Saturday, September 21, 2019

Good Idea: 1966 Buick SportWagon

As a fellow fan (and owner) of home made junk and the Buick SportWagon, I have to admit that I am intrigued by this next car.  The concept of a shift-it-yourself Buick Sportwagon with some Wildcat GrandSport style grill is cool...but the DIY interior and manual single piston drum brakes hold this thing back...well..those brakes won't hold much back...but you get my drift.  With some TLC this could be a winner. Find this 1966 Buick SportWagon offered for $8500 Langhorne, PA via craigslist. Tip from ME.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Star Wars Tribute: 1979 Dodge Van

This next van, like all vans, exudes a certain degree of sketchiness...not to the level of the infamous "Free Candy" van, but its on the spectrum.  However, with the sweet Star Wars graphics, rad staggered mag wheels, and roof mounted wing, you are far more likely to attract 40-something year old men named Kevin instead of little kids. Nonetheless, you will attract something and let's just hope you lean towards the light instead of the dark side because I would totally go for a ride in this thing and my name isn't Kevin.  Find this 1979 Dodge Van offered for $9800 in San Antonio, TX via craigslist.

13B Powered Oddball: 1990 Maxton Rollerskate

This next car is for the guy/gal who thinks that the Autozam AZ1 is too big, the Lotus Europa is too common, the Caterham 7 is too safe, and the Bugeye Sprite is too pretty.  It is also, in the words of tipper Hugh, "unobtanium" -- but offered for a basic price. Find this 1990 Maxton Rollerskate offered for $16,500 in Longmont, CO via craigslist. Tip from Hugh.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Surprising Survivor: 1987 Nissan Van

This next car falls into the category of one of the cars that was built in large quantities, but is mostly forgotten...but in the case of the Vanette..the story is much more interesting.  The Nissan Vanette was exported to the US market from 1987 to 1990 badged simply the Van as a competitor to the Toyota Van and Mitsubishi Van. The only problem was that Nissan didn't spend much time on engineering and the 2.4 liter Z24i engine inline-4 that was shoved into the C22 for US market didn't quite fit. Cooling issues and engine fires led to a massive recall that had Nissan offering to buy back every single C22 Van sold in the US market and all repurchased vehicles were crushed to avoid future legal issues. Somehow this next vehicle avoid the steel grip of the crusher and now lives with the weirdos in Santa Cruz.  Find this 1987 Nissan Van offered for $4,500 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Seller Submission: 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL W116

In 1973 Mercedes-Benz introduced the legendary W116 S-Class to wealthy buyers around the world.  In case you are curious, the S is short for Sonderklasse, or Special Class, as in, unless you have a special ability to earn money, you can't afford this.  Today, the W116 chassis is known for its low startup costs, incredibly durable interior materials, tank-like build quality and expensive parts/labor costs if something major goes wrong.  Find this 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL offered for $6,400 in Moon Valley, AZ via craigslist. Seller submission from Daniel.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Needs Clutch: 2002 Audi TT Quattro 225hp

The 225 horsepower Mk1 Audi TT (type 8N) Quattro was a moderately cool car when released in 1998.  It featured sweet Bauhaus styling and is certainly a style icon that will become a collectible classic in 30 years (or so...).  Naturally the high horsepower K04 turbo equipped 1.8T version is the one to get, and while it probably makes more sense to get one that is in good running order, this one just needs a clutch and is offered for next to nothing. Find this 2002 Audi TT Quattro 225hp offered for $2000 in Sonoma, CA via craigslist.

Masochistic Tendencies: 1990 Bentley Turbo R

The Bentley Turbo R wasn't just ahead of its time (with features like dual climate zone control in the 80s) it was also so ruthlessly complicated that ownership 30 years later requires an undeniable amount of pedigree or masochistic tendencies. Power in the Bentley came from a Rolls Royce 6.75 liter turbocharged V8 that pushed something in the realm of 300 horsepower and 485 ft-lbs of torque (Rolls never released official power output figures in a coy "gentlemen don't tell" sorta manner) into a GM turbohydramtic slushbox.  Expect even the smallest repairs to cost serious coin if you take it to a Bentley expert..but ownership shouldn't be that bad if you are handy with a multi-meter and a wrench. Find this 1990 Bentley Turbo R offered for $14,900 in San Antonio, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

That 70s Website: 1971 Ford LTD

There was a time when I considered focusing Daily Turismo on vehicles from the 70s...but then I sobered up and remembered that vehicles suffered from weight bloat, low compression engines, small finiky carbs / emissions systems, rubber bumpers and shoddy build least compared to cars from the 60s and 80s.  However, the early 70s cars aren't as bad as the later 70s cars and the survivors have become better and offer some of the better "deals" on the classic car maybe I should focus on the 70s.  Anyway, find this 1971 Ford LTD here on eBay offered for $9,850 buy-it-now in Lowell, MI.

