Sunday, April 19, 2015

1k: Explorer Starter Kit: 1964 Clark Cortez Motorhome

 Hernán Cortés was a Spanish explorer and Conquistador who spearheaded the invasion that toppled the Aztec Empire and brought a large part of what is Mexico under the umbrella of the Spanish Empire.  This next feature looks old enough to have witnessed some of those early encounters with natives, but with a little work could be great for some exploring.  Find this 1964 Clark Cortez Motorhome offered for $1,000 in Vista, CA via craigslist.


 If you want an idea of what a nice Cortez looks like, check out DT's feature from July of last year, where the asking price was $22k and it hadn't been through any invasions.  This one might need $20k of refurbishment to get it up to speed, but if you are looking for a huge (literally) project, this is it.



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15 comments:

  1. Nothing nice to say, except that this would make a good doghouse.

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  2. What would be the proper past tense of "breaking bad"? Broken Bad maybe, which this thing certainly is? If it fits......

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  3. This just may be the famous 'Lobotomobile:' "Following his development of the icepick lobotomy, Freeman began traveling across the country visiting mental institutions in his personal van, which he called the "lobotomobile."[10]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Jackson_Freeman_II
    http://lobotomy.umwblogs.org/the-decline/

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    1. Oh my gawd..... I REALLY wish I had not read that Wiki article. I thought you were joking!

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    2. I wonder if LBTOMBL or some similar permutation is available as a California personalized plate.

      The fan site says the Clark versions were powered by a Dodge slant-six driving some flavor of manual FWD transaxle, later ownership of the company produced a model with a Toronado powertrain.

      There's a part of me thinking that there's a rolled TDI V10 Touareg out there somewhere that needs to be introduced to this chassis. I'd love to have the kind of time and money to deal with that, but if I did I might think I'm better off spending that cash on a Cessna 210...

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  4. Wow, that was a rabbit hole I wish I hadn't entered...

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  5. We're used to wondering what that bottom looks like, this is one where a bird's eye view of the 'needs some roof work' would be really handy.

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  6. It must be bad... no pics of the guts of this thing make me think it's just a shell. But oh the possibilities.. I do like the toureg idea though.

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  7. It must be bad... no pics of the guts of this thing make me think it's just a shell. But oh the possibilities.. I do like the toureg idea though.

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    1. I was at a stoplight today next to a Porsche Cayenne.

      I glanced to my left and noticed a script badge on the fender.

      'Diesel'.

      Oh Good Lord.

      As far as I'm concerned, the only diesel Pooch is the VW TDI-powered 911 that runs Lemons.

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    2. Yep, Porsche Diesel Trucks. Clearly profit is the only goal. I guess the end is indeed nigh....

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  8. Scary looking. As these are all steel, the rust worm issues scare me since there are not replacement panels available. The fiberglassing of large roof sections and the leading edge as well as the rain gutters on the sides are downright terrifying!

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  9. Manufacturing Line http://www.cortezcoach.com/files/cache/56f8f0734d682b56b931f4d10ada4598_f84.jpg

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  10. OMG that is a terrible rabbit hole...I never knew about Rosemary Kennedy. Feeling a little ill.

    You could start a museum of horrible vans...this one, Kevorkians', Buffalo Bill's. etc.

    Chebby

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