The 4th generation (known internally at Toyota as the E70) Corolla was the last rear-wheel-drive platform that extended across the entire Corolla lineup (the AE86 coupe remained powered by the proper wheels for the next generation, but within a few years everything was front-drive purgatory). The Corolla was a simple economy car with no particular designs on world domination, but it was cheap to buy, cheap on fuel, cheap to insure, cheap to fix, but most importantly: it was reliable. Find this 1980 Toyota Corolla Wagon offered for $3,300 in Redwood City, CA via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
It is Wednesday so that means it's time for another edition of Daily Turismo's version of Russian roulette with an automatic pistol-- also known as Mid Week Match-Up! Last week, we asked readers to find us a convertible for less than $15k and received lots of great suggestions. Today we are going to go another direction and ask our readers to find the best car for your teenager for less than $5k.
What is it about classic British sports cars that brings out the Chevy V8 hammer mechanics? It is as if every British car from the 50s/60s has a picture of Anna Kendrick painted on the side and suddenly leering drunks jump out of the bushes and start planning V8 swaps. It wouldn't be bad if the swaps ended in a worked monster of a Corvette beater, but they almost inevitably end up in tears, crushed dreams and rust. Like this 1956 Austin Healey 100 currently bidding for $15,101 in Easthampton, MA with 4 days to go on ebay.
Ludacris once eloquently stated, "I left the Jag and I took the Rolls." Mr. Christopher Bridges (now that's an English name if ever there was one) is right. $12,000 is a price point shared with an assortment of Jaguar road machines - cars with similar class and arguably similar lurking electrical problems - and, of course, a Nissan Versa. But no Jag can approach the panache of a classic Rolls Royce, let alone one of 35 built by English coach builder James Young. Find this 1966 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow James Young Coupe in Front Royal, VA for $12,000 via craigslist.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
When first released to the public in 1962 the Wildcat name was used to identify an option package on the Buick Invicta line, but in 1963 the Wildcat became its own model. The Wildcat was built on GM's full size B-platform which meant it shared key dimensions and parts with the Buick LeSabre, Chevrolet Impala, Pontiac Catalina, Pontiac Laurentian/Bonneville and Chevrolet Bel Air. Stock power plants in 1965 included a few gigantic 7.0 and 7.5 liter V8s from the Buick catalog, but who wouldn't want a modern engine with more power and less weight? Find this 1965 Buick Wildcat LS1 currently bidding for $16,900 buy-it-now or best offer in Atkins, IA via ebay.
The Nissan Bluebird was sold as the Datsun 510 from 1968 to 1973 and has a reputation as a poor man's BMW 2002. Equipped with a stock engine and suspension, the 510 is a bit of a snooze to drive, but bolt on some go-fast goodies and the 2200 lb chassis comes alive. However, if you wanted fun in the sun, you needed to go elsewhere as the 510 was only available with a fixed roof, however, that didn't stop a customizer from building one. Find this 1971 Datsun 510 Convertible offered for $5,800 in Ocean Beach, CA via craigslist.
The Aztec II is a model of kit car sold by Fiberfab, a small kit manufacturer founded in 1964 by Warren "Bud" Goodwin that according to its website is still in business. Unfortunately the website was last updated in 2012 with some note about an upcoming 2013 model...so much for the Fiberfab revival. Anyway, if you want a fiberglass kit based on a VW chassis or Triumph TR4 you'll need to scour the web for a used Fiberfab...like this 1969 Fiberfab Aztec II currently bidding for $15,150 reserve-not-met in Nampa, ID via ebay with 1 day to go.
The Studebaker Lark was built from 1959 through 1966, assembled at Studebaker's South Bend, Indiana manufacturing plant. The sales of the first generation in 1959 and 1960 were surpisingly good, because the big three hadn't released their compacts yet, but once the Tempest, Corvair, II/ Nova, Falcon, and Dart/Lancer hit the showrooms in 1960/61, the Studebaker Lark sales cool considerably. A restyled Lark was launched in 1962 with a nicely restyled design led by Brooks Stevens, who was famous for the Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk, '49 Harley Davidson Hydra-Glide, Jeep Wagoneer, Miller Brewing Logo, Oscar Meyer Wienermobile and those hideous Excalibur Roadsters that look vaguely like a 1930s Mercedes and ride on old Studebaker chassis. Regardless the Lark remains one of the better deals on a compact classic and would make a decent casual driver. Find this 1963 Studebaker Lark Regal currently bidding for $2,050 reserve-not-met with a $5,500 buy-it-now on ebay located in Reno, NV. Seller submission from Andrew.
