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Dusty & Rusty – Herd of Metropolitans for sale – $500 to $3,000 each
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Dusty & Rusty – Herd of Metropolitans for sale – $500 to $3,000 each

The Metropolitan is an interesting little car, and with a wheel base shorter than a VW, little it is. Though badged as an American Nash, Hudson, and even as its own sub-brand of AMC, the Metropolitan has a strong English accent. After initial design work and protyping was completed in Kenosha, WI, Nash executives realized it'd be too expensive to build from scratch. They contracted with England's Austin to build the car, using European underpinnings that'd help bring the cost down further. For the first time, a North American designed car, meant for the North American market, had assembly completed outside of the US. The goal to save money worked, and the vehicle destined to be American's "second car" began rolling out of English factories in October 1953. It seems this seller had ...
March 20, 1988 – The last Pontiac Fiero
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March 20, 1988 – The last Pontiac Fiero

The last Pontiac Fiero left the assembly line on this day in 1988. The mid-engined sports car first hit the market in 1983. Not only was this Pontiac's first two seater since 1938, but it was the first, mass-produced mid-engine sports car to come from any U.S. automaker. Above:1985 Pontiac Fiero. By Mr.choppers - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0Top: 1988 Pontiac Fiero A total of 370,168 Fieros left the line during its short five year run. Comparatively, just 163,000 Toyota MR2s sold during its first five years, starting in 1984. While it appeared to have commercial success, the Fiero, which translates from Spanish to mean proud, fierce, or bold, suffered from poor press related to a lack of performance and reliability. Today, 1988 model year Fieros are highly sought by collectors due to ...
(Not so) Dusty & Rusty – 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe – $6,500
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(Not so) Dusty & Rusty – 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe – $6,500

Jay Leno once said that his parents brought him home from the hospital in a 1949 Plymouth following his birth. Considering his car collection, It's surprising that he doesn't have one, though he does have a 1950 Plymouth Suburban. Perhaps this 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe for sale on Craigslist in Northern Mississippi for $6,500 could be the crown jewel of his collection? Maybe I'm a little biased. Why? I happen to have one of these cars. T'was my first ride, actually (thanks, parents!). Mine has been an intermittent restoration project for nearly 20 years, though it does run and drive. It's even the car in this site's logo. Where were we.... According to the seller, this one isn't perfect, but it "runs like a sewing machine." Does this coupe thread your needle? Plymouth, along with t...
Dusty & Rusty – 1966 Chrysler 300 For Sale – $5,000
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Dusty & Rusty – 1966 Chrysler 300 For Sale – $5,000

Sometimes you need muscle, sometimes style. This has a bit of both. The original Chrysler 300 hit the market in 1955 as personal luxury car that focused on performance. The first of these low production cars had a C-300 badge in '55. The following year they became the 300B, in '57 the 300C and so on. The letter series skipped "I" and ultimately ended with the 300L in 1965. A non-letter series 300 came about in 1962 as a baby brother to the alpha cars, of which prodution continued through 1971. What we have for sale here is a 1966 Chrysler 300, the first year since its inception that the 300 did not feature an alphanumeric badge. This example is located on Milwaukee Craigslist for $5,000 and "ran when parked," everyone's favorite thing to hear when buying an old car. Ran when parked - ...
1968 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible – $7,000
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1968 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible – $7,000

If there was a certification class for Craigslist car browsing excellence, I think I would ace the course. I spend way too much time traveling the country, and sometimes the world, in search of four wheeled deals. All without leaving my home office, of course. Though I prefer to showcase cars on this site that haven't seen the light of day in ages, this clean 1968 Ford Galaxie convertible begged me for a feature. It's currently listed for $7,000 in Carrollton, Virginia, a price that is more than half that of NADA guide's average retail listing of $17,710. Now, I don't know how many people are paying almost 20 grand for a Ford Galaxie, but $7K for this topless V8 powered, stick shift cruiser seems more than fair. Do I have your attention? In 1968 the Galaxie received a face lift, sh...
Dusty & Rusty – 5 running trucks under $5K
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Dusty & Rusty – 5 running trucks under $5K

