Friday, August 30, 2019

Diesel Powered: 1980 Chevrolet Corvette

I first spotted this car in a Jalopnik article and almost skipped past it because of the sheer ridiculousness of the subject...BUT...then I noticed the asking price and decided it deserved some attention. Find this 1980 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $4000 in Winfield, KS via craigslist.

Mid Week Match-Up: Find A Cheap SUV For M

Welcome back to another episode of DT's favorite game of musical thrones...known better as "Mid Week Match-Up" which is a strange name for a game on Friday, but we aren't here to talk about that. We are here to talk about DT's friend, who for the sake of anonymity will be called M.  M isn't a secret agent, but he does need a car that has a few special needs.  First it must be $4,000ish out the door.  Next, it needs to be newish and safe -- since this will be the car that M's wife will get her US driver's license and learn to it does need to be automatic and at least 4 seats. Let's recap-- $4k, auto, safe, newish, oh...and located in SoCal, near Long Beach if possible...and it needs to be something that doesn't trigger the insurance agents to see green (new no Land Rovers or Lexus LS430s).

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Shark Nose Classic: 1984 BMW 635CSi

The shark nose e24 generation BMW is another beautiful classic coupe designed by Paul Bracq.   The e24 was a replacement to the aging CS and CSL coupes, and over 86,000 were produced for worldwide consumption from 1976 through 1989. The BMW E24 6-series is one of those 'in-betweener' 80s classics; it isn't quite a collectible classic, but un-restored examples are starting to show their age.  Find this 1984 BMW 635CSi here on eBay offered for $12,900 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Edmond, OK.

Hemi Hot Rod: 1963 Plymouth Valiant Gasser

There is a car phenomenon called "stanced" where people drop cars on airbags and add crazy looking wheels with lots of camber. A lesser person might ridicule these things, but I like to point out that there is a large history behind modifying a vehicle footprint, and the same people who might look down on stancebros will stop and admire a car that has been gasser'd.  Find this 1963 Plymouth Valiant Gasser offered for $9500 in Richmond, VA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Datsun Powered: 1931 American Austin

I'm really feeling the "old car" vibe today...probably the fumes in my 65 Buick getting to my head...but I really don't enjoy some of the routine maintenance required in old I'm think the way to fix this is to find something vintage with a slightly more modern drivetrain.  Like this 1931 American Austin with Datsun 1200 engine offered for $9000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.

Slower, Harder, Less Seductive: 1951 Ford Custom

I've had a number of conversations with people about new cars...recently.  The conversation always revolves around reliability, ease of use, and Apple CarPlay.  But I am reminded of Yoda's advice to a young Skywalker who asks him if the Dark Side is which the little green freak replies;  “No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.” And that's sums up what I feel about new cars...they aren't better than old cars, just quicker, easier, and more seductive.  Find this 1951 Ford Custom offered for $2800 in Cape Coral, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

B18 Swapped: 1988 Honda CRX

The Honda CRX was an interesting two-seat front-drive economy sports car that really shook up the market when it was introduced in 1983.  There were few other cars on the road that could be optioned to get 40mpg city/50mpg highway (in the CRX HF) or provide an exhilarating driving experience (CRX Si).  Today's example has the volume turned up to 11 with a "teggy" swap...which is the B18 non-VTEC equipped 4-banger from a '95 Integra good for around 140 horsepower.  While we'd prefer the zippy VTEC zoom factor of a B18C, this thing is a considerable torque upgrade from the original and should be very lively.  Find this 1988 Honda CRX offered for $3700 in San Jose, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Notta 2005 Porsche: 1988 Pontiac Fiero

This next car is...well...something special.  It isn't an ugly duckling, because the ugly duckling grew up to be a goose and this is...uhhhh...the ultimate example of a kit car trying to be a car that nobody wants to own. It is like the ain't kit car -- like somebody put a Fiero body on a Ferrari..seriously 996 911s and 986 Boxsters are some of the cheapest cars around and the Fiero GT is just starting to get into its stride.  Find this 1988 Pontiac Fiero offered for $7975 in Walpole, ME via craigslist. Tip from Carter & Aktifspeed.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Schrödinger's Suburban: 1969 Chevrolet Suburban C20

