Thursday, January 31, 2013

10k: 1992 Volvo 740 LS1/T56 Swap... is back on eBay, now with lower price

The 1992 Volvo 740 featured in Nov, 2012 is back on ebay, but this time with a lowered starting bid of $9k and buy-it-now of $10,500.  Find it here on ebay or go test drive it in Fallbrook, CA and send us the details - we'd love to know what this thing drives like.  The only reason we haven't just purchased this car for our own DT fleet is the California smog hassle we'd have to deal with, but the prospect of needing to get it BAR referee certified is looking better each time we think about it.  Update 2/1 8:52amPST: BAR ref certification not required to renew its diesel title if you willing to live life under the radar - and worst case you could get it certified to 1999 C5 Vette smog levels and be 100% legit.

Please buy this car before we do...our wives will thank you!

15k: 2011 Ford Flex; 3.5 V6 EcoBoost TwinTurbo; Warp Speed Ahead

The Ford Flex is a large crossover sport utility vehicle released into the wild in the 2009 model year.  At introduction it was powered by a simple V6, but in 2010 it become available with the optional twin turbocharged EcoBoost engine to create what is the worlds fastest stock 7 passenger vehicle without an AMG emblem.  This 2011 Ford Flex w/ EcoBoost V6 is for sale in Redford, MI currently bidding on ebay for $13,099 with 6 days to go.

10k Flash: 1985 BMW 320i Euro 4Door MTech w/M50 I6 Swap

The E30 BMW 3-series continues to have some of the better buys on the market for folks looking for rear drive, manual trans equipped sedans.  We really like the look of this 1985 BMW 320i European import equipped with a M50 inline 6 swap, for sale in Charlotte, NC for $8500 via forums. 

5k: 1985 Porsche 928S Autotragic, GP White

The Porsche 928 was introduced to the world in 1978 as the shape of things to come for Porsche.  The sleek-in-the-front and bulbous-in-the-rear design was penned by Wolfgang Möbius and was one of the first cars to offer a polyurethane front bumper that survived the USA 5 mph impact requirements introduced in the mid 1970s.  A V8 up front mated to a trans-axle finished the design that was decidedly non-911 and very much a luxury grand tourer.  This 1985 Porsche 928S is offered in grand prix white, fitted with an automatic transmission and for sale in Largo, FL for $6,500 obo via ebay.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

15k: 1988 BMW M3, Clean Alpine White E30,

The E30 generation BMW M3 is a rare sight on the pages of the Daily Turismo as most examples that aren't salvaged titled wrecks have long ago appreciated to silly prices.  It's probably because the E30 M3 is a wickedly fun car to drive and built like a tank, but nonetheless we will claim it's because the well-to-do E30 fan-boys far exceed the production numbers causing a supply shortfall and demand surplus.  Regardless, this 1988 BMW M3 for sale in LA, CA looks to be a smokin deal at $18,500 for the condition and miles.

5k Flash: 1989 Jeep Cherokee; Cherokeemino!

In 1984 the XJ generation Jeep Cherokee set the standard for a new era of compact sport utility vehicles (SUVs).  Other manufacturers were surprised by success of the AMC designed unibody off-roader and scrambled to develop all manner of copycats.  This 1989 Jeep Cherokee has been given a custom Cherokeemino rear end treatment and is for sale in a snowy part of Idaho for $3,999 buy-it-now on ebay.

DT Tinsel Towncar Feature: The Cars of the Rockford Files

The Daily Turismo is proud to announced a new special feature - the Tinsel Towncar - where we feature our favorite cars from TV and Movies, not the actual show cars, but a reasonable facsimile that you can buy for cheap! Our first feature is of the cars of the Rockford Files; the Universal Studios/Roy Huggins production that ran for 6 series and helped make a legend out of the 2nd generation Firebird.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

5k: 1969.5 Ford Maverick; It Ain't Easy Being Anti-Establish-Mint Green

"Its not that easy being green" -- so famously sung by Kermit the frog could not have applied more to this 1970 Ford Maverick currently for sale in Burleston, TX, bidding for just under $5,000 with 3 hours to go.   But green's the color of spring and this car was inexplicably given a spring shower with a pressure washer, blistering off large chunks of paint and reducing its resale value considerably.

10k: 1993 Cadillac Allanté; Italian Style, Fail-Wheel-Drive

The Cadillac Allanté was another attempt by an American automaker to bring some European style and allure into its American brands.  It wasn't a failure of epic proportions like the Chrysler TC by Maserati or the AMC Eagle Premier, in fact it could be considered one of the best front wheel drive luxury GT cars to come from an American manufacturer...a dubious honor indeed.  This 1993 Cadillac Allanté convertible is for sale in Lakeland, FL, currently bidding on ebay at $8,501 with 6 hours to go.

