1973 Mercury Montego MX for $3500. Seller has papers on an engine rebuild 13000 miles ago, carb and starter rebuild a year ago. It starts up right away, and the 351 Cleveland sounds great.
As you can see, it is cosmetically rough, but I saw nothing worse than surface rust (California car). The seller lives just a few blocks from me, and the car belonged to his dad, who passed in 2013.
I am serious about this for my 16 year old son as a project we can work on together. What do you think Oppo?