Question of the Week: What’s the best deal you’ve scored on a collector car?


A friend told me his work buddy had a 1986 Buick Grand National with blown head gaskets & possible engine damage from the coolant because it started blowing tons of smoke. They parked it in their garage & covered it and that’s where it sat for 8 years. I went to look at it & the body was rust free, but had dozens of small dents on the hood, roof & trunk lid. He said his Rottweiler got locked in the garage by mistake & jumped up on it to look outside.
So here is a car that doesnt run, bodys all dented but it only had 36k and excellent interior.
He wanted $5000 so I offered 2500 & he took it.
He flat bedded it to my house & I did some diagnosis. Found the turbo seal was blown so I bought a new turbo for $800 & changed the oil & filter, dropped the tank, flushed the fuel from the lines & it fired right up.
Took it to a paintless dent repair place and they charged me $400 to remove 21 dents! Lol.
He said that was the most hes ever done including hail damage!
Loved that car kept it for 8 years. Never should have sold it.IMG_20150910_161500


In 1988, I bought a 1969 Camaro from a coworker. Running, driving, numbers matching registered factory a/c 327 car with a complete NOS GM replacement interior… for $800. Still have it today - completely restored!


My 1980 Turbo Trans Am a year & a half ago. It was listed on Craigslist as Trans Am. Click on listing and it only said two-tone Trans Am, no year, pics, or any other description. So being a T/A lover, I had to send an email (there was no # listed). Guy calls me, and says it’s a 1980 Turbo Trans Am with 27K miles on it ! Not too shabby for a 36 year old car. He had it for 10 yrs & put 6K miles on it & let the inspection run out 5 yrs earlier. He would run it around the block every so often & then tuck it back into the garage. The car is original, except for tires & such. He was asking $4,000 for her. Which I gladly paid. I even gave him an extra $200 so he could take his wife somewhere nice.


In Jan of '17 I scored this '03 Porsche 911/996 C2 for 17.750K$, an online guitar broker took it in trade, he was a car nut but only liked older cars. Only had 55K miles, 18" rim option w/ new tires 225F/285R. It was luv at first sight. I drove it for 8 months and had to get his big brother an '03 turbo I found in Montana for 38K$. Both have much lower than avg miles & are 9/10 outside, 9.5/10 inside.


I scored a 1953 F100 “Cartooned Themed” truck in excellent condition here in Kansas.


Great choice. The W124 was the most bulletproof Mercedes ever built. My Children’s Godfather bought the W124 320 CE coupe, one of the prettiest cars of its era.

Drove my first Benz in 1971 in Australia - 300 SEL 6.3. Also a great driver’s car.

I owned a single Mercedes 190 when working for Price Waterhouse in the late 80s. Solidly reliable and very sure footed.


My Best Deal.

Car was purchased in in 1968 for $750. Now valued at a little more than more than $253,000.

Only 26 of that particular model made. Carroll Shelby made the Brand famous.


I rebuilt the engine - replacing the shell bearings in the 5 bearing crankshaft prior to going racing.

Engine still runs well 40 yrs later


Car is AC ACE Ruddspeed Stage 4 tuned. - Engine - Straight 6 - fed by triple Weber 40 DCOE Carbs.


From 2013: I bought a 1961 Chrysler 300G in decent shape (running/driving, minimal rust) for $4300.


In 1981 I bought a Lamborghini Espada for $14,000.00 I restored it twice. The second time I did a ground up restoration because Ferruccio Lamborghini was planing on visiting the U S for the 1993 Pebble Beach Concours. Unfortunately Ferruccio passed away in February of '93 but my car was chosen to show at the Pebble Beach Concours.


1987, 19 hrs old, bought a very nice 60k miles 1969 Z28 for $6500 off a guy about my age now. One engine build and one re paint , 31 years have gone by already. Now it only has 83k on and staying in the family.


Bought a 1992 Mercedes Benz 500SL with 88k for $3000 earlier this year. Car is rust free with everything intact from the factory. Car runs awesome and after some top cylinder repairs and some brakes, I’ve got a terrific summer cruiser. Considering that it cost $97,000 new, it’s a heck of a deal!


65 dodge 880 custom convertible $400, sold for $1600 the car was a mess on the outside the guy just wanted all the interior bits, also had a 82 911 targa $13,000 drove it around put 50k on it and then sold it for $18,000, should of kept it now it’s worth close to 30k now, all good had fun with it.


About 2 years ago, I was browsing through Facebook Marketplace for ‘95-‘97 Olds Cutlass Supreme SL sedans and/or parts for sale since I own a ‘96 with over 268K miles now, 2nd owner. Anyway, as I was browsing along, I came across a triple-black 1995 Olds Cutlass Supreme Convertible with 55,000 original miles, Arizona car for only $2,000! There were good pics plus it was less than an hour away in Walnut Cove, NC (just north of Winston Salem) from where I live in Greensboro. I immediately contacted him, wanted to come see it right away in which he told he had an appointment with an interested party (young teenager buying with help from dad,granddad). I said okay, but then texted back with a counter offer of $2,100 (sight unseen, except for pictures plus I sent him a picture of 21, 100 dollar bills, lol) if he contacted the young perspective buyer that it was sold!? He agreed, went to see it, drove it, fell in love with it, paid him & his wife, got receipt, met them at the DMV office in Walnut Cove the next day and it was mine! The reason they were selling it was that they were moving back to Phoenix (where they had moved from 3 years earlier) and didn’t want to drive or tow a second vehicle back to AZ. It’s been a great car with the normal things needed for 3.1/3.4 liter engines (I have the 3.4L V6 DOHC with all options) “low coolant” & “ABS” coming on/then off, 2 new front tires, alignment, battery, A/C Compressor, accumulator, orifice tube, etc. The 2 main problems now are the back glass came unglued from top & a miss/skip in the engine, but it drives great, still powerful, poor gas mileage, and starts cutting out at around 4000 rpms in “park” only , NOT while in drive or on the highway! ANY IDEAS!? I have replaced the spark plugs which looked to be original (all white & ashy colored, no sign of oil). It’s an OBD I, so can’t use my OBD II reader. Thanks for reading if you have read this far by now!?



Oh boy. I love those cars. What have you had to do to it?


My best deal also turned out to be my worst deal!

In 1978 a friend of mine bought a brand new 1977 Porsche 911. It was a beautiful chocolate brown with brown leather and a whale tail. I was between cars and we both found (and wanted) a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS that was solid but needed some cosmetics and transaxle work. I jumped on it for $17,000 and enjoyed it but really couldn’t afford to fix it properly right then. My buddy couldn’t stand not owning the car, but had the new 911 to deal with. So we traded $17,000 cars, everybody happy! Fast forward to today, Ferrari 1.4M, 911 24K, oh well… I should have gotten a loan and fixed the car!! You can’t keep them all…


Nearly 30 years ago we purchased a '73 Corvette convertible 454 4 speed with air, that needed restoration, for $8000. We stored it in a barn for over 20 years.The restoration is now nearing completion,and I did a recent history search,only to find that it is a 1 of 20 numbers matching vehicle.The deal just got a little sweeter!