The original Mustang was released in 1964 as a 1965 model and gobbled up by an adoring public. For years the original coupes were great starter cars for kids looking for something cheap to drive as their first high school ride -- but prices have shot up so you've got to dig around for a rusted pile of...hang on...what's this? Find this 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe here on eBay bidding for $3,550 reserve-not-met with a buy-it-now of $7,777 located in Alameda, CA.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Today's mid week match-up is an open post with you, dear reader, helping with the match. That means I want you guys in the comments to give your car needs -- budget, location, constraints -- in the comments, and then folks will reply in a nested comment to your needs.
Unlike the Wagonaire, Daytona, and R-Series cars, the Studebaker sedans have always been fairly cheap. But this one in particular is ludicrously cheap. We know that it's three speed with two synchros is likely dead but unless the frame is about to snap, it's still a phenomenal bargain. Find this 1965 Studebaker Commander for sale in Ortonville MI for a paltry $900 via craigslist.
What kind of car would you drive if you had life by the balls? How about a sexy red Italian convertible with a fancy sounding manu-matic transmission? You can be on top of the world one day and just as easily crash back to earth the next. We have just that type of story here with this 2003 Maserati Spyder in Newtown, CT for $11,000 via craigslist.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Is the Porsche 944 (non-turbo) designed to languish in cheap car territory forever, or will it follow the meteoric path of other cars that were emblazoned with the Stuttgart (Stuttgart comes from the old high German Stuotengarten which translates to stud garden...) crest but not imbued with Porsche speed, like the 912 or 914? If you think the 944 is ripe for appreciation, get the nicest one you can afford to cash in on six figure appreciation in the next decade -- like this 1985 Porsche 944 offered for $4,000 in Ogden, UT via ksl.com. Tip from Chris S.
If you have heard of the small Spanish motorcycle manufacturer Gas Gas, you've probably heard about them via motorcycle trialing. Gas Gas got their start when two ex-Bultaco guys started hand building trials bikes in 1985. You'd be forgiven not knowing that they began building enduros in 1989 and still do today. Find this 2004 Gas Gas EC300 for sale in Federal Way, WA for $1,800 via craigslist.
Do you have anything in your garage worth between $800-1500 that you're willing to swap for a Bradley GT? The seller is willing to weigh all options, including your to-be-proposed Renault GTA and snowblower smoked-motor package deal. Find this 1974 Bradley GT for sale in Yale, MI for $2,500 via craigslist.
Monday, November 28, 2016
There are plenty of cars on the internet that seem like reasonable deals or cars that would be fun to own, but you don't often find a car that makes you say "yowza...that is a good deal." This next one jumps right out of the page and screams: "BUY ME." Find this 1970 Buick Skylark offered for $8,500 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.
What Am I? challenge, the game where car people on the internet (that's you!) determine make/model/year of junk that I find on the internet from only a few pixels.
The Plymouth Duster was a short lived (1970-1976) fastbackish variant of the Plymouth Valiant/Dodge Dart A-body sedan by Chrysler. The Duster is a relatively cheap way to get into a piece of classic Mopar that might not have the cachet of the 'Cuda but prices are more reasonable. Find this 1970 Plymouth Duster 340 offered for $8,500 in Lehighton, PA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
"What this Beetle needs is an injection of LS V8 power" -- said no person ever. The Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle is a classic that needs little introduction, but I will give you the highlights -- production started in Germany in 1938 and ended in Mexico in 2003, during which time over 21 million examples were assembled. Find this 1969 Volkswagen Beetle V8 offered for $7,500 near Houston, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
From its inception in 1955 to the end of the line in 1975, the DS was always ahead of its time. From the oleopneumatic suspension to the semi-automatic gearbox it was truly revolutionary. However, in post-war France, development costs had to be cut, so the engine was always a bit pedestrian for the DS; it had its origins in the pre-war Traction Avant. By 1970 however, the engine got its chance in the form of electronic Bosch fuel injection, becoming an early adopter of injection. Find this 1975 Citroen DS23 Pallas for sale in Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia for $8,500 AUD ($6,300 USD at the time of writing).
With the meteoric rise in prices of all air cooled Porsche's, it is a valid question to ask whether there are any bargain Porsche's left in the wild? The 996 generation of 911's can be found for pennies on the dollar compared to it's 993 predecessor. IMS bearing failure seems to be the big boogie man in the Porsche used car world. It should be one of the first things checked when shopping for any early water cooled 911 or Boxster. Find this 1999 Porsche 911 for sale in Naugatuck, CT for $7,500 via craigslist.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
This next car comes as a tip from Scott T who writes: If a picture is worth a thousand words, this ad is worth about 1,100 words? Though the words used seem to describe a pretty nice v8 driveline and a fair number of parts including a GT hood so that's a bonus. $4,500 sounds reasonable given the number of parts this car has if it's not rusty. Only one picture, and I'm guessing it's not recent. This seems like the perfect project for an optimist. Find this 1971 Ford Ranchero offered for $4,500 near Boston, MA via craigslist.
Normally I steer clear of dealer listed CL ads. The incompetency of what they are selling and the literary wooing & schmoozing leaves a die-hard car affection-ado with a bad taste in the mouth. But sometimes...one in a while...I stumble across a vehicle that is worth the attention and a quick rinse with the strongest mouthwash I have on tap. Find this 1988 Mercedes Benz 300E for sale at a dealer in Seattle, WA for $4,900 via craigslist.
Friday, November 25, 2016
The Paul Bracq styled W108 generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the better ways to get into a vintage sedan for a semi-daily driver. The performance is acceptable, ride is comfortable, build quality is exemplary, but most importantly -- drive one and you'll look like a king. This next example isn't the most preserved or minty clean W108, but the price is nice. Find this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL 4.5 offered for $2,200 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist.
Out of all the Paul Bracq designed classics (and there are many) one of my favorites has to be the E24 6-series, which certainly isn't the most beautiful (W113 Pagoda 280SL is the most beautiful), but it offers a level of elegance, class, and sophistication for a paltry price. Find this 1984 BMW 633CSi here on eBay bidding for $4,300 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Hicksville, NY.
While the mindless zombie consumers of the world flock to brick-n-mortar stores to pay retail prices for cheaply assembled consumer goods, we at Daily Turismo take a different approach. Instead of celebrating Black Friday, we celebrate Bracq Friday -- a festival of all the good stuff designed by famous French-born designer of German cars, Paul Bracq.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
(E-i-C Vince:) Happy Thanksgiving to all of you readers out in cyberspace. Some of you might have jobs that require a few hours on this holiday and others are located completely outside the United States of Turkeyweek, but have a great day wherever you are and whatever you are doing.