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Title: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on May 24, 2012 - 09:55:45 pm
So what was the best deal on a Mopar you had to pass up or could not make happen .
 I had 2
71 Cuda , 440+6 V code , 4 spd , dana [obviously] , shaker , V3 Hemi orange , billboards , spoiler pkg , Black roof & interior , 15" ralleys , tinted glass , rim blow , Elastomeric bumpers , I am pretty sure it had the AM/FM Cassette it cariied the licence plate , RARE 1.
He called me up & offered it to me for $10K , he wanted to buy a brand new GnX , he sold the car to someone & bought the GnX figuring it would go up in value more than the Cuda !!

The Second deal was an AAR Cuda , it had been converted to a Hemi . the car was an original sublime car had almost all of the parts included to restore it back to an original AAR , the Hemi was a 66 block full roller , cam , rockers etc , it was a full race engine with a 8/71 blower on top , 2 " headers etc making 900+ hp , I could have had everything for $20 k , the engine alone was worth close to that with the race trans etc
I would have put the engine in some other body & rebuilt the Cuda .

Both times I was in a position where I had no extra $$ & could not get financing .

This was another deal I chose to pass up
In the late 70 I was looking for my second E body & really wanted a purple 4 spd R/T Chall , which I did eventually buy & still have . I found an ad for a 71 Hemi Chall red , it was 7500 as I recall , I passed , never liked the 71 Chall & still don't , I do not regret passing that one up even though financially it would have been smart to grab it .
These cars for me have never been about the $$
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: ChallengerHK on May 24, 2012 - 10:08:01 pm
Superbird, yellow, 440-4 auto. I used to pass it every time I went to my favorite camping place in the mid-80s. I stopped in to talk to the owner one day. It needed some significant bodywork, and the guy wanted top dollar for it at the time, as I recall $25000. I talked to him a few times over the next few years, but he was pretty adamant on his price. I think he basically held onto it until $25000 was a reasonable price for it, about 15 years, sold it, and congratulated himself on having gotten his asking price.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Cuda Cody on May 24, 2012 - 10:08:50 pm
Great stories man!  If I could go back 30 years I know exactly what I would buy, but looking forward 30 years what will people say they should have bought? 

Finish this sentence....

"Back in 2012 I could have bought _________ for $_______!"

I would say people will look back on this time frame and say they could have bought a Viper GTS for $25k.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: ChallengerHK on May 24, 2012 - 10:12:50 pm
These cars for me have never been about the $$

You and me both, and hence the reason I'm still poor  :bigsmile:
Title: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: diyhemi.com on May 24, 2012 - 10:20:43 pm
About 9 years ago I had the chance to buy a solid 70 roller for $2,000. It was originally a 340 Cuda 4speed black on black disc brake car. At one point it was converted into a race car  with the roll cage, through the floor sub frame connectors and Dana rear. Still easily returnable to street an a clear title. I was in college at the time and couldn't swing the $2k. I kick myself all the time for missing out on it.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 71340RT on May 24, 2012 - 10:30:18 pm
When I bought my 1st Challenger RT I passed on a 70 Superbird that had just been repainted for $6,500. I bought a 71 Challenger Rt 340 4-speed for $2,000 and it was a money issue. I passed on a AAR cuda in the early 90's that had been sitting in a garage not started for 5 years. It had a correct TA block with no numbers on the boss next to the oil pan. It was red with a black top, black interior, standard gauges, auotmatic on the floor, rear window louvers, rallye wheels, power steering, and power disc brakes. It was in pretty good shape but I was short money and couldn't see getting a loan for $4,500 tp buy the car and passed. It was sold and changed hands twice in a couple months for more money each time it sold.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on May 24, 2012 - 10:33:06 pm
There was a Superbird near me , I asked about the price , he was not really selling , he wanted $1k / year he had owned it from new as original owner , this was around 1979-81 so approx 9-11 k LOL
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: GranCuda1970 on May 24, 2012 - 10:38:13 pm
I know alot of people don,t like the 71 challenger I think it is a great looking car, not as nice as a 70 but I still think they look good with the right combo's. Maybe someday. 8)
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: ChallengerHK on May 24, 2012 - 10:38:44 pm
There was a Superbird near me , I asked about the price , he was not really selling , he wanted $1k / year he had owned it from new as original owner , this was around 1979-81 so approx 9-11 k LOL

That's what I tell the annoying flippers who won't leave me alone about mine. "I'll take $10,000..." and their eyes get real big "...for every year I've owned it." And they deflate. A few still hold out hope and say "When did you buy it," and when I say "1978" they get a look like I just kicked their dog.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: GranCuda1970 on May 24, 2012 - 10:40:25 pm
2008-2012 Dodge challenger would fill in your blanks C O D Y as I see some of them worth money in the far off!! A Petty or Mr Norms would go for high I think.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: brads70 on May 24, 2012 - 10:41:51 pm
I found a 69 Daytona at an automotive flea market near me about 10 years ago. It was all there but needed work. Floors, trunk etc....  He was asking $12K.   I wanted a Challenger!  That and I didn't have $12K  :grinno:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 67vertman on May 24, 2012 - 10:56:19 pm
Back in 1979, when I was a senior in high school, I owned a 1969 Road runner with a 383, 4sp, white with black interior.  There was a kid named Randy Whirly who owned a 1968 Hemi Road Runner, automatic, red with red interior. He was going away to college back east and he wanted $1700 for his car, which seemed like a lot of money since I only paid $700 for my car two years earlier, so I passed on the car.   :banghead:

Boy I wish I would have bought and kept his car.  :bricks1:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: joelson6 on May 24, 2012 - 11:07:19 pm
i had a few.

hemi orange 70 road runner, 383 air grabber auto. needed work. $1500 back in '90

also back in '90. i lost a deal for a '67 GTX 4 speed car. he wanted $1200 and i offered $900  :bricks1:


i did look at a '70 sport fury GT, 440 4bbl. B7 blue, white top. this was a basket case $2500

i can remember back in '89, reading in Hemings, '66 Belvedere II, 426 hemi 4 speed, $15,000  :pullinghair:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: moparmaniac59 on May 25, 2012 - 12:29:20 am
I had a '73 Barracuda as my daily driver in the early 80's. There was a small corner lot used car lot I passed every day on the way to work. One day I looked and they had a hemi-orange Superbird parked out front. I stopped in and eyed the car over. I think it was around 1981 and the car had around 50K on the odometer and they wanted around 10K for the car. At the time I thought that was outrageous, but still wanted the car. I tried to see what the bank would give me, but I just couldn't afford the car. Oh well, I kept my '73 Barracuda another 3-4 years and then got a big block numbers matching '70 'Cuda, so it was all good!  :bigsmile:

                                                                           Matt B.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: msbaugh on May 25, 2012 - 12:53:03 am
I do not regret passing that one up even though financially it would have been smart to grab it .
These cars for me have never been about the $$

Chryco it's people with that attitude that make the hobby all the more enjoyable. I would hope most people feel that way. If my challenger was worthless I would love it all the same!
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: AARCuda340+6 on May 25, 2012 - 01:58:54 am
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71 Cuda , 440+6 V code , 4 spd , dana [obviously] , shaker , V3 Hemi orange , billboards , spoiler pkg , Black roof & interior , 15" ralleys , tinted glass , rim blow , Elastomeric bumpers , I am pretty sure it had the AM/FM Cassette it cariied the licence plate , RARE 1.
He called me up & offered it to me for $10K , he wanted to buy a brand new GnX , he sold the car to someone & bought the GnX figuring it would go up in value more than the Cuda !!

WOW!  That sounds exactly like the car that the guy who sold me his AAR in 1985.  He purchased a 1971 Cuda 440+6 Hemi Orange, front & rear rubber bumpers, billboards but had a black vinyl top with rear window louvers.  He sold it a few years later to purchase a 1987 Grand National.  It might have been a GNX.  His name was John Vanka.  At this time he lived near Delhi, ON.

And to stay on topic at this same time ( 1985 ) I had to make a choice between the AAR or a 1969 Daytona 440 with Copper or Bronze paint ( can't remember what the color was called ) with a white Daytona stripe.  It was for sale locally in the Auto Trader for $13,000.00   I wish I had bought both but who knew what the future held.  I've got the Auto Trader article somewhere as I kept many books from the era.

Thanks for listening
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: TinCuda on May 25, 2012 - 05:03:30 am
I know that this is not a Mopar story but it is my big "missed deal".

