Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Little, Yellow, Different: 1980 Toyota Celica Sunchaser

This next car comes from Matt C who writes: Is it a convertible? Is it a targa? Is it worth $6500 for what may be one of the best examples still on the road? I'm not sure of the answer to any of these, but they'd be fun questions to debate.  Find this 1980 Toyota Celica Sunchaser offered for $6,500 in Cullman, GA via craigslist.

6-Speed Unicorn: 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

The Pontiac G8 was a Holden Commodore covered in Pontiac badges (and body cladding) imported to the US market from Australia for only two years, 2008 and 2009.  There was a base V6, a V8 powered GT model, but the good stuff was saved for the GXP, a MY2009 only LS3 powered brute available with a 6-speed manual or auto gearbox.  Pontiac only imported 1,800 of the GXP sedans, which maintained most of their original cost for many years, but this next car is either the best deal in town or a crafty scammer...because the price is crazy. Find this 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP offered for $13,500 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Right in the Kisser: 1989 Nissan Pao

Whenever I find a Nissan Pike car (Pao, S-Cargo, Figaro, Be-1, K10-Micra) I find myself inexplicably writing about the car.  They aren't particularly fast, fun to drive, or that easy to go through drive-thrus in the USA...but there is something superbly cool about the little retro-styled JDM classics that is irresistible to my pen...errr..keyboard. Maybe if I owned one, I wouldn't write about them so often. Find this 1989 Nissan Pao here on eBay bidding for $4,150 reserve-not-met or $7,500 buy-it-now, located in Orlando, FL.

Atypically Inexpensive: 1961 Devin 295 Drag Race Car

With the price of the typical well known vintage racing machine being more than the typical 401k, the conscientious classic buyer needs to dig deep into the well of weirdness to find something that is both atypical and inexpensive. Find this 1961 Devin 295 Drag Race Car here on eBay offered for $22950 buy-it-now or make-offer, located in Wilsonville, OR with less than one day to go.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Mobile Library: 2001 Thomas 32-Foot Bookmobile

This next vehicle has all thing thing necessary to make an great story -- diesel engine, Allison transmission, Cummins engine, 174" wheelbase...and a stack of library books.  Upon further inspection, it isn't clear if the books come with the vehicle, but is currently has a collection of literature from the Adams Memorial Library in Latrobe, PA.  Find this 2001 Thomas 32-Foot Bookmobile here on eBay bidding for $6000 reserve-not-met with 7 days to go, located in Latrobe, PA.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

German Classic: 1987 Merkur XR4TI

If I told you that I had a turbocharged rear-drive 80s German-built classic that was just in need of a little TLC -- you'd probably open your wallet to the tune of a quite a few grand for something like a Porsche 944 turbo, but you'd be WRONG.  This next German built 80s time machine will cost you less than 8 Benjamins..and that ain't bad. Find this 1987 Merkur XR4TI offered for $795 in Irvine, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Friday, August 17, 2018

E31 V12 LOL: 1993 BMW 850 CI

How bad can it be?  Where is the nearest BMW dealer? What is an electric throttle? What is an electron?  No these are not the answers to the latest Jeopardy quiz -- they are, unfortunately, the things you NEVER want to say after buying a V12 BMW that has sat for at least the last 10 years and costs less than a trip to the nearest dealer. Find this 1993 BMW 850 CI offered for $6,500 in Champaign, IL via craigslist.

Arachidi! : 1992 Alfa Romeo 164L

In the post quantitative easing world, 600 bucks doesn't buy much.  A double-tall venti machiato chia tea latte, a pair of sustainable, ethically sourced, artisan jeans, reusable, turtle friendly, anodized titanium drinking straws...  Or, you could pick up a classic Italian Berlina that was the love child of a joint project of FIAT, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and SAAB.  Find this 1992 Alfa Romeo 164L for sale in Auburn, WA for $600 via craigslist.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Nice Jeep Man: 1971 GAZ/UAZ 69A

People are going to walk up to you and say "hey, nice Jeep" and you will smile and reply "da, this is a nice Jeep".  Because trying to explain to people what you are driving will actually drive you insane.  Literally, metaphysically, and practically.  Find this 1971 GAZ/UAZ 69A offered for $10,600 in Ft Myers, FL via craiglist. Tip from Dascpcu.

