Friday, December 6, 2019

15k Mile Ragtop: 1992 Chevrolet Corvette C4 Convertible

There is something about an older car that is free from dirt/grime that just makes me happy...and it probably has something to due with the fact that most of my classics have been well used and abused.  This next car is shockingly clean on the underside for a 27 year old car and has about 500 miles per year on the odo...and the price is great?  What's the catch? Oh, its a C4 Corvette...which I'm sorta starting to like these I getting old? Find this  1992 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible offered for $12,950 in Omaha, NE via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

LS1 V8 Swapped: 2000 BMW 323ci

BMW's E46 generation 3 series was sold from 1999 to 2005 and it was known for its well balanced chassis and smooth inline-6 engines.  If you want a fast one, you can get the M3 version for less than the price of this next example...but it won't have a 400+ horsepower V8 that'll drink 87 octane fuel and leave twin black stripes everywhere you go.  Find this 2000 BMW 323ci V8 offered for $16,900 in Long Island, NY via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Wildcat V8 Project: 1966 Buick Skylark

Classic cars are expensive...particularly if you combine 2-doors (non-post) and a V8 and 60s styling...and there are few exceptions to this rule.  You can find some total basket case cars for cheap...but occasionally there is a car that needs work, but with something from GM's A-Body platform you will find cheap parts and plenty of information for the DIY restorer.  Find this 1966 Buick Skylark offered for $4,500 in East Oregon via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Strange Estate: 1969 Reliant Scimitar GTE

Everyone associates the Reliant marque with the suicide machine that has three wheels and a penchant for presenting belly, but Reliant (which somehow missed being lumped into the titanic train wreck known as British Leyland (Austin, Land Rover, Leyland, MG, Jaguar, Mini, Morris, Rover, & Triumph)) built cars that could be driven around a corner without tipping...but expect some challenges with parts availability and general reliability. Find this 1969 Reliant Scimitar GTE here on eBay bidding for $3950 with a few hours to go, located in Yreka, CA via craigslist. Tip from ME.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Chevy V8 Swapped: 1985 Mazda RX-7

The first generation RX-7 (SA/FB built in Japan from 1978 to 1985) was a beautiful ballerina in the sports car world.  The RX-7's lithe frame was propelled by an equally dainty engine - the Mazda rotary...which was known for revvving high, consuming fuel, and sounding like angry bees when uncorked.  However, they are expensive to repair and many have (for better or worse) been swapped with another powertrain...and this next one is the most basic of swaps...Chebby V8 and 700R4 slushbox.  Find this 1985 Mazda RX-7 offered for $5900 in Caldwell, ID via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Dave Ramsey Special: 2009 Toyota Yaris

This next car comes as a tip from Jeff who writes: For a first car or daily beater, this one is hard to beat.... unless you're over 6 ft. tall.  I agree on the daily driver or kids first car, and the ad is good...but my only question is -- who would put synthetic oil in a Yaris!?!?  That's like feeding duck liver pate to the pet pig.  Find this 2009 Toyota Yaris offered for $3495 in Houston, TX via craigslist.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Piccolo Progetto: 1979 Alfa Romeo Spider

This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes; If all this needs is carpet, it's a screaming deal. Might be a big if, but running sub-$2000 Italian cars aren't easy to find anymore.  Find this 1979 Alfa Romeo Spider offered for $1900 somewhere near Atlanta, GA

Malaising Grace: 1981 Ford Granada

I posted that rust bucket Mazda RX-4 the other day not because it was a good deal, but because every cell in my body wants the oddball cars (like the Mazda RX-4) to survive to when my grandkids are driving...and they won't if we all don't pull it together and keep them running.  In the same vein, I'd like to offer up this next reject from the malaise era, which is in arguably better shape than the RX-4 Wagon, but with a much less desirable drivetrain. Find this 1981 Ford Granada offered for $2,500 in Spokane, WA via hemmings. Tip from BP.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Manual Ice Box: 1990 Honda Accord EX

I've had a number of conversations with "in the know" car guys who agree that the market for cheap (sub $4k) cars has changed in the past few years.  The days of finding cars that are simply depreciated and not slammed, stanced, bashed, or bro'd for a few thousand dollars is maddeningly behind us.  It seems that even the most basic piece of transportation is being offered at a mighty high it is refreshing when something like this next car comes across the DT desk.  It has a manual gearbox, a nice clean Honda paint job and interior. Find this 1990 Honda Accord EX offered for $2500 in Chandler, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Save The Rotary Wagons: 1976 Mazda RX-4 Wagon

I'm posting this next car for all of the wrong reasons.  It isn't really a good deal.  It will cost the next owner more money than it will ever be worth.  And it will probably cause more heartache than a teenager on methamphetamine...but this car needs to be saved.  I guess this is a charity case.  This is a car that needs someone with more money than sense to keep it from going to the boneyard, because how many RX-4 wagons are left in this world? How many more manual gearbox Japanese wagons with rotary engines exist? Screw the whales, save this manual gearbox equipped rotary powered wagon. Find this 1976 Mazda RX4 Wagon offered for $3,500 in Tracy, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck. 

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Bracq Friday Continues: 1966 Mercedes-Benz 200D W110

This next beast is a continuation of our Bracq Friday spectacular from yesterday -- a festival of the best stuff from French born automotive legend Paul Bracq.  The W110 fintail Mercedes-Benz was an evolution of the older W120 Ponton shape, but added little "fins" on the rear quarters and was more modern in its shape and less bulbous.  Legend has it that one of Paul Bracqs first job as an automobile designer at Mercedes-Benz was to design the rear taillights that you see on this next car. Find this 1966 Mercedes-Benz 200D W110 offered for $10,999 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Bracq Friday: 1979 BMW 320i E21

This next car is a celebration of Bracq Friday -- a festival of the best stuff from French born automotive legend Paul Bracq.  I know the days of getting a running/driving car for $500 are long behind us...and $500 will barely get you the parts to do your own brake job on a late model car...but I still hold hope for the occasional used pile of junk car that is cheap not because it is rusted out, but because only a few crazy people (myself included) would want it...and I think I found a good one today...although you will need to source a few key parts before getting it back on the road. Find this 1979 BMW 320i E21 offered for $500 in Richmond, CA via craigslist.