What is your favorite classic car, truck or SUV?

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Some day I am hoping to buy a 66-75 Bronco and take the family 4-wheeling. I like your truck.
Thanks Man!
I’m pretty proud of that one. Last project with my dad, who was a hell of a mechanic. His health was too poor to wrench on it, so he supervised while I took it down to the frame and started from scratch. Dad was around long enough to hear the engine run (400 rwhp) before he passed. Got me along far enough to finish it myself. I grin every time I get in to drive and see the little placard I had made for the dash with his name on it.
 
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Thanks Man!
I’m pretty proud of that one. Last project with my dad, who was a hell of a mechanic. His health was too poor to wrench on it, so he supervised while I took it down to the frame and started from scratch. Dad was around long enough to hear the engine run (400 rwhp) before he passed. Got me along far enough to finish it myself. I grin every time I get in to drive and see the little placard I had made for the dash with his name on it.
I am glad you have those great memories to remember him by. Keep the Bronco until you are no longer around & then hopefully you can will (actually living trust) it to one of your kids or a niece or nephew to keep it in the family.
 
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Okay, I'll play. I bought my first car in '66 or '67. '59 Porsche Convertible D that was orange with tan interior and top. They are an interesting car. Built only for one model year, there were around 1200+ worldwide. A dentist was the sole owner of the car and it was near perfect. It had alloy doors and deck lids and I have no idea whether that was novel or the standard. Only one car is listed as being painted in the orange color. I ran the car hard and no one would describe it as near perfect when it went it away. I sold it in '67. I was in basic training and my dad blew the second trans-axle I'd put into it. Adios to the Convertible D. I sold it to a friend who was a "backyard" Porsche mechanic. The backyard reference is not a knock. He was the most knowledgeable Porsche guy I've ever met. I think I got $1100.00 for it. Today a numbers matching car that's never had rust and is off a quality recent resto will do in the mid $200K range.

A couple of years out of the service and I'm in the car business in northern CA. The store where I started had a GSM that loved muscle cars. We had 'cudas, Challengers, GTX's Super Bees, Daytonas, 427CI 435HP 'vettes with no P/S no A/C, GT 350, GT500, Mach1 428CJ, Mustangs, Camaros, etc. etc. A couple of years later I'm the used car manager at the same store. We get a repo. from our lease co. It's a Pantera with only a couple of thousand on it. So I go to the owner and ask him if I can buy it. He says sure but tells me he'll sell me his Toyota GT2000 for the same money. I pass on the Pantera after I talked to my insurance agent. The GT2000 just wasn't me. The last GT2000, that I could find a sale on, brought 1.1 million. Oh well.

Fast forward six or seven years and I'm at a small used car store in the Portland OR area. We handled MBZ, BMW, Jaguar, RR, Bentley, Porsche, exotics, collectibles and special interest cars. The owner and a retired Portland new car dealer came up with and idea that would change the worldwide collectible car market. It revolved around the Ferrari 365 GTS/4 better known as the Daytona Spyder. There were 122 of these cars built and we estimated about 70 made it to the US. That's 122 cars built over a a six year period. The cars went from $110,000.00+ to about $500,000.
in a couple of years and we had as many as seven at one time. The market was overheated and we got out. It was correct call and the cars lost about half their value. By 2015 they were exceeding three million.

Through the years I got to drive some of the coolest cars ever so here's three of my favorites.

The Lamborghini Miura is pure sex. To me this car is the first of the Supercars. A transverse mounted V-12, the car would do about 170MPH. I never got to drive one.


The Ferrari 365 GTS/4 aka Daytona Spyder was the last of the V-12 front engine convertibles from Ferrari for many years. One of the most beautiful cars ever and they were a pleasure to drive. These were also a 170MPH

The final car seems like a departure. The MBZ 280 SE 3.5 Convertible was last built in the early '70s. I think the last year was '71. Again, around 1200 were built and they were the beginning of an era, in my opinion, where MBZ built the finest automobiles in the world.
 
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Ha! That I understand!!!
You’ve at least got a great story...mine just has a great big stack of invoices from the ‘family friend’ mechanic who fixes the shit I try to fix (meaning break) only to have to fix again once he gives it back.

