Friday, May 24, 2019

V8 Mid Engine Custom: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair

The Chevrolet Corvair was a world changing car when introduced in 1960.  Its combination of subtle styling, aircooled alloy flat-6 out back and unibody construction was a fantastic machine that was the unfortunate recipient of the attention of a savvy young lawyer/politician named Ralph Nader who needed to make a name for himself.  But if a stock Corvair caused Mr Nader to write a book and then sue GM, then this next modified mid-engine V8 Corvair would have caused him to crapped his pants and run screaming for mommy. Find this 1966 Chevrolet Corvair offered for $10,000 in Fountain Hills, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Red, White & Green: 1974 GMC Sierra Grande Camper Special

What's a 'good ole' pre-smog 3/4 ton pickup worth these days?  The seller seems pretty straightforward ('cept he cain't spell breaks) and includes good shots of all the little rust areas.  On the plus side, old 'Murican trucks are SUPER easy to restore, you can buy anything you need for carpet, vinyl, headliner at your local UFO or Keyston,  As for the exterior, you leave it, and you do whatever you want to the engine exhaust.  Parts couldn't be easier to come by than for a Chebby pickup.  Find this 1974 GMC Sierra Grande Camper Special offered for $6,400 in Rancho Peñasquitos (I don't believe Rancho Penisqitos is a real place...but I could be wrong) via craigslist.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Low Miles: 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder

The 3rd generation (W30) Toyota MR2 Spyder was the last version of Toyota's mid engine runabout to be sold anywhere in the world.  It was a decent handling little car and I recall driving one new at a dealer's lot back around the year 2000; it was light and superbly balanced.  Prices are cheap today on the used market, but you don't find many with only 27k miles on the odo...so this one is cool. Find this 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder offered for $8000 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.


Grey Zombie: 1979 Mazda RX-7 GS

I'm all about rooting for the underdog, because who doesn't love a good underdog.  But when does a dog go from underdog to total basket case?  And when does a total wreck become a project car? Find this 1979 Mazda RX-7 GS offered for $1500 in San Jose, CA.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

6-Speed Touring: 2008 BMW 328i Wagon E91

Yeah...I know.  You could get an E46 M3 with fewer digits flipped on the odo, and you could get a high mileage STI or Legacy GT Wagon for the same pile of dough...but this car calls to the people who remember when BMW built the best luxury/sport wagons with manual gearboxes on the planet.  Those days are LONG gone...and the manual gearbox has become a punchline and an anti-theft device...BUT if I had to pick ONE car to daily drive this car every single day of my driving life...it'd look a lot like this 2008 BMW 328i E91 wagon offered for $12,500 in Richmond, VA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.


Danger Zone: 1969 Sunbeam Arrow

This next car hits all the warning signs of a disaster in the making...it is sitting at a body shop and needs ("probably" according to the seller) an engine rebuild..but don't worry because some of the disassembly has already been done for you.  Bonus spare radiators in the boot.  And a planned swap from Sunbeam badging to Iranian Khodro Paykan...all based in the phenomenal British Rootes group build quality of the late 60s. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?!  Find this 1969 Sunbeam Arrow offered for $4500 located conveniently near the Fremont BART Station (maybe you could fly/BART in and drive it home?) in SF Bay Area, CA.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Resale Rossa: 1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT

In the early 1900's before the days of mega sponsorships from international corporations, competitors worked from a standardized a list of racing colors that denoted the nation of the competing car.  Italy adopted it's famous Red or Rosso, after a red Italia won the 1907 Paris to Peking race.  Ever since, owners of used Italian cars have been repainting their cars red hoping for a quick sale - like our next car that left Arese in Rosso Amaranto (burgundy), and ended up a faded tomato.  Find this 1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT for sale in Orange County, CA for $4,000 via craigslist.


Meanwhile...In Soviet Florida: 1990 Trabant 1.1

When I get a tip from one of DT's regular tippers (you guys know who I'm talking about) I always pay attention.  But when I get a tip from TWO of DT's regulars...well...I have two choices -- one is to drop everything and buy the car -- and the second is to write it up.  My wife would kill me if I bought a Trabant...so I'll have to write it up for one of the other future divorcees in the audience. Find this 1990 Trabant 1.1 offered for $3800 in Naples, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu and Rock On!



