Tuesday, September 26, 2017

STI SUV?: 2004 Subaru Forester Turbo

The turbo version of the Subaru Forester is sort of like the GMC Syclone of pick-up trucks.  In 2004 when the turbo model debuted, car magazines were able to get jaw dropping 5.3 second 0-60 times and high 13 second 1/4 mile times out of this tall wagon.  The 2004-05 turbo Foresters are blessed with super short 4.44:1 gears that along with the all wheel drive system and 2.5 liters of displacement really help the car at the local stop light Grand Prix.  If you were a crafty Subaru second hand parts scavenger, it would not be difficult to make one of these at least on par with a WRX STI performance wise.  Find this 2004 Subaru Forester Turbo for sale in Billerica, MA for $7,500 via craigslist.

Monday, September 25, 2017

2 Camels: 1970 Citroën Méhari

This next car is the kind of ride that gets you a sort of attention that could be good or bad...depending on how you feel about strange men chasing you around town to get a closer look at your ride.  And not the kind of dudes you'd want trying to poke under your hood, but that is a discussion for another day.  Find this 1970 Citroen Mehari offered for $4,800 near Cincinatti, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

What Am I? Come Sail Away

It is Monday morning, and time to solve the weekly What Am I? puzzle, and today we've got an interesting one.

9000 Rpm Sedan: 1991 Infiniti G20 Swap

It is heartening to know that there are really fun to drive cars out there for not much coin.  The first generation (P10) Infiniti G20 was known as the Nissan Primera overseas.  It was the entry level Infiniti and came very well equipped for being a smaller car.  Enthusiasts loved the good handling from the independent suspension and eager SR20 engine.  It would be fair to consider the G20 as being the four door version of the SE-R.  Today's G20 is in much better than average condition and kicks things up a notch with the screaming JDM SR20 NEO-VVL engine.  The SR20VE was never sold in the US, but are readily available from JDM engine depots.  The Nissan VVL is very similar to Honda's V-TECH system and helps these engines make power at absurdly high rpm.  Find this 1991 Infiniti G20 for sale in Kearny, NJ for $2,500 via craigslist.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Seller Submission: 2002 Porsche Boxster S

Seller Submission from Rod: I am submitting for your consideration my 2002 Boxster S 6spd. Asking price is $11k OBO (on the low end of Good and Fair on Hagerty's scale). The car has been fantastic and driven pretty sparingly. The only reason that I am selling is that I picked up a 996 and I want the Boxster to go to a fellow driving enthusiast.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Horsefeather: 1992 Nissan Sentra SE-R

There are quite a few cars on the DT favorites list that are almost NEVER found in stock/clean/low-mile configuration for just about any price.  The top of the list includes quite a few Japanese cars, including the Honda CRX, Subaru STI, DSM Talon/Eclipse/Laser, Mitsu EVO, but today we've found a real pile of rocking horse pooh -- a stock/nice/clean 1992 Nissan Sentra SE-R offered for $4,500 in Cincinnati, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

HP Sauce: 1980 Porsche 924

People ask me why I'm such a freak when it comes to cars.  I don't have a good answer, but my mom always says that I wasn't dropped on my head and that I was obsessed with cars at a young age, but for whatever reason...I like them odd.  Wierd.  Brown.  Slow.  Horrible.  Yup...winner, winner, liver & onions dinner.  Find this 1980 Porsche 924 offered for $2000 in Ventura, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Sean S.

Friday, September 22, 2017

One Owner: 1983 BMW 733i E23

I've always dreamed of opening my own high end car restoration shop, along the lines of what Icon does with FJs, Eagle does with Jaguar, or what Singer does with Porsche...but I would restore nothing but shark-nosed BMWs. All of those inexpensive 6-series, 5-series, and 7-series are begging to have their bumpers tucked, modern conveniences added, and body lines adjusted to perfection.  Unfortunately, this past weekend I spent most of Saturday in the garage hacking up a piece of box steel to replace a broken link in my garage door...so...no DT Restoration Shop yet.  Find this 1983 BMW 733i offered for $8,900 near Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

Coffee Brake: Weekend Plans

I will spend most of this next weekend on a soccer field coaching my daughter's team and refereeing other matches, but I'm sure you guys have projects to do...so let me live vicariously through your garage work!

What are you doing this weekend?