Would love to sell it, but would hate to see it go!
 
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You can probably guess two of mine. I also used to own a '67 Mustang fastback, a '67 Chevy Malibu and a '67 Chevy El Camino. The last one I owned was the Malibu, which was stolen. Loved them all. What old/classic cars do you like and maybe even owned in the past?
I'd like to buy an older Bronco to take the family out 4-wheeling, but gotta save my money first. I can dream, though.

1959 Eldorado
 
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If you’re in Houston, I know of one down the road that I’m sure could be had if I don’t scoop it up first. Avocado green so I’m sure not many takers, but I dig it. Might have been conceived in one my parents had though so not sure it’s the car for me!
In a few months (if still available) I might take you up on the offer. Unfortunately I don't have the money right now.
 

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For my personal ride, money no object......

1940 Ford pickup

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or a Mack Junior...

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but for taking the family out to dinner or ice cream......Willys.....

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but my greatest guilt is letting this sit rotting in my garage while the kids are small enough I could fit them both in it and take them about....

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If you’re in Houston, I know of one down the road that I’m sure could be had if I don’t scoop it up first. Avocado green so I’m sure not many takers, but I dig it. Might have been conceived in one my parents had though so not sure it’s the car for me!
Do you know if it has any rust, and if so how much?
 

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Classic American Car: 60's Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth --I like a lot of the hotrods and luxury cars like the '62 New Yorker w/push button tranny. Wish I hadn't let that car go, it was a gem. And my built up '68 Dodge Dart GT (upgraded w/track springs, 8.75" rear w/3.73 gears, 727 tranny and early "bump stick" shifter, 360 Bomber Class engine w/the works. Trim removed and painted flat black. Had to sell both when I joined the army.

I'd like a '66 RO23 and/or WO23, the Dodge and Plymouth test cars for the 426 Max Wedge and 426 Hemi. A Daytona Roadrunner. '68 Plymouth Roadrunner w/big block. '66 Plymouth GTX. I guess I'm not picky and some of these cars were available for decent prices in the south in the '90's. Not the rare ones, but others, yeah. I passed on a GT40 for $100k in the 90's, really wish I'd bought it, they sell for a LOT more now. Also this rare factory AMX muscle car for $2k I really regret passing on... Husband died, she just wanted rid of it. But I'd talked to the husband before he died and knew all about it. I'll never run across deals like this again, not in the internet age!

A Plymouth Roadster would have been awesome but I missed out on that too when it was "affordable" and I was younger and had the money. Good luck now! Same with the Dodge Viper (though THAT one was a bit more costly!) These cars would have all been amazing investments it turns out. Every one of them.

For a classic truck, hands down the '30's and the 2000's remake of the Dodge Power Wagon. Both are badass. The Warlock wasn't bad either if you like that style.

As you can tell, I'm a Chrysler fanboy, I'll admit it. Always have been. Currently just drive a basic, bare bones Dodge Ram with no frills, manual everything and six speed, six cylinder but still a full size truck. Older, but very low miles, lower than many cars with only two years of moderate use. Gotta take care of it.

For an import, wow, without naming something like a McLaren or Lambo or whatnot, I think an Acura NSX would be nice as would some of the Audi's. Don't know much about imports though, especially affordable, classic muscle or sports type cars. They're all half million plus dollar cars, and that's on the low end for most!

I wish some well made DIY kit cars would come out that are flexible, well made, allow use of various engines, parts and require use of a new, custom tubular frame. Most kit cars I've seen are junk but I've seen at least a couple Shelby Cobra 427's that were damn near stock looking.
 
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My American Muscle pics;

1: 1968 L-88 Corvette
2: 1969 Boss 429 Mustang
3: 1971/72 455 H/O Pontiac Trans Am

My pick for the first foreign Supercar would be a Ferrari 275 GTB, got to drive one for a couple of miles, never forget the sound.

Track Cars;

1: 1973 917/30 Porsche for short drives
2: 1967 GT-40 Mk IV for longer drives

Got to drive all of the above + more Muscle Cars back in the days, my best friends Dad owned a used car lot and we went to all of the auctions.
I have been lucky enough to see the other 2 at the track.
 
