Thursday, May 31, 2018

Needs TLC: 1964 Chevrolet Impala

Some cars are so awesome that we can forgive a tragic condition and third generation Chevy Impala is part of that small group of cars (E28 M5 is another...and anything with a fuel injected V8 or a Wankel swap...but we've got strange taste).  Todays example is pretty crusty, doesn't run, but the price isn't too insane when you factor what a running/nice example costs and the potential is huuuuuuuuuge. Find this 1964 Chevrolet Impala offered for $6000 in Lee, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.

Seller Submission: 1987 Mazda RX-7 LT1 V8

(Update 5/30/2018, the beast is still for sale with new lower price of $5900). The second (technically third) generation (FC) Mazda RX-7 debuted in 1986 with new streamlined styling and more power from the available Wankel rotary engines.  For the first time in the US market, a turbocharged version was available, but the chassis featured the same fantastic reflexes and sporty seating....but power/torque from the Wankel isn't going to excite anyone in the 21st century...but a turbocharged V8 version with 500 whp might make an impression.  Find this 1987 Mazda RX-7 LT1 V8 offered for $8,000 here on DailyTurismo from seller Ahmad (see final paragraph of listing for seller contact info).

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Hertz Rent-A-Racer: 1985 Ford Mustang SVO

Many years ago Carroll Shelby partnered with Hertz Rent-A-Car to provide Shelby Mustangs for the rental market.  The cars were returned to Shelby and he sold them to the public for cheap because nobody wanted an ex-rental car.  Today, the Hertz GT350H is a high dollar collectible sought after by Shelby fans and command six figure prices from sites like luckily for cheapskates like you and me, there is a cheaper way to get into a Herztang.  Find this 1985 Ford Mustang SVO here on eBay offered for $24,990 or best offer, located in Rockville, MD. Tip from Zach Z.

Mid Week Match-Up: Movie Car

Mid Week Match-Up time!!  I probably started to appreciate fine cinema around the same time as I found my love of cars...which is likely a typical experience.  Thankfully, the world of cinema is infused with the sweet scent of gasoline and you can get faked version of movie cars for less than the cost of the real thing.  What movie car would you buy or build? No budget, no limits!

LSX Powaaaaaaaah: 1978 Mercury Zephyr Z7

The Mercury Zephyr (not to be confused with the California Zephyr, British Ford Zephyr or pre-war Lincoln Zephyr) was produced as a sedan, coupe and the uniquely styled Z7 coupe.  The roof treatment is ostensibly an homage to the 1950 Ford Crown Victoria, but looks to us like an El Camino with a truncated truck bed cover.  It is called a 'wrap around roof' but looks more like a gigantic ill conceived B-pillar...which, I'm happy to report, we can forgive because this thing should do a burnout from San Francisco to New York City.  Find this 1978 Mercury Zephyr Z7 offered for $7500 in Farmville, VA via craigslist. Tip from Pushrod.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Moss Green: 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450 SE W116

The W116 chassis Mercedes-Benz S-Class was presented to the public in September of 1972 with inline-6 and optional V8 powerplants.  It was a huge car in long wheelbase variant and tipped the scales at a healthy 3900 lbs, but is known for a smooth ride and rugged build quality. The 450 SE variant of the W116 is motivated by a 4.5 liter single overhead camshaft (per bank) 90 degree V8 that pushes 214 horsepower and 266 ft-lbs of torque in a 3-speed automatic gearbox.  Find this 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450 SE W116 offered for $15,900 in Blue Ash, OH via craigslist.

Faccina Sorridente: 1972 Fiat Spider 850 Sport

I never like buying cars that don't run -- it ends up being WAYYYY more of a project than expected, that busted engine turns out to be connected to a busted transmission which puts power to a busted rear-end which is equipped with busted brakes-- I much prefer to get a car that looks terrible but runs/drives because you find out so much more about the car...but there are times when the asking price is low enough to be worth the risk. Find this 1972 Fiat Spider 850 Sport offered for $2500 in Grants Pass, OR via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Turbo Nord- 1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT

The Type 116 Alfa Romeos broke new ground when introduced with the new transaxle layout.  The clutch and transmission were housed at the rear of the car with the differential for better balanced weight distribution.   The Italian cancer (rust) has done in many of these cars by 2018.  Today's example is very far from a beauty queen, but it has a very note worthy period turbo kit installed.  Jafco and Shankle made bolt on turbo kits for the 2.0 Nord engine back in the 1980's, but the one in this car is different than either of those.  No amount of internet sleuthing could help me figure out who produced this particular kit.  Find this 1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT for sale in New Milford, CT for $6,500 via craigslist.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

"Luxury Sports Car Kit"- 1993 Bradley GTII

The second of the Sunday kit car duo was the design handiwork of former Shelby American employee John Chun for Bradley Automotive.  The GTII debuted in 1976 was a upmarket move for Bradley as the second gen cars featured true gull wing doors with frames, lower door sills, steel reinforced roof, improved bumpers, and better gauges along with a roomier interior.  This particular car must have taken a while to assemble as it is running on a 1977 VW pan and titled as a 1993 model.  Find this 1993 Bradley GTII for sale in Islip, NY for $4,000 via craigslist.

