Sunday, August 20, 2017

Clean White Paper: 1995 BMW 540i

The E34 (1987-1996) was the third generation of BMW's executive class 5-series sedan and it was the first to feature V8 power.  As the high mileage examples of the E34 are driven into the ground, a few nice examples float around waiting for some magical renaissance for used German luxury sedans that may or may not happen.  I say driven 'em while they're new...ish.  Find this 1995 BMW 540i offered for $6,900 in Lexington, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Friday, August 18, 2017

X-factor: 1988 Mazda 323 GTX

The 1980's are thought to be the Golden Age of Rally.  Fire breathing Group B cars ran rampant throughout the forests in the early part of the decade, and then tragically it was all over.  The meek inherited the woods in the form of production-based Group A cars, and a few of them made it to The Land of the Free.  Find this 1988 Mazda 323 GTX for sale in Renton, WA for $5,000 via craigslist.

The Left-Handed Spanner: Bulbs, balls, blips, dips, sauces

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So (yes, I millennialed the start of a story; but it was originally written as an ear-haired old email, not an InstaSnap or whatever, so...), I finally got around to changing the headlight bulb in the Xantia on account of it coming up with a failure on its recent MOT for a bad nearside dipped beam. Could have been worse, the Avensis failed same day on two corroded brake pipes (“brake pipes” always makes Vince chuckle).

Talk of the Town: 1979 AMC Concord

Do you belong to the segment of the population that wants a car that'll make them blend into the background, or are you one of those who wants a car that'll get you noticed?  If you fall into the latter, but aren't a millionaire, you might think your options are limited...but don't conflate expensive with attention getting with regards to cars, because this next car will get you more looks than the latest Lamborghini Vacagorda.  Find this 1979 AMC Concord offered for $2,300 in Chattanooga, TN via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Boosted Rally Machine: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

I used to own a 2004 Subaru STI and can honestly say it was one of the most fun cars to drive on a daily basis for a reasonable when someone sends in a nice looking example...I start to think I never should have sold it.  Oh well.  Many more cars before I've owned 'em all!  Find this 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI here on eBay bidding for $16,100 with 3 days to go, located in Lynchburg, VA.

Cheap Muscle: 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix

The first generation Pontiac Grand Prix was a full sized B-Body based monster that was built on a shared chassis with the Buick Wildcat, Oldsmobile Delmont 88, Pontiac Catalina, and Chevrolet Impala. However, Pontiac was GM's "performance" brand so you could get it with a 421 cubic inch V8 that put 370 horsepower through a set of three two-barrel carburetors known as Tri-Power. Find this 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix offered for $8000 in Ft Myers, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.

Not A Taxi: 1975 Checker Marathon

When you think of cars that had a long production run with minimal changes the VW Beetle, Porsche 911, Alfa Romeo Spider, and Nissan Sentra/Tsuru all immediately come to mind.  The Checker Marathon definitely should be included in this company.  The Marathon was produced from 1961 until 1982 with very few meaningful changes.  The changes made during the production run are so few they could be listed on a piece scratch paper.  Checkers were notably used in NYC as yellow taxi cabs for thirty years due to their simple, durable design and absolutely massive back seat.  Find this 1975 Checker Marathon for sale in East Haven, CT for $2,000 via craigslist.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

W114 Coupe: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 250C

The Mercedes-Benz W114/115 chassis is the often overlooked E-class predecessor chassis that is overshadowed by the prettier W108/109 chassis.  The big S-Class ancestor W108 with its fancier front end and stacked headlamps is a bargain classic, so the downmarket W114 is forced into an even more compromised market situation...bad news for "collectors" but great news for folks who want to run/drive cheap classics. Find this 1971 Mercedes 250C here on eBay bidding for $4,000 with 4 days to go, located in Virginia Beach, VA.  Tip from Don.

Ugly Car, Low Miles: 1987 Dodge 600 SE

The Dodge 600 was yet another K-Car from those wacky Chrysler product planners who somehow thought that if you didn't want an Aries or a Diplomat, you might accidentally buy one of these.  How much drugs did people take in the 1980s anyway?!?! Find this 1987 Dodge 600 SE offered for $1750 located in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!