Saturday, January 19, 2019

Ford V8 Swap: 1991 Nissan 300ZX

The 300ZX was a 2 door sports car from Nissan during the great Japanese sports car boom of the 1990s and featured a host of technology in a Isao Sono & Toshio Yamashita designed body.  In recent years the 300ZX's competitors (Supra, NSX, 993) have gone through their depreciation curves and the good original ones are commanding prices near original MSRP, but for some reason the 300ZX (and Mitsu's 3000GT/Dodge Stealth) have been floundering in used Mustang GT waters.  What gives? Oh, not enough Veeeee Eight!  Yeah.  I mean yee-haw!!  Whoops.  That didn't help the asking price much. Find this 1991 Nissan 300ZX with V8 swap offered for $2500 in Scranton, PA via craigslist. Tip from Tim.


Friday, January 18, 2019

Kei Kar: 1993 Suzuki Cappuccino

The Suzuki Cappuccino was a miniature convertible/t-top sports car that was built from 1991-1998 as an attempt to add some sportiness to the Suzuki lineup in the Japanese domestic market.  In a photograph it looks like a Mazda MX-5 competitor, but with a total length of only 129 inches and a 1598 lb curb weight, the Cappuccino was closer to a shopping cart and it conformed to Japan's Kei (Keijidosha light car) regulations that gave buyers a tax break and easier license/insurance requirements.  Today, they are very affordable in Japan and the few that have emigrated stateside are cheap as well. Find this 1993 Suzuki Cappuccino offered for $6000 near Bellingham, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.



Get 'Em While They're Cheap: 1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

Production of Ford's wicked SVT Cobra started in 1993 when the boxy Fox body was still the chassis of choice, but those 1993 models are bloody expensive given their relative rarity and the fanboy entourage surrounding the Fox platform.  However, in 1994 Ford released the SN-95 Mustang SVT Cobra, which was faster and better in almost every category except boxyness, and those are still quite cheap these days.  Find this 1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra here on eBay offered for $4,800 buy-it-now located in Fontucky, CA.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Custom Beast: 1980 Ford Ranchero

Ford never built a 4-door version of their popular Ranchero wagon, but if they did build a 4-door El Camino, it would have probably started with the wagon like this next thing. Find this 1980 Ford Ranchero here on eBay bidding for $3900 with 4 days to go, located in Shoemakersville, PA. Tip from Lou.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Widebody Wagon: 2000 BMW 540i 6-Speed

Take a normal car and turning it into a custom widebody can result in a cool ride or a total pile of ugg, depending on the skill and vision of the fabricator. Another consideration is that most widebody vehicles are two-door coupes, but occasionally you'll see some fender flares on a sedan and today we see them on a wagon.  Find this 2000 BMW 540i 6-Speed offered for $7,900 here on eBay buy-it-now or make-offer located in Tampa, FL.


Bull Market List? 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

I thought I did okay in the when I passed a 1994 Buick Roadmaster and 2004 Subaru STI (in the last year or so) to the next owners with nary a dime paid in depreciation and many miles/years driven by me...but...apparently I missed the gravy boat because Hagerty listed both on their 2019 Bull Market List ...but...there is still time to get your early Subaru STI for a bargain if this next car is a real data point. Find this 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI offered for $10,000 in MA via NASIOC forums. Tip from Art C.



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Orange Is The New Whack: 1987 Honda Civic RT Wagon

The 5-door Honda Civic Shuttle (previously called the Wagovan) was a crossover before there was such a thing as crossovers, but it competed with Toyota's Tercel Wagon and Subaru's Wagon thing in the small 4X4 wagon segment.  Power in the Civic Shuttle came from a 109 horsepower 1.6 liter 4-banger that was mated to a 6 (YES SIX) speed manual gearbox that featured a stump-pulling first gear good for about 2.1 mph at redline. Find this 1987 Honda Civic RT Wagon offered for $2650 near Chicago, IL via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.



Strange Machine: 1991 Mitsubishi Delica Star Wagon

I'm pretty sure I saw one of these driving on the street the other day, but I can't be sure because I passed it like it was standing still in a soccer mom minivan because...well..yeah...these things are slow.  Anyway, find this 1991 Mitsubishi Delica Star Wagon offered for $6,500 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!



