Thursday, July 31, 2014

10k: Repeat Offender? 1965 Ford Galaxie 500

We featured a Ford Galaxie Andy Griffith Mayberry tribute car back in May of this year and recently got a tip from DT reader Linda that the feature car can be seen on the Blowing Rock, NC city webcam here.  On a hunch, I hit ebay with a search for a similar car and...wouldn't you know it...someone is selling a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 Mayberry tribute car on ebay with a starting bid of $12,900 in the nearby town of Huntersville, NC with one day to go.

5k: Oragami Doorstop: 1989 Toyota MR2 Supercharged

The first generation Toyota MR2 was launched in 1984 after a significant development cycle that included racing legend Dan Gurney tossing prototypes around the curves of Willow Springs Raceway in California.  The resulting wedge shaped car was a rare combination of fast, fun and frugality.  Today it is unusual to find an original condition MR2, particularly the zippy supercharged version.  Find this 1989 Toyota MR2 Supercharged offered for $4,500 in Millard, NE via craigslist.  Tip from Andy L.

5k: Arctic Snowcat: 1966 Volvo 1800S

Welcome to another Thorsday feature from the Daily Turismo, where you can pick up a nice classic without making your check writing fingers sore.  Imagine for a minute that you could turn back time and score an early Porsche 911 when they were trading in the teens, or an Alfa GTV, BMW E30 M3 -- the list of dramatically overinflated appreciated cars just goes on.  Time travel might not be possible, but if you play your cards right you might be able to find a ticking time bomb of undervalued steel, drive it for a few years and ditch it when Daily Turismo goes all facebook and starts acquiring hybrid instant-messaging/Star Trek transporter services (SnapFat 2022: Beam your fat to your friends...not all services available in all areas...potential combustion events can occur if you fail to follow the directions).  Here is a great example -- find this 1966 Volvo 1800S currently bidding on ebay for $6,500 in Houston, TX with 4 days to go.

1k: The Last One? 1986 Mitsubishi Cordia

This Monday's What Am I post featured a picture of a compacted Mitsubishi Cordia from Oakland Jeff, and some of DT's readers put on their detective hats/capes and solved it.  I even reached out to Murilee Martin from of Car & Driver and The Truth About Cars and he confirmed that this was a famous crushed Cordia that he personally knew about from various Bay Area car folks (small world, I guess...).  If you read the comments in the original feature you will see that Oakland Jeff checked the car up close and confirmed the Cordia provenance...exclusive pics after the jump!!  Anyway, it warmed up my taste buds for a piece of turbocharged Mitsubishi '80s awesome...but alas, I couldn't find one on craigslist, ebay or fact, the only Cordia I found for sale anywhere in the world is this 1986 Mitsubishi Cordia AC GSR offered for $1,500 AUD ($1,400 USD) in Victoria, Australia via 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

15k: Diesel Duke's DC: 1988 Toyota Hilux Double-Cab Diesel

There comes a time in every car enthusiast's life where something different is really all that's needed (or desired). Forget that belly-button '32 Ford highboy with SBC power, sell the '57 Chevy, dump the Miata trackday car; it's time for a unicorn. In the US Toyota sold a diesel version of its Hilux briefly in the '80s to a few spendthrifts who are likely still clattering around in them, because of their legendary unkillability. However, the double-cab was never sold here in any form until after the Tacoma replaced the Hilux on our shores and by then the diesel option had vanished. If you want both, plus 4WD, the only way to go is importation. Find this 1988 Toyota Hilux Double-Cab w/ 2L diesel for sale in Gardena, CA for $16499 via craigslist.

Mid Week Match Up: Drift King

It is Wednesday so that means it's time for another edition of Daily Turismo's version of a vaccination from driving a Camry,  also known as Mid Week Match-Up!  Last week, we asked readers to find us a car for your ungrateful teenager and received lots of great suggestions.  Today we are going to go another direction and ask our readers to find the best car for taking to an amateur drift event...max price $10k.

??k: Cue The Vultures: 1979 Mercedes 240D W123 V8 Swap

As a rule, we typically don't post cars on this website that don't have a clear asking price or at least a current bidding amount, but sometimes if you have to ask the price you can afford it.  This particular car wouldn't be worth checking out, except that the seller says it needs some sorting before it can be driven home...and the jackal inside me smells a wounded antelope calf....and I'm hungry.  Find this 1979 Mercedes 240D V8 Swap offered for sale in Oakland Hills, CA via craigslist for an undisclosed price.  Tip from Fueltruck.

10k: Low Buck Vintage Rally: 1972 Saab Sonett

The North American Vintage Rally scene consists of  mostly TSD (time-speed-distance) and caravan style events (e.g. Targa California) with an emphasis on classic cars.  You don't need to have a $50k restored trailer queen to enter most of these events and you'll probably have more fun trying to keep up with your co-participants in a V4 powered Saab then trying to keep your foot off the loud pedal of a '63 Vette.  You could find a cheap Sonett and spend a few months restoring it to road-ready condition, or save a few bucks and pick up something that has absorbed a ton of the previous guy's money/ this 1972 Saab Sonett offered for $8,000 in Sausalito, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy & Gianni.

