Our Road to Reno trip in three 1974 MGBs last summer was a great success. In addition to the scenery and the camaraderie, we learned that for under $10,000 you can have a fun, reliable vintage sports car.
As we settle into winter, we’ve started thinking about next year — and the next road trip. We invite your suggestions for the next under $10,000 road trip — both for vehicles and destinations.
I’ve been kicking around driving C4 Corvettes from Portland, OR to Anchorage. 1992-1996 only, with the 6-speed gearbox (or auto) and the magnificent LT1 engine. I’ve actually done this once before in a 1992 coupe, and what a terrific drive. That time, I was lucky enough to have a friend fly up to Anchorage and drive the Corvette home — it’s a long enough road one way, it would be crazy to do it both ways.
As my Facebook friends are already aware, I had a foot operation last week that will keep me driving automatics only for the next couple of months.
Which, coupled with the fact that we have a four-year-old who needs to ride in a car seat, made this the perfect opportunity to look for a four-door automatic of some novel flavor.
The search narrowed to either a Corvair or an XJ6. My friends don’t really understand the Corvair, but they also don’t have any objections to it. With the XJ6, however, they overwhelmingly tell me I’m nuts. I respond to them, “But I’ve never owned a car with built-in picnic tables before.”
A local Craigslist advertisement caught my eye – a 1960 Corvair (first year!), four-door, auto, 32k original miles, original paint and interior, $5,500. Pricey, but worth a look. I had my operation on Thursday, my pain med intake had slackened by Sunday, and I was out on the hunt.