Found: 5 Red Vintage Cars For Open-Top, Hot-Rod and Overland Driving

There’s no use denying that you want a properly painted second car.


Editor’s Note: We love scouring the internet for reasons to spend money we don’t have on cars we daydream about owning, and these are our picks this week. All prices listed are bid amounts at the time of publishing.

Red. It’s the color, isn’t it? Gotta be red. Arrest-me red. Rosso Corsa, Guards Red — even candy apple. Henry Ford may have insisted on black paint to streamline his operation early on, but cars were almost definitely meant to be red. The fun ones, at least. Happy bidding.

1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet G50

A full engine rebuild, new clutch setup and receipts for over $25K in maintenance. And, of course, air cooled.

Mileage: 69,000 miles
Location: Elmhurst, Illinois

Bid Now: $16,250

V8-Powered 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60 5-Speed

Capability, thy name is “Chevy V8 Engine Swap and Fully Off-Road Ready.” The mid-’80s were a sweet spot for a lot of things — movies, music…probably not fashion. Let’s add modded overlanders to the mix, shall we?

Mileage: 197,000 miles
Location: Folsom, California

Bid Now: $8,350

1974 Alfa Romeo GTV

There’s something about the phrase “dual Weber side-draft carburetors” that really sells the idea of a rally-ready Alfa. A lot of mods here, but the important bit is a previous owner had the original purple car repainted red.

Mileage: 33,000 miles
Location: Los Angeles, California

Bid Now: $15,000

1973 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia

My dad had a Karmann-Ghia. That’s about enough to convince me, but this example is also almost completely original, right down to that cherry-red paint.

Mileage: 84,713 miles
Location: Tacoma, Washington

Bid Now: $7,500

1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 4-Speed

The color is called Riverside Red (repainted in ’84). Great name. Even better that the interior matches. Add to that a 300-horse V8, a four-speed and a ragtop? Sold.

Mileage: 21,000 miles
Location: Summerfield, North Carolina

Bid Now: $30,000

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