Friday, November 30, 2018

Dare to Keep Kids Off Z: 1972 Honda Z600 Coupe

Its Friday!  Time to pull your mullet out of your baseball cap and let that glorious mane flow down the nape of your neck like pristine mountain glacier water running over smooth rocks.  It is also time to put your daily driver to the side and drive that little beasty that has been sitting in your garage all week...yeah...you know...your 1972 Honda Z600 offered for $3000 somewhere near Portland, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!



Two Tone: 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT

Pontiac introduced its mid-engined Fiero in 1984 - complete with manual steering, skinny tires, parts bin suspension (from Chevette & Citation) and powered by an anemic 2.4 liter inline 4 nicknamed the "Iron Duke".  It wasn't until 1988 that the Fiero received a proper suspension setup that it deserved...but this next one is a 1986 GT model which means it includes the fastback styling and a 2.8 liter V6...which is better than a stick in your eye.  Find this 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT offered for $4995 in Danville, NH via cargurus.com.  Tip from TeleArrow.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Mazda 12A Power: 1970 MG Midget

People love to exaggerate on their craigslist advertisements. This is the lowest mile Maserati BiTurbo on craigslist or This is the nicest salvage titled M3 for sale in Ft Lauderdale...but this next seller starts with a simple statement: For Sale...the fastest Bay Area MG midget around.  Yup.  I'm just gonna nod my head and agree.  Find this 1970 MG Midget offered for $15000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!



Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Some Pane Required: 1983 Subaru Sambar Sanfu MicroVan

It doesn't matter which side of the pane controversy you fall into -- because this next car is gonna change your mind and turn the entire world pro-pane.  It is simultaneously adorable (just look at how cute the thing is) and terrifying (eggads, imagine merging onto the 405 freeway with two cylinders of LPG power) and I want it. Find this 1983 Subaru Sambar MicroVan offered for $5000 in Huntington Park, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Euro 5-Speed? 1980 Porsche 928

People say I've got a soft spot in my head for Porsche 928s.  Wait...that's not right.  I think they mean soft spot in my heart...but they keep saying soft in my head...which I'm sure I had a soft spot when I was born but it probably hardened up...ugg...I've got to get new friends. I could probably get new friends if I got this 1980 Porsche 928 offered for $6499 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Wheeeeeeel Base: 1980 Toyota Pickup

The HiLux is legendary for its rugged chassis and bulletproof R-series engines-- even the nay-saying blithering idiots guys over at Top Gear are fans of the simple pickup and it isn't built in Britain.  Toyota released in the first HiLux back in 1968 as a replacement for their Stout pickup, and production of the little machine lasted through 1995 for the US market, but it continues to be built in various other markets and we get the larger Tacoma pickup.  Today's example is an EXTRA long wheelbase version that should be good for a double take (or two). Find this 1980 Toyota Pickup offered for $2000 in Shingletown, CA via craigslist. Tip from Terry B.



W124 Hammer: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E

The W124 was arguably last well built and reliable sedan to come from the mad scientists in Stuttgart with classy styling, interiors built to last, and simplicity in function that in future generations was replaced by a dizzying array of electronic gizmos that constantly fail.  The basic W124 was a good fam/lux sedan, but the 500E version turned up the volume with a 5.0 liter DOHC M119 V8 putting out 325 horsepower into a 4 speed automatic transmission.  The chassis tuning and suspension setup was done by Porsche so the car has a sporty feel to it and drives more like a sports car than luxury sedan.  Find this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E offered for $17,500 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.



Monday, November 26, 2018

6758 Golden Miles: 1980 Datsun 280ZX

This next car might have blended into the random menagerie of overpriced garp that is our old friend craigslist.  The price is higher than you'd expect for an 80 Z and the SELLERS ALL CAPS IS NOT A GOOD SIGN...but upon closer inspection we might have found a real diamond in the rough.  With only 6758 miles on the odometer, a scrumptious shade of bronzy-brown, a manual gearbox, and t-tops that show no sign of rusty trouble this car is a quad-fecta of cool.  Find this 1980 Datsun 280ZX offered for $8900 in Miami Lakes, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!



