Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oddbucket: 1957 Auto Union 1000 Estate

The Auto Union 1000 was a front-wheel drive oddity that predated the Auto Union & NSU marriage that became what we know today as Audi..but its spirit is still uniquely German and Audiesque.  Find this  1957 Auto Union 1000 Estate here on eBay bidding for $2,000 in Boulevard, CA with 4 days to go.



For the Birds? 1968 Pontiac Firebird

The next car comes from Erik202 who writes: I saw this on my local classifieds, it got me thinking about how often people make fairly unsubstantiated claims about the rarity of the cars they are selling. In this ad the seller makes 2 claims but does not mention any paperwork from GM backing up either. There must be tons of this type of ad out there. Find this 1968 Pontiac Firebird Convertible offered for $11,000 CAD ($8,786 USD) via Kijiji.ca.


Stick It to the Man: 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500

Who doesn't love a good story about "stickin it to the man," right?  Unless you are the man, in which case you'll have loads of money to cry yourself to sleep with...anyway, I can't think of a better way to "stick it to the man" than to buy something for $10k that he paid almost $100k for when new!  Like this 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 offered for $13,400 here on eBay buy-it-now or make-offer located in Ford Pierce, FL with 1 day to go.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuned by Lotus: 1989 Isuzu I-Mark RS

The Isuzu I Mark is part of the GM '80s compact car family, built by Isuzu but sold by GM with the name Gemini.  The 2nd generation styling (1985-1990) was started by noted Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro (known for such designs as the DeTomaso Mangusta, Iso Griffo, 'the' Delorean, Ferrari 250GT) but changes demanded by the bottom line driven bean counters at GM caused such a tiff with the Italian master of design that he disavowed any relationship with the car.  Find this 1988 Isuzu I-Mark RS here on eBay bidding for $1,750 with 3 days to go, located in Knoxville, TN.



Theme Park: 1991 Lancia Thema 8.32

It's factory hot rodding 101:  find a plain Jane 4 door berlina sedan and stuff a big motor in it and turn it loose.  If you are FIAT you take a so-so front drive exec sled and stuff a Ferrari V-8 in it and away you go.  Find this 1991 Lancia Thema 8.32 for sale in Seattle, WA for $12,800 via craigslist.



Serial No 1: 1985 Oldsmobile Calais

There are few things better than low mile minty clean example of an unwanted car from the past...because low mile examples of desirable cars have crazy price tags, but the people who collect 80s Oldsmobiles do their own dental work and shower at their place of employment...the a low mile example of the first car off the assembly line doesn't cost much. Find this 1985 Oldsmobile Calais offered for $10,000 here on eBay starting bid with 1 day to go located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.


Lotus 0.7: 1980 Custom Built Roadster

I have a friend who purchased and assembled a Caterham replica of a Lotus 7 for driving on US roads.  For the sake of anonymity, I will call him Dwood, and this next post is dedicated to him.  I won't say how much Dwood spent on his Caterham, but I'd bet a Buick Roadmaster that it cost more than 10 times the starting bid on this next...ummm...thing...which begs the question...is this car more than 1/10th the experience/fun/death of a Lotus 7? Find this 1980 Custom Built Roadster offered for $5,200 starting bid with $7,200 buy-it-now here on eBay located in Caldwell, ID.



Monday, October 16, 2017

Seller Submission: 1970 Porsche 914

The Porsche 914 was originally conceived as a dual purpose range topping Volkswagen and low-end Porsche, to replace the Karmann-Ghia and 912 respectively...but it was a such a nice car that Porsche's brass wouldn't let it be stuck with the VW badge...and the rest is history.  Find this 1970 Porsche 914 offered for $14,000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.


What Am I? Another View

The What Am I? quiz from last week was a tricky one and it went unsolved for the entire week...so it is time to give you guys another whack at it.  Here is another view of the same vehicle.  What Am I?


