Monday, April 21, 2014

5k: Another Porvette: 1987 Porsche 928 with Chevy 4.8 Vortec V8

The last time we featured a Porsche 928 with LS1 V8 we put a little poll in the bottom of the feature asking our readers if they prefer stock to modified for the 928. By a margin of 6 to 4 the verdict was in favor of LS1 in all things.  Frankly I find myself conflicted as to the goodness of the GM powered Porsche...but given the options that the current seller of this car faced after his engine grenaded and rats ate his wiring, you have to sympathize with his decision.  Find this 1987 Porsche 928 with Chevy 4.8 Vortec V8 for sale in Stillwater, OK currently bidding for $3,050 with one day to go.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter from the Daily Turismo

Today is Easter and in celebration we are giving our ragtag collection of contributors, editors and commenters the day off.  Please go spend some time with your family, reconnect with old friends or make some Easter egg cars.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

5k: Cheap Cat: 2003 Jaguar S-Type R

Just 11 years ago, the car you're looking at sold for ten times the price it's selling for today. Someone with a slide rule can measure the depreciation curve of this Jag, which had a base price of $63,000 in 2003. The rest of us can just look at this 2003 Jaguar S-Type R for $6,900 in Pompano Beach, FL and call it a good deal. Words by DT contributor slowcarSLOW-MPGlol.

10k: Corviata: 2006 Mazda MX-5 LS3 V8 Power

The Mazda MX-5 Miata was launched in 1989 just as the classic two seat European roadster market was imploding.  Sales of the MGB, Fiat Spider and Alfa Romeo Spider were either on their way down the drain or just heaping portion of Indian food away from splashdown.  At the time it may have looked foolish from the outside to release a car into a market that was drying up, but the folks at Mazda knew they had the recipe right.  The only complain you could level at the little apex carver was that it was light on power, but if we know is that GM's LS series engines can fit anywhere.  Find this 2006 Mazda MX-5 with LS3 V8 Power currently bidding for $9,350 reserve-not-met on ebay in Syosset, NY with 5 days to go.

10k: Silver Priced: 1982 Alfa Romeo GTV6

The Alfa Romeo GTV6 was a coupe version of the Alfetta Sedan fitted with the V6 from the Alfa Romeo 6 executive sedan.  Prices of the GTV6 are generally low but the nice examples natuarlly demand more this clean low mile example worth the extra dough?  Find this 1982 Alfa Romeo GTV6 offered for $12,500 in San Carlos, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

From the DT Fleet: Duckling, the 1966 Volvo 1800S

Believe it or not, there is a downside to moonlighting as an editor for Daily Turismo and having a stable of esoteric, affordable, and interesting older cars to tinker with and write about. That downside is that sometimes you have to part with one of your own. A few months back I (CFlo) offered my '66 VW Beetle for sale, and ultimately after a series of frustrating experiences I decided to keep the car. I'm happy I did, but now I have to bid adieu to another '66 - this Volvo 1800S coupe. For now, this is a pure DT listing - no craigslist flakes or ebay fees desired. And I suppose it's a seller submission since my wife is technically the owner. It's a runner and a driver, has some needs, but is a cheap classic in the finest DT tradition. Anyways, find our 1966 Volvo 1800S for sale right here on DT for $3900 (or certain trades, see below) in Torrance, CA.

Friday, April 18, 2014

10k: Tesla Seats: 1972 Karmann Ghia Convertible Type 14

The Volkswagen Type 14 Karmann Ghia  was built as a 2+2 coupe and convertible from 1955 to 1974.  The mechanical components were borrowed from the Type 1 Beetle with styling by Luigi Segre of carrozzeria Ghia and coach-built bodywork from Karmann.  Today's Karmann Ghia features a de-bumpered look, a bigger engine and a set of Tesla jump seats in the rear.  Find this 1972 Karmann Ghia Convertible Type 14 offered for $9,000 in Palo Alto, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

Coffee Brake: Mostly Underestimated Standard Transmission Automobile, Now Golden -- Happy 50th

In case you have been living in a cave on the moon, yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the launch of the venerable Ford Mustang.  The first pony car was released at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, NY (the third time that the Big Apple was host to the World's Fair -- what ever happened to the World's Fair they still do those things or has it been replaced by every day on the internet?) on April 17th, 1964 and an astounding 22,000 Mustangs were purchased or ordered on that day.  Fifty years later the classic 2-door sedan with a big hood can be found at any price range from $500 Fox body project to million dollar big block Steve McQueen sneezed on the dash and I covered his spittle in glass Boss 429 collectible.  Nothing says America quite as loudly as the Mustang and everybody has a Mustang story.  What is your Mustang Story?

DT Commenter of the Week: Gold Fever

Welcome to another edition of DT's coveted, despised, sporadic and always lactose intolerant Commenter of the Week (COW!) award.  Many times the COW award goes to someone who has shared a cool story, interesting anecdote, but today the prized honor goes to a simple zinger style statement about the crazy Chevy Suburban limo from yesterday.
You sure would need a lot of stick figures for the back window.

20k: Rising Tide: 1988 BMW M5 E28

 A few years ago I would have dismissed an almost $20k E28 M5 with 100k miles on the odometer as an over achieving seller, but with the monumental jump in E30 M3 prices for the past few years, one has to wonder if its big brother will soon follow suit.  I, for one, hope it doesn't because I am neither an owner nor collector of E28s but would love to have them as an affordable cool car that I could someday own/drive for cheap -- which won't be the case if they suddenly shoot to the $30k price range.  Find this 1988 BMW M5 currently bidding for $17,600 reserve-not-met on ebay with 2 days to go, located in Massapeque, NY.

20k: Unicorn: 1976 Jaguar XJC V12 5-spd

The 2-door XJ-Coupe was released during production of the series 2 Jaguar XJ (1973-1979) with available V12 and inline-6 engines.  The coupe was only sold from the factory with an unfortunate vinyl top and most (if not all) of the V12 models headed to the states were sold with an automatic transmission.  If would indeed be a good day if you found a restored V12 example with a swapped in manual tranmission and a painted roof.  Find this 1976 Jaguar XJC V12 5-spd currently bidding for $12,200 reserve-not-met on ebay with 2 days to go located in Sonoma, CA.