5k: 1987 BMW E30 Trailer; BBQ Power

 The E30 generation BMW 3-series was a successful yuppy-mobile when new and has generated a significant cult following as a cheap, fun & reliable sports sedan.  BMW built almost 2.5 million E30s from 1982-1994 in coupe, sedan, estate & convertible trim, but they never built a 'trailer' an E30 fanatic from California did it for them.  This one of a kind 1987 BMW E30 trailer is for sale in La Crescenta, CA currently bidding on ebay for $100 reserve-not-met.

Monday, January 28, 2013

10k Flash: 1966 Porsche 912; Cheap Entry for Air Cooled

The Porsche 912 (1965-1969) was an entry level version of the iconic 911; using an aircooled flat-four (similar to the 356) it delivered better fuel economy in exchange for a cacophonous exhaust note and mild performance.  The 912 was unloved for many years, the red-headed step child of the Porsche family, cheap examples were parted out for interior/panel/misc parts to keep 911s running and looking good, but recently the 912 has come into its own, and like an ugly duckling turning into a swan, its spawned its own enthusiast sites and prices for nice examples have appreciated to nearly that of the flat-6 powered 911.  Therefore, it is surprising to see this numbers matching 1966 Porsche 912, located in Phoenix, AZ bidding on ebay for as little as $12,200 with 11 hours to go.

5k Flash: 1964 Lincoln Continental Project; Some Assy Required

The 4th generation slab-sided Lincoln Continental is an automotive icon - famous for its roll in the Kennedy assassination as it is for its trademark suicide doors long before it was used as a getaway car in the Matrix.  Produced from 1960-1969, today it is a hipster's dream car and well kept or restored examples trade well above $20k, so its surprising and nice to see one for DT prices.  We are happy to give a quick glimpse of this 1964 Lincoln Continental hardtop project for sale in Los Angeles, CA for $3500 via craigslist.

5k: 1939 Ford Siamese Coupe; Is it Coming or Going? Riddler!

The fine art of mounting two similar cars nose-to-nose has evolved over the years from home brew pickups all the way to the guys on Top Gear BBC trying their hand at the coming/going car.  This 1939 Ford Siamese Coupe looks to be a great example, is built on an 1980s Chevy chassis and is for sale in Pontiac, IL currently bidding on ebay for $2,650 with 5 days to go.

Staring at this coupe too long will leave you dog tired.

5k: 1965 Chevy Corvair w/ Olds 215 V8; No Bids

 Most DT posts are currently for sale cars, but occasionally we will watch an auction and are only surprised when it sells at a high price or fails to sell with a low reserve - which is exactly the case for this 1965 Chevy Corvair with an Olds/Buick/Pontiac/Rover 215 V8 shoved behind the back seat and for sale St Charles, MO on ebay with a buy-it-now of $4,200 that failed to get any bids.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

5k Flash: 1987 Pontiac Fiero V6 MT

The Pontiac Fiero is one of those 1980s cars that evokes an instant love/hate reaction from most gear-heads.  Some love it for its mid engine handling and low entry price, while others hate it for shoddy build quality and a total lack of good performance in any guise.  This 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT is equipped with V6 and manual trans, currently bidding on ebay for $3250 with 12 hours to go.

5k: 1973 AMC Hornet 4-Door; Plum Colored Low Mile Survivor

The AMC Hornet debuted in 1970 as a replacement for the outgoing Rambler and lasted until the dissolution of AMC in 1988.  The Hornet chassis outlasted many better cars and was used as the basis of several other AMC cars including the innovative all-wheel-drive Eagle wagon.  This 1973 AMC Hornet 4-door is covered in a particularly ghastly shade of purple and for sale in Muncy, PA for $4,600 or best offer on ebay.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

5k: 1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible

The Oldsmobile Delta 88 wasn't always a mid sized malaise era luxury barge powered by smog-choked V8s, there was a time when it was a large luxury barge with enormous gas guzzling smog-belching V8s.  It doesn't' get much bigger than a mid '60s GM B-Body and the 6th generation Oldsmobile Delta 88 was 18 feet long and 4120 lbs.  This 1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible is for sale in LA Valley Area, CA for $5500 via craigslist.

Friday, January 25, 2013

5k: 1964 Ford Falcon Wagon; Fresno Beauty Queen

The 2nd generation Ford Falcon was sold in 1964 and 1965 on a shared platform with its cousin - the Mustang.  Unibody construction and a sporty (for 1964) suspension setup made the Falcon an instant success, but it was overshadowed by the sporty coupe/fastback Mustang and discontinued in 1970.  This was unfortunate because it offered a far more useable package with the Mustang chassis/powertrain.  We will conclude our Week of Wild Wagons with this 1964 Ford Falcon 4-Door wagon for sale in Fresno, CA currently bidding on ebay for $2,802 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go.

2k Flash: 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300TE W124 Wagon

The W124 generation Mercedes-Benz is one of our favorites at the Daily Turismo, so it's only natural that we would jump at the chance to feature a W124 wagon offered for the price of timing belt change.  This 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300TE W124 wagon is for sale in Los Angeles, CA for $1975 from a seller named BIG ROB (CAPSLOCK IS HIS NOT OURS!).