Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Patina Pizza: 1968 Ford F-100

What is the attraction of a patina covered classic American pickup?  They aren't particularly fast, reliable, useful, or sporty...but they are in a league of their own for charisma and charm.  If you want a vehicle that puts a smile on the face of strangers, this is it.  Find this 1968 Ford F-100 here on eBay bidding for $6,900 in Sylmar, CA with 4 days to go.

Amazing Condition: 1976 Pontiac Sunbird

You probably remember the Pontiac Sunbird as a terrible front drive subcompact econobox from the 80s, but there was a time when it was a terrible rear-drive subcompact econobox in the 70s...with a Buick V6 engine up front over Chevy Vega running gear.  Find this 1976 Pontiac Sunbird offered for $5000 in Deer Valley, AZ via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

Monday, January 22, 2018

What Is It? 1975 Blakely Bearcat

It isn't often that you stumble onto a 1 of 250 built oddball kit car from the 1970s that didn't use Volkswagen power or make you cringe at first sight. Yeah, we are talking about the Dick Blakely built and Ford 4-banger powered Bearcat. Find this 1975 Blakely Bearcat offered for $12,500 in Arizona City, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

What Am I? Globetrotting

DT readers -- posts have been a bit light the last week because your editor-in-chief (me...Vince!) was doing some globetrotting (huuuuuuuge thanks to the DT writers who stepped up and delivered!!), but I'm back with a What Am I puzzle for you.  What is it...errr...what am I?  I don't even know what time zone I'm in, or what day it is!

Stallone Italiano: 1971 Fiat 128 Rally

The Fiat 128 (built from 1969-1985 in Italy...and 1980-2001 in Yugoslavia) was the original front-drive modern car [Ed. CFlo: if you don't count the original Mini...] -- it used a transverse front-engine setup that has been copied by billions of cars since, but don't hold that against it because it certainly won't drive like a Camry...because it probably won't start. Don't hold that against it because it'll look great just sitting there. Find this 1971 Fiat 128 Rally offered for $18500 in New Orleans, LA via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

High Miles, No Problem- 2008 Mazdaspeed 3

When I was growing up, a car that rolled over 100,000 miles was something to take note of.  Flash forward twenty five years and it is common place see cars with plenty of life at 200,000+ miles.  The 2007-2009 Mazdaspeed 3 was the first real hit for the brand. Mazdaspeed's first go at things with the Protege was a somewhat lukewarm effort besieged by an engine that grenaded itself if  boosted much over stock level.  The Speed 3 righted the ship with a very potent 263 hp 2.3 turbo engine and 6 speed trans that still has a strong aftermarket tuner following.  It is rare to see a late model hot hatch from any brand in 100% stock unmodified condition.  Find this especially clean 2008 Mazdaspeed 3 for sale in Coventry, CT for $4,800 via craigslist.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ground Beetle: 1971 Fiberfab Aztec 7

Most of the time, out of this world show cars end up as one offs that either find their way to a collection or the crusher.  However, some provide inspiration for a man in a shed to create a kit homage that uses the concept as an inspiration.  Find this 1971 Fiberfab Aztec 7 for sale in Van Nuys, CA for $13,000 via craigslist. Tip from Sean S.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Clean G: 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo LT1 Swap

In 2018 the number of two door coupes available from car manufacturers are few and far between, but back in the 1980s they were literally everywhere.  The General Motors G-body cars included the Chevy Monte Carlo, Buick Regal, Oldsmobile Cutlass, and Pontiac Grand Prix.  With the exception of the Grand National and T-Type, these were not particularly sporting or fast cars. However, they coupes are one of the last rwd body on frame designs which make them desirable to muscle car fans without a baller budget.  Starting about ten years after these cars were discontinued, V8 engines started making a ton more power stock than the roughly 140 hp wheezed out from the factory.  Today's Monte features a 300hp engine/trans swap from a 1996 Corvette. The G-body cars now also have a host of modern suspension components via the aftermarket that can turn these into a decent handling and much more modern feeling car.  Find this 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo for sale in West Babylon, NY for $6,000 via craigslist.