Friday, February 27, 2015

7k: Pseudo-Buckskin Beauty: 1966 Plymouth Fury III

The Plymouth Fury was a premium-level sedan named for The Furies, which hail from Greek mythology, and not Furries, which are something else entirely. The two should not be confused. Between the winged and eyelidded '56-'58 (aka "Christine"), and the low and slow Gran Coupes of the 1970s is the generation represented here. The III designation does not denote a noble bloodline traced to Sir Plymouth Fury the First, but rather an upper trim level for this generation, just short of VIP trim. Factory fresh with 105,000 miles, it's a true black-plate survivor for cheap. Find this 1966 Plymouth Fury III for sale in Simi Valley, CA for $7,300 via craigslist.

Coffee Brake: What Is Your Favorite Non-Car Hobby?

It is no surprise to find that many of the folks who read, write, lurk, and comment on this website are die-hard car fans, but what else can you do?  Let's dive into some of the hobbies that aren't associated with mutli-wheeled monstrosities and see where the conversation goes.

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10k: Sore-y A-boot That: 1996 Alfa Romeo Spider Tipo 916

It is time for a rescue mission. Someone has to save this next car from the hazards of the wild northern plains of Canadia. Potential ruination lurks behind each igloo -- the moose bites, hail damage, snow storms, old people (because of good/cheap healthcare they live till 100+), hockey pucks, and four-way-stop "go-ahead, no you go-ahead" slow motion crashes.  Find this 1996 Alfa Romeo Spider Tipo 916 offered for $12,999 CAD (I think this is free in USD or 7.2 cents, not sure) via craigslist located somewhere north of Washington State in a "Province" called British Columbia (yeah, as if that is a really place.)  Tip from Gianni.


5k: Nordic Nomenclature: 2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen five-door

General Motors' top strategy during its mismanagement of Saab was parlaying the company's jet history into a vague aeronautic brand association. It doesn't add up: a logo that features a mythical winged beast (not showing its wings), and a home country with an air force 1.5% the size of America's (according to Global Firepower, a website that feels the way an army surplus store smells). This is especially true for the Viggen, so named for Saab's 37 Viggen "Thunderbolt" fighter jet. But whether it's named after a thunderbolt or a deadbolt, the 9-3 Viggen came with an upgraded engine and suspension and was one of the dearly departed company's most special offerings. Find this 2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen for sale in Yarmouth, ME for $5,000 via craigslist.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

5k: 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS TV Stand

This next item is the perfect gift for the classic car hunter who wants a trophy for his living room....and unlike a real animal head, it doesn't stink or stare at you while you are eating dinner.  Find this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS TV stand currently bidding for $3,650 here on eBay with 2 days to go, located in Cambridge, MN.


Thursday Twister: Forward Hinged Hood Roundup

Another week, another competition. Last week, you guys broke the internet with a Kim Kardashian rear-end sized list of cars equipped with factory pop-up headlamps.  384 comments later and the commenting images were broken, and then a rowdy group of readers continued the contest on another page.  It was chaos, madness, anarchy, and this sort of behavior is...well...rewarded?  Today, you are going to list all of the cars that came equipped with factory forward hinged hoods.  I will start.


5k: 37k Original Miles: 1982 Nissan Sentra Wagon

Why is it that the  cleanest original condition classics are almost always the worst combinations in terms of sportiness?  Slushboxes, manual windows, no center console, AM radios, the list goes on.  DT's resident crapbox expert CFlo supposes: Maybe it says something about the car, but I think it says more about the type of person who drives less than 2k miles per year and keeps a car in as-new condition for so long...likely a blue-haired old lady who wants/needs an auto.  Very true....but that doesn't mean the cars aren't interesting to enthusiasts.  Find this 1982 Nissan Sentra Wagon offered for $3,500 in Stockton, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy. 


15k: Imported: 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34

In 1961 Volkswagen introduced Der Große Karmann (the Big Karmann) featuring Razor Edge styling on the new Type 3 platform in a package designated Type 34.  The stylish coupe was built from 1962-1969 but never imported to the US market.  The US continued to get the old Type 14 Ghia, never officially receiving the handsome Type 34 that looks like a cross between a Chevy Corvair and a Lancia Fulvia.  A few have made the trip to our shores and will absolutely floor everyone at your local car show, but VW guys will know what they're looking at. Find this 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34 here on eBay currently bidding for $16,642 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Gainesville, GA.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

5k: Good Golly Miss Stolly: 1960s Alvis FV622 Stalwart 6x6 Amphibious

Sometimes I think there is something wrong with me.  I live in a city, a big concrete jungle. The nearest open space is 50 miles (and 4 hours on a Friday afternoon) due east from my home. Parking vehicles on the street has almost been outlawed in its entirety and forget owning a plot of land with space for big toys.  Fun has been all but outlawed in the name of safety in this big mass of huddled people called Southern California....however, whenever I see something like this, I can't help but want to hit that buy-it-now button.  Find this 1960s Alvis FV620 Stalwart 6x6 Amphibious here on eBay currently bidding for $5,400 with a few hours to go, located in Santa Clarita, CA.