Ford GT Replica: 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT

The Pontiac Fiero is a regular donor of its chassis for all manner of kit car things...and most of them look like an 80s Ferrari or an insane dune buggy -- but today we've got something that looks surprisingly cool.  Find this 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT offered for $18,500 in Las Vegas, NV via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Seller Submission: 2000 Chevrolet Corvette C5

Bumped back to the top of the page! The C5 generation Corvette was a huge leap forward compared to the C4 generation -- and not just because the new LS-series V8 was more powerful, or that the interior was nicer, but most importantly, the chassis was rigid and thoroughly modern. Find this 2000 Chevrolet Corvette C5 offered for $10,950 in Capitola, CA via craigslist.  Seller submission from Tim.



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fairmonchero-amino: 1979 Ford Fairmont

Seeing that no automakers currently produce a car based ute in the US, interest in older El Caminos and Rancheros is stronger than ever.  A cottage industry has even sprung up selling car to truck conversion kits for Dodge Chargers and various VW cars.  The Ford Durango ute was not an official Ford vehicle, but some 212 conversions were said to have been produced by National Coach Works between 1979-82.  Today's car has followed the Durango formula by starting with a two door Futura model and basically losing everything after the b-pillars to create the flat floor pick up bed.  Find this 1979 Ford Fairmont for sale in Stafford Springs, CT for $8,500 via craigslist.



Saturday, October 14, 2017

SVO Bird: 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

With a few exceptions, most American cars from the 1980's don't get a ton of love from enthusiasts.  The Thunderbird Turbo Coupe won Motor Trend's car of the year for 1987, but still couldn't one up the Ford Mustang.  The bird's 2.3 turbo had 190hp vs the SVO's 205hp and the 5.0 V8 in the bird sport had 150hp vs 225hp in the Mustang.  The Turbo coupe is often thought of as a American version of the BMW 6 series coupe from the same time period.  Prices on the 6 series have risen substantially in the last couple years so today's super clean bird is a lot of coupe for the dough.  Find this 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe for sale in Trumbull, CT for $5,950 via craigslist.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Polestar Blue: 1969 Volvo 1800

The Volvo 1800 is one of those underappreciated classics that can still be found for a song/dance from time to time.  Typically examples for less than $5k will include a lot of rust and rat's nests - this one is no exception, but it does run/drive at a roller price.   Find this 1969 Volvo 1800 offered for $6,500 near Seattle, WA via craigslist.Tip from Zach Z.


4WD Oddball: 1988 Toyota Sprinter Carib

This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes: If you're importing a JDM car, you could go for the performance cars they never sold here, like a Skyline GTR. Or you could get something that was too cute or tiny to sell here, like a Honda Beat or Autozam AZ-1. But this guy went for something REALLY unexpected: Find this 1988 Toyota Sprinter Carib offered for $7000 near Atlanta, GA via craigslist.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Drivin' A Truck: 1974 Peterbilt 359 Cummins


I can't be the only one who fantasizes about driving a big old truck.  Driving a truck might not be a profession that your high school guidance counselor will recommend...but how many more Pharmacists does the world need...and I want to shift gears all day until my arm is swole. But I don't want to spend the few hundred grand that it costs for a new semi truck, so I'll find something more DT priced on craigslist.  Like this 1974 Peterbilt offered for $2,500 in Napa, CA via craigslist.



Thursday Twister: Engine Swap

For this week's Thursday Twister, I'm going to go to one of my favorite subjects -- swaps...no, not wife swaps, that is just plain nasty, ENGINE SWAPS!  Help find the best swapped beasts around.


Seems Expensive: 1992 Nissan Cima III Y32

The Nissan Cima was first sold in the Japanese market as a high end luxury cruiser with a V8 and was eventually rebadged as an Infiniti Q45 for the US market...but this next car comes from an ancient time when the Japanese were just breaking into a market dominated by the Germans.  Find this 1992 Nissan Cima III offered for $8,500 in Mobile, AL via craigslist.  Tip from Wesley.