After having virtually visited Eugene, Oregon, I’ve chosen another random city to see what automotive delicacies are available. This time it’s Indianapolis. With a population of 855,000 compared to the 166,000 in Eugene the number of cars older than 1990 and less than $6500 was only thrice as much.
A pleasant surprise was the number of Chrysler products on offer in Indianapolis, such as this grasshopper green 1977 Dodge Monaco.
While the sheer awesomeness of those stacked headlights are an opiate of the finest quality, I’ve never been too excited about the rear of these. Now, perhaps due to my advancing age, that sentiment has softened. This is a nice looking car and I’d love to blast it around that racetrack on the west side of Indy – as much as its choked 318 would allow, anyway.
It’s amazing how some innocent thing will stimulate long latent memories. Seeing this interior reminded me of some horrible childhood song that had the lyrics “great green gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts…”. There’s nothing greasy or grimy about this interior at all.
Ma Mopar certainly had a thing for green in 1977 as evidenced by this New Yorker located in Fishers, Indiana. Maybe it’s due to their having no green in the bank. This divine Chrysler is a mean, green, 440 powered machine.
While the interior is the same shade of green as the Monaco (there is a shadow here), nothing about gophers springs to mind.
These seats fascinate me, perhaps due to having zero experience with them. I’m guessing they are either deceptively comfortable or are like sitting on jello.
One would seem to think Indianapolis would always be chock-full of Studebakers for sale. That’s not the case but as of November 18 there are Chrysler C-bodies aplenty, such as this 1971 Fury.
The owner of this Plymouth seems to be a realistic guy with a strong streak of salesman as he says:
Nothing on this is perfect. Rather this car is an amazingly good “driver”. It is the car people actually want when they want an old muscle car. Nobody wants a $50,000 Cuda, cause if you drive it, it ceases to be worth $50K. You want a car for the road, then you want something like an Impala, a Fairlane, or a Fury. Roll the windows down, cruise a 2 lane, and not worry about an acorn ruining your car.
It started life with a 318 but now has a 383.
For one last C-body, here’s a 54,000 mile 1968 Dodge Polara. Given the appearance of the rear rocker panels, this is an Indiana car.
In addition to the preponderance of C-bodies, there are also an inordinate number of ambulances / hearses for sale. All are based on GM passenger cars, such as this 1965 Buick Wildcat. It started life in California, with an excursion to Idaho, before landing in Madaryville, Indiana.
Another hearse / ambulance listing embodies all the warmth, generosity, and altruism of a typical Craigslist ad. It is for this combination of Pontiac ambulances located in Muncie and priced at $695 each. From the ad:
I’ll apologize now for my bad attitude towards CL buyers.
I will answer no questions. If you cant figure out if these cars are worth the money by reading this and looking at the photos then please dont contact me. NO TITLES, THEY DO NOT RUN. YOU CANT DRIVE THEM HOME. I DONT KNOW IF THE ENGINES TURN.
No doubt he’s experiencing a veritable stampede to his door.
Let’s continue our look at the unusual, this time from the 1980s.
Yes, indeed, it’s one of the few Merkur XR4Ti’s that are left. This is a true unicorn these days and I catch myself wanting to say “Murk-er” instead of “Mur-core”. This is a Ford Sierra for everyone outside North America.
Be careful to not get it confused with the GMC Sierra.
That’s not the only Ford product that’s as abundant as rooster’s teeth. This 1973 Mercury Montego isn’t something one can find with any degree of regularity. It’s still a Torino in drag, and this Mercury is advertised as being a former drag-race car.
Also built in 1973, these Oldsmobile Cutlass Supremes used to be as common as dirt. Now, not so much. This particular one is advertised as having only 30,000 miles and despite a few external blemishes, it is advertised as being capable of driving to California.
If something in the Midwest has its capabilities touted by being able to drive to California, it makes me wonder what those in California say; might it be “this car is so good, it’ll drive you to Indiana?”. Maybe they just say it’ll go from Encino to Culver City.
Did I mention there were a lot of Chrysler products around Indianapolis? Well, there are. Another premium example is this 1988 Dodge Ram Charger.
Ram Charger has got to be one of the best, toughest sounding names ever applied to any vehicle. I’ve driven quite a few of these and the capability lived up to the name.
Here’s a Dodge pickup commercial from 1986. Why isn’t something like this done again? These are such phenomenally awesome pickups.
While we’ve seen some intriguing verbiage in ads, sometimes the pictures themselves are just as interesting. Take this 1972 Datsun pickup, for example. It’s been lowered four inches and the owner has had his fun with it.
But look at this picture carefully. It looks like the Ford is about to gobble up that Datsun for a snack.
In scouring these classifieds, I’ve tried to choose cars that appear to be in somewhat regular use (the ambulances don’t count), provide a broader appeal, and are ones that just aren’t that common anymore. It’s all subjective to a degree, but this last car is simply too good to not include. The name isn’t uncommon, but the car itself is due to its abbreviated physical appearance.
So, to conclude, I present….
This 1980 Plymouth Volare coupe. Looking pristine on the inside, this Plymouth would be a fun ride for its new owner, eagerly offering up every one of its 225 cubic inches of throbbing ecstasy, all tamed and calmed by the wonderful Torqueflite automatic transmission.
Seriously, a coat of green paint would do wonders for this Volare.
Stay tuned, there’s no telling where we will visit next.