Back in the early 1990s, I had a chance to buy a fully operational (no guns) flying MIG-15 two seat trainer for $10 thousand dollars.  An outfit in Phoenix Arizona got a smoking good deal after the financial collapse of the Soviet Union.  I don't have any pictures but I found some on the internet that looked like it.  I was in flight school and didn't have two dimes to rub together or a place to store the plane.  My thoughts at the time where that it would cost a lot of money to store the plane, the gas for it would be crazy expensive, everything was written in Russian, etc...  The kicker is that I had access to a flight instructor that was acually qualified in a MIG-15 that could have checked me out in it if I wanted him to.  I just did not have the money then.  I could have sold one of the landing gear and made the money back today.  lol  Oh well.


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Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Cuda416 on May 25, 2012 - 08:14:00 am
At around the 1988 time frame at the ripe old age of 18 I had the chance to get a 1970 Hemi Cuda rolling shell, $1500. Missed it by "that much"
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: dodj on May 25, 2012 - 08:31:17 am
1985, i think, a '71 Challenger R/T 440 4 speed. The owner wanted $800. I didn't have that much. I learned a year later that he sent it to the crusher.. :walkaway:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on May 25, 2012 - 09:03:28 am
WOW!  That sounds exactly like the car that the guy who sold me his AAR in 1985.  He purchased a 1971 Cuda 440+6 Hemi Orange, front & rear rubber bumpers, billboards but had a black vinyl top with rear window louvers.  He sold it a few years later to purchase a 1987 Grand National.  It might have been a GNX.  His name was John Vanka.  At this time he lived near Delhi, ON.

That is the car , I knew John Vanka & yes it had rear window louvers , I think I was talking to him in 86 about the car & I had just lost my small business & was wiped financially ! I wanted that car badly !! I think he was trying to buy a brand new GNX but maybe he missed out & bought a GN by the time he sold the Cuda , I wonder where that Cuda is now ??
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: MOPAR FANATIC on May 25, 2012 - 11:57:39 am
 :pullinghair: In '79 i new a guy selling a 70 plum crazy AAR 4SPD CAR.his house was 4 blocks away the time i heard of this deal,my buddy that lived three houses done from me beat me to it.he also had a 68 hemi orange RR 383 4SPD CAR.I HAD A 70 CHARGER 383 a/t car.we where both 17 at the time and were and still are into mopars.

the selling price for the AAR..... $500.00   :faint:

so close.....................  :crying:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 4 speed fish on May 25, 2012 - 12:12:40 pm
Middle 90's I past on a # machings U code 4 speed 70 cuda for 5k because back then I was clueless on how to restored them,now looking back after restoring one that car was in way  better shape than the one I started with, now that I have the skills and know how most of the car worth restoring are hard to find.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: ViperMan on May 25, 2012 - 12:40:20 pm
I'M GOING THROUGH THIS RIGHT NOW!!!!   :stomp: :swear: :villagers:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: bentpshrods on May 25, 2012 - 01:11:41 pm
   When I was twenty--a freind bought a yellow and black challenger T/A. That car started my search for a mopar.  Thru a friend of a friend kinda deal I heard of a mopar setting in a back yard for sell. Went and saw a alpine white-440/4spd--super bird. Only problem it was wrecked. It had hit something hard, the nose cone was smashed, drivers fender and door was buckled, winshield broke ect.  The guy wanted  $700.00 for it. This was in 1977, and I figured I would not be able to fix it so I passed.  Found my cuda in a field a couple of months later .    :bananasmi
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: HP_Cuda on May 25, 2012 - 02:52:52 pm

Remember patience will reward you.

I built my last Cuda with a friend when I was 19, that was over 20 years ago!!!! I just picked this one up about a year ago.

Keep you eyes open and be at the ready and you will find the one.

I had a chance in the late 80's to buy a 1968 GT350 for 5k albeit not a mopar but that car now is probably over $60 grand now.

I'M GOING THROUGH THIS RIGHT NOW!!!!   :stomp: :swear: :villagers:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: MEK-Dangerfield on May 25, 2012 - 03:54:46 pm
Wow, what a thread. I guess we've all gone thru this at least once.

In 1979 I was looking at a 68 Charger. It was a 318 car(98,000 miles), but had a new paint job and looked good in the white with a black vinyl top combo. The interior needed some work. I think the guy wanted $3K or $3500 for it. My Dad ended up talking me out of it. I always wondered what would have happened if I bought that car and became the coolest kid in High School.   :bigshades:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: MOPAR FANATIC on May 25, 2012 - 04:49:11 pm
Wow, what a thread. I guess we've all gone thru this at least once.

In 1979 I was looking at a 68 Charger. It was a 318 car(98,000 miles), but had a new paint job and looked good in the white with a black vinyl top combo. The interior needed some work. I think the guy wanted $3K or $3500 for it. My Dad ended up talking me out of it. I always wondered what would have happened if I bought that car and became the coolest kid in High School.   :bigshades:
:thumbsup: GLADyou didn't get it mike.you would be hanging around over D.C.COM and not here.what would we do with out ya MEK.HECK I WOULDN'T HAVE NO ONE TO PICK ON.  :poopoke:  :poopoke:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Gumby on May 26, 2012 - 12:22:05 am
Have the newspaper ad in front of me right now. "CUDA 1971 426 Hemi, balanced, blue printed, dominators, tunnel ram, TRW. Cam dynamics, documented $8300 parts list. Quit racing. Car, trailer, everything $5000" I must have thought to myself, I don't want another old car that I have to keep working on, so I ended up buying a brand new 1987 GN.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: AARCuda340+6 on May 26, 2012 - 01:27:54 am
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That is the car , I knew John Vanka & yes it had rear window louvers , I think I was talking to him in 86 about the car & I had just lost my small business & was wiped financially ! I wanted that car badly !! I think he was trying to buy a brand new GNX but maybe he missed out & bought a GN by the time he sold the Cuda , I wonder where that Cuda is now ??

Chryco!  What a small world we live in.  If I go to "Moparfest" this August and see John around I'll be sure and ask more info. about the 71 Cuda.  He was there 2 years ago but we never talked about the Grand National or the 71.  He was being tugged away by his wife & son.  I would love to get some photo's of the car so I'll have to try and get an email address so he can send out some pics.  It was a very loaded car and it looked awesome, but if I remember correctly it did not run too good.  The last time I saw the car it was spewing out lots of smoke so maybe he got frustrated with it and sold it.  I'm sure you would have it running perfect as you know this 6 pack setup stuff like the back of your hand.  If I find out anything I'll pass it along.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on May 26, 2012 - 08:33:30 am
That would be awesome !! say hi as well , he should remember me !
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: YYZ on May 26, 2012 - 09:28:12 pm


The Second deal was an AAR Cuda , it had been converted to a Hemi . the car was an original sublime car had almost all of the parts included to restore it back to an original AAR , the Hemi was a 66 block full roller , cam , rockers etc , it was a full race engine with a 8/71 blower on top , 2 " headers etc making 900+ hp , I could have had everything for $20 k , the engine alone was worth close to that with the race trans etc
I would have put the engine in some other body & rebuilt the Cuda .


Freddie's car

I saw it in Toronto in the early 1990s - bought some parts from him as he'd parted out an orange/black '70 U-code 4-speed 'Cuda to get some pieces for the AAR.

By the late 1990s, that AAR was in Colorado, still not built.  It was really weird to step into my friend's shop out there for the first time and know a project car.

I don't know what's happened to it since, but I would presume that it's been restored.

Do you recall which of the magazines it was in when it had the blown hemi?

Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on May 27, 2012 - 07:29:15 am
I left Toronto Dec 27 ,89 & arrived in Calgary Jan 1 ,90 Fred moved to Vancouver shortly after . Once I left I think Fred lost interst in the Cuda , Kinda over his head mechanically to keep it set up as well , he called me & offered me the car but I just couldn't do it .  I never even knew it was in any magazines , no one told me about that !!
 I did do a lot of work on the car though as well as helping him by it .
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: torredcuda on May 27, 2012 - 07:36:44 am
When looking for a project car back in `82 I saw a few good deals that were out of my budget.One guy had a `70 Challenger R/T 383 for $1500 I went to look at.Solid car that needed an engine rebiuld and had the houndstooth interior with Sublume Green exterior.I passed on that one as I wanted something I could drive for a while before restoring but he also had a 440-6 cuda for $5000  and a Hemicuda for $10000 which I thought was nuts!I only had $2500 to spend and ended up with my 72 Barracuda with a 340/727 installed for $1000.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: DAYTONA on May 27, 2012 - 08:22:46 am
...mid 1980s...tried to buy a HEMI Challenger convertible, Plum /white...he wanted $25K...my Daytona was worth maybe $17-18K and I didn't have the extra for the difference

Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: footin70rt on May 27, 2012 - 02:29:37 pm
Spring of 1984 I was looking at a hemi orange '70 Charger R/T 440 727. The asking price was $2800 and I was a junior in high school and couldn't get financed, had $1000 saved up and ended up with a 71 318 Dart for $550. Then a year and a half later I bought my Challenger for $2000!
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: YYZ on May 27, 2012 - 07:51:04 pm
I think that the car may have been in an old issue of Popular Hot Rodding or something similar.  Candy bronze with the gold Centerlines or Cragar SSTs and the blown Hemi.

