Sunday, August 20, 2017

Clean White Paper: 1995 BMW 540i

The E34 (1987-1996) was the third generation of BMW's executive class 5-series sedan and it was the first to feature V8 power.  As the high mileage examples of the E34 are driven into the ground, a few nice examples float around waiting for some magical renaissance for used German luxury sedans that may or may not happen.  I say driven 'em while they're new...ish.  Find this 1995 BMW 540i offered for $6,900 in Lexington, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Friday, August 18, 2017

X-factor: 1988 Mazda 323 GTX

The 1980's are thought to be the Golden Age of Rally.  Fire breathing Group B cars ran rampant throughout the forests in the early part of the decade, and then tragically it was all over.  The meek inherited the woods in the form of production-based Group A cars, and a few of them made it to The Land of the Free.  Find this 1988 Mazda 323 GTX for sale in Renton, WA for $5,000 via craigslist.

The Left-Handed Spanner: Bulbs, balls, blips, dips, sauces

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So (yes, I millennialed the start of a story; but it was originally written as an ear-haired old email, not an InstaSnap or whatever, so...), I finally got around to changing the headlight bulb in the Xantia on account of it coming up with a failure on its recent MOT for a bad nearside dipped beam. Could have been worse, the Avensis failed same day on two corroded brake pipes (“brake pipes” always makes Vince chuckle).

Talk of the Town: 1979 AMC Concord

Do you belong to the segment of the population that wants a car that'll make them blend into the background, or are you one of those who wants a car that'll get you noticed?  If you fall into the latter, but aren't a millionaire, you might think your options are limited...but don't conflate expensive with attention getting with regards to cars, because this next car will get you more looks than the latest Lamborghini Vacagorda.  Find this 1979 AMC Concord offered for $2,300 in Chattanooga, TN via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Boosted Rally Machine: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

I used to own a 2004 Subaru STI and can honestly say it was one of the most fun cars to drive on a daily basis for a reasonable when someone sends in a nice looking example...I start to think I never should have sold it.  Oh well.  Many more cars before I've owned 'em all!  Find this 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI here on eBay bidding for $16,100 with 3 days to go, located in Lynchburg, VA.

Cheap Muscle: 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix

The first generation Pontiac Grand Prix was a full sized B-Body based monster that was built on a shared chassis with the Buick Wildcat, Oldsmobile Delmont 88, Pontiac Catalina, and Chevrolet Impala. However, Pontiac was GM's "performance" brand so you could get it with a 421 cubic inch V8 that put 370 horsepower through a set of three two-barrel carburetors known as Tri-Power. Find this 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix offered for $8000 in Ft Myers, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.

Not A Taxi: 1975 Checker Marathon

When you think of cars that had a long production run with minimal changes the VW Beetle, Porsche 911, Alfa Romeo Spider, and Nissan Sentra/Tsuru all immediately come to mind.  The Checker Marathon definitely should be included in this company.  The Marathon was produced from 1961 until 1982 with very few meaningful changes.  The changes made during the production run are so few they could be listed on a piece scratch paper.  Checkers were notably used in NYC as yellow taxi cabs for thirty years due to their simple, durable design and absolutely massive back seat.  Find this 1975 Checker Marathon for sale in East Haven, CT for $2,000 via craigslist.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

W114 Coupe: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 250C

The Mercedes-Benz W114/115 chassis is the often overlooked E-class predecessor chassis that is overshadowed by the prettier W108/109 chassis.  The big S-Class ancestor W108 with its fancier front end and stacked headlamps is a bargain classic, so the downmarket W114 is forced into an even more compromised market situation...bad news for "collectors" but great news for folks who want to run/drive cheap classics. Find this 1971 Mercedes 250C here on eBay bidding for $4,000 with 4 days to go, located in Virginia Beach, VA.  Tip from Don.

Ugly Car, Low Miles: 1987 Dodge 600 SE

The Dodge 600 was yet another K-Car from those wacky Chrysler product planners who somehow thought that if you didn't want an Aries or a Diplomat, you might accidentally buy one of these.  How much drugs did people take in the 1980s anyway?!?! Find this 1987 Dodge 600 SE offered for $1750 located in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tunnel-vision: 1968 Carlson Challenger

One of the cool things about the 60's (at least the consumer advertising version of the 60's) was the optimism.  The space age was truly underway and everything was new, modern and came in sparkling candy metal flake colors.  Even boats.  Find this 1968 Carlson Challenger Tunnel Hull for sale in Shelton, WA for $795 via craigslist.

