CC’s For Sale: Six Cars for $1,500 (Each)

A fella along the California coast near Pismo Beach has some interesting iron for sale, and buying any one of them only sets you back $1,500. I’m making no promises, but it’s possible you could buy all six for a mere $8,500.

Here’s his pitch:

“I have a bunch of old cars and trucks for sale. Most of them came from a friend’s estate. He had well over 1,000 cars when he passed away. I am trying to liquidate some of them. ONLY $1,500 EACH!!

Sound promising, let’s take a closer look…

Here’s the first offering: “1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe 4 dr sedan. The bodywork is done and it is in primer. There are no dents or rust in the body. There is some rust in the floorboards, but not critical.

I sold the mags that were on it. I had them on another old Plymouth but they were too big for this one and they rubbed on the fender. It has stock wheels with white walls.”

I assume the wheels in the picture are the ones he sold, but this example might the most road worthy option. If you’re familiar with the cost of body work, the value of a blocked and sanded body in primer greatly exceeds the asking price (if the car is truly ready for a finish coat). The post includes a second picture showing the an equally clean driver’s side, so this may be a tempting opportunity.

The engine starts. It was rebuilt and has zero miles on it!”

I’m always leery when promised a “rebuilt” engine, but it’s awfully tough to mess up a post war Plymouth flat six. However, I think we can all agree that IF this motor has been rebuilt, a significant amount of time has passed since the project wrapped up- Based on the battery markings, at least two years.

“The carpet and headliner were removed. He was going to take an upholstery class and redo them himself. Seats are present.”

The interior pics are less promising but not bad for a 68 year old. Most of the pieces are there, and thanks to the flat glass panes, the cracked passenger’s side windshield is a relatively cheap fix. In addition, the seller has a further inducement:

“I also have a 1950 Plymouth 4 dr sedan parts car for $1,000 NOT RUNNING It has lots of cool, period, accessories.”

Mucho Exciting- Two early ’50s Plymouths for 2,500 bucks!

Next up, this “1952 Studebaker Commander Suicide 4dr sedan. V8 AT engine will start and run. The body is pretty decent. It has a dent in the rear, passenger side, door and not many other dents or rust. The glass is mostly good. The chrome is driver quality.”

I’d forgotten Studebaker offered a V-8 before the ’53 Starliner Coupe, but here it is in a ’52 complete with an automatic. The seller seems to offer a positive spin, but I’m not sure I see it.

“The doors open and close nicely. The old gal is complete and quirky.”

Can’t argue with that prose. I know we have a strong Studebaker contingent here at Curbside, and “complete and quirky” is just the phrase to stir their loins.

“We just installed new plugs, points, condenser, cap, rotor and plug wires. When was the last time that you saw one? Tires are rollers and hold air.”

That passenger door dent doesn’t look like structural damage, so I’m not seeing any deal breakers. You know, outside the sketchy tires and the Studebaker badge on the hood…

“Sold on a bill of sale. Out of DMV system. No back fees”

Well, no title is a big downer, but once again we see a worn but mostly complete interior. Note the V-8 badge on the dashboard along with the wide oval brake pedal. Studebaker for the win?

In the number 3 slot, a “1962 Chrysler Imperial 4 dr hardtop. Body is pretty decent. Not much rust. Not many dents. Front bumper is a little tweaked. One of the last years for the free standing headlights.”

Once again, a car with a strong Curbside following. However, this generation Imperial was well past it’s sell by date in 1962, and I’d say that front bumper is more than a little “tweaked.”

You can see I’m trying to walk away, but it IS a hardtop. Temptations, temptations… Before moving on, we should also check out those additional tempting morsels parked out back.

“FACTORY A/C! Loaded! NOT RUNNING 413 V8. Engine turns freely. We have not tried to start it yet. Too many projects. Tires are rollers.”

Not much good news here. Certainly factory air is a plus, but neither the engine or tire descriptions provides much confidence in their overall serviceability.

“The interior is shrunken up. My neighbors had a light blue one when we moved to California, in 1963. I always like that big old “LAND YACHT”!”

Based on evidence, a “shrunken up” interior means “Too far gone to photograph.” Personally, I’m leaving this one sit, but the fender of that two door hardtop intrigues me- Is that a ’56 New Yorker?

