The E21 generation BMW 3 Series is one of the better generations of BMWs to pick up clean examples for next to nothing for a number of reasons. First, the E21 doesn't have the cachet that the E30 has and as such the market isn't flooded with stanced E21s or buoyed by fanboy dreams of the ultimate driving experience. Sometimes being in the minority is a good thing...certainly for your pocket book if you pay attention. Find this 1980 BMW 323i Euro Import for sale in Portland, OR for $7,500 via bimmerforums.com
Friday, January 31, 2014
Okay, I know what you are thinking. Another bloody Volvo. Really DT? You can't find anything to do other than search for Snow White's coffins? I swear, this is it. This is the last Volvo 1800 that we will feature...this week. Probably. Unless we find another one featured at almost half price relative to the market. This one will blow-your-mind. Find this 1973 Volvo 1800ES offered for $6,700 or best offer in Blountville, TN via hemmings.com.
If you don't watch Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, a brilliant video series starring the original NY car guy himself, you are seriously missing out. The show covers in a Seinfeldesque stream of consciousness afternoon with Jerry and a guest getting a cup of coffee, drinking things like wheat puff cereal milkshakes and generally being funny. However, the real stars are the cars and while season one's list of cars reads like a DT dream list (Beetle, Karmann-Ghia, MBZ 300 SEL 6.3, Triumph TR6, '70 Challenger) the second season amped up the rides to 1 percenter levels (Lamborghini Miura, '73 Carrera RS and E-Type Jag) but affordable cars still show up now and the Jan 30th episode stars
Tina Fey a 1967 Volvo 1800S.
Do not attempt to adjust your TV set. The images you see are indeed correct, this is a Dodge Magnum, just not the Magnum that lives on a Chrysler LX platform and shares components with the Mercedes W202 and W211 platforms. This car dates from the first time that Dodge used the Magnum name and was the last hurrah for the Chrysler B-body, the stalwart of awesomeness that underpinned the Dart, Coronet, Fury, Charger, Cordoba and finally...the Magnum. Find this 1979 Dodge Magnum for sale in East SF Bay, CA for $7,450 via craigslist. Tip from KBZ.
The C4 generation Audi S4 was the first car to wear the S4 badge and as such is commonly called the Ur-S4, Ur being short for Ursprünglich or original in German. Audi was nipping at the heels of BMW and Mercedes in the sport/luxury sedan segment, and when introduced in 1991 the S4 added a well needed dose of fun to Audi's lineup of dull and under-steer prone sedans. Find this 1993 Audi Ur-S4 for sale in Valley Village, CA for $3,000 obo via bimmerforums.com
Thursday, January 30, 2014
The classic Porsche 911 has been subjected to all sorts of abuse over the years by hacksaw and torch wielding hoons. Most of the
damage custom examples date from the era when the 911 was inexpensive on the used market and the cost of repairing the flat-6 was equal or greater than a fair purchase price. Naturally folks figured out how to shove Chevy's ubiquitous V8 into the back. Find this 1969 Porsche 911 T Slantnose V8 Custom for sale in Gaylordsville, CT currently bidding for $8,100 with 3 days to go on ebay.
The fourth generation Mustang was internally designated the SN-95 and continued the tradition of V8 powered 2+2 performance that was first launched in 1964 with the first generation Mustang. The SN-95 generation was refreshed in 1999 with what was called the New Edge styling, a corporate make-over of Ford's product entire product line in a stealth plane style. In 2003 Ford finally introduced a Cobra that was worthy of the tribute to Carrol Shelby's original Cobra Mustangs...also known as the Terminator. Find this 2004 Ford Mustang Cobra for sale in North Austin, TX via NASIOC.com forums and craigslist.
The Lancia Flaminia was a luxury cruiser built in Italy in sedan, coupe, cabriolet and limousine versions. The coupe/cab/limo versions were coach built by various Italian metal working firms, but the Flaminia sedan was designed by Pininfarina built in house at Lanica between 1957-1970. Less than 4,000 of the tail-fin styled Berlinas were built and you'd be lucky to ever see one on the road today. Find this 1967 Lancia Flaminia Berlina offered for $14,250 in Berkeley, CA via craigslist.
