Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Just BeCos: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190e Cosworth W201


Most cars at this price point are far from perfect and are far from done despite most seller claims. Buy and finish quickly is the siren song of the seller. Fall for the puffery and claims in any sales pitch at your own peril. While there are exceptions and great deals out there if you know what you are doing most cars for sale are for sale for a reason. Sellers truthfully admitting faults in their cars and posting pictures is refreshing. This Mercedes 190e Cosworth has no illusions of grandeur, but may be the quickest way to play Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft driver. Find this 1986 Mercedes 190e Cosworth for $5,800 on Cragslist in Stockton California.

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Tanks a lot: 1942 Cadillac M3A1 Stuart Tank

Unlike the recent wars the U.S. has been involved in, the Second World War was an existential threat to the nation, if not to the world's democracies.  As such, American industry was mobilized to produce war materiel.  You would expect that the auto manufacturers to produce wheeled vehicles, but International Harvester produced infantry rifles (M1 Garrand) Ford produced heavy bombers (B-24 Liberator) and GM produced armored tanks.  Find this 1942 Cadillac M3A1 Stuart Tank for sale at the Normandy Tank Museum Auction in Catz, France for an estimated 80,000 to 140,000 Euro (estimated 90,000 to 157,000 USD).


Twin H-Power: 1954 Hudson Hornet


The first generation Hudson Hornet featured a unique step-down (quasi unibody, where the floorpan was sunk down below the main frame rails) chassis that gave the car a low center of gravity that allowed it to dominate early stock car racing. A classic Hornet is well loved, particularly when equipped with the original Twin H-power carbureted inline-6 Find this 1954 Hudson Hornet here on eBay bidding for $18,100 with a few hours to go, located in Apopka, FL.


Silver Fox: 1991 BMW M5 E34

The E34 generation M5 continues to be a best buy if you are shopping for a BMW with a hand built pedigree and a legitimate motorsports connection.  Prices have jumped up in the past few years, but the Ulf Weidhase designed sedan is still a good deal if you are looking for something unique.  Find this 1991 BMW M5 E34 bidding here on eBay for $5,600 reserve-not-met with $11,000 buy-it-now located in Redwood City, CA with 2 days to go.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Secondo Round: 1984 Alfa Romeo GTV6

A few weeks back I wrote about my inept ability with all things Italian featuring a mid-seventies GTV Alfa.  DT readers are an educated bunch and I learned a lot about the car in question.  The world of Italian cars is still a black hole for me, but I look forward to pulling up my intelligence.  Shall we try this again?  Find this 1984 Alfa Romeo GTV6 for sale near Los Angeles, CA for $11,900 OBO via craigslist.


What Am I? Good Luck

Last week's What Am I? puzzle is still unsolved, but I think it is time to ramp up the oddness and present something for this week that is even more obscure.  Think you've got what it takes to solve the puzzle?  Triple internet points for anyone who can solve both.


Kei For Klown: 1990 Suzuki Alto Works Turbo

The Japanese Kei car in basic form is barely usable on US streets a small caterpillar inching along in the slow lane, but get a turbo fancy-pants factory works edition and suddenly it becomes a beautiful butterfly darting through traffic.  Find this 1990 Suzuki Alto Works Turbo offered for $7,500 somewhere in Texas via 6speedonline.com forum classifieds. Tip from Sean.


Last of the Mohicans: 1995 Buick Roadmaster

By Cory -- Think of this 1995 Buick Roadmaster as the BBW (big beautiful woman) of cars. It is large and in charge in most every way. 1996 was the last year of the Buick Roadmaster, Cadillac Fleetwood, and Chevy Caprice production. Find this car 1995 Buick Roadmaster on New Haven, CT craigslist for under 50 cents a pound ($1900).


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sleeper Style: 1978 Mercury Zephyr Wagon


From 1978 through 1983, the Zephyr was a Mercury's Fox Body family hauler that shared most of its parts with the Ford Fairmont.  Like the Fairmont, the Zephyr was available as a 2-door, 4-door, and wagon with Pinto Inline-4, Thiftmaster inline-6 or Windsor Vee-8 power.  Find this 1978 Mercury Zephyr Wagon here on eBay bidding for $5,603 with a few hours to go, located in Rapid City, SD.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Value Proposition: 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Cars fall out of favor with buyers for many reasons.  It could be triggered by known mechanical issues, documented design problems, or styling that just does not resonate with potential owners.  You can typically find cars in these categories at deeply discounted prices compared to the value they offer as a whole.  Find this 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet for sale in Austin, TX for $12,500 via craigslist.


Row Your Boat: 2002 Lincoln LS 5 Speed

Lincoln tried to change their act around Y2K but got their pee-pee slapped pretty dang hard. As a result, it's no wonder they surrendered the American enthusiast sedan market to Cadillac shortly thereafter. Put a positive spin on it and the Lincoln LS is essentially a 4 door Mustang with independent rear suspension and an available manual transmission. Look at it as a pessimist and it's just another millennial American sedan shrouded in crappiness.  Find this 2002 Lincoln LS V6 with a clutch pedal here for sale in Port St. Lucie, FL for $2,400 via craigslist.