The summer night is like a perfection of thought – Wallace Stevens
Now that summer has officially started, I decided to take a look at eBay and see what they had to offer in the way of summertime cruisers. When I was younger, I had a perfect 1976 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Hardtop, and I loved to gather up the family and head off to the local ice cream shop on a hot summer night. Classic cars and especially convertible classics are the best cars for summer. Taking a sunset cruise along the beaches and small towns of Cape Cod in a 1950’s classic is something everyone should do. So here are some great eBay finds for anyone looking to have an amazing summer.
1960 Buick LeSabre – $9,700. This is an excellent condition Buick sold and owned in the same Lakeland Florida neighborhood for the past 53 years. The color makes this car a classic, and removes the darker aura given off by the front and rear styling cues. With a brand new interior, this car is ready for a nice summer car show.
1970 Buick Electra 225 – $5,200. Another stunning Buick, this time in Jade Green with a white roof. This custom 4-door hardtop is pillarless, and has only 17,800 miles on the odometer. Equipped with a 455/370hp V-8, it can cruise all day in style. It even comes with the original 8-track player.
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 210 – $10,156. This stunningly restored Chevy is a perfect summer cruiser. It sports a 350cid V-8, dual exhaust and even an Alcantara “suede” interior. Formerly owned by Lloyd MacKay, NHRA racer and collector, this car was fully restored and has every power option.
1960 Chevrolet Impala – $25,300. This Chevy is more subdued than the outrageous 1959 model, and sports aircraft inspired side trim, and subtle ‘bat wing” tail fins. With only 5,331 miles, this car is a truly amazing example. It has the perfect color combination for the ultimate summer cruising car.
1959 Pontiac Bonneville – $15,000. Nothing says summer like a teal and white Pontiac. This car was the King of the Hill at Pontiac, and was built at the height of the golden age for cars. The Bonneville sports a 389 tri-power V-8, a wide track design and Pontiac’s new gyro level ride suspension, giving it the best handling performance of any 1959 full size car.
1972 Pontiac Catalina – $18,100. One more from Lakeland Florida, this car has only 30,296 miles and sports a 400ci V-8. This is an absolutely gorgeous example of a perfect summertime cruiser. With a perfect interior, and the colors of a perfect blue sky, this car would be great for a nighttime top-down cruise.
1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 – $12,000. Our friends in Lakeland Florida always find the best cars, and this one is astounding. This Super 88 has only 28,000 miles, and is finished in a stunning Platinum Mist Poly Metallic, and sports a 371 Golden Rocket V-8. The car came from a New Jersey collection and is mostly all original. The tri-window roof treatment and the stunning chrome side rails make this car a real head turner. This is the perfect car to impress everyone at the local car show.
1967 Mercury Cougar – $8,600. This is a truly elegant example of this pony car, finished in light beige with a medium saddle interior. Powered by a 289ci V-8 this Cougar is a solid, no-rust original car. The color of this car highlights the cat-like styling making it one of the prettiest examples available today.
1956 Lincoln Premier – $15,500. This is a magnificent automobile, and is selling for much lower than market due to the fact that it is a faux convertible. This Premier started life as a coupe, and lost its roof during a major redesign, including major body reinforcement. Finished in a non-original Pearlescent White with a luxurious red leather interior, the effect is stunning.
1976 Lincoln Continental Town Car – $5,100. Think of this as buying a huge summer mega-yacht for the price of a runabout. This beautiful Town Car has only 59,517 miles and sports a 460ci V-8 engine. Though not as light and airy as a convertible, it still is an excellent car for long summer drives.
1966 Chrysler 300 – $7,800. This car is an amazing example of a great Elwood Engel design. The car is -presented in a special order two-tone paint of black over dolphin gray with a black leather interior, the overall effect is dramatic. The car has 80,300 miles and sports a 383cid V-8, and is mostly original. The paint and condition make this 300 a beautiful example of 1960’s styling.
1961 Cadillac DeVille Convertible – $20,987. For the ultimate summer land yacht, nothing beats a Cadillac. This spectacular example is finished in Laredo Tan with saddle interior, matching saddle top and comes complete with Coker wide whitewalls and factory correct turbine wheels. If you want to turn heads when you are taking that sunset cruise, this is the car for you.
That is my list of some great cruising cars for summer. Let me know what car makes your list and let me know your memories of the perfect summer drive.