Wednesday, April 30, 2014

5k: Put A Little V4 In Your Life: 1970 SAAB 96 - $3900

 If you had thirty nine hundred smackeroos burning a hole in your pocket and missed the chance to pickup Mrs CFlo's 1800S-- fear not!  The world is full of cheap drivable Swedish classics just looking for your love, affection, time and money.  It is sort of like joining a budget dating service that only matches you up with people from half-way houses, but cheap is cheap, right?  Find this 1970 SAAB 96 offered for $3,900 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.

Mid Week Match-Up: $5k City Beater

The post computer age that we live in is rife with companies using semi-autonomous data systems to tailor specific advertising into your inbox.  Just today I received an electronic communication from company called Groupon (pretty sure it is pronounced grow-upon and has something to do with hydroponics) with an advertisement for a local establishment that specializes in toe-nail fungus removal.  I was shocked, horrified, humiliated.  First and foremost, I must unequivocally state that do not have toe-nail fungus.  My nail beds are free from all forms of eukaryotic organisms and furthermore I will avoid frequenting establishments where a plurality of the customers have infected toe-nails for fear of contracting said affliction.  This toe-nailcropolis should be on a shared list of places not to go, forget, we need a  The point is that quasi-automatic harvesting of information for people on the internet is no match for a human touch, and sometimes you need real people with real brains to help DT's Mid Week Match-Up (tm).  Help us find a city driver/beater for Alex V.

10k: 12-Sec Sleeper: 1986 Chevrolet Caprice Brougham

From the seller: "IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE MORE FUN THAN HAVING YOUR FRIENDS IN THE CAR WITH YOU AND SEEING THE FACE OF THE GUY IN THE CORVETTE, CAMARO, & MUSTANG DRIVERS (sic) YOU PASS BY ??" No, I'm pretty sure a 560-horsepower Grandpa mobile is the peak of fun no matter who you are. Find all-motor enjoyment in this 1986 Chevrolet Caprice Brougham sleeper for $9,989 in Madison, WI.  Words by DT contributor slowcarSLOW-MPGlol.

5k: Ice Racer: 1966 Volvo 121 Amazon

The Volvo 121/122S/123GT was first introduced in 1956 as the Volvo Amason, named after the female Greek warriors in legends.  However, a small German motorcycle company owned the rights to the name and negotiated with Volvo to change the name to Amazon and only use it in Sweden -- the rest of the world it would be called the 121.   Regardless, the Amazon turned out to be a solidly built classic that was used for family transporation by generations of Swedes, the 121 was used by lots of other folks for mundane tasks, but this one was turned into an ice racer.  Find this 1966 Volvo 121 Amazon offered for $3,999 buy-it-now on ebay in Copenhagen, Denmark with 5 days to go.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

5k: Fresh Lab Coat Clean: 1993 Ford Escort GT

Do you pine for a car with the esteemed title of nicest 1993 Ford Escort GT available on the market? No need to answer that - of course you do. With a claimed 14,000 miles, this Escort has showroom-quality paint and upholstery to elicit memories of Nirvana, the first Clinton administration, and the hi-top fade. Find this 1993 Ford Escort GT for $3,495 in Detroit, MI. Words by DT contributor slowcarSLOW-MPGlol.

10k: Italian Style, 'Merican Power: 1989 LaForza Magnum GT

 If you were a well-to-do stock broker in the late 1980s and wanted a car for picking up a few lady friends, a two-seat Lambo or Ferrari just won't do.  You need something with a back seat that offers safety from immobile objects during one of your weekly coke and Quaalude fueled benders.  You could have picked up a Land Rover or an SJ Wagoneer, but if you really wanted something with Italian styling there was only one option.  Find this 1989 LaForza Magnum GT offered for $12,500 in Washington, DC via craigslist.  Tip from _MNMLST_.

The Left-Handed Spanner: Save the Cable Cars

What's the most famous train in the world? Not the Orient Express, Shinkansen, Chattanooga or even the Auto-Train, it's definitely San Francisco's cable cars. You'd think the DNA of every public official in SF would encode genetic memory that historic trains are civic treasure. That's why I was gobstopped to discover the amazing, historic Golden Gate Model Railroaders Club layout is about to be demolished.  The Left-Handed Spanner is a special feature column written by DT contributor Kaibeezy.

2k: Greenzilla: 1987 Suzuki Samurai

 "I love it when a plan comes together" -- John "Hannibal" Smith of the A-Team. 
DT's in-house/out-house master of graphics Kaibeezy delivered a new badge late last week - called the Flatbrimmer badge.  You probably noticed it on the E36 M3 market update posting from yesterday and can see it on the left.  The badge was created a few days ago but you just won't believe the car that Kaibeezy found on his local craiglist today.  Find this 1987 Suzuki Samurai for sale in San Leandro, CA for $2,000 via craigslist.

