Remember when we told you smoking hot deals were still out there? Well, Tyler Beuregard of American Touring Specialties decided to help us prove this point. As Tyler told Super Chevy, "I found this car on the Orange County Craigslist. It had a horrible description, no pictures, and no phone number. The price was listed at $9,500. I finally got a response from the seller via e-mail a few days later and requested some pictures. Because I get so many e-mails, I didn't even notice that he sent me a link to some photo-hosting page where you need to create an account and log in to view someone's album. I finally tracked down his car domain page, and the images I saw were amazing. The car ran, had nearly flawless bodywork and gaps, and we got it for only $8,500." The very straight rust-free first-gen ran so well that they drove it the 300 miles back to Vegas.
What's the difference between a two-door and four-door '72 Chevelle? Well, besides the extra doors, the answer would be a lot of cash. The asking price for this 61K original-mile Chevelle was a paltry $3,000, which we bet was very negotiable. With over $7,000 to spend, we're thinking we could build a hell of a Rat-powered sleeper out of it.
On the rugged end of the spectrum was this '67 Camaro. Sure, it was "only" 1,800 bucks, but it was a mess, and we doubt our remaining $8,200 would have even gotten it to the roller stage. Don't be so desperate for a bargain that you end up biting off more than you can chew. The key is to buy right, not necessarily low. By the way, we think those fender vents are going to be the next big thing. Not!
Outside of the box is something like this '72 Monte Carlo. At $8,000, it was much cheaper than a basketcase Camaro and in much better shape. The 350 had recently been rebuilt, and the paint was nearly perfect, as was the interior. A new set of wheels and a change of stance would make this one nice ride.
We thought this '70 Nova was the buy of the swap meet. The grandma-fresh Nova had a mere 47,000 miles on the odometer and was squeaky clean inside and out. At only $6,900, we would even have had enough cash to swap a V-8 in place of its factory straight-six. Did we mention it was a one-owner car? Deals are still out there if you look hard enough.
Thanks to eBay Motors, we found this numbers-matching, rust-free '66 Chevelle in New Mexico. The seller says the 327 small-block and Powerglide trans both work well and the car is "all there" and drives great. At $9,500, it fits our budget and was one of only a few sub-10K early Chevelles we found. If it weren't for the Internet, we'd have never found this one. Just remember to be careful buying online since cars always look better in pictures and the seller's "perfect 10" might only be a six on your scale.
Non-auction sites like Collector Car Trader Online are a good place to shop when you don't want to deal with the uncertainty and quick pace of an auction site like eBay. You can type in the model of car you're interested in, how far you're willing to travel, and the price you're willing to pay-instant gratification at its best. This '65 Nova SS had new paint and was pretty clean for $10K, but it was only one of many on the site that fit within our budget.