Mixed Breed Fighting Bull?- 1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Replica

It is kit car Sunday here at DT!  We have a duo of gull-wing cars for your reading enjoyment.  First up is real mongrel of a vehicle that started life as a 1987 Fiero.  The chassis was stretched and then fitted with a pretty convincing Diablo VT body kit, proper fitting Compomotive wheels, and a cocaine white paint job.  At this point you may be expecting some sort of General Motors drivetrain swap, but this beauty throws us a curve ball with a Honda VTECH V6  and auto trans under the bonnet.  This car is such a odd duck that it is best to let the pictures and two videos do the talking.  Find this 1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT replica for sale in West Babylon, NY for $24,500 via craigslist.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Clean Machine: 1989 Ford F-250 4XD XLT Lariat

The classic pickup 80s American truck isn't often found in excellent condition because they are such good vehicles for hauling/dragging/moving your junk and they are cheap enough that people usually don't keep them in "show condition".  However, this next example was clearly pampered and in nice shape.  Find this 1989 Ford F-250 4XD XLT Lariat offered for $6900 in Hagerstown, MD via craigslist. Tip from Jeff S.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Blue Friday: 1977 Volkswagen Scirocco

This next car comes as a tip from Carter S who writes: Why don’t these get as much love as they should? What am I missing?  We here at DT are fans of the early Sciroccos so we are going to feature this one with two thumbs up, but the most amazing part is that it's in Maine and appears to be relatively rust free.  The body looks really clean, and that blue was very difficult to come by when new.  Find this 1977 Volkswagen Scirocco offered for $5000 in Auburn, ME via craigslist.

Mid Engined Street Rod? 1933 Plymouth Coupe Custom

The 1933 Plymouth PC/PD was a middle of the road answer from Walter Chrysler because with it his car company offered a 6-cylinder power when Chevy had 4-cylinders and Ford offered 8.  The all new 6-cylinder engine featured innovations like insert bearings for the crank, rod, and cam bearings. All of that history might be interesting, but it means nothing to this next car because it has ditched all of the original stuff and is now powered by Chrysler turbo-4 that sits behind the driver's seat.  What?!?  Find this 1933 Plymouth Coupe Custom offered for $17995 near Portland, OR via craigslist. Tip from Matt C.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Funny It Almost Triumphs: 1970 Siata Spring

The Italian tuner and small time auto manufacturer Siata (Societa Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori) built a handful of cars using Fiat mechanical parts and retro styling.  The early cars were sweet looking mini Ferrari clones such as the S-208 that Steve McQueen owned and drove, but the later Spring (1967-1975) was a wacky looking 2-seater that is still affordable.  Find this 1970 Siata Spring offered for $5000 in Shirley, MA via craigslist. Tip from The Hack Mechanic.

BMW Powered Motorhome? 1986 Vixen 21 TD

Sometime back in the middle of the 1980s there was a small company out of Michigan that produced 587 examples of a custom aero-styled recreational vehicle with a turbo-diesel BMW inline-6 engine hanging out back and powering the rear wheels.  Styling was done by Bill Collins (known for his work on the Delorean) and the beast was intended to be the "sports car" of RVs, with a low center of gravity, a 100 mph top speed, and a manual gearbox.  Read more about the Vixen here.    Find this 1986 Vixen TD 21 Motorhome here on eBay bidding for $3,050 reserve-not-met with $11,000 buy-it-now located in Warren, ME with 1 day to go.

Blue Plated: 1972 Toyota Celia ST

The Toyota Celica first hit US shores in 1971 as the Japanese translation of the Ponycar.  The Celica might not have been powered by fuel thirsty V8s, but the long-hood short-deck styling was perfect for a 7/8th scale Mustang/Camaro/Challenger. This next Celica looks to have survived the years better than most of its factory siblings and is covered in a fabulous shade of lime green.  Find this 1972 Toyota Celia ST offered for $8400 in Cypress, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mid Week Match-Up: EuroTrash For Dan

This week's Mid-Week Match-Up is for friend of DT Dan E who tell us that he will be in Europe on an extended vacation/sabbatical for 9 weeks with his small family (wife + kid). In his words: plan is to buy a sweet ride to explore in.  I have a friend we are staying with in Switzerland who will buy the car before we arrive and sell it after we leave.  Great opportunity to drive something fun I can't or wouldn't get over here.  I've always wanted a high HP manual wagon and the 450hp Audi RS4 Avant is at the top of the list.  But, I've been scouring the internet and there are some potential concerns with the Audi 4.2L V8.  Apparently, the timing chain guides and tensioners can wear out above 75k miles and they are cleverly located on the back of the engine so it has to come out for the $$$ repair.  There are also lots of references to need for costly regular cleaning out of carbon deposits in the intake system. Seems like a potentially risky option for reliability and resale value.  Anyone know anything about these engines?  Another option I'm considering is a BMW 335i or 545i wagon.  Lots less HP but could still be fun.  I haven't had time to research these yet.  What else should we be considering?   At our price (<$20k), cars would likely have about 100k miles on them.    Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Buy Bi Bye: 1986 Maserati BiTurbo(s)

If one Maserati BiTurbo is the sign of an eccentric car collector, then two Maserati BiTurbos must be the sign of something else.  No...not mental illness..more like...the sign of a pragmatic eccentric car collector.  A hobbyist...nah...a hoarder...maybe...a connoisseur...YES? Find these 1986 Maserati BiTurbo 425 sedans offered for $2000 in Nawth Joy-zee via craigslist.  From Cory.