Wednesday, November 26, 2014

10k: Der Liddle Schtinker: 1967 NSU TTS Prinz

Popular culture regularly tells us that it is good to be different.  Bristol-Myers Co ran a commercial ad campaign a few that described Nuprin as-- Little. Yellow. Different. Better. Unfortunately the product didn't do well in the Asian communities because they felt it was a racial slur and Nuprin was ultimately a failure, but the need to be different continues to be a driving force in day-to-day decision making. Being different for a car guy can be as simple as driving anything from AMC for your classic, or you can go off the deep end with something like this 1967 NSU TTS offered here on craigslist for $9,500 near Cleveland, OH.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

5k: Zakspeed Racer: 1979 Porsche 928

The Porsche 928 used a V8 up front mated to a transaxle in a comprehensibly modern design that was decidedly non-911 and very much a luxury grand tourer. It was the ultimate German Camaro, so it is only natural that you might consider shoving a Chevy 350 V8 into the front and painting it to look like a racecar.  Find this 1979 Porsche 928 offered here on eBay currently bidding for $302 reserve-not-met with 5 days to go, located in Seneca, IL.


10k: Trollblazer: 2008 Saab 9-7x Aero

In 2005 General Motors released a Saab branded version of the mid-sized GMT360 SUV platform that shares parts with the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer & SSR, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, and Isuzu Ascender.  The Saab 9-7x version was not that exciting until the 2008 model year when Saab released the LS2 powered Aero version (aka the Trollblazer), which was most powerful production "Saab" ever built.  Find this 2008 Saab 9-7x Aero here on craigslist offered for $12,000 in Vermont.


1k: Superficial Intelligence: 1980 Chenowth Fast Attack Vehicle

 You are going to be in trouble if you are driving a Ford Fusion with Bluetooth, On-Star, SYNC and all sorts of connectivity when the machines start to rise up in rebellion against us.  And you don't need to be Elon Musk to understand that it will only be time before the intelligent machines start exploding airbags in your face...on purpose.  What you need is an old school, agile and mostly mechanical light attack/getaway vehicle, like this 1980 Chenowth Fast Attack Vehicle here on eBay currently bidding for $510, located in College Grove, TN with 5 days to go.


10k: 996 Convertible: 2000 Porsche 911 Carrera

The Porsche 911 is an iconic classic imbued with a finely tuned suspension, classically understated good looks and raucous sounding rear mounted flat-6 engines - a combination that is seldom imitated.  The 996 was a 911 that was faster, more comfortable, and better than the previous generation, but of course the purists and naysayers complained about the changes. Ironically, for the first time in Porsche history, they were correct.  Find this 2000 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible here on eBay currently bidding for $10,500 with a few hours to go, located in Utica, NY. 


Monday, November 24, 2014

5k: Seller Submission: 1999 BMW M3 E36 Convertible

Update 11/24/2014:  The seller has dropped the price to $5,500 and has asked if the price is too high...what do you guys think?  Is $5,500 fair for one of the best 90s sport sedans built?

Original Post 9/26/2014: Whenever I start talking about the E36 M3, folks get this far-away look in their eyes and sometimes fake a cell phone call.  Do you hear that buzzing, that must be my phoneWait wait, I shout, the E36 M3 may have the interior quality of a stone age raft and the rear end is held in place with adobe, but the engine is bulletproof and the chassis is more communicative than the chatty Cathy who sat next to you in science classa and was popping Ritalin  like they were Tic Tacs.  Find this 1999 BMW M3 Convertible offered for $6,100 $5,500 in Brooklyn, NY via craigslist.  Seller submission from Rus.


What Am I? Back Seat Driver

Welcome to another edition of DT's cure for the Monday morning blues -- What Am I?  In this better than living in Detroit game we find a random picture of a car and you get to guess what it is.  Last week's puzzle was particularly difficult because it was the underside of a 1990 Dodge Power Ram Rod Hall Signature Edition Pickup, but it was solved by William Robinson a few hours later.  This week I'm going to stick with the oddball stuff and see who figures this one out first.  Just what am I anyway?  Update with answer below.


20k: R230% Depreciation: 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL600

This next car came to us from DT regular Andy L, it is a 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL600 offered for $23,250 buy-it-now located in St. Louis, MO here on eBay with 2 days to go. Andy included a nice writeup with the tip -- here it is in its entirety:

You roll in the throttle as you see a straight away open up in front of you through the mountain pass and the full 621 turbocharged, V12 horses are brought to full song. Your car rustles the leaves behind you, just as a 300SL of the same lineage may have done some 60 years ago in this very place.  You are a part of a part of elite automotive history as a driver of the flagship of the Mercedes Benz fleet: The SL600 AMG V12 Bi-turbo.  Best of all, you shrewd devil, you finagled your way into this enviable position for just a shade over $20K.  You must be one astute businessman, to boot.   So why aren't you clicking the Buy-it-Now button? 


15k: SR20DET Powered: 1971 Datsun 510 Restomod

Picking up a classic Datsun 510 is a great way to get into vintage Japanese steel because it offers a combination of style, sportiness and usability that was unmatched by anything from the land of the rising sun for many years.  Shoehorn a later Datsun/Nissan powerplant into the front and now you've got serious recipe for a collectible restomod.  Find this 1971 Datsun 510 SR20 powered restomod here on eBay, located in Oceanside, CA bidding for $15,200 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

15k: BOSS 302 Clone: 1969 Ford Mustang

Yesterday we posted a 1986 Ford Mustang SVO as an alternative to buying a new Mustang.  I casually mentioned that you'd have enough money leftover after getting the SVO to purchase a classic fastback before you'd reach the MSRP of a 2015 EcoBoost Stang.  That isn't necessarily the case with the early fastbacks (1965-1968) but if you are willing to go with the 1969-1970 restyle, you can certainly pick up a runner for about $15k.  Find this 1969 Ford Mustang here on eBay currently bidding for $13,544 with a few hours to go, located in Troy, MO.


5k: Midget Trucker: 1983 Dodge Rampage

The Dodge Rampage was a short lived (1982-1984) sub-compact sport utility pickup based on the Dodge Omni/Charger/Horizon/Turismo/Scamp platform.  It isn't exactly a car that will get you a front row parking spot at a club in Beverly Hills, but it'll get lots of attention at central California Cars & Coffee.  Find this 1983 Dodge Rampage here on craigslist, offered for $6,300 in Escalon, CA.


15k: Bug Eyed Racer: 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite

Have you ever wanted to attract groups of middle aged British gentlemen like the ghost of Princess Diana giving out perfectly cooked servings of cottage pie?  The easy way (and free from voodoo) is to pick up a racing liveried Austin-Healey Sprite and cruise around your local pub.  Like this 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite here on eBay currently bidding for $15,100 with a few hours to go, located in Hollidaysburg, PA.