Thursday, December 13, 2018

Scary Cheap: 2005 Subaru Legacy GT

The Subaru Legacy was a wild all-wheel-drive family car available with a twin-turbocharged setup in Japan, but pre-2005, US customers had to live with anemic flat-4 power.  That all changed in 2005 with the introduction of the 4th generation model that added a de-tuned version of Subaru's STI 2.5 liter turbo-4 under the hood.  With a few small modifications the Legacy GT can become a seriously fast machine with all wheel drive and a manual gearbox.  Find this 2005 Subaru Legacy GT offered for $1500 in Frederick, MD via craigslist. Tip from Jeff S.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Basic Roadster: 1965 Sunbeam Alpine IV

There was a time when V8 powered Sunbeam Tigers could be found for the price of this next basic inline-4 powered Alpine...but we can't dwell in the past like a bunch of Neanderthals...right?  Anyway, I still love a good manual gearbox equipped sportster with a basic overhead valve powered 4-cylinder. Find this 1965 Sunbeam Alpine IV offered for $12,990 in Sonoma, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Hard to Tell: 1988 BMW 325i Convertible

This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes:  Hard to tell if its a diamond in the rough or a poorly polished turd. If it's even somewhat sorted seems to be a great buy!  That just about describes EVERY car I find on craigslist these days...but I digress. Find this 1988 BMW 325i Convertible offered for $3,500 in Rhode Island via craigslist.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Calling for 2019 DT Calendar Submissions

Do you have an awesome car that should be featured in the 2019 DT 12-Month must be your lucky day, because we are calling for submissions to the 2019 DT Calendar.  Just send at email with some hi-res photos with a brief description and we'll do the rest.

Panoramic Decapitation..Whoa? 1964 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica Decappottabile

In the world of "cute" cars there aren't many cars that can challenge the original Mini for being both adorable and functional in a variety of styles...but the original Fiat 500 comes close and it was available in a number of configurations, like this Panoramica Decappottabile...which I don't think was a real factory designation but sounds cool.  Find this 1964 Autobianchi Bianchini Panoramica Decappottabile offered for $7000 in Sausalito, CA via craigslist.

Livin' Green: 1980 Ford Fiesta

Have you ever worn an outfit where you've simultaneously attempted to blend into the background, but be the best dressed person at the party? What you are trying to do is to be ignored by the masses, but get major respect from the few people "in-the-know" and this next car is the automotive equivalent because it will get blank stares from most of the appliance drivers on the road, but mad respect from people who read this site. Find this 1980 Ford Fiesta offered for $1750 in Warsaw, KY via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Fintail'd: 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE

You know what 10 grand cash with get you at the new car showrooms across this country?  Nothing.  Zip.  Zilch. Nada.  Not even a stripped out power-nothin econobox from an emerging region.  Even the most basic cars are quite expensive when you get 'em fresh from the factory.  But head over to the used side of the world and suddenly 10 thousand smackeroos can get you something that makes you look like a drug kingpin or a warlord from one of those emerging regions.  Find this 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE here on eBay offered for $9995 or best-offer located in Palm Springs, CA.

All The Wheels: 1989 BMW 325ix E30

BMW built an astonishing 2.5 million E30s in coupe, sedan, estate & convertible trim from 1982 through 1994. The urspr√ľnglicher gangster BMW 3-series was a successful yuppy-mobile when new and has generated a significant cult following as a cheap, fun & reliable sports sedan...but don't expect the prices of the sporty all-wheel-drive 325ix version with a manual gearbox to stay low for much longer. Find this 1989 BMW 325ix here on eBay bidding for $4,050 reserve-not-met with 6 days to go, located in Encino, CA.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Double Vision: 1978 Aerocon Boa

This next car comes from DT tipper Safety Fast who writes: I don't know why it's listed in two different ads at two completely different prices, etc. But it's weird, obviously unusual, and rare. I wasn't going to send it in at first because of the $24K listing, but when I found the $18K one, I thought why not. Enjoy the beauty-challenged late-70's Aerocon Boa. There is some easy-to-find info on the web about this thing. Built in SoCal, Porsche power, yada yada.  Find this 1978 Aerocon Boa offered for $18,000 and $24,000 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.

Friday, December 7, 2018

350 V8 Powered Hot Rod: 1974 AMC Gremlin

Those little gremlins were such cute little things...until you got 'em wet or fed them after midnight. Then the bad stuff started and they transformed into pavement burning death machines that'll rattle your fillings loose on mildly distressed pavement and swap ends faster than you can say A.M.C.  Find this 1974 AMC Gremlin offered here on eBay for $8,500 or best-offer located in Palm Springs, CA.

It's Log, It's Log: 1972 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

There is a Ren & Stimpy song that goes something like this; It's log, it's log; It's big, it's heavy, it's wood; It's log, it's log, it's better than bad, it's good.  Now, I don't know how long its been since I'd seen that episode of Ren & Stimpy (decades, for sure), but for some reason it popped right into my cranial echo chamber when I saw this next car. Find this 1972 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser offered here on eBay for $9990 or best-offer located in Simpsonville, SC.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

How Low Can They Go? 2004 BMW M3 E46

BMWs E36 M3 was the steal of the market until a few years ago when the E46 M3 depreciated to the point where it makes more sense to step up to the 333 horsepower S54 powered beast that replaced the 240 horsepower S52 after the 1999 model year.  Some people might complain about the SMG transmission that you'll find in many of the cheapest examples, but the single clutch automated thing is surprisingly fun to drive, easier in traffic, and can be cheaply converted to self shifted. Find this 2004 BMW M3 E46 offered for $10,800 in Los Gatos, CA via craigslist.

Supra 7MGE Power: 1961 Ford Ranchero

This next car will invoke some serious "why would you do it?" and "why wouldn't you do it?" discussions with car guys.  It could be the best car to meet your future inlaws and simultaneously the worst car to meet your future inlaws.  A Toyota 7M-GE from the 80s also the best possible upgrade to a 60s Ford inline-6 and also the worst engine to put into your El Cami---errr--Ranchero. You be the judge. Find this 1961 Ford Ranchero offered for $4900 in San Diego, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!