Friday, October 31, 2014

Lotus Se7en

"Don't look in the box," he says. But the UPS truck just left and that custom oil cooler isn't going to install itself. Such is the life of building a car from scratch to satisfy your lust for driving fast. For $15,000 you get a 2.0-liter Duratec engine mated to an NC Miata 5-speed and an NB Miata Torsen differential inside a hand-constructed chassis. DeteeeecTIVE! You're looking for this Locost.

Welcome to the 2014 Daily Turismo Halloween Horrorod special, where movies and cars collide. If you kill this car, it will win. (But not really)

The Blair Westfalia Project

That pop-up canvas tent atop the Volkswagen Type 2 Transporter offers the distinct advantage of sleeping about 6 feet off the ground, thereby avoiding interruption by demonic children pawing at you in the middle of the night. For $11,000 via The Samba, this T3 generation with a Subaru EJ22 swap comes with 135 horsepower, but no in-dash GPS for when you "kick that f-ing map into the creek."

Welcome to the 2014 Daily Turismo Halloween Horrorod special, where movies and cars collide. The seller was too scared to close the top. Then again, he was too scared to open it.

Silence of the Benz

 It rubs the carnuba wax on the paint or it gets a busted coolant hose again.  There was a time when this '78 Chevrolet Blazer was a young SUV with dreams of 4x4 trails on his mind, but after years of systematic abuse and it had a sort-of identity crisis that caused it to go all nutso.  Now, it looks like a 1961 Mercedes Benz off-roader currently bidding for $1,300 with 3 days to go, located in Hardy, AR via eBay. 

This is part of the 2014 Daily Turismo Halloween Horrorod special, where movies and cars collide. Don't get scared out of your skin.

Night of the Living 240Z

That 1972 Datsun 240Z (say it two forty zed and the title makes more sense) that you thought was long buried and gone, it's back.  Back from the grave, and for sale here in this ALLCAPS eBay auction, currently bidding for $12,100 with less than 1 day before it breaks down your doors and feasts on your spare parts.  All it needs are a few parts from a running 240Z and it'll be back from the dead.

Welcome to the 2014 Daily Turismo Halloween Horrorod special, where movies and cars collide. Beware of zombies.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

15k: GTO Judge Styled: 1971 Pontiac LeMans Wagon

The Pontiac GTO was an intermediate sized muscle car built on GM's A-platform, available as a coupe, hardtop or convertible.  The ultimate version of the 2nd generation GTO was the optional Judge package, which added a ram air hood to a high power 455 V8 and some gaudy badges.  Unfortunately the GTO was never available as a wagon, but that didn't stop someone from building one.  Find this 1971 Pontiac LeMans Wagon currently bidding for $12,445 reserve-not-met on eBay, located in Los Angeles, CA with 2 days to go.

10k: DS21 Got Trunk: 1968 Citroën DS21 Pallas Base 2.2L

Oh, my, god. Becky, look at this 1968 Citroen DS21.
It is on eBay. [scoff]
It looks like one of those DT guys' rides.
But, you know, who understands those DT guys? [scoff]
They only like it, because, it was a tip from Hugh, 'kay?
I mean, this ride, is bidding for $8800.
I can't believe it's just so round, it's like, out there, I mean— gross. Look!
It's just so... purple!

5k: Fuel Injected: 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo

 Mazda has a tendency to use the RX prefix in its rotary powered  cars, so when the replacement to the limited edition (and extremely collectible) Mazda Cosmo was introduced in 1972, it was called the RX-5 for the US market. It was Mazda's entry into the personal luxury coupe market, and slightly missed the target for what buyers were expecting.  The result were poor sales when new and now you hardly ever see one on the road, but you could fix that and buy this one for your commute!  Find this 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo offered for $7,900 buy-it-now on ebay with 4 days to go, located in Pataskala, OH. Tip from Tanj!

