Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Unicorn hUnters. Ask, Find, Post: What Do You Want?

Welcome to a special Daily Turismo feature of Unicorn hUnters, where together we ask, find and post the best examples or unique/rare/cool automobiles.  First we are going to ask you, our dear readers, for suggestions on a car that we should find.  Next we will post a winning "unicorn" car and ask our readers to find the best example around by posting in comments or sending us a link.  Finally we will post a selection of our favorite examples.  So, go ahead, what car(s) are you always looking for?


The idea for Unicorn hUnters (tm) came from the ashes of our 50 cars in one day post.  We were able to find around 5 examples of Subaru SVX with swapped manual transmissions for sale, not through our own usual search channels, but because of the combined firepower of our dedicated, enthusiastic and heavily medicated fan base (that is you...is it time for the purple pill yet?)

For this first post it is simple - just add in the comments below what you are looking for, and don't say a good daily driver between $5k-$15k...be specific.  Like a 2004-2009 Jaguar XJR, low miles, good shape for less than $15k.  We'll pick one make/model/generation and put up another post later asking readers to help out.

Comments below.

33 comments:

  1. 2005 Porsche turbo S convertible, low miles, 6 speed, cobalt blue for under $60k, would fill the ticket.

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  2. ^is that Jay Leno? Mine request is much less lofty. I'd like one pre-1975 turbo-4 cylinder (SR20DET? or ?) powered vehicle that fits 5 people for less than $10k. Like the Volvo 122S from yesterday but something different.

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  3. Mazda Cosmo
    Toyota 2000GT
    Iso Rivolta
    1969-70 Mercedes 280SL with the rare euro 5 spd

    John

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  4. 1987-89 Mitsubishi starion/ Chrysler conquest
    1993-97 Toyota Supra

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    1. Would a minty 1986 Conquest do? http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/4105143787.htm

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  5. Elvis' BMW 507

    Please.

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  6. A cheap (relatively) Mark IV Supra with fire or flood damage that is still salvageable, just like Fast N Fu.

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    1. Overnight parts from Japan sold separately.

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  7. A 1984-85 Ford Thunderbird Fila Edition.

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  8. 1995.5 Audi S6 Avant

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    1. Here's one: http://forums.quattroworld.com/classifieds-vehicles/msgs/20056.phtml

      John

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  9. 1963 Jaguar Mark II 3.8 with 4 speed and overdrive.

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    1. http://asheville.craigslist.org/cto/4082903817.html

      John

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  10. An actual Willys Interlagos. They made a berlineta, coupé, and convertible. I've never seen the convertible. I just love the idea of the Willy's name on that car.

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  11. An affordable E9 BMW might as well be a unicorn these days

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  12. I'd like to find a '66 or so Volvo 1800 (or an yellow or orange ES) that isn't hiding horrors (because I don't have the knowledge to find them) ... honestly restored, if that isn't an oxymoron

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  13. Three cars... Renault R5 Turbo 2 or.... well... a R5 Turbo 2 or R5 Turbo 2. (I really want one!)

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  14. Atypical V8 sub-supercars from the 2000s. Qvale Mangusta, Maserati Coupe, BMW Z8, Panoz, Spyker.
    Otherwise, vastly depreciated AMG models are a hoot to look through. "Honey, can I sell your 2005 Corolla to buy a V12 Merc?"

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  15. 1987 Chevy Sprint Turbo, in good shape.

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    1. http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/4025298396.html

      John

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  16. A not rusty (faded paint is OK) running drivable 1956 Pontiac 4-door station wagon for under 10K

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  17. 1992-1993 Jaguar XJS 4.0 coupe w/5 speed manual! ~120 imported to the US.

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  18. I want another request: A clean, unmodded, low mileage, non-salvage-titled 1991 Isuzu Impulse RS. You know, the flush-faced Geo Storm with Turbo and AWD? Not to mention a Lotus tuned engine and suspension! You DID say unicorn!

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  19. I'll stick with the japanese hot-hatches people are mentioning:
    Clean Suzuki swift Gti
    1989 Dodge Colt/Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo (1 year only with 16V)
    87-88 Mirage turbo (had better gearing than their predecessors and Colt brethren if I remember correctly, but I may have it backwards) These were the annual winners of R&T's (C&D's? my memory is failing me) Fun per dollar quotient 4-5 years in a row.

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    1. another quirky one: Corolla FX-16 GTS

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  20. In the 'states:
    5-speed (manual) Land Rover Disco
    5-speed (manual) ZJ Grand Cherokee
    5-speed (manual) Diesel (CRD) Jeep Liberty (I don't think these exist)
    Manual transmission equipped 2002 tii roundie that isn't a complete basketcase / stanced / whatever
    Manual transmission equipped 60's Merc SL
    MGC-GT all original
    Smog legal v8 V90 / 960 Volvo.
    1998 V70 T-5 manual
    1998 V70-R w/manual swap

    That should keep the commentariat busy for a while.

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    1. MGC-GT original: http://www.californiaclassix.com/showroom.html

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  21. Also: AWD Jensen Interceptor

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  22. I'll add my own weird one to the list:

    1988-89 Nissan Pulsar NX with 1.8L CA18DE engine, T-top, and the "Sportbak" which turns it into a kind of folding shooting brake.

    http://www.curbsideclassic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/PulsarCanopy.jpg

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    1. Best I can find so far is this '87 w/ 1.6L and 5-spd manual for $1250 - someone do better!

      http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/3977249372.html

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    2. http://eugene.craigslist.org/cto/4098307448.html

      http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/4085957764.html

      John

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