10k: Broken Fish Hook: 1972 Citroën DS Break Wagon

The subject of this next feature very nearly became part of the DT fleet, but Fortuna's wheel spun a bearing and someone else got this beauty.  The plan was simple, I'd pickup a classic French wagon as penance for the various Francophobic philippics written on the pages of this site. I'd even spoken with the seller and arranged to go take a look at it, but the suddenly, like a woman who had sobered up after giving out her number at a darkened night club, the seller stopped returning my calls, text messages, faxes, singing telegrams, and hired goonsZut alors, sacrebleu, saperlipopette! Voleur! If you stole this French fry oil sprung 7-seater from me, fess up in the comments!  Find this 1972 Citroën DS Break Wagon offered no more for $8,900 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.

Monday, April 28, 2014

What Am I? Nicolas Gauge Edition

Welcome to another edition of DT's cure for the Monday morning blues -- What Am I?  In this better than getting scabies game we find a random picture of a car from a interweb advertisement and you get to guess what kind of car it came from.  Just what am I anyway?  Update with answer below.

5k: Back Like A Bad Case Of German Measles: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 250C

It is always interesting when car buyers/sellers get heaping piles of advice from internet back seat drivers and pundits.  The advice is always well meaning and usually centers around adding value to the car, such as putting appropriate wheels on it, or suggesting an easy engine upgrade.  In the case of a certain V8 swapped Mercedes-Benz 250C, the best advice was to ditch the aftermarket steering wheel and nasty 1950s Cadillac style batwing aircleaner housing.  Unfortunately the new owner did not see, hear or heed the advice from this website and instead put some nasty donk (dub?) wheels on the car and left everything else the same...including the asking price. Do you think that is gonna stop us from featuring it again?  The next owner is gonna need to do better if he expects us to ignore it!  Find this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 250C offered for $5,500 via craigslist.

15k: Alfa Male: 1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider V8-4spd Swap

Oct 20, 2013: The Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider was a gorgeous drop-top two seater from Italy, styled by Carlo Felice Bianchi "Cici" Anderloni and built from 1958 to 1961.  Most examples trade in the $40k price range when it pristine condition and are powered by one of Alfa's small and sweet inline-4 cylinder engines.  Today's feature has double the cylinders, but half the price and will have the Alfisti screaming bloody's awesome.  Find this 1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider with Chevy V8 and 4-spd for sale in Santa Cruz, CA for $15,000 via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy. 

Update April 28, 2013: This 1959 Alfa Romeo Spider with V8 is still for sale, now without pictures but with a simple statement from the seller "Can be seen on website Daily Turismo." Any seller who references DT in his advertisement is okay in our book. Thanks to AW for pointing this out in the comments!

E36 M-Cubed: ///Monday ///Market ///Madness

If you are a hipster douche-bag with some money in the bank, the car to get is the BMW E30 M3.  But, what if your used trucker hat was actually once used by a trucker, your ironic t-shirt is ironic because you bought it from an Armenian thrift store and you don't realize it says douche-bag in Armenian on it, and those rips in your jeans are from wear/tear.  If this is the case you might want to consider the E36 M3 because it offers the same blinker free driving experience at a fraction of the cost.

10k: Wash Me: 1990 BMW E30 M3

The E30 M3 is one of those cars that has recently made the jump to collector status, and basic running/drive examples in good shape trade in the $30k range.  While you might not really want an example that has been sitting in a garage and covered in dust, you are gonna think twice about this one once you see the asking price.  Find this 1990 BMW E30 M3 offered for $12,000 or-best-offer in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

2k: Wanna Be 5-er: 1985 Toyota Cressida

The Toyota Cressida was the mid-sized flagship at the top of Toyota's US market lineup from 1976-1993.  The third generation known internally as X70 was built from 1984 to 1988 and featured such innovative features as electronic shock absorber control, but was powered by large, low output, inline-6 engines driving the rear wheels.  Find this 1985 Toyota Cressida with 5-spd gearbox offered for $2,000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

5k: Seller Submission: 1984 BMW 318i

This next BMW coupe is a seller  submission from an owner who says he has  been working hard on it for the last couple of months, replacing a ton of things, and now he's selling it.  Great!  No money better spent on a car than the previous owner's.  Find this 1984 BMW 318i offered for $5,299 in Temecula, CA via craigslist.  Seller submission from David G.

10k: The Rookie: 1964 Ford Falcon Wagon

 The 2002 Disney film The Rookie is based on the real life story of a high school Baseball coach who had washed out of the majors due to shoulder injuries years ago, but went to tryout after promising his high school team.  The film was actually made decent money, probably because it was a G rated film that parents wanted to see.  This next feature is a 1964 Ford Falcon Wagon that was used for at least one scene in the movie currently offered for $8,500 in Fredericksburg, VA via craigslist.