Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mission Creep: 1971 Ford Thunderbird

As the TV show The Wonder Years grew up with its audience, so did the Thunderbird. The trim, stylish dude with a pack of cigs in his sleeve who bought a '55 could stroll right back in to the Ford showroom sixteen years later in a bowling shirt covered in mustard and still find his dream T-bird waiting for him. Find this 1971 Ford Thunderbird here for sale in Ft. Meyers, FL for $5,000 via craigslist.
Tip from dascpcu

Mid Week Match-Up: Cabin Cruiser

Imagine for a minute that you own a vacation home in a remote location by a lake.  In the winter you visit for the skiing, and in the summer you head out for the fresh air, but it is too far to drive, so you fly into the local airport and take a cab to your little cottage.  Now, here is the question for today's Mid Week Match-Up, what do you keep in the garage for your local use?

Orbiting Star: 1963 Sunbeam Alpine

Mention the Sunbeam car brand in North America and instantly the next comment will include something about their Tiger model.  Lesser known is the Alpine, otherwise known as "Tiger's little brother".  With Tigers commanding large moola these days for even the scrappiest of specimens, lesser demand Alpines can offer tons of fun for smaller wallets.  Find this modified 1963 Sunbeam Alpine listed for sale in Sacramento, CA, but located in Oregon, for $5,000 via craigslist.

Needs a New Six: 1973 BMW 3.0S Bavaria

The E9 3.0CS is perhaps the better known of BMW's late 60's to early 70's shark nose New Six designs, however, these days the 'C' stands for costly as they are rapidly shooting out of the realm of affordability. Worry not, there remains some refuge from market valuation in the E3 sedan, or Bavaria.  Find this 1973 BMW 3.0S Bavaria here for sale in Cumming, GA for only $1,500 via craigslist.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Mid Week Match-Up: Subjects Wanted

Do you need a car, but don't know what to get?  Do you want a bunch of random people on the internet to help?  It must be your lucky day, because subjects are needed for this week's Mid Week Match-Up.  Just send an e-mail to with your automotive needs -- budget/size/location, we'll do the rest. 

Just BeCos: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190e Cosworth W201

Most cars at this price point are far from perfect and are far from done despite most seller claims. Buy and finish quickly is the siren song of the seller. Fall for the puffery and claims in any sales pitch at your own peril. While there are exceptions and great deals out there if you know what you are doing most cars for sale are for sale for a reason. Sellers truthfully admitting faults in their cars and posting pictures is refreshing. This Mercedes 190e Cosworth has no illusions of grandeur, but may be the quickest way to play Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft driver. Find this 1986 Mercedes 190e Cosworth for $5,800 on Cragslist in Stockton California.


Tanks a lot: 1942 Cadillac M3A1 Stuart Tank

Unlike the recent wars the U.S. has been involved in, the Second World War was an existential threat to the nation, if not to the world's democracies.  As such, American industry was mobilized to produce war materiel.  You would expect that the auto manufacturers to produce wheeled vehicles, but International Harvester produced infantry rifles (M1 Garrand) Ford produced heavy bombers (B-24 Liberator) and GM produced armored tanks.  Find this 1942 Cadillac M3A1 Stuart Tank for sale at the Normandy Tank Museum Auction in Catz, France for an estimated 80,000 to 140,000 Euro (estimated 90,000 to 157,000 USD).

Twin H-Power: 1954 Hudson Hornet

The first generation Hudson Hornet featured a unique step-down (quasi unibody, where the floorpan was sunk down below the main frame rails) chassis that gave the car a low center of gravity that allowed it to dominate early stock car racing. A classic Hornet is well loved, particularly when equipped with the original Twin H-power carbureted inline-6 Find this 1954 Hudson Hornet here on eBay bidding for $18,100 with a few hours to go, located in Apopka, FL.

Silver Fox: 1991 BMW M5 E34

The E34 generation M5 continues to be a best buy if you are shopping for a BMW with a hand built pedigree and a legitimate motorsports connection.  Prices have jumped up in the past few years, but the Ulf Weidhase designed sedan is still a good deal if you are looking for something unique.  Find this 1991 BMW M5 E34 bidding here on eBay for $5,600 reserve-not-met with $11,000 buy-it-now located in Redwood City, CA with 2 days to go.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Secondo Round: 1984 Alfa Romeo GTV6

A few weeks back I wrote about my inept ability with all things Italian featuring a mid-seventies GTV Alfa.  DT readers are an educated bunch and I learned a lot about the car in question.  The world of Italian cars is still a black hole for me, but I look forward to pulling up my intelligence.  Shall we try this again?  Find this 1984 Alfa Romeo GTV6 for sale near Los Angeles, CA for $11,900 OBO via craigslist.

