Friday, February 23, 2018

Autocross This One Off The List: 1979 Volkswagen Scirocco

Why are we so obsessed with fast street cars?  Fast cars like a new Z06/Z07 Vette are fantastic on paper, but are entirely too fast for the average street and too expensive to take out on a what should a gearhead do?  Easy -- get into autocross, but do it with something interesting/older/slower like this 1979 Volkswagen Scirocco offered for $6,000 in Reading, PA via craigslist.

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CFlo's State of the Fleet Address

Here at the DT offices double-wide in the sky, it seems everyone has some sort of cool project car, wacky daily driver, or cheap performance machine. I think I might be the most deranged though, because at any given moment I need more than two full hands of fingers to count all the different project cars and needy old machinery sucking my time and attention. And I haven't lost any fingers...yet. Unfortunately I don't have the resources to write about everything I work on. This is where you come in!

Not Your Grandpa's Granada: 1975 Ford Granada Ghia

The Ford Granada was released in 1975 on Ford's compact chassis that traced its roots back to the 1960 release of the Falcon. The Granada was intended to replace the Maverick, but the Maverick survived as a low-rent econbox and the Granada slotted up-market to offer a fuel economy friendly alternative to the LTD or a cheap T-Bird when equipped with 2 doors and the big 351 Windsor V8. Find this smog exempt 1975 Ford Granada Ghia offered for $5500 in Palm Desert, CA via craigslist.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Grand Tourer: 1993 BMW 525i Wagon 5-Speed

The E34 generation BMW 5-series was available as a sedan in 525i, 530i, 540i, and M5 versions...but if you wanted the wagon you had to settle for 525i/530i versions only in North America...and to make matters worse, you couldn't even get a manual gearbox, unless you get a modified one like this next feature.  Find this 1993 BMW 525i Wagon 5-Speed offered for $5000 in Denver, CO via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Thursday Twister: Trouble Makers

Today's Thursday Twister comes from Erik202 who writes: I had an idea for a Thursday Twister, maybe this one has already been done but i was wondering what the most fantastically unreliable car you can get in the DT price range is. Or maybe the most unreliable car you've owned, IDK, basically the opposite of discussing volvos and roadmasters and cars that will give you half a million miles without trouble...

Toyota 4AGE Power: 1979 Triumph Spitfire

The Triumph Spitfire is a very small British roadster named after an iconic WWII fighter, the highest production British airplane of all time.  The Spitfire vehicle didn't quite achieve the same success as its namesake fighter plane, but it does have a decent cult following and gets lively if you up the horsepower from the spinning parts.  Find this 1979 Triumph Spitfire with Toyota 4AGE TwinCam Power offered for $10,000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wood You? 1988 Buick Electra Estate Wagon

This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: Wood grain, velour, anemic V8 and some of the finest exhaust fumes to waft through an open rear window this side of chernobyl. Whats not to like? Here ya go. You had me at Chernobyl. Find this 1988 Buick Electra Estate Wagon offered for $1800 in Cranston, RI via craigslist.

Last of the Manuals: 2011 BMW 535i

Seven years isn't a long time in the life of a car.  I've daily driven cars with twice that age, so to buy a car from 2011 and drive it every sounds like almost new to a guy like me.  The asking price on this one seemed suspiciously low until I checked KBB and verified that a $50k car loses 80% of its original asking price in the first 7 years. Find this 2011 BMW 535i offered for $10,700 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Silver Surfboard: 1985 TVR 280i

Someday this next car will be collectible.  Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not next week, but sometime in the next decade it'll be worth more than the simple asking price, because a car with the TVR badge represents more than just another piece of old iron.  North American imports of the Blackpool speed machines started in 1965 and ended in 1987 when the last 280i Tasmin reached our shores. TVR's history of tubular space frame vehicles continued on the other side of the Altantic but as of July 2012, the company has officially ceased its efforts to build and produce automobiles - a shame since its formula of mounting common parts on a bespoke hand built body is all but dead. Find this 1985 TVR 280i here on eBay bidding for $3,383 reserve-not-met with 5 days to go, located in Morristown, TN.