Did you know that the word for the 4th day of the week as defined by ISO 8601 actually comes from the middle English word Thuresday, literally Thor's day? Regardless, the best way to start off Thorsday (or the 5th day of the week for Sunday-first adherents) is with a bang...ing Volvo Amazon. Find this 1963 Volvo 122S Amazon Sedan offered for $3,000 in Noe Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Mobility, along with baseball and the Snuggie, is what makes this country great (EIC Vince: Don't forget about apple pie, McDonalds and the atom bomb!). But there's only so much mobility you can extract from your four-cylinder Hondas and two-seat MGAs. Satisfy your winter wanderlust with this 1995 Ford Bronco offered for $5,000 in Minneapolis, MN via craigslist. Words and tip from DT commenter & contributor slowcarSLOW-MPGlol.
The Volvo 1800ES gets a regular DT spotlight not because it is worshiped by self-styled enthusiast (cough cough, BMW 2002) or sporty (cough 911), but because it is an honest underrated classic built in limited numbers and, most importantly, it is affordable. Nothing demonstrates this better than the pennies being asked for this project 1800ES. Find this 1973 Volvo 1800ES project for sale in Santa Clara, CA for $1700 via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
There is an old Chippewa Native American legend about how when the earth was formed there was a giant split in the ground with man on one side and all the animals on the other. All the animals shook in fear as the split widened, but only the dog dared to leap the chasm and join the side of man, forever to be his best friend. Classic cars also make a leap, from cheap sum-of-their-parts prices (think Volvo Amazon) to the other side where zealous "collectors" under the lights of a Barrett-Jackson auction spend their 401ks to get some piece of their youth back. Cars like the 911, big block C2 Vette or fastback Mustang have made the leap, from depreciated junk to appreciating classic. The money to be made isn't in the cars that have already made the leap, even basket case examples are offered for prices where the people who left them to rot want you to pay for the privilege of restoration...nobody wants that. What we do want is cheap motoring with a touch of vintage cool for less than $5k.
The Maserati Merak was a V6 powered version of the Maserati Bora, sort of Maserati's version of the Ferrari Dino...built with sports car handling and super car looks, just a smaller/cheaper engine than its big brother. The Merak dates from when Maserati was run by Citroën and was powered by V6 also used in the strange looking and kooky Citroën SM. The Merak doesn't have the panache or following of the Dino so you could pick one up for cheap and swap a Chevy V8 into it without raising too many eyebrows. Find this 1975 Maserati Merak with Chevy V8 currently bidding for $18,000 on ebay (reserve-not-met) in Tempe, AZ with 2 days to go.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The European built Ford Escort Mk I was the replacement for the long in the tooth Ford Anglia, also built in Europe for the European market. The Escort was the first Ford to be equipped with a rack-and-pinion steering system (years before the Mustang II was launched only to be stripped/parted for all manner of hot rod front ends) and it was renowned for its handling prowess. Find this 1970 Ford Escort Mk I 1600 GT for sale in Baltimore, MD currently bidding for $7,900 reserve-not-met with 1 day to go.
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Mention the term Barn Find around car guys and you get two responses. The first is from the group who starts fantasizing about restoring the car back to its original glory and the second are guys who start thinking about how much they hate money pits, rust pits and spider pits. Here at DT headquarters near the intersection of Lazy Avenue and Poor Street we firmly maintain that a barn find needs to be a significant deal to be considered and you should never pay the previous owner for the privilege of restoring a car. A barn find should be drastically cheaper than survivor or restored version of a car and the buyer should be rich in free time to fix/restore. Don't buy a barn find if you just had triplets or work a full time job and go to night school, but it isn't a bad idea for the recently retired. Find this 1970 Datsun 240Z barn find for sale in Portland, OR for $
5,000 $3,400 via craigslist. Seller submission from Ian. Update Jan 28, 2014, 11:15AM PST, price dropped to $3,400
The Datsun 240Z ushered in the era of the Japanese sports car and while it wasn't as maniac as the later Skylines, Evolutions, 300Zs, and such that made headlines for Japanese performance, it was the first mass market car from the Land of the Rising Sun to get everything right. Its combination of nimble chassis, communicative steering, ass-on-the-ground seating and cool styling could only be made better by upping the power with a V8 from a Corvette; and no one finds the best engine swapped classics like the mad men over at MotoeXotica. Find this 1971 Datsun 240Z V8 for sale in St Louis, MO currently bidding for $7,000 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go.