New to this forum. Found you all through the miracle of the google machine.
My first car was my mom's 74 Sport Coupe. Sadly I let it get away from me after college. That was 30 years ago. I want it back (well, one like it as I know "mine" is long gone to the boneyard) and have been searching for a 74 Sport Coupe for a couple of years. I cant find one for sale. Lots of 73s. Never a 74. Why is that?
while i am asking... Now my son wants a classic car. He must have heard me talking about mine. I think he is settled in on a early 70s 2 door hard top as what he wants. Any advice? I see some 73 impalas out there and the 1st Gen Monte Carlo Has nice lines. What should I be looking for for us (besides my 74 noted above). And what should I be aware of/stay away from?
depends on how many were produced, how desirable they were, and how well kept. I have a 65 and 67 Impala convertible, the 65's were extremely popular and still are which is why you can find them. the 67? I have found TWO while searching the country, the rear quarter sheetmetal is unique to this year (as are almost every year), hardtop quarters are not the same.
as for your son, that covers a lot of years and makes and models! Ford, Chevy, Dodge, AMC; camaro, mustang, cougar, roadrunner, superbee, impala, corvette, charger, challenger, barracuda, nova, chevelle, el camino, ranchero, maverick, torino, javelin, amx, etc, the list goes on! do you want to work on Ford, MoPar, or SBC engines? are you wanting to do "easy" upgrades? stay within the marque family. are you going stock, resto-mod, Street/Strip, Pro Street?
if he's not sure, have him watch
are you looking for a lot of swap parts and interchangeability? the full-size Chevy may not be best option. I've also got an '86 El Camino (G-body) and those have a TON of swap parts like nobody's business!
and most importantly, how much work does he want to put in?