The $5K Classic Car Challenge – Are You Up For It?


Publish date: 2016-06-27 09:45:36
1977 Lincoln Versailles

Father’s day was just over but it’s never too late to give the big guy a gift. A brand new tie, golf clubs, or watch are good gifts but the best gift would probably be a project car that will be great for the traditional $5,000 challenge. Here are 5 potential cars that would be great for a $5,000 project. All of these cars are being sold by Hemmings.

1968 Dodge D100 Sweptline

1968 Dodge D100 Sweptline

The early pickup truck models were mostly used by businessman and farmers because they did not have the extended back seats of the modern pickups that are now also being used by families. The early pickups were mainly used to carry large and heavy cargo. The comfort only came in 2nd and prioritized heavily on their ability to endure heavy loads on a daily basis on rough terrain and bad weather. This 1968 Dodge D100 Swepltine is one of those trucks, it is plain and simple but gets the job done. It is covered with scratches and dents but those are proofs that it endured 50 years of hard service, and even now it can still do a lot of work. It is being sold for $2,800, still a lot of extra to use for restoring this truck if the next owner wishes to do so.

1977 Lincoln Versailles

77 Lincoln Versailles

Many of you may ask “Did Lincoln build a Versailles convertible sedan?” The answer is no, Lincoln did not build a two-door Versailles convertible but this one is and it is possibly a one of a kind Versailles convertible. Although it does not have any top cover, it is possible to install a retractable top. For only $4,000, this is probably the best Father’s day gift you could give.

1973 Land Rover Series III 109

1973 Land Rover Series III 109

Land Rovers are the standard vehicle for travelling through rough terrain that no ordinary vehicle could go through. They have the reputation of being a rock hard vehicle that has never been broken, but Land Rovers tend to be really affordable when they start to wear down and needs some restoration. This Series III is an example that needs a lot of things to be looked at such as the steel frame. It used to be from Ministry of Defense. Asking price is $4,900 so you’ll probably need a bit more to restore this tough veteran back in shape.

1972 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

1972 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

New York City is one of the most punishing places for a car. Parking lot is hard to find, Potholes take a toll on your tires, wheels, and suspensions. During winter, it eats up the sheet metal. Then there are the thieves, and they are eager to break your car to grab stereo systems and other things. Amazingly this 1972 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser has survived all of that for more than 40 years. This survivor is being sold for $4,900 and will be happy to retire to a more forgiving area.

1972 Mercury Capri

1972 Mercury Capri

The 1st Gen Mercury Capri was made by Ford’s Europe division and was shipped to North America through Lincoln-Mercury dealerships but for some reason did not truly have the Mercury branding. Although the Mercury Capri was less powerful than its rivals, it did not lack it design. This 1972 may need some repaint and interior restoration to make it look better but its powertrain and drivetrain are still in great condition as the seller boasts. This will probably be an easy project and for only $2,950, you still have a lot of extra money to use in restoring it.

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