Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mini Mustang: 1977 Toyota Celica GT Liftback

The first generation Toyota Celica was built in Japan for world wide consumption from 1970 through 1977 and sold in large quantities as a Japanese downsized antidote to the bloated 'Merican sports coupes of the day.  In 1976 a liftback version was released in North America that resembled a 7/8ths scale Mustang, but regardless the Celica is the classic Japanese pony car to get.  Find this 1977 Toyota Celica GT Liftback offered for $1800 in Menlo Park, CA via craigslist.

Now Better: 2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The NB generation Mazda MX-5 was released in 1998 as an upgrade to the apex hunting 2-seat roadster for the masses. The MX-5 was originally launched in the US market as the Miata in 1989 just as the classic two seat European roadster market was imploding.  Sales of the MGB, Fiat Spider and Alfa Romeo Spider were either on their way down the drain or just a minute from slashdown.  At the time it may have looked foolish from the outside to release a car into a market that was drying up, but the folks at Mazda knew they had the recipe right.  The second generation MX-5 wasn't a huge change from the previous design, but it did feature updated RX-7 derived muscly looks and more power from the 1.8 liter BP 4-banger. Find this 2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata offered for $4,990 in Clearwater, FL via Hemmings. Tip from BP.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

LT1 6-Speed: 1996 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

While the later LS1 powered Camaro (launched in 1998) might get all the glory for being the cheapest way to go fast..but there was an older Camaro that was almost as fast and also available with a 6-speed gearbox.  Find this 1996 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 offered for $4000 in Los Banos, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Rescue Me: 1981 Chevrolet Corvette

This next car comes from tipper SecondMouse who writes: Animals have rescues. Cats. Dogs. Even specific breeds like French Bulldogs. Cars need rescuers too. Case in point is this low mileage, long-stored 1981 Corvette that is not running and priced accordingly. Not the most popular model, sure, but it is done depreciating, and still deserves to be returned to the road. Find this 1981 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $4,200 in Katy, TX via craigslist.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Did Not Z This Coming: 1985 Nissan Spartan Kit

In 1985 you could have gone to your local Nissan dealer and picked up a V6 powered Nissan 300ZX for something in the range of $20k out the door...or you could have found a guy named Ron Sparks in San Marcos, CA who could take that Z and turn it into something that your neighbor won't have.  It was called the Spartan and cost more than $60,000 when new...but it looked like a million bucks and drove like a modern sports car.  So I guess you could have your cake and eat it too...if you were loaded...and into the retro-styled things that looked like an Excalibur, Zimmer, Tiffany, etc. Find this 1985 Nissan Spartan Kit here on eBay offered for $19,500 buy-it-now or make offer located in Princeton, TX. Tip from Hugh.

Mom Car: 1972 Plymouth Valiant Sedan

This next car comes from Doug who writes: Looks like a nice easy project if someone wanted to take this car to the next level. It's surprisingly handsome for a boxy 'mom car' from 72. Not a fancy interior but with a 318 it should have plenty of get up and go. The rallye wheels really set it apart from the rather boring original wheels. Working AC, good looks and only 3000 bucks with only 70k on it. Looks like a very reasonably priced deal to me.  We couldn't agree more! Find this 1972 Plymouth Valiant Sedan offered for $3000 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Orange You Glad I Found This? 1973 BMW 2002 Touring

The BMW 2002 was only sold in two door sedan configuration in the USA - while Europeans and others could purchase the cool looking Touring edition.  The 2002 Touring was more of a hatch-back and less of a station wagon, but it ads a lot more headroom and a functional rear hatch to the diminutive BMW 2002.  In an extraordinary coincidence, I spotted one roaming the wild streets of Southern California just yesterday and then tipper Erik202 sent in this super cheap example. Find this 1973 BMW 2002 Touring offered for $6,800 CAD ($5155 USD) located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada via Kijiji.

Friday, July 26, 2019

One Year Rear: 1973 Pontiac Grand Am Coupe

This next car comes from tipper Watch Carefully who writes: Today I discovered this: It's a bit of a resto-mod, but true to the original 454 model with NACA ducts, etc. My dad had the 4-door from 1973, bought new when I was a kid, and I always thought it was among the best looking muscle cars of the 1970s. sadly they ruined the rear end design with the revision for 1974, so this is a 1-year-only, improved version of the original Grand Am (don't get me started on what they became in the final iterations). GM saw it as competition for sports sedans from BMW & Mercedes (...that's a good one). Nonetheless, it is what it is...very cool and decidedly uncommon.  Had I the money, garage space, and brownie points with the wife, I would probably bid on this (and swap it for a manual). Hopefully, someone in DTland is into it.  Find this 1973 Pontiac Grand Am Coupe here on eBay bidding for $5925 reserve-not-met with 5 days to go located in Winter Haven, FL.

