Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Type Hoon: 1992 GMC Typhoon

The GMC Typhoon was the SUV version of the GMC Syclone -- both were turbo-V6 versions of a common compact truck/SUV platform with acceleration capabilities that would surprise anything on the street when new.  Today, with the proliferation of high compression direct injection engines, the Typhoon won't be the fastest thing on your block but it will certainly raise a few eyebrows.  Just swap out the ugly wheels on this one for something stock (included with sale according to seller) and enjoy. Find this 1992 GMC Typhoon offered for $14,500 in Orange County, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


38k Miles, Fridge White: 1990 Toyota Camry LE

The second generation (V20) Toyota Camry was built from 1986 through 1992 is massive quantities and used as a basic transportation device for millions of people.  It wasn't an exciting car by any stretch of the imagination, but it did turn many domestic car purchasers into future Toyota buyers with its quiet commitment to reliability and non-fussiness.  Most have hundreds of thousands of miles or have been recycled into tuna cans, but this next example has a shockingly low 38k miles on the odo and looks amazing for its age. Find this 1990 Toyota Camry LE offered for $6,500 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Spider Eyes Cherokee: 1986 Jeep Wagoneer Limited XJ

In 1984 the XJ generation of the Jeep Cherokee was released into the public, but it used a modern unibody monocoque instead of the traditional body-on-frame setup of the previous Jeepy things. This meant it was lighter and less clunky to drive around town than previous huge Jeep monsters, but still off road capable because it all wheel drive and torquey motors.  However, this next Cherokee is no ordinary example, if fact it is a Jeep Wagoneer Limited, not related to the Grand Wagoneer, but a highly optioned XJ with a unique headlight setup that makes it hard to miss. Find this 1986 Jeep Wagoneer Limited XJ offered for $8,500 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.


Friday, November 8, 2019

I Rarely Often Crash: 1993 Dodge Daytona IROC

This next car comes from tipper Jeff who writes: The only IROC i ever knew of was the Camaro! That's right, the IROC (International Race of Champions) badge is normally seen on Chevy's Camaro, but Dodge also used the badge on their Daytona and it was very similar to the Shelby Daytona with a 2.2 liter turbo-4 putting 224 horsepower to the front wheels. Find this 1993 Dodge Daytona IROC offered for $4,500 in Detroit, MI via craigslist.


Best of the Breed: 1987 Chevrolet Sprint Turbo

Man, when was the last time you saw a Chevrolet Sprint Turbo on the road...okay...actually, have you ever seen a Sprint Turbo on the road?  What is this thing?  Quick recap; Suzuki built a supermini called the Cultus from 1983 through 2003, and GM decided they wanted in on the action...which meant slapping random badges onto the back and shoving them into every dealer in town, you could get a Suzuki Swift, a Geo Metro, Chevrolet Sprint, a Holden Barina, a Pontiac Firefly..do I need to go on...because I could.  Anyway, this next example is the peak of performance for the Cultus..Find this 1987 Chevrolet Sprint Turbo offered for $2900 in Vermilion,  OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Thursday, November 7, 2019

It's Not A Mustang II: 1985 Ford EXP

The Ford EXP was a slightly forgettable 2-seater version of the Ford Escort built in two generations from 1982-85 and 1985.5-1988.5.  It was Ford's attempt to built a sporty 2-seat version of their bread-n-butter Escort economy sedan, à la Honda's CRX from the Civic.  The EXP was lower, longer and sportier than the Escort, but somehow gained an additional 200 lbs in the first generation making for abysmal acceleration.  Ford continued development and by the end of the 2nd generation, power was up, sportiness was well contained and the EXP was discontinued because Ford launched the Probe...which also did not replace the Ford Mustang with its front-wheel-drive platform. Find this 1985 Ford EXP offered for $3,500 in Middleton, WI via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


An Rover..An Acura...errr...A 1991 Sterling 827si

Sterling owners will tell you with a wide smile that they've got an Acura Legend with a cool badge, but what they won't mention is the Rover connection. Because, from 1987 through 1991 ARCONA (Austin Rover Cars Of North America) imported a rebadged version of the Rover 800 series as the Sterling 825/827 for the US market.  Under the skin are the bones of an Acura Legend, which means the Sterling used Honda V6 engine mated to the front wheels...but the cars were still assembled in Oxford and electrified with Lucas electrics.  That means that the part that falls off in your lap during a spirited turn may or may not expose a faulty piece of wiring. If you don't know how to use a multimeter and "Permatex Pit Crew's Choice Adhesive"...you will soon. Find this 1991 Sterling 827Si offered for $5950 in Southfield, MI via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Rotary Swapped: 1981 Toyota Corolla

