Thursday, June 22, 2017

POSaab: 2004 Saab 9-3 Arc Convertible

This next feature came from Scott who left a new comment on the MId Week Match-Up: Best Junker For $1k feature and writes:  I was ready to give up till I found this ad:  Find this 2004 Saab 9-3 Arc Convertible POS SAAB offerd for $1,000 near Boston, MA.

Thursday Twister: What Were They Thinking?!

Welcome to the  Thursday Twister, -- the weekly journey to the center of the earth and back again.  This week I want to talk about cars that make you say: Whhhaatt...were they thinking?  I'm not talking about custom 8-wheeled monsters built with mig welders and methamphetamines, but factory cars built with gantt charts and market surveys -- yes, we are talking about factory built mistakes.

Sleeper Minivan: 1998 Olds Silhouette 3.8 SC

One of the key ingredients to a good "sleeper" is the element of surprise.  Discreet looks go a long way to successfully pulling off the concept. Very few people would suspect a minivan to have any sort of sporting intentions (much less an engine swap).  The original General Motors DustBuster minivans created a stir with their polarizing looks when introduced in the early 90's.  Today's example is a second gen version of the Olds minivan that has been blessed with a warmed over 3800 supercharged engine cribbed from a 1998 Pontiac GTP.  Find this 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette for sale in Palm Coast, FL for $3,500 via craigslist.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lil Camper: 1972 Honda Pickup

The Honda N600 was introduced for the 1970 model year as the first Honda vehicle to be officially imported into the USA.  The little Honda was available as a coupe or wagon and had a 600cc engine that could revv to 9000 rpm, but it was never available as a camper..until now.  Find this 1972 Honda Pickup offered for an undisclosed price in Freeville, NY via craigslist.  Tip from Greg.

MId Week Match-Up: Best Junker For $1k

This week's Mid Week Match-Up is just for fun -- head to your local craigslist, eBay, or whatever and find me the best sub $1000 running/driving car with a manual gearbox that you could drive daily for the next year.  Justify your decision.

Three.Four V-Six: 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT

Legend has it that GM copied (or hired) Lotus for the suspension re-design of the last year of Fiero production, but the truth is a smidge less exciting.  However, knowledgeable sources claim that the new suspension design for 1988 was something the gearheads at Pontiac wanted all along before they were strong-armed by weakknee'd bean counters into using suspension borrowed from the Chevy Citation (barf!).  Find this 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT offered for $3,650 in Melba, ID via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Busted Shifter: 1975 BMW 2002

When it comes to craigslist advertisements, I like to fancy of myself a bit like a shark cruising around in the surf.  When I smell blood, I'll snap my dorsal fin to attention and start the hunt. And nothing screams pelican swimming around with a busted wing in shallow water like a car with shifter that has busted loose from something.  Find this 1975 BMW 2002 offered for $8,000 in Highland Park, CA via craigslist.

No Caboodle: Superformance 1967 Cobra Kit

Why pay retail?  Cut out the middleman and pay pennies on the dollar! Seems like everyone is on the lookout for a deal in this new normal of 2% growth.  So, why would you pay millions for a Cobra when you can build one yourself for peanuts? Of course, some adult assembly is required, but what could possibly go wrong?  Find this Superformance 1967 Cobra Kit for sale somewhere in Oregon for $5,000 via craigslist.

Attention To Detail: 1974 Porsche 914

A few years ago we featured the reader ride of a guy named KC who built this incredible Toyota Twin-Cam powered MGB GT and it was glorious.  Apparently KC built another car with an above average attention to detail -- this time a Porsche 914 with an underside that is cleaner than a newborn in a fresh pair of Pampers.  Find this 1974 Porsche 914 here on eBay bidding for $11,300 with 6 days to go, located in Mosier, OR.  Seller submission from KC.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Tudor Ranch Style: 1960 Ford Courier Wagon

Full sized 2-door wagons were fast fading from popularity when the 1960 model year was introduced, but that didn't stop Ford from continuing to build full sized beasts where logic and practicality were given the heave-ho and replaced with style.  Find this 1960 Ford Ranch Wagon here on eBay bidding for $9,500 with 1 day to go, located in Harned, KY.

What Am I? Guess the BL Product

Welcome to another Monday Morning game of chicken with slot cars -- also known as  What Am I?  Even if you flinch, nobody wins.  Todays game comes courtesy of Zach who sent us a picture and asks everyone to guys the British Leyland product.  Good luck!

Not A Miata: 2007 Saturn Sky Redline

In the late 2000's the Saturn Sky and cousin Pontiac Solstice tried to knock the Mazda Miata off as the king of the two seat convertible hill.  Both GM cars and brands met the same inglorious fate as the Mercury Capri that came and tried years before.  The base Sky had somewhat tepid performance from its 177 hp 2.4 4 cylinder, but the Redline option included a all new 260 hp 2.0 direct injected 4 cylinder turbo which turned it into a serious performer.  The Redline package also included 18" wheels, LSD, and interior upgrades that certainly backed up the car's swoopy looks.  The Sky sold 34,415 from 2007-2010 (only 8 units were moved in 2010).  Find this 2007 Saturn Sky Redline for sale in Fairfield, CT for $4,900 via craigslist.

I Don't Wanna Be One: 1989 NIssan Be-1

DT: Well Costello you’ve did it again. You’re always insulting people. I’ve come to the conclusion that you need a new car. What you need is a retro styled Nissan.
DT: Yes, for instance, Be-1.
KBZ: Be one what?
DT: Eh, just Be-1.
KBZ: Just be one.
DT: Yes.
KBZ: Are you one?
DT: No.
KBZ: Then why should I be one?
DT: Oh!
KBZ: If it ain’t good enough for you it ain’t good enough for me! What do you wanna do push me into these things by myself?
DT: I’m not pushing you into anything, I’m trying to tell you something that’s good for your commute.
KBZ: Well what is it?
DT: Be-1!
KBZ: But I don’t wanna be one!
DT: I don’t want you to be one!
KBZ: No?
DT: No. When I say be one I don’t mean be one I mean Be-1.
KBZ: Oh when you say be one you don’t mean be one you just mean be one?
DT: That’s right!
KBZ: That’s right? I don’t even know what I’m talking about!
Find this 1989 NIssan Be-1 offered for $11,500 near Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!