Monday, April 23, 2018

What Am I? Cylon

Welcome back to DT's cure for the Monday morning blues -- something called the "What Am I?", but it should be called the "How in blazes did they figure that one out?" because you guys are amazing when it comes to solving these things.

Patina'd Classic: 1969 Saab 95

The Saab 95 (not to be confused with the later Saab 9-5) was built from 1958 through 1978 on a chassis shared with the 93 and 96 sedans.  The 95 was the wagon version and naturally the favorite of the guys over here at DT.  Find this 1969 Saab 95 offered for $4750 in Maple Grove, MN via craigslist. Tip from Zach Z.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hip To B-Body Square- 1987 Chevy Caprice Classic

If you drove most any GM full size product from the late 1970's and well into the 1980's, performance from the carbed V8 engines was asthmatic at best.  Fortunately in 2018, it is simple as pie to double or even triple the stock power level with a modern V8 engine swap and suspension packages can turn most any body on frame car into a decent handling ride.  Today's seller has created a very thoughtful sleeper that belies it's pedestrian Brougham looks and very mediocre wheel choice (where's the Vette sawblades?). A traditional 350 HO crate engine should be good for the better part of 330+ hp and some well thought out suspension mods should make this one handle better than the factory 9C1 police package.  Find this 1987 Chevy Caprice Classic for sale in Swansea, MA for $4,600 via craigslist.

Head On A Pike: 1991 Nissan Figaro

Back before people were rolling their eyes at Chrysler's PT Cruiser and gouging their eyes out at the HHR, there was a properly cool postmodernist series of cars -- known as the Pike models from Nissan. The Figaro is the cutest of the Pike cars and it was retrostyled to resembled a 1960s Datsun Fairlady.  The little machine has a cool convertible roof that rolls down the center of the vehicle, but keeps the C-pillars in place.  The Figaro was built on the K10 Nissan Micra/March chassis and the interior (designed by Shoji Takahashi) was also styled to be a throwback to the past, with a simple padded dash, two big round gauges, sweet toggle switches, and a bunch of chrome.  Find this 1991 Nissan Figaro offered for $12,500 in Naples, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mustang In A Tux: 1988 Lincoln Mark VII

This next car is a late model Lincoln wearing 2005-ish Ford Mustang wheels, which is great but the seller REALLY should have taken 32 seconds to remove the giant spatter of bird doo before taking pictures for the advert. Find this 1988 Lincoln Mark VII offered for $1800 near Atlanta, GA via craigslist. Tip (and title) from Matt C.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Almost Mostly Good: 2006 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG

Mercedes-Benz launched their line of AMG street cars in the 1990s as competition to BMW's M-cars, and they were decent handling sedans with good power.  But in a few years AMG had established itself as the madmen of the luxury sport sedan market and traded handling for tire shredding horsepower.  This next car represents the last of AMG's cars where you could mash the loud pedal without all hell breaking loose...sort of.  Find this 2006 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG offered for $7000 in New York, NY via craigslist. From Cory.

V12 E31: 1993 BMW 850ci

The 1990 release of the E31 850ci was BMW's response to decades of Mercedes SL luxury sport coupes, but it featured a V12 engine and a raked Klaus Kapitza design that looked like the future when released.  I think the 850ci still makes a statement on the road today as long as some part of the complex engine management system doesn't decide to make a statement you don't like. Find this 1993 BMW 850ci offered for $15,000 in Santa Fe Springs, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

European Style: 1972 Lancia Fulvia

Nicely preserved European classics have gotten ridiculously expensive in the past few years -- forget getting a Porsche 911 for anything less than a hipster's ransom, and even the lowly BMW 2002Tii demands some serious scratch.  What's a guy (or gal) to do?  You gotta dig deep and find something that isn't on the top of everyone's "want" list, but still looks/drives/is awesome.  Like this 1972 Lancia Fulvia offered for $22900 in Miami, FL via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

V8 Swapped Part Duex: 1975 Chevrolet Vega Cosworth

Did you like the V8 powered Cosworth Vega posted the other day...but had some indigestion due to the sticker price? Yeah, me too.  I prefer my modified Vegas to be a bit dirtier and much this 1975 Chevrolet Vega Cosworth offered for $5,250 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Blazing Some Trolls: 2009 Saab 9-7X Aero

In 2005 General Motors released a Saab badged version of the mid-sized GMT360 SUV platform that shares parts with the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer & SSR, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, and Isuzu Ascender.  The Saab 9-7x version featured some Saabish styling cues, but it was not that exciting until the 2008 model year when Saab released the LS2 powered Aero version (aka the Trollblazer), which was most powerful production "Saab" ever built.  Find this 2009 Saab 9-7X Aero here on eBay bidding for $5,100 reserve-not-met with $18,995 buy-it-now located in Valencia, PA. Tip from BP.

