Monday, May 20, 2019

Blue Plate E24: 1983 BMW 633CSi

The E24 generation BMW 6 Series was a grand luxury tourer sold from 1976 through 1989.  Its shapely shark style curves were penned by legendary designer Paul Bracq and prices have been reasonable for years. This next one is really cheap, but it needs a cosmetic refresh -- which could be fun and rewarding.  Find this 1983 BMW 633CSi offered for $2000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.

Fintastic Vitesse: 1964 Triumph Sport 6

Another day, another oddball car that you've probably never seen before and might not have known of its existence. At least, that's what I thought when I stumbled onto this next car.  It is a Triumph Sport 6, which was a convertible version of the Triumph Vitesse 6...and appears to be a combination of Triumph Herald mechanical bits with Giovanni Michelotti styling...not bad at all.  Find this 1964 Triumph Sport 6 here on eBay bidding for $510 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Lompoc, CA.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Hardtop Added: 1998 Porsche Boxster 986

When Porsche released its mid-engine Boxster in 1997, it wasn't just the first roadster to be designed since the original 550 Spyder, but it was also the first mid-engine Porsche to hit the road after the Porsche 914, which was really a Volkswagen project if you believe the web.  Anyway, if you wanted a hardtop version you had to wait until Porsche released the Cayman in 2006 or get one with an added roof, like this 1998 Porsche Boxster 986 offered for $11,500 in Omaha, NE via craigslist. Tip from Jeff. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Forza Fiat! 1980 Fiat Strada / Ritmo

Sometimes a car jumps out of the page because it has sweet/wicked wheels (think Saab Inca Alloys), which this next car does...but what really jumps out is the coolness of the door handles...and it isn't often that a door pull is exciting. Leave it to the Italians, I guess. Find this 1980 Fiat Strada / Ritmo offered for $7,500 in West Hollywood, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Not Many Around: 1991 Citroën XM 2.0

I'll probably get a lot of hate mail from the CXMOCA (Citroen XM Owners Club of America), but I'm gonna just go ahead and suggest that a Citroën isn't going to be the most reliable car on the block.  When the seller starts his advertisment with the words Running and might be a sign that most aren't...and the next words...Functional hydraulic suspension, recently serviced could indicate that reliability of various complicated Citroen components isn't exactly "Japanese".  However, that doesn't mean you couldn't or shouldn't own one...but just maybe you shouldn't use it if you are driving for Uber Organ Delivery Service or have to clock into work at a designated time and day. Find this 1991 Citroën XM 2.0 offered for $5,000 in Philadelphia, PA via craigslist. Tip from M.E.  

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Elite Enterprises: 1979 Laser 917

The VW Beetle based 917 Laser doesn't look much like a real Porsche 917 and it doesn't drive much like a real Porsche 917...but it offers an interesting combination of style and affordability that is difficult to match.  It will perplex your Tesla driving neighbors to no end and is probably explicitly banned in your HOA...but it'll be worth every minute of pain to drive around in this thing. Find this 1979 Laser 917 offered for $6000 in South Elgin, IL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Pop Up All The Headlights: 1991 BMW 850i

You know what I love better than a gorgeous coupe fitted with a V12 powerplant offered for a reasonable price?  One with pop-up headlamps...because fixed beams are for chumps.  Yeah, there is only once choice -- the BMW E31 8-series. Between 1989 and 1997 BMW sold only 7,000 of the shark nose E31 in North America, a luxury grand tourer meant not to just supersede the E24 6-series, but to also eclipse it in performance, price and prestige.  Find this 1991 BMW 850i offered for $15,995 in Smithfield, UT via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

It Ain't Easy Being Green: 1973 Jensen Healey Convertible

This next tip comes from Zach Z who wrote a nice poem to go with the 1973 Jensen Healey offered for $6000 in Bend, OR via craigslist:

It is easy being green.
I've not always liked these, 
but that'd be mean.

This thing, it's too clean;
The thorough application of armor all,
it's left a sheen.

That said, the collectors have not been keen.
So maybe Kermit was right,
and it's not easy, being green?

Eye of the Tiger: 1982 Austin Mini VTEC

This next car pushes the acceptable limit of money you'd want to spend on a modified car...but it does offer a certain degree of classic charm, modern powerplant, and wheel roasting potential.  The best part is that nobody will expect you are driving something from the year that Survivor had their break out hit Eye of the Tiger.  Find this 1982 Austin Mini offered for $20,500 somewhere near Worcester, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Brick Colored: 1981 Mercedes-Benz 300D

In the words of my old man: If I've told you once, I've told you a million times, don't exaggerate!! So, when this next seller called this car the "Nicest 1981 Mercedes 300D on CL!" I don't think they were totally accurate, but perhaps it is the nicest '81 Benz for the very basic asking price?  Yeah, I can get behind that.  Find this 1981 Mercedes Benz 300D offered for $2999 in Dublin, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Cheap Type 1: 1969 Volkswagen Beetle

This next car comes courtesy of tipper SecondMouse who writes: Here is a good looking 1969 VW Beetle being advertised for what seems like the reasonable sum of $4900, given its apparent condition. Who hasn't wanted to drive a little Beetle around? A good one is a great deal of fun, as long as the highway on-ramps are long enough. They are conversation magnets wherever you go. But apparently, the seller could only spare ten words to describe it. Huh?  Find this 1969 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $4900 in Houston, TX via craigslist.

Monday, May 13, 2019

FIat Abarth Munday: 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth

Our next feature on this most festive holiday known around the globe as Fiat Munday's is another Fiat, but this one is wasn't assembled by someone named Gianni in Italy, but more than likely built by Jan in Poland or Juan in Mexico...which is not to say it isn't a better car...but would fettuccine made by Jan or Juan be as scrumptious?  Find this 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth here on eBay offered for $8000 buy-it-now or make-offer in Wilmington, NC.

Fiat Munday: 1972 Fiat 500 Lusso

If the marketing wanks at Hallmark are able to make up fake holidays, then we here at DT are equally qualified to create opportunities for commerce and profit.  Therefore, I declare today, the day after Mother's Day to be henceforth known furthermore as "Fiat Munday".  And YES, the spelling is "Munday" to differentiate it from all of the mundane Monday holidays out in the world. This first feature on Fiat Munday is a 1972 Fiat 500 offered for $8000 in Overland Park, KS via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!