Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Lotus Power: 1973 Jensen-Healey

I stumbled upon a local Jensen Healey a few years back where the owner was asking a very low price and the car looked decent from the outside.  However, when I sat in the drivers seat I noticed the seat wasn't attached to the body anymore, the seat tracks having rusted out of the frame, and a moldy carpet was the only thing between me and the ground.  Naturally, I passed on that car, but if you want something that is slower and handles worse than a Miata in every possible way...but isn't a Miata...you could get one of these.  Find this 1973 Jensen Healey bidding here on eBay for $6,800 reserve-not-met with $10,850 buy-it-now located in Lebanon, TN.

6-Speed Funbox: 2008 Acura TL Type S

There was a time when Acura was the go-to brand for Fast & Furious crowd looking for something cheap to modify...but sometime in the early 2000's Acura abandoned its focus on light weight simplicity in exchange for complex slushbox powered boats...BUT today we've got something modern from Honda's luxury brand that bucks the trend and combines a manual gearbox with a limited slip differential putting 286 horsepower to the front wheels.  Find this 2008 Acura TL Type S here on eBay offered for $12,777 located in Addison, IL.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Chump Change: 1983 Porsche 944

You know what they always say: There is nothing more expensive than a cheap Porsche.  Hey.  Tell them to pound sand, you CAN and SHOULD drive the cheap Porsche life because for sixteen hundred smackers you won't get something better for Radwood. Find this 1983 Porsche 944 offered for $1600 in Cape Coral, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.

Cheap & Interesting: 1981 Datsun 280ZX

Vintage muscle cars from the 1960s long ago became overpriced for the every-man and late model cars are still monstrously expensive, probably because they are well engineered, fast, and reliable...but where can I cheapskate find something that is fun and cool?  Go west, young man, go west...and buy something from the malaise era.  It doesn't get much more west than Seattle and it doesn't get much more malaise than 1981 when horsepower was low and bumpers were big.  Find this 1981 Datsun 280ZX offered for $2800 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from PAH.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Other LS V8: 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS

The first generation Chevrolet TrailBlazer was launched in 2002 on the GMT360 platform that was shared with the GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, Isuzu Ascender, Buick Rainer, and Saab 9-7X.  However, only the TrailBlazer and the 9-7X got the 6.0 liter LS2 monster V8 from the Corvette and it was the first sport futility vehicle to receive Chevy's legendary SS designation. Find this 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS offered for $11,900 in Red Lion, PA via craigslist. Tip from Aaron.

Alpo Romero: 1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina

This is one of those Craigslist finds where I pause and consider if I really want to publicize the vehicle on offer or keep it to myself.  It's said that real Alfisti drive Berlinas.  I don't know if it is true or not, but finding one that isn't a basket of rust or for sale for a Kings Ransom is something to be noted.  Find this 1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina for sale in North Bend, WA for $6,250 via craigslist.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

7-Seater: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300TE Wagon

The 300 designation was used on a number of Mercedes-Benz cars over the years, probably because it is a good size (in centiliters) for an inline-6 internal combustion engine, but today's example doesn't have gullwing doors or an exclusive pedigree...but what it does have is seating for 7 and a decent price tag for the level of minty-cleaness.  Find this 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300TE Wagon offered for $3,500 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Arrest Me Red: 2004 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon

Nobody has a Saab wagon on their car owning bucket list...because those bucket lists are mostly filled with ridiculous crap like Lamborghinis and Alfa Romeos, but you should consider putting a vintage 9-5 Aero Wagon on your list because you might be able to tick that box for a few grand and learn a few things about simple driving fun in the meantime. Find this 2004 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon offered for $4,500 in Hershey, PA via craigslist. Tip from Aaron K.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Fine Corinthian Leather: 1978 Chrysler Cordoba

This next car comes from tipper Rock On! who writes: Everyone has their fine Corinthian leather jokes every time a Cordoba is for sale. This seller is including an autographed picture from Ricardo Montalban with the sale of his car! Find this 1978 Chrysler Cordoba offered for $7250 in Bennington, NE.

Plain Car...No Plane Car! 2005 GMC Sierra 2500

Hi, Boeing 747, this is GMC Sierra...yeah, remember that drunken night we spent together in Acapulco 9 months ago?  Yeah.  Well, I've got some news, first you'll need to get some testing for something else, and next I'm gonna need 18 years of child support checks. Yes, I'm sure it was yours..take a look at the pictures.  Find this 2005 GMC Sierra 2500 here on eBay bidding for $10,000 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Roswell, GA. As seen on Oddimotive.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Viper Truck: 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10

The Dodge Ram SRT-10 isn't pretty, nor is it sporty.  It isn't really a pickup or a sports car.  It is a physics defying 3-ton hunk of metal powered by a 500 horsepower V10, with room for a few adults, a few mangy dogs, a BBQ grill, and $500 of groceries.  It is as if Dodge had turned over the Viper design authority to a collective of shoppers from Walmart and told them "design the next Viper for your cousin Bubba and his sister/wife." It is, however, breathtaking.  Find this 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10 offered for $19950 near Chicago, IL via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Coming or Going? 1948 Studebaker Commander Project

Sometimes I say I want a particular car...but I can't buy every car that crosses these pages, so it is without any hint of irony or other-y when I say that I am tempted to buy this next car.  Seriously, half of me wants to not post this for you guys and just go get it.  How magnificent would it be to put this together on the weekend instead of watching my kids play soccer?  Find this 1948 Studebaker Commander Project offered for $2000 (with a Ford 4.6 V8, 5-speed transmission, and 10-bolt rear end) located in Forest Ranch, CA via craigslist. Tip from Terry B.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Custom or Kuztom? 2000 BMW 540iT 6-Speed

There is an old Latin saying: de gustibus non est disputandum, which means "in matters of taste, there can be no disputes." Now, those old Latin dudes were good at building aqueducts, designing the calendar, and minting coins with their faces on them...but did they really expect us to believe that there isn't an objective perfect (a paradigm of beauty, perhaps) in this world? Ha!  And to prove it, I'm going to let you guys tell me if this next car is awesome or awful.  Find this 2000 BMW 540iT 6-Speed offered for an undisclosed chunk of cash somewhere near Chicago, IL via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Former Museum Car: 1962 Volvo PV544

I'm a sucker for a good museum quality car.  Actually, that isn't entirely true, because I don't like paying over-inflated Bring a Barrett-Jackson prices for my machines.  I guess, I should say that I'm sucker for museum quality cars offered for craigslist discount prices.  Like this 1962 Volvo PV544 here on eBay currently bidding for $6,223 with 4 days to go, located in Pittsburgh, PA.