1964 Mercedes Benz 220 – $2500

“1964 Mercedes 220, gasoline straight-6 cylinder, twin carbs, 4-speed column shifter. The car looks and runs well, but is testing slightly below emissions requirements. Contact Susan at 778-828-8993.”

In 1964, if you were a wealthy young man, you lusted after the likes of Ford’s Mustang or Ferrari’s GTO. If you were a wealthy old man, you probably found yourself looking for a Rolls Royce or Bentley. And if you were a wealthy despot, it would be a Mercedes sedan that filled your dreams. Big, comfy, understated, and yet gloriously luxurious in top trim, they were the perfect car for the discerning dictator. Spanning a price range that brought their sedan line from basic, but solidly built runabouts all the way up to super-luxury limos, Mercedes offered three different chassis codes in the mid-sixties, with the popular WIII code indicating those two- and four-door chassis fitted with the venerable 2.2 litre six cylinder (W110 indicates four cylinder-powered cars, while W112s received the 3.0L inline six).

This specific car, a W111 220Sb, represents the middle of the W111 lineup. Thanks to the dual carburettors, it boasted 15 more horsepower than the base 220b, bringing the total to 110, but still rallied 10 horsepower less under the hood than the rare Bosch fuel injection-equipped 220SEb. Good for a top speed of 103 miles per hour, it was no slouch out on the Autobahn, but it’s considerable mass and long gearing conspired against it under acceleration, and the 220Sb struggled with a lethargic 15-second 0-60 time. However, when you’re in the interior of a car like this, replete with possibly the most interesting gauge arrangement ever, you may appreciate the slower pace the big Benz requires. And as the most popular of the W111s, the 220Sb is a relatively common collector’s vehicle, and still boasts a pretty staunch enthusiast base. However, that doesn’t make it the easiest vehicle to own, with parts prices and availability requiring both a serious level of commitment to source and purchase. But, this is a unique vehicle offered at a great price, and given their continued rarity, there’s no doubt in my mind that they’re on the cusp of becoming very, very desirable automobiles indeed. And although it may be testing slightly below Aircare requirements, the popularity and robustness of the 2.2L six cylinder ensures that any mechanical issues should be easily rectified. And hey, who knows how much longer we’ll even have Aircare for, anyway!

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1963 Jaguar Mark X – $7000

“1963 Jaguar Mark Ten: [Selling because I don’t have time to work on it!]
Description:
– Engine Specifications: 6 cyl, 3.8 litre XK Jaguar ‘S’ type engine; 255 BHP at 5,500 RPM
– Transmission: 4 speed Manual with overdrive,
– Left Hand Drive

– Independent Front & Rear suspension
– Interior: 4 door, 5 seats, luxury front console,

Largest, luxury vehicle manufactured by Jaguar. Almost entirely original features and accessories; including tool kit. Needs some restoration. 36,000 miles showing on original odometer. Original Documentation and brochures. Vehicle is fully functional. Engine runs well. Some aesthetic restoration needed.”

If I’m honest, this particular entry into CYSB immortality might be a little self serving: the Jaguar Mark X/420G has always been a personal dream car of mine. My father has owned a 1974 Jaguar XJ12L for as long as I can remember, and although that car’s combination of grace, space, and pace may leave little to be desired, I always found myself flipping his Classic and Sports Car magazine open to they’re early ’90s expose on Jaguar’s biggest luxury barge. Positively gargantuan and in many ways a would-be competitor for the Bentleys and Rollers of the day, the Mark X borrowed heavily from the popular XKE sports car, stealing both its legendary inline six engine and a widened version of its independent rear suspension. The first Jaguar sedan to feature their well-know suspension system, the Mark X was well-regarded as being a very well sorted car when it came to ride and handling, but would quickly be panned as underpowered. With a curb weight of almost 4,200 pounds and a paltry 3.8 litres’ worth of displacement under the hood, acceleration was tepid for the Mark X, and sales lagged in the all-important American marketplace that was drunk on the power provided by 8.2 litre Cadillac V8s. Jaguar attempted to fix the problem in 1966 with the release of a larger inline six that now displaced 4.2 litres, but the subsequently known 420G fared little better than its predecessor.

