Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mid Week Match-Up: Best 'Merican From Model Year 1970

It's Wednesday, so that means it's time for another edition of Daily Turismo's better than trying to circumcise a rottweiler while it is eating game also known as Mid Week Match-Up! 1970 was a pivotal year in for automobiles, and for many it marks the start of the malaise era...but if you are careful you can find some of the baddest rides that ever came out of Detroit.  Today's search is for the best American 1970 car around for less than $15k.  Bonus points if it has Brougham in the name.


My first pick is this 1970 Chevelle SS tribute, an example of one of the cooler cars to be sold in 1970.  It isn't a real SS, but it also doesn't come with the $40k pricetag associated with the real deal.  It is all muscle and might handle horribly, but who cares. 


The above Chevelle might have some insane reserve, so I'm also going to plug this 1970.5 Ford Falcon sedan offered for $3,000 in Mansfield, OH via craigslist.  The 1970 US market Ford Falcon is a bit of an oddball - it was only sold for 8 months and is often called the 1970 1/2 Falcon due to its limited production.  It was no longer based on the compact platform shared with the Mustang and instead was a low spec version of the Fairlane. 

What American car would you buy from the 1970 model year?  Comments below.

32 comments:

  1. 1970 Ford Thunderbird Landau Brougham Edition in Edmonds, WA. Low miles, owned by the same family since new. 429 V-8 Thunderjet with a cruise-o-matic. A/C just needs a recharge ;-)

    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00Z0Z_6hQEVtXO2dl_600x450.jpg[/img]

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    1. This. +1. thumbsup. Like.
      I'm sure the driving experience would be totally underwhelming, but man I want to cruise in this 429 thunderjet powered hawk faced freak.

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    2. Birds of a feather.... FLOCK TOGETHER
      [img]http://www.autotraderclassics.com/scaler/632/473/images/a/2014/09/01/63911931/9101_1409547983206.JPG[/img]

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    3. Complete with the Hofmeister kink!

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  2. Race Hauler that doesn't fit race cars

    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00808_9J3Ou9QdnRh_600x450.jpg[/img]

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    1. Wow, this would be heaven for a small formula car. In fact, when your wife finally leaves you and you decide to become a full-time over the hill, washed up Formula Ford driver, you could just live in this thing and follow the sun from race to race. Oops, that's just the cabin fever talking.....

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  3. a big boat like a Coupe Deville Convertible or I could channel my dropped inner boss hogg

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  4. I would have a tough time picked between a Z/28 and a Riv. The Buick's interior alone...

    [img]http://www.creativecrash.com/system/photos/000/107/751/107751/big/camaro_1970_z28_7.jpg?1286902293[/img]

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    1. Oops. I meant the 60s Riv interior. Scratch the Riv. This is the one I love, not the next gen.

      [img]http://assets.blog.hemmings.com/wp-content/uploads//2013/03/1964BuickRiviera_04_700.jpg[/img]

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    2. Despite the added tach.

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  6. Plymouth Cuda and Dodge Challenger, hands down.

    [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/49/%2770_Plymouth_Barracuda_%28%2711_Auto_classique_VAQ_Mont_St-Hilaire%29.JPG[/img]

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  7. This one gets my vote. It's not a Brougham in name but that's just a techniality - what with the vinyl top and broughambic pentameter...er, I mean interior. So minty clean for $12.5k.

    1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme - a tarted up Chevelle with a Rocket V8.

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/cto/4883651359.html

    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00303_9QGDYbtp1j1_600x450.jpg[/img]

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  8. I've owned a 70 Chevelle SS and a Challenger 440 and both were pretty epic.
    My Favorite 1970 would have to be a Mangusta but I don't think it counts.
    How about.......
    [img]http://images.classiccars.com/classifieds/73164_520111_1970_Plymouth_Road%2bRunner%2bSuperbird.jpg[/img]

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    1. thought the cap was $15K, not $150k...

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    2. Oops yeah, I just realized there was a cap. I am going to have to vote for the Monte!

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  9. 70 Monte Carlo, more done up and a bit too red for my usual taste, but I wouldn't kick it out of my garage (if I had a garage) for eating crackers (if cars ate crackers) - on San Francisco CL for $15,500

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/BhX6c31.png[/img]

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    1. Wow, that is nice. I agree, a little too done up and a lot too red but sure looks like it's a good solid car for the coin. Long time owner, if it's all he says that sure seems fair

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  10. Locally, there's this Ranchero that I'd love to drive for a bit.

    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00I0I_jrh7T6KarYn_600x450.jpg[/img]

    RANCHERO!

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  11. No love for the '70 maverick or '70 comet? The early ones have nice small bumpers, they are light and the Maverick grabber and Comet GT came with optional 302ci V8's, nice high back buckets , spoilers and hood scoops. I've had one of each and they were a blast. I have seen nice ones lately for $6k -$14k depending on what somebody thinks they are worth. And no... I haven't been drinking. I like them sober!

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    1. Spent some time with a '71 Comet w/ 302. Great cars that wake up when you lose the 2v carb and choky exhaust system that would bottleneck even a base D15 dpfi civic motor. About 15 years ago, they were cheap and plentiful.

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    2. I had a '64 Caliente, which was a fantastic car. Don't think I'd be happy with the 3rd gen. But I get why you would - nice choice!

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    3. @mountain man - that was exactly the car I was going to try to post. The early Maverick has aged very well from a design standpoint, and you can just open most Mustang performance catalogs to turn one into a very satisfying (and attractive) road warrior.

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  12. My automotive tastes are too large to be contained in a single vehicle, so I found three whose total combined price would come in under the cap: the 1970 Chrysler Imperial, because it outweighs an Expedition and is my favorite of the Imperials (and 'cuz my grandfather worked on the line!); the Ford Country Squire because I loved Ford's hidden-headlight station wagons plus it's cheaper than a new Apple laptop, and lastly a hilariously overpriced Camaro because if Daryl from "The Walking Dead" was a car, this is what he'd look like. Seriously, if this car could talk, it would say, "WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? I JUST KILLED A DUDE FOR LOOKING AT ME."

    https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/cto/4924548252.html
    https://madison.craigslist.org/cto/4928070008.html
    https://annarbor.craigslist.org/cto/4868129408.html

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    1. That's hilarious, EmmyJ. Separated at birth!

      [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00o0o_c6EXr6JgRsN_600x450.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.joblo.com/newsimages1/walking-dead-daryl-gay.jpg[/img]

      So, do you think he's gay or was the bromance just that? An interesting twist to an interesting character! What a great show.

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    2. I always read him as straight, personally. I think that's been indirectly confirmed by the writers as well.

      On a DT note, I recall at one point in the first season, when they were moving through the traffic jam, there was either a first-gen Bronco or an International Scout in the background, and I wanted to yell at the TV, "You guys just passed a perfectly good trade-up!!"

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    3. I always read him as straight, personally. I think that's been indirectly confirmed by the writers as well.

      On a DT note, I recall at one point in the first season, when they were moving through the traffic jam, there was either a first-gen Bronco or an International Scout in the background, and I wanted to yell at the TV, "You guys just passed a perfectly good trade-up!!"

      Many thainks, Gianni!

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    4. I agree, but they clearly like mixing things up for the show versus the books. We shall see! I don't really care, I just love everything about that show. Word is that there's going to be a prequel. If the writing is as good, I'm all over it.

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