So let’s see how much of a crack pipe these cars are. I took a popular local used car site (think Autotrader but worse in every way) and sorted the cars by price and year. Nothing newer than 79 because I’m a borderline boomer and after the 80's stuff is modern to me. I chose the top and bottom 3 (with passable photos).

Let’s start with the cheapest 3:

#3. ‘78 Celica - $3500

Yeah... we’re not off to a good start here. I think the owner was going for the rat rod look but it stopped halfway through, gave no more fucks and went racing.

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This looks like a 20R engine, known for being eternal unless you supercharg... Wait! Is that thing a supercharger?

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The interior is ok-ish, I guess. Looks like you could go back to normal with not too much trouble. I don’t see anything major missing or broken.

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Overall, I’m not a fan of the RA40 looks and this seems a hack job of a project, so it’s all yours.

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#2. ‘78 J40 Land Cruiser - $3400

Next up is something you see pretty much every day around here. A J40 Land Cruiser. This one lacks a few bits - like a roof - but makes it up for in heart.

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According to the seller, it runs and it’s mechanically sound (nothing about what engine is in it). I’m just not loving the prospect of rolling over in that thing.

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The extremely bald/decorative spare is the least of your concerns.

#1. ‘66 Chevy Nova - $2900

Do you like project cars? Do you hate glass? Then I have great news for you!

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The ad claims it has a 5.3L engine, which is weird because I thought that engine was only made available the next year, but that makes it even more interesting! I think...

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There are no actual pics of the engine bay so it might as well be full of spiders. I do like the red interior, though!

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Now let’s move on to the most expensive trio:

#3. ‘74 International Harvester Scout II - $32800

This is much better, and much much more expensive.

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To be honest, to this day I didn’t even know those things existed, but I dig it. Looks like a Bronco?

#2. ‘73 BMW 3.0 CS - $70000

Would you look at this beauty!

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The front end seems to be sitting a tad high but it’s probably the curb.

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Alpina bits everywhere. I don’t even care it’s an automatic. Too bad I’m poor.

#1. ‘67 MB 230SL - $80000

Also an automatic, but it’s a Merc so it makes sense.

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So, um... that’s it. I would buy the BMW CS in a heartbeat if I had that kind of money.

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