I am a big fan of classic movies especially 40s film noir. The 1940 Ford Deluxe Opera Coupe would be at the top of my list.
Well, the 1940 Ford coupe is still being made - at least the body
That looks good. They want $15,000 for the shell without front fenders and hood. It needs paint, interior, engine, trans and a frame.
I can get the complete car for at least $16,000. I would leave it as is just fix the rust and check the mechanics.
If I had $17,000 laying around I would seriously consider it.
Not that I could afford it, but...
and of course...
WOW... What's that first car called.. I have to get me one of those, or two..
Concur with Steve on Packards, but would also like to see:
A couple that were very good to us..
Drove it 70,000 miles and traded it in for $500 less than we paid.
The touch screen was way ahead of it's time
This one belonged to my mother-in-law and it should have never never been made.
I'd like to buy a brand new 1965 Chevy C10 long bed. I would like a new truck but don't want to pay 40k for one that's loaded with crap I don't want or need.
72 Chevy stepside short bed 396 4 speed, Radio, A/C not needed
1969 GTO Judge
BTW Mike Conte - this is a GREAT thread!!
There were lots of really cool cars over the years. I think if I had to pick one, a Packard like the one in the photo Steve posted above would certainly make my short list.
For a daily-driver, I'd like a NEW 1995 Chevy Caprice station wagon.
For a hobby car, I like that none of these classic cars are available new. If they were still made new, they wouldn't be so "special".
Ford Falcon Ranchero
Almost any Model A! We had a brand new 71 vw bug and it was the worst car i ever owned!! Bud.
I bought a couple used but identical 1970 Buick LeSaber 2-doors in the mid-'80's,....one with a great engine (350 cu.in. & 350 turbo hydramatic) and only 62,000 miles on it, but terribly rusted out body from the midwest, and a couple years later, an identical west coast car with a perfect body an a blown engine. Paid $100 for each one and as a sort of learning experience for my two youngest sons, swapped engines which made a great car out of the one with the clean body. Sure would have liked to have had either of those cars brand new! Great car,.....harold
1948 Tucker. Would make a great modern driver. For what I'd like to own, a late Doble, perhaps a roadster, but a touring car would be OK too.
I think everyone should have a Dort!
My first car, Grandpa's '70 Buick Le Sabre Custom 2 dr. hard top. Burgundy Mist Metallic with a Saddle Tan interior.
Harold, I know what you mean. Southern California car all it's life. Rusted out around the back window and didn't have a vinyl top. Still a great car except during the gas shortage of '79.
Here you go Kevin this 62 is in my stable. Jim
Oh and I forgot, what I wish they still made today a Ford Ranger. Those F-150's are just too big! Jim
'49 Merc convertible.
Maybe Dennis Carpenter will make a 32 Roadster body like the 40 Coupe he makes!
If you think about it the 40 Coupe body isn't a bad deal since all you have to do is put it together and paint it.
Buts that's if you have a completed chassis already. Finding a decent 40 Coupe body that's not eaten up with rust is getting pretty hard these days. And when you do they aren't cheap.
Volkswagen diesel pickup- an El Cabunio. 50 MPG out of the box with no turbo!
A 26-27 Model t chassis hearse, with instructions in my will that it will be used to carry me to my final resting place.
1936 Hudson Terraplane Coupe
I gotta' admit, Burger, that's one classy automobile.
This would be my choice.
I owned two modern cars that were really outstanding; an '89 Ford Probe GT
with a no-lag turbocharger and an intercooler.
In its day, it looked like nothing else on the road.
It had a nice, crisp 5-speed manual, lots and lots of power, got about 30 mpg,
handled like a sports car and even had an enormous trunk.
What a fun car that was!
The other was a more grown-up family car, a 2000 Olds Intrigue which I still have
and I wish I could buy another just like it.
It's ridiculously comfortable, has terrific cockpit visibility, huge side-view mirrors,
and a Bose sound system. It's a great highway cruiser.
1932 Duesenberg. In my humble opinion, the finest, most elegant car ever made. Jim Patrick
Another view of a Duesy. Jim Patrick
I think the '34 Fords were the most beautiful Fords ever built, especially the "Vicky". JMHO. Dave
Now there are a lot of Model A and B ford bodies available, I wouldn't mind if 26/27 runabout bodies also were available in steel
Then a new 1950 VW would be nice in the winter when it's too cold to drive Model T's
A number of Fords and Mercs from 1965 on back, but you can still find most. Ones you cant find easy would be 46 thru 48 Ford and Merc Sportsman wood body convertibles. Another would be late 20s Lincoln Phaetons.
Any VW bug or microbus 1967 or earlier equipped with the 1500 or 1600 engine.
VW lost me when they went to the larger tail lights around 1960.
1941 Buick Roadmaster Ragtop
I could do this all night.
1940 Packard Darrin
OK, I will quit after this.
56 Caddy Eldorado Biarritz
OK, I lied. One more...
1957 Buick...Best car I ever owned...I was a Lieutenant in the AF when I owned this car. My payments were a whopping $100.00 a month.
the Packard-Darrins were fabulous looking cars, but they were lead sleds, Darrin was a terrible engineer, had to add angle iron to the cowl/firewall to keep the doors lined up.
"I could do this all night."
No question, there are many. And with what cars have become since 1970,
it is hard not to like almost anything that came before.
Hal, what did you like about your 57 Buick ? I had a lot of 58-60 Buicks, but
never really got into the 57's.
Too numerous to list but I figure all of them would have been "safetied" out of existence years ago any way.
I am wearing my helmet now. You should too.
One more. I had one the first time I moved to Colorado in 1980. It was blast to drive and a pain to maintain with splined wire wheels with knock offs, dual SU carbs and a Lucus electric system! Last year of chrome bumpers and mine was RED. I wish I still had it. I sold it when I got married. Should have kept the car and said I don't.
I have an 82 Vw rabbit diesel... those were half-million mile cars. Id love to have a brand new one!
Here's a few. Myself and Aaron Griffey
Burger in Spokane, It rode like a dream, would set you back in the seat when U tromped on it at 100, it was pretty and it was a real chick magnet. It got me married. If I could have kept it, it's value today would be way up there.
By the time I had my fin-era Buicks, owning fins was on par with soiling oneself
when it came to attracting chicks ! I too got married, but it was in spite of the fins !
Yes, they sure did ride like a cloud.
Acceleration was decent on the 4bbl models, especially when you consider it got
channeled through a Dynaflow !
I sold my Buicks when the market was stupid high in 1989. They had been sitting
for years. My interest had gone to Forward Look Mopars. I wish I had the means
to warehouse many of the cars I had pass through my hands. I would be a wealthy