The Unimog is an multi-purpose medium duty truck that was the brain child of Dr Ferdinand Unimog...no it wasn't. It is short for "UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät" (Gerät meaning machine in German) and was originally built in post war Germany for "agricultural" purposes due to the post war anti-military production sanctions on the country that had twice tried to take over the world in the span of 25 years. Anyone with half a brain would have instantly realized that this "tractor" was really a troop carrier and would have sent tanks into Berlin, but there was this wall in the way and frankly people around the world were just starting to discover the joys of sitting down after dinner to watch television. History will show you that war was not going to happen before the advent of the VCR (and later TiVo) because you'd miss all your shows..but I digress. Find this 1968 Mercedes Unimog 404 offered for $8,000 in Boise, ID via craigslist. Tip from LT3k.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Remember that time the lunar rover got really drunk and hooked up with a short bus? Yeah, he still gets ribbed at the annual moon equipment reunion at the Culver City sound stage used for the actual landing...but, its worse than we thought...apparently the short bus got pregnant and had a baby. Congrats to the new family, but that lunar rover needs to figure out a better paying job to afford the child car payments. Find this 1964 Volkswagen Boonie Bus offered for $9,500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist. Tip from Sean.
Next time your local theater runs "Little Shop of Horrors" go see it. Or at least rent/stream/legally download the Rick Moranis and Steve Martin 1986 movie version. Between shoe-tapping Broadway showstoppers, a Motown vibe, and a welcomed absence of Tim Burton direction, the cult-ish thriller musical comedy posits a compelling ethical theme. A poor flower shop employee finds a mysterious plant with a penchant for drawing crowds, but has one drawback: It feasts on human flesh. Do you literally pour out blood, sweat, and tears to support a wonderfully green beast? Is it worth the sacrifice? Find this 1995 Audi Ur-S6 Avant in Orlando, FL for $7,500 via craigslist.
The Serbian built Yugo GV was such an miserably disgraceful excuse for an automobile that even swapping in a LS1 would leave you with a feeling of meh. Its cool...but I'd rather have an F-body Camaro... No. Full stop. The only way you are going to pull a Yugo from the depths of shame is by going full Renée Zellweger on it. Rip out that 50ish horsepower 4-banger and replace it with a 160 hp two-stroke mated to a CVT from an Artic Cat snowmobile. Commence hoonage. Find this 1987 Yugo GV with 900cc Snowmobile Power currently bidding for $1,350 on eBay, located in Fremont, OH with 2 days to go.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Mazda MX-3 was a sporty 2+2 hatch that used much of the BG platform (Familia/323/Protegé) functional parts. The thing that set Mazda's little CRX/GTI hunter apart was the the addition of an optional high revving (7,800 rpm) 1.8 liter V6. That is not a typo, it came with a V6 that was smaller than most inline-4 cylinder engines at the time -- and this particular MX-3 is not the average ridden hard and put away wet example. Find this 1993 Mazda MX-3 offered for $3,300 in Carlisle, PA
Camels rejoice! It's hump day! Here at DT, that means time for another Mid Week Match-Up (TM)! Today's match-up comes from an e-mail request from iNteloper who is located in Denver and looking for some 90s BMW style for his garage. First he said some nice words about DT being "the bestest site on the interwebs since wikileaks became a plumbing supply affiliate" (I paraphrased that last part) and continued...
"I was wondering how to “ask” the DT community at large what the best “E” series (E34,36,38) BMW would be for a person just entering the BMW scene. I have been wrenching on cars/trucks/motor cycles all my life but and getting an itch for something a bit more foreign if you know what I mean."
