Production of the Oldsmobile Toronado started in 1966 with a revolutionary (for the time) front-wheel-drive architecture that put a massive V8 engine over the front wheels. The car was comfortable, easy to drive in the snow, and free from the typical driveshaft / transmission hump that was usually present in the full sized cars of the day. You might not be able to do donuts or get your drift on, but for the typical personal luxury car buyer this wasn't a problem, and so the same basic setup lasted through 1992. Find this 1992 Oldsmobile Toronado here on eBay bidding for $3,050 reserve-not-met located in Elizabethtown, PA with 1 day to go.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Todays Mid Week Match-Up request comes from DT contributing writer PhiLOL who writes: Life is short, and I'm bored with my car. My budget is around $6,500. Mrs. PhiLOL has already given her blessing to a healthy NB Miata, which would surely meet my needs. That said, this price point is home to everything from LT1 Corvettes to Integra GSRs to 944s, and I wanted to make sure I wasn't overlooking something wonderful. Non-negotiable: four wheels, three pedals. Preferred: at least as safe as an NA Miata (so rickshaws are out of the question). Bonus: a back seat.
Brand loyalty is something that scheming marketing folks are always trying to tap into, but seldom will you find this in the private vehicle-to-vehicle sales world. However, if you've ever purchased a car from a trustworthy fellow, you know how rewarding that can be, so it makes sense to buy more from the guy...right? Who knows if this seller is trustworthy, but the last feature was his reasonably priced Volvo 122S, and you can also buy his 1972 Triumph TR6 offered for $4,700 in Mechanicsburg, OH via craigslist. Tip from Hunter.
The Volvo 122S is one of those underdog classics that won't get you first prize at the next Concours d' Eggplant or even a Friday night domestic car show (gotta be a Chevy or Ford...sorry) but, pound for pound, it will get you more smiles per mile than most. Find this 1964 Volvo 122S Amazon offered for $3,700 in Mechanicsburg, OH via craigslist. Tip from Hunter.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
If you don't remember the Citation, let me say that you didn't miss much, and if you do remember the Citation...then I'm sorry about that. When GM renames its compact offerings (like it does every 5 years or so) it is a feeble attempt to wash the taste from the last pile of junk out of your mouth...and the Citation was no different...but the X-11 version just might have offered a hint of sweetness to offset the taste of bile. Find this 1982 Chevrolet Citation X-11here on eBay bidding for $6,999 with a few hours to go, located in Cumberland, MD.
Nowadays whenever a noob asks about a starter bike on a biker forum, 750 and 1,000cc's are acceptable sizes; a 500cc bike will soon be outgrown. Back 40 years ago, no one batted an eye if experienced riders chose two wheelers in the 200cc class. Find this 1974 Suzuki GT185 for sale in Everett, WA for $2,500 via craigslist.
An updated version of the CLK-Class hardtop coupe (and cabriolet) was released in 2004 with the C209 designation, and sharing mechanical bits with the W203 C-Class. The base model used a 3.2 liter V6, but if you had a need for speed the upgrade to the AMG powered 5.4 liter V8 was available for a lot more money than the entire car is worth today. Find this 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG offered for $5,400 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Back in the 1960s Bruce Meyers took the concept of the custom built dune buggy (similar to the examples that cruised around Pismo Beach, CA) and turned them into a reproducible thing. The original concept was sold as the Manx, but later Bruce and his team introduced a miniature off-road only buggy called the Tow'd. Find this 1972 Meyers Tow'd offered for $7,200 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Legend has it that famed industrial designer Clifford Brooks Stevens contracted polio as a lad and started sketching designs as something to do while bedridden. This story sounds reasonable, mostly because everybody born around the turn of the 20th century got a case of polio or two. He might have started his career designing the robins egg blue '50s appliances that sat in every kitchen for a decade or two, but he also penned the '62 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk, '49 Harley Hydra-Glide, Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, the Miller Brewing logo, and later those heinous Excalibur fauxcedes roadsters...but before he was on crack he designed the most awesome RV ever. Find this 1941 Brooks Stevens Western Flyer RV here on eBay bidding for $31,200 reserve-not-met located in Linden, CA with 7 days to go.
I've said it before, and I will say it again. The readers/commenters on DT are the smartest people on the interweb when it comes to cars. You guys solved the single headlight photo of the '55 Chevy Biscayne concept car two weeks ago...A CONCEPT CAR, a one-off freak of nature, and you guys figured it out. For this week's What Am I? puzzle, I am showing some stripes. You find the car that these stripes go with.
I don't want to be one of those people who says I told you so...but...no strike that. I do want to gloat about this one. Let's rewind. In Sept of 2015 Jesse from Barnfinds picked up a 6,000 mile MX-5 Miata from a ranch in Sun Valley, ID and then sold it in November of 2015 for $8,100 on eBay. We picked up the scent in March 2016 when it was offered in Mountain View, CA for $15,000 firm, but that may have been a scam after I reached out to Jesse for confirmation...however, now the exactly same car is now listed in San Jose, CA via craigslist, this time with new pictures and more legitimacy. Find this 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata with 8,000 miles offered for $11,000 via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.
A good, older 2-door Saab can be hard to find. They seem to mysteriously go from good condition to Valhalla with no in-between. We are pleased to have caught this one in the wild. Better still, this one is a Special Edition. Find this 1994 Saab 900 CE Limited Edition Convertible for sale in Sioux Falls, SD for $4,900 via craigslist.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
It seems that most cars from the late 1950s fall into one of two categories -- giant land yachts or tiny roadsters? If you fancy the latter over the former, this next feature will put a smile on your face that is as big as...well...the grill on a car from the late 1950s. Find this 1959 Triumph TR3 Roadster here on eBay offered for $13,995 buy-it-now or make-offer, located in Raleigh, NC.
By Matt -- We all want to make some cash under the table, right? The seller offers a few of his own side-job suggestions; flower truck, farm stand, food truck. But come on, there are far better uses for this thing. What about a multipurpose rig whose time was split between mobile karaoke, 24 Hours of Lemons paddock support, and a mobile half-fireworks-stand-half-bar? All aboard this 1956 Ford Curbside Tram, for sale on craigslist in West Los Angeles, CA for $6,900.