Sunday, April 30, 2017

Auction Watch: 1968 Triumph GT6

Find this 1968 Triumph GT6 here on eBay bidding for $4,050 with a few hours to go, located in North Billerica, MA.

Gorilla Whale: 1960 Volvo PV544

The name of the Japanese monster Godzilla (Gojira)  is is combination of the Japanese words for gorilla (gorira) and whale (kujira) -- a fitting name give his enormous strength, mammalian intelligence, and aquatic upbringing.  Currently the Nissan GTR is given the nickname Godzilla -- but it isn't an apt moniker for a car that is so cunningly clinical and razor sharp in its quest for speed.  The real Godzilla was known for razing a few blocks of downtown Toyko apartment buildings with an accidental swish of his tail, so I think this Swedish monster is the real Gorilla-Whale.  Find this 1960 Volvo PV544 offered for $4,200 in Bend, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Auction Watch: 1990 Jaguar XJS V12

Find this 1990 Jaguar XJS V12 here on eBay bidding for $2,137 with 2 days to go, located in Houston, TX.

Rat Rod Lincoln: 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan

The original version of Hot Rod Lincoln by Charlie Ryan was a good song in its own right, but it wasn't until the 1971 cover by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen that the V12 Lincoln got the true fame that it deserved.  Sometimes, the remake is better than the original, and I just hope that holds true when the next owner decides to re-invent this classic.  Find this 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan offered for $3,900 in Ft Myers, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Cheap Speed: 1998 BMW M3

The E36 generation BMW M3 was released in 1995 with a detuned US spec engine (remember when the Europeans got the good stuff..?) and a fabulously nimble chassis.  Magazine pundits and BMW fanboys alike raved about the steering feel and I can't imagine the prices on these things can continue to be as low as they are.  Find this 1998 BMW M3 offered for $7,300 in South Los Angeles, CA.

Coffee Brake: Shipwrecked

For this week's Coffee Brake, I'd like to shift from the serious, Pulitzer prize potential stories that we normally run and instead talk about something on the lighter side.  Imagine for a minute that you are marooned on a deserted island, but that island has a nice set of roads (think road to Hana) and an obscenely large gravity fed gas station tank.  So, what car do you drive every day for the rest of your life as you live in solitary -- BUT it has to be a car that you own currently or owned in the past.

These Colors Run: 1979 Chevrolet Corvette

The late 70s were a terrible time for car enthusiasts -- and I'm sure the older folks in the crowd will remember the L48 V8 powered Vettes and what absolute DOGS they were. Actually, that's an insult to dogs because the average dog could not only catch an L-48, it could do it with such ease that it could actually pee on its tires while chasing it on three legs!  Thankfully this next Corvette has had the L48 removed and recycled into a dog water bowls, but the seller has replaced the engine with a beastly 427 and covered it with an homage to America.  Find this 1979 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $35,000 in Mobile, AL via craigslist.  Tip from Wesley.

Zoom Zoom Dirt Dirt: 1988 Mazda 323GTX

The Mazda 323 was a pretty forgettable econobox sold in America based on the Japanese Mazda Familia, but there was an exception -- the all-wheel-drive GTX version that put some extra zoomf in the Zoom Zoom, and today we've got a rally prepped example ready for dirt road hoonage for a dirt cheap price. Find this 1988 Mazda 323GTX offered for $1,900 in Gardena, CA via craigslist. Tip from JayKav.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CounterPoint: 1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

For about eight thousand smackeroos you could drive the Acura coupe that was featured earlier today, and by all accounts it would make a good driver...but...why on earth would you drive such a plebeian pile of parts when for the same amount of cash you could drive a decent looking example of one of the most iconic marques to ever cruise the surface of this rock.  Find this 1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow here on eBay offered for $8,950 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Villa Park, IL.

Thursday Twister: Bottom Lined

Today's Thursday Twister is a challenge for all of the craigslist wizards out in the world -- find me the CHEAPEST car that is running/driving and you could take home from craigslist/ebay classifieds/ wherever.

K24 Swap: 2002 Acura RSX Type-S

The era of the front-wheel-drive car is in full swing, but the era of the performance front wheel drive is over...isn't that an odd conundrum?  However, if you have fond memories of front-wheel-peel from the neon-nineties, then this next car might be your thing.  Find this 2002 Acura RSX Type-S offered here on eBay for $7,900 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Valley Stream, NY with 5 days to go.

