Saturday, May 25, 2013
A minty clean survivor Volvo station wagon is kind of like a minty clean survivor Toyota pickup...they are so rare in unabused form that it's almost shocking to see one looking good-as-new in 2013. But the same conundrum keeps coming up with survivor "utility" vehicles like these: what do you do with one? If it's used as intended, it becomes another worn-out, banged up mass production vehicle. If it's driven sparingly and never burdened, what's the point? We think the answer can lie somewhere in the middle - use it but don't abuse it, keep it clean, waxed and inside (or under cover), but don't be afraid to get a few rock chips and make sure to keep up on maintenance. Today's 1983 Volvo 245 is just such a creature. It seems to have survived its 30 years miraculously well, and even though the sale is the obvious work of a flipper, it's too nice not to share. Find it here on ebay with bidding near $5k, reserve not yet met, in Portland OR (Volvo's home away from Sverige).
Friday, May 24, 2013
"OK, I love you guys at DT, but I really think you have "jumped the shark" with this one."which was enough to get strong consideration for DT COW, but sealed the victory with the statement:
"$15,995? Really? Granted, it appears to be an excellent example in mint condition. But, I wouldn't pay $15,995 unless it came with $15,000 in the glovebox."
Click thru the jump to see the winner...
In 1982 Ford split the LTD sedan into two models, the mid-sized LTD on the Fox platform, and the full-sized LTD Crown Victoria. The Crown Vic remained a body-on-frame Panther platform behemoth powered by Ford Windsor V8s. To add further confusion, the top of the line LTD Crown Victoria was originally called the LTD Landau and Crown Victoria was just a decor package typified by the big chrome band that ran from B-pillar to B-pillar over the roof like a 'crown.' Find this 1989 Ford Crown Victoria LTD for sale in Shawsville, VA currently bidding on ebay for $3,603 reserve-not-met with a 4 days to go.
Caligula (aka Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) was the 3rd Emperor in the Roman Imperial age and is best known for his extravagance, cruelty and being an insane sexual deviant....an archetypical politician. If Caligula were alive in the age of Anthony Weiner and Larry Craig he would need a modern car to replace his gold plated chariot and we can think of nothing more fitting for an emporer than a Cadillac Allanté. Find this 1993 Cadillac Allanté for sale in SF Bay Area, CA for $15,995 via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
1958 Volkswagen EMPI Sportster for sale in Carlsbad, CA for $12,500 via ebay.
If you are a Navy Blue Angels F-18 Hornet pilot who has been grounded due to the congressional sequester brouhaha and in need of something blue and speedy to get your thrills...we may have found just the ticket. This 2001 BMW M5 E39 6-spd is equipped with a 550 hp supercharged V8 and is for sale in the SF Bay area for $17,000 via craigslist. Tip from Jeffrey L.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
A late model Japanese hybrid featured on Daily Turismo? Okay, okay, put away the pitchforks, we haven't fallen asleep, gone mad or been bought out by a Malaysian Venture Capitalist firm. This green hybrid is the "Mini Cooper" of Eco-friendly rides, sports a 6000 rpm magnesium block lean-burn engine, a 5-speed manual transmission, extruded aluminum monocoque construction and a sub-1900 lb curb weight. Find this 2000 Honda Insight 5-spd for sale in Southbury, CT currently bidding on ebay for $4,619 with 2 days to go.
This Audi 80 was the predecessor to the A4 and grew up sharing a platform with the Volkswagen Fox/Passat. While they don't quite have the following of something like the Audi Quattro Coupe, they are starting to come into their own as a cool vintage 90s Euro styled cruiser available with a 5-spd trans and all-wheel-drive. Find this 1993 Audi 90 Quattro for sale in SF Bay Area, CA offered for $1800 via craigslist. Thanks to tip from Jeffrey L.
1979 Porsche 911 SC offer in San Francisco, CA craigslist came as a tip from Kaibeezy who writes: "almost seems like a trap - leave your phone on and bring pepper spray." The 15k asking price and 43k miles on the odometer has us scratching our heads. The craigslist ad originally listed it incorrectly as a 1974, but now has been updated to 1979, meaning at least one person with passing knowledge of 911 bumpers has called the seller, informed him of his error and not put money down on the spot. How bad can the 'cosmetic issues' really be?
The Rogers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific is a tale of war, international flings and racial prejudice. It ends with an uplifting scene in which the protagonist (a woman named Nellie) has overcome her racial issues related to her boyfriend's half-Polynesian children and she joins them in singing a children's song in French that goes something like: "Dites-moi Pourquoi, La vie est belle, Dites-moi Porquoi, La vie est gai... Est-ce que...Parce que... Vous m'aimez?" which translates roughly to "Tell me why, life is beautiful, tell me why, life is gay...is it...because...you love me?" Today we have a French-Canadian owned Subaru Legacy GT Berline with 300,000 kilometers (these are some kind of European equivalent of miles and by our best calculation accounting for latitude/longitude, is roughly 2 million miles) and we think we can convince you to throw aside your prejudices and learn to love this beautiful wagon. Find this 1998 Subaru Legacy GT Berline for sale in Montréal, QC, Canada for $1,900 CDN (~$1900 USD) via kijiji.ca.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Volkswagen Beetle is regularly transformed into an off-road post-apocalypse survival vehicle and jumped over sand dunes, but the pretty-boy Karmann-Ghia version is usually kept on the street and we don't know why. Break all the rules with this 1974 Karmann-Ghia Baja coupe for sale in Tiflon, GA (not HI as it says in the listing) for the asking price of $2500 via hemmings.com
There is something about the Volkswagen Beetle that brings out the Mr. Hyde in normally mild mannered people. Perhaps it is purgatory-slow speeds and clack-ity-rackity noise from the stock Beetle engine that drives its owners mad and convinces them to transform the egg shaped coupes into wheel-standing coffins. Whatever the reason, we can't think of one not to buy this 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle with 513 horsepower turbocharged Acura V6 available in Reno, NV for $6,500.
1975 Dino GT4 located in Lathrop, CA and currently bidding on ebay for $16,100 with a few hours to go. It dates from the time when the Dino brand had no Ferrari emblems on it, but the price tag on any repairs (minor or major) will have you convinced it is a 'real' Ferrari. As a huge plus this one hasn't been used as an ark in the flood of the century.
The Mercedes-Benz W201 chassis was the first compact luxury car from Mercedes and was positioned to compete with BMW 3-series and Audi 4000. The W201 was marketed as the 190E in the USA and received a sophisticated 5-link rear suspension and lots of other high end goodies. The 190 sold well in its 10 years of production and by the time the last one rolled off the assembly line in 1993 Mercedes had sold 1.8 million worldwide. Find this 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E with low miles (26k!) for sale in Paterson, NJ for $7,999 buy-it-now via ebay.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
We love a good engine swap as much as the next guy and nothing piques our interest as much as an engine swap that at first glance appears to be a downgrade...but...what about shoving a diesel into a Datsun Z car...is that going too far? Find this 1978 Datsun 280Z 2+2 Turbo Diesel for sale in Estacada, OR currently bidding on ebay for $2,200 with a 2 days to go.