Welcome to Daily Turismo's Syncro de Mayo, our May 5th celebration of Volkswagen's four wheel drive system known as Syncro. First up in our symphony of synchronicity is a somewhat beaten up example of the Volkswagen Type 2 (T3) which is variously known as the Transporter, Caravelle, Microbus, Vanagon, Kombi, Westfalia and TippyMcDeathtrap. Find this 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro offered for $7,500 in Santa Fe, NM via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
The Volvo 240/260 was a boxy sedan built for worldwide consumption starting way back in 1974 but inexplicably continuing through 1993. Certainly the 240 evolved in the nearly 20 years of production, but for the most part it followed the same basic recipe -- a small 4-cylinder engine powering the rear wheels. Nothing wrong with that. Find this 1983 Volvo 242 Turbo 5-Speed here on eBay bidding for $1,225 with one day to go, located in Norman, OK.
Toyota to customize and give away a '77 Star Wars Celica. The car was built by Delphi Auto Design in Costa Mesa, CA, but that company went belly up in 1978 due to alleged drugs, kidnapping, and murder stuff -- and the final winner of the Celica wasn't publicized or given much press due to the Delphi controversy. The location of the Star Wars Celica is a mystery today, but you could build your own clone
army version with this 1977 Toyota Celica GT here on eBay bidding for $2,500 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Redmond, OR.
It is Wednesday, so that means time for another episode of our reader's favorite game of read life match-making -- Mid Week Match-Up! This week's MWMU request comes from John who currently has a '94 GMC Safari and '00 Camry that he wants to replace with a single vehicle that has the utility of a van and economy of a Camry while keeping his wife's '01 Forester. From John: Criteria for our new vehicle: 1) Somewhat more cargo capacity than the Subaru, 2) Able to safely carry 2 canoes on the roof (~100lbs), 3) Able to tow 1500lbs of sailboat or trailer, 4) Able to occasionally carry canoes plus sailboat plus a full load of camping gear for a weekend trip of a few hundred miles, 5) AWD/4WD for Wisconsin winters, dodgy boat ramps, and light off-road use, 6) Reasonably common so we don’t end up stranded in bumf*ck Idaho waiting 3 days for a part to be delivered to a mechanic that has never seen one of those before, 7) Reasonably reliable so that #6 doesn’t happen in the first place, 8) Decent gas mileage – low 20’s or better on the highway, upper teens or better in the city, 9) $10,000 or less, maybe up to $12,000 for an especially reliable model with low mileage and a well documented service history, 10) Responsive, comfortable, and fun to drive (compared to a Camry and a Safari – a low bar, I’ll admit).
Early in March 2016 I had the opportunity to travel down to Léon, Guanajuato - a 440 year old Mexican city full of 1.6 million people - for the only North American round of the World Rally Championship. WRC Rally México, as it's officially known, is the first gravel round and the 3rd rally in the WRC season and has been for the past 13 years. I was there for my day job as engineering support for a spec powertrain component to all WRC teams, but wouldn't miss out on reporting the experience via DT - sit back, crack open a Negra Modelo, and enjoy - arriba!
The MGB GT was a 2+2 fastback version of MG's entertaining 2-seat MGB roadster, and with today's classic car market they offer a decent package for a low entry price. This next one has had over $12k in repairs/restoration in the past 4,000 miles... and remember, there is no money better spent on a car than the previous guy's. Find this 1973 MGB GT offered for $7,000 in Santa Fe, NM via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Do you need a car, but don't know what to get? Do you want a bunch of random people on the internet to help? It must be your lucky day, because subjects are needed for this week's Mid Week Match-Up. Just send an e-mail to email@example.com with your automotive needs -- budget/size/location, we'll do the rest.
The Pontiac Solstice (aka Saturn Sky) was a Mazda MX-5 competitor from General Motors that arrived in the Pontiac and Saturn showrooms a few years late, and just in time for the 2008 carpocalypse. The Solstice that you really want to get is the turbocharged GXP version (in coupe if possible), but if you are on a tight budget, you might consider this el cheapo version. Find this 2006 Pontiac Solstice offered for $5,900 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.
The Vespa scooter made its debut in post-war Milan in 1946. Intended to get Italy back on the road, it sold poorly at first, selling only 2,500 in 1946. The VBA/VBB series replaced the original design in 1957 and went on to sell over 750,000 units. Find this 1968 Vespa VBB 150 with Sidecar for sale in Undisclosed, WA for $6,995 via craigslist.
The world is an interesting place with a lot of
random coincidences happening all the time, but sometimes it just seems like the cosmos are messing with my head. Last week on the DT Radio Show we interviewed Mark Brems, who has a cool electric converted Porsche 914 that was (among other things) used as a stand-in for Carl Sagan's Porsche 914...well, wouldn't you know it..but now the real PHOBOS is for sale. Find this 1970 Porsche 914 here on eBay bidding for $7,900 reserve-not-met located in Melbourne, FL via craigslist.
The 3rd generation Ford Galaxie was introduced in 1965 as a taller and larger full-sized Ford family sedan with the 500 LTD as top-of-the-line version. These were big brutish cars that were terrible to drive with the Thriftpower-6, but would come alive if you picked the big block V8 on the option list. It was a time when gas was cheap and tires were terrible, but if you want a big pillarless 2-door that typifies the mid-60s, the Galaxie 500 LTD is the one to get. Find this 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD here on eBay bidding for $9,900 with less than one day to go, located in Fallbrook, CA.
Monday, May 2, 2016
The third generation Lexus ES300 was yet another notch on the bedpost in Toyota's march toward global domination. With a base price of $30k in 1997 the ES was positioned above the most expensive $27k Toyota Avalon, which also used the same Camry chassis. You might wonder why Toyota would sell two cars with such similar size/cost/MSRP -- but the product planners at corporate figured that they could sell the ES300 to people who wanted the Lexus snob badge but didn't have money and the Avalon to people who had money but didn't want the Lexus snob badge -- and it worked with both cars selling well. Find this 2000 Lexus ES300 here on eBay bidding for $2,325 with one day to go, located in Ft Lauderdale, FL.
The W124 Mercedes-Benz chassis was the first Benz given the official E-Class nomenclature and one of the bulletproof Benzes that came from Stuttgart during the 80s/90s. It is a chassis that is typically associated with the 4-door sedan (like the fire-breathing 500E Hammer) but they sold a few C124 designated coupes. Find this 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300CE C124 here on eBay bidding for $7,600 with less than one hour to go, located in Portland, OR.
The original Oldsmobile Omega was a badge engineered version of the X-platform Chevrolet Nova and was sold in two generations 1973-1974 and 1975-1979. The Omega was more luxurious than the Nova it was based on, but it still rode on the same basic chassis and is just as wonderful or horrible depending on who you talk to about it. Find this 1975 Oldsmobile Omega offered for $3,500 in Santa Fe, NM.