7k: Not a Morgan, Still a Midget: 1970 MG Midget with Arkley Body

While some custom-bodied Sprites are built to sober up its giggly maw, the kit on this mechanically similar Midget discards its classic sporting lines and spoofs the design language of the quintessential British roadster. Its odd proportions are jarring. The seller calls it "Morgan-like," but it looks more like a Meyers Manx dune buggy spliced with an MG TF. Like it or love it, this award-winning Midget is in exceptional shape and is offered for a price easier to swallow than most of the cars it imitates. Find this 1970 MG Midget with Arkley body kit in Jackson, MS for $7,250 via craigslist. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

5k: Blue Bunny: TDI-swapped 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit

The earliest Volkswagen Rabbit had the purest Giugiaro-penned lines, truest driving experience, and stingiest use of fuel, especially the diesel version. But with 54 diesel-sipping horses, it was as slow as a DMV line full of politicians - and smelled just as bad. This Rabbit has chucked its old 1.6-liter naturally aspirated mill in favor of a "Turbocharged Direct Injection" 1.9-liter unit, good for 90 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque. And because of the MK1's lightweight body and four-speed manual transmission, it still returns a hybrid-shaming 50 mpg. Find this TDI-swapped 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit in Tampa, FL for $5,500 via craigslist.

Reader Ride: Attention To Detail MGB GT-Sport

Time for another edition of DT's Reader Ride feature, which keeps delivering the hits like an MMA professional in a bar fight.  This next feature comes from reader KC who has what appears to be at first glance a lightly modified MGB GT.  Appearances are deceiving because this thing is anything but lightly modified and it looks like a dream come true for an MGB GT enthusiast who doesn't want something stock.

5k: Redman, Your Redmobile Awaits: 1978 Volvo 245 DL, 51k Miles

The Volvo 240 has been many things to many people since it debuted nearly 40 years ago, from sensible commuter car, to family truckster, to Group A championship winning touring car, to rally machine, and so forth. But what if the 240 was a superhero's ride, and his name was Redman? No, not Method Man's buddy Redman the rapper (aka Reginald "Reggie" Noble), but a dude dressed in red spandex who drove from public library to public library solving petty theft mysteries, sharpening pencils, and slipping on banana peels. I'm thinking of an even dorkier version of The Greatest American Hero. If that Redman existed, the wagon below would be his Redmobile. You'll see what I mean. Find this cherry 1978 Volvo 245 DL for sale in Tucson, AZ for $6500 via craigslist.

5k: Yellow Bird: 1979 Saab 99 Coupe

The Saab 99 is no stranger to the pages of this website, particularly given the gin and tonic fueled purchase of the Draken.  The number of available Saab 99s on the market at any given time is very limited given the number produced. My personal theory is that some savvy Saab collector is storing them in a giant multi-level warehouse in preparation for their inevitable ascension to overpriced collector classic status, but the sad truth is that many have been welcomed to the crusher's warm embrace on the way to being reborn as can openers, un-galvanized fencing nails, faux-antique wagon wheels and other things that rust slower than a 99.  However, if you keep your eyes open you will occasionally find a good one, like this 1979 Saab 99 Coupe offered for $3,500 in Rhode Island via craigslist.

10k: Orange Crusher: 1970 Ford Torino 429 4V

The Torino name was originally applied to an upscale version of the intermediate Fairlane sedan, but  eventually the Torino name took the lead from Fairlane.  The Torino was available in sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon trim, but none was as cool as the fastback (aka Sportsroof), plus it was available with the giant fuel guzzling and pavement shredding 429 cubic inch V8.  Find this 1970 Ford Torino 429 currently bidding for $9,837 on ebay with a few hours to go, located in Lake City, FL.

Monday, July 28, 2014

15k: Minty Classic: 1965 Mercury Comet

We've mentioned before how the Ford Falcon is the thinking man's version of the Mustang -- offering the same rugged simplicity and interchangeable parts, but for a cheaper condition-to-price tradeoff.  What if we said there was a thinking man's version of the Falcon?  An Inception-like cheaper version of the cheaper version, complete with more rarity and more funky good looks, all the while saving you cash.  Find this 1965 Mercury Comet currently bidding for $16,800 reserve-not-met with less than 24 hours to go on ebay, located in Lakeland, FL.

What Am I? Found Under A Rubble Pile

Welcome to another edition of DT's cure for the Monday morning blues -- What Am I?  In this better than being crushed by a pile of rubble game we find a random picture of a car and you get to guess what it is exactly.  Today's feature comes from DT regular reader Oakland Jeff who isn't sure what it is. Just what am I anyway?
Updated July 30 - see below...

5k: Classic Offroader: 1967 International Harvester Scout 800

The International Harvester Company was an industrial manufacturing firm that traced its roots back to the 1830s when a bushy beard sporting Virginian inventor named Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for a horse drawn reaper.  Many years later IHC entered the light truck/passenger vehicle market with something called the 1907 Model A Auto Wagon, but it wasn't until the 1961 introduction of the Scout that they had something that could legitimately compete with the Big 3.  Today, the Scout makes an excellent alternative to a Bronco or Blazer.  Find this 1967 International Harvester Scout 800 currently bidding for $4,617 on ebay with 3 days to go, located in Pueblo, CO.