Nice Paint Scheme: 1971 Ford Pinto

My old man always said that if you are going to do something crazy, do it right...wait...that's not what he said.  He said if you can't be smart, be colorful.  Which brings us to this next car, which is one of the nicest examples of a slushbox equipped Ford Pinto that you'll ever see.  Colorful, indeed.  Find this 1971 Ford Pinto offered for $5,900 in Thousand Oaks, CA via craigslist. Tip from Sean S.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Turbo'd V8: 1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The original Mazda MX-5 is known around the globe as a great car for the discerning sportsman who wants a car that handles well and needs a good driver to ring the maximum out of the small engine.  It is the opposite of the ham-fisted V8 muscle car crowd and is the spiritual revival of the small British roadster...expect that today's example is a Cobra in disguise.  Find this 1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata here on eBay offered for $24,999 buy-it-now or make-offer located in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Thursday Twister: Hurricane

You'd have to be living under a rock to not know about the recent hurricanes that have devastated parts of Texas and Florida, and the flooding has been particularly hard on homes, businesses and cars. You might be able to replace the drywall in your home before the studs become covered in black mold, but according to Forbes the flooding from Irma and Harvey destroyed over a million cars & trucks.  What does that mean?  It means that junk yards are going to be bursting with molding cars -- and locals in Texas will note that the Texas Motor Speedway is being used to store the overflow of cars looking for someone who will part them out or ship them to Yemen with sketchy title status.

Jolly Green Dwarf: 1967 MG Midget

The MG Midget is a peppy little chihuahua of a car, with more zip, zap, and yip than you would ever expect from a classic British sports car.  Pound for pound it'll put more smiles on the faces of random strangers than a puppy-money-baby and good luck getting your puppy-money-baby to give you a ride to work.  Find this 1967 MG Midget for $2500 near Ft Myers, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Electric 3-Wheeler: 1967 Sports Rider by Kelsen Manufacturing

The modern version of the three wheel automobile has taken a decidedly sporty approach (with the exception of the Elio...which will probably never actually be sold in any decent quantity) with things like the Slingshot and the Campagna T-Rex...but it wasn't always this way.  There was a time when a three wheeler was just a single performance step above a bicycle.  Find this 1967 Sports Rider by Kelsen Manufacturing offered for $2,000 in Petaluma, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Vee-Twelve: 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL600

The Mercedes-Benz lineup in the early 2000s might look confusing (C, E, S, CL, CLC, CLK, CL, SLK, SLC, SLK, SL, SLR, R, etc) to a person who was used to simpler times, but the product planners at Mercedes-Benz knew exactly what they were doing...which was fleecing every last cent they could get from the wannabe wealthy, the actually wealthy, and the mega-wealthy in the case of this last car.  Thankfully you don't have to be wealthy to afford this next car, unless something goes wrong...in which case you'd better hope your trust fund has matured.  Find this 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL600 offered for $6,500 near Houston, TX via craigslist.

Rare Swedish V8: 2007 Volvo S80

Words by Hunsbloger: These things are as rare as hen's teeth, Trust Me, I've tried to find low mileage ones for years.  The owners love them and tend to really stack some mileage on them. They are only available as automatics and all of the V8's are AWD.  If he's cut off the mufflers (as stated in text), this thing is going to be beastly sounding.  Find this 2007 Volvo S80 offered for $14,999 in Chambersburg, PA via craigslist.  Tip from Jeff S.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

B is for Brown: 1977 Datsun B210

The story seen quite often here on DT is one where a malaise era econo-box that has managed to escape the depreciation curve generates a big interest from the readership, until we scroll down to the interior pictures and find a slushbox.  Then the inevitable comment about the auto killing interest.  Our next example survivor is a fine brown example with a shift-it-yourself transmission.  Are you ready to put your money where your keyboard is?  Find this 1977 Datsun B210 for sale in Olympia, WA for $4,000 via craigslist.

Northeast Field Report: Sunday 9/17 Caffeine And Carburetors

If you live anywhere in the tri-state area Caffeine and Carburetors in tony NYC suburb New Canaan, CT is a 100% must see event.  I am very local to here and went to their only 2017 show two days ago.  The vast array of high end cars that show up for this event blows me away each and every single time I visit.  Porsche 911s are so common here it that it makes them seem like a mass produced Honda Accord.  There are always some really out of the ordinary cars here that you read about but just never see in the wild.  Porsche was the featured marque so I purposely was looking for obscure subjects aside from them.  Here are a number of pictures of some beauties that caught my eye. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Rotary Wedge: 1980 Triumph TR7

The seller describes this next car as "not your typical 80's crappy Triumph" -- hey, that isn't really fair...okay...maybe it is. The TR7 had some sweet wedge style, but power was low and handling wasn't exactly amazing, but some car builder decided to change that. Find this 1980 Triumph TR7 offered for $5,500 in Olympia, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!