However if you’re anything like me, you would rather spend as much time cosseted by the Mark X’s ridiculously English mix of leather and burled walnut as possible, so that brilliant but overladen powertrain isn’t really an issue. With styling that is at once both understated and somehow ostentatious, the Mark X looks almost as good as the Rolls Royces and Bentleys it went up against, and has certainly aged just as well. But it’s the interior that I really love. With wraparound walnut trim, folding tray tables for the back seat, silly amounts of space, and one of the best cockpits I’ve ever come across, these are truly lust worthy cars that no passenger is likely to forget. Add in that this is the original specification of the Mark X and that has the relatively rare four speed, overdrive-equipped manual gearbox, and it becomes the most desirable of the breed you’ll ever find. Of course, they’re not exactly simple vehicles, and any potential owner needs to be aware that although the car’s luxury, panache, and style cannot be equalled anything they’re going to find in a local showroom, it does have some pretty unique needs. But, well taken care of, there’s no reason it can’t provide just as reliable transportation. As with all my posts, you can find the ad via the highlighted blue text atop this post. Now, where did I leave that chequebook…

1966 Chrysler 300 – $5100

“1966 4 door Chysler 300. This car is in excellent shape. VERY minimal rust..almost none. Runs and Drives great. Fully insured. Has a 383. Carb is rebuilt and the paint was redone in 2010 would make an amazing lowrider. $5100. Email me and ill get back to you within the same day. Shane”

Although Chrysler seems hell bent on erasing their past, the reality is that the car that brought them into this millennium riding a wave of success owed both its name and much of its attitude to a Chrysler from decades ago: the Chrysler 300. Birthed in 1955 as a line of exclusive and luxurious high performance sedans, the first generation spanned a full decade and has come to be known as the 300 letter series cars for their annual nonsensical alphabetical progression from C-300 (the first cars were actually letterless and are known as 300-A’s in some circles) to their termination in 1965 with the 300L (they skipped “i” as well). For 1966, Chrysler dropped the letters, gave the car a facelift, and introduced the world to the 1966 Chrysler 300. Available in two door hardtop, two door convertible, and four door hardtop variants in the U.S., with Canadian showrooms also endowed with a four door sedan format, the car was no slouch. In fact, you couldn’t get it equipped with anything smaller than Mopar’s 383 big block. Horsepower ratings ranged from 325 to 365 horsepower, with the top rung “TNT” 440 big block producing a prodigal 480 pound feet of torque. Although not as well recognized as the feature-laden and handsomely styled Lincolns and Cadillacs of the day, the Chrysler 300 did set a standard for powerful executive sedans, becoming a sort of BMW M5 or E63 AMG for the burgeoning and Beatles-obsessed American masses.

Of course, the 300’s less prominent status also means you can pick one up for a relative steal compared to contemporary Continentals and Cadillacs, and this here is a prime example of that. Looking lustrous under a fresh coat of paint and sporting a 383, it appears to be in great shape whilst the current insurance would indicate it passed AirCare, and must not run too badly either. In fact, if I were a betting man, I’d wager that it was that particularly annoying local institution that catalyzed the carburetor rebuild, but as always, I could be wrong! Things to watch out for would be any overzealous applications of bondo underneath that fine looking paint, as well as the familiar America sedan rust-prone spots around and under the doors, floors, and trunk. Furthermore, as a pretty luxurious car, any potential buyer will want to keep a weather eye for any missing trim or switchgear. Although relatively well supported, it can be tough to locate exterior (and thus damage prone) trim pieces as well as interior bits and parts. But, if it’s as advertised, then this might be one of those rare classic cars that one could just as easily use to take the family for the softest-riding Sunday afternoon cruise you’ve ever experiences as they could to pick up the boss at the airport on Monday morning. Once again, the blue text up top will take you to Craigslist ad!

1960 Vauxhall Victor Super – $1730

“1960 Vauxhall Victor real classic car, this car runs, and every thing works, all original paint, motor. Easy classic plates; cheap to drive and insure. Fun cool ride, this car has been in dry storage 25 yrs. Beautiful in side, get in the classic car game cheap no overseas b/s or pay pay. 778 889 9135 same owner for many years well looked after, no hurry to sell need nothing drive home”

In 1957, Vauxhall decided that they needed a new large family sedan to replace the aging (but awesomely named) Wyvern. Looking towards their American cousins for inspiration, this was the result: the Vauxhall Victor. Before it’s reinvention in 1961, it would become Britian’s most exported car, earning accolades for its classy 1957 Chevy Bel Air-inspired styling and reputation for robustness. However, there were some key differences that set the Victor and the Bel Air apart, and a huge one was under the hood where drivers would find, instead of a sexy small block V8, a familiar 1.5 litre four cylinder producing 55 horsepower. Borrowed from the Wyvern, General Motors’ engineers outfitted the engine with a higher compression ratio (7.8:1 as opposed to the Wyvern’s 6.8:1), which subsequently required the car run Premium fuel. However, with recorded fuel economy in the 31 mpg realm, it wasn’t exactly an expensive car to run, regardless of what you put in the tank.

