The first Labor Day was celebrated on a grey Tuesday in 1882. It was the work of a New York City Labor Union flexing its muscles and sticking it to the man. Similar celebrations occur all over the world but in the form of pre-summer May Day celebrations, but here in the US of A, the Man was anxious to not allow this sort of nonsense to blossom into full scale riots, so he usurped the holiday and created a national Labor Day holiday. You can read a dry rendition written by the Man himself on the Department of Labor website, but what you should really check out is this next Loony Labor Day feature, a 1949 Studebaker built on S10 chassis currently bidding for $8,078 reserve-not-met on eBay, located in Upton, MA with a few hours to go.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Welcome back to DT's annual end of summer tradition of featuring the craziest cars for sale on the web, a segment we like to call Loony Labor Day. To qualify as a Loony Labor day entry, the cars will be insane, or the seller will be nuts...or maybe even the buyers. For 2014, our first feature is this 1980 Triumph TR7 custom currently bidding for $6,000 reserve-not-met with about a day to go on eBay, located in Sprague, WA.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
When you start discussing mid-engine all-wheel-drive vehicles, most people think of cars like the Lamborghini Diablo VT or Audi's Quattro equipped R8. However, Toyota beat them to the mid-engine all-wheel-drive setup with manual transmission (or supercharger) way back in 1990 with the launch of the XR10 series Previa minvan. Find this 1991 Toyota Previa offered for $3,900 in West Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Fueltruck.
The fifth generation Dodge Coronet was built on a shared intermediate sized platform with the Plymouth Belvedere/Savoy/GTX/Road Runner and Dodge Charger from 1965 through 1970. The Coronet 500 did not indicate an engine size, but was simply the destination for the top of the line Coronet that included many features that were optional in less versions. Find this 1966 Dodge Coronet 500 offered for $9,900 in Orange County, CA via craigslist.
The E30 generation BMW 3-series is a great example of a well depreciated modern classic that can be driven every day. When new it was a successful yuppy-mobile but now has generated a significant cult following as a cheap, fun & reliable sports sedan. Today's featured 2-door is a good looking example with the updated integrated bumpers and is offered for a decent price. Find this 1991 BMW 325i offered for $6,500 in San Jose, CA via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
A Fistful of Yen was a subplot in the epic 1977 John Landis (Animal House, Blues Brothers, Coming To America, Spies Like Us, Three Amigos!) directed Kentucky Fried Movie. For some reason I can't even look at a Daihatsu Charade without thinking of the classic line from Loo (who is a Bruce Lee look-alike with an Elmer Fudd speech style) "What was that? Dis is not a chawade, we need total concentwation!" See this 1987 Daihatsu Charade with 40k miles on the odometer offered for $1200 in Redwood City, CA. Tip from Kaibeezy.
What happens when you combine the vintage hipster bait exterior styling of the BMW 2002 with the screaming boy racer bait of the S14 inline-4 from the E30 M3? The apocalypse? A black hole? Possible profit riddled with unknown potential costs? Find this 1976 BMW 2002 with E30 M3 Engine offered for $12,000 in Scotts Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
In 1989 Porsche introduced yet another version of their long in the tooth 928 -- it was called the 928 GT and featured slightly more horsepower, a sportier suspension and 9 inch wide rear wheels. The 928 GT was a small glimpse of the awesome that would come with the final version of the 928 called the GTS...but I'm getting ahead of myself. Find this 1990 Porsche 928 GT offered for $16,900 in Kennewick, WA via craigslist. Tip from Chris.
Friday, August 29, 2014
A particularly interesting subculture in the Japanese car modification scene is something called Bosozuku style, which combines the radical styling with crazy long exhaust pipes (from Japanese motorcycle gangsters) and slammed looks. There really isn't anything quite like it in the USA, but occasionally you'll find a car stateside that has been created in homage to the Japanese custom scene. Find this 1995 Buick Roadmaster offered for $5,500 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.
Welcome to another edition of Daily Turismo's Coffee Brake, where the brakes are smoking hot and the coffee is in a cold drum. Today's Coffee Brake question comes from DT reader Scirocconuts who writes "Maybe you could do one of those reader questions where the topic is this: find the car with the biggest difference between sticker price and current price (adjusted for inflation). Must be in good enough shape to be a daily (or at least weekend) driver." Challenge accepted.
This Frazer Nash kit car is powered by Triumph GT6 running gear beneath a professionally finished fiberglass body, with a winged hood ornament thrown in for good measure. You can accessorize these kits like a Barbie Jeep with multiple tops, flank-mounted spare wheels and more. You'll have plenty of disposable income for such trinkets after dropping pocket change on this negotiably priced cheapskate. Find this 1934 Frazer Nash kit with GT6 power in Whispering Pines (shhh), NC for $2,300 via craigslist.
In the late '50s a entrepreneur by the name of Jim Kellison starting living the ultimate car builder's dream. He started building his own car body design called the Kellison J-4 that was designed to use Corvette running gear to complete the build. Today's example has been heavily modified by various owners and sports a Pontiac drivetrain, but looks like a totally awesome and unique ride for anything near the current bidding price. Find this 1973 Kellison J-4 currently bidding for $8,100 with 5 days to go on eBay, located in Romeo, MI.