Tuesday, August 26, 2014

10k: Low Miles: 1993 Toyota MR2

The Toyota MR2 was about as close as you could get to a Japanese super car before the launch of Honda's NSX, particularly in its Ferrari look-alike second generation.  Even in non-turbo form it its well composed and balanced mid-engine setup allows for fantastic at the limit handling.  Find this 1993 Toyota MR2 non-turbo offered for $8,500 in Horsham, PA via craigslist.  Tip from David.

3k: Yellow Fever: All-Original 1988 Honda CRX Si

Somewhere between museum-ready and aesthetically ravaged lies a thin spectrum of Honda classified listings. This is one of them. It's a two-owner CRX Si with zero mods and just enough road rash to be reasonably priced. Any one of us could pick this up and enjoy low-cost motoring bliss resulting from a legendary combination of automotive attributes: Light, simple, nimble, and efficient. Find this 1988 Honda CRX Si in Deerfield Beach, FL for $2,550 reserve-not-met with just a few hours to go.

10k: Take Your Pick: 1980 VAZ-2103 or 1981 VAZ-2106 (Lada 1500/1600)

In all my eBay surfing, I've seen some funky auctions-- buy one get one free, buy one and you need to submit a core (or trade-in) but I've never seen someone offer two cars for one price, where the winner selects one car to take home.  Why not create two different auctions?  Seems a strange way to sell your classic Russian sedan, but in Soviet Russia, eBay auction you!  Find a 1980 VAZ-2103 or 1981 VAZ-2106 offered for $9,000 buy-it-now or best offer via ebay, located in Hialeah, FL with a few days to go.

10k: White Knight: 2003 Lexus LS430

Around the time that Daimler merged with Chrysler, and Mercedes-Benz vehicle quality went quietly into the toilet, a Japanese company founded by a little man named Sakichi Toyoda launched the third generation of their flagship Lexus LS sedan.   When it comes to axis powered automobiles the Mercedes may have been the old guard Bismark style executive battleship, but it was positively outclassed in reliability and durability by the Yamato sized LS.  Find this 2003 Lexus LS430 currently bidding for $8,900 with a few hours to go, located in Pompano Beach, FL.

15k: Seller Submission: 1964 Ford Country Sedan Wagon

The Ford Country Sedan was a full sized 6 or 9 passenger wagon built on the full sized Ford sedan platform starting in 1952 and ending in 1974 when it was superseded by the LTD Wagon.  The 1964 Country Sedan was based on the Galaxie and featured subdued painted sides instead of the faux wood trim of the Country Squire.  Find this 1964 Ford Country Sedan Wagon currently bidding for $9,101 with $12,500 reserve on ebay, located in Salt Lake City, UT with a few hours to go.  Seller submission from Scott. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

5k: Rocket Man: 1990 Volkswagen Fox

The first generation Volkswagen Gol was designed and manufactured in Brazil as a replacement for the low end Brasillia.  The Gol (not Golf, but Gol for the Brazilian word for goal...AKA goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllll) managed to sneak its way into North America re-badged as the Volkswagen Fox, but Elton John got his jewel encrusted hands on this one...and boy is it something special!!  Find this 1990 Volkswagen Fox "The Rocket" offered for $3,300 in Farmington, MI via craigslist.

Left Handed Spanner: Two Strokes, One Heart

Did anyone notice the odd engine at the right-handed corner of the header up there ^^^ ? Anyone know what it is? Or can you figure it out? Heck, it might even be famous and I'm late to the party.  The story is that I had an unexpected opportunity to visit the redacted museum last year. The place was full of cool stuff, prototypes, cutaways, etc., but this strange engine totally jumped out at me. I've been promising Vince a writeup with a pile of photos, but time is the fire in which we burn, right?  The Left-Handed Spanner / What Am I double feature is a special column written by DT contributor Kaibeezy.