Monday, January 14, 2019

We Build Excitement: 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP ASC McLaren Turbo

The '90s was an awesome time if you were a Pontiac fan who loved to cruise to his local dealer and check out the GM badge engineered junk that was covered in Pontiac specific plastic body cladding.  If that wasn't rad enough, you could dig deeper into your pocketbook and buy a Pontiac that had engineering provided by McLaren.  WHOA!  It'll be the ride of your life with an injection of British supercar engineering by McLaren...oh..wait...ASC (American Sunroof Corp)-McLaren of Detroit isn't the same as McLaren Automotive from something-shire out of the UK.  Still...I bet you can't find a McLaren that has that much unnecessary venting for less money. Find this 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP ASC McLaren Turbo offered for $8000 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.



Saturday, January 12, 2019

Museum Ready? 1974 Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle didn't change much during its 65 years of production (21 million models built!) but in 1974 it was fitted with huge 5mph impact bumpers for the USA market.  Truth be told, I'm not sure exactly how much a "car show ready" VW Bug is worth on the open market, but this next one looks like a reasonable deal compared to the price of those other aircooled classics. Find this 1974 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $8999 in Lake Forest, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!



Friday, January 11, 2019

Low Miles: 1985 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

I hate that classic cars has become a lot like collecting stamps, where low mileage is more important that actual condition and things are only original once...but mostly the prices people want for these things.  Anyway, if I'm going to get a really low mile car from the past, it'll be something like this T-Bird Turbo-Coupe...because I could actually drive it! Find this 1985 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe offered for $6,500 via craigslist in Sacramento, CA. Tip from Safety Fast. 


Have Rust Will Travel: 1983 AMC Eagle 4X4

The AMC Eagle was a neat looking 4X4 compact crossover-car thing that beat the modern market to the compact crossover and defined traditional labeling of the time. The sedan/wagon/coupe versions were built on the AMC Concord chassis, but the 2-door SX/4, Kammback, & Sundancer models were built on the AMC Spirit subcompact chassis...but the important part is that they were powered by big inline-6s and could offroad like a Jeep. Find this 1983 AMC Eagle offered for $3,800 in Loma, CO via hemmings. Tip from BP.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Funhauler: 1966 Volvo 122S Wagon

The Volvo 122S is a pretty rare bird to see on the road these days, but they were built pretty tough and many survived accidents, rust, or an overzealous hot rodder.  This next one might be headed down that last path...but the fastest stars always burn the brightest, right?!!  Find this 1966 Volvo 122S Wagon offered for $6,500 in Davenport, IA via craigslist. Tip from Zach.



Bruiser Style: 1965 Ford Thunderbird

This next car comes from tipper Matt C who writes; You'd posted about how you can't find anything from the muscle car era with two doors, intact sheet metal, and a big V8 at the $5000 mark. Challenge accepted!  Not sure what the engine size is, but it's probably a 390. Some of the broken interior trim bits may be hard to hunt down, but if all it needs is a power steering pump to hit the road, this could be a great cruiser. Find this 1965 Ford Thunderbird offered for $4,500 in Lawrenceville, GA via craigslist.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Oil Burner: 1985 BMW 524TD

The E28 generation BMW 5-series market lives somewhere in that sweet no-mans-land between discarded junk and desirable classic, and the low mile, clean examples are starting to fetch decent money.  The 524TD is a turbo diesel version was only imported into the US for two years.  The USDM 524TD was sold with a low power diesel engine and an automatic transmission, making it just about the slowest, cheapest and least loved E28 available.  Find this 1985 BMW 524TD offered for $6000 near Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Blue Beast: 1973 BMW Bavaria 3.0S

The Bavaria was the name for the bigger engine version of what BMW internally called the New Six (E3 sedan, E9 coupe) for the US market.  It was eventually replaced by the E23 7-series, but for a few years (from 1968-1977) it offered a large executive sedan setup with a focus on fun for the driver. This next example isn't in perfect condition, but it is offered for a reasonable price. Find this 1973 BMW Bavaria 3.0S offered for $3,500 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.



Mini Dually: 1988 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet Suburban is this giant monstrosity of a vehicle that combines the awesome power of gasoline with several tons of steel and turns ordinary housewives into combat ready road warriors, but today's Suburban is a serious freakshow before you get to the drivers. Find this 1988 Chevrolet Suburban custom offered for $5,250 in Humble, TX via craigslist. Tip from Skip.