Friday, July 20, 2018

Needs Fixin: 1969 Lotus Europa S2

The Europa was a sporty two seater built by Colin Chapman's Lotus Cars in Norfolk, UK.  Only 9300 of these high-butted gems were built between 1966-1975 and in today's world of overpriced junk (see Porsche 912 prices...ahem) the Europa is still surprisingly affordable as long as you avoid over priced examples for sale on various interweb auction sites. Find this 1969 Lotus Europa S2 offered for $12,500 CAD ($9,431 USD or 649,440 Indian Rupees) via Tip from Erik202.

Bow Chicka Wow Wow: 1988 Pontiac Fiero Northstar Swap

Many engine and body swapped Fiero's have graced the pages of DT.  What is it about the Fiero that gives off the Rodney Dangerfield no respect persona?  For starters, the highest level 2.8 60 HO V6 was fine in the 1980's, but hardly cuts the mustard by 2018 standards.  The final year 1988 cars are most desirable cars as the final year brought a much improved suspension design and cleaner aesthetics.  Today's feature is without a Italian body conversion, is in pristine condition, has a 300hp Cadillac Northstar engine, and is up for sale at less than half of the build cost.  Find this 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT for sale in place, NM for $10,000 via craigslist.  Tip from Fuel Truck.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Renegade Hybrid: 1973 Porsche 914 V8

What is better than a nice V8 Porsche on a Thursday?  Why TWO V8 Porsches because 16 cylinders is better than 8.  But I'm going to avoid the classic 928 and instead look for something with a mid-engine feeling.  Find this 1973 Porsche 914 V8 offered for $15,000 in Santa Monica, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Risque' Business: 1984 Porsche 928S Euro

Back in the 1970's through the early 1990's euro cars from the motherland were often fitted with more powerful engines than their USA exports.  Euro 1982-1984 Porsche 928S's were conservatively rated at 310hp (published reports were more like 330hp) versus 240 hp engine for the USA spec engine.  The most obvious way to spot a euro 928 is to look for the rear mounted fog light to the left of the license plate.  The 928 engine has the distinction of having the longest timing belt fitted on any car production engine.  Find this 1984 Porsche 928S for sale in La Crosse, MN for $10,500 via craigslist.  Tip from MB.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

4-Speeds 12-Carbons 24-Hyrdogens: 1974 Mercedes Benz 240D

It doesn't take much to be faster on the road than a Mercedes-Benz 240D with a slushbox automatic transmission...but an easy upgrade from danger zone slow to moderately livable matching your 62 horsepower oil furnace with a 4-speed manual box.  I've driven both versions for many miles and can say that the 4-speed manual feels as fast as the 300D with the slushbox...and that isn't as bad as it sounds. Find this 1974 Mercedes Benz 240D offered for $5000 in Modesto, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Amazon Prime Day: 1967 Volvo Amazon 123GT

When the talking heads on the internet starting carrying on about Amazon Prime day, I had to think about it.  Because the regular 122S version of the Amazon isn't prime...but then I remembered the 123GT version...which is ALMOST prime, but it is divisible by 3 & 41, which are both prime numbers and in nerd speak we call it semi-prime or biprime.  Anyway, I don't need any worthless electronic devices littering my house and listening to my private conversations (how long before the thought police start to use Alexa/Siri to find non conformists and turn them into Soilent Green...huh?  10 years? 20 -- whoa, who let Vince off his meds...quick distract him with some Saab Inca alloys and hit him with an injection of fluoride...aggggg...we now return to our regular programming), but I do need a classic Volvo. Find this 1967 Volvo Amazon 123GT offered for $2,500 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Zach.

I'll Have What's In The Box: 1987 AM General HMMWV Command Shelter Camper

File this next vehicle under the heading "I don't know what I'm looking at, but I know I want it"...wait...that is everything on DT...okay, fair point.  ANYWAY, if you need a cheap bugout zombie apocalypse survival vehicle, this looks good.  Find this 1987 AM General HMMWV Command Shelter Camper offered here on eBay for $3,950 buy-it-now located in Woodland Park, CO.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Supercharged Maus: 1948 Fiat Topolino

The name Topolino means little mouse in Italian and is actually what they call Mickey Mouse in Italy.  The Topolino was named because the early versions have head lights that sprouted from the fenders like Mickey Mouse ears.  And this next one has an awesome set of whisker-headers to complete the mouse look.  Find this 1948 Fiat Topolino offered for $15,000 in Miami, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Nice Bumpers: 1985 BMW 325e Euro

Not too many years ago, you could pick up a clean BMW E30 for reasonable money.  It is a completely different market for these cars in 2018.  Nice condition plastic bumper cars are very difficult to find under ten grand.  Today's feature is a interesting euro import that could be a really nice car with a little handiwork and ingenuity.  It is equipped with the low revving diesel-esque 2.7 "eta" inline 6 engine.  All is not lost because the hot-rod solution is to fit an "i" engine cylinder head onto the "eta" block to create a 2.7 stroker.  The "i" cylinder heads are plentiful and not overly pricey.  Without proof of it being done, you should change out the timing belt and water pump on on these engines right away so this would not be a ton more extra work.  Find this 1985 BMW 325e for sale in West Haven, CT for $4,000 via craigslist.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Supercar Red: 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo

Imagine you are a successful 50-something car fanatic and you've decided it is time for  your supercar. Do you buy an older Ferrari 355 for $50k or a newer Porsche 911...or do you save a pile of cash and pickup something more exclusive and far less douchey? Like this 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo offered for $19,500 in Des Plaines, IL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Roadmonster's Uncle: 1978 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon

She's a beaut Clark! There has to be a story about how and why a forty year old Caprice wagon from metro Boston area looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor.  This maroon long roof is blessedly free of wood grain side paneling and has jarring shade of red interior.  If you wanted a large car that could haul sheets of plywood and be easily be hotrodded this third generation Caprice should be on your shopping list.  Find this 1978 Chevrolet Caprice for sale in Warren, MA for $5,500 via craigslist.