Tuesday, April 30, 2019

STi Light: 2004 Subaru Forester XT

It's dirty and it's ugly, but it is ready for a rallycross event or a nasty SF Bay area commute.  The second generation Subaru Forester was released for the US market in 2004 with an available turbocharged model called the XT that produced 210 horsepower from a 2.5 liter flat-4 that was based on the STi powerplant.  This next example won't win any concours events, but it'll be perfect to taking the dogs to the park or kids to school AND hitting some dirt on the way home. Find this 2004 Subaru Forester XT offered for $6,500 in Milpitas, CA via craigslist.

2JZ Swapped Wagon: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

Maybe I'm jaded...or maybe I've seen it all, but when I see a 2JZ swapped Mercedes-Benz wagon, I think to myself -- I've seen this car before...and while we here at DT have published our share (and everybody elses share too) of 2JZ (yo!) equipped Benzes, this particular car appears new to DT..but there must be something in the design of the W124 that lends it to 2JZ swaps, to the point that you can find engine/trans mount kits on on eBay. Find this 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300TD with 2JZ swap offered for $4,500 in East Bay SF, CA via craigslist. Tip from Hugh.

Monday, April 29, 2019

6 Speed Wagon: 2009 BMW 535iT

BMW has had a long history of equipping their executive class cruiser with a manual gearbox -- from the first E28 5-series all the way through the current funny looking thing sold at...wait...BMW stopped selling manual gearbox in the 5-series in 2014...yikes, I'm outta the loop.  AND BMW will stop selling manual gearboxes in the regular 3-series in the USA after 2019...sheesh, what am I supposed to drive in 2029? I guess cars from the 1960s will still be around or this next oddball. Find this 2009 BMW 535iT offered for $12,500 in Livonia, MI via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Blue Monday: 1989 Chrysler Conquest TSI

This net car comes from Jeff who writes: When I was in high school, a friend's parents had one of these and since then I've always been a fan. My only gripe is the failed joint venture between Chrysler and Cadillac, as those seats should have never been in anything other than an Eldorado. #WTF  Find this 1989 Chrysler Conquest TSI offered for $9500 in South Florida via craigslist.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Shift It Yourself: 1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6

Do you know what the world needs more of?  V6 powered Volkswagen Corrados with manual gearboxes...wait...they stopped making those in back in 1995.  Okay...forget endangered penguins, the world need to pool our resources and save the endangered Corrados. Find this 1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6 offered for $2900 in Portland, OR via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Glori..Gloria...Gloriaaaaa, GLORIA: 2003 Infiniti M45 Y34

The Y34 generation M45 was sold in the US market for the 2003 and 2004 model years only, and in very limited numbers (8000 or so if you believe the web).  The M45 was sold as a competitor to the BMW 540i, Audi S6 or Mercedes-Benz E500 and you don't see many around partially because it didn't have a basic entry model...but I think that only ads to the allure.  Plus the styling is downright sweet and doesn't look aged like the previous mentioned competition from 15 years ago. Find this 2003 Infiniti M45 Y34 offered for $4900 in Houston, TX via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Love Solving Puzzles? 1991 Lotus Elan M100 SE

A challenge...you say? The Lotus Elan M100 was a wedge shaped convertible penned by Peter Stevens (Jaguar XJR-15, McLaren F1, Lotus Esprit, MG ZR, ZS, ZT & TF) and built in the UK from 1989 through 1995...and later produced by Kia in South Korea under the name Kia Elan (and Kia Vigato).  The Elan used a lightweight chassis and a name borrowed from the historical Lotus archives...but it was powered by an Isuzu (and later Kia) 4-banger mated to the front wheels.  The only problem with this next example is when the seller states: "Will need someone who is handy and loves hunting for parts, solving puzzles." Yikes! Or sweet!  Find this 1991 Lotus Elan M100 SE offered for $6,200 in Castro Valley, OR via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Rare = Crap or Fact? 1968 Peugeot 204 Roadster

There is a fine line between a car that is rare because its manufacturer limited the production of vehicles (because of exclusivity) and those cars that are rare because they were total crap when first released or have all rusted into oblivion..and this next car straddles that fine line like a cowboy riding a 2D horse....because Peugeot built 1.6 million examples of the 204 model, but I just don't have the foggiest how many ragtops made it to the US of A...but I have never seen on in the flesh.  Find this 1968 Peugeot 204 Roadster offered for $10,900 in Chicago, IL via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Cool Ride...Upgrades Needed: 1964 Buick SportWagon

This next car is something close to my heart...and I'm genuinely curious to see how much it gets when the gavel hits the block, because it isn't too far from the '65 SportWagon that I've got sitting in my garage. Unfortunately, this one has the lower spec Wildcat 310 V8 (instead of the upgraded 4bb Wildcat 355) and it has non boosted single circuit drum brakes (yikes!!) and no AC or power steering...but it does have what appears to be a nice coat of light blue paint and the interior isn't bombed out.  For someone who doesn't mind adding a few safety upgrades (power boosted dual-circuit brake upgrade kits are cheap and easy to install...just some time needed) it could be a great weekend cruiser.  And swap those wheels/tires too! Find this 1964 Buick SportWagon here on eBay bidding for $6,600 with a few hours to go, located in Eden Prairie, MN with a few hours to go.

