1966 Ford Mustang Coupe Roller
If you intend on starting and completing your project in your home's garage, this '66 Mustang coupe is a great option. The hard part has already been done: the paint and bodywork. Diving into bodywork can be a can of worms, especially if you lack experience. This car is a blank canvas with no motor, transmission, or interior. It can be a drag race car, a Pro Touring car, or a mild restomod destined for the steamy pages of Hot Rod; the possibilities are endless. The price on this '66 is $1,600. Getting a car painted can easily cost three times that, and this one is a roller. It wouldn't surprise us if this car didn't last more than a couple of hours at the meet.
1972 Chevy El Camino Project
This one was kind of a head-scratcher. Being a '72, it's not the most ideal year, and it's got some pretty substantial body damage, making us wonder why the price tag is $6,000. A similar condition Chevelle would fetch that price easily, but some Elky sellers think they ought to get the same deal, and it ain't even close. The motor had some nice parts on it, but not quite enough to justify the price and condition. If you're looking for a car like this at a better price, taking the number down and calling just before the show closes might be a good strategy. Note to seller: Unless this is a hidden treasure, a lower price may be worth taking to avoid dragging it back down for the next swap meet.
1965 Ford Mustang Fastback
This ex-racer '65 Fastback Mustang is great if you've got more time than money and are set on owning an authentic fastback Mustang. Taking on a project like this requires a pretty well-established shop at home, and the time and skill for major fabrication work, or a professional shop who can take it on for you. There is no motor in this car, but it does come with a four-speed trans, four-wheel disc brakes, 9-inch rear end, and most of the body for $11,500. When you see major body damage or panel replacement on a car that has been raced, take a look under and see if the frame has any missing paint or cracks that would show a deeper injury. Pointing these out can sometimes sway the seller down.
1968 Chevy Camaro
Just past the disco Firebird with the 20-inch rims was this cute '68 Camaro, my favorite. This is what we've been looking for, an original '68 Camaro that runs and drives for under $13,000. A closer look revealed a couple of major issues that will cost quite a bit to repair down the road. Our first concern was the cut-and-glue sunroof. While at home on a later-model T-top Camaro, it didn't quite sit well on this first-gen. Welding a patch on a large flat panel like the roof is extremely difficult and time consuming. The other item was the paint. The emblems were not removed when the car was repainted. Not only does this tell us there most likely is hidden damage, but the painter didn't even take the time to remove the emblems before spraying the paint. Makes you wonder what other short cuts were taken. If this was anything else besides a first-gen Camaro, it would be a lousy deal, but because it's so sought after, it's actually a fairly good price.