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#64 of 73 most people aren't fools about "collectible cars" like they used to be
Aug 30, 2001 (9:06 am)
Thanks to Edmunds .....
and a tip of the hat to Mr. Shiftright!~
#65 of 73 Remember the 928...
Aug 30, 2001 (10:20 am)
...Tom Cruise drove in "Risky Business" that Rebecca DeMornay put into Lake Michigan? I remember that the bill to repair the car was $8,000. Would this have been a realistic figure in 1983 for such damage?
#66 of 73 928 gone and forgotton
Aug 31, 2001 (1:35 am)
Well the not much lamented 928 was gone when I drove by yesterday. So it was either towed, driven or perhaps pushed to some other fate. It was certainly not a car to buy, just another curiousity along the road. If anyone does buy it, it will be quite a financial handfull. Thanks to Edmunds and Mr. S, we are all a little wiser.
Aug 31, 2001 (4:27 pm)
Exotic cars like that don't tolerate neglect...the 928, or an old Jaguar, or any once-expensive and still-complex foreign car demands that you "buy the best one possible" within your budget. Hopefully, that old puppy went for parts.
#68 of 73 7-litre Cougar and Sunbeam Tiger
Sep 01, 2001 (1:24 pm)
I must say that I am still in awe reading these posts, and have my own to share. I live in Upstate NY and on a recent drive in the country with my wife, I spotted the un-mistakeable shapes of a late '60s Cougar and next to it, a Sunbeam. My wife hates it when I trespass, so I knocked and an old man answered the door. He said that I could look at the cars and he "had more in the garage" to which he was going to get the key. The Cougar, I discovered was a rare 7-litre, leather, auto 70k miles......last on the road in 1977. It was red and rotted to the core in the swampy field that it sat in. The Sunbeam was a 260 v-8 1965 mkI tiger, also rotted to the core with 55k miles, torn top, rats ate the seats. Now to the garage.......1966 Dodge Charger.....MINT....no motor or trans, 1969 dodge Challenger, also MINT no motor or trans. I pretty much wanted to cry at that point. I would have been 2 yrs. old when the Cougar was taken off the road. The Mopars, he explained, were his son's and he had raced the Charger for some time,1/4 mile at a time. None of the Mopars were for sale, the Cougar and the Tiger would have been nice 20 yrs. ago. He told me stories about the cars when they were road worthy, and that alone made the stop worthwhile. I still drive by time to time....and catch myself making engine sounds as I look at those great muscle cars. Thanks for hearing me babble on.
Sep 02, 2001 (7:16 am)
The Tiger is probably the greatest loss money wise, as they are pulling around 25K for nice nice ones. The Cougar is a nothing car really.
Too bad about the Mopars...the engines and trans had all the car's value in them, otherwise they are just nice old used cars sittin' in a barn. But you could build a nice clone out of them if you could find an interesting engine.
Sep 02, 2001 (3:05 pm)
I think early Cougars (pre 71) are pretty cool cars, especially if you compare their prices to Mustangs of the same era. Cougars are almost always better-optioned (the hidden headlights and sequential turn signals are cool, if they work), there are none with 6 cylinders, and you don't see them every day.
Too bad about that 7 litre, those are rare, cars 'in the mud', especially an old Cougar or Mustang which rust badly, aren't worth fixing.
Sep 23, 2001 (7:28 pm)
I was in vacation in Wisconsin this summer, and my brother and I decided to search the junkyards for parts for his 1977 Toyota Celica ST Hardtop. Well, we didn't come up with anything we needed for that car, but we sure got some interesting junkyard experiences. One place we visited was just acres and acres of '60s-80s cars rusting away in the woods. I don't think the guy had ever crushed any cars, so there was some very weird stuff still sitting there. Pintos, Vegas, Corvairs, Coronas, Pacers, Impalas, LTDs, Mustang IIs, Beetles, etc. It was really cool walking through and seeing all these oddball cars. Some of the strangest included a '69 Opel GT, a '73 Ford Capri, a Chevy CorVan, a Fiat 123 and a Simca. Unfortunately most of the cars were rusted out and probably good only for engine parts and stuff. I was particularly inspired by a '76 Chevy Monte Carlo, red with white half-vinyl roof and Polycast wheels. The more I think about that car, the more I want one
#72 of 73 The torch has been passed.
Sep 23, 2001 (8:40 pm)
It's kind of moving to hear how junkyards still fascinate some of us. When I first became a junkyard regular it was oddball '50s cars that turned me on and I ended up owning a few.
Now the curiosities are cars I remember when they were new. Another reason to feel old .
Sep 25, 2001 (9:49 am)
I don't know about 1983, but in 1978 when my grandmother bought a new Mercury, $8,000 would buy a nice full sized car. I figure $8,000 in '78 is about $20,000 or $25,000 today, so figure $15,000 to $20,000 from '83. In other words, you could have bought a new car for what it cost the guy in the movie to fix the Porsche.