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Weekend Decision Time 2 – A ’73 Ford Wagon, or a ’64 Chrysler Newport for $2K or so…

Jim Brennan April 13, 2014 For Sale, Weekend Edition 12 Comments

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So, you are a West Coast Hipster with a great career path somewhere encompassing advanced technology but you also embrace the things from the past. You may have the latest electronic devices on you and in your home, but you would rather be driving a 40 year old vehicle (or older), mostly because you admire how things were once made. Our own co-founder is the very essence of this trend, possessing advanced degrees, working in the latest tech field, yet drives very old cars. If you want to be like Tim, and happen to live near Seattle or The Bay Area of California, here are two vehicles that are right up your alley. It’s time to get your Hipster On…

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Let’s start out in the land of Microsoft and Starbucks, and take a look at this very hip 1973 Ford Country Sedan Wagon. While the seller states that this is a Country Squire, we all know only the Squires Sport Wood… According to the listing:

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Hello,
Here she is a true old school Brady Bunch Ride.
She’s in great shape.
Never been in an accident.
Totally straight body.
All original.
Engine is a huge 429.
New tires.
Full thank of gas.
AM radio.
AC still works!
The drivers seat is a little rough but otherwise Interior is in good condition.
I have the original owners manual and window sticker.
The gas gauge is not working.
I just can’t take care of her.
Sounds silly but hoping she gets a good home where she gets the love she deserves.

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According to the listing, it will take $2,000 to own her, which is reasonable for the amount of steel you get with this thing. Imagine showing up for work in this thing at the Microsoft Campus… See the listing here, and tell me what you think.

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Now it’s time to go down to “O-Town” by the bay, and discover this original 1964 Chrysler Newport Sedan. It sports the right amount of patina, and you know there is little to no rust to be found. According to the listing:

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One family owned 123k miles…the ultimate hipster mobile. No texts or offers without seeing the car first please. Needs some minor sorting to be used everyday. Tires, tune up belts, hoses…

has a new battery, brakes and fuel tank was boiled out.

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Asking price for this Hipster on Wheels is $2,750, and I bet they would take less. This would be cool cruising in Alameda, or parked by the Wharf. Take a look at the listing and tell me what you really think…

  • MrDPR

    Bring that big Ford home, de-smogify it, drive it 'till it drops.

  • sc296

    the Ford wagon all the way. I just love those old land boat wagons.

  • Van_Sarockin

    That Newport dash is Mega Boss! Hate the exterior styling, it has no grace or beauty. Therefore it has maximum ironic hipster cred. But the wagon has no hipster cred, especially in the silicone lands.

    • tonyola

      No grace or beauty? Bite your tongue (or fingers, whichever apply). The '63-'64 Chryslers have major presence.

  • stigshift

    I would take that wagon in a heartbeat. If only it wasn't 3500 miles away. Damn!

  • cruisintime

    Those old rides are cool to look at but way behind in engineering. Both are nice buys. The maintenance and storage Co$t take the fun out of ownership.

  • Bill Jones

    But the Newport has the pushbutton automatic!!

  • I'm gonna have to take a pass on both of them. On another day you might get me into the Frod, but even at my age I'm still too sexy for that old lump. The Chrysler is among the few good looking Mopars in my view (in your face, Van_Sarockin) but is still a big bundle of crazy underneath.
    Jeez, the Ford's too square and the Chrysler is too wild. Got anything in a Chevy? Ooo! Look, a new post!

  • SeattleO

    I've seen that Ford Wagon in person. It's actually badged as an LTD. Super cool; gotta love those seats in the very back.

  • Mr.Cranky

    A true hipster wouldn't bother to spend money on these cars.

    I always thought that the Japanese and German makes were more up the alley of a poseur-hipster.

  • bluehillsmike

    I'd buy either one if they were closer. The Chrysler is identical to the one my Uncle Leonard bought new in La Crosse WI. My uncles and my Dad were somewhat vehicle competitors–if one got one, the others did too. Uncle Donny got a 65 New Yorker to one up; Dad headed for the 66 Le Sabre 400 with the big nailhead. I was too young to drive, but big bro's had that Buick laying rubber for 1/4 block easy. Loved the oval steering wheel and pushbutton auto on the left on the Mopar. My Aunt Jeanette had a baby blue 63 Newport, even more shocking bright blue steering wheel.

  • tonyola

    I'm not crazy about the green, but I'd still take the Mopar over the Ford malaise-sled.