Let’s do some Craigslist wagon shopping

The original premise for this site was that co-founder Tim Odell and I wanted to share some cool cars we would find online. Links would fly back and forth over our instant message conversations. It would be anything and everything, and we eventually decided to document and share what we found. And a number of you latched on to that and now here we our nearly ten years later.

So for today, I wanted to share some random wagons I’ve found on Craigslist. Let’s get to the longroofs, shall we?

1987 Peugeot 505

The description on this one leaves a bit to be desired. It simply reads “Very strong”. With an asking price of just $1,000, it could be worth a gamble if you’re on the hunt for something unique and French. Yes, a 505 Break 4×4 would be so much cooler, but you’re not going to find one of those over here. Maybe you could turn this into something similar. After all, the safari trend is still running strong at the moment.

Check it out here.

1981 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

An S123 commands a surprising amount of cash these days. This one, however, does not. The asking price is $2,500, which is quite low for a 300TD. That could be because there’s a noise coming from the rear end with each gear change. Strange noises in old Benzes is scary, but it could also be something relatively simple to fix.

The seller goes on to say that this one fires up on the first turn of the key. It runs strong minus the aforementioned noise, and the brakes are in good shape. Clean up that rear end thunk, some of the interior bits, and you could flip this on BAT for a tidy profit.

Check it out here.

1966 Plymouth Fury wagon

Muscle wagons make me weak in the knees. Make it a Mopar, and I’m even happier. Sadly, this one is currently not running. The seller doesn’t offer up a reason as to why, but it sounds like it’s just been sitting around. Under the hood is the original 318 V8, and the body is straight. The two interior shots could reveal a bit more detail, but it looks pretty clean in there.

Any old Mopar nets an oddly high asking price, but $5,500 for a non-running car isn’t ideal here. A poke under the hood might reveal some quick-to-fix symptoms though. It’s worth checking out.

You can find it here.

1964 Dodge 440 wagon

Now this one is an odd duck. The seller is asking $1,950 but that doesn’t include the engine. For an extra $2,000 they will include a rebuilt 318. If sold together, however, they can work on a total price that might sound a bit better. The 727 gearbox is there, as is all of the glass and interior. It could be worth investigating if you’re on the hunt for something that will have people scratching their heads as to what they’re seeing.

And then have fun explaining why it’s called a 440 but doesn’t have a 440 under the hood.

It’s here.

Chevy Impala Kingswood

Time to spend a bit more dough. This is a 1969 Chevy Impala wagon with a fair bit of work done to it. Up front, the nose, fenders, bumper, and grille are all borrowed from a 1970 Impala. There’s no woodgrain here and far less chrome than you’d normally find.

The interior looks excellent. Metallic black on the outside is a great color choice for an old muscle wagon. And having room for nine inside is just a great longroof bonus. Under the hood sits a 350 with a fresh Holley carb atop an Edelbrock manifold. The seller says the car also has a new starter, fresh tune up, and side-dumping dual exhaust. Power steering is a nice to have as well.

It’s not cheap, with an asking price of $15,900. But it appears to be turn key and ready to rock down the road. With you, and eight of your friends along for the party.

You can find it here.

20 Comments

  1. https://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/d/orlando-1952-crosley-super-wagon/6874394074.html

    Body immaculate.. interior mostly done .. needs starter installed (have one) needs fuel tank (missing) but new one drifter tank $65 needs exhaust installed (have it) engine is great tranny is great .. floors have been replaced.. all glass is good .. have many trim parts and hood ornament (not installed) its a cool little project that won’t break the bank to finish

    https://images.craigslist.org/00h0h_e1dDaa4dEMy_600x450.jpg

  2. That Peugeot is enticing, but they also rust. Lift the carpets, say hello to the road…

    I have lately been looking for a powerful wagon (200+ hp) with a manual and petrol engine. That is a rare combo in a country that taxes everything conducive to power like mad. So I checked some offers close to the airport in Berlin and can’t get this out of my mind:

    https://m.mobile.de/auto-inserat/citroen-c5-kombi-3-0-v6-exclusive-sch%C3%B6nefeld/277506495.html
    https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/yT8AAOSwTmpcvhPp/$_3.jpg

    Poor seller (bring your own plates and gas), slabsided, somewhat ugly Citroën from a factory that knows better. But it has a gorgeous colour, a V6, great load capacity, and is dirt cheap at 2400€ because…yeah, it’s French. It might also make me sleep in a separate room for too long.

    1. Well, luckily the 505 is a California car, so I’d be willing to bet the tin worm has stayed away. It’s kind of a shame there’s not more information for it. It looks like something I wouldn’t mind having in my garage.

    2. Great tail lights on the C5 wagon! Also big enough to sleep in.

      I wonder how they safari?

      1. Not well I fear, FWD only and a huge front overhang. And while you can pump them up using the factory hydraulics, you lose suspension travel.

        On full lift, which is pretty much for shop use only, they sit tight on the upper stops and any actual suspending work in that position would kill the speres very quickly.
        Hydroactivce III cars also drop back to standard once pass a certain Speed, so no dirt road hoonage in the medium setting either.

        in general though, for that money I’d go for it, the v6 is also reasonably light, avoiding much the front heaviness that the diesels come with.

        1. Probably would need to space down subframes, or better still start with a more suitable vehicle

  3. https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjAwWDgwMA==/z/cSoAAOSwiolcqmF2/$_59.JPG

    I know I could easily find a nice Roadmaster wagon for less (that would be quicker, and in better condition, and not looking like the unnatural body welds might have a few issues), but a Cadillac wagon!

    https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjAwWDgwMA==/z/rw4AAOSw8etc0YBe/$_59.JPG
    Rationally though, a diesel Benz wagon at a reasonable price, and with the special finger plate would be my (basic) choice.

    1. The eventual price difference between a clean old car and one that “needs work” tends to approach zero. And once it’s done with the approach, it lands on zero and takes a big fat dump on the very concept.

  4. Been doing a very similar search here lately. The budget opened up for a project, and I want to do a wagon with a third row so I can take the whole family out in it. I have that 440 saved, even though it’s not located that close to me, plus a bunch of others.

    1973 PlymouthFury
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b8fb0baea49e9a2c7e6229088adfca4111f3837d79ee350ec5f61483ae59ba9d.jpg

    1972 Chrysler New Yorker
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a200d4aed8a86c6b75f832ffc7dfb2350d354d7707a8941b31e66ae8e242aa1.jpg

    1965 Ford Fairlane, just needs to be put back together!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a34d2afa517d35fcb305fa4ec7d3d66d5b3f440f2c00c45598207167783126e8.jpg

    Or if you like newer, a 1995 Chevy Caprice
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5bf322eecb08e3fce502fac755556230e2853df3262a1ae24ab6c2a3d876e563.jpg

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