5 Speed Swapped: 2004 Ford Crown Victoria P71

If someone asks me to recommend a cheap car for everyday driving, I will almost always suggest a used ex-Police Crown which my (soon to be ex) friend will explain the multitude of reasons he/she can't drive an inexpensive rear-drive heavy-duty car that'll part traffic like Moses. But for every person who can't drive them because they are afraid their mother-in-law might scrunch her nose or they might have to get their hands dirty with a few inexpensive and easy repairs...there is the person who points out the lack of a clutch pedal or shifter.  I guess police officers need one hand free to radio for back up or pump bad guys full of hot lead -- but all domestic cop cars have been slushbox equipped since sometime in the 60s or 70s (you'll find the later model European cop cars equipped with manuals because they don't give their cops guns, just whistles and ticket books. Cop cars in Australia are also manual gearbox equipped, but they are lunatic descendants of criminals who can shoot and shift from birth like Mad Max.)  So for the one person who had a legitimate reason for NOT driving a P71 interceptor...I present you...the counterpoint. Find this 2004 Ford Crown Victoria P71 offered for $4,500 in Liverpool, PA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Model A Frame, Big Block Power: 1972 Honda N600 Hot Rod

What is the last thing you would expect from the classic little Honda S600?  Acceleration?  Burnouts? Extended wheel base?  Yeah.  Any single one of those things would get you surprised, but this next car combines all of those attributes into one insane Honda subcompact sitting on a Ford Model A frame with big block V8 power. Find this 1972 Honda N600 Hot Rod offered for $8500 in Weaverville, NC via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Depreciated Luxury: 2001 Mercedes Benz S500 AMG Sport W220

Back before Mercedes-Benz plastered AMG stickers (and hefty price premiums) on everything that moves (AMG Golf carts, AMG Barbie Benz, AMG toothbrush...etc) it offered an all or nothing proposition for the big Benzes, until Y2K when it started offered "AMG Sport Package" as an option to the get some of insane acceleration of the AMG S55 with a price tag of only $90k...but that same car costs less than the sport package (MSRP $4900) on the used market today.  Find this 2001 Mercedes Benz S500 AMG Sport offered for $4,500 in Laguna Hills, CA via craigslist.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Custom Flat-12: 1971 STP Porsche 917/10 Can Am Car Replica

Have you ever wanted to build a flat-12 engine by bolting two standard production flat-6s together into one Frankenstein's monster-12? too! Been on my bucket list for a while, right behind building a street legal Tyrell P34 six wheeler replica...but someone actually got his two subaru EZ30 flat-6s and bolted them together to make one giant flat-6 contraption. Naturally, something called "physics" got in the way and terrible vibration caused the home-brewed contraption to vibrate like a neutron star going supernova, but the seller assures us that a simple rubber guibo isolator will fix the problem...just up to you to find and install one.  Anyway, find this 1971 STP Porsche 917/10 Can Am Car Replica here on eBay bidding for $7099 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in East Hartford, CT.

APB for Anglophiles with a Streak of Masochism: 1980 MGB

This next car comes as a tip from SecondMouse who writes: Here is a low mileage 1980 MGB in pretty darn good shape, considering A) it was and always has been an MGB, and B) it is almost 40 years old. At $3250 asking price, it is a running, driving British classic and an example of the reason why Mazda created the Miata.  Even when new, these things could be a challenge to keep running. This one is offered with a variety of additional parts, including a spare trunk lid with a mounted luggage rack. If your tastes tend to classic British sport convertibles, and your lifestyle does not depend on a car that is routinely reliable, then this might be your ride. Find it here on craigslist in Katy, TX.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Dies el Camino: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Pickup

In 1967 when John Lennon wrote and later performed his hit "All You Need Is Love", he was naturally lauded for his optimism and simplicity in focus.  However...he wasn't quite correct.  Because if I had been the 5th Beatle, I would have insisted that we sack this George Harrison character, and then re-title the song "All You Need Is Love And An El Camino".  That about covers it. Find this 2006 Volkswagen Jetta Pickup offered for $12,000 in Half Moon Bay, CA via craigslist.

Seller Submission: 1988 SAAB 900 Turbo

The Saab 900 Classic, built from 1978 through 1994, was the final evolution of Saab's wacky backwards-engine compact luxury cruiser that started way back in 1968 with the release of the Saab 99.  Don't be fooled by the later GM rebadged Opel/Vauxhall/Saturn abomination that later used the 900 badge -- because there was only one real Saab 900. Find this 1988 Saab 900 Turbo offered for $3,500 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Seller submission from AB.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Italian Style: 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta TI Corsa

What could be better than a vintage Alfa Romeo with racing pedigree and bash/bumps to prove it?  If that same car was offered for a reasonable sum of money that didn't require a trust fun or the sale of your remaining good kidney.  You'll need that kidney for all of the booze your gonna drink when working on this car...because trust me, you won't want to take this to a mechanic. Find 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta TI Corsa offered for $11,975 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.

Boosted Magazine Car: 1991 BMW 318is

This next car comes as a tip from Jeff who writes: Here's an interesting one. Price seems a little high to me, but I'm no expert of this era BMW and the history is unique.  I do agree that the pricing is optimistic, but the execution is nothing short of flawless -- you get a mildly lowered, but appropriated wheeled (no dubs please!) 318i that is equipped with a puffer that ups the stock power from 134 to about 200 horsepower (at the crank).  It should be fast and fun. Find this 1991 BMW 318is offered for $14000 in South Kent, CT via craigslist.