1k: Cheapy23: 1981 BMW 733i

 Former Iron Chef and current Croc(tm) enthusiast "Molto" Mario Batali once said: Just because you eat doesn't mean you eat smart. It's hard to beat a $1.99 wing pack of three at a fast-food restaurant - it's so cheap - but that wing pack isn't feeding anyone, it's just pushing hunger back an hour.  Mario could have been talking about cars, because sometimes a cheap car only pushes the need to ride the bus back a few hours.  Like this 1981 BMW 733i with a busted fuel pump offered for $650 in Spokane, WA via craigslist.  Tip from Oldsmobuick.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

10k: Fairlady Roadster: 1966 Datsun 1600 SPL311

You know what they always say, if you want to experience classic British roadster motoring, you should buy a Japanese car, but not a Miata...not today.  Today, you are going to buy a mint condition Datsun SPL311 because sometimes style trumps measurable performance.  Find this 1966 Datsun 1600 SPL311 in Palm Desert, CA currently bidding for $7,500 with 4 days to go.

Mid Week Match-Up: Horrorod Time

It is the Wednesday before Halloween, so that means it's time for another edition of Daily Turismo's weekly game of Ukranian roulette (which is just like Russian roulette, except you always get shot) also known as Mid Week Match-Up!  Last week we helped DT reader iNteloper narrow down his search for 90s BMW drivers, but this week we need your help in finding the best Horrorods in time for Halloween.

5k: Seller Submission: 1967 Ford Galaxie Country Squire Wagon

 The 3rd generation Ford Galaxie was a full-sized sedan introducing in 1965 with all new styling. Visually recognizable by the groovy stacked headlights that were cascaded down to smaller Fords, the Galaxie sold well until the next facelift.  The Galaxie wagon was badged as the Country Squire or Country Sedan depending on if it was covered in fake wood --either way it makes a great big family hauler/weekend cruiser.  Find this 1967 Ford Galaxie Country Squire Wagon offered for $4,000 in Tiverton, RI via craigslist.  Seller submission from Art.

10k: 50 Shades of Beige: 1991 Toyota Camry Wagon V20

Just the thought of a white slushbox equipped Toyota Camry will cause many seasoned gearheads to instinctively flinch, but what if the Camry was almost 25 years old and a long-roof version?  Can the wagon gods bring some excitement to the life of drudgery associated with the ultimate driven machine?  Find this 1991 Toyota Camry Wagon V20 offered for $8,950 buy-it-now or make offer on eBay, located in Feasterville-Trevose, PA with 11 days to go.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

DTO: Seller Submission: 1977 Porsche 911S 3.0 Hot Rod

The Porsche 911 is a motoring icon of the first degree and the 911 is surely on every car-nut's bucket list -- its iconic shape, raspy exhaust note and bare-bones performance are exemplary.  Prices for normal 70s 911s have been on a steady incline for years, but the 911 turbo market did a massive spike about a year ago, with basket cases that idiots left aging in barns tripling in "value" basically overnight.  If you can't afford the massive buy in for a turbo, why not pickup a nicely modified S with a hopped up motor and get the performance without the bills?  Find this 1977 Porsche 911S 3.0 IROC tribute Hot Rod currently bidding on eBay for $22,100 reserve-not-met with $35,500 buy-it-now in Mission Hills, CA.  Seller submission from oprah85 on eBay.

10k: W123 Coo-Pay: 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300CD

The 1980s vintage Mercedes-Benz sedans (W123, W124, W126) elicit a love/hate response from car guys of various proclivities.  Some folks love the sumptuous ride and fire-n-forget durability, but others react badly to the glacial acceleration and star-ship maneuverability.  Personally, I've driven many of these cars over the years and am conflicted because they were horrible and awesome all at the same time.  Today's feature example is a really nicely preserved example with low miles (for a diesel Benz)...but would you really enjoy driving it after the cash has exchanged hands?  Find this 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300CD offered for $8,000 in Denver, CO via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

5k: Rancheranglia: 1959 Ford Anglia Pickup

The 100E generation Ford Anglia was a subcompact 2 door saloon car built by Ford in the UK from 1953 to 1959.  They also built a 4 door version under the Prefect name, two estate versions, the Escort and Squire, plus a van version called the Thames 300E.  This next car barely resembles the Escort or Squire it was built from and now resembles some kind of Bonneville Salt Flat racer inspired evil offspring of an El Camino and a Mercedes W110 fintail.  Find this 1959 Ford Anglia Pickup currently bidding for $3,600 reserve-not-met on eBay, located in Caldwell, ID with 2 days to go.