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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Uggo but Quicko: 1983 Porsche 944 V8

Was the Volvo with a V6 swap we posted earlier today a bit slow for your liking?  Okay...I get it. How about a Porsche 944 with a small block Chevy, is that fast enough for your inner Dale Earnhardt Jr? Find this 1983 Porsche 944 V8 offered for $6000 in Baltimore, MD via craigslist. From Cory.

Not Stock: 1965 Volvo 122S Amazon

This next ride comes from Zach Z who writes: H, V, A, and C are optional. Just open a window, apparently.  But has MOAR ENGINE. Find this 1965 Volvo 122S Amazon offered for $5000 in Southwest Texas via craigslist.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Brazilian Body VW: 1978 L'Automobile Ventura

I'm sorry, the connect is bad, did you say "batmobile?" No, no, I said I just bought a Latomobile!  A a mobile nursing vehicle?  No, a LATOMOBILE -- a fiberglass custom thing based on Vdub mechanicals and built in Brazil, like the Puma or SP2!  Wait...are you talking about the Ventura, built by L'Automobile in São Bernardo do Campo?  Uhhmmm...maybe?  Find this 1978 L'Automobile Ventura offered for $4995 CAD ($3881 USD) in Vancouver, BC via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Not Cliché : 1969 Ford Cortina Mk2

As I write up the posts for today, I've got Mecum Auctions 2018 at Indianapolis on the tele, and it makes for an interesting juxtaposition to the thing looking at me on the screen.  The '65 GTO crossing the block (that sold for $21k) is a nice fact, all of the cars hitting the block at a big name auction are "nice" but they are mostly lacking in character, individuality, or (critically) affordability.  These things are bloody expensive and most are the typical cliché cars you'd find at any Friday night car show, so why not get something like this 1969 Ford Cortina Mk2 offered for $1600 in Corona, CA via craigslist. Tip from Erik.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Not On The Rug Man- 1993 Porsche 968

About two months ago, I was chatting with a friend who works in the same industry as myself at a regional trade show.  His house was under contract for sale and in addition to moving the contents of the house, he only had two weeks to get rid of his Porsche 968 before the closing date.  He had owned the 968 since 1996, but it had sat under a car cover for an undetermined amount of years by the side of the house.  After a couple phone calls to some enabler friends of mine, one offered me up the use his 2wd Chevy truck and car trailer and another (who is a ASE certified tech) volunteered to make the three hour one way trip with me from CT to Wilmington, DE to pick up the car.  The 968 was the final evolution of the 944 and were sold in very limited numbers.  The auto press loved neutral handling, overall balance, and it's giant 3.0 four cylinder engine.  The frog eye pop up headlights are decidedly retro cool in 2018.  This particular car is in rough shape and would be much better served by someone intimately familiar with these water cooled Porsche models.  The values on these have recently been on the rise so it is possible someone with some ambition may want a project or a PCA club racer.  Find this 1993 Porsche 968 for sale in Norwalk, CT for $5,000 via eBay.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Un Piccolo Cammello: 1978 All-Cars Charly Camel

Back when cigarette advertising was everywhere, the guys at Camel decided that lung cancer was taking too long to kill their users, so they launched a three wheeled monstrosity that could murder you with CO2 from the 2-stroke weed-wacker engine, daily rollover events, or the complete lack of safety standards for you and your family (see Charly advert below for proper child placement).  Luckily for you, we've got this 1978 All-Cars Charly Camel offered for $1500 in Ridgecrest, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Jay Dee-ammmmn: 1990 Suzuki Alto Works RS/R

It was going to be hard to beat yesterday's Mitsu Minica Dangan ZZ Minigun Zipzop Frizzle Frazzle Zizzer Zazzer Zuzz, but DT tipper Ryan sent in the following tip with comment: I'll see your ZZ and raise you an Alto Works RS/R.  Well played Ryan...well played.  Find this 1990 Suzuki Alto Works RS/R offered for $6000 in Little Rock, AZ via craigslist.

The Left-Handed Spanner: Car Quiz Solution

This is the solution to the car quiz from the earlier post.

The Left-Handed Spanner: Car Quiz, Part II

This is the backside of the page of the car quiz from the earlier post.

The Left-Handed Spanner: Aquatic Car Quiz

The Left-Handed Spanner, by Kaibeezy. 
Never thought I'd go on a cruise, except maybe the HMS Prog. As a proto-hipster (old), East Coast liberal intellectual elitist (snob), who does software things for a living (nerd, geek) and art for fun (artiste; artsy-fartsy), but who nonetheless appreciates 5.7 liter V8 wagons (Roadmaster), Texas barbeque (brisket), ice cold longnecks (Budvar), and other earthy delights (foie gras on Cheez-its, but never brie on a cheese steak), a cruise eventually, finally happened.

Not A Lot Of Lira- 1969 Alfa Romeo Berlina

For years and years, the 105 series based Alfa Romeo Berlina could be bought for next to no money.  These cars are the poor mans substitute for the Giula Super sedan or handsome GTV coupe and share the same basic goodness of the two cars.  The upright styling and acres of glass greenhouse stands out like a sore thumb among most any modern car.  This cars 1750 engine has the reputation for being a bit more rev happy than the later torquier 2000 version of the engine.  Find this 1969 Alfa Romeo Berlina for sale in Reading, PA for budget friendly ask of $3,500 via craigslist.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

So Cute: 1992 Mitsubishi Minica Dangan ZZ

The Mitsubishi Minica was a kei car built by Mitsubishi Motors from 1962 through 2011, but you don't see many on this side of the world.  That is a darn shame, but this Dangan ZZ spec'd example will fix your kei-car woes with dose of 660cc engine and turbo power.  Find this 1992 Mitsubishi Minica Dangan ZZ offered for $5000 in Eugene, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!