Let me just get this out of the way. I like V8 sporting American coupes with T-tops. I have also over time developed an appreciation for the vehicles of 1986, the year I graduated high-school. I mostly hated them back in the day. They were slow poser cars. My crew was still driving muscle era fun just before the collection craze began. In 1991 I scored a nice 1986 T-top Mustang GT. Hitting the road with the tops off, listening to VH 5150, with my favorite girl shotgun I had a deep profound thought. This is living, man! So yeah an IROC Z with T-tops and an LS swap, I'm in. A creampuff GM G-body with a V8 and removable glass panels, hell yeah!
With much encouragement from my wife I'm always probing eBay Motors, Facebook Marketplace and other online car corrals for a sweet deal on everything from 1978 Magnum GT to 1995 Trans Am. Now the king of the GM G-body is the GNX with Grand Nationals playing the crown prince role. Forget that jazz if you're looking to score a bargain. For some reason I just can't with the Monte Carlo SS, I don't know why but it's a no thank you. The 80s Grand Prix and 442 hold a special place in my beating heart.
At eBay what appears to be the 1986 Oldsmobile 442 to get is up for auction. This ad is detailed. This is likely a two-owner car. This is the dude's award winning 442, big shows and small. 25K original miles. Loaded, everything works, converted A/C. T-tops of course. It's located 90 minutes away for easy inspection and travel home. There is an odd note, the original T-tops have never ever been removed from the car at any time. WTF? Who does that? The kind of person that eats their victims with fava beans and a nice chianti, that's who. Unlike a 1978 Plymouth Volaré Road Runner weather strips for this car should be available.
Bidding is at $16.6K a number I feel good at. The reserve is not met. Keeping it under $18K I feel like a good deal is had. Don't get me wrong there is value in low mileage, all original but I'm a driver not a collector. I'm a restomod disciple. If I take this home on day two I'm visiting Tony at Lanz Oil to discuss tasteful, sensible mods. I'm popping tops and cranking the Van Hagar. Bidding crosses $17K, in no time I'm bidding $17.5K. Auction ends in under a hour and the reserve has not been met. $17.6K is the high bid, reserve still not met. I'm not showing anymore interest. Auction ends, as expected the car is quickly relisted at a starting bid of $17K. Auction ends in 8 days. I'll ignore it for week and see where things are. It may be a $20K car but there is so much out there I'd rather spend that kind of scratch on, like a 1994 Trans Am or 1973 Road Runner. www.ebay.com/itm/1986-Oldsmobile-442-CUTLASS/153876090141
John is a GenX car enthusiast who grew up driving classic muscle cars. He enjoys the new modern muscle cars that can out perform the classics in every way. In the sportscar world his banners are Viper and Corvette. John has a guilty pleasure. The disco era street machine. Those unloved, underpowered cars festooned with scoops, spoilers and stripes.