Sunday, May 31, 2015

5k: Ready To Run: 1989 Toyota MR2

The first generation Toyota MR2 (short for Mid-engine Run-about 2-seater) was a lightweight 2-seater built from 1984 to 1989, powered by a small inline-4 engine.  You can pickup a used MR2 for next to nothing, but it might wiser to pickup the best example you can find because when these appreciate, the nicest ones will see the biggest gains.  Find this 1989 Toyota MR2 offered for $7,500 in Lynn, MA. 


20k: Almost New: 2007 Pontiac Solstice


The Skystice (Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky) was Detroit's answer to the super successful Mazda MX-5 Miata.  Typical GM feature bloat meant the Solstice/Sky wasn't as lean a fighting machine as the MX-5, but the podium in SCCA club racing in T2 class for 2007, 2008, & 2009 gives it a certain degree of street cred.  If you want to buy a new Solstice today, you are outta luck because GM stopped production in 2010 when GM axed down both the Pontiac and Saturn brands.  The closest thing to a new Solstice you are gonna find is this 2007 Pontiac Solstice with only 3,857 miles on the odometer offered for $20,000 in Lexington, KY.


5k: Budget Crime Fighter: 1991 Geo Tracker Batmobile

It was a cool autumn afternoon when Robin got the bad news.  His crime fighting friend had perished in a bizarre duck hunt accident. The caped crusader's untimely demise did not involve actual fire arms, but a tragic accidental strangulation from the cord of the NES Zapper light gun, at least that is what Alfred had mentioned in a short phone call.  What was to become of the dynamic duo?  How could he go on fighting crime without his caped friend?  Finding another brave soul to don the Batsuit would be next to impossible, but perhaps he could assume the mantle of leader and find a new sidekick.  Robin found one of Bruce's suits from high school and it fit perfectly, but now he needed a ride.  Maybe his Geo Tracker could be modified to do the trick. Find this 1991 Geo Tracker Batmobile offered for $5,850 near Scranton, OH via craigslist.  Tip from Rob "The Hack Mechanic".


Saturday, May 30, 2015

10k: Diamond Plate In The Rough: 1982 Puma GTI

The Puma GTI was a Volkswagen based "sports" car that was built in São Paulo, Brazil for local consumption. A few made the trip to the United States as kit-cars to avoid emissions regulations, but the seller of this one claims "THIS IS NOT A SHELL FOR ALL THE EMAILING BADMOUTHING KOOKS THAT SEND MESSAGES OUT OF THE BLUE".  Things won't get any better for the seller now that the bad mouthing kooks at DT know about this car, but it seems interesting for the price.  Find this 1982 Puma GTI offered for $8,000 (NOT 5000 DOLLARS, NOT 5500, NOT 6000, NOT 6500, NOT 6800 DOLLARS.. 7000 CASH MAYBE !!!!!) in Merrimac, MA via craigslist.


3k: Bloody Beater: 1970 Volvo 142S

Douchebag car collectors might have you convinced that the $3000 beater classic is dead, but they are wrong.  It has simply moved away from things with the Porsche/BMW/Volkswagen crest on the front to oddball brands like Volvo/Saab, hiding in the bushes like a hungry tiger ready to pounce.  LONG LIVE THE $3K BEATER...(whoa, why are you shouting so much and calling everybody a douchbag?  KNOCK IT OFF.  Okay).  Find this 1970 Volvo 142S offered for $3,200 in SF Bay Area, CA via Craigslist.  Tip from Fueltruck.

3k: Banana Boat: 1972 Saab Sonett

The original Saab Sonett I prototype was developed in the 1950s as a roadster that looked like a Porsche 550 or Jaguar XK. It was a nice looking car.  A few years passed before the Sonett went into production (1966) and the new version (the Sonett II) was funny looking, but the third generation Sonett III was arguably hideous.  The years have been kind to hideous cars (and other hideous things too, e.g. Gaugin's "art", Chris Farley's neck fat, et cetera), and now the Sonett can be described as funky, cool, or eclectic. Find this 1972 Saab Sonett offered for $2,900 in Deland, FL via cars.com. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

0.5k: Chopper: Tomahawk Custom Pocket Bike

Noted author (and screenwriter of several James Bond films) Bruce Feirstein once said "The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success."  I'd counter that the distance between insanity and genius is measured by how close your put your keister to the pavement when you are riding a homemade pit bike at 60 miles per hour.  Find this Tomahawk Custom Pocket Bike offered for $650 in Lancaster, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Alex.


Coffee Brake: Too Much Technology?