Plus-Sized Malaise Muscle: 1978 Ford Granada 302 / 4-speed

The Ford Granada was one of those Malaise-era downsized cars that still managed to look huge while being marketed as a "compact." Although the first-gen Granada was derived from the Maverick and was the great-great-grandson of the Falcon, it managed to be larger than a late '90s E38 BMW 7 Series (ok - yeah, the short wheelbase E38, not the long one). The Granada isn't anyone's first choice for a muscle or pony car, but with more popular V8 performance machinery steadily appreciating, there might be some value in getting your burnout fix from a 302 & 4-speed equipped Malaisemobile. Find this 1978 Ford Granada for sale in Sun City, AZ for $8,900 via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

This 1984 Buick Century Olympic Edition Could Be Your Ticket to FWD Glory

If you're not watching the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, then you're missing out. There has been plenty of action and drama, like a Czech snowboarder winning the women's Super-G skiing competition, Russia and various atheletes from Russia being banned from the games due to the huge doping scandal, photo-finish Biathlons and of course some gnarly crashes into fences and subsequent face fulls of snow. Marketing people at the automakers are getting in on the millions of viewers, with Toyota seemingly the main sponsor. But back in 1984, Los Angeles hosted the Summer Olympics, and the automotive excitement is still vaguely palpable today. I regularly see 1984 commemorative license plates running around on older cars here, but can't recall ever seeing a special edition '84 Buick... until now. Find this 1984 Buick Century Olympic Edition for sale in Wildomar, CA for $6,000 via craigslist.

Monday, February 19, 2018

TerraMinta: 1983 Toyota Celica Supra P-Type

The 2nd-gen MA60 Supra, like its predecessor, still fell under the Celica umbrella, being based on the economy coupe but with a longer nose, inline six-cylinder engine, and sportier MO. These cars are solid if not the most exciting classics on the market, but if you're looking for your ticket into 80s Japanese Radwood perfection, this might just be it. Find this 1983 Toyota Celica Supra P-Type for sale in Rancho Cucamonga, CA for $10,000 via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

$Free.99: 1960 Studebaker Lark Project

Free car! Who can argue with that? Not this guy, or anyone else who has an ounce of adventure and optimism running through their oil-soaked veins. It's not often we find a car that someone wants taken off their hands for a song, yet also cool enough to feature. This little Lark is one of those unicorns, although it will need a heavy application of dedication to get it back on the road. Find this Free 1960 Studebaker Lark in Rocklin, CA via craigslist. Tip from Terry B.

Not So Delicate: 1992 Mitsubishi Delica Exceed 4WD Turbodiesel

The Mitsubishi Delica was a compact Japanese van with unibody construction, a mid-engine RWD or 4WD drivetrain, and a smattering of engine options. These were sold in North America under the creative model names Van and Wagon, and only lasted a few years here (1987-1990). Those were basic cargo and people mover versions, but if Mitsu had offered us the full-on 4WD turbodiesel Delica in this market, they might have been as common as 4Runners and Cherokees. Find this Mitsubishi Delica 4WD for sale in Fort Myers, FL for $15,000 via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Boss Mojäng Stang: 1982 Ford Mustang GL 5.0

Ford sure got a lot of mileage out of the Fox platform, pumping out the same basic car under dozens of different nameplates, shapes, and trim levels starting in 1979. They managed to keep this pony alive and kicking for more than two decades, if you count the SN95 evolution form 1993-2004. But the earliest "four eyed" Mustangs are starting to gain some fans lately, and are worth a look due to their affordability and retro '80s style. So if you prefer your Fox Body Mustangs from the D/MH era (Dorothy and/or Mark Hamill) instead of one of the later PVI cars (Post-Vanilla Ice), then check this one out.  Find this 1982 Ford Mustang GL for sale in Ojai, CA for $8,000 via craigslist.
Tip from FuelTruck.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Bang For The Lira- 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV6 3.0

The Alfa GTV6 is one of the more curious cars from the 1980s that seems to be off the radar of collectors who are throwing buckets of cash at 911s and E30 M3s right now. Unlike the only a mother could love styled Milano sedan, the GTV6 was a handsome Giorgetto Giugiaro designed hatchback. It came equipped with the oh so lovely sounding Busso 2.5 SOHC V6 engine. The 2.5 engine was good for 160 hp which was decent for the time, but was much better known for the symphony of music it produced. Today's car has plucked a 3.0 engine from a Milano Verde into its engine bay which should be good for at least a 28 hp increase over stock.  Find this 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV6 for sale in Queens, NY for $6,500 via craigslist.