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#114 of 123 sounds good
Nov 30, 2001 (11:44 pm)
My grandparents had a 66 Wildcat, though theirs was kind of 'mild' and not too well optioned (tan with tan interior, two door hardtop, bench seat, column shift, no power options). I do remember my uncle, who was 16 or 17 when they had the car, did quite like it. Could it have been the big engine?
Yes, the 69-72 Grand Prixs are nice, though I like the older ones (big Pontiac chassis) better. The GPs tend to be better optioned than Monte Carlos, and also have at least a 400 engine (many, many had 455s).
Dec 01, 2001 (1:07 am)
Collector car market is a bit soft right now, but exceptional and rare cars still sell for top dollar. Project cars are dead, dead, dead. Prowlers are sale proof, big old 4-doors are practically free right now. British sportscars are still hot (if pre 1974 and in top shape and not a Spitfire). Muscle cars still hot, ol pickups doing pretty well, street rods are good, '57 Chevy convertibles are red hot, race cars with history are much sought after if they are old enough for vintage events.
So the market is strong for the traditionally desirable cars and weak for the traditionally borderline, shabby, odd-ball and too old fashioned. People are getting fussier and fussier about how they spend their money on Old Iron.
Dec 01, 2001 (11:39 am)
I'd go with the early ones too although the later ones were probably better cars. I had a '62 GP that was a wallowing boat, had the very strange Roto-Hydramatic that's in many big Pontiacs '61-64. Drove a loaded '64 421, supposedly bought new by Bing Crosby, great interior but the automatic is a real bummer.
The 69-up are more performance oriented than the Montes, lots of 428s in '69, plus the Model J trim package and Model SJ performance package.
Dec 01, 2001 (12:50 pm)
Yeah, okay, I'll go with an early 60s Lincoln convertible being available for around $10K if you shop. It's do-able.
#118 of 123 sayonara for about ten days
Dec 03, 2001 (12:30 am)
I'm gone cuz I have at&t broadband, which is now kaput thanks to excite going out of business. I shall return as soon as my internet access does (I'm now at Kinko's).
#119 of 123 ten thousand bucks
Dec 05, 2001 (3:30 pm)
......will also buy a really nice later 60s Cadillac, even a convertible. Not so for pre-65 convertibles, though, at least not usually.
Dec 06, 2001 (8:24 am)
and another $10,000 for gas.
#121 of 123 yes.......
Dec 06, 2001 (3:04 pm)
.....but we can probably say that for most of them (any old car with a big block).
Dec 06, 2001 (6:40 pm)
Yeah, but Caddies really seem to suck it up for some reason. You step on the gas on my friend's 500 cid Eldo, and you can hear the toilet flush.
Dec 06, 2001 (11:16 pm)
I guess since the 'average' old car with a big block weighs ~4000 pounds, it's gonna use less gas than a 5000lb. Cadillac, no question. I think those 505s in the Eldos were the worst pigs ever, it was a ridiculously large engine saddled with bad early emission control crap. Bad combination.