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Which $20,000-or-Less Malaise-Era Four-Door Would You Choose for Your Dream Garage?

Posted February 22, 2022 4:00 AM by dstrohl

Like a kid in a candy store, we're zipping our way around a vast, virtual car market that is the Hemmings Classifieds. In our latest edition of This or That, we're circling around to a specific asking price point between $10,000 and $20,000, this time rounding up four-door hardtops and sedans from the 1970s that are currently available in the Hemmings classifieds. We've mentioned this plenty of times before, but for those new to this game, the good news about a $20k cap is that it offers options in good condition (even in our inflated market). So, given the money and space, which one would you take home?

1973 Oldsmobile 98 luxury sedan

1974 Chrysler's New Yorker Brougham sedan

1978 Mercury Grand Marquis pillared hardtop

1978 AMC Matador wagon

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02/22/2022 8:46 PM

Any of them would make great entries for the local county fair.

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02/23/2022 9:13 AM

If cost weren't a factor, I'd take the Lincoln and halve the roofline so there was only room for the driver, make the remaining cockpit look like the conning tower of an aircraft carrier. I'd deck over the remaining passenger compartment, trunk and hood. Paint the vehicle grey and and land remote control aircraft on it.

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02/23/2022 3:46 PM

That's a great idea. I like your thinking.

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