No high-octane trailer queens in this market report.
1986 Pontiac Grand Prix Aerocoupe 2+2 Petty Edition
You know the story. The Ford Thunderbird jellybean was kicking General ass on the NASCAR super-speedways. So, the Aerocoupes of Chevy and Pontiac were created to slip through the wind like the Ford. While the Monte Carlo SS offered an HO 350 V8 as an option the product planners at Pontiac saddled the GP 2+2 with the 160hp 305 v8 only. Strangely, the Mecum website lists the car as having a V6. Based on the pics I’m thinking that is a typo. Beneath all the hoses, wires, pumps and other emissions doo-dads appears a proper V8. Novelty aside the Pontiac looked weird while the Chevy seemed attractive. These cars are not really hot among the malaise crowd which makes the auction result puzzling. $11.5K was not enough to get this Grand Prix into a new garage or backyard to sit in.
1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
350 crate motor, 4 speed manual, headers, T-tops. Attractive blue paint with white stripes, holes drilled into the fake hood scoop, what’s not to like? No A/C and the firewall looks a little funky. It sold for $17.6K, seems about right if the car is really well sorted out.
1985 Pontiac Trans Am
5 speed manual, T-tops, 6,000 original miles, no reserve. Yeah, the 305 V8 won’t melt your heart, nothing a little work couldn’t solve. Sold for $17.6K not bad considering the mileage.
1986 Pontiac Trans Am
Okay, you say you want a better deal. A little rougher, more mileage, an automatic transmission. How about for $6.6K? Now that was a deal.
1978 Chevrolet Corvette
35,000 miles and a 4 speed. It appears to be a base L48 engine car without A/C. Listed as having been in a climate-controlled garage all it’s life and has a new exhaust system. Listed with no reserve and hammered for $10,460. Sounds like a bargain to me.
1985 Ford Mustang Twister II
All right I don’t care much about the whole Twister thing. It’s a Kansas Ford dealer decal package. It adds no value to me. What I see is a 1985 Mustang GT with T-tops, A/C and a 5 speed manual. The original 302, excuse me 5.0 sits in the bay, topped with dual quads, headers and 4.11 gears in the axle. Bidding topped at $10K but the car did not sell.
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I have an obsession with Mopar F-Body sport coupes, especially when equipped with T-tops. In the Mopar F-Body world the Mexican market Super Bee is the holy grail. This car is quite possibly my all-time favorite F-Body. It has the honor of hanging on our website splash page.
You don't know what a Mexican market 1978 Super Bee is? Enjoy this fantastic article by John Machaqueiro of Hot Rod, learn and lust. https://www.hotrod.com/articles/marco-sandin-1978-valiant-super-bee-chrysler-foreign-market-vehicle/
My only question is the driver side vents in this A/C equipped car; I still have more to learn. Maybe you know, chime in on the comments section below.
Road racing and drifting short wheelbase 318 powered Ram vans.
Looking around AllPar a link from Road & Track caught my eye. In Japan where the car culture is robust but of the type inconceivable to most Americans. Racing 1971-2003 short wheelbase Dodge vans is a thing. Bizarre? Maybe, yes-yes definitely bizarre. It is also seriously gear-head, American V8 gear-head stuff and I can always appreciate that.
LOL…No Dodge Van, No Life. http://www.dodgevanracing.com/
Let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Monza Spyder, conjures up images of Italian road racing. This isn’t that, it’s an attractive GM H-body. Something light and sporting looking with an engine bay just large enough to cradle a 350 V8.
This one is available on eBay with the auction ending tonight. Highlights are a 350 V8 from a Corvette. Which Corvette? Who knows, the seller couldn’t be bothered providing such trivial information. The seller does mention aluminum heads, cam and headers. You can see two mufflers hanging from the back. Automatic with an overdrive gear. A claimed 12K original miles, a claimed solid B+ build quality, “you won’t find a nicer one”.
Buy this and have the only one at Cars & Coffee. NADA guide prices the car around $9K for a stock ride, starting bid is $13.5K for this tastefully modified example.
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Enough of that. How about a 1991 Camaro Z28? Some interesting changes for the Chevy pony car as it was ending the 3rd generation by 1992. The IROC was gone as Chevrolet did not renew their contract with the aforementioned race series. The Z28 was back as the top dog. The Z28 facelift included new ground effects, new non-functional hood extractors, a new wheel design, also a new high-rise rear spoiler. An attractive update that didn’t deviate too much from previous years, many mistakenly refer to the ’91 - ‘92 Z28 as IROC. Beneath the skin were some important changes thanks to lessons learned engineering the 4th generation Camaro. Using different seam sealers, structural adhesives and body assembly techniques made for a quieter car with less squeaks and rattles.
A nice example is available at eBay with no reserve. It has the muscular feeling optional 350cid V8 making 245hp, sadly a smog like 305 V8 was still standard on Z28. A four-speed auto shifts the gears, it appears to have the optional rear disc brakes*. No T-tops…boo-hiss. It is A/C equipped for hot summer cruising. Some 95K miles on the odometer. Despite the dealer’s claims of gorgeous and well maintained, immaculate is a stretch. The interior looks worn as the mileage would suggest. The dealer mentions dings on what it describes as a clean body. There appears to be some IROC looking decals on the doors. It’s a nice driver 20-footer based on the pics. This can be a fun car that has great aftermarket support. The current bid is $4.5K anything less than $9.5K would probably be a good deal. Maybe leaving enough coin in your wallet for an LS swap.
*Did the 1991 Z28 come with rear discs standard? What do you think of this ride? Drop a comment below. The Z28 sold for $5,800 not a bad deal.
John is a GenX car enthusiast who grew up driving classic muscle cars. He enjoys the new modern muscle cars that can out perform the classics in every way. In the sportscar world his banners are Viper and Corvette. John has a guilty pleasure. The disco era street machine. Those unloved, underpowered cars festooned with scoops, spoilers and stripes.