Hooniverse Weekend Edition – Which 60's Fullsized 2-Door will make you feel like your livin' large?

Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Showdown Weekend, and I am stepping it up just a bit. I have been highlighting cars from Kevco Classic Car Sales in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This time we are exploring six different and totally lustworthy two-door full sized cars. So, lets take a look at a 1962 Impala SS, a 1966 Caprice, a 1964 Monterrey Breezway, a 1964 Olds Dynamic 88, and two Pontiac Grand Prix. So, why can’t today’s cars have this much style? Let’s start with the 1962 Impala SS coupe. This is a very nice example and according to the dealer:

1962 Chevrplet Impala Super Sport, 2dr. hard top, Numbers Matching 283 CID / 170 H.P. V8, Powerglide Automatic. Equipped with Bucket Seats and Center Console, “Autumn Gold” Poly Finish (Re-done A quality job 11 years ago) Tan Vinyl/Cloth Interior, Fender Skirts, Power Brakes, Power Steering, Very nice Chrome and Trim. Truly a fine example and restoration. Collector Quality and The Real Deal.

There are 94,107 Miles indicated on the odometer, and there are some desirable options absent on this car like A/C, and a more powerful engine, as well as a 4-Speed Stick. There also seems to be a missing wheel cover (Passenger side rear, under the fender skirt) so the $21,800 asking price seems a bit steep for a 283 and Powerglide Chevy, but what do you have to say? See the listing here. For less money, and a bit more style, you could have this 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix. This is the year that the Grand Prix received its very own roof line which separates it further from the more pedestrian Pontiac Catalina or Chevrolet Impala Hardtops of the day. According to the dealer:

1963 Pontiac Grand Prix 2 Dr. Hard Top In “Azure Blue” with “Aqua” vinyl interior, Sport buckets & floor shifter. Both the interior and exterior sports very nice quality. Powered by the 389 C.I.D. V-8 & Automatic transmission. Recently gone through and runs and drives excellent! Equipped with: Power steering, power brakes, newer AM/FM Cassette unit, newer radial tires, very nice chrome and trim. Too much to list.

It also looks like this car is equipped with Air Conditioning, and it looks to be in absolutely magnificent condition. The odometer shows 14,861 Miles, and I’m sure the actual mileage is 114,861, but who cares? this is a beautiful Pontiac Hardtop, and the asking price is less than the above Chevy at $18,500. It’s a bigger car, with a bigger engine, and a luxurious interior, so what’s not to like with this car? See the listing here. As nice as that 1963 Grand Prix was, this 1964 is even better, and its still less money that the Impala SS above. This is a carry-over year in the styling, and the 63 and 64 look almost the same, with subtle differences. According to the dealer:

1964 Pontiac Gran Prix 2 Dr. Hard Top in “Azure Blue” with Blue leather and vinyl sport bucket int. “ONE OWNER” Equipped with numbers matching 389 C.I.D., 303 h.p. 4-barrel V-8, automatic floor shift with console, power seat, power windows (all work), guages (all work), power steering & brakes, Ice cold A/C. It has all new whitewall tires and has just been completly gone through, serviced and detailed. Car has owners manual, “pro-tec-to” plate, documents. A solid and NO rust issue car comes loaded with all the candy.

Yes it has a couple of power features the 63 didn’t have PLUS the famous Pontiac 8-Lug Wheels with the special Aluminum Finned Brake Drums. There are many critics that have stated that these brakes were almost as effective in stopping this big Pontiac as the early disc brake equipped cars at that time. Pontiac kept this special wheel and braking option right up through the 1968 model year. Anyway, the asking price for this 64 Grand Prix is $19,875, which isn’t really that bad for a 74,896 Mile Automobile in this condition. See the listing here. Yes there are plenty of Pontiac and Chevrolet 2-Door Hardtop Coupes, but what about something really different? Here is a 1964 Mercury Monterey “Breezeway” 2-Door Hardtop. This is the 25th Anniversary Model, though I don’t quite know which 25th anniversary it was suppose to celebrate. According to the dealer:

1964 Mercury Monterey 2 DR. “BREEZEWAY 25TH ANNIVERSARY”. This is a beautiful car powered by a 390 CID V-8 with a 2 BBL Carburetor, MERC-O-MATIC transmission, with an outstanding Platinum Beige finish, Like new beige interior, power steering, AM FM radio, Air Conditioning, Power Brakes, Fender Skirts, Coker Narrow White Stripe Radial Tires, Dual Exhaust, Marauder Spinner Wheel Covers, Power Windows, “BREEZEWAY” Power Back Glass! Fun Driver, Truly a fine example, always garaged. Runs and Drives Excellent.

When was the last time you saw a Mercury “Breezeway” hardtop? The Breezeway was available for hardtops (both 2 and 4-Door) from 1963 to 1964, and for pillared sedans for 1965. The vertical window Breezeway disappeared in 1966, and altogether after that. It is interesting and unique, and the price for this car, showing 107,345 Miles, is $23,800. See the listing here, and tell me what you think of this car. Time to back to the General with this 1964 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88, and this car is a little perplexing. I’m not aware of the originality of the wheels offered on this car, or the authenticity of the center gauge cluster. None the less, it is an attractive hardtop, and according to the dealer:

1964 Oldsmobile “Dynamic 88” 2 DR. Hard Top in a beautiful, newer “midnight Mist Poly” finish with an excellenttwo-tone blue interior. A 4 year old California restoration car, very solid from top to bottom. Powered by a rebuilt 394 CID Ultra High Compression Motor with a 4BBL Carburetor. Also equipped with a rebuilt Hydramatic transmission. The car has new tires, and a new dual exhaust system. It has the original factory “Wonderbar” radio with reverberation, clock, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Trunk Release, Power Antenna, and Air Conditioning. All Chrome Plating had been redone during restoration. The lines of this car arevery well definedand make a powerful statement. Truly a fine example of the breed, always garaged in a climate controlled setting, and serviced regularly.

Things that bother me about this car are those wheels, and the cheesy looking gauges on the center console. While we’re on that console, the vinyl applique looks really cheap. like it doesn’t belong there. And while I’m at it, there should never be a cheap laced steerring wheel cover on a car that has been restored, unless there was no money left for a proper vintage steering wheel. The asking price is $18,800, flaws and all, and the car shows 15,749 Miles. Yea right, and I’m the Wizard of Oz, but you can see the listing for yourself here, and tell me how many mistakes you see. The newest car of these half-dozen beauties is this 1966 Chevrolet Caprice hardtop, complete with the period correct Vinyl Roof and a Bench Seat. This may have been the most luxurious Chevy at the time, but it still comes across as a budget priced car compared with all the other vehicles in this lineup. According to the dealer:

1966 Chevy Caprice 2 Dr. Hard Top in “Ermine White” with original deluxe blue fabric interior. The car was originally purchased from Harvey Anderson Chevrolet in Boon, IA. We purchased car from the grandaughter of the original owner. This car is equipped with a 327 C.I.D. V-8 with a 4- barrel carb, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, heater and clock. The car has 69,334 original miles and runs and drives excellent. A very solid car and time capsule survivor. All books, manuals, and “pro-tec-to” plate included with car.

As nice as this car is, there are some key options missing. There is no Air Conditioning, and no power accessories like seat or windows. It is dolled up with the aforementioned Vinyl Roof, Wheel Covers, and Whitewall Tires, but that’s all cosmetic. I guess it was a simpler time in 1966. Anyway, the asking price for this one owner Chevy Caprice is $12,975. Take a look at the listing, and tell me that a car with a 327 and a Powerglide is lustworthy enough for you. [poll id=”97″]

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