Project Cars

Pint-Size Woodie: 1979 Ford Pinto Country Squire

In 1970-71, three of the U.S. automakers introduced subcompact cars. That included the Chevy Vega, AMC Gremlin, and Ford Pinto. The latter would last the longest (1971-80) and sell the most cars (more than three million units). Interest in… more»

What’s It Worth? 1972 Pontiac GTO

My, how quickly things can change in the automotive world. The GTO began life as a mid-size muscle car in 1964, reached 96,000 units in sales in 1966, yet couldn’t break the 6,000 number in 1972. Market saturation had… more»

LS Swapped 1972 Chevrolet Camaro

Behold the metal version of that dirty calico cat in your neighborhood… up all hours of the night making a racket, knocking over trash cans, and generally up to no good. This calico-colored 1972 Chevrolet Camaro in Wellington, Colorado… more»

No Reserve 1973 Plymouth Gold Duster V8

The Duster was perhaps Plymouth’s big success story of the 1970s. They took a Valiant compact and grafted on a new fastback body from the cowl back. The result was sales of nearly 1.3 million copies from 1970 to… more»

Nomad Alternative: Rare 1956 Pontiac Safari

Based on a 1954 concept car with Corvette styling, General Motors introduced the “Sport Wagon” in 1955. It was a 2-door station wagon that had a separate body from the regular wagons from the cowl back. Chevrolet called theirs… more»

Stalled Turbo Project: 1976 Porsche 930

This Porsche 930 has been in the seller’s possession for some time but has only racked up nominal mileage since he took possession of it in the early 90s. The 930 is perhaps the most iconic turbocharged Porsche ever… more»

“Judge” For Yourself: 1969 Pontiac GTO

Pontiac introduced “The Judge” to its Second Generation GTO range in 1969, with 6,833 buyers handing over the cash to drive one off the showroom floor. It remains one of the most desirable versions of the GTO, and genuine… more»

Split Window Project: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet finally redesigned its Corvette sports car in 1963, retiring the first-generation models after a 10-year run. An enclosed coupe was offered in addition to the convertible. It used a split-window layout for the back glass which would become… more»

Power Pack V8: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

Chevrolet redesigned its automobiles for 1955 and introduced a small-block V8 that would help usher in performance for stock street cars. The stylish Bel Air Sport Coupe would be quite popular, and you could get one with the “Power… more»

Post-War Compact: 1951 Kaiser Henry J

The small and economical Kaiser Henry J may have been the right car but at the wrong time. The assumption after World War II was that buyers would scoop up thrifty cars in large numbers. Instead, with years of… more»

Lost Storage: 1964 Pontiac Bonneville Drop-Top

The Bonneville was a staple in the Pontiac lineup from 1957 to 2005 and was usually the top-of-the-line offering. The cars were redesigned in 1961 through 1964 and the latter editions of the Bonneville rode on a three-inch longer… more»

1969 AMC AMX 390/4-Speed Project

Looking at the resume for how this 1969 AMC AMX started out, the car sure ticked a lot of the right boxes, but unfortunately, it’s mostly in the past tense now as lots of the good stuff is already… more»

Out of the Barn! 1962 Chevrolet Greenbrier Camper

Based on the new Corvair with its rear-mounted, air-cooled engine, Chevrolet expanded that product line to include a truck/van platform. The delivery version was called the Corvan 95 (for its 95-inch wheelbase) while the passenger version was the Greenbrier…. more»

4-Speed Project: 1971 Oldsmobile 442

The 442 or 4-4-2 was Oldsmobile’s mid-size performance car in the 1960s and 1970s. It would be popular enough to warrant becoming a series of its own from 1968 to 1971, but it would be an option on the… more»

4-Door Sleeper? 1972 Chevrolet Malibu V8

The Chevy Malibu was in its ninth year of production in 1972 and was still one of the company’s best-selling nameplates. Changes were few from 1971 to 1972 as a whole new Chevelle was due to come out in… more»

Only Two Owners: 1973 Chevrolet Camaro

Considering its tenure in the Chevrolet lineup, some may not recall that the second-generation Camaro was in danger of being canceled in the early 1970s. Production and labor problems along with a changing market saw a decline in assembly… more»