Friday, July 31, 2015

The Hulk: 2004 Volkswagen Dune Buggy

Volkswagen's original Type 1 Beetle was a simple car. For years you could find cheap examples in junkyards, parking lots, and garages around the globe.  Naturally the Type 1 was used as the basis for countless kit cars, such as the iconic Meyers Manx dune buggy.  Today's example is a custom job, and might just be cool enough to pull off a green metallic paint job.  Find this 2004 (??) Volkswagen Dune Buggy here on eBay bidding for $5,600 with 2 days to go, located in Westminster, MD.

Coffee Brake: What Is Your Carytponite

Judging from the comments, it appears that most of the regulars on DT do some (or most) of their own maintenance.  If you are anything like me, the appeal is a combination of being frugal, enjoying mechanical tasks, and being a control freak (why would you trust someone else with your brakes?).  However, each of us has our own limit on what we will touch under the hood -- what is your car kryptonite?

Ferrontiac Fierenzo: 1986 Pontiac Fiero Kit Replicar

Secret Agent 2M4 James Bondo cranks up the radio while he is driving this 1986 Pontiac Fiero Kit Car offered for $5,500 in SF Bay Area on craigslist.  The music goes a little like this...

This is the end
Hold your breath and count to ten
Feel the chassis creak and then
Hear the clutch burst again

For this is the end
I've drowned and dreamt this moment
Tags overdue, owed on the loan
Take it away, I hope it's stolen

Starstruck: 1981 Volkswagen Type 2 Vanagon Westfalia Camper

The third generation (T3) of VW's legendary 'Type 2 Transporter' continued the formula set up by its predecessors of slow, tippy (or is that trippy?), and reliable.  It was marketed in the USA as the Vanagon from 1979-1993 and the one to get is the Westfalia camper version in which you get a pop up top, a full kitchen and sleeping accommodations for four adults! Find this 1981 Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Camper offered for $9,000 in Carpenteria, CA via craigslist.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Real Guns: 1937 Remote Controlled Battleship

Ahh, the good old days.  Back when syphilis was incurable and warmth was a luxury for the rich, ordinary folks didn't have an easy way to live out their long held fantasies.  Today, if you are obsessed with battleships, you can download some app to your phone (World of Warships is supposed to be fantastic) and sink enemy ships at your hearts content.  Back in the day, you'd have to weld together 360 lbs of scrap metal, wire up some vacuum tube based remote control, and mount actual .38 caliber guns to the deck.  Death was a bit more permanent, even in a game back then, but kids were tougher and if you had cancer you were told to walk it off.  Find this 1937 Remote Controlled Battleship offered for $3,750 in Escondido, CA via craiglist.

Thursday Twister: T-Tops

Welcome back another edition of the Thursday Twister, DT's weekly quiz show where the right answer is always left in the dust.  Today's topic du jour is to build a list of cars equipped with T-tops (also known as a T-bar in the UK) those wacky removable panels over each passenger's head with a structural center beam.

Ferrazda Dinata: 1990 Mazda Miata Kit Car

This next feature comes from DT contributor Gianni:  The Ferrari 246 Dino was the Scuderia’s answer to the Porsche 911.  When it was introduced, it was just the 246 Dino and not the Ferrari 246 Dino as Enzo had decreed a Ferrari has 12 cylinders, and the Dino had 6.   Like almost everything from Maranello, Dino’s saw a bubble of appreciation in the 80’s, a crash in the 90’s and now strong appreciation.  A 246 Dino GT in #3 condition could have been had for 60K in 2006, now will set you back a cool 280K.  So what is a DT-er with the net worth of a mere mortal to do?  Kit car!   Now at this point you’d expect me to point to a VW-based kit car, but what is the answer to every automotive question?  Miata!  Find this 1990 NA Miata-based 246 Dino replica here on eBay bidding for $8,050 with reserve not met and a $12,500 Buy-It-Now, located in New York, NY.

