1961 Ford Falcon – $4500

1961 Ford Falcon. 2 door, auto, 200 6cyl, C4 transmission, 60k original miles, bone dry, solid no rust. Body: solid floors, chrome package, new rad,brakes,custom exhaust, tires, gas tank & sender, battery, alternator. Lots, lots more. Air cared, great daily driver, ready to go! $4500. Car is located in Langley. Call 604-8571896 after 3pm or weekends. 

Although the Mustang may have gotten the lion’s share of the headlines back in the ’60s, the reality is this: it never would have happened without the venerable little Falcon. Ford’s not-quite-as-popular economy car, the Falcon provided many a young person with reasonably affordable new transportation for the ten years between 1960 and 1970, and formed the underpinnings for what would become the fastest-selling car ever: the ‘64.5 Ford Mustang. Of course, there were some differences, as the Falcon was never really treated to the same high performance aspirations as the Mustang. Subsequently, many were outfitted with automatic transmissions and an inline six cylinder, which in 1961 meant either 90 or 101 horsepower, depending on the engine option (buyers could choose between the lower-output 144 cubic inch motor, or the higher output 170 cubic inch motor). At the time, neither of the overbuilt and understressed engines were considered horribly underpowered, and the Falcon quickly earned a reputation for spunky performance coupled with steadfast reliability and reasonably economy.

However, this one’s obviously been treated to an engine swap at some point in its lifetime, as the 200 cubic inch six cylinder advertised was in fact released in 1963; two years after this car left the assembly line. A four-main bearing engine, like the 170 c.i., the 200 c.i. engine was pretty much better in every way, and saw nearly continuous service well into the ’80s. Although I personally am hesitant to blindly suggest purchasing an obviously modified car, the fact that this Falcon was treated to a logical upgrade and retains an automatic transmission (rather than having had a V8 and four speed bolted in) would seem to indicate that the engine swap was done to effect substantial repairs rather than get a bit more speed, which in turn says something about the maturity of the person that did the engine swap. A quick check of the engine block’s freeze plugs could help indicate when the engine was replaced as well, as 1965 and later 200’s have five freeze plugs. Should this engine prove be the older example, with three freeze plugs, the replacement may very well have been handled by the local Ford dealership. And beyond the engine controversy, this particular Falcon looks amazingly good. Although the white paint may prove devilishly capable of hiding dings, dents, rust bubbles, and any other surface irregularities, the Falcon’s cult following and low public profile means many weren’t treated to the evils their more desirable Mustang-badged brethren have had to endure in recent years at the hands of immature owners. Chances are, between the condition of the paint, details (check out the door latch in one of the photos!), wheels, and interior, I’d be willing to bet this car’s lived in the garage you can see in the fourth photo for quite some time, and thus has avoided a lot of exposure to the elements. With a massive amount of parts support thanks to a large number of shared parts, an incredibly simple mechanical layout that invites an owner’s education, and it’s beautifully aging looks, it’s entirely reasonable to say that this pretty little coupe could make an amazing commuter. And even if it should require some moderate rust repair or paintwork to be brought back to peak condition, with a price tag of just $4,500, it’s an incredibly good deal, and would still be way cheaper and vastly cooler than pretty much every modern economy car. As ever, to visit the ad and see a few more photos, click on the blue text above.

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1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II – $17,500

“I’m placing my 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II on the market. These models were produced in the years 1959-1962, only 2,418 were manufactured and released. It comes stock with an all aluminium 6.2 L V8 engine and automatic transmission. Leather interior and power options are alos equipped. She runs but is run rarely, and has been difficult to get going at times. Purs like a kitten once it gets going though. The interior needs some work and is all original. Exterior is in fair – good condition as it has been garage kept for the past 20 years. This is a unique project for someone with an interest in rare and original cars. I am asking $17.5k for this beautiful Rolls Royce. Mint condition Rolls Royce models of this model and year generally are priced from 70k+, so just keep this in mind before any decisions to contact me are made. You can reach me (Ryan at 778-245-5163) or e-mail me for further information. Texts are also preferable. Below are a few pics i took last summer. “

A couple days ago I was out tooling around Tsawwassen on my old two stroke, doing my bit to warm the globe, when I found myself following a beautiful white Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II. Achingly beautiful cars, if you’ve got two feet and a heartbeat, it’s damn near impossible not to be drawn towards these things. Although the straightedge lines of the windows and grille might seem incongruous with the flowing lines of the fenders, there’s something about an old Rolls under way that’s about as breathtaking as a car can be. Largely unchanged externally from the Silver Cloud I that predated it, the Silver Cloud II’s big claim to fame was the new 6.2 litre V8 found under the hood. Replacing the 155 horsepower inline six, the new V8 quickly earned a reputation for impressive performance, capable of pushing the 2.1 tonne sedan up to an astounding (for its time) 114 miles per hour, and doing so with something approaching alacrity. However, contemporary reviews cited the engine’s intrusive noise and slightly rougher operation as merits of the old six cylinder that were missing from the new eight. Additionally, the shoehorning in of the wider V8’s configuration made maintenance an ugly affair, with simple spark plug changes requiring the removal of the right hand side front wheel.

