Friday, September 21, 2018

4Motion Equipped: 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Wagon

The B5 generation Volkswagen Passat had an interesting model lineup during its 1997 through 2005 lifecycle.  It started with the basic 1.8T powered 5-spd stripper models that offered a surprisingly fun drive for economy car price and included a turbo-diesel option, but went all the way upmarket to a 4.0 liter W8 powered leather infused luxury cruiser.  Not many cars have that range, and the W8 powered wagon models are particularly interesting to the low buck car enthusiast. Find this 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Wagon offered for $2,500 in Dallas, GA via craigslist. Tip from Matt C.



Seller Submission: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

The Mercedes-Benz W123 is about as close to a tank for the road as you can find. They combine a uniquely pleasant driving experience (albeit slow...but the turbo version is quicker) with a rugged drive train, chassis, interior...well just about everything. This next example has some rust that the next owner will need to tackle, but for the right guy with a welder -- the price is very reasonable.  Or you could drive it for a year or two and then sell it to the next guy or part it out if the rust gets too bad. Either way, this car is probably worth it for the price of the window glass. Find this 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD offered for $1950 in New Albany, IN via craigslist. Seller submission from Robert.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Honk If Parts Fall Off: 1961 Volvo PV544

It is Thursday, time for the classic American tradition called Thorsday where we celebrate Scandinavian stuff that is from those wacky Swedes/Finns/Nors/Danes (HEY, Don't forget about the Icelanders you lattelepjandi lopatrefill) and Icies.  Anyway, this next car is a classic from yesteryear that looks like it is from yestercentury...which is actually true...ANYWAY, find this 1961 Volvo PV544 here on eBay offered for $6750 buy-it-now located in Coloma, MI



Beat The Drum Slowly: 1992 Honda Beat

Another Kei-car?  Yes, that is correct, they don't call this site DailyKeismo for NOTHING.  We've got a reputation and a revelation to maintain. Anyway, the next precious little keitora class machine we are going to feature is from Honda Giken Kōgyō KK and you can't beat the price.  Find this 1992 Honda Beat offered for $3,800 in Spring, TX. Tip from Jeff.



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Alto In The Name of Love: 1987 Suzuki Alto Works RS-R

The Suzuki Alto was a cheap and uninspiring little keconobox, but if you had the scratch, you could upgrade some of the metal bits (and plastic pieces) to the Works version, or better yet, the RS-R.  The Works upgrades unleashed the full potential of the little s-box and turned it into a plastic scoop bedazzled fun box.  Find this 1987 Suzuki Alto Works RS-R offered for $7000 near Cincinnati, OH via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!



SR20DET Powered: 1997 Subaru Impreza GC8

This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: Haha, a Nibaru? Sussan? Any way you put it, I bet it'll be fast and very sideways with a  little work. Assume around 275whp with the SR20 at reasonable boost levels, and about 2700 lbs on the GC8 with the AWD hardware removed, and probably pretty close to 50/50 weight distribution and you have a nice track toy. Find this 1997 Subaru Impreza offered for $5000 in Hartford, CT via craigslist.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Safe At Speed: 1975 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

Whenever I make the mistake of taking a tour around on public streets, I am aghast at the vehicles that I encounter.  All manor of economy cars are clogging up lanes and people even seem to think it is appropriate to drive electrically powered automobiles.  Particularly offensive is anything that doesn't have the class, elegance and unfettered weight of something like a Rolls. Find this 1975 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow offered for $8000 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.



Low Mile, Great Shape -- Uggg...White Paint: 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT

This next car comes from Rock On who writes: For all those readers that say “ I am holding out for a 1988” or “I would buy it if it was a 1988”!  Yeah, that's right..and with all this nonsense about the 2020 Vette going mid-engine, my reply is GM already did a Mid-Engine Vette...and it was called the Fiero. Find this 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT offered for $9500 in Napa, CA via craigslist.



Monday, September 17, 2018

AWD 6-sp Manual Turbo Wagon: 2001 Audi S4 Avant B5

The B5 generation Audi A4 was introduced in 1994 and featured a longitudinally mounted engine mated to a front transaxle with optional quattro all-wheel-drive. It is a good cheap used car, and the hottest version released to the US market was the twin-turbo equipped S4.  Thankfully, the product planners at Audi decided to let the USA buyers get the Avant/Wagon version and was in this generation that Audi started to legitimately challenge BMW in the compact luxury sports-sedan/wagon wars. Find this 2001 Audi S4 Avant B5 offered on SecondDaily.com bidding for $1000 (buy-it-now of $7750) with 9 hours to go, located in New York.


Last Minute Stay of Execution: 1980 Chevrolet Chevette V8 Swap

The Chevette never had a chance.  It was born with a face that even a mother couldn't love and a body that was destined to be crushed like a legless roach on a sunny doorstep.  Uggg, put that thing out of its misery before it gets in the house...except this squishy mutant has a secret.  A V8 secret. Find this 1980 Chevrolet Chevette with V8 swap offered for $4200 in Billings, MT via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!



Sunday, September 16, 2018

Holden My Breath: 2004 Pontiac GTO

Yeah, its beat up.  Sure, it's torn up on the inside.  Yeek, that odo reading is high.  And, of course it has the dreaded slushbox auto...but....dang, you can't beat an LS1 V8 in a sweet pony body that isn't a Camero and this is a lot of car for the money.  Find this 2004 Pontiac GTO offered for $4,000 near Albuquerque, NM via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.



Saturday, September 15, 2018

Killed B: 1983 Audi quattro

"Ur" is German prefix that in one of it's meanings is original, primitive or proto-.  Such as Ur + shrift (document) is Urshrift or original document.  The Audi cognoscenti a few years ago began to refer to the original "small q" quattro of the early 80's as the Ur-quattro.  The Ur-quattro was a ground breaking car that changed the face of rallying, ushering in the all wheel drive revolution. Original quattro values have been ascendant, so here's your chance to pay pennies on the dollar for a significant car that has a few needs.  Find this 1983 Audi quattro for sale in Seattle, WA for $15,000 via craigslist.