Friday, August 26, 2016

Beautiful Splinters:1958 Kellison J4

Jim Kellison, founder of Kellison Engineering, could be considered the Bob Dylan of kit cars. Taking a concept that was initially fringe and backyard and turning out countless bodies of work, Kellison made over 20 different models available in either shell or turn-key form. Find this 1958 Kellison J4 for sale in Centralia, WA for $5,500 via craigslist. Tip from BuickFan

Polarizing: 1959 Chevrolet Corvette

When this next feature came into DT's tips inbox, there was a discussion that turned into a violent rift in the DT office (virtual office...) with one group claiming that the car is a classic with lines derived from Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's Beatnik Bandit, while another camp sees the car as an abomination with style straight from the Hypentelium Nigricans, commonly known as the Northern Hogsucker. The flame war that ensued caused a rift in the office, the likes of which haven't been seen since the VW Camino versus Coltamino from 2015.  Let's just hope nothing has been said that can't be taken back. Find this 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Custom offered for any good offer above $10k located in Carlisle, PA via craigslist. Tip from Torrance.

Dirt Yourself: 1960's Custom Dirt Super Modified

Checker or wreck 'er. Win it or bin it, so they say. Getting involved in vintage racing is a very appealing proposition for those who give zero effs. It's those with the Ferrari 250-somethings that have something to lose. So why not find some pedigree in the cheapest way possible and reliably take podium through fear and intimidation with this 1960's Custom Dirt Super Modified for sale in Shelby, NC for $2,500.

Damsel in Distress: 1964 Datsun SPL310 Fairlady

1960's Datsun Sports Roadsters have always caught my attention.  In the day, you could pick between numerous roadster offerings from the likes of MG, Triumph, Fiat, & Alfa Romeo, to name a few, but the Datsun was special.  Maybe it's because Datsuns were somewhat elusive and that gave it an air of mystery.  Regardless, the thought of touring in one through tree-lined roads in full fall foliage is tempting.  Find this 1964 Datsun SPL310 Fairlady for sale in Phoenix, AZ for $2,900 OBO via craigslist.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fresh Off The Vine: 1979 Buick Riviera

It's a real shame that you can't get velour interiors color coded to the avocado metallic exterior hue these days. How much better would a new Regal be with green, tufted, semi-reflective seats? Not to fear; a nearly new option exists. Find this geriatrically preserved 1979 Buick Riviera available in Napa County, CA for an undisclosed price via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy

Thursday Twister: Best Sub $20k Italian Car

With sad news of the recent devastating earthquake in Italy, we'd like to extend our heartfelt condolences to all affected by nature's wrath.  To support the earthquake victims in Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto you can donate directly to the Italian Red Cross here, or via an English language site that will forward money for you, or via Italian American Relief. In the meantime, post a link to your favorite Italian built car in the comments below.

Great Shape: 1972 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon

The classic American body-on-frame family station wagon might not be a fixture at your local auto dealer since the Buick Roadmaster was put to bed after the 1996 model year...but it is a regular feature at car shows and on the mean streets of main street USA.  Find this 1972 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon here on eBay bidding for $6,300 with 2 days to go, located in Princeton Junction, NJ.

Astonishingly Nice: 1977 Executive Chief Motorhome

When you see a motorhome from the late 1970s, you always assume that the interior is a festering cesspit of moldy shag carpet and unspeakable detritus.  If the seller describes it as "mint" you assume it is the color and not the state of being free from excessive bacteria...however, this next thing is the exception that proves the rule.  Find this 1977 Executive Chief Motorhome offered for $12,000 near Denver, CO.  Tip from Mike.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Battered Brit: 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo

Eventually you come to the realization that your grilling career at Burgerland isn't going to catapult you into elite circles, but you're desperate and ask "Glenn, what is the absolute rock-bottom way to enter into the world of exotic car ownership?"  Well, let's simplify it a bit.  First, find a car that has been battered, bruised, abused, and neglected.  Bonus if it's a salvage or rebuilt title, the more mishmash-ed parts the better! gently remind you of that time you passed a kidney stone...make sure it's British.  Find this 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo advertised for sale in Philadelphia, PA for $7,500 via craigslist.

Mid Week Match-Up: A Used Car For An Ex-Head of State

When you are king, you get to wear the crown.  But the minute you abdicate to marry a divorcee socialite or because you've contracted some unknown disease from your concubine (Roman style) you become just another schmuck who needs a carriage to avoid the dust and dirt from the underclasses.  Gone is the parade of black bulletproof limousines, and instead you head to a local used car lot and pickup something blue for a few grand.  For today's Mid Week Match-Up the challenge is to find the perfect car for a recently removed prime minister or president.

Affordable & Interesting: 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R

Twenty-five hundred bones doesn't get you much in a used car these days, particularly if you want something with an automatic transmission that offers more than the experience you get from a 15 year old Toyota Camry.  However, if you play your cards right, you might end up in something interesting & fast. Find this 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R offered for $2400 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.

Heeby Geebies: 1971 Mystery Kit Car

The problem with most cars for sale today is that they are constructed with far too many compromises.  For starters, the driver's seat is shoved over to the left so that you can fit a passenger (or two), which obscures vision for hitting apexes, and they are optimized for things like storage space instead of lap times...but not this next feature.  This next thing is purely dedicated to speed without the slightest concern for aesthetics, safety, or common sense.  Find this 1971 Mystery Kit Car offered for $2,500 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Matt C.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

High As A Kite: 1967 Ford Mustang 4X4

You'd have to be as blasted as Todd Marinovich to think this next feature is worth anything near the $20k asking price.  But this next thing is the kind of pants-free thinking that we need in this world...just go easy on the speedballs when driving.  Find this 1967 Ford Mustang 4X4 offered for $20,000 in Arvada, CO via craigslist. Tip from Jeffrey.

Shriner Bike: 1973 Honda CB350F

The ad copy says "It belonged to a shriner and was rode (sic) in parades up until the 90's when it was put in storeage (sic), it has just over 3000 miles."  I was all set to make a bunch of fat guy with a fez and a bicycle reflector in his navel jokes, but after 5 minutes of research on Shriners, I won't.  Their hospital does a lot of good work for kids.  Find this 1973 Honda CB350F once owned by a Shriner for sale in Olympia, WA for $2,500 via craigslist.

Whatzit?: 1974 Chevy Titan

Out on the interstate, you turn more heads than a Murcielago. Park in a school zone and mothers pull their children close, ushering them away quickly.  At the campsite, retirees saunter over to your dwelling for a closer look. Want these kind of reactions? Welcome to the one-vehicle freak show. Find this 1974 Chevy Titan for sale in Lincoln, NE for $500 via craigslist.

Sorry Low Mile AE86: 1985 Toyota Corolla SR5

The E80 generation Toyota Corolla isn't a car that gets your motor revving, except maybe AE86 3-door hatchback version that kept rear wheel drive setup (the 4-door version went to a fun-killing transverse engine front-drive layout in 1983) from the previous generation.  This next Corolla might have the fun-killing automatic transmission, but it has an eye opening 6,686 miles on the odometer.  Find this 1985 Toyota Corolla SR5 offered for $11,995 CAD ($9,266 USD) at a dealer in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Tip from John.