I do still remember that he had a complete T/A long block on the porch which he would rotate by hand every few days to keep from having it seize up.

Also, Gary C says hello....
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on May 27, 2012 - 09:37:32 pm
Was the car in mag while freddy owned it or Before , it had Clines on it when Freddy had it .
 Ok so now I am guessing Who are you ?
 Say Hi to Gary too
Title: Knew the A12 Road Runner was going to a bad home
Post by: MizzouRT on May 28, 2012 - 04:13:09 pm
May not have been the best deal I ever passed up, but the one I remember the most was a 1969 A12 Road Runner complete with the 4-speed & Dana.  I was still in high school (probably 1972 or 1973) and there was no way I could insure a 440+6 with an automatic transmission, let alone a 4-speed.  But saw the car sitting in a used car lot in the next county.  It was in pristine condition and bone stock.  That was long before anyone was looking for matching numbers, but almost certainly a complete, numbers matching car.  Stock exhaust manifolds, and back then people didn't take headers off when they traded them in.  I wanted the car but there was no way I could get it.

A few weeks later, the car shows up in my home town (a small town so you knew everybody).  I cringe when I see who the new owner is.  He's not a bad guy, but also not a good driver.  Doesn't seem like a good home for the 440+6.  He terrorizes the street but in less than a month a rod is out the side of the block and a 383 Magnum is dropped into the Road Runner.  I hated to see that happen even in 1972, and never forgot the car as one that deserved better.  It was a butterscotch color, and when I looked up the 1969 paint codes can see it was Bahama Yellow as shown below:

(http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa408/mizzourt/Other/A12driverAngle.jpg)
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Mopar Thunder on May 28, 2012 - 06:24:13 pm
Back in ~1997 I went to look at a 1970 Road Runner, matching numbers, 440, 4 speed, with a lot of bells and whistles, I can't remember everything about it but I do remember it was very nice. He was asking $7K because of family issues.  I passed but have thought about that ever since.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: brads70 on May 28, 2012 - 10:21:44 pm
In 1987 when my first Challenger died due to frame rot, a buddy offered my his 70 Satellite cloned into a road runner for $800 and I turned it down because I thought I had had enough of unibody cars and wanted something with a full frame. This thing was a running driving car. :eek4:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 340_6pak on May 29, 2012 - 05:27:49 pm
After reading all of these stories, I think I am going to be sick!   :puke:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: ChallengerHK on May 29, 2012 - 05:38:35 pm
After reading all of these stories, I think I am going to be sick!   :puke:

 :dunno:  I've missed out of some cool cars. On the other hand, I've owned some cool cars. And in less than a year, I will have owned one cool car for 35 years. I'm happy  :grinyes:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: cdawg on May 29, 2012 - 07:42:32 pm
In 1997 I went to buy some wheels in Alhambra CA. at Latrell Sprewell's Performance Wheels shop.(Played for Golden State Warriors back then) when one of the workers pulls up in a 1969 Shelby Mustang Conv. dressed in Red with white interior. I asked him how long he had it. And he replyed it my neighbors he asked me to sell it...wants 24k for it. Just brought it to put in in the show room to see if we can get a buyer. I had just purchased a 1995 Lexus LS400 for 22k and asked if he wanted to trade and some cash but he said his neighbor needed the money no trades. So i tried to sell the car but I was too late someone jumped on that deal.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on May 29, 2012 - 10:20:51 pm
I also missed an A12 Super Bee , 6 k would have bought it , it was orange with black int , needed a full resto & a lot of parts were missing , the reason I passed on it was bench seat Auto , I can't drive an Auto !!
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 06Daytona on June 05, 2012 - 06:38:24 pm
Not a Mopar, but I still kick myself for not grabbing it.
When I was 15 I wanted to pick up an old car to work on so it would be ready when I got my drivers license. My dad and I were driving past a wrecker and there was an early 60s Pontiac wagon in the back of the lot. My dad told me that he'd had on just like that but he sold it in 70 to buy a 70 GTO station wagon (Pontiac wagon with the Goat bells and whistles). He used to use it for work and one day a bag of cement had opened in the back and left dust all over. Next day, back window was down and it rained so the cement hardened. We stopped at the wrecker and wandered to check out the car. The body was good, but the 409 had been smoking so the owners got rid of it. We looked in the back window and there was a big cement stain on the back carpet. This was in 85 or 86 and the guy was willing to let us have the car for 200 bucks, but I didn't want a station wagon so it ended up going to the crusher I guess.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on June 05, 2012 - 07:46:03 pm
...mid 1980s...tried to buy a HEMI Challenger convertible, Plum /white...he wanted $25K...my Daytona was worth maybe $17-18K and I didn't have the extra for the difference
That was definatly not one to let get away !! but we have all been there !!
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Road_Runner on June 07, 2012 - 06:36:33 pm
I've had several opportunities that I just didn't have the money for at the time:

70 Hemi Cuda, Soft front bumper, shaker, orange with black/top & interior, 4 speed, ran well but was being run hard at the time in 1976-77, Mopar acquantience of mine had it, and two AAR Cudas.  He wanted either 3 or 4k for the Hemi, can't remember exactly.

Around the same time I found a petty blue 70 Superbird with no engine, but everything else there including perfect nose & wing, black vinyl top & white interior.  It was parked behind a gas station.  The first time I asked the attendant he knew it was for sale, but didn't know anything else.  Checked back a couple of weeks later it was sold, that day's attendant knew all about it, it had just sold for $1500.....

Oh well,

Later, Jim
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: maxy426 on July 05, 2012 - 06:16:41 pm
That is one and the same, the 71 sold to a guy from Alberta for $ 12,000. I saw it at the Nats in the mid 90's (?) but then lost track of it. I still see the AAR every couple years locally.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: redlinemuscle on August 24, 2012 - 10:57:00 am
WOW!  That sounds exactly like the car that the guy who sold me his AAR in 1985.  He purchased a 1971 Cuda 440+6 Hemi Orange, front & rear rubber bumpers, billboards but had a black vinyl top with rear window louvers.  He sold it a few years later to purchase a 1987 Grand National.  It might have been a GNX.  His name was John Vanka.  At this time he lived near Delhi, ON.
g


That '71 Hemi Orange 'Cuda was mine, I built the car, it was loaded with most options including Rear Louvers and Wing, Leather and Urethane Bumpers. Won Best E body at the Mopar Nats in '83. I sold it to John in 1985.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on August 25, 2012 - 05:52:49 am
Welcome  :cheers:
 I still kick myself for missing out on that car , it was stunning  :2thumbs:
Great to see a picture of it again  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: jordan on August 28, 2012 - 06:21:43 pm
In 1995 I just bought a matching # 73 challenger rust free car with owner history.  I paid just under $6K.  I fixed it up a little and drove it to the nationals.  There I saw a B5 blue 71 challenger, white top and white interior with a HEMI.  I watched the price come down that weekend to $19K.  You can't imagine the thoughts in my head on figuring out how to get my car in the car corral, sell it, and then go to a bank in Indy, take out a bigger loan, just to get the hemi.  There was just no way I could afford that much money right then.  I still regret that one. 
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: bb71challenger on September 21, 2012 - 09:18:41 pm
#1 1987 I could have bought a 71 Barracuda convertible, B2 blue/blue/blue, column shift auto, 318, air for 450 dollars...running. The things that made me pass at the time was the floor pan rust through and the column shifted auto.

#2 1985-86 I was buggin this guy with a really nice 71 Challenger vert. FE5, white interior, white top, 318, air, rallye wheels, power top, slapstik. 1500 was his asking price and I got him down to 1250. I could not get financing for it, my dad would not cosign a loan(turns out it was the convertible that turned him off on it, he saw a couple girls die in a rollover) and the guy ended up selling it to a friend for 600 dollars lol.

#3  1994 and I had just bought my Challenger. 1973 Duster 340, 4 speed, air, sunroof, rootbeer. 1500 dollars but I just could not justify it after I had just got a cash advance on a credit card to buy my 71 Challenger. 

still kick myself for all of these
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 'Cuda Hunter on September 22, 2012 - 11:55:48 am
Guess I'll add a my two cents.

