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.

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1960 Fargo Pickup – $4000

“1960 Fargo pickup for sale. Its got 15,000 km on a rebuilt 313 V8; original engine. 108,000 miles on the dash. Tranny was rebuilt August 7th, 2011. Three on the tree. No power steering. Heater works wonderfully and you can roll down the windows if you need to cool down. Built to last with a super straight frame and very clean lines. Runs awesome. Bit of a bumpy ride but it is 51 yrs old so… In the last few months I’ve rebuilt the starter and the water pump, new fuel pump, clutch master and slave cylinder, brake master cylinder, rebuilt distributor ( including plugs and original mopar wires circa 1960 ), new carb, new rear wheel cylinders, and a bunch of other stuff. needs rear axle seals. No need for aircare. This truck is my daily driver and well taken care of. the truck has never been abused. Rubber is good too. Rare truck, the only one in B.C. Hard to find parts for but it comes with a set of shop manuals and a parts catalog for the truck. Also the contact number for a guy who has or been able to find me all the parts i need for it… everyone else has failed in that department. I want $4000 obo for it. Already bought paint for it so it ain’t gonna get cheaper if i get around to puttin’ it on. Give me a call if you want some more details or you want to take it for a drive. Serious inquiries only please. Mr. James 778-240-0381”

Well, we’re already staring down the barrel of what is forecast to be one miserably precipitous winter here in Vancouver, and it might be time to start thinking about trading the sports cars and cabriolets in for slightly more appropriate transportation. And what could be more appropriate than an old pickup truck like this 1960 Fargo. A brand that’s predominantly Canadian in both market scope and manufacture, the Fargo brand gave Canadian Chrysler-Plymouth dealers a viable entry into the truck market at a time when Chrysler’s Canadian structure forced dealers to divide themselves up between Chrysler-Plymouth and DeSoto-Dodge dealers. And although the new trucks could have easily been painted with the broad brush of the Dodge truck line, Chrysler Canada preferred to give non-Dodge dealers their own brand of truck, rather than muddy the waters by making Dodge trucks available at all dealers while restricting Dodge cars to DeSoto-Dodge dealers.

So, suffice it to say that Fargo trucks aren’t exactly common, and ones of this particular era are even less so. Whilst earlier and later examples can be stumbled upon with (actually) surprising frequency, this particular era marked a low point in Fargo sales due in large part to the brand’s somewhat awkward, almost afterthought-like image. However, that image certainly doesn’t diminish from the trucks’ ability, and this 1960 is a prime example of that. Looking pretty decent indeed underneath a surprisingly committed coat of primer grey, this truck boasts no shortage of recently rebuilt parts ranging from the transmission to the engine to the starter motor; all boons on a truck running on some pretty hard-to-find parts. As a daily driver that appears to have a GVWR of over 5,000 kilograms (hereby exempting it from that cash grab otherwise known as AirCare), it’s expected to be in good shape overall, and would make for a great do-it-all classic for someone that needs a workable, practical vehicle but has a better appreciation for automotive history than a modern truck requires.