After reading the post yesterday by jgoods on Barrett-Jackson’s recent auction in California, I began wondering about the possibility of finding fun, vintage cars without going to such auctions.
After all, his post did say, “For every numbers-matching LS6 ‘70 Chevelle SS convertible, there were ten daily-driver VW Beetles” at the auction. It’s pretty common knowledge that we don’t need to go to a B-J auction to find a used Beetle.
Surely, then, it’s possible to browse used-car listings and find auction-quality vehicles for a fair price. I spent a good portion of the day yesterday browsing through the CarGurus DealFinder used-car listings and, while I didn’t stumble upon any $250,000 Chevelles, I did uncover some tasty treats:
As of yesterday there were twelve 1964-1970 Chevelles listed, the most expensive being a $55,000 1969 with just under 50,000 miles on the clock. Pretty sweet.
Should you become fortunate enough to have the money to buy one, DealFinder also listed yesterday five Bentley Brooklands models, priced between $239,000 and $315,000. Looks like DealFinder isn’t just for finding Camrys and Jettas!
BMW purists say the 1986-1988 BMW M3 was the cream of the M3 crop, being little more than a race car for the street. The E30 M3 is incredibly sought-after, and at last check the M3 listings included one for just under $17,000. If I bought a car today, that might be the one!
In the future classics category, the 1993-1995 Mazda RX-7 may be one of the best-looking Japanese car designs ever. Weighing around 2,800 pounds, the car can propel itself to 60 mph in about 5 seconds. Check out the listings – you may be surprised at how inexpensively you can get one!
Instead of jetting off to a car auction, spend some time browsing used-car listings. You’ll find some real gems there waiting for new homes!
Let us know what car finds you come across in used-car listings! Would you go for rare and collectible or fun and cheap?