Fast Machine: 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

This next car comes from tipper Jeff who writes: One can only imagine the stratospheric bill that would come with this car *IF* something major ever went wrong, but man, a 600+ hp German twin-turbo V12 sure has a nice ring to it and this one looks absolutely stunning.  Find this 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG offered for $22,900 in Miami, FL via craigslist.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Suspension by Lotus: 1989 Isuzu I-Mark RS

The Isuzu I-Mark (I Mark, you Jane!) is part of the GM '80s compact car family, built by Isuzu but marked by GM, known as the Gemini.  The styling was started by noted Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro noted for such designs as the DeTomaso Mangusta, Iso Griffo, 'the' Delorean, Ferrari 250GT. The little I-Mark wasn't a bad looking design for the maestro, but late changes demanded by the bottom line driven bean counters at GM caused such a tiff with the Italian that he disavowed any relationship with the car. Regardless, they make for an interesting cheap classic that anybody could drive. Find this 1989 Isuzu I-Mark RS offered for $4,500 in Rocklin, CA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

The Caminova: 1971 Chevrolet Nova Pickup

I don't often travel to the wild open desert, but when I do, I enjoy staring at the starry night sky and pondering the existential questions of the universe.  Such as; Why are we here?  What color should my next car be? What would a Chevy Nova Pickup look like?  Yeah.  The basic stuff that everything thinks about when they have time.  However, I've got a real lifesaver for you guys today -- find this 1971 Chevrolet Nova Pickup offered for $11,500 in Columbus, OH via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Pro Celebrity Long Beach Grand Prix: 2000 Toyota Celica GTS

The Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach was an annual Pro/Celebrity race in Toyota street cars that was first run in 1977 and finished when Toyota pulled their HQ out of SoCal in 2018. The race has always had lots of carnage and is typically more fun to watch than the Indy/IRL/ChampCar parade of high-powered wing-equipped spec-chassis 'race-cars' held later in the day.  Not sure how the cars were sold/auctioned after the events, but every once in a while one of the cars from that race will show up on ebay for a reasonable price, and I sorta want one. Find this 2000 Toyota Celica GTS here on eBay bidding for $7000 with 2 days to go, located in North Vernon, IN .

Not a Ferrari Kit: 1975 Fiberfab Aztec 7 w/ Ford V6

I always find it interesting when a seller offers a car for sale on craigslist, but apparently has little idea of what kind of car he/she is actually selling.  The seller lists this as a "Ferrari" kit car, but there was no Ferrari that looked like this thing back in the day -- and the car is a Fiberfab Aztec 7, which was modeled to resemble Marchello Gandini's 1968 Paris Auto Show concept known as the Alfa Romeo Carabo...again...not a Ferrari.  It isn't a bad looking example of a Fiberfab kit and is probably worth the low asking price. Find this 1975 Fiberfab Aztec 7 w/ Ford V6 offered for $1500 in Woodcrest, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Brougham Wagon: 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Castillian Estate

To say that this next car will need some restoration is a bit of an understatement.  The interior will need to be nuked from orbit (it's the only way to be sure) and there is enough rust to earn a spot on the endangered species list...but...BUT...this thing is wicked sweet.  It started life from the Cadillac factory as a 4-door sedan, but the guys at  Traditional Coach Works in Chatsworth, CA transformed it into a wagon with a large rear hatch and a custom roof. Find this 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Castillian Estate offered for $4800 in Midlothian, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Second Edition: 1989 Volkswagen Golf GTI MkII

The Volkswagen Golf was a huge sales success for Volkswagen in the '80s & '90s because it combined family car capabilities with a light and nimble chassis.  The hopped up GTI version was the one to get, with a powerful engine, Recaro seats, and some GTI-specific road hugging suspension.  The MkII version night not be as iconic and OG as the original, but like every new generation of Golf it was just a bit nicer and more liveable for daily commuting. Today's example isn't some perfect trailer queen, but it does offer a decent amount of that grand touring injection that is much needed in your life. Find this 1989 Volkswagen Golf GTI MkII offered for $4000 in East Palo Alto, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Manual Swap: 2005 Lexus IS300 SportCross

This next car comes from tipper John who writes: Just stumbled across this, which seems spot on for DT. Maybe these manual swaps are common, but I haven't seen one before even though everyone says they wish Lexus had put a manual in the Sportcross. Find this 2005 Lexus IS300 SportCross offered for $10500 in Brea, CA via craigslist.

My S4 is UrS4: 1993 Audi S4

The C4 generation Audi S4 was the first car to wear the S4 badge and as such is commonly called the Ur-S4, Ur being short for Urspr√ľnglich or original in German.  Audi was nipping at the heels of BMW and Mercedes in the sport/luxury sedan segment, and when introduced in 1991 the S4 added a well needed dose of fun to Audi's lineup of luxury sedans.  The big part of Audi's recipe for creating an ///M & AMG competitor was the addition of a turbocharged engine to the quattro equipped sedan.  Turbo Audis had been around before, but the 2.2 liter inline-5 in the S4 was boosted to 230 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque.  Performance was great for the day with 0-60 in about 6 seconds and a top speed governed at 130 mph.  Today we've got an example that isn't some low mile over-priced trailer queen -- and looks to be a great way to spend less than $5k and have a good time. Find this 1993 Audi S4 offered for $4000 in Fort Collins, CO via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.