Welcome to a very special Thursday Twister -- and the ultimate test of your junkyard IQ. Are you a cheap car savant or just another joker who gets fleeced by slimy used car dealers? Put these 9 cheap cars in order from cheapest to most expensive (based on asking price) to find out.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
In all my years of surfing craigslist for used cars, I can't say I've ever seen a car described as "1-owner Missouri" before today. Sure, we've all seen cars described as California owned, or an Arizona car...but Missour-ee? Is the starting point of the Oregon Trail really a good place to keep a car? Or do the cold snowy winters and hot humid summers mean that only the best Ziebarted and garaged cars will survive the EF5 tornadoes that sweep through the area on an annual basis? I dunno...but I do know that this is one cherry turbo Mopar. Find this 1987 Chrysler New Yorker Turbo offered for $3,900 in Atlanta, GA via craigslist. Tip from Matt.
BMW introduced the 3rd generation of their 3-series in 1990, and the lineup included sedans, coupes, hatchbacks, and wagons with inline engines. The fastest has always been the BMW Motorsports designed M3 version, but many people have discovered that Chevrolet's fantastic GenIII small block V8 fits between the shock towers...and the rest is history. Find this 1996 BMW 357i V8 offered for $15,000 CAD ($11,515 USD) in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada via Kijiji.ca. Tip from Jeff.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
By Al -- When Chrysler dropped the Minivan bomb on the American car buying public , other car makers were caught with their pants down. Other car makers had to resort to all sorts of stop gap, not ready for prime time vehicles to fill the void in their lineup. Some of the more interesting entries were from the Japanese car makers that hastily adapted their Japanese market cars for the USA. A perfect example is this 1986 Nissan Stanza Wagon 5 speed available for $2,800 in Oceanside, CA.
It is said that the Honda Motor Company's founder, Soichiro Honda claimed that Honda would never make a two stoke motorcycle. For some reason unknown to me, Mr. Honda disliked the noise and smoke of the two stroke. When motocross became hot with the other Japanese manufacturers in the late 1960's, Soichiro had his engineers build a four stroke 125cc MX-er, and was badly beaten by his two stroke competitors. If you can't beat them, join them. Find this 1974 Honda CR250M Elsinore for sale in Silver Lake, OR for $2,000 via craigslist.
Today's Mid Week Match-Up is a request from tipper Zach who writes: DT commentariat - I am in need of your wise council - It has been requested that we procure a more quiet car, as my wife can't hear what our daughter is saying from the back seat. Sure, our daughter could speak up a bit, but it'll be hard to undo that decade of Norwegian death metal cranked to 11 that was indulged in (or something approximating that). We've got a '95 Saab 9000 Aero and a '92 Volvo 245. The 245 never was the quietest car (queue my shock going back to a 244 at how quiet it was), and while I don't think the Saab is bad, with the ingredients I've mentioned above, she has a hard time hearing. So what would you recommend? My wife's initial suggest was a Prius. I'm somewhat agnostic on the whole thing, and also saddened at the thought of parting with the 245 (did I mention the '66 Amazon rolling restoration / daily driver I picked up a while back? we don't need three cars and an old (and not-quiet) RV). So something 'lectric? Something 'Yota-derived? Budget $10k max.
By Cory -- Up next has got to be the least likely candidate in the 1999 Honda line up to be modified. This four door hatchback should get down the road as quick as any civic “bubble”, but it successfully pulls off the sleeper look and wouldn’t be out of place hauling groceries. Find this 1999 Honda CRV turbo here in Berlin, CT for $3200 via craigslist.
What is it about patina that draws us near? My theory is that it is a Momento Mori of sorts; a reminder of our mortality and frailty. We should all be so lucky so as to age as well as this Pontiac and still get around under our own steam. Find this 1947 Pontiac Streamliner for sale in Mason City, IA for $8,500 via craigslist.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
There are some really terrible shows catering to car guys on cable television, but the Discovery Channel has a few decent shows, including the Fast N' Loud, which can be best described as the cast of Duck Dynasty hosts the new Top Gear. Anyway, the Fast N' Loud guys run something called the Gas Monkey Garage and regularly sell interesting classics on eBay, including this previously featured on DT Porsche 944. Find this 1983 Porsche 944 here on eBay bidding for $2,025 with 6 days to go, located in Dallas, TX.
The 3rd generation of Geo Metro was introduced in 1995 on the third generation of the Suzuki Cultus platform...but today's custom Metro looks more like a 1994 (or earlier) second generation Cultus, or at least what is left of it. Find this 1995 Geo Metro offered for $1500 in Orlando, FL via craigslist.
The Triumph Spitfire was a peppy little British lightweight named after one of the most famous British warriors from the 2nd World War. The flying Spitfire was a 37-liter Roll-Royce Griffon V12 powered beast with an elliptical wing design that allowed it to cut through the air like nothing else -- so the grounded Spitfire had some huge shoes to fill. Find this 1963 Triumph Spitfire offered for $3,800 in Littleton, CO via craigslist. Tip from Zach.
Suzuki introduced their Kei truck in 1961, but the appropriately named "Carry" got better through the years, and today's example comes from the tenth generation released in 1999. The Carry still used a cabover style setup also known as FMR (front mid-engine rear-wheel drive) and conformed to the Japanese kei truck rules. Find this 2008 Suzuki Carry Mini Truck offered for $22,500 in Palmer, AK via craigslist. Tip from Zach.
Monday, June 27, 2016
The Cobalt was introduced in 2004 as the latest subcompact econobox from GM. Somehow the brass in Detroit have it in their head that changing the name from Corvair to Vega to Monza to Cavalier to Cobalt to Cruze...that prospective buyers might not realize it is the same horrible subcompact that fell apart after a few years. Spoiler alert...it doesn't work. Find this 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt SS offered for $5,500 in Litchfield, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
by Adam -- So you have noticed the all 924 coverage at Daily Turismo. You may still think everyone here has more than one lug nut loose, and you may be correct, but hear me out. We are, after all, just trying to save you from yourself and allow you to ride the next wave of Porsche frenzy. Earlier in the week we featured a 924 Turbo on eBay which had not reached reserve at $3,500.00. This listing is not for a 931, but the original 924 normally aspirated version. Have you ever thought to yourself "self, why did that moron modify/ruin a perfectly good car" or "if I had that car I would turn it into a track car no questions asked because stock is for suckers." Do you ever have both of the same thoughts in rapid succession? Well don't worry Daily Turismo will solve your problem. Why not both a stock example and a track car? Find these sequential VIN 1979 Porsche 924's in Rolesville/Wake Forest, NC Craigslist for a reduced price of not $8,500.00, not $7,000.00, but if you order now $5,000.00 for both!
by Matt -- Nearly 50 years prior to the current Brexit, LeavEngland, Byerland, or whatever the current state Euro State bifurcation tagline is, this Ford got the itch and peaced out. No matter your political leanings or if you care at all, we can all agree on one thing. This beautiful and quirky English Ford is the Marmite to our automotive whatever-you-put-Marmite-on. Find this 1968 Ford Cortina Deluxe Estate offered for $4500 in Lansing, MI via craigslist.