Friday, February 22, 2019

Old School: 1990 Nissan 300ZX Z32

The 300ZX was a 2 door sports car from Nissan during the great Japanese sports car boom of the 1990s and featured a host of technology in a Isao Sono & Toshio Yamashita designed body.  In recent years the 300ZX's competitors (Supra, NSX, 993) have gone through their depreciation curves and the good original ones are commanding prices that exceed their original MSRP, but for some reason the 300ZX (and Mitsu's 3000GT/Dodge Stealth) have been floundering around the price of a few vintage leather jackets...which isn't a problem if you like cheap stuff.  Find this 1990 Nissan 300ZX Z32 offered for $2600 in Anchorage, AK.


Foxy Diesel Wagon: 1980 Volkswagen Dasher

This next Giorgetto Giugiaro designed classic was sold as the Dasher in the U.S. for a few years until it was dubbed Passat like in the rest of the world.  This particular model is powered by a wheezy non-turbo diesel that makes it about as slow as a tectonic plate. At least it has the manual noise control...errr...gearbox.  Find this 1980 Volkswagen Dasher offered for $4995 in Lilburn, GA via craigslist. Tip from Matt C.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Lotta Ways This Could Go Wrong: 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton W12

The Volkswagen Phaeton was a big luxury cruiser built by Volkswagen on a shared platform with the Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur.  The Phaeton shared engines with the Audi A8, but attempted to offer a Mercedes S-Class luxury experience at an E-Class price.  Today the Phaeton offers luxury and prestige for the price of a used Kia and maybe you won't get stuck with a huge maintenance bill for rebuilding the W12. Find this 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 offered for $8500 near Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


5 Speed Pit Bull: 1996 Volvo 850R

Import car enthusiast argue over which country makes the best cars -- Germany or Japan...but it is as ridiculous a conversation as the jr high kids who fight over PUBG vs Fortnite...because NEITHER answer is correct.  The correct answer is Sweden...and Rules of Survival. Find this 1996 Volvo 850R offered for $500 in Wilmington, NC via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2006 Subaru Legacy GT Spec B

When Subaru started releasing their fun cars into the wild in North America, they started with the WRX, but a few short years later they introduced the adult version known as the Legacy GT.  The standard Subaru Legacy 2.5GT was no slouch, with a 2.5 liter boxer four cylinder shared with the Impreza STi - but boosted by a smaller turbocharger producing 250 horsepower.  The SpecB option was a limited (500 units in 2006) edition that added Bilstein shocks, well bolstered seats and 18 inch wheels for sportier proposition.  Find this 2006 Subaru Legacy GT Spec B offered for $6000 in Central PA via NASIOC forums. Tip from Art C.


Blown Rotary Swapped: 1981 Toyota Starlet

The Toyota Starlet KP61 generation was the first and only Starlet sold in the US Market and in 1985 it was replaced by the Toyota Corolla FX-16. Unfortunately, the FX-16 that replaced it was a front drive un-fun box, but the Starlet was setup with proper rear wheel drive...not that you could tell with the 3 squirrels under the hood provided by the stock K-series engine.  Thankfully, many of the remaining Starlets you'll find have been properly upgraded with something that leaves dark streaks on the road and your underwear with equal aplomb.  Find this 1981 Toyota Starlet with 13B power offered for $13000 in New York, NY via craigslist. Tip from Art C.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Little Old Lady's Car: 1968 Saab 96 V4

You know what I don't like in craigslist adverts?  Blurry photos and claims that the car was "a little old lady's car"...but this next seller gets a pass because the asking price is reasonable and the little Saab is surrounded by other oddball cars covered in painter's plastic.  The seller is my kind of car collector-- and I give any possible buyers a low chance of having your dismembered corpse stuffed into a suitcase and and a high chance of driving home with a new sweet ride. Find this 1968 Saab 96 V4 offered for $3995 in Burlingame, CA via craigslist. Tip from Erik202.



Elektromaschinenbau: 1957 Fuldamobil S-7 Microcar

The micro car market has seen some inflation in the past few years, which is strange because they were the spiders of the insect world -- small, hidden front sight, and terrifying.  Nothing about the actual experience of driving a micro car has changed much in the past few years, but the prices have certainly gone up. Find this 1957 Fuldamobile S-7 Microcar offered for $14,800 in Little Rock, AR via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Monday, February 18, 2019

Strange Brew: 1976 Jensen GT Coupe

This next car made me have the following conversation in my head: "Whoa, that looks awesome, I need it.  And the price.  Yikes, must be a scammer.  Or...maybe it is just a good deal?"  Yeah.  I've had that conversation in my head a number of times...too many times to really count...but against all better judgement I've decided that this must NOT be a scam and is just a cool car without a huge following that is offered for a reasonable price. Find this 1976 Jensen GT Coupe offered for $11,900 CAD ($8988 USD at time of publication) in Langley, British Columbia, Canada via craigslist. Tip from Erik202.



Parking Lot Prima donna: 1985 Maserati Biturbo

I know that Italian week is over..yeah...it was a long and glorious week of cars from the country that brought us the first newspapers, modern plumbing, aqueducts, Roman numerals, the centrifugal pump, the barometer, dentures, the hyper search engine (that helped google do the things it did to take over the world...errr..web), Nutella, the typewriter...do I need to go on?  Let's finish Italian week with one more piece of glorious thin ready to rust sheet metal and an engine that is ahead of Alec Baldwin in terms of the number of times per week that it blows up.  Find this 1985 Maserati Biturbo offered for $6,500 in Topeka, KS via craigslist.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

OTAS 820 Giannini: 1969 Lombardi Grand Prix

Italian week is wrapping up over here on DT and I can't believe we haven't posted any cars that were held in place by old pieces of firewood...because nothing says "Italian" like scrap wood wheel chocks.  And nothing says awesome like a rare Fiat 850 based thing that has styling by Giuseppe Rinaldi and something around 100 produced. Find this 1969 Lombardi Grand Prix offered for $5000 in Yuicaipa, CA via craigslist. Tip from Zach. 


Friday, February 15, 2019

Trophy Car: 1991 Chrysler TC by Maserati

Tipper Erik202 may have launched Italian Week on DT, but Matt C really brought home a strong finish with the earlier Maser Coupe and then this next thing.  In Matt's words: Or, want a Maserati badge on something even cheaper, that you can fix with K-car parts from your nearest junkyard? If you can live with it being mistaken for a LeBaron, and aren't like me and think the LeBaron was actually the better styling exercise, here you go:  Find this 1991 Chrysler TC by Maserati offered for $3900 in Marietta, GA via craigslist.


Magic of Depreciation: 2002 Maserati Coupe

Italian Week continues on DT:  This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes: I was actually looking for a Biturbo as I figured that it would be in the DT price range... and instead I found a much better looking Maserati that probably will be way less expensive to maintain: A 2002 Coupe GT for just $16000! Or just one thoroughly worn out, 200,000 mile E36 chassis M3 more than the "Alpha Romero" I emailed earlier this week.  Find this 2002 Maserati Coupe offered for $16000 in Atlanta, GA via craigslist.