Mid Week Match-Up: Depreciation Special

It's Wednesday, so that means it's time for another edition of Daily Turismo's better than running a snake dairy farm for a living game also known as Mid Week Match-Up! Today's MWMU is for DT reader Mike who writes: 
I have a Mini Cooper S convertible that is getting a little small for my kids to be in back.  Always thought that a potential option would be to move to a larger depreciated 4-person convertible like the MB CLK or Jaguar XK8.  I would lose the manual, but gain some space.  There is a variety of CLK flavors (320 with the 6 or the 430 and 500 with the 8).  Not sure of reputation of the engines and forecast for future expenses for the different CLK and for the XKS, and I would be interested in the opinions of your readers. 


5k: Ultimate Survivor: 1982 Audi Coupe

The B2 generation Audi Coupe was an attempt by Audi to offer a cheaper version of its race bred Audi Quattro from 1980 to 1988.  The Coupe is more subtle in appearance than the Quattro, but it still looks like something special when you compare it to the other German cars on the market in the 1980s. A low mile all-original survivor example is certainly temping, will the meager performance leave you wanting more?  Find out by buying this 1982 Audi Coupe here on eBay currently bidding for $4,750 with 1 day to go located in Grand Junction, CO.

10k: All Wheel Everything: 1993 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Twin Turbo

I hate to rag on any particular manufacturer or brand (except for Lincoln...what is Ford thinking?!?!), but one of the 21st century disappointments has to be Mitsubishi.  Lets look at their 2015 lineup and match them up with one of the Seven Dwarves from Snow White.  Mirage -- Grumpy; Outlander-- Sleepy; Outlander Sport -- Bashful; Lancer -- Sneezy; iMiev -- Dopey; Lancer Evo -- Happy.  Where's Doc?  How did the product planners miss the most important of all the Dwarves, and they are going to cancel Happy after 2015 with no planned replacement.  How can they survive the next decade without making any noteworthy automobiles?  This wasn't always the case, and for a while Mitsubishi built some insanely complicated, but notoriously fast machines, like the 3000GT VR-4 -- and guess what? You can buy a used one for cheap.  Find this 1993 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Twin Turbo offered for $10,000 in Amherst, MA via craigslist. Tip from Jdah.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

10k: Bumble Beater: 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt SS


Like a hoodie-wearing slacker who aces his finals, the Chevrolet Cobalt SS is a car that constantly exceeds expectations.  You wouldn't expect a front drive econobox to be as fast as a Nissan's 350Z Track edition at the track, or that it would wallop everyone else in the under $30k category in Car & Driver's 2008 Lightning Lap at Virginia International Raceway, but that is exactly what the king of the torsion beam rear end can do.  Find this 2009 Cobalt SS offered for $13,500 in Michigan via NASIOC forums.


5k: Red on Red: 1984 Nissan 300ZX

The Z31 generation Z-car was badged as the 300ZX for the US market and sold extremely well from 1983 through 1989.  Today, the local craigslists across America are loaded with 300ZXs of various condition, but you can pickup a non-turbo low-mile survivor for almost nothing.  Find this 1984 Nissan 300ZX  here on eBay bidding for $2,565 with 2 days to go, located in Chico, CA.


10k: V8 Powered: 1971 Triumph TR-6

On a warm summer afternoon, you pick out your best Tommy Bahama Hawaiian shirt, don your favorite checkered cabbie cap, and sit down in the drivers seat of your freshly waxed Triumph.  You turn the key and are greeted with a cacophonous racket..what the hell?  Somebody has swapped out of the simple inline-6 for a Chevrolet V8 and its time to see if your cap will stay put at 160mph.  Find this 1971 Triumph TR-6 with V8 swap offered for $10,700 near Reno, NV via craigslist.  Tip from Andrew M.


10k: Adriaannnnn: 1967 Sunbeam Alpine V

If you'd like to experience the thrill of open air motoring in a classic British style lightweight, there really is no better tradeoff between driving experience and price than a NA-series Mazda MX-5 Miata...but if you seek the thrill of possibly not getting to your destination, you should seriously consider an actual British classic.  Like this 1967 Sunbeam Alpine V offered here on eBay currently bidding for $7,800 reserve-not-met.