Car Lust: $1,500 Used Car Challenge
Car Lust $1,500 Challenge
Reader's Challenge Introduction
Reader's Challenge Results
Hafner's Challenge Introduction
Hafner's Challenge--Traditional American Car Candidates
Hafner's Challenge--Imported/Sporty Candidates
Hafner's Challenge--Truck/Wagon Candidates
The Winner--1973 Ford Gran Torino Wagon
As I've confessed here in the past, I'm a certified used-car classifieds junkie. Whether I'm in the market or not, I love to troll through the listings and imagine myself owning and driving the various jewels in the rough on display. In some cases, the rougher the jewel, the more it engages with my imagination. Shopping for used cars is all bound up in my Car Lust addiction; in fact, if my posting on Car Lust is the way I can vent my passion for cars, my classifieds browsing is where I can flirt with turning that passion into tangible form.
Over the last few years, we have run several Used Car Challenges, which are essentially contests in which we all engage in a used-car treasure hunt and share the wierd and wonderful things we find. At the end, I pick out a few standouts and crown them winners.
Past price-constrained challenges have taken place at these levels--$5,000 (challenge, results), $25,000 (challenge, results), and $2,500 (challenge, results). That last challenge had some particular significance for me, as I was engaging in my own $2,500 challenge at the same time and wound up buying a car as a result.
Well, it's time for another challenge, and this time I'm dropping the price limit to $1,500--both because I want to expose how much desirable hardware is available for that price, and because I ... well, I searched for and bought a car in that price range over the weekend. Just like last time, I ran a real-world used-car challenge and am excited to see how your finds stack up against mine.
This week, please drop your finds into the comment section of this post, with a URL for the listing so that I can grab photos. Once the pace of submissions has tailed off, I'll compile them, post them, and award winners. Next week I'll walk us through my finds and eventually culminate this festival of low-priced awe and wonder with an unveiling of my real-life challenge winner.