Unobtanium: 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe

When GM first announced the Pontiac Solstice concept car in 2002, everybody rejoiced.  Here was a fun, rear-drive, light weight, sportster, from GM.  When it was released for the 2006 model year the reception was less than enthusiastic because it had porked up a bit since the concept, and was given a typically GM 4X4 riding stance (I know people blame the GM wheel-fender gap issues on Detroit streets, but I sometimes think those guys design their cars on the streets of Baghdad). Then GM released the Solstice GXP, and people were happy, but it was still no better than a Mazdaspeed MX-5.  But in 2009 GM released the Solstice GXP Coupe, and for a few precious months (until the Pontiac brand was layed to rest) all was well with the world.  Find this 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe here on eBay bidding for $22,701 reserve-not-met with 1 day to go, located in Raleigh, NC.

Pull My Haflinger: 1969 Steyr-Daimler-Puch Haflinger Pathfinder X2

Do you think a Pinzgauer High Mobility All Terrain Vehicle is gonna get you street cred at the next hipster convention? Sure, it might...but everybody has one. What you need is to go uber-meta.  Pre-pre.  Re-imagine your paradigm and become the meta-hipster that you think you are. What you need is something less reliable, slower, more likely to kill you in a 5mph crash with a bag of mashmallows than the Pinzguaer -- what you need is a Haflinger.  Find this pair of 1969 Steyr-Daimler-Puch Haflinger Pathfinders here on eBay bidding for $2,015 reserve-not-met located in Surrey, BC, Canada.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rusty Volvo Faceoff: Flintstones Amazon vs Rockin 1800ES

Time for a game of "pick your poison", where we show you two beaten to death piles patina'd classics and you pick which one you'd own.  Of course, we'll kick off today's featurette with a couple of Volvos, because that's the way I roll.  Take your pick between this 1973 Volvo "rockin rocker panels" 1800ES found here on eBay for $3,000 buy-it-now or this 1967 Volvo 122S "Flintstones" Amazon here on eBay offered for $4,500 buy-it-now.

Ending Soon: 1970 Lotus Europa S2

The Europa was a sporty two seater built by Lotus Cars in Norfolk, UK from 1966 through 1975.  The lightweight (1300-1500 lbs) Europa featured a mid mounted inline 4 and some of Colin Chapman's best designed suspension bits and only 9300 of these high-butted gems left the factory.  Find this 1970 Lotus Europa S2 here on eBay bidding for $7,499 with a few hours to go, located in Granite Falls, WA.

Mid Week Match-Up: Hauler For Slowboy

Welcome to another edition of Mid Week Match-Up, where a bunch of random strangers give advice, we pimp our own vehicles for mad profit (spoiler alert: we don't) and everybody wins. Today's MWMU request comes from DT commenter Slowboy who writes:
Alright, I've got one for you the next time you're in need of some material. I really want a new parts hauler. My e90 daily has a pretty dismal trunk, and it's rather thirsty for what it is. I want something unique, economical to drive, and either at the bottom of the depreciation curve or on the way back up the opposite side. 

Cypriot Expat: 1973 Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior

The Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior slotted into the middle of Alfa's coupe lineup when it was released in 1972, just above the GT 1300 Junior but below the 2000 GTV.  Today the two headlights setup of today's Junior won't stop most people from thinking it is a GTV, but the right hand drive seating position will certainly confuse people at the drive thru. Find this  1973 Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior here on eBay bidding for $12,700 with 4 days to go, located in San Francisco, CA.

Blue Plate Special: 1978 Ford Bronco

The second generation Ford Bronco was released in 1978 as an up-sized version of the previously compact off-roader.  It was still a Jeep competitor, but was now based on Ford's F-series truck chassis with sights aimed squarely with Chevy's Blazer and Chrysler's Dodge Ramcharger.  Find this 1978 Ford Bronco here on eBay bidding for $7,100 with 2 days to go, located in Los Angeles, CA.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Coffee Brake: Steak, Gasoline, & Mastering The Road

Welcome to another edition of Daily Turismo's Coffee Brake -- whoa whoa, hit that left pedal buddy, this ain't a Friday...shhhh, no one will notice -- today, we've got a report from the field.  DT's Logo guru and Neptune bound migrant rock farmer took his 1994 Buick Roadmaster on a 390 mile trip from Half Moon Bay to the greater Los Angeles area via the scenic Highway 101.  Any guesses on fuel economy for the beast?