Monday, May 22, 2017

Aichi Wawa! 1970 Cony 360 Wide Pickup

The Cony 360 was a micro car/truck/van built by the Aichi Machine Industry Co, which built aircraft carriers before and during the war.  Legend has it that Airchi was the recipient of German technology between the two World Wars because the Germans were limited in what they could design/produce and had to find an outlet for their engineering efforts. After the 2nd World War the company focused their efforts on automotive endeavors like this next thing.  Find this 1970 Cony 360 Wide Pickup offered for $7,500 in Mentor, OH via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Rare Ragtop: 1959 Nash Metropolitan Convertible

This next car comes from tipper Rod444 who included some analysis with his tip:  Sure you've heard of a Nash, and probably a Nash Metropolitan if you're a car guy, but how about a Nash Metropolitan convertible? Not your typical Sunday cruiser but this one looks like a viable candidate for a great restoration.  From this 1959 Nash Metropolitan Convertible offered for $2,900 in Scottsdale, AZ via craigslist.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

L'esprit d'escalier: 1983 Lotus Esprit Turbo

Have you ever thought of the perfect one-liner reply to some joker on the way home from your tête-à-têtem, there is a term for that L'esprit d'escalier-- roughly translated into english as staircase wit.  I don't have that issues as much as I have the issue of realizing that the price of some junker classic is going to skyrocket into oblivion about six months after prices jump.  L'esprit d'esprit is what I'm going to call this next thing.  Find this 1983 Lotus Esprit offered for $10,000 in Moreno Valley, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Left-Handed Spanner: Whence KBZ Serves Ice Cold Revenge on a Toyota Beancounter

The Left-Handed Spanner, by Kaibeezy:  Remember the "Swagger Wagon"? Way back in 2012, Toyota dropped this slammin' vid featuring painfully hip folk swaggerin' about their wagon.

I cringed a bit more than the rest of you, as we had bought one of these Sienna SE minivans just a few months before. Now, when *I* bought it, it was mainly for the upgraded suspension and 260 hp engine shoveled into this particular model. The story as I prefer to recall it was that a Toyota exec had become irritated at Honda repeatedly winning the "best performing minivan" award, so they took an engineer off their F1 team and sent him over to paint some pinstripes on the pig. And it did, in fact, scoot and handle really nicely.

Malaise Four Hundo: 1977 Dodge Aspen Wagon

When you think about F-body cars, Chrysler compacts from the late 70's likely don't come to mind first.  The Dodge Aspen and its twin Chrysler Volare' were made from 1976-1980 and were successors to the very popular Dart/Duster/Valiant triplets.  The Aspen sedan and wagon rode on a longer wheel base than the coupes.  Small block 318 and 360 V8's were factory options, but today's grocery getter is powered by a big block 400.  Find this 1977 Dodge Aspen wagon for sale in Roxbury, CT for $2,600 via craigslist.

Luxo-barca: 1994 Alfa Romeo 164LS

25 years ago if you wanted luxury on four wheels, you bought a four door saloon sedan.  There was no thought of luxury in a high-riding, truck-based SUV.  The established marques of the world all had their version of the luxury executive sedan.  Germany had BMW and Mercedes, Japan had Lexus and Infinity and Italy had Maserati and Alfa Romeo.  Find this 1994 Alfa Romeo 164LS for sale in Spokane, WA for $4,000 via craigslist.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Articulating: 1962 Dyna-Mite

The Dyna-Mite was a small articulating 4X4 built by Dynaco out of Tucson, AZ for farm and industrial uses.  Find this 1962 Dyna-Mite offered for $1,500 in Homer, AK. Tip from Zach.

Almost A Cobra Jet: 1967 Mercury Monterey Convertible

The 6th generation Mercury Monterey was built on the Ford Galaxy platform and sold from 1965-1968 as a sedan, convertible and fastback.  All came from the factory with FE-series big block V8s, but the really cool ones had the hot 428 mated to a 4-speed manual box. Find this 1967 Mercury Monterey Convertible offered for $25,500 in Dallas, TX via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

Wham! Splat! 1966 Batmobile

The original Batmobile was built by George Barris for that 60s TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward, on top of a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car and sold for $4,2 million in 2013.  That is a bit too rich for my wallet, but if you want a cheap knockoff this seems the way to go. Find this 1978 Lincoln Continental kit that looks like a 1966 Batmobile offered for $15,000 in Tampa Bay, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!