Blown GM V6: 1971 Datsun 510

The Datsun 510 is one of those classics that needs little introduction -- it combines simple Japanese styling with a rugged chassis and rock-solid Nissan 4-cylinder power...but it could use a few more cubes hood. This next one has been given some more cubes with a GM V6 swap and some more ZOOM-ZOOM with a supercharged.  Find this 1971 Datsun 510 offered for $10,000 in Oak Harbor, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lotta Beef For The Coin: 2003 Jaguar XJR

This next car comes from tipper Art C who artfully sums it up when he writes: Wow. Too cheap to be true? Or just cheap enough to take a flyer on it?? Oil around breather is worrisome,  but other than that? Wow. Thats a lotta beef for $1500 realistically.  Yeah, that is lot of supercharged big cat for the cash. Find this 2003 Jaguar XJR offered for $1950 in Bayside Queens, NY via craigslist.

A What...With What? 1987 Triumph TR7 Buick V6

I have to admit that this next car has me a bit stumped...and I don't say that lightly because y'all know I love some random piles of parts that would otherwise seem to have no purpose.  But this thing.  Wow.  It was once a zippy little Triumph TR7 convertible with 4-cylinder power and an eye for the canyons, but it is now a slushbox equipped drag machine that is powered by a carb fed Buick V6.  There must be some kind of bracket racing out in the sticks that this thing is a hot dog for its class...but I just couldn't imagine taking it out for a Friday night cruise with the wife or trying to convince the judges at the 24 Hours of LeMons that this is a Class C car.  Find this 1987 Triumph TR7 Buick V6 offered for $4000 in Cincinnati, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Baby Blues: 1977 Mercedes-Benz 240D

The seller of this next vehicle really knows what he/she is doing and takes some nice photos of a baby blue Benz highlighted against the blue sky...but I really don't care because I owned one of these years ago and I really want this one! Find this 1977 Mercedes-Benz 240D offered for $6,500 in Noblesville, IN via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Winged Victory: 1990 Toyota Sera

The Toyota Sera  was a Japanese market only 2+2 built on the compact Paseo platform from 1990-1996, which would be an otherwise completely forgettable front-drive penalty box except for its gullwing doors and JDM exclusivity.  With the doors closed and your econobox blinders on you'd probably drive or walk right past a Toyota Sera -- it does look like a Paseo or Tercel from the early 1990s.  But the minute you pop those doors and show off that right hand drive, you'll have JDM fans boys all over you like you are offering free vape pens.  Find this 1990 Toyota Sera offered for $13,000 in New Port Richey, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

E21 Classic: 1978 BMW 320i

Global sales of BMW's first 3-series started in the 1975 model year and by the time they switched factory operations to build the E30 version in 1983, over a million examples of the E21 had left the shipping dock. The E21 was not a cheap car when released, but the magic of depreciation made it an affordable classic for decades...and the uptick of collector nostalgia hasn't yet made them unaffordable.  Find this 1978 BMW 320i offered for $2950 in Bethesda, MD via craigslist.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Mail The Force Be With You: 1984 Jeep DJ5 Star Destroyer

I love weird stuff.  Really.  Bizarrods, Citro├źns, and rare French cars really get me going in the morning..but NOTHING beats a good homage to the Stars...not celebrities, but Star Trek or Star Wars.  And this next one is a dooooozy. Find this 1984 Jeep DJ5 Star Destroyer offered for $1000 in Houston, TX via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.

Friday, August 10, 2018

A Cordoba By Any Other Name: 1976 Dodge Charger

Mustang lovers around the globe bemoan the launch of the 1974 Mustang II, but those pony car lovers did not have it nearly as bad as the Dodge Charger enthusiasts who've had to wait DECADES for the Charger to return to its old glory of rear-wheel-drive-ed-ness...because there was an era of darkness when the Charger went all "Thunderbird" and finally turned into a front-drive ecobox.  Today's next feature comes from the time right after Richard Petty's success with the Charger, but right after it became a Cordobesq monster.  Find this 1976 Dodge Charger offered for $2150 in Spokane, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Trade for Driveway: 1981 Volkswagen Vokaro Kit Car

There is something about craigslist that brings out the inner oddball in people -- particularly when dealing with items they will barter for a car.  Bitcoins, other cars, houses, children, wives -- nothing seems to be off the table, and today we found an entire new category for potential trade -- paving. Find this 1981 Volkswagen Vokaro Kit Car offered for $6500 or trade for driveway offered in North Sarasota...errr...not sure what state that is located in but it looks pretty and lots of small lakes...Michigan? via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.