Early second-gen Camaros are often lumped in with the emission-starved, safety-bumper-clad late-’70s examples — but it was not until 1974 that GM added the giant Pinocchio-sized schnozz and the not-so-attractive Barracuda-esqe rear window to the F-body. Most buyers agree the earlier cars are a lot prettier.
Camaro buyers tend to love first-gen cars almost universally, but the ’70-to-’73 examples benefited from improvements to steering and suspension that made them more user-friendly on the street.
Prices for these early second-gens have Read More
1982 Chevrolet Corvette coupe
Sold at $35,200
RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 29, 2019, Lot 1016
Why is it that low mileage can double or triple the selling price of any vintage car? Sure, a low-miles Mopar convertible with a manual transmission I understand. But that well-preserved Pinto with 4k miles for $35,000? Not so much.
Vehicles like this belong to, as I call it, the “What the Hell? Club.” The latest addition is Read More
1973 Ford F-100 pickup
Sold at $41,250
Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, May 17, 2019, Lot F111
GM trucks from ‘70s have been achieving big prices at auction for over two years now. Fords just haven’t had the same meteoric rise in values. Why not?
To highlight just how large the discrepancy is, a Read More
1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega Coupe
Sold at $13,750
Mecum, Phoenix, AZ, March 15, 2019, Lot F91
American car manufacturers applied the “no replacement for displacement” mantra when designing cars up until the 1970s, when the growing demand for fuel efficiency and government-required emission standards all but ended the life big-horsepower, big-displacement V8s.
Chevrolet adapted by releasing the uninspiring 80-ish hp Vega in 1971 — a low point in Chevy history that remained until 1975 with Read More
1984 AMC Eagle sedan
Sold at $3,850
Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, Oct. 25–27, 2018, Lot T35
People want cars that do it all. Part sedan, wagon, SUV and minivan. But with all those requirements, we have ended up with the endless amount of crossover-types clogging up our roads. They have it all, yet do nothing well — and most of them look like jelly beans left out in the sun.
When editor Pickering sent me Read More
1974 Ford LTD Country Squire wagon
Sold at $45,920
Gooding & Company, Amelia Island. FL, Mar. 8, 2019, Lot 85
Utility was the strength of a 1970s wagon. Beautiful? No. Fast? No. Good at hauling the family around town? Now we’re talking.
At just under 19 feet long, over 6.5 feet wide and weighing 5,004 pounds, the Country Squire was like a 2001 Ford Excursion SUV before its time. Instead of a 7.3-L Power Stroke Read More