It must be the time of year when everybody starts trying to sell their summer classics, because there’s a bevy of cool cars on my local Craigslist right now. This car caught my eye because of the Grandpa Gold™ paint and because I’ve always loved the formal roofline Impalas over the fastback bodystyle. The car looks incredibly clean for the money, has the right wheels, a great interior, a nice, easy running small block, and – best of all – an honest-to-God 4 speed in a full-size car. I would be swooning even more if it were a convertible (although that would double the price), but I would have no problem driving this every day. Sometimes the simplest things are the best.
Monthly Archives: August 2012
As I’ve mentioned recently, there was once a booming cottage industry for modified and kit-cars based on the VW Beetle. The Bradley GT was one of the foremost of those kit-cars in its day, and this root beer brown model looks like a lot of fun for the money. It probably rattles like crazy, leaks like a sieve, and has a hard time getting out of its own way, but it’s got t-tops, a jaunty racing stripe, and looks like a cross between a C3 Corvette and the Coyote X from Hardcastle and McCormick, which I loved as a kid and may have been one of the reasons I grew up to be a car guy:
It should surprise no one at this point that I am a fan of full-size Pontiac performance cars, so forgive me for indulging myself with this specimen. Sure, the new paint has a distinct Maaco/Earl Scheib shine to it, but as long as it’s not covering up a ton of Bondo or rust, I’d be OK with it. This is a surprisingly low-optioned car (bench seats, no A/C, single outside mirror, wheel covers), but that just makes me like it even more. I’d find a set of steelies and Pontiac dog dishes, fix the brakelights, swap in a four-barrel and a cam, and drive this till the wheels fell off. I’m not a fan of the hokey arrowheads on the seats, but I could live with that for this price. And just look at the size of that engine bay! Even with the big V8, there’s room for your entire family to stand around and help you diagnose the inevitable rear main seal leak!