Saturday, November 24, 2018

Bracq Fivespeed: 1984 BMW 733i

This next car is a continuation of our Bracq Friday spectacular from yesterday -- a festival of the best stuff from French born automotive legend Paul Bracq.  The E23 7-series was released in 1977 as the first BMW to wear the 7XX designation and as a replacement for the aging E3 New Six platform.  The changes were more evolutionary than revolutionary, but the Paul Bracq designed shark nose shape is certainly more modern looking than the New Six, in part because it has a higher beltline, and smaller greenhouse. Find this 1984 BMW 733i offered for $5000 CAD ($2.33 USD...I think...actually $3776 USD) located in Edmonton, AB, Canada via kijiji.net.  Tip from Erik202.


Friday, November 23, 2018

Bracq Interior: 1988 Peugeot 505 STX

Welcome back to another feature in our Bracq Friday spectacular -- a celebration of the best cars from Frenchman Paul Bracq.  This next car doesn't have an exterior that was penned by our favorite French car designer, but he was head of interior design for Peugeot when this car was released and contributed to that sweet Pug driver's view.  Find this 1988 Peugeot 505 STX here on eBay offered for $6200 CAD ($4663 USD) located in Thornhill, Canada.


Bracq Friday: 1985 BMW 635CSI

The E24 generation BMW 6-series is a paradigm of the expression "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" -- because the model lasted from 1976 through 1989 -- a 13 year lifespan of mostly unchanged engineering during the malaise era that was almost unmatched.  It is, of course, yet another example of a brilliant design from Paul Bracq and a perfect car to kickoff our Bracq Friday celebration. Find this 1985 BMW 635CSI offered for $5000 in Chico, CA via craigslist.



Bracq Friday 2019

Some people spend the day after Thanksgiving in a Turkey meat induced food coma, some people shop till they drop in person, and still others shop till their cell phones run out of battery...but here at Daily Turismo take a different approach.  Instead of celebrating Black Friday, we celebrate Bracq Friday -- a festival of all the good stuff designed by famous French-born designer of German cars, Paul Bracq.


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all the DT readers, motorheads, freaks, geeks, and Baldi Frog fans out there in cyberspace. We are taking the day off to eat some turkey, but will be back tomorrow with a Bracq Friday special that will make your mustache quiver with anticipation.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Mazda By Any Other Name: 1993 Autozam AZ-1 Turbo

It constantly amazes me that people buy brand new cars from auto dealers that litter the planet.  I understand that some people really love the new car smell and want something that won't strand them on the side of the road...but why anyone would buy a new Smart ForTwo for $15k when you can get an Autozam AZ-1 is like paying to eat rat poison when you can get free pumpkin pie. People are weird. Find this 1993 Autozam AZ-1 Turbo offered for $16,500 in Sarasota, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Super Ultra Uber Compact: 1975 Baldi Frog

Zut alors, how dare you call me a baldy Frog, you...you...dirty E-talian...oh...no.  Zis, is not something you call me, a Frenchman, zis is sometheeng you call your voiture? Oh la la. Cette is not a car. Zis is someting zee cat coughed up after it eight some weeds.  Get zis toy off my lawn and please do not return.  Find this 1975 Baldi Frog here on eBay offered for $14,000 buy-it-now located in Oceanside, NY.



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Lotus Power: 1973 Jensen-Healey

I stumbled upon a local Jensen Healey a few years back where the owner was asking a very low price and the car looked decent from the outside.  However, when I sat in the drivers seat I noticed the seat wasn't attached to the body anymore, the seat tracks having rusted out of the frame, and a moldy carpet was the only thing between me and the ground.  Naturally, I passed on that car, but if you want something that is slower and handles worse than a Miata in every possible way...but isn't a Miata...you could get one of these.  Find this 1973 Jensen Healey bidding here on eBay for $6,800 reserve-not-met with $10,850 buy-it-now located in Lebanon, TN.



6-Speed Funbox: 2008 Acura TL Type S

There was a time when Acura was the go-to brand for Fast & Furious crowd looking for something cheap to modify...but sometime in the early 2000's Acura abandoned its focus on light weight simplicity in exchange for complex slushbox powered boats...BUT today we've got something modern from Honda's luxury brand that bucks the trend and combines a manual gearbox with a limited slip differential putting 286 horsepower to the front wheels.  Find this 2008 Acura TL Type S here on eBay offered for $12,777 located in Addison, IL.




Monday, November 19, 2018

Chump Change: 1983 Porsche 944

You know what they always say: There is nothing more expensive than a cheap Porsche.  Hey.  Tell them to pound sand, you CAN and SHOULD drive the cheap Porsche life because for sixteen hundred smackers you won't get something better for Radwood. Find this 1983 Porsche 944 offered for $1600 in Cape Coral, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.