Tuesday, April 21, 2015

25k: Forbidden Lightweight: 2005 Lotus Elise

For about a decade, we in the USA had to stare forlornly across the Atlantic Ocean at the lucky devils who had access to the fantastic light weight Elise 2-seat roadster by Lotus.  It was the ultimate forbidden fruit and an entire generation was sold in Europe before our prayers were finally answered 2005 with the release of the Federal Elise.  Find this 2005 Lotus Elise offered here on eBay currently bidding for $26,700 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Houston, TX.

5k: 337k Miles Young: 1985 BMW 735i E23

The E23 generation BMW 7-series help to cement BMWs reputation in the late 20th century as the builder of fast Q-ships available with a manual gearbox.  Its shark nose styling can be attributed to our favorite mustache enthusiast and car designer -- Paul Bracq, and this next example is the reason why they call these things bulletproof.  Find this 1985 BMW 735i offered for $6,500 in Pacific Heights, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

3k: BikeTruck: 1990 Daihatsu HiJet, GSX600r-powered

The Daihatsu HiJet is a truck of many virtues. It's mostly at home hauling small loads around small obstacles while consuming small amounts of fuel. They're cheap. They're illegal on highways in most states, which is a moot point given their low top speeds. Now, a methed-out MacGyver has spliced the rear half of a "Gixxer" with a HiJet, at the expense of a few of those virtues (payload and 4WD) while adding a new one: 100 mph and beyond. Find this Half 1990 Daihatsu HiJet, half 1994 Suzuki GSX600r for sale in St. Cloud, MN for $2,500 via craigslist.

5k: Ask Me Ascona Thing: 1975 Opel 1900 Sport Wagon

 Any discussion about wagons sold from Buick dealers in the late '60s early '70s conjures up images of those giant 3 row seat equipped monsters that sucked fuel and gave the rear passengers neck sunburn.  But the A-Body basd Sport Wagon wasn't the only wagon you could find at Buick dealers, there was a little Opel sitting forlornly in the corner of the showroom that should have gotten more attention, let's fix that today with an interview.  Find this 1975 Opel 1900 Sport Wagon offered for $3,000 in Saginaw, MI via greatlakes4x4.  "Friend of the seller" submission from Scott.

Monday, April 20, 2015

5k: Ocean Hopping Keitora: 1991 Subaru Sambar

How much more Idaho can you get than a small town named Salmon with a population of 3,112?  Perhaps a town named Potato or Spud could be even more descriptive of the 14th largest and 39th most populous state in the Union, but today's feature has floated a long way from home.  Find this 1991 Subaru Sambar offered for $4,500 in Salmon, ID via craigslist.  Tip from AbnMike.

What Am I? Plastic Surgery

Welcome to another edition of DT's cure for the Monday morning blues -- What Am I? We find a random picture of a car and you get to guess what it is. Last week's Fiat 128 3p tail light was quickly solved by Kevin Harper, but this week we are going under the hood for a peak.  Update with solution below.

10k: W123 Survivor: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300CD

The Mercedes-Benz W123 chassis won't win any competitions involving speed or handling, but if you ever need a car to play tortoise to all the other hares, this is it.  Expect the engine to outlast just about everything else on the road and the chassis will take an amazing amount of abuse and just keep on ticking.  Find this 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300CD here on eBay currently bidding for $8,800 reserve-not-met located in Annapolis, MD with a few hours to go.

20k Some Assembly Required: 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo

The 996 generation Porsche 911 turbo is a freakishly fast sports machine that hits 60mph in 4.2 seconds and will cruise all the way up to a 189 mph top speed.  Unfortunately, it has a reputation for popping engines as often as Anthony Wiener exposes his frank 'n' beans to transsexuals on the twitter...which in case you aren't familiar is about the same frequency as an Audi/VAG product sends its coil packs packing.  BUT, if you want a REALLY REALLY fast car for cheap...it doesn't get much better than this 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo here on eBay currently bidding for $21,250 with a few hours to go located in Pinellas Park, FL.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

10k: Pre-Sprinter: 1967 Mercedes-Benz O309D L406D Dusseldorf T2 Transporter Series 1

Since we were on the subject of motorhomes, I figured I'd post another...wait...what's that...you didn't want to chat about motorhomes...oh...sorry. The O309D Mercedes-Benz truck was the precursor to today's Sprinter van, and uses Mercedes sedan engines to push its plus sized chassis slowly around town.  Find this 1967 Mercedes-Benz O309D L406D Dusseldorf T2 Transporter Series 1 offered for $10,000 in Noblesville, IN.

1k: Explorer Starter Kit: 1964 Clark Cortez Motorhome

 Hernán Cortés was a Spanish explorer and Conquistador who spearheaded the invasion that toppled the Aztec Empire and brought a large part of what is Mexico under the umbrella of the Spanish Empire.  This next feature looks old enough to have witnessed some of those early encounters with natives, but with a little work could be great for some exploring.  Find this 1964 Clark Cortez Motorhome offered for $1,000 in Vista, CA via craigslist.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

5k: Always Get Permission: 1984 Datsun 200SX Turbo

 The S12 generation Nissan Silvia was sold in the USA as the Datsun 200SX because the Nissan and Silvia names were not acceptable over here for reasons nobody understands.  In later years, the front-engine rear-drive 200SX was available with a version of the VG30E V6 from the 300ZX/Maxima, but the coolest version has a the pizza box hood scoop and turbo inline-4. Find this 1984 Datsun 200SX Turbo offered for $5,000 in Mesa, AZ.  Tip from FuelTruck.

5k: Peterpan's Coffin: 1976 Jensen GT Shooting Brake

If you think the Volvo 1800ES was alone in the segment of Northern European shooting brakes from the early 70s, you would be mistaken.  A little company called Jensen Motors built the Jensen-Healey convertible starting in 1972, but added a hardtop in 1974 to create the Jensen GT.  Find this 1976 Jensen GT currently bidding here on eBay for $7,100 buy-it-now with 1 day to go, located in Florence, Oregon.  Tip from Roy F.

25k: Italian Style: 1971 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S

If you head out to the nearest Lancia (the "ci" is pronouned like "sh" in ship with a silent "i", so the name sounds like lan-sha) dealer looking for a new car wearing the lance and shield logo, you'll find that it is quite a long trip (Lancia withdrew completely from the US market in 1982) and the cars in the showroom are miserable rebadged Chrysler group rejects.  It wasn't always like this, and there was a time when you could buy a oddly complex Italian built machine like the Fulvia.  Find this 1971 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S offered for $25,000 in Alameda, CA via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.