BMW is just about the last company on the planet to offer a clutch shifted manual gearbox in its executive class sedan -- and that is a good thing if driving isn't just an A-to-B exercise for you. However, I'm going to let you into a little secret, if you want the best BMW 5-series from a few years ago, you should get a Cadillac. Find 2008 Cadillac CTS 3.6 6-Speed offered for $8,999 in San Diego, CA.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
It was big news when Honda released a hatchback version of the 2017 Civic. The hatchback body style has not been available over here since 2005. The fourth generation Civic was a available from 1987-1991 as a sedan, coupe, hatchback, wagon, and a two seat CRX. The DX was the no frills model that this unfancy list of optional equipment: power steering, rear wash/wipe, clock, passenger door mirror, wheel covers, and auto transmission. What the Civic lacked in luxury features it made up for in driving fun and fuel economy. The 92 horsepower4 cyl SOHC engine only had 2165 lbs to haul around. Find this 1991 Honda Civic hatch for sale in Westport, CT for $1,750 via craigslist.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
You all know that I've complained recently about people who post pictures of photos in a craigslist advertisement...but you also know that I love bizarro world kit-cars offered for rock bottom prices...what a conundrum. Find this 1966 Volkswagen Boonie Bus offered for $5,000 in Marion, IN via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
When someone mentions driving an ex-Postal vehicle, most of us immediately picture one of those boxy Grumman LLVs, but many other vehicles have been conscripted for use in snow, heat, and the gloom of night. Find this 2000 Saturn SWP RHD offered for $3,000 in Centuria, WI via craigslist. Tip from MB.
Back in the go-go 80's, Japan's economy and its car makers were flying high. Established automakers introduced new brands to the home islands. Mazda introduced the Autozam brand, mainly to sell Kei cars. Find this 1991 Autozam (Mazda) Scrum Truck for sale in Clackamas, OR for $5,800 via craigslist.
Friday, March 24, 2017
I've never been a big fan of listings with only one photo the car in question, particularly if that image is a picture of an old print photo and the seller describes the car as "looks better now". If you can take and digitize a picture of the old photo...why not just take a picture of the car...? However...when the price is right, we can forgive some bad pictures. Find this 1964 Kellison J-6 Panther offered for $16,000 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The Left-Handed Spanner is a special feature column written by DT contributor Kaibeezy. Yesterday, I cooked up a pot of British greens (close as I can get to collards) on an induction hotplate I had picked up to pinch hit while we're waiting for our new cooker (stove) to be connected. You are probably aware these create a strong electromagnetic field that excites the iron atoms in the pan directly, rather than heating them indirectly via conduction from a hot surface or flame.
For decades the best European Q-Ships built came from a company called Mercedes-Benz. If you wanted something that could hit Warp 10 by the time you finished saying engage or do the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, you got a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or whatever they were calling it at the time...but times...they have changed. Today, if you want the best European Q-Ship on the planet, you head to your local Lexus dealer and pickup a car built in Japan...or get a used one for eurocents on your yen. Find this 2007 Lexus LS460L offered for $12,000 in Rio Rancho, NM via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Volkswagen Iltis was a military light Jeep style thing built for German defence forces from 1978 through 1988. It was the successor to the Kubelwagen and yet another car-based thing to replace the failed Europa Jeep project. Find this 1979 Volkswagen Iltis here on eBay bidding for $6,300 reserve-not-met located in San Diego, CA.
Is there anything sacred left in this world? First, the Spice Girls fragment into a few less-than-stellar individual acts, and now somebody swapped a Mopar 340 V8 into a convertible '73 Mustang (tip from Rock On!)? For today's Thursday Twister, I'd like to ask you when has a swap gone too far.
Yeah, yeah, I get it. A seat for every car and a car for every seat. De gustibus non est disputandum. Et cetera. But seriously? A Lumina? Did somebody drop 25 large on restoring a Lumina? Find this 1992 Chevrolet Lumina Z34 here on eBay offered for $7,500 in Longwood, FL.