When you start discussing mid-engine all-wheel-drive vehicles, most people think of cars like the Lamborghini Diablo VT or Audi's Quattro equipped R8. However, Toyota beat them to the mid-engine all-wheel-drive setup with manual transmission (or supercharger) way back in 1990 with the launch of the XR10 series Previa minvan. Find this 1991 Toyota Previa offered for $3,900 in West Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Fueltruck.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
The fifth generation Dodge Coronet was built on a shared intermediate sized platform with the Plymouth Belvedere/Savoy/GTX/Road Runner and Dodge Charger from 1965 through 1970. The Coronet 500 did not indicate an engine size, but was simply the destination for the top of the line Coronet that included many features that were optional in less versions. Find this 1966 Dodge Coronet 500 offered for $9,900 in Orange County, CA via craigslist.
The E30 generation BMW 3-series is a great example of a well depreciated modern classic that can be driven every day. When new it was a successful yuppy-mobile but now has generated a significant cult following as a cheap, fun & reliable sports sedan. Today's featured 2-door is a good looking example with the updated integrated bumpers and is offered for a decent price. Find this 1991 BMW 325i offered for $6,500 in San Jose, CA via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
A Fistful of Yen was a subplot in the epic 1977 John Landis (Animal House, Blues Brothers, Coming To America, Spies Like Us, Three Amigos!) directed Kentucky Fried Movie. For some reason I can't even look at a Daihatsu Charade without thinking of the classic line from Loo (who is a Bruce Lee look-alike with an Elmer Fudd speech style) "What was that? Dis is not a chawade, we need total concentwation!" See this 1987 Daihatsu Charade with 40k miles on the odometer offered for $1200 in Redwood City, CA. Tip from Kaibeezy.
In 1989 Porsche introduced yet another version of their long in the tooth 928 -- it was called the 928 GT and featured slightly more horsepower, a sportier suspension and 9 inch wide rear wheels. The 928 GT was a small glimpse of the awesome that would come with the final version of the 928 called the GTS...but I'm getting ahead of myself. Find this 1990 Porsche 928 GT offered for $16,900 in Kennewick, WA via craigslist. Tip from Chris.
Friday, August 29, 2014
A particularly interesting subculture in the Japanese car modification scene is something called Bosozuku style, which combines the radical styling with crazy long exhaust pipes (from Japanese motorcycle gangsters) and slammed looks. There really isn't anything quite like it in the USA, but occasionally you'll find a car stateside that has been created in homage to the Japanese custom scene. Find this 1995 Buick Roadmaster offered for $5,500 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.
Welcome to another edition of Daily Turismo's Coffee Brake, where the brakes are smoking hot and the coffee is in a cold drum. Today's Coffee Brake question comes from DT reader Scirocconuts who writes "Maybe you could do one of those reader questions where the topic is this: find the car with the biggest difference between sticker price and current price (adjusted for inflation). Must be in good enough shape to be a daily (or at least weekend) driver." Challenge accepted.
This Frazer Nash kit car is powered by Triumph GT6 running gear beneath a professionally finished fiberglass body, with a winged hood ornament thrown in for good measure. You can accessorize these kits like a Barbie Jeep with multiple tops, flank-mounted spare wheels and more. You'll have plenty of disposable income for such trinkets after dropping pocket change on this negotiably priced cheapskate. Find this 1934 Frazer Nash kit with GT6 power in Whispering Pines (shhh), NC for $2,300 via craigslist.
In the late '50s a entrepreneur by the name of Jim Kellison starting living the ultimate car builder's dream. He started building his own car body design called the Kellison J-4 that was designed to use Corvette running gear to complete the build. Today's example has been heavily modified by various owners and sports a Pontiac drivetrain, but looks like a totally awesome and unique ride for anything near the current bidding price. Find this 1973 Kellison J-4 currently bidding for $8,100 with 5 days to go on eBay, located in Romeo, MI.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
The MG 1100 was developed as part of BMC's (British Motor Corp's) ADO16 (Amalgamated Drawing Office project number 16) sedan platform. The combined ADO16 family included a fleet of Pininfarina styled vehicles, including the Austin 1100/1300, MG 1100/1300, Austin America, Riley 1300, Wolseley 1100/1275/1300 and Morris 1100/1300. An MG 1100 in need of restoration for a few hundred bones might make a great father-son restoration project. Find this 1967 MG 1100 offered for $1500 in Lancaster, CA via craigslist.
The mystery Photo published in this Monday's Left-Handed Spanner was almost instantly identified by a Saabvant and first time anonymous commenter who subsequently picked the name Monsaabster. You can read the entire Saab story in the comments; it is really a great story of an anonymous commenter finding his name --a real DT tearjerker. Anyway, the car in question is a 1959 Saab Monster, a gutted Saab 93 that used twin inline-3 two stroke engines combined for 1.5 liters that pushed 138 horsepower into the front wheels. Pictures from Kaibeezy's visit to the Saab Car Museum in Trollhättan.
In 1964 Chrysler introduced a new edition of their Imperial Crown high end luxury sedan. The new version put to bed the 50's tailfins and chrome of the Virgil Exner designed Imperials, and the Elwood Engel designed 1964 model featured slab sides (you might recognize them from Engel's '61 Continental design) and razor-edged lines. It was far more modern looking car with thick C-pillars and thick chrome emphasizing the top of the fenders, and few cars from the 1960s match its street presence per dollar ratio. Find this 1964 Imperial Crown Coupe offered for $3,500 in Van Nuys, CA via craigslist.
If one of us doesn't act quickly, this mechanically sound but aesthetically needy MKIII will end up shackled to an iron workbench in a sealed garage in the middle of an arduous, meticulous restoration. Do you have what it takes to look past its singular dent and shoddy interior for the sake of its robust Chrysler V8? Are you willing to drive this British muscle car the way it was meant to be driven, leaving the patina-noting dweebs in a smokey burnout? Can you intercept this Interceptor? Find this 1972 Jensen Interceptor MkIII for $11,000 in Dallas, TX via craigslist.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The STS was the big brother to the CTS and offered higher levels of luxury for about 1 new Kia more in MSRP. The V version of the STS was more expensive and used a Cadillac engineered Northstar V8 instead of the Corvette-sourced LS series V8 that powered the CTS-V. Find this 2006 Cadillac STS-V offered for $15,000 in Detroit, MI via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
It is Wednesday so that means it's time for another edition of Daily Turismo's celebration of hump day, also known as Mid Week Match-Up! Last week, we asked readers to find the best car for you could live in down by the river, and received lots of great suggestions. Today we are going to go up market and ask our readers to find a super car for a newly promoted CEO, price range $50-75k.
The Magnum kit car uses a tubular chassis and fiberglass body with air cooled Volkswagen components (probably Beetle, but it isn't entirely clear from a quick interweb search). However, the fiberglass body does a decent job of looking like a real Ferrari and this would look great in your garage to make your neighbors think you are a big deal. Find this 1970 Magnum Ferrari Dino Kit Car offered for $2,200 in Carmel Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from Gianni who writes: I’m surprised this didn’t get snapped up during Monterey Car Week.
This next...umm...vehicle..comes to us as a tip from regular DT contributor Andy L who writes: Here is something I needed to share with you. I am not sure if this passes as a rat rod, a horrorod (too soon?), a work truck or a waste of a supercharged Studebaker engine. In any case, it is certainly an automotive curiosity and something I would like to drive just for the experience. Also, hearing one of these blown stude motors is on my bucket list. Find this 1949 Studebaker 2R15 1-Ton Truck with 289 Golden Hawk motor offered for $7,500 in Bellevue, NE.