Hot Deals On Hot Wheels: Volume 2

Hey everyone, we’re back with “Hot Deals on Hot Wheels” where we highlight vehicles found on the internet that are interesting or worth buying. Last week we showed you a couple gems found in the Southern California area of Craigslist. One was a ’76 C10 with a 5.3L LS swap, and the other was a ’69 Plymouth Barracuda drag project with a 440 under the hood. Back to window shopping for car people this week, we’ve found some more great buys. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

1967 Buick Skylark:

First up, we found this 1967 Buick Skylark in South Gate, California for a steal!

WHY ITS COOL:

Before 1963 the Skylark moniker was attached to several Buick vehicles dating all the way back to 1953 with the Buick Roadmaster Skylark Series – the “Skylark” name denoting an upgraded trim level. There were several versions of the Skylark before Buick gave the car its own product line in 1963, but the ’67 model year is arguably the most aggressive looking of the “first generation.” Available with several engine options, the 340 cubic-inch version was a popular choice, but if you really had the juice in ’67, you’d have opted for the Skylark Gran Sport with the 400ci powerplant. The Gran sport was so popular in fact, it too eventually garnered its own production line. But, there are more nuances to the Skylark family than we can shake a stick at, and we have cars for sale to show you.

WHY ITS A SMART BUY:

The link to the Skylark pictured above is ”https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/d/1967-buick-skylark-not-gs-455/6703772145.html” Although, we can’t guarantee that it will be there when you read this. While this Skylark doesn’t possess the Gran Sport option, it does boast a 340ci engine which produced 220 horsepower when new, and with a Turbo 400 transmission connected to it, there’s no reason you couldn’t have plenty of fun cruising this ‘Lark. In my opinion this is a great buy for anyone looking to get into the hobby of restoring old cars, flipping used cars, or just hot rodding in general. At $4,500, this isn’t too big of a risk, and with some mechanical knowledge, you could have yourself a great weekend cruiser.

Photos borrowed from car-from-uk.com.

WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH IT:

Pictured above you can see a 1967 Buick Skylark GS400 that looks quite similar to our aforementioned, 340 equipped Skylark. I am not suggesting this car be made into a clone, but what I would do with it is take some design cues from the GS400 pictured above, and add some sport to the Skylark. Adding a GS hood would go a long way toward making the car look more menacing, and perhaps some bucket seats and a floor shifter might make spirited driving more enjoyable. Short of updating the suspension, cleaning up the interior, and ensuring engine reliability, I think this car is almost exactly what it should be – a driver. Of course, if you’re really savvy and want to restore the car from the ground up, you could do that as well.

1962 Ford Econoline Van: 

Next up is a rolling time machine in the form of a 1962 Ford Econoline Van. This thing is something right out of Scooby Doo!

WHY ITS COOL:

Okay, all Mystery Machine jokes aside, this van is pretty damn cool. The first generation of the Ford E-series began in 1961, and stretched to 1967, but the E-series continues today in its fourth generation. That means Econoline vans remain relatively unchanged in their form for nearly 60 years! This ’62 looks totally different from the E-series of today, but that’s to be expected. The point is the recipe remains the same – basically a box with wheels. That isn’t why this one is cool though – it’s cool because it’s been transformed into something once based on the Ford Falcon to something all its own. That’s right, early Econolines were based upon the short-wheelbased Ford Falcon chassis. However, with the utilization of a cab over engine design, seats mounted above the front axle, and a mid-engine location, the cargo space was ample. All that enabled the owner of this Econoline to turn it into a radical ’60s surf van.

WHY ITS A SMART BUY:

The link to the Econoline pictured above is, ”https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/d/1962-econoline-van/6664550197.html” The current caretaker of the van states that it only has 52,000 original miles on the clock! We have to take that with a grain of salt, but if this is truly a “barn find” van – that definitely increases the value. They stated that it had been sitting for almost 30 years due to the original motor being lost to a fire. With the help of an inline 6-cylinder and 4-speed transmission from an early Mustang, this van is back to its old glory. The current owner says all it needs is fresh paint, and some other odds and ends. For $7,500, that isn’t too bad. Vans like this one are hard to come by, and they can fetch quite a bit in restored condition. If you can see yourself pulling your surfboard out of the back, or settling into your shag carpet covered love-palace, this is the van for you.

photos borrowed from, vandolerosvanclub.blogspot.com.

WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH IT:

If I were given the opportunity to build on this far-out Econoline, it’d probably turn out something like what’s pictured above. Street vans are wild, don’t make a whole lot of sense, and seem impractical, but for people who can be described in the exact same way, they’re perfect. A tricked out interior with a bed, table, cabinetry, artwork, and a heavy sound system would be a must. This one already has slot mags, porthole windows, and a roof vent – so we’d probably add side pipes, a gnarly paint job complete with an airbrushed mural, and tons of personal touches to complete the crazy street machine motif.

Until next time, we’ll keep hunting for rusty gold, and keep all of you up to date on the best deals the internet has to offer. Let us know if you’ve found something exciting in your area via our Facebook page or comment section below, and keep checking back with us for more great finds! 

About the author

Vinny Costa

Fast cars, motorcycles, and loud music are what get Vinny’s blood pumping. Catch him behind the wheel of his ’68 Firebird. Chances are, Black Sabbath will be playing in the background.
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