Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sunny Side Down: 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera

The 996 generation Porsche 911 is near two decades since its release and has got to be near an inflection point for used car prices.  So far, all the pressure has been downward as the cars have gotten out of style and the owners have ditched them for latest model...but the downward ride on a slide greased in pork fat can't last forever. In the meantime, enjoy the cheap CHEAP speed. Find this 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera here on eBay offered for $11,350 buy-it-now located in Costa Mesa, CA.

Mid Week Match-Up: A Winter Car For Michael

Today's Mid Week Match-Up request is from a friend of DT Michael who needs a replacement for his Acura TL.  In his words: The transmission on my 2005 Acura TL grenaded on my way home from work on Friday. With 187,000 miles on the clock and a body riddled with hail damage (the car, not mine) it looks like it is time to move on. The cars that interest me vary rather wildly -- yes, the Porsche 911 is my dream car (like many a 46 year old dude). But I also like the utility of a Jeep Wrangler or Commander. And I also dream of owning an electric car. Or a gigantic Autobahn cruising sedan.

Resto-rotary: 1975 Mazda RX-3

The third generation (1992-1995) Mazda RX-7 was one of the best looking cars produced in the 1990's at any price level.  They were known to have temperamental twin turbo rotary engines that came fitted with an absurd amount of rubber vacuum hoses.   It is not uncommon to find LS swapped FD RX-7's for this reason.  Today's example keeps things in the rotary family so to speak.  Find this 1975 Mazda RX-3 for sale in New Haven, CT for $8,500 via craigslist.

Call It Ishmael: 1987 Nissan Van

Picking the right tool for the right job is tantamount when striving for excellence.  Those worthless little Costco wet wipes aren't any good after all-you-can-eat Indian food, and a proper full sized sewer clogging wet wipe might get the job done.  However, any owner of this next car must be prepared to wipe with swiffer wet mop pad because EXTREME is the new cool.  Find this 1987 Nissan Van offered for $10,000 in Chattanooga, TN via craigslist.  Tip from Matt C.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Auction Watch: 1995 Audi S6 Avant

Find this 1995 Audi S6 Avant here on eBay bidding for $9,099 reserve-not-met with 6 days to go, located in Boulder, CO.

You're Putin Me On: 1980 ZAZ-968A

Back in 1980 if you were a new hire at the CIA, you had numerous choices for your First Real Car.  However, if you were a young KGB Officer, your choices consisted of some warmed over Fiats and strange indigenous People's Cars.  Find this 1980 ZAZ-968A for sale in Issaquah, WA for $9,750 via craigslist.

Make It A Six: 1969 MG MGC GT

The zippy little MGB roadster was released by British Motor Corp (BMC) in 1962, followed shortly (in 1965) by the MGB GT hatchback/coupe version, but things got even more interesting in 1967 with the launch of the MGC -- an inline-6 version and the MGC GT an inline-6 hatchycoupe version. Find this 1969 MG MGC GT here on eBay bidding for $9,101 with a few hours to go, located in Stowe, VT.

Manual Wagon Heaven: 1976 Toyota Crown

As automotive connoisseurs, we know in our hearts that the manual gearbox is the only correct way to send power to the rear wheels. Likewise, we know that a wagon is the only way to move large amounts of humans (living or otherwise) and cargo about. Our loved ones at best tolerate us for our near-religious conviction of beliefs. Somehow, the holy grail popped out of Japan in the mid-seventies. Find this 1976 Toyota Crown for sale in Port Pirie South, SA for $3,800 AUD ($2,850 USD at the time of writing) via gumtree.

Monday, January 16, 2017

V8 Powahhhh: 1998 Boss Hoss

Way back in 1990, when Margaret Thatcher was still prime ministress of England and Germany was still split into two separate entities, there was a gap in the world of mechanized automobiles.  You could get a V8 powered muscle car, and you could get a menacing 2-wheel cruiser to terrorizing townsfolks -- but a combination of the two was not yet realized.  Enter Mr Monte Warne of Dyersburg, TN, who had a background in rodeo roping and an ABD PhD in Kinesiology, but had not yet planted his flag in the Everest that is the custom motorcycles.  Find this 1998 Boss Hoss offered for $19,500 in Cincinnati, OH via craigslist.


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Miataget: 1971 MG Midget with Mazda 1.6L

The MG Midget was a badge engineered version of the Austin Healey Sprite and shared mechanical components, sheet metal -- basically everything but the badges on the fenders.  With the low compression US spec 1275 cc inline-4 under hood, the little car seems like it has negative horsepower, but imagine getting that zoom-zoom feeling of modern power with the pre-Sabrina bumpers of the early 70s Midget.  Find this 1971 MG Midget with Mazda 1.6L here on eBay bidding for $78.00 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go, located in Birmingham, AL.

25 to life: 1991 Lancia Delta Integrale

America is known as "Land of the free and home of the brave" or some such.  However, it the realm of vehicles, you wouldn't think it, with all the laws around crash safety, emissions and such, denying us many interesting cars from Europe and Japan.  However, after aging a car 25 years, those laws don't apply, and your friendly protective bureaucrat will wave you thru when you import formerly forbidden fruit like this Lancia.  Find this 1991 Lancia Delta Integrale for sale in Mercer island, WA for $16,750 via craigslist.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

El Tea Juan: 1990 Mazda RX-7

Good deals on original classics on craigslist tend to go faster than rum cake at an AA meeting, but what about engine swapped beasts?  They can last for a few days or months because finding the right buyer who is willing to live with a Frankenstein's monster can be tricky, something to consider if you ever plan on selling.  Find this 1990 Mazda RX-7 with LT1 offered for $9,000 in Louisville, KY via craigslist.

Summer Crazier Than Others: 1972 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1978 film Corvette Summer was Mark Hamil's first part after being an unexpected and instant star from his roll in Star Wars.  It is, by most reasonable measures, a terrible film that is barely made watchable with the addition of a custom Corvette built by Dick Korkes of Korky's Kustom Studios, and today we have a replica. Find this 1972 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $13,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!