Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

We here at the offices of Daily Turismo want to wish all of you readers out there in cyberspace a Happy Easter, or Happy Passover, or Happy Springtivus, Happy Sunday, or whatever it is you might be celebrating. Enjoy the day, and we'll be back on Monday with some fantastic piles of metal for your viewing pleasure. 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

S52 Powered Clown Shoe: 1999 BMW M Coupe

I had this idea that the asking prices for the clown-shoe generation BMW M-Coupes had gone through the roof, but then I found this next example which looks really nice in Imola red and appears in good shape for a reasonable ask...whoa...check out that odometer.  How many thousands of dollars did somebody spend on ultra-expensive Castrol TWS 10W60 motor oil to keep the spinny bits still spinning??  Oh, wait this is an S52 powered 240 hp version, not the later S54 powered 315hp monster..  I'm at a loss -- is this a good deal? Find this 1999 BMW M-Coupe offered for $14,000 in Soma, CA via craiglist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Actually Custom: 1958 Triumph TR-10 Electric Conversion

I think, as car "journalists" we tend to think we've seen it all.  Or at least, I do.  And whenever I become jaded with all of the mundane junk (that passes for custom) for sale on craigslist (Chevy V8 powered RX-7s, dime-a-dozen, Bio-diesel Mercs been-there-done-that, etc) I go off in search for the oddballs, the unique stuff that only one guy ever thought "hey, this is a good idea". Like an electric Triumph Standard 10 here on eBay bidding for $704 with 5 days to go, located in Simi Valley, CA.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Cheap Teggy: 1999 Acura Integra GSR

The 3rd generation Acura Integra (1994-2001) was the final Acura to be named Integra in the US Market (although the torch was passed to the remarkably similar RSX).  The Integra sold well when new and became a huge hit in the sport compact scene once it became affordable for kids to modify; many have been attacked with nitrous systems, neon lights and plywood wings.  Finding a stock/clean 3rd generation Integra is quite difficult today and getting one from an original owner is almost impossible, but this next one looks okay. Find this 1999 Acura Integra GSR offered for $3,800 in Brentwood, CA via craigslist.

Orange Crush: 1974 MGB GT

The MGB GT was a fixed roof version of Morris Garage's iconic MGB roadster, introduced in 1965 and built through 1980 for various markets.  When first released, the GT used the same BMC B-series inline-4 cylinder engine, but added small back seats for miniature passengers and Pininfarina designed greenhouse with a fastback lift-gate and storage area.  Prices for most classic European cars have graduated info crazy territory, but the MGB GT has remained surprisingly affordable for whatever reason...and that is a good thing. Find this 1974 MGB GT offered for $5000 in Oakland, CA via craigslist.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

LS V8 6-Speed Swap: 1988 Mazda RX-7

The Mazda RX-7 is a fantastic car.  The chassis is capable, the steering communicative, the brakes are plenty powerful, and the wankel rotary engine is fun to revv...but is known for blowing up on occasion.  The right thing to do is to rebuild your wankel and run it for another 50k miles before the apex seals start to go...but, many owners chose to replace the dainty spinny thing with a big lumpy V8 from Detroit.  Find this 1988 Mazda RX-7 here on eBay offered for $13,000 buy-it-now located in Longmont, CO with 3 days to go.

Track Rat: 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT V6

The Pontiac Fiero is a litmus test for car guys. If you like Fiero, you can probably be grouped into the group of people that constantly quote the original Star Trek TV Show and like telling time from analog clocks, but if you don't like the Fiero, you are probably some freedom hating public transit lover.  Find this 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT V6 here on eBay offered for $6,300 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Atascadero, CA with 6 days to go.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Old School Fun: 1986 BMW 535i E28

I've struggled with the decision about buying a depreciated late model (like a modern 2010ish BMW 535i) with manual gearbox or buying an appreciating classic from yesteryear -- because the older car will possibly be worth more in a few years, but the modern car will be a faster and more reliable (probably?) ride? I'm sorta leaning towards getting the classic these days. Find this 1986 BMW 535i here on eBay bidding for $4,500 with 5 days to go, located in Price, UT.

Just One More Car, I Promise: 1966 Pontiac Bonneville 421

It isn't often that a seller includes a selfie in an advertisement, and I've never seen a shirt before that reads "Just one more car, I promise."  This is my kinda seller.  Not the selfies, I have a giant that costs a boat load of cash to buy and I'm afraid of dropping it into a lion cage or down an open sewer grate, so I avoid selfies like the plague Facebook.  Find this 1966 Pontiac Bonneville 421 here on eBay offered for $5,719 buy-it-now or make-offer, located in Boise, ID. Tip from Hugh.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Minty Convertible: 1983 Ford Mustang LX

I've always been a moderate fan of Ford's Fox-body Mustang -- it does offer a decent platform with manual gearboxes, rear-wheel-drive, and V8 power -- but with an emphasis on the later models that offer fuel injected engines and more power...but recently I've become obsessed with the quad-headlight Fox models...because..well...more is more.  Find this 1983 Ford Mustang LX offered for $7,500 in Austin, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Tommy Morrison Special: 1984 Chevrolet Corvette C4

Unless you are a serious Corvette enthusiast you've probably never heard of Tommy Morrison, but he wasn't the lead singer of the Smiths or a professional boxer. However, he prepared and modified Corvettes for racing purposes back in the 80s and was credited with more SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) showroom stock victories than any other builder and he was (probably) the reason SCCA  banned the Corvette from stock classes in 1988.  Regardless, if you want to put some money into a car that could be the equivalent of a future "Shelby" or "Saleen" or "Ruf" -- this could be a good bet.  Or maybe you just like something to go with your gold chain?  Find this 1984 Chevrolet Corvette C4 offered for $5500 in Washington Township, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!