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For Sale: 1970 Chevy El Camino – $10K
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For Sale: 1970 Chevy El Camino – $10K

Chevrolet introduced the El Camino for the 1959 model year to compete with the Ford Ranchero. Ford's car/truck utility vehicle came to market two years prior and Chevy recognized its potential. Like the Ranchero, Chevy built it on an existing platform, the Biscayne B body two-door wagon platform. However, following the 1960 model year, Chevrolet pulled the El Camino from its lineup. Obviously that wasn't the end of the line for the vehicle. It returned in 1964, now based on the Chevelle. Fast forward six years and we get this 1970 Chevrolet El Camino for sale near Helena, Montana. While its Chevelle brethren commands a hefty price tag, this Elco is listed for just $10,000. Better yet, it's ready to go. Daily Driver El Camino? The seller doesn't offer a whole lot of informati...
Cheap Classics: ’80s babies!
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Cheap Classics: ’80s babies!

There is no denying that a new era of car collecting has arrived, frankly, because there's a new group of collectors storming the market with fistfuls of meme stock cash and stacks of OnlyFans checks. Wherever they get their money, millennial car enthusiasts are shining new light on cars once thought of boxy turds. But hey, who would have thought that Chevelles would be selling for more than a million bucks? Thanks, oboomer, now I'll never have my dream car. But maybe I can get one of these trending 1980s collector cars before their prices skyrocket? Do I want one? I don't know, let's see what's on this list of 1980s cars under $10,000 1985 Ford Bronco II - $2,500 The reintroduction of the Ford Bronco is certainly helping to revitalize the prices of the old ones, both big and sm...
Fast 5 Friday – Detroit Edition
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Fast 5 Friday – Detroit Edition

This week we're looking at cars not only built by Detroit area automakers, but reside there to this day. Out of these cheap classic cars for sale, which ones catch your eye? Better question, which ones make you want to cut up your credit card so you don't make a terrible decision? Hit the link in each description for more information about these old pieces of Detroit steel! 1977 Mercury Grand Marquis - $4,550 Coming straight out of Dearborn Heights, it's no surprise that this 1977 Mercury Grand Marquis only has 55,000 original miles. Heck, it's barely made it out of the parking lot it was designed in! Well, that may be a stretch, it could have come from any of number of Ford plants, but it's pretty dang close to headquarters. Perhaps this was a former executive's car? It looks ...
Fast 5 Friday – 5 Classic Convertibles under $10K that Run!
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Fast 5 Friday – 5 Classic Convertibles under $10K that Run!

Here's a quick look at 5 classic convertibles for sale throughout the US! Each one is linked to their original ad. 1964 Ford Falcon Futura - $9,800 This 1964 Ford Falcon Futura convertible for sale on Craigslist near Bakersfield, CA appears to be a permanent convertible, citing the large whole in its roof. The seller doesn't say much about the car, but it is equipped with a running V8 and an automatic transmission. Being a California car, it's likely rust won't be much of an issue! 1969 Austin Healey Sprite - $6,000 Here's a fun little car that you can hop in and cruise right away without breaking the bank. If you're near Manhattan, Kansas - yes Kansas - you can find this car on Craigslist where the seller describes it as needing a little love. It needs a bit of cosmet...
Cheap Classic – Driving 1931 Ford Model A Truck – $6,500
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Cheap Classic – Driving 1931 Ford Model A Truck – $6,500

The Model T was so good for Ford, that when it finally came time to replace it (after 20 years) they couldn't even make a Model U, they simply had to start over. The result was the Model A, which offered more timely styling and modern mechanicals. Like the T though, the Model A covered a variety of body styles, from coupes and convertibles to pickups, like this one. Found on Craigslist in Dallas, this 1931 Ford Model A truck is listed for $6,500. While that may seem like a pile of cash for an old, rusty workhorse, considering it runs, drives and stops, it may be quite a deal. Let's take a closer look. On the outside, yep, rust. It's hard to tell if it's seriously cancerous or just has a nice coating of oxidation that gives it that patina some of y'all are so fond of. What's beautif...
Cheap Classic – 1957 Chevrolet Townsman  running barn find- $5,000
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Cheap Classic – 1957 Chevrolet Townsman running barn find- $5,000

