Jim’s Blog: What Car Should We Buy Next?

We’ve had a good run of cars in the ACC garage since we started the publication back in 2011. First, we had a nice 4-speed Nova wagon for hauling parts. Then we bought a nasty Hemi-powered Dodge 440 sedan that ran hard and irritated our neighbors. And finally, we found a 2000 Dodge Viper ACR still in the wrapper. Now it’s time to buy something else. What should it be?


I think it makes sense to focus back in on the original muscle car era — meaning something from 1964 to 1972. And since we have not yet had a Ford, I think it might be time to look for a Mustang. Maybe a first-year 289 car? Or maybe we should look for a Boss 302? How about a 428 CJ? 


Auction Editor Chad Tyson and I both think that full-size Fords from the era aren’t given enough credit. Maybe we should hunt a big-block Galaxie in a good color?


On the other hand, I’ve always thought it would be fun to cruise around in a Road Runner or GTX — 4-speed only — with either a 383 or a 440. There’s something pretty cool about Mopar’s all-business B-bodies, and they’re getting harder and harder to find these days. 


Or, we could practice what we preach and buy something from the emerging ’80s and ’90s muscle era. The market is waking up to Fox-body Mustangs and IROC Camaros. Maybe a ’93 Cobra is in our future?


What’s our budget? $40k. But we’ve been known to ignore such realities when it comes to the right car.


Let us know what you’d like to see us buy — and write about — in the comments below.


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