Monday, June 30, 2014

2k Roadkill: Holy Guacamole: 1976 Toyota Hilux

Time for another of DT's "finds" from the street...aka Roadkill. This one really hits close to home, and I was torn about whether to share it or covet the find and entertain ideas of adding vehicle number 1,204 to the fleet...but cooler heads prevailed and here it is on the site. Just yesterday I found myself reminiscing about my dad's old avocado green 1975 Toyota Hilux, and I said to myself: "self, if I ever find a decently clean green '75 Hilux short bed, I'd like to turn it into a sleeper with a later engine swap, kind of like the Toyota version of Gary Narusawa's Datsun 620 pickup named Walter." Then not one day later I see this avocado green Hilux short bed for sale...but blast, it's a '76! Khaaaaan! Anyways, click through the jump to find the details on this nice 1976 Toyota Hilux, spotted for sale on the street for $2200 o.b.o. in Torrance, CA.  Car is sold.

5k: So Many Questions: 1963 Volvo PV544 Inline-6

The PV444/544 was a passenger car made by Volvo for the post WWII car market.  The PV was the first unibody automobile from Volvo when it was first released for the 1947 model year and somehow managed to survive with little changes through the 1966 model year.  Imagine cross shopping Ford's iconic Mustang and this piece of bathtub shaped 40s steel in the same weekend in 1965.  What a hoot!  The PV444/544 was only ever powered by the Volvo's B-series inline four mated to the rear wheels...but...someone managed to shove a tri-carb fed domestic inline-6 up front in this one.  Find this 1963 Volvo PV-544 Inline-6 offered for $3,500 in Hamilton, OH via craigslist.  Tip from Scot.

5k: Best of the Worst: 1984 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

The third generation Chevrolet Caprice Classic was introduced in 1977 as a lighter and leaner version of the previous full sized Chevy sedan.  The reduction in weight was in response to fuel economy concerns but it brought with it a better vehicle the dynamic sense.  Unfortunately the Caprice is still a pretty horrible car to drive when compared to the cheap and depreciated German/Japanese sedans you can pickup from the mid 80s, but today's example is not the average Caprice.  Find this 1984 Chevrolet Caprice Classic currently bidding for $5,700 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

20k: Wizards of the Road: 1976 GMC Motorhome

With summer comes the slice of Americana known as the road trip...and today we aren't going talk about cars for a motel trip or camping, instead let's shine some light on the most fundamentally 'Merican version of the road trip car-- the Recreational Vehicle (RV).  Many options exist for the RV, but fewer are more awesome than the GMC motor home with Olds Toronado power.  Find this 1976 GMC Motor Home currently bidding for $19,879 reserve-not-met on ebay with about an hour to go, located in Lakeland, FL.

5k: Starter Car: 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe

 For years a classic Mustang in coupe or fastback form was a low priced classic that could be picked up by anyone for a starter classic (Ed - I just re-read this passage and boy did I use the word classic a lot).  In the past decade or so, the fastbacks have appreciated out of the range of the cheapskate, but the coupe started at a lower base, so even with the same percentage increase they are still somewhat affordable, especially if you are willing to live with the inline-6 version.  Find this 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe currently bidding for $4,800 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in Chardon, OH.

10k: Half Cobra: 1958 MGA Custom

The MGA was built by Morris Garage starting in 1955 and ending in 1962.  The MGA was a modern styled replacement for the long in the tooth MG TF/TD and as one of the first majorly restyled cars from Morris Garages after World War II, it represented a significant break from traditional open-fender styling.  Today's example is a hot rod in the best sense of the term and a good deal to boot.  Interestingly enough the idiom to boot comes from old English to bote (or to bat depending on who you ask), which mean literally to the better.  Regardless, when it comes to boots in this car, the only place for one is firmly mashed on the fun pedal!  Find this 1958 MGA Custom currently bidding for $11,100 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Redwood City, CA via ebay.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

10k: Pipe Dream: 1978 Toyota Celica LSX Turbo

How do you like your Celica? Mustang-mimicking? Toyobaru-inspiring? WRC-qualifying? For the discerning buyer with refined taste, though, the best flavor of Celica comes with hood pins and Mickey Thompsons, seen here. Somewhere aft of both lurks a massive turbo, compressing air on the way to a 6.0L iron-block V8. Now that's refined taste. Find this turbocharged LQ4-swapped 1978 Toyota Celica Coupe in Houston, TX for $10,000 via Craigslist.

5k: James Bondo: The Boat Vette

 In the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, the star of the movie isn't a debinaire Roger Moore, but a 1977 Lotus Esprit that transforms into a submarine.  The movie used an actual Esprit for some of the underwater scenes and that car was subsequently lost to the public eye and only reappear when someone purchased an abandoned storage unit in 1989.  The car eventually sold for almost a million dollars to none other than Tesla Inc's Elon Musk who plans on using it for world domination.  However, imagine an alternative universe in which agent 007 is from Alabama and introduces himself as Bondo, James Bondo....this C3 Corvette Boat offered for $2,700 in Nora Springs, IA would be his ride.   Tip from Zach.