This selection of dusty and rusty American pickups fall between the years of 1969 and 1974 and cover the Big Three. All were found on Craigslist and appeared to be available at the time of writing. Check the link on each description if you're interested! I really dig this era of trucks, as it was a transition period for pickups. During this time automakers grew out of the rounded body style and were adopting a more squared off appearance. With growing interest in classic trucks, now would be a wise time to buy if you're looking for a restoration, hot rod, or other project. Alright, enough chit chat, let's see what we found. 1969 Ford F-100 This 1969 Ford F-100 falls in the middle of the fifth generation of the Ford F-Series trucks. It's also located in the middle of the USA, ju...
Dusty & Rusty – 1934 DeSoto Airflow For Sale – $2,950
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Dusty & Rusty – 1934 DeSoto Airflow For Sale – $2,950

Some say the Chrysler and DeSoto Airflow, introduced in 1934, was ahead of its time, which is why sales sunk. Others blame production line faults for being unable to fulfill a large number of initial orders. Whatever the case, only 13,940 DeSoto Airflow models in four different series left the factory. This was about 9,000 less cars than what DeSoto made the previous year. Chrysler didn't fare much better, with 10,833 Airflows leaving the factory. Had Chrysler not retained its more traditional CA and CB models, 1934 sales would likely have been a third of 1933's. Point being, this 1934 DeSoto Airflow for sale on LA Craigslist is a rare car. Rare isn't always a good thing. Especially for a car that needs absolutely everything to get back on the road in any form. This aerodynamic ride is li...
Dusty & Rusty – 1917 Dodge Brothers Roadster – $8,995
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Dusty & Rusty – 1917 Dodge Brothers Roadster – $8,995

Horace and John Dodge are among the most fascinating automotive pioneers, at least in this author's opinion. They started a machine shop in 1900 that would supply engines, transmissions, axles and other parts to numerous automakers including Oldsmobile and Ford. The pair made a fortune from to Henry Ford before jumping ship to start their own car company, Dodge Brothers. They finished their first car in 1914 and were soon pumping out some of the most durable automobiles in America. In 1917 the Dodge Brothers introduced the Model 30, which was available in several body styles. You could opt for a coupe, sedan, Tourer, or like this one, a Roadster. This running and driving 1917 Dodge Brothers Roadster is located in Sturgis, South Dakota and is on Craigslist for $8,995. It's sad to think tha...
Dusty & Rusty – 1932 Chrysler CI – Runs & Drives – $7,600
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Dusty & Rusty – 1932 Chrysler CI – Runs & Drives – $7,600

Being alive in 1932 was tough. While the Great Depression may ring a bell, plenty of other tragedy and tribulation was playing out across the land. It was 1932 that witnessed the Lindbergh kidnapping and Adolf Hitler earning German citizenship (he was Austrian/Hungarian by birth). The same year saw four people shot dead in front of the Ford River Rogue plant when 3,000 unemployed workers marched for jobs at the site. In 1932 massive dust bowls began to ravage the central US, carrying dirt coast to coast. Among the places affected by these storms in the mid 1930s was Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is near where we find this 1932 Chrysler for sale on Craigslist for $7,600. Perhaps not everything about that year was terrible. Being a higher end car company, the six cylinder CI saved Chrysler duri...
Dusty & Rusty – 1959 Chevrolet El Camino – $4,500
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Dusty & Rusty – 1959 Chevrolet El Camino – $4,500

Yesterday we celebrated the release of the 1959 Chevrolet El Camino, so when this one came across my screen, I had to put it on blast. Though this one appears to have gone through a blast or two of its own. Listed for $4,500 on Craigslist outside of Spokane, Washington, this ElCo is in need of some serious help. It appears to have been sitting long enough for a tree to start growing through the rear bumper. I've always been drawn to '59 Chevys. I attribute part of my affection to the fact my father drove one as his first car. If memory serves correctly, he picked up for a whopping $100. The love transcends this anecdote, for the style is so unique for the year, mostly in the rear. Those horizontal cat eye fins designed by Bob Cadaret are the perfect blend of fierceness and elegance...