 

When I was 14, I hung out with a bunch of bikers. Sons of Silence.  A member had a 1957 Indian.  Beautiful running bike.  500 bucks. 
My dad wouldn't loan me the money and I couldn't talk him into owning it.  (of which he does regret himself now).(he really didn't like the bikers either,can't blame him). 

Never have had a good shot at any cuda or challenger for a reasonable price.  Since I got into Mopars around 95-96, seems everyone wants top dollar for the cars.
I apparently jumped into mopars at the wrong time~!
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: BIGSHCLUNK on September 22, 2012 - 04:49:21 pm
03 Cobra, rousch supercharger, viper spec 6 speed, bear brakes frt wilwoods read, rear end cooler, 5pt belts/seats, a ton of suspension mods, over a 100k invested, street drivable but been on RA a few times. Corners like its on rails........................ 5K! A buddy of mine got it...
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: TorOrange on September 22, 2012 - 05:35:00 pm
03 Cobra, rousch supercharger, viper spec 6 speed, bear brakes frt wilwoods read, rear end cooler, 5pt belts/seats, a ton of suspension mods, over a 100k invested, street drivable but been on RA a few times. Corners like its on rails........................ 5K! A buddy of mine got it...

5k?? That's crazy. Was the owner on drugs? ha
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: BIGSHCLUNK on September 22, 2012 - 05:53:09 pm
5k?? That's crazy. Was the owner on drugs? ha

I thought of that expression, more money than brains....  this guys got a ton of $hit. smokin deal tho...
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: TorOrange on September 22, 2012 - 05:54:21 pm
ah you should become good friends with him  :lol2:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: BIGSHCLUNK on September 22, 2012 - 06:02:56 pm
ah you should become good friends with him  :lol2:

no question about that............  :grinyes:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: scoutdrivinrebel on October 29, 2012 - 07:36:46 pm
1970 Challenger T/A, found it in '88, it was so original, blue, 4-speed.  I think they wanted $7000.  Wish I could've talked my dad into it. 
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: AARuFAST on October 29, 2012 - 08:22:07 pm
We had our AAR one year when crusin at the Dairy Queen in Odenton Md a friend of my son shows up with a Lime Green Hemi Cuda.
He found it in Baltimore. Owner said motor was shot.  Friend paid $3000 for it,
One of the rocker arms came off the push rod.  Oil change new anti-freeze and it roared up.
I mentioned if he ever wanted to sell I like to be first dibs.
He sold it in the fall for $8ooo.  P%*@k.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: RzeroB on February 11, 2013 - 08:39:47 pm
Best deal I missed out on? Hmmm? That would probably be the great deals I had, and then stupidly let go off. In

1983 when I moved to Sacramento CA I found a '70 HemiCuda for $11,500. I quickly sold my '71 'Cuda (383 4spd), wiped out my bank account and combined that money with a loan for the balance to buy the HemiCuda. It was a Lemon Twist yellow automatic. Wasn't really a fan of that color, but the opportunity to own King Kong presented itself and I reached for it. It was an awesome experience! The "grin factor" of that car more than made up for fact that it was yellow - but it didn't leave me much money after all the bills were paid. In the end it was the loan payments that led me to letting it go. In 1986 I had met my future (and current) wife and I had to get out from under that car payment. So I sold it  :banghead:. If I only could have hung onto it for just a couple more years I would made a tiddy little profit on it. A few years after I sold it the prices for Hemi E-bodies went vertical and took off like the space-shuttle!

After I sold the Hemi I had the opportunity to buy either a '70 Cuda AAR in Lemon Twist or a '70 Challenger 318 convertible in Bright Blue - both of them were around $3,000 each. I passed on the AAR and bought the convertible. Like I said, not really a fan of Lemon Twist and the future wife preferred the drop-top. So not only did I sell the HemiCuda but I also missed out on an opportunity to pick up an AAR for cheap - double dumb  :banghead:.

We enjoyed the drop-top Challenger until 1989. Then one day my wife took it out to run some errands. While sitting still in the drive up teller line at the bank it got crunched  :22yikes:. Some knuckle head came out of the bank, walked right in front of the Challenger, got in his pickup truck and then promptly backed right into the passenger side quarter panel completely caving it in  :swear:. Don't ask me how he "didn't see" the car cause I don't have a clue. Anyway, it looked to me like it was beyond trying to straighten out and would need a whole new quarter panel. Insurance offered me some ridiculously low settlement amount that didn't come anywhere close to what it would cost to repair the car. I became very discouraged and distressed about the whole thing that I wound up selling the car to some body shop for next to nothing - thus completing the trifecta of dumb moves  :banghead:.   
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: back n black on March 15, 2013 - 12:57:39 pm
I entered the market when prices peaked a few years back.  Cars seem cheaper today so I don't think I've missed in hot deals yet.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Bearcuda on March 16, 2013 - 11:11:28 pm
My best deal that never was, was 1992, Atlanta, Ga. I was driving to a hobby shop and saw a gorgeous 1971 B5 blue Cuda in a dealer lot. I yanked the steering wheel as hard left as I could without flipping the 91 Hyundai Accel I was driving to get a closer look.  What I found was a great shape 340 car, asking price...$5,000. I seemed to have lost my mind at this point because to me, I knew I didn't have anywhere near five thousand dollars. For some unknown reason, financing never crossed my mind. Never....crossed...my mind. I guess because I had never financed a car before and today have yet to do so. I have paid cash for every 40 or so cars that I have owned.

Soooo, aside from my biggest regret which was acquiring a 71 Grand Coupe 383 for $300 and then letting it go a few years later for a paltry $1,800, this definitely comes in at a close second; or possibly an even tie.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: shadango on March 18, 2013 - 07:51:48 am
My "best deal" was not a Mopar (I know.....perish the thought...LOL)

It was a 68 Camaro.   I was 22 back in 1989 or so and I needed a replacement for my 81 Horizon 4 door. (Still love that little thing...lol)

I was intent on getting something COOL and a local Camaro , cheap, caught my eye....  Paint was OK, motor was running, interior needed some work....needed floors but came with new metal for that.....for $4000 (I think?).  It ran and drove and I will never forget my first ride in a vintage Camaro! My Grandad was going to loan me the money.  Luckily before I laid down any cash I had my girlfriend's Dad look at it, because it turns out it had major frame (unit body) issues.  He was a frame man and knew his stuff...so I kept looking.

Then a week or two later I found a 68 Camaro for $5,000.....with a warmed up 350, had just been redone by the owner.....gorgeous deeeeeeeeep ruby red (almost black) metallic paint with a white ghost rally stripe down the deck lid and hood.   Underside was redone and you could eat off it.  Cragars, fat tires in back, interior perfect save for a small split in the drivers seat.    My girlfriend rode in the back while I drove it with the owner and I remember looking back and she was all smiles. The car had a ratchet shifter, so I was clumsy with that a little, but it was a great ride. Rumbly, felt like it had tons of power. Dual exhaust...just awesome.   The guy's wife wanted him to put in a pool so the newly redone car had to go.

This was the one!

I gave the guy $50 as hand money. All I had to do was go to the bank with my Grandpap and get the money.

We planned to do so the next day. 

Then I got the phone call.....Grandpap decided he wasn't going to loan me the money for that car.  I was SO DISTRAUGHT!!!!!!! LOL  Seems that he had spoken my grandma who had spoken to my other grandparents who had gotten wind of the deal and they amongst themselves decided that a hot rod was not a good college car for a 22 year old.  Isnt that crazy!?!?!? LOL

I called the guy almost in tears and told him to keep the money and that I wouldnt be back cause I couldnt raise the money.

I am confident the car sold not long after that.

Turns out I am glad that I DIDNT get the car.....it would have been a horrible winter car and of course I would have ruined it in the salt and snow....and that car deserved better.

I still think about that gorgeous deep ruby beauty and wonder what happened to her and every time I see a dark red 68 Camaro I wonder if it is her.

It took almost 20 years for me to finally get back into a muscle car, when I got my fish.    The fish didnt run, although it had a motor sitting in it that I was told did run....no tranny, or driveshaft, no electrics under the hood, no battery tray even.....interior was more or less there but ratty and dirty, in need of a facelift....but it had a brand new coat of Sublime....I drove 4 hours to get it and didnt think twice of plunking down the $9,500 when I saw her. I was not letting THIS one get away!

With all the money on odds and ends I have sunk into her up til now, I may have overpaid for some folks' standards. And she is not perfect. 

But she is rumbly, has nice power, catches the eye, and is MINE.

I don't know what it is about driving her, but every time I do, it just feels RIGHT.

Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 73EStroker on December 09, 2013 - 02:36:32 pm
1970 Solar Yellow 440RT Challenger, White vinyl top, no SG, Auto, 6 way seat, Red interior, steel wheels and dog dish hubcaps and I know the 2nd owner who showed me a picture of it taken in 1973 and he said it did 150mph floating of course. Was bought from Hayward dodge CA by a Canadian native (they were the only ones in those days that could import a car under 25years old from US - think Auto Pact days). Had to be a 1 of 1 car. This all happened when I bought the 73 to restomod. should have picked up this RT.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: fantum on January 08, 2015 - 01:12:26 pm
Just saw this and had to add my story.

I had a '70 Gran Coupe that I modified.  When I bought it in 1975 for $600, the car had a poor paint job on it.  It was painted silver that looked tiger-striped.  Anyway, over the years I replaced the rear end a few times until I settled on a 3.55 sure grip in my 8.75.  I blew up the 318 and found a 340 that I machined and put in the car, added headers, a nice cam, etc.  Anyway, in '86 I was a young, impressionable Army Lieutenant and when I drove up to the Battalion HQ a Major walked out and told me I needed to drive a better vehicle, one that matched my stature as a military officer.  And besides, he said, you have a new child - you need to think about a better, more reliable car for my family.

So, I sold the Gran Coupe for $1500, and bought a Honda (all I could afford).   :walkaway:

I thought the car was gone.  Anyway, I get transferred to Germany, and in 1990 when I return home I get a call from an auto shop in El Paso (I live in Miami).  They say they have my car and that I owe them $450.  Turns out the guy I sold it to never had it titled in his name.  A little later he took it for repairs, didn't have the money to fix it, and left it.  Thus, I get the call.  I'm elated!   :woohoo:  I can get my car back for $450 plus transportation.  My parents step in and tell me I shouldn't buy the car because I have a child on the way, it's a waste of money, etc.  So, I passed on the car.   :bricks1:

25 years later and I'm still kicking myself!
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: djais1801 on January 08, 2015 - 02:27:13 pm
There were 2
I would have to say it was the 70 'cuda 383 4spd a few months ago, before I found the 73. it was restored and for sale a while for $35k in the boston area.  It was black (originally B5 blue) NOM, but a real 'cuda and a big block car.  I offered $27 cash, and he came back at $28, I thought about it for 2 hrs and it was gone.

There was a 58 Alfa Romeo Gulietta Spider convertible at a shop where my daily driver was getting fixed. it was a running/driving car but needed a resto, cool little Italian car w/ cool chrome grill-I believe they wanted $6k. This was in prob 2004. these go for about $75k and up fully restored now.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: dfrazz on January 08, 2015 - 04:51:02 pm
There were 2
I would have to say it was the 70 'cuda 383 4spd a few months ago, before I found the 73. it was restored and for sale a while for $35k in the boston area.  It was black (originally B5 blue) NOM, but a real 'cuda and a big block car.  I offered $27 cash, and he came back at $28, I thought about it for 2 hrs and it was gone.

I almost bought that '70 Cuda too (assuming it was the same car as not many with the exact detail you described for sale just outside Boston). I backed out because someone posted on a Mopar site they saw the car is the resto job was bad and the trim was a mess.  Not sure as I never saw it but I came real close to buying it.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: djais1801 on January 08, 2015 - 07:59:10 pm
I almost bought that '70 Cuda too (assuming it was the same car as not many with the exact detail you described for sale just outside Boston). I backed out because someone posted on a Mopar site they saw the car is the resto job was bad and the trim was a mess.  Not sure as I never saw it but I came real close to buying it.
yeah...the shaker hood wasn't set right.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: ec_co on January 08, 2015 - 08:15:52 pm
cool thread! only 2 stick out in my mind. 1st was when I was @ 20, saw a '79 TransAm at a small dealer lot, fully loaded with T-Tops, Black on Black, 4spd Hurst shifter, gold snowflake wheels .... the perfect smokey and the bandit car and at the time it was one of my dream car. fun as hell to test drive, the guy took me to a big parking lot and let me have some fun. only $2K at the time ... couldn't come up with the funds though :(   #2 was when I was living in Portland/OR in the early 90's, found a mid 60's Hemi b-body for @ $2500 ..... really regret not getting that one.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 734406pk on January 09, 2015 - 10:23:55 pm
The best deal that I passed up, well there have been a few. The one that I'm really kicking my self over to this day over is- Spring 1980 Denver Co. I saw a classified ad in the paper for someone selling a set of 4 Cragar SS wheels,1 year old uni-lug type. Gave him a call to check out the wheels, which looked great. After I paid him for the wheels, he asked me what I was going to install them on. I told him "a 70 Dodge Challenger". "A Mopar guy huh?" he says, " Well I have a Mopar I've been trying to sell, but no one wants it because it burns too much gas, it's right over here". So we walk out into the apartment building parking lot to see a tarp covered car in the corner space. He pulls the tarp off a 1969 1/2 Plymouth GTX convertible, 440 6 bbl, Hemi 4 speed with Dana 60 4.11 rear. All original and complete, but it needed a full restoration. I ask him what he wants for it and he replies "I was asking $650 but I'll take $500 since you bought the wheels". I thought about it and decided it wasn't worth the hassle trying to get it home and passed on it. At least 100k today... :'(
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: RzeroB on January 09, 2015 - 10:31:25 pm
The best deal that I passed up, a 1969 1/2 Plymouth GTX convertible, 440 6 bbl, Hemi 4 speed with Dana 60 4.11 rear. All original and complete, but it needed a full restoration. I ask him what he wants for it and he replies "I was asking $650 but I'll take $500 since you bought the wheels". I thought about it and decided it wasn't worth the hassle trying to get it home and passed on it.

Only $650?! :eek2:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 734406pk on January 09, 2015 - 11:02:58 pm
Since I was buying the wheels, I could have had it for another 500. I needed a new top and the car had a funky custom paint job that was flaking off, flat tires etc.  It didn't look all that appealing. But it was a diamond in the rough. In those days muscle cars were cheap due the the gas crunch was just over. Th only consolation is I'm really an E body guy but damn...
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Brillo1974 on January 31, 2015 - 10:01:27 am
In 1979 I moved back to my home town and didn't have chit for money and worked in a body shop. I saw a high impact green 1970 Javlin 390 car with a blown up engine sitting in a guys yard and asked what he wanted for it, he said $150 bucks so I bought it. I found a 343 from a Matador and put it in there to make it my daily driver. While putting the engine in at a friends nephews house his nephew offered to sell me his cars he had. First one was a 1970 440 6 pak Challenger and yes it was plum crazy and the other was a Green 1969 Hemi Road Runner auto both were show room condition. I wanted that Challenger so bad, I would just sit and look at it while working on my car thinking how fun it would be to drive it and the chics I could pick up with that baby.  :grinno: This is what will make you sick.... I could have bought both cars for at the most $7000 back then (his offer).  :'(  It may as well been $70,000 back then with the money I had. :hyper: I heard the Road Runner got sold maybe 6 months later for some good money, I think the person that bought it knew more about it that I did at the time. I don't know where the Challenger went. I will never forget just how close I was to having two incredible cars and want to cry every time I think about it.  :'(  I always was a Mopar fan even before that.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: mud man on January 31, 2015 - 12:42:49 pm
Back in '77 when I was 16 I bought a '70 Gran Coupe for $1100. 318, automatic.  after a few years I decided to drop in a 440 and a hemi 4speed. Drove that awhile then sold it for $2500. I have regretted selling it ever since. It has taken me until now to come back around. I purchased a roller `74 about three months ago for $5,000 . Am planning to make a '70 clone as that has always been my favorite. Planning on a gen lll hemi unless I get lucky and come up with a wrecked Hellcat or something. Not likely.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 734406pk on January 31, 2015 - 10:29:03 pm
Back in '77 when I was 16 I bought a '70 Gran Coupe for $1100. 318, automatic.  after a few years I decided to drop in a 440 and a hemi 4speed. Drove that awhile then sold it for $2500. I have regretted selling it ever since. It has taken me until now to come back around. I purchased a roller `74 about three months ago for $5,000 . Am planning to make a '70 clone as that has always been my favorite. Planning on a gen lll hemi unless I get lucky and come up with a wrecked Hellcat or something. Not likely.

I feel your pain. I did a similar thing. I've bought and sold a few personal cars and for some reason it is only the MOPARS that I miss...
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: leg440 on February 03, 2015 - 07:32:29 pm
not me but a friend of mine do you see the 70 coronet rt 426 4 speed convert brown tan inside  from graveyard carz . in 1974 my friend working in dodge dealer in quebec montreal the guy change the coronet for chrysler imperial . the coronet at this time sale for 1800.00 my friend not buy because it need car for 4 saison and 4 speed convert 426 it not the best car for  :canada:winter  :crying: :crying:thats my friend now
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 4406v on February 20, 2015 - 12:46:14 pm
Back around 1980 I saw a 1971 'Cuda convertible sitting along the road with a for sale sign on it. The $900 asking price didn't seem out of line for the day but I popped the trunk open and there was a quarter sized hole in the trunk floor. I passed thinking it was too "rusty" to mess with!!!