Representing the compact ranks, a “1964 Dodge Dart wagon 225 slant 6 motor { seized } with PUSH BUTTON A/T. 

The motor is toast. Needs another one. The good new is that Chrysler built millions of these slant 6 motors. They are easy to locate and won’t break the bank. Cool little surfer wagon!” 

How is it possible the slant 6 seized? I was under the impression they would travel 100,000 miles without any oil in the sump. I also think you could do more with it than drive it to the beach. Lots of folks out here in Cali want to relive the days of The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean, but this wagon is cool with or without a surf board.

“The body has a few small dings. Minor rust in the driver’s door, rear floor between the front and rear seats, and a little in the passenger side rocker. It would take an afternoon to repair if you know what you are doing. The chrome is half decent.

The tailgate window is broken. I have located several. They are not hard to find.”

A couple of things to unpack here. While I agree the body is pretty clean, I see a lot more work than his optimistic “an afternoon to repair.” The tailgate by itself looks like a three or four day project, and it just escalates from there. The chrome, door handles and tail lights all look OK, but missing glass is always concerning. A quick online check confirms glass is available, but how long has it been absent, letting in rain and critters?

“There is no rust in the cargo/spare tire well area. Headliner and carpet have been removed. Tires are almost new looking.”

OK, if they removed the headliner and carpet, these pictures are out of date. Also, if they removed the carpet, why couldn’t they pull out the plywood in the back, and THEN take pictures of cargo/spare well tire area, and let us evaluate the rust on our own.

Still from a style standpoint, this car pushes my buttons the hardest. If that slant 6 had a pulse, I’d be mighty tempted.

Well, that ’56 New Yorker isn’t available, but you could pick up this “1968 Chrysler New Yorker 2 dr hardtop. The old gal doesn’t have much rust. It is missing one fender skirt and one piece of trim. Only about 9,000 built in 1968. It is a kind of rare, cool fastback looking model. Tires are decent. I have all 4 hubcaps too.”

It’s likely the ’62 Imperial rolled out of the same factory as this car, but outside of the drive line there’s very few common touch points. If the’62 looked this good, I might bite. This car? I just think “Meh.” There’s nothing there to hate, but also nothing there to love.

“Steel crank 440 V8 4 bbl. The trans was removed for rebuilding. Tom passed away before getting it back. We don’t know where he took it. The good news is that it is just a 727. Very easy to locate.”

Hmmm…Perhaps I spoke too soon. Lots of big block goodness here, but with no transmission we’re rolling the dice with no recourse if the engine proves to be scrap metal.

I’m amused by the comment “We don’t know where he took it.” Somewhere along the central coast, there’s an orphan 727 rebuild waiting in the corner of a transmission shop. If someone could locate it, they might could make a pretty good deal.

“Highly optioned car. Split bench seat, power windows/seat. A/C, etc. The glass is good. The interior is pretty shrunken up and dirty.”

Well, now we know what a “shrunken up” interior looks like. It looks a whole lot like the interiors on the other cars, and I’m seeing no reason to get excited.

To close out this listing, we have an “1986 Chevy C30 ex military { AIR FORCE } one ton diesel w/12′ flatbed. Ran when parked. Looks complete.”

I’m not sure why the seller lumped this truck in with a group of older cars, but this might be the best buy of the bunch, if you’re just looking for value for your money. However, like most vehicles in this listing, it appears there’s no clear title, which does depress the value.

“The cab is real nice. Very minor dings/rust. The front windshield is broken. The back windshield is missing.”

Another missing back window. In this case, I can find 10 pieces locally for under $100, but once again we have concerns about weather damage to the interior.

“The 6.2 diesel motor is NOT RUNNING but a great motor! It has a turbo 400 AT. Dual fuel tanks and batteries. Low miles.

Great old workhorse! Nice body. Huge flatbed!”

In the initial description, the seller used one of my favorite phrases, “ran when parked.” It seems from the engine description that moment in time has passed. Despite that, the seller says this is a “great motor.” I’d say the 6.2 liter diesel is a vast improvement over the Oldsmobile diesel, but is very average compared to other contemporary options.

So there you have it, six cars for $1,500 each. Anything catch your fancy?