A Ford By Any Other Name: 1976 Mercury Capri

They (you know...them...them folks) always said that the best Fords have always been German built Mercurys, and today's next feature is a testament to that ridiculous saying. But what is even MORE ridiculous is that somebody hasn't snatched up this classic for the low asking price. Find this 1976 Mercury Capri offered for $6,500 in Cranford, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

V8 Swapped: 1975 Chevrolet Vega Cosworth

What is a Cosworth Vega worth on the open market these days...particularly an example that is in great shape, but has had its overhead cam 4-banger replaced with a 383 cubic inch pushrod equipped stroker?  I'm not sure about the asking price...but this next Vega will be the fastest Vega around town. Find this 1975 Chevrolet Vega Cosworth offered for $18999 in Hartford, KY via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

Go West, Young Man! 1987 Volkswagen Westfalia

This next car comes as a tip from Scott T who writes: Have you ever wanted to pick up someone else's project after they've lost interest? Do you love putting together lego sets with no instructions?  Then this is the van for you friend!  This looks like the seller methodically removed every non driveline part. It's not blooming in New England yet, so those pics probably aren't from this year. On the plus side, it's a non rusty east coast westy and you don't even have to lift a carpet to inspect it. The Go Westy bumpers the seller has are about $200 for the basic kit, but he might have the heavy duty version, which with the hitch is almost a grand in parts. Find this 1987 Volkswagen Westfalia offered for $7500 in Boston, MA via craigslist.

Monday, April 16, 2018

LS V8 Swapped: 1990 Volvo 240 DL

The Volvo 240 DL is a slow car in stock form...not loaded trash truck slow, but it'll give a Mercedes-Benz 300D a good run for the money. But that all changes when you drop an LM4 small block V8 from some kind of GM SUV and start burning rubber.  Find this 1990 Volvo 240 DL offered for $5900 in Cary, NC via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

What Am I? Fishes

This week's What Am I? comes from John T who writes:

I’m a HS Chem teacher and car nut (wait, reverse that order) and have used a series of videos for years and one episode shows a clip of A CAR I CAN’T IDENTIFY!   Zut alors! Here ’tis:

Eighteen Footer: 1984 GMC Ramptruck

This next car comes as a tip from Scott T who writes: If you're tired of pulling a trailer to the track, or you just have a fleet of unreliable cars this might be the truck for you. The seller says mint, and it looks like it is, no rust on the doors, good pics of the usual problem areas.  I don't buy a lot of ramp trucks, but 6K seems reasonable.  Find this 1984 GMC Ramptruck offered for $6000 in Boston, MA via craigslist.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Checks All The Boxes- 1991 Volvo 240 5.0 Wagon

Many a V8 swapped Volvo bricks have graced these pages, but few have all the qualities to make a truly primo driver.  This is not to say that a car with an automatic or a sedan is a bad car by any means.  Most would agree that the top of the food chain for these swapped cars is a manual trans equipped wagon.  If you were to nitpick anything with today's wagon, it only has the Vanilla Ice era 5.0 Mustang engine which is not as powerful as a modern GM LS and it is painted a pedestrian silver instead of say poop brown.  Find this 1991 Volvo 240 wagon for sale in Ephrata, PA for $8,000 via craigslist.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

VF Stage 2: 2004 Volkswagen R32

This next car comes as a tip from Sean S who "swore off VWs and Audis but this is awesome." Personally, I've swore in and around VW/Audi product, but never off, because you never know who your friend are until you own a late model VW/Audi!  Find this 2004 Volkswagen R32 offered for $7000 in Oxnard, CA via craigslist.