However, although its contemporaries may have found the Silver Cloud’s evolution to be a less than immaculate affair, the popular Silver Cloud II is still a Rolls Royce. So, to find one in running condition for just $17,500 is a situation that definitely deserves some investigation.  But, one should be wary to temper any excitement with a healthy dose of reality: restoring a Rolls Royce isn’t a task to be taken lightly. These cars were almost entirely hand built and hand assembled, and that means parts will very rarely fit from one car to another. Be it a body panel or an interior trim piece, it’s pretty much a given that some fitting will be required, and although the powertrains of these old beauties may have been mechanical marvels, they were also incredibly expensive to maintain, leading many to endure years of neglect. And do I really need to mention the particularly cliché rumours/truths of old British wiring? This particular example seems to have fallen prey to at least some of those issues, but at least it’s running, which should help diagnose the gremlins preventing it from starting up more willingly. As for the external and internal condition of the bodywork and cabin, one would do well to research Rolls Royce restoration techniques, as many purists generally believe that preservation is a better approach than restoration. Instead of refinishing and replacing things, they typically clean and maintain them in an effort to retain the brand’s incredible craftsmanship, and this car looks like a perfect candidate for just such an undertaking. However, if you should buy it, don’t be surprised to find yourself being following around by a guy on an old Yamaha enduro.

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!

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…

1971 MGB GT – $2500

“Car has been sitting in an underground for 9 years. Body of car in great shape. Engine fuel line in need of repair. Call 778 882 8459”

There’s been a lot of American cars on here over the months. Maybe it’s just their dominance in the overall market, or perhaps it’s the undesirable and neglected periods they go through, but for whatever reason old European cars seem to hold their value quite a bit better. Which makes stumbling across something an uncommon as an MGB GT like this such a great find. A Pininifarina designed shooting brake version of the popular MGB sports car, the MGB GT was pretty much identical to its unquestionably more popular drop-top brother, but benefits from beefed up suspension components, in order to deal with the coupe’s added weight. Only marginally slower than the convertible, the GT proved enviably practical; it’s two-door station wagon (also known in Europe as a shooting brake) layout giving legitimate, if cramped, 2+2 seating and a relative dirth of cargo space beneath the rakish rear hatch. After debuting in 1965, the MGB GT saw its demise in North America in 1974, although worldwide exports continued all the way into 1980.

 

The fact that many of the car’s components are identical to the MGB’s makes buying up a second hand MBG GT a very logical way to enter into classic car ownership: as one of the most popular sports cars ever produced, you could probably build an MGB from the ground up with the restoration components available from aftermarket suppliers. In fact, perhaps the largest difference between buying an MGB and an MGB GT is that you needn’t worry so much about the environment’s effects on the car’s interior with the hard top. After all, no one’s ever left the roof off an MGB GT overnight in the rain! But it’s not all roses; as with all old British cars, rust can be a real problem. Check the sills very thoroughly, as they are both rust prone and incredibly important to the car’s unibody construction, likewise with the floors, and trunk. Thankfully, being a car that’s just emerged from 9 years of indoor storage, hopefully it’s in good shape body-wise. Finally, don’t be scared off by the mechanical woes of this particular vehicle, as their simplicity is probably only matched by the cheapness of their parts! Click the blue text to follow through to the ad.

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!

Happy New Year!

Well folks, after a few months of pretty terrible blogging, I’ve managed to retain at least a handful of readers (that’s right, you’re not alone!). On my resolution list is a dedication towards updating CYSB with as-yet unseen regularity, and although only 15% of people actually keep their resolutions, I intend to do substantially better in the new year. Then again, this is coming from the same guy that’s been rebuilding his own truck for over two years, so I’ll forgive you if you take it with a grain of salt! I sincerely hope that 2012 sees improvements for one and all, and I wish you all the best of luck in the coming 365 days in every facet of your life. May Vancouver find a bit more respect, a bit more humility, and a solution to the god-damned traffic jams.