Friday, March 7, 2014
In Soviet Russia, some time you buy vodka to get bombed, other time you buy bomber to get vodka...or...invade Ukraine. The Tupolev 95 Bear is the closest you will find to a flying dinosaur, a relic of the 1950s soaring through the air with turbo-prop engines. The Bear was designed to carry a 9,000 lb payload at an altitude of 40,000 feet up to a distance of 4,500 miles, nuke some Americans and get back home again in time for an apocalyptic post-thermo nuclear winter in Siberia. This one was only used lightly on the weekends by little old lady airmen and has a total of 454 hours on the clock. Find this 1987 Tupolev 95 Bear currently bidding for $3,000,000 on ebay with 4 days to go and located for pickup asap in the port city of Nikolaiev, Ukraine.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Homologation specials are those brilliant rays of light that break through the dismally overcast automotive landscape. This Celica is as pure of a homologation special as a Lancia Delta HF, for much less. Plus, 1988 was the first and only year this ST165 generation was offered in the U.S. Find this 1988 Toyota Celica All Trac for $2,800 in San Antonio, TX. Original content by DT commenter & contributor slowcarSLOW-MPGlol.
The Mercedes-Benz R170 generation SLK is a small two-seat roadster built to compete with the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z3. The SLK isn't the sportiest of the bunch, or the best, but it does offer a good combination of useability and summer fun in a decent looking package for a discount price. Find this 1998 Mercedes SLK230 Kompressor for sale in Ft Lauderdale, FL with $13,999 buy-it-now on ebay.
Ebay is full of well done advertisements with copious hi-resolution photos, detailed specifications and history...but those nice ads come from dealers who slather their cars with a spatula covered in armor-all and want to be paid for their time. What if you could buy a cool classic from some random dude who has a DT dream garage filled with 5.0 Mustangs, XJ6s, Buick Grand Nationals...and he isn't trying to fund an invasion of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea with his used car profits. That'd be this guy...selling this 1985.5 Toyota Celica Supra currently bidding for $4,950 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go.
People put the darnedest things in ebay ads and then act surprised when people ask all kinds of questions about their item. For instance - if you had a Mercury Capri, would you list it as a Ford Mustang? And if the original 2.3 turbo 4-banger had been sold years ago and it was powered by a 373 ci V8 would you mention the 403 ci stroker sitting in your garage as a potential separate deal? This guy did all of that and then some...and I still can't figure out what is for sale. Find this 1979 Mercury Capri RS Turbo that is maybe V8 powered located in Howell, MI, currently bidding for $1,429 reserve-not-met on ebay with 2 days to go and listed for $4,900 on craigslist.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
There is something about the ability of a car with a smile on its face to put a smile on your face. Nobody did a better car face than Renault with their Dauphine - the French answer to the VW Beetle, Fiat 500 and Morris Minor. The Dauphine has a pleasantly mustached front end with a preposterous bass mouth grin instead of the evil smile of the evil frown on its cousin --the R8. Find this 1959 Renault Dauphine for sale in Paradise, CA for $4,200 via craigslist.
The DS420 Limousine was an over-sized 8 passenger Limousine hand-built on the Jaguar 420G platform by the Daimler Company Limited in Coventry, West Midlands, UK. It was a bargain priced competitor to the Rolls Royce Phantom VI and was built in limited quantity(less than 5,000 examples) starting in 1968 and ending in 1992. Find this 1969 Daimler DS420 Limousine offered in a nice shade of Ash grey for sale in Dallas, TX currently bidding for $3,550 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go.
You might be forgiven for thinking that a four-door coupe is a recent contrivance from the likes of Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Aston Martin et al. The concept of 4-door convieniece with 2-door styling goes way back and the late 1960s had a few notable examples in the muscle car catagory. Find this 1969 Pontiac Custom S for sale in Sonoma, CA for $12,500 via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
It is no secret that the motley collection of hacks who make up the staff at the Daily Turismo are big fans of the E34 generation BMW M5...which you could probably tell by the (now slightly out of date) market update and the recent purchase of an E34 M5 by DT's own CFlo. As the nice examples of the E28 M5 are starting to draw the attention of collectors and looky-loos, the E34 continues to be a depreciated classic for the low budget crowd. Find this 1991 BMW E34 M5 for sale in Aurora, CO currently bidding for $9,000 on ebay with 2 days to go.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It never fails to happen. Write one snarky quip comparing the aesthetics of the Studebaker GT Hawk to Joan Rivers' face and the guys over at the Studebaker Drivers Club start acting like I just canceled Matlock or enacted a tariff on the importation of Metamucil. It's not like I compared the car to leprosy, syphilis, small pox, or being bitten by an electric eel. Furthermore, it was clear that the particular GT Hawk is a cool car offered at a good price and Joan Rivers doesn't look bad for being a thousand years old. In fairness to the Studebaker crowd it was decided to introduce this next posting filled with nothing but positive things to say. Find this 1953 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe offered for $6,000 in Pompano, FL via craigslist. Tip from JB.
The first generation Toyota MR2 was a lightweight 2-seater budget sports car built in Japan from 1984 to 1989. The faster version had a small Roots-type supercharger mated to an inline-4 cylinder and made 145 horsepower...not exactly a screamer by today's standards. Stick a big V6 from a Toyota Avalon into the back and suddenly things get exciting. Find this 1987 Toyota MR2 with 1MZ-FE Swap offered for $4000 in Upland, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rod S.
The 2nd generation Chevrolet G-series Sportvan was a cab forward compact van that replaced the rear-engined Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier in the small van segment. The engine was located foward and under the driver and it allowed for a lower load floor in the back and the use of Chevy's watercooled inline-6 and V8 engines - a much needed improvement in speed and hauling capacity over the aircooled flat-6 in the Greenbrier. Find this 1969 Chevrolet G10 for sale in Angola, IN currently bidding for $5,200 with 5 days to go.
Mardi Gras is an oft-misunderstood festival of celebration in preparation for lenten fasting and penance observed in the Roman Catholic and Anglican tradition. The name Fat Tuesday comes from the ritual clearing rich & fatty foods from the shelves of pantries in preparation for the fasting and eating bland foods for lent. Today the celebration of Mardi Gras (or Carnival/Shrove Tues) involves parades with people wearing masks, consuming copious quantities of alcohol and taking off their shirts...so what better way to avoid the lean days of lent than by sharing a few masked custom creations that will lighten your wallet. Find this 1957 Ford Thunderbird Custom for sale in St Louis, MO from the guys at MotoeXotica currently bidding on ebay for $12,600 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go.