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When I was a senior in high school ('82) an older friend had some very nice Fords. He found some killer cars at some damn good prices back then. In the mid-80's he moved to Alaska and sold all his cars. His pride and joy was a '70 Cougar Eliminator with a 428CJ with the factory drag pack: 4:30 gears, "rock crusher" top loader 4 Speed. and factory oil cooler. It was a nice grabber orange. The car was in near pristine condition.

When he moved, I still kick my-self in the ass I didn't find a way to buy the '69 Mach 1 428, 4 speed, Med Blue metallic car he was selling. It wasn't running well, lt needed a valve job, but it ran. I think he wanted $1,600 for it..

Anyway, I was at a friends shop this afternoon and he had this magazine on the counter: Car Report Price Guide

Check out the price on the 1970 Cougar Eliminator .... Plus 70% for 428CJ



 

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1970 Superbird. In the mid 80's a buddy and mine were going to buy it. Couldn't afford it so we had already found a buyer. We were going to make big $$ for a couple broke kids. Guy backed out at the last minute. All original car sitting in garage with a pile of stuff on it, hadn't moved in years. Decided he was going to keep it.
 

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When I was a senior in high school ('82) an older friend had some very nice Fords. He found some killer cars at some damn good prices back then. In the mid-80's he moved to Alaska and sold all his cars. His pride and joy was a '70 Cougar Eliminator with a 428CJ with the factory drag pack: 4:30 gears, "rock crusher" top loader 4 Speed. and factory oil cooler. It was a nice grabber orange. The car was in near pristine condition.

When he moved, I still kick my-self in the ass I didn't find a way to buy the '69 Mach 1 428, 4 speed, Med Blue metallic car he was selling. It wasn't running well, l needed a valve job, but it ran. I think he wanted $1,600 for it..

Anyway, I was at a friends shop this afternoon and he had this magazine on the counter: Car Report Price Guide

Check out the price on the 1970 Cougar Eliminator .... Plus 70% for 428CJ




Kind of confusing though Boss 302 has it's own listing but yet it says add 50 percent for Boss 302?:confused:
 

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Car I owned, 1993 Mustang LX 5.0, 5 speed. It was basically stock, the only thing I had done was aftermarket exhaust. It was just really clean and fun to drive around town. I traded it in on a new Z28. The Z28 was better in ever way than the Mustang, it was roomier, more comfortable, faster, better mileage, more horsepower, ...etc., it just wasn't as much fun.


The car I could have bought but didn't- 1966 convertible GTO. A guy at my church tried to sell it to me, but my dad nixed it. This was around 1990 or 1991. The car was all there and original but needed a good bit of rust repair. We passed and bought my 1968 RS Camaro. I still own the Camaro.
 

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I'll give you two...

Sometime in the late 70s I hurried to answer an ad for a 1967 Mustang fastback with a 390 and a 4 speed. Drove over to look at it - pretty nice black car - took me +/- 45 minutes to go the the bank and get the agreed to $400. By the time I got back he'd sold it to somebody else.

Maybe ten years later. Found a 1969 Shelby GT350 parked at an apartment building with out of state plates. Not perfect, but a decent enough driver, Gulfstream aqua with a white interior and no rust to speak of. Owner wanted more money than I had, and try as I might, my dad would not (or could not...) front me the difference. So it got away - $3500 was a lot of money back then.
 

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70 olds rallye 350. My buddies dad passed away and the mom was hard up for money. He wasn’t in to cars and neither was anyone else in the family. She said I could have it for 5000$ to cover the remaining funeral costs.

Anyway, I just couldn’t cough up the money. I was only 19 and this was 2008 during the recession, the banks weren’t exactly handing out loans to kids only making 14$ an hour at the time.

I know they are really nothing that special, but it only had 28000 miles on it and it was a one owner garage kept car.

bugs the shit out of me till this day.
 

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A couple of years ago a customer traded a 1970 Olds 442 to us...matching numbers 455...drove it in here...it needed a full restoration but it was far from being clapped out.The roof was shot due to being equipped OEM with a vinyl top but other than that, minimal rust...factory AC car...and one of my partners, not familiar with the classic car market at all, sold it to another dealer for $3500 before I could stop the sale.

Rewind 50 years - our local Chrysler/Plymouth dealer received a 1970 HemiCuda ragtop; had it parked right on the showroom floor. I tried in vain to get Dad to buy it, not because I saw any particular collector value in it (at the time, who did?) but because it just sat there dripping in coolness and once a salesman allowed me to bust it off. But it was also over $5000, wouldn't have had AC and Dad wasn't having it. Besides, he owned a 1965 Impala SS 396 at the time so he wasn't exactly in the market for something else. After months of sitting on the showroom the dealer traded it to another C/P store, probably for a couple of Plymouth station wagons.
 

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My "one that got away" will always be my '70 Torino Cobra. 429SCJ, 4sp, 4,30 Drag pack. Totally original and 28k miles. Sold that one when I married my first ex-wife.

I still think about my Cuda, too. '70 AAR that a guy had that was in a legal jam. He thought the trans was bad (It wasn't) and I got it for 250 bucks. It was red with around 50k miles. Not perfect....a few rust spots starting, couple tears in the seats, etc. I just sold it for something else and made a few bucks on it. Cars were everywhere back then.
 