Rare and Cool: 2004 Volkswagen R32

The Volkswagen Golf MkIV was sold from 1999-2006 around the world, and the GTI version was sporty, but it wasn't until the 2004 R32 edition that a true performance version was born.  The R32 took most of its components from the 3.2 liter Audi TT, including engine, transmission and suspension, but it maintains the Golf level of useability.  The cars weren't that expensive when new, but have been practically depreciation proof, so you won't find many of the 5,000 cars produced for less than $10k...unless they have 200k miles on the clock. Find this 2004 Volkswagen R32 offered for $8000 in San Rafael, CA via craigslist.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Blue Plate E24: 1983 BMW 633CSi

The E24 generation BMW 6 Series was a grand luxury tourer sold from 1976 through 1989.  Its shapely shark style curves were penned by legendary designer Paul Bracq and prices have been reasonable for years. This next one is really cheap, but it needs a cosmetic refresh -- which could be fun and rewarding.  Find this 1983 BMW 633CSi offered for $2000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.


Fintastic Vitesse: 1964 Triumph Sport 6

Another day, another oddball car that you've probably never seen before and might not have known of its existence. At least, that's what I thought when I stumbled onto this next car.  It is a Triumph Sport 6, which was a convertible version of the Triumph Vitesse 6...and appears to be a combination of Triumph Herald mechanical bits with Giovanni Michelotti styling...not bad at all.  Find this 1964 Triumph Sport 6 here on eBay bidding for $510 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Lompoc, CA.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Hardtop Added: 1998 Porsche Boxster 986

When Porsche released its mid-engine Boxster in 1997, it wasn't just the first roadster to be designed since the original 550 Spyder, but it was also the first mid-engine Porsche to hit the road after the Porsche 914, which was really a Volkswagen project if you believe the web.  Anyway, if you wanted a hardtop version you had to wait until Porsche released the Cayman in 2006 or get one with an added roof, like this 1998 Porsche Boxster 986 offered for $11,500 in Omaha, NE via craigslist. Tip from Jeff. 



Friday, May 17, 2019

Forza Fiat! 1980 Fiat Strada / Ritmo

Sometimes a car jumps out of the page because it has sweet/wicked wheels (think Saab Inca Alloys), which this next car does...but what really jumps out is the coolness of the door handles...and it isn't often that a door pull is exciting. Leave it to the Italians, I guess. Find this 1980 Fiat Strada / Ritmo offered for $7,500 in West Hollywood, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Not Many Around: 1991 Citroën XM 2.0

I'll probably get a lot of hate mail from the CXMOCA (Citroen XM Owners Club of America), but I'm gonna just go ahead and suggest that a Citroën isn't going to be the most reliable car on the block.  When the seller starts his advertisment with the words Running and driving...it might be a sign that most aren't...and the next words...Functional hydraulic suspension, recently serviced could indicate that reliability of various complicated Citroen components isn't exactly "Japanese".  However, that doesn't mean you couldn't or shouldn't own one...but just maybe you shouldn't use it if you are driving for Uber Organ Delivery Service or have to clock into work at a designated time and day. Find this 1991 Citroën XM 2.0 offered for $5,000 in Philadelphia, PA via craigslist. Tip from M.E.  



Thursday, May 16, 2019

Elite Enterprises: 1979 Laser 917

The VW Beetle based 917 Laser doesn't look much like a real Porsche 917 and it doesn't drive much like a real Porsche 917...but it offers an interesting combination of style and affordability that is difficult to match.  It will perplex your Tesla driving neighbors to no end and is probably explicitly banned in your HOA...but it'll be worth every minute of pain to drive around in this thing. Find this 1979 Laser 917 offered for $6000 in South Elgin, IL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Pop Up All The Headlights: 1991 BMW 850i

You know what I love better than a gorgeous coupe fitted with a V12 powerplant offered for a reasonable price?  One with pop-up headlamps...because fixed beams are for chumps.  Yeah, there is only once choice -- the BMW E31 8-series. Between 1989 and 1997 BMW sold only 7,000 of the shark nose E31 in North America, a luxury grand tourer meant not to just supersede the E24 6-series, but to also eclipse it in performance, price and prestige.  Find this 1991 BMW 850i offered for $15,995 in Smithfield, UT via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

It Ain't Easy Being Green: 1973 Jensen Healey Convertible

This next tip comes from Zach Z who wrote a nice poem to go with the 1973 Jensen Healey offered for $6000 in Bend, OR via craigslist:

It is easy being green.
I've not always liked these, 
but that'd be mean.

This thing, it's too clean;
The thorough application of armor all,
it's left a sheen.

That said, the collectors have not been keen.
So maybe Kermit was right,
and it's not easy, being green?


Eye of the Tiger: 1982 Austin Mini VTEC


This next car pushes the acceptable limit of money you'd want to spend on a modified car...but it does offer a certain degree of classic charm, modern powerplant, and wheel roasting potential.  The best part is that nobody will expect you are driving something from the year that Survivor had their break out hit Eye of the Tiger.  Find this 1982 Austin Mini offered for $20,500 somewhere near Worcester, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!