What Am I? Good Luck

Last week's What Am I? puzzle is still unsolved, but I think it is time to ramp up the oddness and present something for this week that is even more obscure.  Think you've got what it takes to solve the puzzle?  Triple internet points for anyone who can solve both.

Kei For Klown: 1990 Suzuki Alto Works Turbo

The Japanese Kei car in basic form is barely usable on US streets a small caterpillar inching along in the slow lane, but get a turbo fancy-pants factory works edition and suddenly it becomes a beautiful butterfly darting through traffic.  Find this 1990 Suzuki Alto Works Turbo offered for $7,500 somewhere in Texas via forum classifieds. Tip from Sean.

Last of the Mohicans: 1995 Buick Roadmaster

By Cory -- Think of this 1995 Buick Roadmaster as the BBW (big beautiful woman) of cars. It is large and in charge in most every way. 1996 was the last year of the Buick Roadmaster, Cadillac Fleetwood, and Chevy Caprice production. Find this car 1995 Buick Roadmaster on New Haven, CT craigslist for under 50 cents a pound ($1900).

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sleeper Style: 1978 Mercury Zephyr Wagon

From 1978 through 1983, the Zephyr was a Mercury's Fox Body family hauler that shared most of its parts with the Ford Fairmont.  Like the Fairmont, the Zephyr was available as a 2-door, 4-door, and wagon with Pinto Inline-4, Thiftmaster inline-6 or Windsor Vee-8 power.  Find this 1978 Mercury Zephyr Wagon here on eBay bidding for $5,603 with a few hours to go, located in Rapid City, SD.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Value Proposition: 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Cars fall out of favor with buyers for many reasons.  It could be triggered by known mechanical issues, documented design problems, or styling that just does not resonate with potential owners.  You can typically find cars in these categories at deeply discounted prices compared to the value they offer as a whole.  Find this 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet for sale in Austin, TX for $12,500 via craigslist.

Row Your Boat: 2002 Lincoln LS 5 Speed

Lincoln tried to change their act around Y2K but got their pee-pee slapped pretty dang hard. As a result, it's no wonder they surrendered the American enthusiast sedan market to Cadillac shortly thereafter. Put a positive spin on it and the Lincoln LS is essentially a 4 door Mustang with independent rear suspension and an available manual transmission. Look at it as a pessimist and it's just another millennial American sedan shrouded in crappiness.  Find this 2002 Lincoln LS V6 with a clutch pedal here for sale in Port St. Lucie, FL for $2,400 via craigslist.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Beautiful Splinters:1958 Kellison J4

Jim Kellison, founder of Kellison Engineering, could be considered the Bob Dylan of kit cars. Taking a concept that was initially fringe and backyard and turning out countless bodies of work, Kellison made over 20 different models available in either shell or turn-key form. Find this 1958 Kellison J4 for sale in Centralia, WA for $5,500 via craigslist. Tip from BuickFan

Polarizing: 1959 Chevrolet Corvette

When this next feature came into DT's tips inbox, there was a discussion that turned into a violent rift in the DT office (virtual office...) with one group claiming that the car is a classic with lines derived from Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's Beatnik Bandit, while another camp sees the car as an abomination with style straight from the Hypentelium Nigricans, commonly known as the Northern Hogsucker. The flame war that ensued caused a rift in the office, the likes of which haven't been seen since the VW Camino versus Coltamino from 2015.  Let's just hope nothing has been said that can't be taken back. Find this 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Custom offered for any good offer above $10k located in Carlisle, PA via craigslist. Tip from Torrance.

Dirt Yourself: 1960's Custom Dirt Super Modified

Checker or wreck 'er. Win it or bin it, so they say. Getting involved in vintage racing is a very appealing proposition for those who give zero effs. It's those with the Ferrari 250-somethings that have something to lose. So why not find some pedigree in the cheapest way possible and reliably take podium through fear and intimidation with this 1960's Custom Dirt Super Modified for sale in Shelby, NC for $2,500.