1965 Ford F-250 – $3000

For sale is a 65 Ford three quarter ton camper special pick up truck. Has a 79 351 windsor V8 with an auto 3 speed. runs and drives strong, brakes are good, new tires. Asking $3000.00 obo. Call or email. 778-554-7805.

Although summer might have finally deigned those of us relegated to the lower mainland with it’s warm and dry disposition at long last, that doesn’t necessarily translate to drop-top season for everyone. In fact, for a great many people, it’s the time of the year when the automobile takes on its most tool-like properties. Flocking to the outdoors like sunburned lemmings off a heat baked cliff, people rapidly find their automobiles filling up with everything from bikes to boards to boxes of beer, and if you’re driving a Pontiac Firefly of VW Beetle, that can be worrisome. But fear not, because should you find yourself getting a little cramped in amongst the Pabst and single speed bikes, there is respite: this 1965 Ford F-250.

Looking every bit the hipster’s dream, this ’65 Ford F-250 demonstrates everything that was awesome about the mid-sixties: friendly, PlaySkool colours, simple styling, and rugged engineering. Of course, that translates into long stopping distances, questionable fuel economy, and quite possibly some of the heaviest steering ever encountered by man (I learned to drive in a ’73, and it took nearly my entire body mass to spin the tiller whilst stopped). However, what it undoubtedly lacks in capability compared to a modern truck, it more than makes up for in character and reliability. Having beaten my old truck around Richmond, New West, Vancouver, and Port Coquitlam for years after it served as my family’s camper-hauling vacation mobile (accruing something north of 450,000 kms on the way), the big black beast proved incapable of quitting, and served as my daily driver until it was finally traded in for a newer, and nowhere near as reliable truck. Why? Because well modern trucks may stop quicker, go faster, sip gas, and roll their own windows down, they’re also extremely complex. These old Ford pickups having roughly 3.4 moving parts, making them only slightly more complicated than your bottle opener… and how often does that fail? Looking in especially good shape, it’s nearly a guarantee that the paint is new, so do yourself a favour and either bring a trained ear or a magnet to check for fiberglass and bondo beneath. Rust is extremely common on these old trucks, with the worst offenders being the rear of the cab and the cab supports, but replacement parts are readily available from the absolutely mammoth and especially rabid support network that’s cropped up for these old truck. I truly miss my old one, as these old Ford’s represent what I hold to be the golden era in automotive design and manufacture, and it’s the one vehicle of the hundreds I’ve driven that I wish I could have back again… so if this one looks good to you, go ahead and click on the Craigslist ad up top, before I do.

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196? NSU 110 – $1500

“Early sixties I think, runs good, needs clutch pedal repair. Call Jack: 604-723-4934”

Well, apparently karma has come knocking on my door in the form of a completely fried clutch that has left one of (newer) family vehicles completely devoid of the ability to make forward progress. Such is the price of not updating the blog for a week. So, lest a vehicle I feel slightly more strongly about take a liking to its friend’s immobile status, I best bring CYSB back to the fore of my priorities! And what better to do that with than something from good old West Germany that hails from the era of the commie threat, Rusky movie villians, and a socio-political movement that saw the youth of a nation tearing walls down rather than putting tents up. Although undetermined in actual age, this NSU Type 110, by nature of its very existence, must have been made sometime in the short (er… one year) span between  1965 and 1967, as the car hadn’t been created in 1964, and underwent a formal name change in 1968, becoming the NSU 1200. Slightly larger than the better known Prinz, the 110 was NSU’s earlier take on a bigger format of automobile, with the only other (and subsequently hereafter known as “later “) take being the Ro 80 of 1967-77. Powered by a downrated version of the same engine that would find its way beneath the trunklid of the peppy NSU Prinz 1000 TT, the 1,085 cc four cylinder that motivated the NSU 110 produced an advertised 52 horsepower, but certainly won’t be the most interesting feature of the car for any potential owners. No, it’ll probably be the fact that just like the Prinz and wildly successful Beetle of the same era, the engine in the 110 is to be found within the trunk. An attempt to increase traction by locating the engine squarely over the drive wheels, the move led to the car being lauded as a pretty good performer, but criticized as particularly vulnerable to high speed cross winds such as those found on the autobahn.

Now, this particular one certainly won’t suffer from that particular problem because A) it, nor we, are in Germany and B) it doesn’t look like it’s going to be seeing high speed anything for a while. Certainly one of the roughest cars we’ve seen on CYSB, I’d not have featured it if it weren’t for the undeniably alluring combination of the car’s relatively low price, obscure manufacturer, bizarre layout, and, believe it or not, undying reputation for reliability. Although parts are probably nigh impossible to source, NSU’s have enjoyed an almost Eastern Bloc-like status as some of the toughest and longest-lived little cars on the planet due to both their excellent design and ridiculously stoic manufacture. Take, for example, the car’s underside. Typically one of the most rust-prone areas you’re liable to find on a car made of mid-sixties steel, NSU’s are usually nearly rust free thanks to an a zinc coating that nearly amounts to galvanizing the entire underside. Likewise, the mechanics of the cars are both simple and robust, with NSU once claiming that a clutch could be changed on a 110 in just 30 minutes. When it comes to this particular car, however, I’d be more concerned with how long it would take to find interior door panels and new seat covers as it looks as if the interior will need some TLC. But, if you’re the type that wants something truly different, but preposterously Teutonic in nature, this might be just the car.

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.

1965 Ford Fairlane – $4000

“1965 Ford Fairlane Sport Coupe. 289, Automatic transmission, bucket seats and console. Power Steering. 121,000 documented miles. $4,000 firm. 604-813-9640, after 10 am.”

Well, once again, we find ourselves staring down the barrel (or four barrel) of yet another version of the eminently popular Ford Fairlane, this particular model being a fetching 1965 Sport Coupe. One of the older Fairlanes that have come across CYSB’s browser, ’65 marks the final year for the fourth generation of the popular Fairlane sedan, a generation that saw the Fairlane shrink to become Ford’s intermediate vehicle. Slotting between the new Ford Falcon and the equally new full-size Ford Galaxie, the fourth generation Fairlane offered a wide array of optional extras and varying body styles ranging from faux-wood adorned Squire station wagons to ridiculous 657 horsepower, 7.0L Thunderbolt drag cars.

This particular model, being a 289-powered Sport Coupe, is positioned somewhere in the upper reaches of the Fairlane model lineup. I suspect it is the 2-barrel carbureted, hydraulic-lifter equipped 289 producing 195 horsepower have been informed it’s a factory four barrel, dual exhaust car, making it a prime exemplar of the upper echelon of Fairlane performance in 1965. Producing a healthy 271 horsepower, this engine gives a good indication of just how easy power comes to the ubiquitous Ford small block. Regardless, with just over a ton and half’s worth of American sheetmetal to cart around, neither of the torquey V8s available in ’65 would have much trouble carting it around. However, with just three forward speeds available from the automatic gearbox, don’t expect stellar fuel mileage. But at just $4,000, and looking pretty much flawless, fuel costs might be the only dollars this car needs put into it.