade wheels are… cool? The front of this car looks like a retirement home. But the sweeping rear end almost makes the car seem fast. It must be vestiges of ‘60s wagons reaching through time, this is a Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser in B-Body garb, right? Something about that giant back end and sloped roof whispers ‘drag wagon.’ The seller notes that this car is one of a...
Mint Malaise – 1978 Pontiac Grand Prix For Sale
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Mint Malaise – 1978 Pontiac Grand Prix For Sale

By Cody Clark Steal your mom’s keys, throw in a cassette and lose hubcaps on late night 100-mph screams down the freeway in this 1978 Pontiac Grand Prix on craigslist, perfectly preserved in a luscious mint color. Do they call it Miami mint? They probably didn't, but we will now, given the car's location. This could certainly be the best $8,000 you could spend, right? Right!? 1978 Pontiac Grand Prix Interior & Exterior White vinyl over mint green. Smooth hubcaps. Everglades-ready mud flaps. This car is an absolute time capsule back to an era of motoring you wish you could forget. Those chunky glass headlights look completely useless for safety. The chrome bumpers look like they’re ready to knock over small buildings.This car is absolutely flawless even down to the po...
Escaped New Yorker – Restore-ready 1965 Chrysler New Yorker
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Escaped New Yorker – Restore-ready 1965 Chrysler New Yorker

By Cody Clark Coming off of his conservative, sleek days at General Motors with the Continental, Elwood Engel had a plan to save the Chrysler New Yorker. He adopted that same less-is-more design language with 1965’s offering and essentially saved the model - Detroit’s red-headed stepchild sold 62% more New Yorkers over the prior year. Available on craigslist in Renton, WA for $4,500, this 1965 Chrysler New Yorker for sale is an example of Engel’s iconic design philosophy without the hefty price tag of the Continental but still brimming with all the retrofuturism your heart desires.  Information is sparse on this example, although the critical parts are at least somewhat visible. The paint looks like a cloudy melange compared to the deep blue this car would have shown in its ...

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