A friend of mine was looking at a 1970 Challenger RT/SE 440 Six Pack Pistol grip Dana rear end car for sale that was $4,500 a few years later. He passed on the car because it wasn't "real" NOBODY knew what a "clone" was back then. It was all there and for the standards of the day it was a really nice car.

Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: HP2 on February 20, 2015 - 05:43:24 pm
1994 at a regional swap meet I spied a 1970 Road Runner, 383, 4spd, air grabber. It was a new restoration that was mostly complete but not quite done. Asking price was $14,000. At the time, the company I was working for was in the middle of a sale to another entity. I was part of the shut down team and had just received a $15,000 completion bonus for the second stage of the shut down. I had the cash, had the desire, but he uncertainty of my future and the lay offs spreading through the area made me really think about whether it was the right thing to do.

I chose not to buy the car and instead bought an anti-freeze recycling system hoping to go into business for myself and congratulating myself on making a mature decision for once. Once the shut down of the business was completed, I got my final bonus check and of all surprises, employment offer from the new company we had sold everything to. So the anti-freeze business never took off and all the start up equipment, chemicals, can, phone, etc went unused.

Right around 2005, I finally drug out all the anti-freeze stuff and took it to a swap meet. A $14k investment from 1994 netted me a straight across swap for a rebuilt A833 and shifter. Conversely 1970 Air Grabber Road Runners were selling  around $30,000.

So much for trying to make mature decisions...
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on February 21, 2015 - 08:54:55 am
no matter what descision you make with the info you have at the time life still often bites you in the butt  :faint:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: ShelbyDogg on February 21, 2015 - 10:00:25 am
I think we all have missed a car here and there but we also have also run into some great deals that we didn't pass up. I still have my 70 that I bought for $1000 in 1980 and my $400 Cuda, that I traded a laptop for. If we bought a car in the 70s and sold it for double what we paid, we were happy. If we couldn't afford a car, the stars weren't aligned at the time and something came up later.  We can all look back and wish we chose a different path. That car you almost bought might have had a lot of hidden problems, or a divorce or something causing you to lose it.

Look ahead and get what you want. You will be dead someday and you don't know when it's coming! I remember seeing Hemi cars in our local "trading times" papers for less that $4k. I couldn't afford them then, I can't afford them now.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: onebadfish on February 21, 2015 - 12:03:59 pm
Before I bought mine I passed up an opportunity to buy a AAR - dark bronze metallic - 4 spd - rear window louvers - all #'s matching for 59 k Canadian dollars. The car was mint and I thought I wouldn't drive it so I bought my 71 clone which I drive the hell out of! I should have bought that AAR!

I sold my 1979 SE Y84 Trans Am 400 Pontiac 4spd car (which I owned since 1990) with 41 thousand original miles on it to buy my Cuda - I sold the car for 30 grand in 2007- now I see these cars for 50 and 60 grand - maybe should have kept that one as well? LOL!
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: RzeroB on February 21, 2015 - 03:37:55 pm
We can all look back and wish we chose a different path. Look ahead and get what you want. You will be dead someday and you don't know when it's coming!

Rob, you kill me! If that isn't a reality check to get out of the woulda-coulda-shoulda look back I don't know what is! :clapping:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: ShelbyDogg on February 21, 2015 - 04:06:40 pm
Rob, you kill me! If that isn't a reality check to get out of the woulda-coulda-shoulda look back I don't know what is! :clapping:

LOL,  People are suddenly gone. Most recently my younger brother 6 months ago, others before that.   I decided to enjoy stuff and stop putting things off. Been doing the power tour since 06. Kept putting it off before then. I drive to Carlisle and the Power Tour by myself, just to hang out with car guys.   My wife says, "what will you do if you break down?"  I answer- That is part of the adventure for the day. If I can't fix it, I'll get towed to a U-Haul, rent a truck and dolly, then drive myself home.

I remember looking at a Plum TA parked outside some apartments around '84 it had the usual sheets of paint missing and bare primer spots all over it. Plum never stayed on the cars due to the UV rays. It had rear louvers, 4 speed, 6 pack all intact. Left a note with a phone number. Got a call and the owner wanted $4500. Too high for me, so it just disappeared like everything else that I wish that I bought but didn't have any money.
 I'm happy with what I have now. Nothing was given to me. Things seem to have worked out without me buying all of those cars anyway.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 4406v on February 23, 2015 - 07:41:59 am
Guys I couldn't agree more with some of the above comments. I got my wake up call to stop waiting for tomorrow and live today when my best friend was paralyzed from the neck down in a sled riding accident with his kids. He was 42 at the time and so was I.

My other hobby is hunting and since his accident I have been elk hunting out west, moose hunting twice, to South Dakota on a pheasant hunt. All things I was going to do "someday". His "someday" will never come, his only dream now is to somehow regain ANY movement in his hands or legs.

I thought I wanted a new Challenger SRT a few years back. So like a lot of other things I've done since his accident I MADE IT HAPPEN. Then I realized it wasn't what I wanted so I sent it down the road. I am thankful to have an understanding wife and the financial means to live my life the way I want to.

You only get once chance at this make the most of it.

"LIVE FOR TODAY, TOMORROW NEVER COMES"
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Brillo1974 on February 24, 2015 - 05:26:02 pm
I have to agree with doing what you want as along as you have the money to do it, I do anything I can afford to do and never wait anymore, you only live once! I have lost my youngest brother years ago at 15 and youngest sister at 50 last year. Don't wait for that someday chances are it will never happen before the grim reaper comes for you.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: tommyg29 on February 24, 2015 - 09:03:57 pm
 :iagree:
But, I have LOTS of regrets about incredible deals Ive passed on, like the shares of Microsoft a friend tried talking me into in 1986 (had just purchased my first PC), or so many real estate opportunities I cant count. To this day I pass on opportunities all the time. I can only take on so much, but as far as cars, Ive owned probably 50 over the years, and I cant say any of them would be high dollar cars today, but there are quite a few I wish I still owned.
Lots of great stories in here though  :burnout:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 734406pk on February 26, 2015 - 07:33:27 pm
I'm happy to be alive and driving Mopar Muscle! :bigsmile:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: AARCuda340+6 on August 24, 2015 - 01:32:47 am

I know this is an old thread but I found someone on flickr that posted some old pictures of the 71 Cuda that Neil had mentioned at the beginning of this topic.
A few years back I talked to John Vanka about sending me a few pictures of the car but he never did.
The guy that posted all the photo's I think posted on here once.  His user name is "redlinemuscle" and he only posted 2 times.
Also in these photo's are a few old shots of my AAR.  I'm saving a few for my archives.

Here is the link... https://www.flickr.com/photos/redlinemuscle (https://www.flickr.com/photos/redlinemuscle)


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5706/20813956365_94333a4951_b.jpg)