Of course, there probably isn’t much in this particular Victor’s tank. Having been in dry storage for 25 years, it looks to be in excellent shape for its age, and although the mechanical components should probably be sorted before driving it any great distance, one cannot stress the value of a complete car quite enough. Although it was a popular export, it isn’t exactly a common car here in North America, and seeing as this is the Super model (which simply denoted extra trim), I imagine that trying to find any of the body cladding, badges, or interior pieces could prove nigh impossible… so it’s a good thing this car has them all! Furthermore, having the original paint is a real boon, as it appears as if it could use little more than a quick scrub with a buffing wheel. Sure, it’ll probably bear a few scuffs and scratches, but don’t we all? In any case, at just $1,730 it’s an absolute steal.

1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 – $900

“I am selling Jim; he is a ’65 Plymouth Valiant 200 four door. It has a 273 V8 and 904 transmission. It has good tires and a four barrel carb. I drive it everyday. It needs some bodywork. It’s been lowered three inches in the back and two in the front. I would maybe trade for a 4×4 full size or a Jeep…. maybe a Mustang or Fairmont or a Toyota of some kind. Just tell me what you have.”

If there’s one brand that really didn’t deserve the ignominious fate it endured, it’s got to be Plymouth. Sure, Pontiac is equally easy to mourn over, having produced their fair share of cool automobiles, but at least Pontiac got to go out with a bit a bang in the form of the ultra-cool Solstice, Solstice Coupe, and G8. Plymouth, on the other hand, went out with a silver Neon. But, long before that accursed car ever infected the Chrysler Corp., or rather DaimlerChrysler, Plymouth got to build cool cars, like the Valiant. Kissing cousin to the Dodge Lancer and later Dart, the even more stylish Plymouth product filled the same compact car niche that goddamned Neon later would, and was credited by contemporary scribes at Road & Track with being one of the best domestic automobiles of the day. In its second generation by 1965, the Valiant made big news in 1964 as a result of the introduction of the solid-lifter 273 cubic-inch V8 engine engineered specifically for use in the diminutive Chrysler compact cars. Churning out 180 horsepower, the V8-powered 1964 Valiant was the most affordable V8-powered car in the world at the time, and followed that act up with a particularly potent Commando 273 for the following year. Making an almost ridiculous 235 horsepower, the Commando version of the 273 cubic-inch motor introduced a four barrel carburetor, higher compression, better exhaust, and a performance camshaft to the Valiant lineup, and made the little car quite the performance machine.

Which, of course, begs the question: does the four barrel under the hood of this Valiant 200 indicate the presence of that infamous Commando V8? Not necessarily, but it does bode well. Lending further credibility to that is the unquestionable presence of a 904 TorqueFlite automatic gearbox, a vinyl roof, and the 200 option package (which included a rear window defrost, seatbelts, carpet, variable speed wipers, and a host of other features), this car was obviously ordered by someone for whom money wasn’t exactly the chief concern… at least not when it came time to tick the option boxes on their Valiant order sheet. Another daily driver, this one’s ad may not be as lengthy and detailed as the Fargo from yesterday, but it’s probably in pretty fair shape, if the photos are any indication. Also, being a damn sight more common than the Fargo and with a pretty strong community behind it, this Valiant should be a pretty easy car for a potential buyer to own as well.

