Saturday, August 17, 2019

16V Turbo Powered: 1973 Saab 99

This next car tugs at my heartstrings a bit...not just because turbo...or because those wheels are wicked, or because manual gearbox...but mostly because I do miss the ole Draken DT project car. A more modern 16-valve turbo engine might give the 99 some needed thrust, but it won't fix the fact that this 46 year old hunk of steel was born of Jets but built by a bunch of crazy Swedes who thought exposed wiring terminals were fun and that a flywheel should be at the front of an engine. Find this 1973 Saab 99 16V Turbo here on eBay bidding for $916 with 4 days to go, located in Hatfield, MA. Tip from ME. 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Back To Your Rootes: 1967 Sunbeam Alpine

The Sunbeam Alpine was originally engineered and produced by the UK based Rootes Group (Sunbeam, Karrier, Commer, Humber, Hillman, Talbot & Singer), and around the time this Alpine was built, the Sunbeam marque was acquired by Chrysler Corp. The Alpine design work was done by former Ford employee Ken Howes, and coincidentally it looks a lot like the first generation Thunderbird. Find this 1967 Sunbeam Alpine offered for $11,500 in Lyman, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Mine Mine Mine: 1993 Autozam AZ-1

I really don't understand the Japanese used car market.  On one hand you can't touch a MkIV Supra for less than $50k, but you could get something that is cooler, more unique, and more Japanese for much less money.  Plus you get gull wing doors and mid engine power.  Find this 1993 Autozam AZ-1 offered for $16,500 in Olympia, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Clutch Player: 2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium

The manual gearbox used to be the ultimate in performance...but dual clutch gearboxes and hypershifting automatics are faster in a straight line or at a track.  Regrettably the only thing a manual gearbox is better at now is driving the price of late model "normal" cars lower because most used car shoppers are looking for a slushbox. This is good news for those looking to shift their own gears. Find this 2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium offered for $6795 here on eBay buy-it-now located in Bohemia, NY

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hayabusa Powered: 2011 Lotus Caterham Replica MK Indy

I recently had the opportunity to ride in and drive a late model Caterham kit version of the Lotus 7 that was built by an insane friend and equipped with a 350 horsepower turbocharged GM Ecotech 4-cylinder and 6-speed.  Getting into the coffin-shaped passenger compartment was tricky, but acceleration was nothing short of psychotic. At the end of a 45 minute ride through curving coastal California blacktop I felt equal parts impressed, sun-burned, nauseated, and euphoric. I've driven some fast cars in my time (SLR McLaren, Z06 C7.R) but this was in its own league in orders of the level of excitement (and NVH) you experience on WOT in 2nd or 3rd I can only imagine that a Hayabusa 11,000 rpm powered version of the same car should similarly deliver a visceral gut punch of fun.  Find this 2011 Lotus Caterham Replica MK Indy here on eBay offered for $22,800 buy-it-now located in Waxhaw, NC.

German Built: 1972 Mercury Capri V6

I seriously hate to post another German Capri on the site because the first generation Capri is one of those hidden gems of the vintage automotive world.  It offers a unique combination of driveability, fun, coolness, price, and ...well...uniqueness that is hard to beat for the market price.  Shhhhhhhhhh. Don't tell anyone.  We don't want price on these things to pull an aircooled Porsche. Pleeeeeeeeeease stay cheap Mr Capri! Find this 1972 Mercury Capri V6 offered for $10,500 in Lompoc, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Big Red: 1959 Ford F-100

This next car comes from tipper SecondMouse who writes: Here is a beautiful example of one of the seemingly few remaining classic American pickups that has not yet been purchased by a nouveau riche vineyard hobbyist, painted with an obnoxiously kitschy label and parked at the entrance to try to fool you into thinking the place wasn't a chicken farm last year.  This one comes to market recently restored and with a sub-$10k price tag. Find this 1959 Ford F-100 offered for $9500 in Alvin, TX via craigslist.

Oddball Import: 1989 Merkur XR4TI

Ford's decision to import the European Sierra XR4i is often attributed to the automotive icon known Bob Lutz (Swiss born, but American through and through).  Lost in history is the half-brain behind the decision to brand the vehicle as a Merkur and sell it at Lincoln-Mercury dealers. Just what the hell is a Merkur anyway?  The German spelling of Mercury, you what...the bottom line is that buyers had no idea what it was or why they would want one and it was a bust.  Oh yeah, in case the "MeeerrrKURRR" name wasn't pretentious enough, there was a issue with the model name...the unpronounceable and unremembered XR4Ti.  Of course, Maximum Bob Lutz went on to work at Chrysler before the bean counters at Ford realized this European import thing with the bizarre name was a financial disaster, but it would have at least made a bit more sense to sell it at a Ford dealer with a name like Pinto or something. Anyway, a few decades later I do like them on the used car market because they are cool oddball machines. Find this 1989 Merkur XR4Ti here on eBay bidding for $4181 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Palm Harbor, FL. Tip from Dave.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Luxury Limo: 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood 75

This next car comes right behind another big long wheelbase oddball with an extra set of jump seats, but it isn't an ancient lumbering Volvo. It is a big V8 powered American luxury boat that seats 8 people and has enough velour to make any 80s fan happy. Find this 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 offered for $6900 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.

Sugga Taxi: 1954 Volvo PV831

The Volvo PV800 Sugga (Swedish for sow) was built from 1938 through 1958 for fleet use and dominated the Swedish taxicab market for most of its lifespan.  You don't find many around, but I would love to see if I could get uber or lyft to let me drive for them in it. Find this 1954 Volvo PV831 here on eBay bidding for $10,000 with $13,500 buy-it-now located in Wayzata, MN with 4 days to go. Tip from Dean.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

BAR Legal Hammer: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400CE

The Mercedes-Benz W124 E-class platform was used to build a number of vehicles from 1984-1995, including the W124 sedan, S124 estate, C124 coupe (coupĂ© if you please), A124 convertible, and V124 long wheelbase limousine.  Power came from a variety of inline-4, inline-5 (diesel baby!) inline-6, and V8 motors, but what was interesting is that you could only get the V8 in 4-door sedan/saloons.  This means if you want one of the cool looking CE coupes, you'd need to settle for a big inline-6...or swap in a V8 like this next guy.  Find this 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400CE offered for $9000 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.