Welcome to DT's Coffee Brake, where the sugar is ground and the beans are cubed.  Today, I'd like to bring up the subject of technology in cars...and I've got to say that enough is enough.  The amount of inter-connectivity, touch screens, and general digitization is not only a distraction to the driver today, but will be an absolute pain in the butt when trying to debug issues 10 years from now.


10k: Some Importation (Or Waiting) Required: 1995 Honda Beat

Next year, when the earliest 1991 Honda Beats are eligible to bounce like skipped stones onto U.S. shores under the 25-year rule, all of cardom will rejoice like we did for the R32 Skyline GT-R, earlier Skylines, the Lancia Delta Integrale, and others. This particular Beat, however, won't be begrudgingly allowed welcomed onto American tax-funded roads for another five years. Until then, it will make a very pretty garage decoration. Find this 1995 Honda Beat for sale in Riguad, Quebec here on eBay for $9,999 buy-it-now, with 12 days to go.


5k: Shooting Star: 1973 Volvo 1800ES

The Volvo 1800ES was a shooting brake version of Volvo's aging P1800/1800S/1800E platform, meant to breath new life in the old parts.  The frameless glass tailgate equipped version only sold 8,000 units for the '72 & '73 model years, but the prices don't really reflect that level of exclusivity...yet.  Wait too long and you might find the cheap 1800ES is thing of the past like the dodo bird, cheap 911, and Lindsey Lohan's probation...and we'll have to move on to beating another dead horse.  In the meantime, giddyap <whack>.  Find this 1973 Volvo 1800ES offered for $4,500 in Vancouver, Washington (not Canada) via craigslist.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

5k: Ragtop Blues: 1987 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

The ninth generation of Cadillac's Eldorado (1986-1991) was a downsized E-Body luxury cruiser that shared its front drive chassis with the Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Toronado.  The product planners at Cadillac decided that building a convertible version wasn't worth the tooling costs, ironic considering that the Eldorado name was first applied to convertible version of the Series-62 sedan.  This didn't stop a few wealthy buyers from forking over some cash to Richard Straman Coachworks to create the ragtop Eldorado we all deserve.  Find this 1987 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible here on eBay currently bidding for $5,211 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in Hudson, FL.

Thursday Twister: Three Little Knobs

Welcome back another edition of the Thursday Twister, DT's weekly quiz show where the contestants are contestable and the questions are questionable.  This week, let's take a walk inside your average car and take a look at the climate control system.  What cars do not use the standard 3-knob setup?


10k: One of Three: 1963 Hillman Zimp by Zagato

The Hillman Imp was a perky little descendant of the Scottish built Linwood Imp and was built by the Rootes Group from 1963 to 1976.  Its odd proportions and comely looks were a product of the low buck customer it was trying to attract, but the Italians at Zagato coachworks decided to slap some lipstick, nylons, and a push-up bra on the ole girl -- and created the Zimp.  Find this 1963 Hillman Zimp by Zagato here on eBay UK currently bidding for £9,300 ($14,270 USD) reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  

14k: Saffron Sleeper: 2001 Ford Focus V8 swap

Is a sleeper still sleepy if it's wearing an eyeball-searing color? This rear-drive Focus uses a 5.0-liter Windsor V8 and transmission from a 1993 Cobra, plus a ton of custom fabrication to make it fit under the stock Focus bodywork. It all comes together with exceptional handiwork that looks like a factory job. You can't miss it, but you definitely won't expect it either. Find this 2001 Ford Focus with SVT Cobra V8 swap for sale here on eBay or craigslist in Philadelphia, PA for $13,500 via craigslist. 


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

5k: Free Delivery: 1963 Pontiac Catalina

 DT Editor Vince: This next feature comes as a tip from Rich, who penned a detailed analysis of the car that is included here in its entirety:  While wasting my time, I encountered what might be a well-priced bit of American iron courtesy of Southern California craigslist: 1963 Pontiac Catalina coupe offered for $3,995 delivered!


Mid Week Match-Up: Track Rat

It is Wednesday, so time for another edition of Daily Turismo's Mid Week Match-Up -- come for the matches and stay for the ups.  Today, let's find the best $7k-$10k track cars for sale, not the fastest or the most comfortable, but the coolest.


2k: 5 Gears, 7 People: 1991 Toyota Previa

If you were asked to make a list mid-engine cars, equipped with manual gearbox, optional all-wheel-drive, optional supercharged engine, and seating for seven...you would probably struggle to find the answer.  However, the truth is you've seen (and heard the screaming supercharger that sounds like a fountain pen being dragged across a chalk board) of this vehicle many times and been none the wiser, until now.  Find this 1991 Toyota Previa offered for $2,500 in Seattle, WA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.