Another 3500 smackeroo feature fell into our lap this week, a tip from Gregg who wrote simply have fun with this one. What else would you expect? So, I'm going to put this out here: this next feature is the perfect family hauler. Find this 1970 Custom Renault Trike with Opel trailer offered here on craigslist for $3,500 located in Daytona Beach, FL. (The seller mentions that the front section is from a Renault (probably an 8) and the rear looks like an Opel Kadett wagon).
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
It is the Wednesday, so that means it's time for another edition of Daily Turismo's weekly game of cow pi-gow also known as Mid Week Match-Up! Last week we found a few cars for jolly old Saint Nick, but this week we bring it back into the realm of DT affordability. Find the best $3500 (give or take a few bones) car on your local craigslist....for...YOU!!
We continue the day of the living 3500 by focusing on cars that cost around 35 benjamins and this next car falls closer to the cool piece of crap than the crappy cool car. But, how often do you find a mint condition for this cheap? Find this 1983 Nissan Pulsar Sedan offered here on craigslist for $3450 in Nashville, TN.
Craigslist is littered with thirty five hundred dollar vehicles -- it is a strange place where a rusted roller Porsche 912 chassis meets the best Renault Fuego you'll ever find, and about what I paid for the Draken a few months back. It is also a good range if you are looking for a V8 pony car that has been well broken
in. Find this 1979 Chevrolet Monza V8 offered for $3,500 here on craigslist located in Boise, ID. Tip from FuelTruck.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Surf craigslist (or eBay) and you'll see an incredible variety of ad styles. I typically stay away from CAP'T CAPSLOCK, Fuzzy McPhotos and the thumb over the license plate guy, while ads with clear pics/description are worth a look. Unfortunately, the best deals you will ever find on a classic are often from photo-free ads with a few lines and a dirt cheap price. Find this 1969 Ford Cortina 1600 GT offered here on craigslist in Corona, CA for $2,500 located in Corona, CA.
I am usually first person to heap vituperates on custom paint jobs, call an El Caminoized Beetle a throwup truck, or say that an Alfa-Romeo looking MX-5 isn't as good as it looked on the paper the builder rolled up for snorting purposes. However, this next feature is different. This next car has a custom paint job that actually looks good from many angles. One might go as far as to say it has an Evel Knievel look to it. Find this 1974 Datsun 260Z here on eBay currently bidding for $4,450 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Dallas, TX.
The 3rd generation Ford Galaxie (1965-1968) was a behemoth of a full-sized automobile, and the sedan version crushes the scales at something like 3800 lbs dry...which isn't much more than the typical BMW 3-series these days, but back in the 1960s it was huge. Not so huge that it would require a heavy duty turbocharged diesel engine up front...but...that is exactly what happened with this next combination of heavy fuel and patina. Find this 1965 Ford Galaxie Turbo Diesel Cummins 12V offered for an undisclosed price (or trade) here on craigslist located in Atlanta, GA. Tip from Andy L.
Of the three Festivas taking up space in the Daily Turismo archives (next to budget Corvettes and a Miata with an insufferable identity crisis), all have had engine swaps. This is because the stock 1.3-liter Mazda-sourced engine was worth only 58 horsepower. That's torture even Dick Cheney wouldn't approve of. Once you double that output and add supporting modifications, though, you have our attention. Find this 1991 Ford Festiva with BP 1.8-liter swap in Spokane, WA for $2,000 here on craigslist.
Monday, December 15, 2014
The Mini Comtesse Super Coupe was a microcar launched in 1978 by a small French company named Acoma. It was one of those LSD induced 1970s visions of the future, where the future was as much about style as it was about being totally uncomfortable and miserable. It was as if the futurists from the day were yearning for a North Korea lifestyle they had not yet experienced. Find this 1978 Super Comtesse Minicar here on craigslist, offered for $4,500. Tip from dascpcu.
Welcome to another edition of DT's cure for the Monday morning blues -- What Am I? In this better than a vegan Thanksgiving dinner game we find a random picture of a car and you get to guess what it is. Last week's puzzle was a picture of a camouflaged Jaguar XF that was solved quickly by sharp eyed readers, but the discussion went on for a while. This week it is time to get back to basics, just a close up of a rear wheel. Just what am I anyway?
We here at DT have a mission to get as many cars into our garages as possible for as many different types of driving; but there's one type of vehicle that is hard for many of us to escape. Something to haul the wife and kids to work/school everyday that isn't prone to unexpected delays due to mechanical failure. Hunsbloger keeps pounding us with his low cost of ownership and operation of no less than 4 Tauri/Sable as the cheapest way to get something safe, economical and most of all cheap enough to afford us the opportunity to spend our hard earned cash elsewhere. Trust us when we tell you that is the only reason this 80,000 mile 2000 Ford Taurus Wagon, with Duratec V6 offered at $3,400 here on eBay is gracing our pages this morning. The low mileage ones are all but gone, which makes this 80,000 mile example worth your time to consider.
The Jaguar XJ6 is one of the legendary sports luxury sedan of the '70s that every man (or woman) who considers himself a motorhead should own some day. The highway manners were particularly noteworthy, close your eyes and you could hardly tell you were moving -- something that couldn't be said for many of the domestic offerings of the day, While offered in Europe with a wide range of lesser (smaller displacement) engines, the US version was given the the venerable 4.2 litre inline-6, an engine that is not without its charm...but...is frequently tossed aside for something from the General. Find this 1973 JAGUAR XJ6 with Chevy V8 offered here on craigslist for $4750 located near San Luis Obispo, CA.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
The E23 generation BMW 7-series was released in 1977 as a replacement for the aging E3 generation "New Six" which was badged based on engine displacement. The 7-series further cemented BMWs legacy as a builder of fast Q-ships and its shark nose styling can be attributed to our favorite mustache enthusiast and car designer -- Paul Bracq. Find this 1979 BMW 733i offered here on craigslist for $3,000 in Louisville, KY. Tip from FuelTruck.
The first generation (NA) Mazda MX-5 Miata was sold from 1989 through 1999 in various parts of the world. Its Shunji Tanaka design is clean and simple, evoking classic British roadsters (Lotus Elan!) while bringing contemporary style. However, in the bearded Spock universe the MX-5 is powered by a GM V6 and looks a lot like a BMW Z3. Find this evil 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata offered for $20,000 here on hemmings. Tip from Gianni.