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(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/704/20191730324_a41b835f54_b.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/572/20626358498_b434991ce0_b.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5693/20626312060_3bdc64d0d8_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: brads70 on August 24, 2015 - 05:36:15 am
Nice car!  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: TelisSE440 on August 24, 2015 - 12:39:53 pm
 :iagree:   :thumbsup:   :droolingbounce:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: JH27N0B on August 24, 2015 - 06:05:16 pm
That cuda is sweet!
When I was in college back in the early 80s and was working 2 part time jobs, I had my T/A and a '79 Bronco, both owned free and clear, and some money in the bank.  I decided I really wanted to find a hemi cuda or Challenger.
Between school and work, I didn't have a ton of time to be running all over the country looking at cars so I limited my search to places I could drive to and back to look at a car, in one day.  During the time I was looking, only one car turned up in that traveling distance, a '70 hemi Challenger north of Milwaukee WI, IIRC, it was February of '82, and the guy was asking "best offer".
I drove up there in my Bronco to see the car.  It was B5 blue, blue interior, automatic, and a shaker!  The paint job was not high quality, had a few small rust spots and a cracked dash, but still decent.  When I got there, the guy walks out of the house and starts eyeing my Bronco, and says, "you have the ultimate winter cruiser!  Maybe we can work up a trade??".  I'm like, no way, not my Bronco!
I took the car for a test drive, it ran good.  I asked him if he had any offers, he said $4500.  I said I could go $5000.  He claimed he had $6000 in it.  I drove home sort of worried he would accept my offer, I'm thinking I'm going to have to put over $2000 in it if I buy it, "restoring" it, new paint, dash etc.
Never heard from him again, so my worries were unfounded I guess.
Years later I saw a nice restored B5 shaker hemi Challenger at a local show.  I mentioned that online, and the late Daniel Banker, who ran a shaker registry, replied that from the facts in my story of the WI car 20 years earlier, he thought it was probably the same car.
I never did find a hemi ebody I could afford, it still is a dream and a bucket list item I may or may not ever be able to fulfill.  That car might have been my only chance to.
Even though there wasn't a direct offer made, I will always wonder if I had been willing to trade my Ford, if a good deal could have been worked out for that car.  In my area, people had bought 4x4's like crazy during our terrible winters of 79 and 80, and when gas prices jumped several years later, they were dumping them cheap, that is how I ended up with my 2 year old truck for less than half what sticker was.  If I had traded mine for the hemi, I could have quickly scored another Bronco locally for a good price I'm sure. I may have been stuck driving the hemi or the T/A to work and school in the snow and salt until I found another truck however.
Kept my Bronco for another 10 years and it was rotting away when I sold it for $900.
Woulda, coulda, shoulda!
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on August 25, 2015 - 12:18:01 am
I should have bought that one  :banghead:
Thanks for the pix , well optioned & rare car
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Fred on October 01, 2015 - 01:55:12 pm
In early 80's..  1971 Black Cuda 340 Convertable.  Guy wanted 9,000.00.  Wife and I currently had the 71 Barracuda we have now.

Silly me, thought the previously repaired dent to the quarter was a very bad thing.
Silly wife, thought I needed to speed more time fixing the one we had/have.

Passed on it.   
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: laramie on October 29, 2015 - 10:43:21 pm
70 440-4v 4sp cuda double Ivy Green.  71 340 auto cuda, sassy grass.  two 70 T/As, and a 70 383 cuda "parts car."  All would be considered survivors today, even the parts car.  The Ivy car had "keep on token" license plate. 

Total price was 46k for the lot. 

As far as I know the guy still has them. 
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 70chall440 on October 30, 2015 - 12:54:34 am
My turn...

Around 79 or 80 I bought a B5 70 GTX sans engine for like $250, but it did have a 4spd with PG that I wanted. I pulled the trans and put into my 74 Challenger. The body and interior were nice on the GTX so I sold it to a buddy for $300. When we were pushing it into his shop, he says "oh it has a Dana".... I had never looked and to this day I don't know if it was a 440 or a Hemi car.

in 1982 I bought a sublime AAR AT Cuda for $250; needed a lot of work, had the original hood which had blown off somehow going down the road. Drug it to NC with me (was in the 82nd ABN Div), worked on it for 3 years; then got orders for overseas and sold it, 3 complete interiors, the rebuilt 340 (not a TA/AAR 340) and all other parts for $1200; this was in 86.

in 2001/2 I knew I was going to retire from the Army and wanted to get back into Mopars; I started looking for a E body and finally found a 70 Challenger 440 AT RT, 6 way seats, AC, etc (which I still have) for $5K, but it was beat pretty hard; however when I was having the trans rebuilt and the guy doing it was a big Mopar guy, when I was talking to him he says "I have a 70 Cuda 383 4spd I bought when I was 16 and drove in HS, it is white with a red interior and has been sitting for about 5 or 6 years, I will sell you that for $5K"... I thought very hard about it and should have bought it but I just couldn't dig up another $5k and didn't really have anywhere to put it at the time.

I still think about that car, however since then I have bought a 73 Cuda, 70 Road Runner, a 01 Viper, 2010 Challenger, 52 Dodge B3B... etc Yes I am compensating..
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Rolling_Thunder on December 26, 2015 - 05:52:40 pm
back in the 2002 time frame i was looking for my 1968 charger and found an add for a 1970 Charger. It was $7500 at the time. Rebuilt engine, trans, rear end...  driver quality interior  -  needed paint and vinyl top redone.

The car?  1970 Charger RT/SE 440 six pack 4-speed dana 60 car.  Black paint, black top, burnt orange interior and red stripes
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 70chall440 on December 26, 2015 - 08:22:04 pm
back in the 2002 time frame i was looking for my 1968 charger and found an add for a 1970 Charger. It was $7500 at the time. Rebuilt engine, trans, rear end...  driver quality interior  -  needed paint and vinyl top redone.

The car?  1970 Charger RT/SE 440 six pack 4-speed dana 60 car.  Black paint, black top, burnt orange interior and red stripes

that Charger had to be single digit option wise.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: djais1801 on December 28, 2015 - 11:18:58 pm
Last week I missed out on a 71 FY3 Roadrunner. had #matching drivetrain, trans upgraded to a 4spd, from a 3spd bench. I was trying to sleep on it, as it was across the country, and he emailed me a few hrs later telling me it sold. it's going to a museum in Japan.
http://www.cars-on-line.com/82170.html (http://www.cars-on-line.com/82170.html)
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on December 29, 2015 - 12:41:11 am
Oooops
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: dfrazz on December 29, 2015 - 10:00:13 am
Last week I missed out on a 71 FY3 Roadrunner. had #matching drivetrain, trans upgraded to a 4spd, from a 3spd bench. I was trying to sleep on it, as it was across the country, and he emailed me a few hrs later telling me it sold. it's going to a museum in Japan.
[url]http://www.cars-on-line.com/82170.html[/url] ([url]http://www.cars-on-line.com/82170.html[/url])


Dang Drew, that was a nice one.  There will be another come along.  After snagging the '68 Charger here, I learned you need to be quick when you see a good deal because if you found it chances are 100 other guys are also looking at it.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: tommyg29 on December 29, 2015 - 12:00:06 pm
Last week I missed out on a 71 FY3 Roadrunner. had #matching drivetrain, trans upgraded to a 4spd, from a 3spd bench. I was trying to sleep on it, as it was across the country, and he emailed me a few hrs later telling me it sold. it's going to a museum in Japan.
[url]http://www.cars-on-line.com/82170.html[/url] ([url]http://www.cars-on-line.com/82170.html[/url])


Wow, nice car. Probably sold high $20s
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: djais1801 on December 31, 2015 - 08:48:14 am
It sold for 30k + shipping
Wow, nice car. Probably sold high $20s
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: RCCDrew on December 31, 2015 - 09:04:28 am
I missed an original 1970 Charger R/T 440 4 bbl. this was the early 90s. 60k original miles. $6500. Couldn't come up with the money at the time.
I just paid $7000 this year for a 69 charger rust bucket.  :(
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Mpdlawdog on December 31, 2015 - 11:13:31 am
back in 07....not a mopar but I had a chance to buy a real 69 mustand mach1...black on black..mint..for $15000  the guy just lost his job and had to sell it....I passed on it and bought my 68 charger...
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 70chall440 on December 31, 2015 - 01:48:42 pm
back in 07....not a mopar but I had a chance to buy a real 69 mustand mach1...black on black..mint..for $15000  the guy just lost his job and had to sell it....I passed on it and bought my 68 charger...

I am sure some would disagree, but I think you made the right choice.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: TelisSE440 on January 02, 2016 - 07:50:43 pm
I found a /6 Challenger manual for 4k. It had almost all the parts on it and all the paperwork. They got it before me and now they're selling it for 13k! I just put it in the thread because there are only about 8-10 Challengers in my country...
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: overlord on January 18, 2016 - 10:00:53 pm
Back in September, 1969 I bought a new Road Runner off the lot just as the 70's were coming out. Paid $3,206.04 for it ( I'm looking at the original BOS as I write this). I really fell in love with the E Bodies when they hit the lots and just had to have a Hemi to satisfy the Mopar in me. In April of 1971 we went shopping for a Hemi E body ( didn't care if it was a Cuda or Chally). Already had a buyer for the RR and had put money in the savings account. After 6 or 7 dealer's prices we were $625 cash short of a purchase. Small town conservative upbringing from my family wouldn't tolerate financing a car; you saved till you could afford it. My wife and I decided to keep saving that extra $625 and order a 72 Hemi when they came out in the fall. You all know the rest of the story. I should have held up the corner liquor store; I'd have been out in 5 years but had my Hemi!!! So, in spring of 72 we got a 72 Cuda 340/ 4 speed. Still have it to this day.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: mofish on January 19, 2016 - 12:51:23 am
I have missed out on a long list of them....mostly because of a lack of cash.