1972 Mercedes Benz 280SE – $1500

“1972 Mercedes Benz 280SE for sale. This is a GREAT city vehicle with a tonne of character. 5spd automatic transmission, gasoline engine, sunroof, and power windows. New battery. Has a bit of rust on the front bumper as well. Car runs well, but would run great if someone wanted to put a little elbow grease into her. Currently in underground storage, covered. “

I will confess, I’ve never been a big fan of Mercedes Benz’ automobiles. With the exception of a few of their classic roadsters, I’ve always found their vehicles, both new and old, to be a bit too Germanic for my British-tuned tastes; when you’ve whetted your appetite on lithe Jaguars, there’s little room for a brand that put out a car who’s styling earned it the moniker “Pagoda,” officially. But, regardless, I must admit that they do have an undeniable presence on the road, especially the late sixties/early seventies sedans. This ’72 280SE is exemplary of the most common Mercedes’ of this era; large, luxurious, and stalwart. Among the first Mercedes Benz vehicles to really be manufactured in any great number, they were available in almost innumerable configurations ranging from spry short wheelbase coupes and convertibles to long wheelbase 6.3L V8 powered monsters destined for the garages of third world despots and dictators. This one, being a sedan endowed with the uber-common 2.8L inline six, is somewhere in the middle of the pack, trading the entry level 280S’ dual downdraft carburetors for fuel injection. This raised the horsepower level to 160 and allowed automatic transmission-equipped cars such as this to hit a surprising 185 kilometres per hour (manual gearboxes pushed that figure to an even 190), with 100 kph being surpassed in just over ten seconds.

Now, whether or not this particular example is capable of that performance is another matter entirely. Being both German, and one of the earlier examples of fuel injection extant means that this is one complicated car. However, that doesn’t necessarily translate into this being an unreliable car. Typically extremely well designed and beautifully executed, older Mercedes Benz’ like this offer a unique challenge for the tinkerer as they often don’t require the same degree of constant maintenance that many other classic cars do… but can prove difficult when things do go south as parts can require some diligence to find. Look for rust around the doors, both on the body and the complex joins that form the rear doors’ shape around the latch (as well as all the usual places around the trunk, floors, sills and fenders), but if the ad is telling the truth, corrosion won’t be a problem. Finally, considering most people that bought these cars were established older folks looking for a good, reliable car, check for issues stemming from disuse rather than abuse. These aren’t Mustangs and Camaros; many lived in covered garages, were cleaned regularly, and kept maintained, but a lack of exercise has led many of these cars requiring some mechanical exorcisms.

1973 Dodge Dart – $900

 

“1973 Dodge Dart Slant 6 – 225, runs well but not aircared at the moment. Low km as I can tell (80,000). Only 1000km on tires. Some spare parts included.”

If the Ford Fairlane was the darling poster child of the American sedan before 1970, the Dodge Dart has to be numbered among the same in the post-fuel crisis era of the early ’70s. Currying much favour with American car buyers thanks to its relatively small stature and thrifty, reliable, and famous slant six engines, the ’73 Dart was the perfect car for an America starving for fuel and buried under excessive insurance costs. As if that wasn’t enough hardship for the contemporary car buying public, an increased level of safety awareness led the American government to require all passenger vehicle be fitted with bumpers the size of small boats, and the result was the complete and utter ruination of the entire American auto industry’s various styling departments. A step that would even ugly up the indomitably attractive Jaguar E-type, the poor Dodge Dart never stood a chance. But, even with an overture to safety hanging off the front end, it wasn’t a bad car. Revised disc brakes, electronic ignition, a better starter motor, and a new engine subframe meant the cars were easier to maintain, while a different rear end kept costs down. Under the hood, the 225 cubic inch slant six made an advertised 105 horsepower and 185 foot pounds of torque; figures that were artificially deflated due to the then-new requirement that engines be tested with all ancillary accessories attached. Just two years prior, before the passage of that particular law, the same engine had been producing 145 horsepower and 215 foot-pounds of torque.

Undoubtedly, however, the passage of a few years’ time will have let a few ponies out from this particular Dart’s stable. Looking like one of the lower-spec trim levels (clicking through to the ad will undoubtedly surprise many new car owners who didn’t know seats could look so spartan!), potential buyers shouldn’t be dissuaded by the cars age, these things run forever. The ad doesn’t specify which transmission is behind that little slant six, but the smart money’s on an automatic, which will make for one easily maintained ride. Additionally, as long as rust hasn’t taken a hold in the trunk, floors, or quarter panels, most of these old Dodge’s come with a pretty thick coat of paint that, although typically heavily oxidized, will come up to a pretty good sheen with a little polish and wax. And although it’s once-handsome visage might have been pillaged by the safety police, a cleaned up ’73 Dart sedan would still be a pretty slick looking ride… especially when it’s just $900!