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A couple more. Went to look at a 63 Corvette convertible. Don't remember exact details but it was low miles like 30 or 40K. Had 250HP 327, nothing special there but had AC and power windows. Completely untouched and original. Drove about 150 miles to look at it. Agreed to his price, $6500. Then he says, "Here's the deal" Oh boy, now fucking what? It is his brothers car and his brother told his buddy that he had first chance to match what ever offer he got. I was pissed. I said are you fucking kidding me??? I just drove a couple hours to look at this thing, cash in fucking hand and now you tell me this?! Long story short his brothers buddy bought it. 30 years ago and still pisses me off. How some people are so easily willing to fuck somebody for their time is unbelievable.

This one isn't so much a get away but one that bugs me. I was probably in 8th grade, 1978, 79 or so. My dad and I are driving and we see this 65 Impala convertible sitting for sale. I bug him and get him to turn around and look at it. Well it turns out to be a red with red interior, white top, 4spd, SS convertible. But here's the exciting part. The original 409 is all apart in the trunk and it has a small block in it. I tried to convince my dad to buy it. It was maybe $1000. I told him this is a super rare car. But he is like it needs the engine redone and the 409 is a bit of a dog and expensive to rebuild etc. etc. Argh!!!

Another, but this one is my fault. I went and looked at a 56 Corvette. I think they wanted $5000 for it. Well it has a hole cut in the hood and the wheel wells cut out, etc. I wasn't looking for a drag car and thought it was way over priced. So I passed...

Looked at a 69 Camaro RS SS 396 Convertible. Rusty as hell so I passed. Don't remember what they wanted but $2500 is what I recall.

Another one I passed on was a 69, or perhaps 68 GTO convertible. One of the rustiest cars I've ever seen. 400, 4spd, AC, hood tach with power windows and I think power bucket seats (was there such a thing?). I remember thinking I've never seen one with so many options. It was that green color that was so popular then with a green interior. I thought it was probably worth it in parts but I had no where to keep such a car at that time so I passed. I think it was $1500.
 

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1966 GTO mint inside and out, burgundy lacquer paint, factory A/C-PS-PB, powerglide, sold it in 1990 for $7000 and thought I made a killing, what an idiot I was.
 

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Kind of confusing though Boss 302 has it's own listing but yet it says add 50 percent for Boss 302?:confused:
I did notice that.

My friends Cougar, I had 2 pictures of it I lost many moons ago, he put a dual quad intake on it. First time at the drags it ran a very traction limited 13.7 :oops:

If memory serves he got it into the mid-12's after a few trips back to the drags.
 

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Wish I still had my '68 SS396 Chevelle that I was building Pro Street in the late 90's. Sold that car dirt cheap when I should have kicked my whore ex GF out the door instead. Going to regret that decision til they put me in the oven.
 

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1966 427 AC Cobra. I looked at it for a daily. I could only afford one car back in the late 1960's. It was a convertible, cramped inside, and loud with side pipes. They wanted $4400 for it. I passed and got a new Corvette.
 

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My "one that got away" will always be my '70 Torino Cobra. 429SCJ, 4sp, 4,30 Drag pack. Totally original and 28k miles. Sold that one when I married my first ex-wife.
Mine was a non-ram air 71 429CJ 4 speed GT. I pulled it out of a barn. Sold that to get my 1990 SSP Mustang. I should have kept the Torino.

The on that got away was a 70 Roadrunner, 440 6 Pack, Pistol Grip 4 speed, 4.11 Dana 60 car. It belonged to a couple my mother babysat for. It had been sitting in his back yard for a couple years after it had quit running. The guy told me he wanted $2500. I told him give me two weeks. During that time a guy came along with $5k cash in hand. Oh, well, I couldn't blame him for selling it from under me under those circumstances.

I had my Torino at the time & wasn't a Mopar guy but I wasn't going to let that deal pass me by.
 

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I have two:

57 Chevy Bel Air two door hardtop with dual quad 283, PS, PB, AC, $500. Damn!

Marina blue 32 Ford full fendered three window coupe with 327, 4 speed and full tuck and roll interior. $700. Double damn!

Annnnd, I remember talking to and old guy at the LA Roadsters Show and he told me to buy all the C1 and C2 Corvettes I could get because some day they would be worth a lot (no rust). I thought he was nuts. At the time they could be bought all day for under 1k . I wanna cry now.:cry:
 

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My 1964 Plymouth two door Valiant. Straight rust free car. Knowing what I know today, it would have made an awesome full out drag car.
 

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Many years ago, a friend had a 59 Corvette, all original, 283 2x4's, powerglide. Just a driver, far from mint, but not roached out either. He went in the service, offered it to me for $2800. Was around 1970, lot of money, just didn't have it.
Around the same era, looked at a 55 Chevy coupe. 409, 4speed, but was painted purple, and some one had put a hideous vinyl top on it, $1300. Also remember a 55 handyman 2 dr wagon, running with a 265 powerglide. Was a real mess, guy wanted 800. Passed on both.
Just a few I remember from back then.
 

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Here's one that didn't get away, my friend Steves 67 L-79 coupe. He ordered it new, Oct. 66, $2832. Still has it, but almost sold it several times. He's 72 now, and he's glad he didn't. Also, one of its old time slips from 1967.




Was that ET with a stock engine?
 
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