DTO: St Irenaeus Day Special: 1960 Shamrock

Every year around St Patrick's Day, we start scouring the web for odd ball cars from the Emerald Isle, but are always end up with a collection of DeLoreans and other assorted junk to feature.  There are certain oddball rare Irish built cars that just aren't for sale on a regular basis, like the Shamrock, of which a total of 10 vehicles were produced and 8 are accounted for today.  So, it isn't St Patrick's Day, but it is the feast of St Irenaeus (a peacemaker and keeper of arcane knowledge) so lets go with that.  Find this 1960 Shamrock offered for $34,900 from Memory Lane Motors, located in Renton, WA.  Tip from JB1025.

Friday, June 27, 2014

10k: Super Sport Survivor: 1965 Chevrolet Chevy II

The Chevy II was a compact sedan offered from Chevrolet starting in the 1962 model year. This "compact" offered a conventional alternative to the wacky rear-engined Corvair and could be powered with various powerplants by the mid 60s.  Today the Chevy II is seen around the country in car shows with all manner of huge V8s shoved into the front, so to find a factory 283 SS version in survivor condition bidding for a reasonable amount of money is great.  Find this 1965 Chevrolet Chevy II SS currently bidding for $9,000 with 2 days to go, located in Las Vegas, NV.

Coffee Brake: Finders Keepers

Time for another edition of Daily Turismo's Coffee Brake -- where we step away from the calculating and clinical nature our standard posts and experience life on the lighter side.  If you are anything like me, then you've purchased a few used cars over the years and when I say few, what I mean is too many to count.  One of the first things I always do when I pick up a new (to me!) ride is give it a thorough cleaning and descuzzification -- get the all the previous owner's funk, junk, and DNA out of the car.  This involves reaching under seats and finding unknown gems and sometimes you find some bizarre stuff, which is a perfect segue to today's Coffee Brake question.  What is the coolest thing you've found in used car?

Draken Update: The Small Things Make A Big Difference

When we had last left the Draken, it had come home with me and it still needed a few things fixed before it could be used on a regular basis.  First and foremost was the a malfunctioning blinker/hazard light system and second was the noxious odors of gasoline whenever the the Draken was topped up with fuel.  These are problems that could have been fixed with a few expensive trips to a local Swedish car mechanic, but, being a tightwad, I opted to fix them myself. 

Free Stuff? Ebay Garage Giveaway

If you are regular internet car shopper, you might be interested in a giveaway that eBay is sponsoring.  They want to promote their eBay Garage and are giving away a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro with a chance to meet someone named Dale Jr.   As luck would have it, DT is an affiliate advertiser for eBay (that means that we get a few nickles if you buy something on ebay after clicking on one of our links -- such as the ebay motors banner on the right column) so this offer means a chance to win a free car and you can help out DT's finance department.  Just click on this link here, sign into ebay and add a few cars to your garage.

5k: Low Mile Classic: 1973 Porsche 914

The Porsche 914 was originally conceived as a dual purpose range topping Volkswagen and low-end Porsche, to replace the Karmann-Ghia and 912 respectively. The initial plan of marketing the 6-cylinder version as Porsche and the 4-cylinder as VW was eventually canned and lowly 4-banger version got a Porsche crest too -- and today, the easiest way to get in a fight with a 914 enthusiast is to call his car a VW.  Instead of picking fights with people who like driving slow cars, why not join them by picking up this 1973 Porsche 914 currently bidding for $5,800 on ebay with 1 day to go, located in Puyallup, WA.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

5k: Capacious Racing Vehicle: 1998 Honda CR-V, GS-R swap

Honda's first-generation CR-V was a unibody cute 'ute loosely sharing a chassis with the Civic, which is essentially an Integra, resulting in part-swapping shenanigans. The similarities aren't close enough to flood Craigslist with AWD-converted Civics, but enterprising tuners frequently use the 2.0L B20 block to fatten the torque curve of the revvy B16 in the Civic Si. Rarely do the parts flow the other way, because who wants a 5-speed, 8200-rpm, AWD crossover? Actually, that doesn't sound too bad. Find this 1998 Honda CR-V with GS-R swap for $5,995 in Oklahoma City, OK via Craigslist.

10k: Gold Class: 1970 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Wagon

The Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, its Buick Sport Wagon sibling, Chevelle Wagon, and Tempest Wagon cousins are becoming collectable as cool rides for large families or people who need an occasional trip to the hardware store.  Heck, even some examples are driven by people who don't need the space, but just want the halo of cool that surrounds anyone driving such a monstrous piece of machinery on the road today.  Here at the Daily Turismo we tend to focus on the cheap and affordable versions because...well...quite frankly we are a bunch of cheap-asses, but sometimes we want to fight that urge to wash those ziplock bags and would like to imagine for a minute what it would be like to own a really nice example of a classic.  Find this 1970 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Wagon offered for $10,500 in Baltimore, OH via craigslist.  Tip from Oldsmobuick.