For a long time, Tri-Five Chevrolets were among the most collectible classic cars. While they remain quite popular today, current prices reflect the fact that many gearheads' interests are moving elsewhere (i.e. muscle cars and Fox Body Mustangs?). While that's bad news for people dreaming of a running $10,000 Chevelle, it's great news for anyone still interested in fixing up fabulous fins of the 1950s. That brings us to this gorgeous 1957 Chevrolet 210 Townsman Wagon for sale on Craigslist near Kansas City for just $5,000. No doubt it needs plenty of work, but this car could have gone for double or more just a few years ago. Heck, it even runs. Yep, the inline six still turns over and will run, just bring gas and a battery! Unfortunately, even if the three on the tree still shifts...
Fast 5 Friday: 5 Cool Project Cars For Sale Under $5K
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Fast 5 Friday: 5 Cool Project Cars For Sale Under $5K

We're starting a new feature called Fast 5 Friday where we'll seek out great deals for cheap classics around the USA and beyond. Maybe we'll do themes, maybe we won't. Anyway, here's a few sweet project cars for sale under $5,000. 1. 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix - $2,000 Talk about deals! Ok, supposedly you get what you pay for, but for two grand you're getting quite a bit. This 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix for sale on Craigslist near Spokane, WA, is equipped with a 389, an automatic transmission and power brakes, power steering and even a power antenna! What else could you want. Well, it hasn't ran since 2000, but in the grand scheme of things, that's not that long. The interior is a bit rough too, and there's plenty of rust to go around, but with such a low starting point, there's a goo...
Roadside Sighting – 1966 Shelby GT 350H – is it real?
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Roadside Sighting – 1966 Shelby GT 350H – is it real?

I'm not big on breaking traffic law, but when this black and gold Mustang caught the corner of my eye, doing a U-turn across four lanes of traffic for a better look didn't seem like a problem. At first glance, one could understand why any gear head or auto historian might get excited here -- just look at that letter and number combo behind the front tires. G.T. 350H. The stuff of legend. Could this dusty, rusty, Mustang, that my fiancée says has been there for years, be the real deal? Could it be one of 1,000 1966 Shelby GT 350 sent to Hertz as part of the rent-a-racer program? 1966 Shelby GT350H replica Unfortunately, no, I don't think it is my dream barn find, so to speak. There's a few key indicators that say this is a replica, if you can even call it that. The most damning ev...
5 sweet vans for sale on Craigslist under $4K – that run!
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5 sweet vans for sale on Craigslist under $4K – that run!

The first car I bought myself to actually daily drive (first bought a 1949 Plymouth as a project), was a 1983 Chevy G20 van. It's beautiful shades of brown inside and out led me to name it the Kangaroo Pouch. My friends and I soon dubbed ourselves the Kangaroo Pouch Kids. Without a doubt, it was the best $500 I ever spent on a vehicle and selling it was nothing short of regrettable. Although, I did double my money. Anyway, as I sit here reminiscing about the days gone by, I find myself cruising Craigslist in search of my past, hoping to find my future. Let's see if anything I've come across scrambles memories of road trips, concerts or young love for you. That said, I'm going to take a wild guess that some of you may have lost those memories in a hazy fog. OK, enough, let's check out thes...
Dusty & Rusty – 1934 Chevrolet Six coupe for Sale – $12K
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Dusty & Rusty – 1934 Chevrolet Six coupe for Sale – $12K

The dusty & rusty feature on This Day in Automotive History is generally reserved for vehicles listed for under $10 grand. I had to make an exception for this 1934 Chevrolet Standard Six found on Craigslist near St. Louis for $12,000. More often then not, I find myself questioning the high pricing of cars that so obviously need, well, just about everything in this case. While I would bet you could haggle on this to get it under $10,000, I don't know that the tag on this is too far unjust. As trends in the auto restoration, rebuilding and hot rod industries sway, so to do prices. With 1950s style hot rods and The Race of Gentlemen trending upward, steel like this is becoming a hot commodity. Alas, hot rodding is all about personal preference. So if you drug this home, what would it loo...