Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Goes Like Flintstones: 1981 Subaru GLF

This next car is one of the few from a mass market automaker (Subaru, in this case) that elicits a "what?" response from even the most knowledgeable car nut.  The car in question is badged as a Subaru GLF...which elicits responses of "uhhhhh" from even astute Subaru-weenies...but the uber-savants will know this is a Leone also known as the Subaru GL, and with any luck that emblem on the front is one of the rare flip-out third headlight.  Good stuff! Find this 1981 Subaru GLF offered for $1850 via Portland, OR craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck,

Fresh Powder: 1987 Porsche 944S

I've been a serious skeptic of craigslist adverts for as long as I can remember, but craigslist started charging $5 to list a car, which isn't a ton of money, but certainly weeds out the scammers who post a million underpriced cars each day AND the idiots who post their car for some obscene price and hope to find a sucker who doesn't understand the marketplace.  A year ago I would have assumed this listing came from a scammer, but I doubt a scammer would pay $5 to list a car and this thing is probably legit...legitimately sweet.  Find this 1987 Porsche 944S offered for $5900 in Liberty Hill, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Rotary Pimp: 1976 Mazda Cosmo RX-5

Mazda has a tendency to use the RX prefix in its rotary powered  cars, so when the replacement to the limited edition (and extremely collectible) first generation Mazda Cosmo was introduced in 1972, it was called the RX-5 for the US market. It was Mazda's entry into the personal luxury coupe market, and slightly missed the target for what buyers were expecting.  The result were poor sales when new and now you hardly ever see one on the road, but the few that have survived will make for an interesting conversation piece with anyone you might meet at a gas station or Japanese auto repair shop. Find this 1976 Mazda Cosmo RX-5 offered for $3900 in Dublin, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Horrorods: Fiero vs Jeep vs Civic

In preparation for Halloween, I present this next Horrorod feature with words and tips from Matt C. What could be scarier than a sub-$1000 V12 Jaguar? How about taking over a project where somebody else threw a random pile of parts together and didn't quite get it finished? Here's a trio of sketchy Frankenstein builds!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Happy Columbus Day: 2013 Fiat 500C Abarth

We continue DT's Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving celebration with this next Italian import, which is a Fiat:  The 2012 release of the Fiat 500 for the US market was actually a success from a sales perspective..but despite the "Eye-tal-yon" heritage, this thing was assembled in Meh-he-co, which probably isn't a bad thing, because I have to guess that Mexican build quality is gonna be superior to Italian build quality over the long run.  Anyway, this 500 is no normal 500, it is the 500C version AND it is upgraded with Scorpion venom to the Abarth spec, which means 160 horsepower and 170 ft-lbs of front tire shredding torque from the 1.4 liter Multi-Air 4-banger mated to a 5-speed shift-it-yourself transmission. Find this 2013 Fiat 500C Abarth offered for $9000 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.

Big Valve Kent Motor: 1980 Ford Fiesta Mk 1

Today is October 14th, which is Columbus Day..and Canadian this next feature came across the Ocean blue and now lives in the land of wheat and beef.  The Mark 1 (that's fancy pants speak for first generation) Ford Fiesta was designed by Ford of Europe and built in an assembly plant in Cologne, Germany for worldwide consumption.  The Fiesta was only sold in the USA for a few years (1978-1980) before it was replaced by the North American built Escort, an unfortunate turn of events for economy car drivers because the German built Fiesta was a cool piece of kit while the American built Escort was an unforgettable pile of guano. Find this 1980 Ford Fiesta Mk 1 offered for $5000 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Global Epsilon Platform: 2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo S

The second generation (YS3G) Saab 9-5 was released in 2010 many years after GM had diluted secret Saab sauce into a tasteless broth and is scorned for its General-ness...but in truth the 9-5 was built under Dutch based Spyker Cars. Spyker was founded in 1999 by multimillionaire  Victor Muller as a way to build the expensive and bizarrely styled C8 Spyder and Laviolette.  In 2009 GM traded Saab to Muller for a set of used Gucci crocodile skin loafers, and the new Saab lasted for about 12 months before the pants fell of the scarecrow.  Regardless, for about 2 years, the subtly styled Saab 9-5 Aero was sold around the world at a hefty $50k MSRP. Today they can be found for a fraction of that original cost. Find this 2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo S offered for $7,500 in Vancouver, WA via craigslist. Tip from ME.