The the world of automobiles that are named with repeating initials, there are few cooler than the MG MGB GT. It combines the sweet smells of classic British two-seat motoring with a hardtop and set of vestigial rear seats. They are surprisingly affordable, probably because they are slow and were poorly built by drunks, but they exude the basic charm of an Irish priest. This next one looks to be a fantastic deal for someone mechanically inclined and willing to take a gamble -- find this 1972 MG MGB GT offered for $3,500 in San Luis Obispo, CA via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
As Daily Turismo's resident Vice President of Volvovaginitis I can say: you need this car. Buy it, now. This is a solid original 1800 coupe in one of the best original Volvo colors and its price near 10,000 dollars will seem like a steal in just a few years' time. Italian looks, street cred, originality, fuel injection, and durable underpinnings - what more could you want in a small, efficient GT car? Find this 1971 Volvo 1800E for sale in Minot, North Dakota (with Oregon plates) with bidding near $8k (and BIN of $12,995) on ebay.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The B3 generation Audi 80 was sold from in 1986 through 1991 as a sedan, coupe and cabriolet. The coupe version lost the 80 designation in 1988 and became known simply as the Audi Coupé. This generation of Audi Coupe isn't quite as iconic as the original '83-'86 Quattro, but it offers better driveability and ergonomics for a better price. Find this 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro offered for $2,800 near Atlanta, GA via craigslist. Seller submission from LE.
Hello, boils and ghouls, welcome to another episode of Tales from the Byre. Today's story revolves around the extensive application of moisture to a beautiful BMW coupe and the resulting transformation into the disfigured Horrorod you see on this page. Enjoy this 1973 BMW 3.0 CSi while you can, because it might be for sale in Beverly Hills, CA for $6,950 or best offer today, but in a few days it shall return to mother Earth. Tip from the The Hack Mechanic.
It was rumored that the German hairband rock group Scorpions didn't speak much English when they released their first major US album(s), and consequently, some words sound sort of oddly forced in their songs. The same can be said for the classic Merkur Scorpio --it was a German built 4-door rear drive sedan, sold in the US market ('88-'89) at Mercury dealers. The reason for its spectacular failure was that it didn't know what language it was supposed to speak. Find this 1989 Merkur Scorpio currently bidding for $3,000 reserve-not-met with 5 days to go. Tip from Rene.
It is always interesting when a seller uses the wording; 99% rust free. As an engineer by trade I instantly make the assumption that this means the car must be composed of 1% rust by mass. If you've got a 2500 lb Subaru, this means you have 25 lbs of iron oxide in your car's metal bits, which is positively frightening. Find this 99% rust free 1986 Subaru BRAT offered for $4,900 buy-it-now or make-offer on eBay, located in Colorado Springs, CO.
Monday, October 20, 2014
The art of automobile customizing is in a sorry state today. Most so called hot rod shops simply bolt on expensive aftermarket components onto vehicles and call them done. There was a time when creating a hod rod meant re-purposing components from other cars and if you put a Lincoln Versailles rear end into your Mustang, you were the only one with that setup in your state. Bring back the glory days of classic hot rodding with this 1941 Ford Speedster offered for $8,900 in Belchertown, MA via craigslist. Tip from jdah.
low mile MX-5 was instantly solved by a reader. Today's WAI feature is going to be harder. Just what am I anyway? Update with answer below.
The evolution of the Porsche 928 was very much like the 911 it was designed to supersede. Each year the 928 got a little faster, a little better, but changes were kept evolutionary instead of revolutionary. The sleek-in-the-front and bulbous-in-the-rear design was penned by Wolfgang Möbius and was one of the first cars to offer a polyurethane front bumper that could survive US 5 mph impact standards. In 1987 Porsche introduced the S4 version of the 928, which was more of the same, just faster and a little better looking. Find this 1987 Porsche 928 S4 currently bidding for $565 with 5 days to go on eBay.
We could spend all day arguing the best way to get into an ///M badged car, but lets talk for a minute about instagram. It isn't (as I had previously assumed) a powered form of graham cracker --not quite. Instagram is a 13 person company worth a billion dollars (as of 2012) that is a platform for sharing photos that you have taken on your phone. The process involves adding a number of style filters, the most common seems to be a vintage looking color filter that makes your otherwise crisp picture look like total crap. This is why I'm always telling people that web 2.0 needs to be banned. Back in the day, to make a web page you needed to write your own HTML, navigate the treacherous world of telnet/FTP and generally be a pseudo hacker badass to create decent content. Web 2.0 style sites, on the other hand, allow all sorts of no talent ass clowns the ability to post stuff and ruined the cluttered and clean look of mostly text webspaces (a few animated Beavis and Butthead gifs was okay). Why does this E34 M5 look like it belongs in the 1960s? Because instagram, that is why. The car is a great deal, but the pictures make me want to drink bleach. Find this 1991 BMW M5 E34 offered for $4,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Fueltruck.