Monthly Archives: December 2013

As Seen on Craigslist – 1976 Pontiac Firebird

As Seen On TV Logo copy

It’s been a while since I’ve seen the Will Ferrell movie Old School, but this seems to me like a near-replica Frank the Tank’s ride, right down to the 80’s-era Centerlines and chrome exhaust tips.  These cars are appreciating fairly quickly (although the mid-year cars are less desirable than the ’70-’73 and ’77-79 models), and $6k seems like a pretty good deal if it isn’t rusty and runs right.  Pop in some Whitesnake, chug some beers, and we’re going streaking.

1976 firebird


As Seen on Craigslist – 1968 Dodge Dart

As Seen On TV Logo copy

Who doesn’t love a Dart?  Mopar’s little errand-runners have loads of style, especially with dog dishes and a white interior.  They’re also easy to soup up, parts are generally easy to find, and the cost of entry is fairly low (especially relative to other classic Chryslers).  The only knock I have against this one is the red paint and the fact that it’s located in Homerville, which you have to zoom WAY out on Google maps to figure out where the heck it is.  With all the work put into this one already, it sounds like you could drive it as-is and worry about all the hundreds of other nagging issues and repairs that classic car ownership entails (I could be projecting here).

1968 Dart

As Seen on Craigslist – 1974 Dodge Sun Chaser

As Seen On TV Logo copy

Maybe it’s too many viewings of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation talking, but when I saw this ad I instantly thought of Cousin Eddie rolling up for an extended stay in the driveway.  You too can be the inbred yokels of your extended family, for the low, low price of $3465 (and your remaining dignity).  It reportedly has a “toilet/shower,” which I hope aren’t the same things at the same time, and with only 48k on the odometer you have many more miles left to enjoy the lovely odors that can only accumulate in a 40-year-old RV.  Merry Christmas indeed to whoever drives this home for the holidays.

1974 sunchaser

As Seen on Craiglist – 1963 Pontiac Catalina Convertible

As Seen On TV Logo copy

It’s clear that I’m a sucker for any crusty old Pontiac, so it should be no surprise that this particular ad caught my eye.  It had me at “Pontiac” and “convertible,” but the “4 speed” note is what really pushed this over the edge.  Never mind that the rear end is particularly hideous, the carpet is an unholy shade of greenish brown while the rest of the interior is blue (and in remarkably good shape for a convertible), and that the top is surely both inoperable and in multiple pieces – I could look past those flaws easily, thanks to the aforementioned stick shift.  What is particularly frightening is the side angle shot, which might as well be captioned “Here be Dragons;” there lurks more rust and Bondo in those lumpy rockers and misaligned door than you could shake a $2000 body shop bill at.  All that said, for $3500, if it runs and drives, it would make a heck of a summer cruiser once you ironed out some of the more obvious flaws over the winter.

1963 catalina