Still love the Corvettes

Just because I have closed my dealership doesn’t mean I am giving up on cars. I have had the privilege of owning at least one of every generation Corvette and the C8 mid engine was on my bucket list. This is the 1st HTC (hard top convertible) delivered in the area. Fantastic car and it does draw some attention.

Going Out of Business

>It’s time, after 10 great years of operations, Hoosier Classic Motorcars is winding down and will be closing up shop. In those years, I have met so many great people buying and selling high quality classic cars. My current inventory is low and I will be advertising them to sell. I wish to thank everyone who has helped me along the way.

Forgotten Maverick

As a teenager I owned a Maverick Grabber and acquiring another one has been on my bucket list. While I have loved every Mustang I have owned, they don’t stand out at the local car show like my Maverick Grabber. Countless Ford lovers have commented to me ‘I had a Maverick”…….but where have they all gone? Good ones are rare.

This original Lime Green Grabber underwent a nut and bolt rotisserie restoration. It’s now packing a race built 302 (415 HP), T5 Transmission, 4:10 Posi Trac, and Disc Brakes. Great looks are combined with performance. This little pocket rocket will haul the mail!

Recalling the Grabber history, in mid 1970, Ford unveiled the Maverick Grabber trim pack. Not only did it offer some much appreciate exterior touches like special graphics and a rear spoiler, but also Ford’s tried-and-true two-barrel 302 V8. What’s more, the Maverick was lightweight and rear-wheel-drive, making it a perfect fit for that V8. In 1971, the Maverick Grabber became its own model within the Maverick line up. A new feature added that year was a “Dual Dome” hood and even more body detailing.

For not much dough, one could get a V8 Maverick Grabber with all of the trimmings; a blackened grille, eye popping graphics, deluxe hubcaps, 14-inch wheels, chromed-out window frames and drip moldings, and a deluxe steering wheel. The Maverick Grabber carried on for the ’71 and ’72 model years relatively unchanged, and a “Battering Ram” front bumper for ’73’ and after, but the hood scoops were dropped.

Despite good sales and regular model year trim updates, Ford dropped the Maverick Grabber in 1975 after selling over 140,000 units. The regular Maverick continued on until 1977.

ProTouring SVT Cobra Mustang

ProTouring Performance With Classic Mustang Vibe……Best Of Both Worlds……1969 SVT Cobra Mustang Convertible.

The handful of SVT Cobras built were the only Mustangs to be equipped with Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) until 2015 and featured a Duel Over Head Cam (DOHC) engine. The builder of this fabulous car incorporated this driveline & suspension (+ a new T-56 Tremec , 6 speed transmission) onto a beautiful 1969 Mustang convertible body. It’s unique, it’s gorgeous and a it’s a blast to drive. It has 900 miles on this total restoration.

SVT Cobra DOHC V8 Engine
T-56 Tremec (Six speed transmission)
4 Wheel Power Disc Brakes
New Clutch and Pressure Plate
Rack & Pinion Power Steering
Cobra SVT 2004 R-code Independent Rear Suspension
Coil-Overs On All 4 Corners
New Gas Tank
Air Conditioning
Power Convertible Top (New Canvas Top)
Aftermarket Gauges
Cobra Sequential Rear Tailights
Billet Grill with Front and Rear Spoilers
3″ Mandrel Bent Exhaust
R Code Shaker Hood

This classic Mustang has both the performance and curb appeal that sets it apart. When you start banging through the gears, it will push you back in the seat at every shift. If you are considering a classic car, this is one that deserves a look.

Love of the Z Cars

The Datsun 240Z first came to America in 1969 and sold as the 1970 model year. I was a sophomore at Purdue when I saw my first one on the street. OMG was my reaction. Forget the TR6 or the Healey 3000 I had been coveting, I was smitten. That image stuck in my head for the next 40 years until I finally acquired my very first one.

On its launch, the 240Z was a spectacular car that could easily compete with the best cars from the American and European sports car market. Seeking head-to-head competition with established European sports cars, Datsun priced the new 240Z within $200 of the British MGB-GT in the United States, a five year-old design that showed its age.

It was a performance car with a sexy look, at a price (only $3500) that helped the maker to sell over 30,000 units in 1971 and over 50,000 and 40,000 in 1972 and 1973, respectively. The 240Z’s sleek styling, modern engineering, relatively low price, and impressive performance struck a major chord with the public. Positive response from both buyers and the motoring press was immediate, and dealers soon had long waiting lists for the “Z”.

My first purchase of a 240Z came about quite by accident. I was at the NSRA show in Louisville KY looking for a 55 Chevy. A 240Z was not on my mind, but there sat a 1971 Series I car, red with black interior in great restored condition. It did not have a for sale sign, but after all the obligatory car talk, I popped the question……..might it be for sale? After some deliberation by the owner, he said yes and for a good price. It came home with me. Needing nothing, I put it on my website just a source of pride, a 2 owner, original window sticker and bill of sales with dealer installed A/C and slotted rims. Shouldn’t have done that, received dozens of calls and an offer I could not refuse; there it went and all I got to drive it was on and off the trailer.

Dummy, dummy me, why did I do that? Oh well I told myself, there is always another one out there. With many other classic cars that’s true, but not necessarily so with a 240Z. The good ones are hard to find. With my awareness now peaked and the help of a local friend who turned out to be a real Z expert, the quest was on. I search all the internet sites. Lots of rusty ones or sale, but I didn’t want or need a restoration project.

Persistence usually pays off . I located a 1970 model a mere 40 miles from me that had a lot of the restoration work completed. It turned out to a 2 owner car with a very low serial number, most likely in the 1st shipment of Zs to the U.S. I had it painted and finally drove it for several summers discovering at last what all the excitement was about with a Z car. They are just downright fun to drive.

Rather than scratching the itch of ownership, I now wanted more. My spec sheet for Datsun’s is; only 240s (I would buy a 260 if I found a good one), only 4 speeds, and only restored cars. My latest find is the best yet. A 73 Series II car with great colors and dealer installed A/C. A one owner car (fully documented with original window sticker, Bill of Sale, owner history) and it comes with a great story. Car was purchased new by owner’s mother as a Univ. of Kentucky graduation present. He owned it and kept it in Lexington until his passing last year. I purchased it from his estate. During his ownership, he had the car restored to Concurs show quality. It won 1st place in its class in 2 Concurs events. Having the ribbons, trophies and pictures makes this one special. A keeper for sure…..I think so unless I find an even better one!