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This belongs to a friend. One of the first 60 made the first year. Still 100% original.

I also have a thing for old Mustangs. My neighbor as a kid was a collector so I got to ride in some pretty nice ones.

Here's #1. My dad and I went the the museum it's in. Lots of great Cobras and GT40s and Mustangs with some other cool stuff thrown in.

$13.75 million in 2016. Record for highest paid for an 'American' car. Previous record was held by a GT40. Which is likely in the pictures below. :D

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Yes they were by Dearborn Steel. Made to race in a straight line 1/4 mile, if you could hang on and keep your foot in the throttle. Stripped down very light, short and very quick with raw 427, a very scary ride. Hot Rod did a story back when about driving a t bolt out of Dearborn onto the street for a night of street racing. An amazing article. Good ole days!
They were a beast! I think they made them for racing.
 
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My American Muscle pics;

1: 1968 L-88 Corvette
2: 1969 Boss 429 Mustang
3: 1971/72 455 H/O Pontiac Trans Am

My pick for the first foreign Supercar would be a Ferrari 275 GTB, got to drive one for a couple of miles, never forget the sound.

Track Cars;

1: 1973 917/30 Porsche for short drives
2: 1967 GT-40 Mk IV for longer drives

Got to drive all of the above + more Muscle Cars back in the days, my best friends Dad owned a used car lot and we went to all of the auctions.
I have been lucky enough to see the other 2 at the track.
All very nice, though my preference would be to have the GT-40.
 

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I watched some of the Mecum Auctions from Indy this weekend.
If your tastes run outside of the Mustang, Corvette, Camaro, GTO, etc. typical collectors realm you can get a great classic for what I think is very reasonable money.
I saw fully restored pristine late 50's - early 60's pickups going for ~$30K. I don't see how anyone came out ahead on those jobs.

Snapped this pic and sent it to my brother. He had this exact make, model and color when we were in high school.
His was a 69 Cutlass and I had a 71.
I may just have to start a little side savings account and go to one of these auctions sooner than later.

 
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I had an Aston Martin DB6 for a short time, same as used in the James Bond films. Nice car. Also a nice 66 Alfa Romeo Guilletta spider. Great car, except for the speeding tickets. It was so hard to tell you were going fast!
 
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I watched some of the Mecum Auctions from Indy this weekend.
If your tastes run outside of the Mustang, Corvette, Camaro, GTO, etc. typical collectors realm you can get a great classic for what I think is very reasonable money.
I saw fully restored pristine late 50's - early 60's pickups going for ~$30K. I don't see how anyone came out ahead on those jobs.

Snapped this pic and sent it to my brother. He had this exact make, model and color when we were in high school.
His was a 69 Cutlass and I had a 71.
I may just have to start a little side savings account and go to one of these auctions sooner than later.

Very nice. Beautiful condition; obviously worth saving for, too. I can see why you'd wnt to.
 

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I had an Aston Martin DB6 for a short time, same as used in the James Bond films. Nice car. Also a nice 66 Alfa Romeo Guilletta spider. Great car, except for the speeding tickets. It was so hard to tell you were going fast!
Nice cars; I can see why you liked both of them.
 
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Is that the Shelby museum in Boulder?
If so, one of the black ones behind the 1st is most likely the one I posted a pic of. My friend takes his down there for a few months every year.
His is a built in 62, titled in 63. I dont know the serial number. It still has the original 260.

Very cool stuff. thanks for all the other great pics guys.
 
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Is that the Shelby museum in Boulder?
If so, one of the black ones behind the 1st is most likely the one I posted a pic of. My friend takes his down there for a few months every year.
His is a built in 62, titled in 63. I dont know the serial number. It still has the original 260.

Very cool stuff. thanks for all the other great pics guys.
Yes. Well technically it's in Gunbarrel. ;)
 
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Is that the Shelby museum in Boulder?
If so, one of the black ones behind the 1st is most likely the one I posted a pic of. My friend takes his down there for a few months every year.
His is a built in 62, titled in 63. I dont know the serial number. It still has the original 260.

Very cool stuff. thanks for all the other great pics guys.
I love the GT-40s and the Shelby Mustangs. They were/are great cars.
 
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