The 4th generation E70 Toyota Corolla was the last RWD platform that extended across the entire Corolla lineup (the AE86 "Hachi-Roku" coupe remained RWD for the next generation, but within a few years everything was front-drive, understeering, no-fun, appliance-city).  The Corolla was a simple economy car with no particular designs on world domination, but it was cheap to buy, cheap on fuel, cheap to insure, but most importantly: it was reliable....which we are going to throw out the window like a used microwave with this next feature, because it is now powered by the spinning thing known as a rotary. Find this 1981 Toyota Corolla with rotary swap offered for $11,000 in Philadelphia, PA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.



Billy Goat: 1994 Suzuki Samurai

The 2nd generation Samurai is a compact off-roader from Suzuki, built from 1981-1998.  The Samurai makes a miserable ride on tarmac, but is legendary for its off-road capability, with one beating a Jeep record for highest altitude achieved for a 4-wheeled vehicle at 21,942 ft.  We think the Samurai is a logical choice for someone needing 4WD capabilities as they are cheap, easy to fix and built like small tanks...get one while they are cheap...uggg this one isn't cheap. The miles are low, but to get this sorta price, they'd have to detail it and feature it on one of those fancy pants auction sites where suckers people over pay a premium.  Find this 1994 Suzuki Samurai here on eBay with a starting bid of $7500 located in Glenview, IL with 2 days to go.


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

LS2 V8 Powered: 2005 Chevrolet SSR

A few years back, when retro styling was all the rage, the guys at GM decided to break another glass ceiling in the automotive world.  They introduced what was probably the worlds first mass market convertible pickup truck (we will ignore the ill-fated Dodge Dakota Sport, but that was another ASC hack job, not to be confused with a car purposed built from the factory like a Ford Model A pickup.)  Regardless, the SSR was built on the Chevy Trailblazer platform and was motivated by a 6 liter version of the LS2 V8 and it was gloriously fast and retro (in contrast the Fords anemic Thunderturd from the same retro-era).  Although the styling left something to be desired, and the SSR had the torsional rigidity of a wet churro, a remarkable 24,000 were produced from 2003 through 2006, so expect them to be cheap in the coming years as the original owners trade them for something that can hold their mobility scooters. Find this 2005 Chevrolet SSR offered for $13,000 in Tucson, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.



Chevy V8 Powered: 1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

If you've never been to the LA Inland Empire...let me tell ya, you ain't missin' much.  It is connected to the web of pavement known as the Greater Los Angeles Area, but was ceded to the "Desert People" many years ago and most cities combine the charm and sophistication of Orange County's wide roads & strip malls with summer temperatures that would make a Bedouin cry for relief. However, there are a few highlights --or hidden gems -- such as the city of Temecula that combines a shockingly high medium income with golf courses, reasonably priced homes, and vineyards that offer respite from the scorching temperature.  This next car exemplifies the diamond in the rough character of Temecula and seems like a good deal. Find this 1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow offered for $8500 in Temecula, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Monday, November 4, 2019

Super Vegan Option: 1984 Ford Mustang SVO

This next car was inspired by DT tipper BP who wrote: Aren't these on the $ way up now? SVO Mustang and included a link to an 86 SVO that was offered for $13,500 on Hemmings, and these two articles on Hemmings and Hagerty talking about the future collectability and current market of the SVO.  Personally I think that $13,500 is looney toons money for that red SVO, so I'll counter with this 1984 Ford Mustang SVO offered for $5,800 in Orange County, CA via craigslist.


Off or On Road: 2008 Nissan Xterra

The Nissan Xterra was released for the 2000 model year, right at the time when Ford was in the heat of the Explorer/Firestone crisis, and quite a few SUV shoppers skipped the Ford dealer and found themselves in a body-on-frame Nissan that put an emphasis on ruggedness and affordability over luxury.  A few years later they are very cheap and still trail ready. Find this 2008 Nissan Xterra offered for $4800 in Houston, TX via craigslist. Tip from Jeff who writes: I had one of these the first year they came out (2000) and it was a solid ride. Not sure how they progressed over the years, but this one looks clean. Great daily/cash car I'd say!