This isn’t the first first-gen Charger I’ve posted, but it’s definitely the nicest one, even with the work it needs and the dent on the quarter. If this is as legit as the ad suggests, this is a heck of a deal – low mileage Chargers don’t exactly grow on trees (especially in the Midwest) and this one is optioned nicely, with the exception of the automatic. I’d be inclined to follow the seller’s recommendation and fix the brakes, change all the fluids, and drive it pretty much as-is. That 383 isn’t a Hemi, but it would take a bigger cam and better intake just as well. It’s also kind of a strange color, but something tells me that won’t hurt the resale value of this one.
Monthly Archives: October 2013
I’m not much of a tri-five Chevy guy, but my love for wagons knows no bounds. My car geek senses are also tingling, because I never knew until today that Chevrolet used the “Beauville” name on anything but full-size vans. To top it off, this car is slathered in a lovely shade of
baby poop brown Navajo Tan with a white top, which is pretty styling. All in all, it’s a nice little ride for the money (about 1/3 what you’d pay for a similar two-door car) and you can fit the whole family. Who needs a V8 when you have this much style?
While the Caprice I posted a few weeks back was a boat that represented of some of the worst tendencies of the domestic auto industry, this Buick is something that is sorely lacking from every automaker’s lineup today: the full-size convertible. Headband-bro aside, it would be a lot of fun to float down the highway in this powder blue creampuff, soaking up every expansion joint and pot hole with ease and stopping every two hours for gas. For this kind of money, drive it a few summers, keep it clean, and flip it for the same price down the road. You might have to add a few feet on to your garage though.
It’s pretty rare that I’m struck speechless by a car, but this one did the trick. That is, if you can even call it a car. Needs pedals and seat? I’d be more concerned about the lack of any steering mechanism. And how can you possibly sell this under “make offer?” How much is a coffin strapped to a cobbled together ladder frame with a tunnel-rammed small block Chevy really worth? I do have to give the builder points for the yellow lanterns as headlights, that’s a nice touch. But perhaps the best part of all, and maybe the most value in this equation – if you crash it, you can just be rolled directly to the cemetery.
There is a reason that GM downsized its full-size line in 1977, and this car is it. Just look at the distance between the B-pillar and the bumper – I bet you could part a VW Rabbit in just that span. That’s not to say it’s entirely unattractive; there are some very interesting details, like the bowed rear glass, the character line that starts at the top of the door and gracefully falls down the rear quarter, and that monstrous opera window. Taken as a whole, however, the car is simply bloated and oversized in every way – except usable passenger space. While not as ostentatious as other late-70’s coupes, this is definitely the last gasp of the “bigger is better” mentality that gripped Detroit in this period. There was nowhere to go from here but smaller.