Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A What? 1945 Studebaker M29 Weasel

I can't see Tesla building self driving tanks if we went to war with North Korea, but back during "the war" most of the American industrial machine was turned into a war machine and we created things like the M29 Weasel by Studebaker.  Find this 1945 Studebaker M29 Weasel offered for $5000 in Fayetteville, AR via craigslist. Tip from Ryan.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Turkey Fryer: 1987 Mercedes 300TD wagon

As we start our annual countdown to turkey day, I'd like to kick things off with a fresh turkey from craigslist -- yup, a genuine feathered foul that is fresh from the fryer.  Find this 1987 Mercedes 300TD wagon offered for $5,500 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.

What Am I? Eyes Up Here

It is Monday morning, and time to solve the weekly What Am I? puzzle, and today we've got another hunk of metal that you need to identify.

660 Horsepower: 1975 Chevrolet Monza

The Chevrolet Monza was a small 2+2 built on Chevrolet's H-body, which was also the basis for such piles of crap like the Vega, Skylark and Starfire. It was the last of GM's rear-wheel-drive subcompacts and the end of an era for GM's rear drive crap boxes, BUT today's example has a meaty V8 under the hood.  Find this 1975 Chevrolet Monza offered for $8000 in North Branford, CT via craigslist.  From Cory.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

In Too Deep: 1991 Mercedes 300E

Have you ever been so utterly fed up with a car that you write a Craigslist ad that is full of information that feels good to get off your chest, but does little to actually sell the car?  Today's seller makes the bold claim that his listing is, "the most honest ad ever." Unfortunately, his idea of honesty is a case of what the kids these days call TMI.  The iconic Mercedes W124 E-class is one of the best engineered cars to ever come out of Stuttgart, but can quickly wear out even a ASE certified mechanic who is not all that familiar with these models and their trouble points.  Find this 1991 Mercedes 300E for sale in Medford, NJ for $3,000 via craigslist.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Buy American: 1991 Dodge Stealth Twin Turbo

The Dodge Stealth was a badge engineered version of the Mitsubishi 3000GT -- imported into the USA around the same time as the Diamond Star Motors imports (Eclipse/Talon/Laser) but the Stealth and 3000GT were both built in Japan.  The only difference between the Mitsu and Dodge version were cosmetic, and personally, I like the looks of the Stealth in Twin Turbo form because of the zany mid-stop rear window wing on the Stealth...but I've been known to enjoy odd cars.  Find this 1991 Dodge Stealth Twin Turbo offered for $8,000 in Cecil, OH via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sports Car: 1971 Lotus Europa

This next car comes as a tip from Carter who writes: Personally it looks like an offspring of a VW Doka meets a Triumph Spitfire, but being a Lotus, I am sure it has a following. Find this 1971 Lotus Europa offered for $6,000 in Maine via craigslist.

AW11Some: 1985 Toyota MR2

The AW11 Toyota MR2 offers a fantastic combination of mid-engine handling, manual gearbox, and Japanese wedge 80s wedge styling to make it a car that is much cooler than you'd expect given the performance numbers and asking price.  Find this 1985 Toyota MR2 here on eBay bidding for $1481 reserve-not-met with $4000 buy-it-now located in Walnut, CA with 1 day to go.  Seller submission from Rod S.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Master The Road: 1995 Buick Roadmaster Wagon

What could be better for a daily driver and family cruiser than a big V8 powered American wagon with less than 100k miles on the odometer offered for a good price. The Buick Roadmaster Estate may have been a badge engineered version of the Chevrolet Caprice Estate but it added much needed flair to the B-body platform and is the cool old dude's choice for a late model domestic wagon...and this one comes with the later LT1 V8 for more power and torque.  Find this 1995 Buick Roadmaster Wagon offered for $3,000 in Long Island, NY via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

Thursday Twister: $1k Solid Gold

Today for the Thursday Twister, I'd like to ask you people what you think is the best car for around 1000 smackeroos.  I will kick things off with two cars from tipper Sean.