15k: Black Beauty: 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint

Sometimes I feel like I'm repeating myself, but I really can't say enough nice things about the Ford Falcon.  The Falcon shares its major components and chassis with the Mustang, which means that the aftermarket is plentiful and cheap, but the Falcon might actually be cooler than a Mustang coupe.  Find this 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint currently bidding for $16,100 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go on eBay, located in Pelion, SC.

50c: NASA Shuttle Support: 1985 Dodge Van Dually

The Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down for the final time in July of 2011 and the program has been officially mothballed because apparently 17 billion dollars a year is not enough money for NASA to...I dunno...fly to the moon and back weekly.  As the space shuttle sits idle and NASA pays folks money to lay in bed for 70 days straight, the various bits of shuttle support junk is being wholesaled to bidders via gov't auction sites.  Find this 1985 Dodge Van Dually offered for a starting bid of $199 via gsaauctions.gov.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

1k: Bluegrass Rules: 1991 Toyota Corolla All-Trac ST205 Swap

The E90 generation (1987-1992) Toyota Corolla All-Trac Wagon is a cool piece of equipment, but with stock power, its acceleration could be best described as soothing.  Today's next feature is an All-Trac wagon that has had a full drivetrain swap from a Celica GT-Four and is now properly mad.  Find this 1991 Toyota Corolla All-Trac ST205 Swap currently bidding for $1,136 with a few hours to go, located in Hendersonville, NC via ebay.

5k: W123 Custom: 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300CD Convertible

The W123 generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class was a sedan built in extraordinary numbers from 1977 through 1985.  Almost 3 million of the big Benzs left the Mercedes factories all over the world during production, but if you wanted a rag top you needed to step up to the R107 SL....until now.  Find this 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300CD Custom Convertible offered for $7,000 in San Rafael, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

20k: Gator Bait: 2006 Porsche Cayman S

In 2006 Porsche introduced a hardtop version of their popular Boxster sports car and took the unusual step of releasing the performance version first.  Typically OEMs release the more pedestrian version of a car first, the proverbial foot in the water, but with the Cayman, Porsche cannon balled into the water and boy did it make a splash.  The Cayman takes the Boxster's mid-engine flat-6 and adds a fixed roof to turn the torsional rigidity up to 11 --take that 911!!  The Cayman S MSRP hit $60k before options when new, but the magic of depreciation has taken its toll and now even the most incorrigibly cheap DT reader can afford one!  Find this 2006 Porsche Cayman S offered for $19,500 in Grand Rapids, MI via craigslist.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

5k: Going Plaid: 1979 Porsche 924 Sebring Edition

In 1979 Porsche released a special edition of the 924 front-engined coupe to celebrate their victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race - think of it like a shorter and less famous version of the 24 Hrs of LeMans.  The Sebring edition 924 included a few big stickers, stripes and the ultimate plaid interior to bring out the Jackie Stewart in anyone. Luckily for those who don't have access to famous ex-F1 drivers cash, the Sebring 924 can be picked up for dirt cheap.  Find this 1979 Porsche 924 Sebring Edition offered for $3,450 in Orange, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Alex V.

10k: The Other GTi: 1985 Peugeot 205 GTi

Famed Coriscan general Napoleone di Buonaparte is quoted to have said in regards to Robert Fulton's steamboat: "How, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? I pray you, excuse me, I have not the time to listen to such nonsense."  One can only imagine what sort of snooty things old shorty McFancy pants would have said about the Peugeot 205.  Find this 1985 Peugeot 205 offered for $11,000 in Annapolis, MD via craigslist.  Tip from 505turbeaux.

COW: 9000 Words On The Saab 9000

Welcome to a special weekend edition of DT's Commenter of the Week (COW!) award, back from hiatus and ready to rock like the Rolling Stones after bi-lateral hip surgery.  This week's COW award goes to a commenter who left a doozy of a comment starting with the four simple words  Ah, the Saab 9000. 

Image from FotoSleuth on flickr.