Friday, January 17, 2020

KA24DE Swapped: 1970 Datsun 510

This next car comes as a tip from Erik202 who writes: I know good 510s are more common in the southern states but here in Canada they are pretty rare. This is probably one of the nicer ones I’ve ever seen listed locally.  Find this 1970 Datsun 510 offered for $16,500 CAD ($12,643 USD) via in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.

3800SC V6 Swap: 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT

You might not think that there is a correct or incorrect engine to swap into a classic Pontiac Fiero...but lemme set you straight.  There are many incorrect engines to swap into a Fiero...such as anything rotary from Mazda, something with a carburetor, and anything aircooled...and this might surprise you, but there is only one engine you should ever swap into a Fiero...and here it is. Find this 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT with 3800 V6 power offered for $6000 in Brunswick, GA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Don't Be Zelas: 2011 Scion tC 6-Speed

Classic depreciation curves too a strange turn in the 2010 decade and cars that are 3 years old command about the same price as cars that are 10 years old.  This is especially the case with cheapo mass market economy cars, but this next car seems appropriately cheap for 10 year old Scion. Find this 2011 Scion tC 6-Speed offered for $6,400 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.

Surprisingly Affordable: 1977 Porsche 924 Turbo Martini & Rossi Edition

I wish I could tell you that I've got some magic crystal ball that'll tell me what makes/models are going to see serious appreciation in the next decade or two...because I would never have guessed that 80s Porsche 911s, 60s Ford Broncos or 90s Toyota Supras would trade for the coin they get these days...But i can tell you that there are cars that are rare, interesting, cool, and trade for 1/10th of what the "collectible" cars go for.  And this next car is ripe for some stupid speculation from the "cool kids" get 'em while they are cheap. Find this 1977 Porsche 924 Turbo Martini & Rossi Edition offered for $5000 in Apache Junction, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

High Miles, Low Price: 2006 Mini Cooper S

This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: Higher miles but looks super clean... $3800 seems like a bargain if it checks out. I am a big fan of the new Mini Cooper S and had an argument today if the Cooper S or the Fiat 500 Abarth was a better deal on the used car market today...the discussion continues.  Find this 2006 Mini Cooper S offered for $3800 in Rhode Island via craigslist.

M60 V8 Swap: 1984 BMW 325e

The E30 generation BMW 3-series  is zippy, reliable, simple to maintain, and cheap to buy -- which is why it has become the beater of choice for many folks.  Prices were good for years, but the nice examples have started to appreciate and you'll have a hard time finding V8 swapped examples like this for cheap in the get it now. Find this 1984 BMW 325e offered for $7000 in Portland, OR via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

GM Performance Package: 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP

The Skystice (Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky) was Detroit's answer to light weight sports cars like the million models sold Mazda MX-5 Miata.  Typical GM feature bloat meant the Solstice/Sky wasn't as lean a fighting machine as the MX-5, but the podium in SCCA club racing in T2 class for 2007, 2008, & 2009 gives it a certain degree of street cred.  If you want to buy a new Solstice today, you are outta luck because GM stopped production in 2010 when GM axed down both the Pontiac and Saturn brands...but used examples are cheap and handle just as well as they did when new....probably.  Find this 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP GM Perf Package offered for $6950 in Santa Clara, CA via craigslist.

Manual Turbo Wagon: 2005 Subaru Forester XT

This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: If I had the cash I'd buy it myself. Looks realtively clean, little rust bubbling but should be an easy fix... 4.44 gears, pulls hard to 80+... fun DD that fits a ton of crap, very good in the snow. If compression and leakdown look good, with confirmation of work done this is a great buy! Shoot, I sold my '05 FXT  manual with 155K and a blown cylinder for $3500... They are rare and have a following.  Find this 2005 Subaru Forester XT offered for $4500 in Pawtucket, RI via craigslist.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Strange Survivor: 1973 AMC Hornet

The asking price might be a smidgen high for this next car..but then how often do you find surviving cars from the early 70s with a stock single barrel carb.  Most of those cars have long since been crushed and the 4bbl equipped versions are placed on pedestals and at the top of the next Barrett-Jackson auto auction. But this thing is the nicest example of a basic AMC Hornet that you'll find...still not sure if it is worth the asking price. Find this 1973 AMC Hornet offered for $9800 in Lake Elsinore, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Have Shifter, Will Travel: 1995 BMW 540i

In the early 1990s BMW was known for its silky smooth inline-6 engines, and it hadn't produced a V8 in 25 years (the last BMW V8 was a 3.2 liter model first used in the 501/502 and finally in the 3200 CS model in 1965).  However, the folks in Dingolfing were never known for sitting on their behinds, so in 1992 BMW released the M60 V8 in their world beating 5-series sedan and it was a fantastic dual overhead cam beast. Find this 1995 BMW 540i offered for $5700 in Austin, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Slightly Sporty: 2012 Volkswagen CC

The Volkswagen CC was a fastback 4-door coupe version of the Volkswagen B6/7 Passat that took the baby Audi feel of the Passat and added a swooping rear end and some firm sporty suspension.  Power in the manual equipped versions came from a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and today's example has been boosted up a few horsepower by its owner. Find this 2012 Volkswagen CC offered for $6999 in Boulder, CO via craigslist.  Tip from Jeff.

Cherry Red: 1967 MG MGB

The MGB is one of the better classic British roadsters, because it combines good looks, composed handling, and rugged build quality. The B won't be the fastest car on the road, but it'll get you to your destination with minimum fuss, and today's example is cherry! Find this 1967 MG MGB offered for $6800 in Highlands, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Mud Ready: 1946 Willys Jeep CJ5

There are two basic groups of people.  The first is the person who comes up with dozens of reasons you shouldn't drive a WWII era Army Jeep every, comfort, fuel, etc, etc.  And the second group is the kind of person who realizes just how awesome it would be a cruise the roads of your locale with this next beast. Find this 1946 Willys Jeep CJ5 offered for $6,200 in San Jose, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Rest in Peace; Hunsbloger 1954-2019

DT E-i-C Vince: It is with some degree of difficulty and much sorrow that I inform you, our readers, of the passing of a DT writer and dear friend.  Hunsbloger has joined those who have flown to the great junk yard in the sky...and he will be missed.  I've known Huns for over 20 years, and in that time I've found him to be a fantastic car builder, a prolific storyteller, a great dad, a dedicated husband, and a wonderful friend.