DT Driving from Monterey to Bremerton with the Lemons "Hell on Wheels" Rally

What could be more fun than 1,900 miles in some crummy old car in the middle of August? Doing it with a bunch of other weirdos you just met...and aren't quite sure about yet. Last year I had the opportunity - uh, the failure of judgment - to participate in part of the very first Lemons Rally, the so called "Hell on Wheels" drive from Monterey to Reno, down to Vegas, Death Valley, Bakersfield, and then back up the California coast. I wasn't able to run the full length last year so for 2017 we are going for broke. My E34 M5 was the conveyance of choice in 2016; this year my Dad and I cruising in something simultaneously newer but somehow more Lemony - a Ford P71 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. All the way up to Seattle-ish and back. What could possibly go wrong! That isn't a question.

Straight Eight: 1952 Packard Sedan

The Packard Motor Car company of Detroit started rolling out cars way back in 1899, but it didn't go belly up until 1958 when the last badge engineered Studebaker rolled off an assembly line with a Packard badge...not a bad run for the average car company...quick, somebody tell Elon his little startup needs to last till 2064 before we believe it'll make it!  Find this 1952 Packard Sedan here on eBay bidding for $2026 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go. Tip from Hugh.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Peak SBC: 1977 Porsche 924 Pro Street

The term "peak" is tossed around often, when people say we've reached "peak oil" or "peak hipster" -- but the truth is that we're never really certain until the fad (or whatever) has dropped to see if we've really reached a peak.  So, I ask you, have we reached peak small block Chevy?  Find this 1977 Porsche 924 Pro Street offered for $14,000 in St Joseph, KS via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Beached: 1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata

All kinds of fancy schmancy car events happen at the beach at places like Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, or Boca Raton...but sometimes the best cars are for driving around on the beach instead of showing at the beach.  Like this 1991 Mazda MX-5 offered for $7000 near Grover Beach, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Sean who writes: The answer is always Miata, even at Pismo Beach

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cross Breeding: 1996 Dodge Dakota 6.0 LS Swap

With Dodge putting out Hemi V8 engines ranging from mild to wild levels of horsepower, it is somewhat odd (in a good way) to come across a Chevy LS swapped Dodge truck.  The amount of LS swapped cars and trucks advertised across the internet these days is truly staggering.  There is seemingly not a car out there that hasn't been swapped with a variant of this engine.  Find this 1996 Dodge Dakota for sale in West Bridgewater, MA for $4,000 via craigslist.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Thunder-Stang: 1989 Ford Mustang 3.8 SC

Modified Ford Mustangs are a dime a dozen so it takes a lot to come across one that is out of the ordinary.  Ford's Thunderbird Super Coupe was available from 1989-1995 with a 3.8 pushrod V-6 huffed on by a Eaton M90 supercharger that was good for up to 230 hp and 330 lbs of torque.  The Ford 3.8 SC engine made good power, but never seemed garner the cult following that the similar displacement Buick Grand National turbo engine did.  Today's Stang takes the road less traveled and has the unusual V6 engine swap into the state highway patrol favored notchback body style.  Find this 1989 Ford Mustang Notchback for sale in Beacon Falls, CT for $5,500 via craigslist.

Dat's a Charp 'Chero Mang: 1959 Ford Ranchero

The Ford Ranchero was a car-based pickup that beat the El Camino to market by a few years, but by 1959, both Ford and GM were churning out full-size, body on frame car/trucks. I've been looking at Rancheros recently since it's a similar concept to a project I'm about to embark on - pulling the body off of a late model P71 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, and replacing it with a '60s Ford pickup cab and bed. But the Ranchero was the OG mullet mobile. Find this 1959 Ford Ranchero for sale in El Dorado Hills, CA for $8900 via craigslist.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Green! 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Holiday Coupe

1972 was the last year for the 3rd generation Cutlass based on the GM A-body platform, and you could get a number of different configurations including; a 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe, 2-door vert, 4-door hardtop, and 2-door hardtop.  Imagine if GM offered any car today in that many would be chaos!  Find this 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Holiday Coupe offered for $11,000 near Belen, NM via craigslist. Tip from Fuel Truck.

Budget Bimmer: 1972 BMW 2002

The BMW 2002 isn't the fastest car to drive from the 2nd golden era of motoring (the first was the roaring twenties, then the 1960s-1973, and I digress) but it offers a good combination of driveability and classicality...but of which aren't strictly speaking "words"...but the BMW 2002 isn't really an automobile, either.  It's a statement.  Find this 1972 BMW 2002 offered for $7,500 near San Antonio, TX. Tip from FuelTruck.