Not too long ago, we were lamenting the loss of a former Barn Finds feature, a Chevrolet Laguna S3 that ended up in a junkyard. That was a sad sight, and really drove home how important it is to aggressively pursue a project car if you have the chance to save it. Fortunately, this 1975 Laguna S3 here on craigslist is in much better shape than the junked car was and has a good shot at being someone’s next project.
First, thanks to Barn Finds reader Clarke B. for this excellent find. Although this ’75 example is on craigslist in Michigan, it sounds as if the car originated in Canada, since the seller claims it is one of just 1,050 manufactured across the border. Of course, it could have been intended for U.S. sale all along, but I suppose the factory it was produced in holds some historical value for fans of this model. It has only 43,000 miles from new and is listed with a $6,500 asking price.
The Laguna S3 cars came with a lengthy features and options list, but the earlier cars came with more of the desirable bits standard. Beginning in the 1974 model year, the swivel bucket seats, center console and sport-style steering wheel all became options after being standard on the earlier S3s. No word from the seller what his car came from the factory with, so it could be light on features; however, the later cars at least came with the NASCAR-inspired aero-style nose.
If I were to own an S3, I’d probably look for an earlier model, but you really can’t go wrong with whichever generation you choose. All S3’s came with firmer shocks and springs, a front sway bar and Rallye wheels, just like this example is equipped with. The really hot ticket was to spec one out with a 454 and a 4-speed, but this automatic transmission-equipped survivor was definitely built as more of a cruiser than a brawler. Do you think the Canadian-market history makes it more collectible?