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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Darin Younce, Jul 4, 2020.

  1. Have thought about this little fantasy over the years. If you could go back to any period pre 1966 and had $10,000.00 , what car or cars would you buy to bring back with you. I can think of several but a building full of mint ,zero miles 40 ford coupes would not be bad. I think I could buy about 15 .
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  2. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,111

    from Alabama

    If I was going back in time with some dough, I would take 25k and come back with Duesenberg SSJ supercharged Roadster Speedster.

    If your going to go fantasy.......
    Go big.

    Who wants a crappy Ford or Poser Cadillac when you can have a....
    Duesy?.....A real car that all cars including hot rods tried to imitate.
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  3. fuzzface
    Joined: Dec 7, 2006
    Posts: 1,296


    When I was younger and someone would ask what would you do if you won the lottery? I would say 2 things. Buy Alcatraz island and turn it into a nudist party resort and the other was buy a fully restored Deusenberg and run it through a demo derby just to make people cringe.

    Don't worry, I will do neither. I don't play the lottery.
  4. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 994


    Send me to 1965...with 10K? I don't know if I would even come back:D
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  5. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,341


    Simple, Shelby Cobra.
  6. But you only get 10 grand. But good call.
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  7. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,843


    I would buy a '36 or '37 Cord Sportsman and then every Nomad I could with the rest of the money.

    Just googled: $10,000 in 1966 is equivalent in purchasing power to $79,133.95 in 2020
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  8. I agree, with 10 grand pre 66 my first thought would be a Shelby cobra.
  9. Dangerous Dan
    Joined: Jul 10, 2011
    Posts: 355

    Dangerous Dan
    from Graham Wa.

    Knowing what I know now I would bank the 10K and wait for Microsoft.
  10. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,502



    If we are using 1965 money and prices, my wife and I would like a pair of 1965 Shelby Cobras with a 289 motor and wire wheels, please. We could get 2 based on a $5000 list price, back then. A real his and hers item for us, 20 somethings to cruise around. Why two? Why not? 10000 in 1965 is equivalent to $85k in today’s valuation. So, would we spend $85 k today? Maybe for a nice sailboat, but not for two cars. We have our forever cars that are paid off, run great and have caused us no worries for 6 and 15 years, (hers and mine.)

    But, to think of us being 20 somethings again is worth it. Yes, we probably would not have made it to this day, but as 20 somethings in 1965, a Shelby Cobra cruising up Highway One in the Big Sur Area and all the way up to the Oregon border? What is better than being with your life long partner, enjoying what we both like doing in a nice hot rod version of a British sports car?


    We have done that route, but in a different sporty type car. It is/was pretty spectacular. This exercise allows us to look back and see how different it would have been in a 1965 289 powered Shelby Cobra with wire wheels. The 427 version would not have made it out of L.A. without stopping for gas 10 times. (and hearing problems) Plus, that wasn't for another year or two.
    The question is a little odd as the past is not like today. In this day and economy, $85k is a lot of money to spend on a pair of Cobras. But, today, those original 289 Cobras would be worth in the 1 million+ range, real one like the photo is a little out of reach for most normal people.
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  11. partssaloon
    Joined: Jan 28, 2009
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  12. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 4,918


    427 Shelby, if they were avail.:eek:
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  13. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,205

    from kansas

    1965 426 hemi aluminum front end car and 1962 catalina 421 SD aluminum front end car.
  14. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,545


    Big brake fuelie 'Vettes, and several cases of Lugers selected for numbers matching magazines & parts.
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    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,373


    Every “ piece of junk” tri-five and wait!!!

    would anyone ever think they would be worth what they are now ?!?:confused:

    Or the Microsoft thing!!!!
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  16. The street-legal version of the Ford GT... they built eight of them, and list price was $8K.
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  17. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 3,635


    Forget the cars, I Should have bought MicroSoft when it was a penny stock, read in Forbes magazine years ago, 10K in penny stock worth 250 million by mid 90's. Woulda/Coulda/Shoulda.
  18. One Shelby Cobra and one 427 SOHC Galaxy. With the left over cash all of the Shine I could and let it age. 20+ year old shine is smoooooooooth and oh sooooooooooo goooooooooood.
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  19. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 950


    But it seemed like 10K in '66 would get you more than 79K does today.
  20. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,029

    from ohio

    A 54 Buick Skylark and with left over money a few tri 5 Chevy convertibles.
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  21. 32v
    Joined: May 20, 2007
    Posts: 947

    from v.i.

    I would buy a waterfront lot , sell it today and buy all the cars above
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  22. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 445


    1956 Packard Carribean & any Hemi Mopar .
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  23. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 5,684

    from Oregon

    At between $619 to around $750, I'd buy as many 1937 Chevy coupes and convertibles as the $10k would allow! Since I think they're the nicest of the 1930's Chevy cars, I'd be sitting on a gold cache today!
    I might buy one 1939 Chevy opera coupe, since I have one currently, and it would be fun to have a brand new one!
  24. BadgeZ28
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,044

    from Oregon

    I had a 1966 GTO back then, so I would try to swing a deal on a 427 Cobra and a new red GTO like I once owned.
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  25. Mr. Dirt
    Joined: Aug 29, 2016
    Posts: 4

    Mr. Dirt

    40-41 Willys coupe and back in time date around 1949 to get’used’ car prices!
    1940 Ford coupe next; 1938 Plymouth coupe .
    Mr Dirt
  26. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,596

    from Nicasio Ca

    Speaking of Cobras... the septic service guy was over pumping my tank the other day, saw my old Vette. Says a guy in our town, some years ago, had a super rare Cobra, one of 5 iirc, a 289. He needed money and sold it to another local guy for $350K. That guy flipped it for $1M. If true, is there 5 super special Cobras?
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  27. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,037

    from Hawaii

    One 1956 Crown Vic and about 5 427 Ford Cammers.
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  28. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
    Posts: 1,754

    stuart in mn

    There may be other cars that have appreciated more, but my first thought is a Shelby Daytona coupe since they're worth in the $7 million range today.
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  29. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 4,860

    Marty Strode

    All this talk about Cobras in the 60's, a friend of mine bought this one used for $3950. in the 60's. The good part is, he is still driving it, original paint and all ! Tom's Cobra.JPG
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  30. Dirty Dug
    Joined: Jan 11, 2003
    Posts: 3,633

    Dirty Dug

    If I had $10,000 in 1966 I'd have bought a house.
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