Ratto Macchina: 1987 Alfa Romeo Milano Gold

There is something to be said about driving a car that performs like a racehorse but looks like a goat.  You can have your fun on the out on the twisties and park as close as you want tat the supermarket.  The downside might be that look back you do as you walk away from your car.  Find this 1987 Alfa Romeo Milano Gold for sale in Newfield, NY for $2,500 via craigslist.
Tip from tipper Cory.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Race Car? 1971 Fiat 850 Spider

The Fiat 850 Spider was a small 2-sear roadster with a body designed and built by Bertone and mechanical bits from the Fiat 850 sedan. The 850 is pretty slow, even by X1/9 standards, so having a number 11 followed by "HP" is funny.  Very funny.  Find this 1971 Fiat 850 Spider offered for $2,950 in Fairfield, NY via craigslist.  Tip from Cory.

V12, Bangle Butt: 2004 BMW 760Li

This next car comes as a tip from Jeff who writes:  Ya gotta love depreciation... especially when it comes to used BMW / M-B cars. I know, I know... the stories behind the electronics with this engine might actually make late 70's/early 80's model Jaguar owners wince, but I'm a sucker for low mileage, European V-12 rides.... not that I'd be fool enough to own one in my current tax bracket though.  Only a 2-owner car, but the seller (the second owner) has only owned it for four months....... (insert pic of your wallet floating in water with the 'Jaws' theme song playing here). Find this 2004 BMW 760 Li offered for $10,000 in Brenham, TX via craigslist.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WRX Swap: 1995 Subaru Impreza

The first generation Subaru Impreza was released with little fanfare and a low output flat-4 in the US market.  Subaru didn't sell the hopped up WRX version in the North American market, but they did install all-wheel-drive as standard after 1997 and run a turbocharged Subaru 2.5RX at various auto shows to bring some attention to the next generation that got the fast version.  Today's car is a good example of what that car would have been like to drive.  Find this 1995 Subaru Impreza offered for $8,200 in Oxford, OH via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

Pick Me Up: 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon

Volkswagen built a utility/pickup version of their iconic Type 2 (T3) Vanagon with a strange hinge-sided bed that is impractically high and strange looking to boot. But this next car is an example of what a blow torch wielding customizer can build that is probably better than the factory and certainly cheaper..  Find this 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon offered for $4,800 in Lehigh, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fear This: 1989 Geo Metro Van

The Geo Metro was the product of a joint venture between GM and Suzuki from back in the 1990s.  It wasn't the worst car ever built (cough cough L31 Nissan Altima...) but driving one isn't a good experience unless you are an automotive masochist (ahem...cough Kaibeezy...cough) so this next one has been modified to make it worth a second glance.  Find this 1989 Geo Metro Van offered for $5,500 in San Lorenzo, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

What Am I? Junk!

It is Monday morning, and time to solve the weekly What Am I? puzzle, and today we've got another piece of junk that you need to identify.

4-Doors, 1-Hatch: 1980 Toyota Corona

This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes: Here's another oddball Japanese survivor. Looks like the engine is some sort of 22R relative, backed by a manual transmission. So these things ought to run until the body rusts apart - and in Georgia, even that takes a pretty long time. Interior is in surprisingly good shape, but the paint is not doing so well.  Find this 1980 Toyota Corona offered for $2500 in Blairsville, GA via craigslist.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Murican Lambo: 1985 Pontiac Fiero Countach Replica

The Lamborghini Countach is widely considered a 1980's super car icon and clean examples now command upwards of a quarter of a million dollars.  What are your options if you have a DT budget level and have the fever for Lambo doors and spaceship-like looks?  The answer is found in plain sight with today's Euro Works LTD body kitted and V8 engine swapped Pontiac Fiero.  The Euro Works kit looks shockingly convincing due in part to the lengthened Fiero frame which help get the proportions right.  The 10k asking price does not seems too eye watering, but this mongrel is need of final assembly though it does start, stop, run, and drive.  Find this 1985 Pontiac Fiero for sale in South Windsor, CT for $10,000 via craigslist.