Monday, July 21, 2014
The Datsun 510 (known as the Bluebird outside the US & Canada) was the Japanese equivalent of the BMW 2002 from parent company Nissan. Like the 2002, they were built by the boatload, rusted instantly when exposed to moisture and languished in a price range that put them just inches from the crusher for decades. However, recently they have seen some price appreciation and even versions with unoriginal power-trains see some love. Find this 1972 Datsun 510 Sedan with F20C engine offered for $21,00 in Irvine, CA via craigslist. Tip from Brian.
The 1967/68 Mustang Fastback was gorgeous car before Lieutenant Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) of the SFPD drove it around the bay area on a pre-CGI car chase that wowed audiences and spawned an entire industry of folks dedicated to creating Bullitt clones. Even if you fall into the camp that believes that every additional classic fastback that is debadged and repainted highland green is a shame, you can't deny that they do have a certain street presence. However, if you do plan on creating your movie car fantasty, don't start with a grandpa owned/driven minty classic, start with something like this 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback currently bidding for $10,100 in Panama City, FL via ebay with 1 day to go. Update below...
It is with some sadness that we report that noted actor, racer and all around nice guy James Garner passed away this weekend of natural causes at the age of 86. Garner's first big break in the acting world was as the lead in the TV series Maverick, but as gearheads we will forever remember his breakout as the lead in the 1966 film Grand Prix. Most of the other actors in the movies were only willing to drive the cars at low speeds or flat out refused to do anything other than towed shots, but Garner discovered he had a knack for high speed driving and he developed a fascination with racing that continued for many years.
Legendary Texan Carroll Shelby worked closely with a number of manufacturers over the world, most famously with Ford, but equally as prolific with Chrysler in his later years, however, to the best of my knowledge he never worked with Volkswagen, which is a shame because he would have built the most awesome beach buggy style vehicle. It might not be real, but this 1969 Volkswagen Beetle Buggy Shelby Tribute offered for $18,500 in Fullerton, CA is about as close as you'll get.
The Dodge Omni was built in large quantities in a Chrysler operated Belvedere Illinois assembly plant, but it was apparently engineered by the French company Simca before being shoved into a Dodge wrapper. Anyone casually aware of the Omni probably knows their relationship to the Dodge Charger and Plymouth Horizon/Turismo, but you probably didn't know that Argentinian born sports car builder Alejandro DeTomaso put his name on the side of a few of them. Find this 1980 Dodge DeTomaso Omni 024 offered for $1500 in Imlay City, MI. Tip from 300whpcrx.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
The Opel GT was a compact sports car built by GM's European subsidiary Opel from 1965 to 1973. The little Opel was called the poor man's Vette due to its styling similarity with Chevrolet's C3 Covette and was sold and maintained at Buick dealers in North America. The Opel GT has been cheap enough for years that scores have been crushed and sometime soon we expect the remaining cars to start appreciating...maybe? Find this 1970 Opel GT offered for $4800 in Stevens Point, WI via craigslist. Tip from John.
TVR started building racing cars in 1949 with the TVR One which was powered by a 35 horsepower tuned 1.2 liter sidevalve engine from a Ford Van. North American imports of the Blackpool speed machines started in 1965 and ended in 1987 when the last 280i Tasmin reached our shores. TVR's history of tubular space frame vehicles continued on the other side of the Altantic but as of July 2012, the company has officially ceased its efforts to build and produce automobiles - a shame since its formula of mounting common parts on a bespoke hand built body is all but dead. Find this 1985 TVR 280i offered for $11,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Tip from JAZ.
Personally I don't fall into the subset of folks who believe its cool to drive around in a hearse like their skeleton horse was at the skeleton vet, best friend is a small cloak wearing rat, and when they speak the words come out in ALL CAPS -- but if I did, I'd probably drive something like this 1992 Buick Roadmaster Estate Hearse offered for $4,950 buy-it-now or best offer, located in Eureka, MO via ebay. Tip from tian647.