-1970 340 Cuda convertible, plum, white interior. A lady offered it to me at a car show - $12000
-1968 Charger R/T, 440 auto, black w/red bumblebee stripe, excellent cond.  -  $4500
-1969 Roadrunner, bench seat, 4-speed, air-grabber, driver condition - $3500
-1971 Superbee, hemi orange, 3-speed column shift, front-end damage - $2500
-1969 Javelin Big Bad Orange, 390 4-speed, nice project - $1500
These were all in the 90's in the Calgary area...I wonder if Chryco bought any of them  :dunno:

Plus many other mopars that I didn't buy....and cool ones that I have owned and sold because I needed the money.  :(
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on January 19, 2016 - 08:45:57 am
Not me , I have my Chall & have not been tempted to buy much else .
 I would have passed on the both the convert & 68 Charger , just not a fan . The most interesting would have been the RR & the Javelin being 4 spds
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Joe mama on January 19, 2016 - 02:17:02 pm
In 1976 I was working with a guy who had a road runner that was actually a super bird with the aero stuff removed. He was selling it for 1,500 but I was going to school and had no money. Then in the early 80 K.C and the sunshine band was selling a 68 hemi dart. They were only asking $7,000. Again, I couldn't come up with the money. But I did get my 69 Hemi Super Bee for free!   
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: RzeroB on January 19, 2016 - 07:15:54 pm
I did get my 69 Hemi Super Bee for free!

Whoa! Whoa! Back the train up Joe. You just can't throw something like that out and leave us hanging. Obviously there's a good story here so lets hear it.  :popcorn:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: ShelbyDogg on January 19, 2016 - 07:24:03 pm
Tom, this thread is for missed deals. Lol
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: mofish on January 19, 2016 - 08:04:28 pm
Tom, this thread is for missed deals. Lol

THEN START A NEW THREAD!!    :stomp:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Joe mama on January 19, 2016 - 08:27:47 pm
Whoa! Whoa! Back the train up Joe. You just can't throw something like that out and leave us hanging. Obviously there's a good story here so lets hear it.  :popcorn:

A friend of mine bought the Bee because he wanted the 383 that was in it for his 64 fury project. The car was a mess. Someone had a lot of fun in this car. He asked me to help him scrap the Bee. When I looked at the car I seen it had a dana 60 and a 18 spline 4 speed.  Someone cut the hemi mounts out and installed big block mounts. I told my friend it was a Hemi car but he didn't believe me because it said 383 on the hood. So we junked it at my house!!  The VIN tag was still with the car but the mice got to the build sheet.  It turned out to be a Mr. Norms car and Mr Norm still had the original 2 page invoice!! It had a Super track pack and a bench seat. It took me 26 years to finish but it came out great. It took 1st in class at the 2007 Detroit Autorama. There is a lot more to the story but that's the highlights. You think this was a good story just wait until you hear how I got the Hemi!
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: mofish on January 19, 2016 - 11:35:57 pm
That's awesome!  Tell us how you got the HEMI...is it the original engine?    :popcorn:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: 70chall440 on January 20, 2016 - 12:27:39 am
awesome Bee..  :money:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Joe mama on January 20, 2016 - 06:58:59 am
That's awesome!  Tell us how you got the HEMI...is it the original engine?    :popcorn:
It's not the original engine but it's a vintage one. I know the owners back to 1975 and no one knew it was a hemi car.
I worked with a guy who claimed a friend of a friend had a lot of Hemi parts that he wanted to get rid of cheap. I thought it was to good to be true so I just ignored him. After about 1 year of bugging me I decided to go and check it out. When I walked into the guys garage, there was a 15' boat sitting in the center of the garage that was set up for drag racing. Unfortunately what happened was the guys father was killed in the boat when it went air born at at over 200 MPH. What I ended up with was 9 heads, 4 sets of rocker arms, 1 fresh 8-71 blower, Ederle fuel injection setup complete with pump and top hat, connecting rods, roller cams, to many to count valve spring and push rods. I knew I didn't have enough money to buy this stuff. So I asked how much and nearly fell over.  The guys mother said she only wanted $2,000 for everything.  I felt bad and didn't want to take advantage of someone who lost a loved one but the guys mother said to get the stuff out of her garage because if it wasn't for that stuff her husband would still be here!  The picture is of the guy getting ready to start a race. Not much safety back then. I sold most of the parts to fund the Super Bee build. I kept enough parts to put together 1 more engine except a block.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: mofish on January 20, 2016 - 09:55:49 am
Awesome story! Thanks for sharing...and congrats on owning and restoring a beautiful and rare car        :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: mrjlr on January 22, 2016 - 09:48:03 am
That Bee is to DIE for! !!!!!!!!!!!
Beautiful car.......just wow!

Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: dfrazz on January 22, 2016 - 09:55:44 am
Great stories Joe, and congrats on that SWEET Bee!
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Chryco Psycho on January 22, 2016 - 10:03:03 am
Love the Bee good thing you caught on to that one & saved it  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Topcat on January 22, 2016 - 10:16:10 am
Nice Super Bee.

Do you still have the parts to build another Hemi?
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: Joe mama on January 22, 2016 - 12:20:22 pm
Nice Super Bee.

Do you still have the parts to build another Hemi?

I'm lacking a block but not really looking for one right now. I thought my 73 Challenger would be a stepping stone for the next project with a hemi but that challenger is such a cool car I don't want to get rid of it. I was thinking of dropping a hemi in that but it runs great with the 440 6 pack.
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: IMADreamer on February 08, 2016 - 12:42:24 am
I'm not sure this is a missed deal or not but years ago, like 25 years ago my Dad and I were out for a drive.  We pop over this hill and in this rickety old shed just off the road is a nose cone of a Road Runner Superbird peaking out.  I was 10 at the time, you have to imagine that's the coolest thing I've ever seen.  My Dad pulls over so I can look at it and in the mean time the owner comes out.  He and Dad do some talking and I'm just drooling over his car.  At the time he hadn't driven it in years.  The paint was rough but there it was kind of dusty and awesome.  One day as a high schooler I was thinking about that car and decided to go hunting for it.  I wasn't real sure what back road we found it on but after a couple different trips out to find it I did.  So once again I'm talking to the owner and I asked if he'd ever sell it.  He said he didn't think so or at least any time soon.  Fair enough.  As I got a little older I kind of forgot about the car but every once in a while it would come up.  A few years ago I decided to go hunting for it again.  I thought I'd found where it was but it was gone.  The shed was gone too but I was sure it was the house.  I was a little bummed because I'd credit that car to at least of my car craziness. 

Finally one day last year I was out on a cruise with some friends and I asked them if they knew anything about that car.  One guy owned a Plymouth GTX, one a 70 Road Runner, and one a 70 Hemi Cuda.  I mean if this Superbird really existed and just wasn't something I'd dreamed up in my youth these would be the guys to know about it and it's fate.  I told them about where I thought it was and they all knew the car.  "oh yeah, tried to buy that car many times."  They each said.  Well one of them knew what happened.  Somehow someone from the Chicago area learned of the car and brought a wad of cash down and the owner just couldn't turn it down.  That wad of cash?  $3000!!!!  A Road Runner Superbird sold not 10 miles from my house for $3000!!!  That one kind of haunts me.   
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: maxy426 on March 08, 2019 - 03:02:21 pm
That 71 440+6 Cuda (from the start of this thread) was my car, I sold it to a guy for Alberta for 12, did buy a new 87' Grand National (dumb) The best deal I ever missed out on wasone of my own!!!

 A 71 Hemi Cuda that I owned and got rid of to Walt from Jersey , instead of keeping it!!
 It was a White/White billboard matching 3's piece (auto) that was originally ordered for the Police Chief of Halifax. I found it in PEI on an apple orchard, thing was very low kms and had zero rust.

 A close second was the 70 440+6 4 gr Cuda rag black car w/blue interior that I should have kept as well.
That one ended up on magazines covers.... So many regrets... I could go on - but I need a drink......
Title: Re: Best deal you missed out on
Post by: jimynick on March 11, 2019 - 10:42:06 pm
That 71 440+6 Cuda (from the start of this thread) was my car, I sold it to a guy for Alberta for 12, did buy a new 87' Grand National (dumb) The best deal I ever missed out on wasone of my own!!!

 A 71 Hemi Cuda that I owned and got rid of to Walt from Jersey , instead of keeping it!!
 It was a White/White billboard matching 3's piece (auto) that was originally ordered for the Police Chief of Halifax. I found it in PEI on an apple orchard, thing was very low kms and had zero rust.

 A close second was the 70 440+6 4 gr Cuda rag black car w/blue interior that I should have kept as well.
That one ended up on magazines covers.... So many regrets... I could go on - but I need a drink......
Boy, I hear you about THAT!! Best make it a 6 pack, just to make amends to the gods of missed opportunities!  :cheers: