Monday, May 30, 2016

Two Fauxrarri Kit Cars: 1985/6 Pontiac Fiero Fake Ferraris

The Pontiac Fiero was given a mid engine setup and an Italian name that meant "proud", so why not fulfill that destiny by converting your Fiero to Fauxrarri...or save your cash and buy one that is already eye-tallion.  Like this black 1984 Pontiac Fiero offered for $4,500 or this red 1985 Pontiac Fiero offered for $8,500, both in Anchorage, AK from the same seller via craigslist.  Tips from Zach.

Memorial Day 2016

We tend to keep things lighthearted around the pages of DT, but today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day when we remember the fallen heroes of wars past and present.  The holiday was officially assigned to the last Monday in May during the 1960s, but started after the US Civil War and was known as Decoration Day (a day to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers).

Auction Watch: 1988 Pontiac Fiero Mera

Take a look at this 1988 Pontiac Fiero Mera here on eBay bidding for $6,140 with auction ending Saturday at 4:38PM Pacific. 

Simple Kind of Man: 1984 Dodge Caravan 4X4

There comes a time in a man's life when he has to admit that he has outgrown the lifted 4X4 cars of his youth, and needs a van to haul around his growing family.  It isn't a easy decision, but it is something that you need to do for the sake of the kids...or do you?  Find this 1984 Dodge Caravan 4X4 offered for $9,500 near Nashville, TN via craigslist.  Tip from Carl.

Auction Watch: 1973 Jaguar XJ6 Chevy V8

Find this 1973 Jaguar XJ6 Chevy V8 here on eBay bidding for $5,225 with auction ending Thursday at 9:03AM Pacific.

Maybelline: 1955 Ford 2-Door Club

In 1955 Ford introduced a new stylish full sized sedan to keep up with Chevrolet's fast selling Bel Air, but it was mostly similar to the 1952 Ford under the skin.  The base engine was the Mileage Maker 6, but you could pay a few more bucks to get a V8 -- however, today's example has a much more modern Ford V8 under the hood.  Find this 1955 Ford 2-Door Club offered for $16,500 located in Cape Coral, FL via craigslist.  Tip from dascpcu.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Firestoned: 1992 Ford Explorer Studebaker Woodie Lookalike

Imagine for a minute that you are insane want the comfort and reliability of a 90s Explorer combined with the looks of a '52 Studebaker and faux wood sides of various classic woodies.  Taken alone each one of these things is perfectly good, but combined it sounds like a plate of deep fried gummy bears covered in BBQ sauce or a zydeco/punk rock Britney Spears tribute band.  Take a look a this 1992 Ford Explorer Sudebaker Woodie Lookalike offered for $2,700 near Anchorage, AK via craigslist. Tip from Zach.

Shooting Brake: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Breadvan

The C3 generation Corvette is the ugly redheaded step cousin of the Vette world -- stuck in the back row at Corvette car shows and regularly given swirlies in the locker room toilet.  However, if you want an affordable Vette from the 1960s, the C3 is just about the only way to go, and if you want to modify a Corvette into a shooting brake, it might as well be a C3.  Find this 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Breadvan offered for $20,000 in Junction City, KY via craigslist.  Tip from Seant.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

DT Radio Show Ep 22: Andrew P Collins Talks Kangaroo Meat

This week on the Daily Turismo Radio Show we have Andrew P Collins from Jalopnik's Truck Yeah talk to us about trucks, sports cars, skiing in costume, almost getting killed by kangaroos, and the state of automotive journalism in the 21st century.   Listen below or directly on PodBean or iTunes.

Retroriffic: 1990 Nissan Pao

Starting in the late 1990s, cars with retro styling cues have become big sellers in the US.  The retro car trend did not originate in America, however.  PT Cruisers, Prowlers, SSRs, HHRs, Crossfires, VW Beetles, Fiat 500s, Mustangs, Camaros and Minis all owe something to this early pioneer of the nostalgic aesthetic movement.  Find this 1990 Nissan Pao for sale in Omaha, NE for $5,500 via craigslist.

#230 of 750: 1987 Shelby CSX Turbo

 The Dodge Shadow and Plymouth Sundance were entirely underwhelming econoboxes sold to the masses from 1987 through 1994.  Even the nicest all original Shadowdance isn't worth more than acheap flashlight from Harbor Freight, and most have ended up in junk yards or crushed  However, a precious few were given a touch of something interesting from the legendary chicken farmer/racer Carroll Shelby-- and those ones are worth preserving.  Find this 1987 Shelby CSX Turbo offered for $4,500 in Duarte, CA via craigslist.

Auction Watch: 1974 Fiberfab Aztec GT With Subaru Power

Find this 1974 Fiberfab Aztec GT With Subaru Power here on eBay offered for $28,500 buy-it-now located in Chicago, IL.

Friday, May 27, 2016

6-Speed V8 Swap: 1991 BMW 318i M62

The E30 generation BMW 3-series was the breakout story for BMW's mainstream domestic success -- sort of the automotive equivalent of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night.  Sure, BMW had large scale success with the 2002 & E21 (and the Beatles with Please Please Me & With the Beatles) but the Bayerische Motoren Werke sold 2.4 million E30s from 1982 through 1993.  It was the beginning of BMWmania.  Find this 1991 BMW 318i M62 here on eBay bidding for $2,550 reserve-not-met located in Miwaukee, WI with 8 days to go.

DT Radio Show: Andrew P Collins Joins Us From Truck Yeah

Prepare for another exciting episode of the Daily Turismo Radio Show -- we will have Andrew P Collins from Jalopnik's Truck Yeah talk to us about trucks, sports cars, skiing, kangaroo meat, and the state of automotive journalism in the 21st century.   Listen live on or via Tunein radio app for your phone (and search TalkRadioOne) at 7PM Pacific time (10PM Eastern) May 27th -- or listen anytime on PodBean or iTunes.

Coffee Brake: Motorsports Weekend

Coffee Brake: It might officially be Memorial Weekend here in the United States, but around the world it is better known as Motorsports (or is that Motorsport...or Motorsport's?) Weekend because of the extraordinary variety of corporate sponsored advertisement wheeled competition that can be broadcast into your living room via the internet or television.

Auction Watch: 1953 Hudson Super Jet Sedan

Find this 1953 Hudson Super Jet Sedan here on eBay offered for $4,800 buy-it-now or make-offer, located in Mesa, AZ.

Hot Rod Truck: 1975 Chevrolet El Camino Laguna S3

In 1973 Chevrolet replaced the SS (Super Sport) logo on their Chevelle with an S-3 option -- without ever admitting what the 3rd S meant.  Regardless the S-3 was combined with the Laguna name to build a polyurethane front ended coupe and that was supposed to help the NASCAR teams be more competitive...but the story doesn't end here. Apparently, if you knew the right COPO (Central Office Production Order) codes you could order the S-3 Laguna nose on an El Camino.  Find this 1975 Chevrolet El Camino Laguna S3 here on eBay bidding for $565 reserve-not-met with $16,500 buy-it-now located in Stillwater, OK.

Auction Watch: 1958 Goggomobile TS400 Owned by Walter Cronkite

Find this 1958 Goggomobile TS400 Walter Cronkite here on eBay bidding for $6,100 reserve-not-met with $39,995 buy-it-now with auction ending Sunday at 3PM Pacific.

IPD Build Off Winner: 1982 Volvo 245 V8

Another day another customized Volvo 245 wagon -- are we too predictable?  Nope.  Not at all, particularly when it comes to a well written advert that starts: Please if this is your first car, if you can't change your own oil, if you need your dad to come with you, if you can't drop a transmission or custom fabricate don't bother responding its too much car for you I know its sweet but lets save both of us some time....  Find this 1982 Volvo 245 Wagon with V8 offered for $8,500 CAD ($6,553 USD) located in Edmonton, AB, Canada via   Tip from George.