Monthly Archives: July 2013

As Seen on Craigslist – 1969 Buick Electra 225 Convertible

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I don’t know how or why the seller of this deuce-and-a-quarter decided to photograph the car next to his boat, but it was a stroke of genius.  The majestic size of this land yacht drop top is far and away its greatest asset, and highlighting that aspect only makes me want it more.  You don’t see red interiors much anymore (there may be a reason for that), but it looks great against the miles of white paint here.  It might actually be cheaper to keep gas in the boat, but I’d rather commute in the car any day of the week.

69 Electra


As Seen on Craigslist – 1973 Dodge Charger “Tribute”

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I think I’d rather have a Mazda Tribute.  In 1969, Dodge created a high-winged, droop-nosed version of the Charger called the Daytona, meant to compete on high-banked NASCAR tracks (Plymouth created the similar Superbird at the same time).  They were required to sell them to the public to meet NASCAR’s homologation rules, but they were not good street cars – the massive engines were hard to keep in tune, the nose and flush rear window were poorly constructed, and the wing was gaudy and made trunk access awkward.  Actually, that description doesn’t sound too far off from this car!  It doesn’t have the big wing, but it does have the goofy-looking nose, a poorly-modified tail panel, and a ridiculous – pardon me, “outrageous” – paint scheme.  The later “fuselage” Chargers are not nearly as desirable as the earlier cars, and $4800 doesn’t sound too bad until you realize all the work you would have to undertake to undo this monstrosity.  And you’d still be left with a ’73 Charger with a wimpy 318.

73 Charger Tribute

As Seen on Craigslist – 1968 Chevy Impala Wagon

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I’ve been on a wagon and big convertible kick lately (as my frustration with the Tempest leads me to ponder cutting my losses and getting a “new” classic car).  This is a non-original car with upgraded running gear and questionable (if manufacturer-correct) wheels, which makes the price a little on the high side, but it looks solid and for my purposes the unoriginality doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that it’s a nice body style in a good color and is straight, clean, and would make a fun little cruiser.  It’s an older listing, so I assume it’s gone, but if I had an empty garage space I’d be interested.

68 Impala

As Seen on Craigslist – 1963 Cadillac Coupe Deville

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It may not be a convertible, but the beautifully formal hardtop that precedes the hockey rink-sized trunk lid almost makes up for the lack of open-air motoring.  I’m not a big fan of white cars (despite owning a white car myself – sometimes you have to play the hand you’re dealt), but if white has a place, it’s on a classic Cadillac with perfectly-sized fins and just enough chrome to offset all that paint.  It almost certainly would not fit in my garage, but if I were in the market for a car like this, I might just have to make room.

63 Deville

As Seen on Craigslist – 1952 Crosley Drag Car

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Well talk about things you don’t see every day – I assume this car is based on a Crosley Hotshot or Super Sport, albeit heavily modified.  With those slicks and an SBC, this thing would have been quite a handful back in the day.  The pictures make it hard to tell, but it looks like some kind of straight axle in the front, which would make sense for that era of drag racing.  I have no interest in it for myself, but I’d want to be there when it’s dusted off and fired up, that’s for sure.

52 Crosley