Friday, October 11, 2019

G35X Powertrain Swapped: 1972 Datsun 521 Pickup

The Infiniti G35 we posted the other day was well received because it combines the best characteristics of a reliable modern car with a nicely depreciated price curve.  The only thing it was missing was the cool factor of a moderately rusty pickup truck we go, another horrorod. Find this 1972 Datsun 521 Pickup with G35X powertrain offered for $6900 in Denver, CO via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Horrorod Festival:1987 Chevrolet Caprice

The Horrorod as defined by Daily Turismo as: Any customized vehicle that makes you want to huddle up in the fetal position and cry.  As Halloween approaches, we prepare for our annual Festival of Horrorods the only way we know how...which is to post more Horrorods.  It is a vicious circle of horror, but I'm not going to stop it.  If I try to stop, the clown will eat me.  Find this 1987 Chevrolet Caprice offered for $2,500 in Bend, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

A Nissan Z In Disguise: 2005 Infiniti G35 Coupe

Modern (post 2000 model year) cars are fast, complicated, and comfortable.  Some are still too expensive, but others have depreciated into serious DT territory because of the immutable laws of supply (the OEM sold a ton when new) and demand (the newer versions are cooler/better/nicer smelling)...which have oddly favored the Infiniti version of the Nissan 350Z, which was known as the G35 coupe, at least until Infiniti renamed their entire lineup to be Q70, Q42, QGeewhiz Batman, I can't decipher this bloody nomenclature.  Anyway, this next car comes from the time when you could tell what kind of Infiniti you were getting. Find this 2005 Infiniti G35 Coupe offered for $5,500 in Placentia, CA via craigslist.

Strangely V8 Powered: 1975 Chevrolet Monza Town Coupe

The Chevrolet Monza (not to be confused with the Opel Monza or the Chevy Corvair Monza)  was released in the 1975 model year as GM's biggest subcompact offering on the H-platform shared with the Vega/Astra/Sunbird/Skyhawk/Starfire.  It was GM's answer to new sporty-ish compact offerings from Ford like the Mustang II, Capri and Dodge's Galant based Colt.  The Monza was actually quite a strong seller, with almost 750,000 examples of the H-body sold in the first 6 years of production, but GM axed entire line in 1980 and replaced it with the wretched J-Body front-drive Cavalier...uggg...those were dark times.  Find this 1975 Chevrolet Monza Town Coupe offered for $4,500 in Concord, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Rally Ready: 1992 Mazda MX-3

The MX-3 was a small sporty hatch from Mazda launched in 1991 as a competitor to the Honda CRX and Volkswagen GTi.  The MX-3 borrowed many of its components from the 6th gen Familia/323/Protege platform but added hatchback usability and sporty looks.  The real kicker was the addition of an optional high revving small displacement V6 that put the MX-3 into a category of its own...and today's next example has been transformed into a dirt throwing rally machine. Find this 1992 Mazda MX-3 offered for $7,500 in Simi Valley, CA via craigslist.

Parade Highlight Vehicle: 1949 Willy's Jeepster

There is an old car owners advice that says you should buy a condition 1 car and drive it until it is condition 2 and then sell -- the difference in sales price might be offset by inflation/appreciation but it certainly will cost more to refresh that car back to condition 1. (Read more about "conditions" here.) Others suggest starting with a condition 2 car (less of a premium) and driving till it is condition 3...but I'm gonna suggest a different tack --  you buy this next Jeepster and just drive it till you die.  Find this 1949 Willy's Jeepster offered for $10,700 in Bokeelia, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.