Monday, October 15, 2018

Pug Life: 1981 Peugeot 505 Turbo Diesel

How...why...wait!  This next car is one of those head-scratching oddballs that begs the questions -- how did it survive in this condition; why would it be in this nice shape compared to its siblings and cousins; wait, I want it but it might take 10 years to drive home! Find this 1981 Peugeot 505 Turbo Diesel offered for $12,000 outside of Boston, MA. Tip from Rock On!



E39 M5 Power: 1995 BMW 540i E34 S52 Swap

The trick of doing a good engine swap is simple...just follow these two rules: (1) pick a sweet vehicle with plenty of street cred, but maybe down a few ponies on power & (2) juice it up with something that keeps alive the spirit of the original automobile, but turns the dial up to 11. (3...wait...3?) Bonus points if the swap involves complex alpha-numerics that nobody except real fanboys understand -- yo dawg, is that a Z15N? No quite, its a Z15N-GT...dude, straight GDM man. Hawt. I think that shoving an S62 V8 from a later M5 into a E34 5-series meets both of those rules. Find this 1995 BMW 540i E34 S52 Swap offered for $12000 in Fresno, CA via craigslist. Tip from Sean.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Rover 3.5 V8: 1975 MG MGB

If the last V8 powered Brit just didn't catch your fancy, then perhaps this next beast is more rubber bumpery and stock 70s looking for your collection.  Find this 1975 MG MGB offered for $11,500 in Temecula, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!



Friday, October 12, 2018

4 Cylinders Good, 8 Cylinders Better: 1969 Triumph Spitfire V8

The Triumph Spitfire was a diminutive, featherweight, two-seat sports car assembled in Coventry, UK from 1962-1980.  A competitor of the Austin-Healey Sprite & MG Midget, the Spitfire was only available with a small inline four cylinder engine and didn't get the bigger inline sixes available to the GT6 or TR6. Don't worry, lots of folks over the years figured out how to shove the extra two cylinders into the Spitfire body, but today this next car has an extra 4 cylinders shoved under the hood. Find this 1969 Triumph Spitfire V8 offered for $10,000 in San Diego, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


McLaren Kit: 1984 Manta Montage M6GT

Manta was a custom car company based out of Southern California (run by brothers Brad and Tim LoVette) in the 1970s/1980s that built speedy looking fiberglass superkits using donor parts from Vettes and Beetles.  The Montage was one of their later offerings and used a Volkswagen Type 1 donor engine/transmission to underpin a fancy looking fiberglass shell. Find this 1984 Manta Montage M6GT offered for $15,000 in West Palm Beach, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Silver Surfer: 1984 Volvo 245 Diesel Wagon

The last car we featured was a classic Volvo wagon with all of the magic unicorn attributes that classic Volvo wagon lovers tend to enjoy, but for people who thought that previous wagon was too brown and too fast, we've got this next thing...which is powered by that nasty diesel stuff and is covered in a basic shade of silver/grey.  The best part about the ad, however, is the disclaimer from the seller in ALL CAPS "THIS CAR IS NOT FOR THE CASUAL CAR BUYER. SUGGEST YOU BE FAMILIAR WITH THE MID 80S VOLVO DIESEL CARS BEFORE CONTACTING ME."  Oh yeah.  Find this 1984 Volvo 245 Diesel Wagon offered for $2,500 in Tacoma, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Turbo Manual Brown Wagon: 1982 Volvo 245GLT

When somebody submits a link for a car and claims it checks all the boxes, I'm always skeptical...a glass is half full of gin kinda guy. And my boxes are kinda strange and kinda hard to check.  So let's see...manual gearbox, check; brown/gold exterior color, check; turbo power, check; wagon, check; decent price, check.  Okay...yup...checks all the boxes. Find this 1982 Volvo 245GLT offered for $4,000 in Ballard, WA via craigslist. Tip from Art C.



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Seller Submission: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

The Mercedes-Benz W123 is about as close to a tank for the road as you can find. They combine a uniquely pleasant driving experience (albeit slow...but the turbo version is quicker) with a rugged drive train, chassis, interior...well just about everything. This next example has some rust that the next owner will need to tackle, but for the right guy with a welder -- the price is very reasonable.  Or you could drive it for a year or two and then sell it to the next guy or part it out if the rust gets too bad. Either way, this car is probably worth it for the price of the window glass. Find this 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD offered for $1950 in New Albany, IN via craigslist. Seller submission from Robert.


No Title, No Problem: 1995 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Convertible

This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: Some seriously cheap fun here. 275 hp, 6 speed, posi... strip it and turn it into an auto x toy??  Art is onto something here because this thing should be fun and the missing title shouldn't scare away the guy who wants to race this thing in the 24 Hrs of LeMons. Find this 1995 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Convertible offered for $1700 in Derry, NH via craigslist.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

5-Speed Classic: 1985 BMW 535i E28

I don't know what the future holds for automotive enthusiasts, but I can tell you for certain that we live in exciting times.  A few years ago a car like this sweet BMW 5-series would have cost you an arm/leg and in a few years they'll be all crushed or appreciated to silly money. New cars, while clinically fast and superbly comfortable, are missing that crucial man-machine symbiosis that makes them seem like something other than a pile of parts.  But for the next few years you can drive stuff like this and seem like a forward thinking genius...I guess. Find this 1985 BMW 535i E28 offered for $3,500 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.


2JZ Yo: 1984 Buick Regal

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away, a really long time ago, there was a parallel universe where bearded Spocks ran amok.  They snatched the inventor of the Buick V6 and forced him to work at 7-11s (which only dispense soylent green from warm slurpee machines...it is a really terrible place) and Buick goes for years without a proper 6-cylinder engine, until the day that Toyota agrees to provide Buick with versions of Beyonce's favorite engine, (Beyonce is not a pop diva in this universe, she is a polydactic classical guitar player who made a fortune in frivolous litigation) the two-Jay-zed.  Errr...2JZ. Anyway, the 2JZ powered Buick Regals sold quite well and were equipped with a faux woodgrain interior and a spare plastic center console installed haphazardly where the passenger seat should be.  Beyonce is lucky this car has 2JZ under the hood because it'll fit none-Jay-Zees in the interior.  Find this 1984 Buick Regal with 2JZ swap offered for $1600 near Dallas, TX via craigslist.
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Monday, October 8, 2018

Black on Palomino: 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9


This next car comes as a Columbus Day special -- because it is a proper boat you could use to explore regions unknown and enjoy the freedom that comes with a smooth ride and a huge gas tank. You could hide a few dozen bodies in the trunk if needed.  Find this 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 offered for $9,500 in Norfolk, VA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.



Almost A Tesla: 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT Electric Conversion

I was making a dumpster bin run in one of the ritzier parts of town the other day and...you'd be amazed at the stuff that well-to-do folks consider garbage and leave in their trash, on the curb, or in a locked safe in their panic room...and I noticed something-- ever third driveway had a Tesla Model S parked next to a Maserati, Range Rover, or Jeep Grand Wagoneer.  Naturally, when I returned to a place with free wifi, I did a quick interweb search and found that those Teslas are still bloody expensive on the used market. So, if you want an inexpensive used Tesla, it ain't gonna happen, but you'll need to settle for something like this this 1986 Pontiac Fiero Electric offered for $1700 in Burleson TX via craigslist. Found on deadclutch.