Corvette Some..errr: 1978 Datsun 280Z

By the 1978 model year the US spec Datsun Z had lost some of its original luster and it was looking bloated with big American bumpers and those heinous accordion mounting brackets. Even with a larger engine, the added safety and emission control bloat meant the car was slower and less fun to drive than the earlier models, but at least it wasn't as ugly or down on power with a boat anchor 305 V8 like a late 70s Vette...uggg. Find this 1978 Datsun 280Z offered for $4,800 in Gig Harbor, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Fake GT3: 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera

Can't afford a new Porsche 911 GT3?  Yeah...okay, that is probably 99.9% of the adult population in the USA because those things are murderously expensive.  Okay, head to the used side of the car lot and eeeeeEEEEEESH, they are still expensive.  Like, a new BMW M3 expensive...so dig a bit deeper (there is always a lower level) and get yourself into something DT approved like a 911 C2 that has been sauced up to look like a GT3.  Who is gonna know?  And does it matter if they do? Find this 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera offered for $16,500 in Pittsburg, CA via craigslist.

Black Onyx: 2003 BMW Z4 Roadster

You've got a wide range of cars when searching in the $5k-7k range.  All manner of newish and used up economy cars and light SUVs are clustered across craigslist like a minefield of bad decisions and penalty box driving experiences...but SOMETIMES you find something that stands out like a black onyx in the bottom of a cesspit.  Find this 2003 BMW Z4 Roadster offered for $6900 in Los Gatos, CA via craigslist.

Monday, April 22, 2019

ASC McLaren Convertible: 1986 Mercury Capri

This next car is about as odd of a combination as you'll find around -- first it is the Mercury Capri from the time when they shared a chassis and powertrain with the Fox-body Mustang, and it is equipped with a manual gearbox, but the kicker is that it is one of the few Capri's put through the ASC McLaren convertible conversion. Find this 1986 Mercury Capri offered for $8000 in Quinton, VA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Exomotive Exocet: 1993 Mazda Miata

If the idea of driving an Ariel Atom or KTM Xbow is certainly tempting, but the cash outlay needed for one of those stripped down racers for the street is nothing short of crazy.  You could spend a few years of your weekends and build your own low cost Lotus style racer, or you could buy someone elses machine. Find this 1993 Mazda Miata Exocet here on eBay offered for $15,500 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Littlerock, CA. Tip from Hugh. 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

We here at the offices of Daily Turismo want to wish all of you readers out there in cyberspace a Happy Easter, or Happy Passover, or Happy Springtivus, Happy Sunday, or whatever it is you might be celebrating. Enjoy the day, and we'll be back on Monday with some fantastic piles of metal for your viewing pleasure. 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

S52 Powered Clown Shoe: 1999 BMW M Coupe

I had this idea that the asking prices for the clown-shoe generation BMW M-Coupes had gone through the roof, but then I found this next example which looks really nice in Imola red and appears in good shape for a reasonable ask...whoa...check out that odometer.  How many thousands of dollars did somebody spend on ultra-expensive Castrol TWS 10W60 motor oil to keep the spinny bits still spinning??  Oh, wait this is an S52 powered 240 hp version, not the later S54 powered 315hp monster..  I'm at a loss -- is this a good deal? Find this 1999 BMW M-Coupe offered for $14,000 in Soma, CA via craiglist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Actually Custom: 1958 Triumph TR-10 Electric Conversion

I think, as car "journalists" we tend to think we've seen it all.  Or at least, I do.  And whenever I become jaded with all of the mundane junk (that passes for custom) for sale on craigslist (Chevy V8 powered RX-7s, dime-a-dozen, Bio-diesel Mercs been-there-done-that, etc) I go off in search for the oddballs, the unique stuff that only one guy ever thought "hey, this is a good idea". Like an electric Triumph Standard 10 here on eBay bidding for $704 with 5 days to go, located in Simi Valley, CA.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Cheap Teggy: 1999 Acura Integra GSR

The 3rd generation Acura Integra (1994-2001) was the final Acura to be named Integra in the US Market (although the torch was passed to the remarkably similar RSX).  The Integra sold well when new and became a huge hit in the sport compact scene once it became affordable for kids to modify; many have been attacked with nitrous systems, neon lights and plywood wings.  Finding a stock/clean 3rd generation Integra is quite difficult today and getting one from an original owner is almost impossible, but this next one looks okay. Find this 1999 Acura Integra GSR offered for $3,800 in Brentwood, CA via craigslist.