Electric Boogaloo: 1961 Henney Kilowatt

Why do Millennials love Elon Musk so much?  Aside from his name making for a fantastic cologne brand, there isn't much there other than that he made a bunch of money with an online bank ( and has parlayed that cash into a bunch of other I guess we should all start worshipping the modern day Rockefellers -- the internet barons of the 21st century -- BUT, I do want to say that, contrary to popular belief, Elon Musk did not invent the electric car, that award goes to Thomas Davenport of Vermont who ran the first electric car way back in 1834.  Fast-forward a century or so and you could buy a Renault Dauphine based Henney Kilowatt.  Find this 1961 Henney Kilowatt here on eBay for $15,950 buy-it-now with 4 days to go located in Kingsport, TN. Tip from Frank.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Truck Life: 1970 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT Pickup

There is something undeniably good about a classic pickup truck.  Good to drive?  Nah...rough and slow. Good to own?  Maybe.  Good to look at?  Yes!  This is the car that you always glance over your shoulder after you park it.  Find this 1970 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT Pickup here on eBay bidding for $7,400 with a few hours to go, located in Tacoma, WA.

Mid Week Match-Up: Limited Edition

This week's Mid Week Match-Up, victim is a hypothetical person we shall call "Dwood" -- and the thing he needs is a fast/fun/daily driver for less than $10k, but it needs to be a unique car with very limited no more than 1,000 examples sold in the USA.

Cobra Swapped: 2004 Ford Mustang GT

The fourth generation Mustang (code name SN95) was sold from 1994 through 2004 in two body styles, the early round and later "new edge".  The early cars look funky and completely out of place in the Mustang world (maybe not as out of place as the Mustang II) but the 1999 restyle added some much needed tang to the Mustang style.  Find this 2004 Ford Mustang GT offered here on eBay for $6,950 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Fontana, CA with 1 day to go.

Two Sexy Europeans: 1977 & 1978 Ford Capri

If you have the available space, owning a parts car is far and away the cheapest way to keep older car on the road.  Now if you have a obscure car, the parts car value is multiplied many times over.  The Ford Capri was hugely popular in the UK and sold 1.9 million units worldwide  from 1969 to 1986.  The import was sold from 1971-1977 in the USA through Lincoln-Mercury dealers .   These handsome and very affordable cars (by Porsche standards) are near extinct outside of California and other areas that don't salt their roads.  Find this 1977 & 1978 Ford Capri and stash of spare parts for sale in Mountain Home, ID for $5,000 via craigslist.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Won't Last: 1966 Plymouth Barracuda

The (Plymouth) Barracuda pre-dated the release of Ford's Mustang, but they don't call the sporty 2+2 genre the 'Flesh-eating-fish-car''s the Pony-car, probably because the Barracuda was not nearly as successful from a sales perspective.  However, driving a classic Barracuda todays says you've got taste and didn't just hit the "easy" button when selecting your ride.  Find this 1966 Plymouth Barracuda offered for $8,000 in Western MA via craigslist. Tip from Jim H.

Lock up your sons: 1968 Mercury Cougar Dan Gurney Special

You all know about Dan Gurney and his magical year of 1967.  If not, here's the short form replay:  Dan won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a GT40 with A.J. Foyt (and started the tradition of spraying Campaign in the winners circle) and a week later won the Belgian Grand Prix in an F1 car of his own design (the Eagle).   But that's not all.  Also in 1967 he was racing Mercury Cougars in SCCA TransAm, and as part of his driving contract, signed away the use of his name and likeness to Mercury for promotion.  Little did he know... Find this 1968 Mercury Cougar Dan Gurney Special for sale in Burien, WA for $3,000 via craigslist.

Colin Would Be Proud: 1980 Lotus Esprit

Colin "Simplify, then add lightness" Chapman died in 1982, but he would be proud of this next Lotus, not because of what his company sold as a new car, but because of the dedication to speed that its disembodied form...well...embodies.  Find this 1980 Lotus Esprit here on eBay bidding for $1,055 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Oxnard, CA.

Not A Lemon: 1972 Citroën D Spécial

Everything in the world is relative.  When Amber Heard (whoever that do the tabloids decide which vacuous dimwit they are going to pluck from obscurity to obsessively cover, anyway??) complains that her old boyfriend Johnny Depp wasn't rich or famous enough for her -- you've got to shake your head in confusion like you've been slapped silly with scissors-hands until you realize her current crush is Elon when somebody says that his Citroen D Spécial is "very dependable," you've got to wonder what is his current ride? Find this 1972 Citroën D Spécial offered for $10,500 in the Town of Newburgh, via craigslist. Tip from Rock On.