This next car comes from tipper SecondMouse who writes: Is it for sale, or it's not for sale and you had some time to kill, or what? Here is an interesting 1969 c20 Suburban listed on Craigslist with an equally interesting approach to selling it. The seller says it's not for sale because people will just lowball him, and then says he is looking for a trade, but later suggests you make him an offer if you are a cash buyer.  I could never figure out if the cat was alive or dead either. Maybe you can figure this guy out, here: Find this 1969 Chevrolet Suburban C20 offered for...errr...a trade for something '86 or earlier via craigslist.

Corvair Custom Thing: 1968 Centaur Sport Coupe

The world is full of odd stuff with strange names that don't make sense.  There was an Australian sports racing car called the Centaur...but this next thing ain't that.  There was also something called the Centaur GT that was built in the UK back in the 1970s...but again...this isn't it. This is something that looks like a kit car version of the Ford GT such as a Fiberfab Valkyrie...but I'm not sure what I'm looking at.  Anyway, find this 1968 Centaur Sport Coupe offered for $6,500 in Pasadena, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

American Hero: 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

There are cars that are sweet...and then there are cars that are sweeeeeEEEEEeeeEEEttt.  This is the later.  This is the kinda car that'll get you smiles at a stop sign and questions at a gas station.  It's the kinda of car that'll make you happy even when the carb is acting up and the left front wheel bearing is going...because its got a 5-speed gearbox, rear wheel drive, and enough horsepower to make some noise.  It's not fast...but it doesn't need to just needs to be fun. Find this 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle SS offered for $4,650 in Bonita, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Looks Fast Standing Still: 1985 Pontiac Fiero GT

This next car comes from tipper SecondMouse who writes: For less than the price of shipping it, you could own a non-running 1985 Fiero V6 with manual transmission. Stored indoors under a protective coating of dust since 2010, it looks to be in good overall condition.  Find this 1985 Pontiac Fiero GT offered for $500 in Magnolia, TX via craigslist.

But I Don't Wanna B8: 2008 Audi S5

In 2007 Audi released the first generation (B8.5) of their A5/S5 sports coupe, which was a return to Audi's legacy of sporty compact executive coupes that ended in 1996 with the B3/B4 Audi 80 coupe.  The A5 was essentially a 2-door coupe version of the A4, and natuarlly the S5 was the souped up V8 version of the same car...which means it comes will all the pluses (speed, comfort, luxury) and minuses (electric gremlins, coil packs, understeer, expensive repairs) of all 2000 era Audi sport sedans...err, coupes.  Anyway, most were probably sold with a slushbox, but this next car is equipped with a 6-speed manual. Find this 2008 Audi S5 offered for $12000 in Chandler, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Barn Find: 1973 Opel Manta

The first generation Opel Manta "A" was a simple and light two-door fastback that shared a chassis and oily bits with the Opel Ascona sedan platform. It is a classic that, for whatever reason, doesn't get many accolades these days, but would make a great occasional driver and weekend cruiser to fill the empty spot in your garaage.  Find this 1973 Opel Manta here on eBay bidding for $800 reserve-not-met located in South Hadley, MA with 1 day to go.

Dee You Eye: 1967 Volkswagen Custom Corona Bottle Car

In the world of custom cars there is a "custom" car and then there is a "KUSTOM" car and this next car fits squarely into the later category.  It is so rad that the only thing I see a problem is when you hit a DUI checkpoint, you might get hassled.  Otherwise, I'd daily drive this thing in a heartbeat. Find this 1967 Volkswagen Custom Corona Bottle Car offered for $7500 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fastback: 1970 MG MGB GT

The MGB GT was a fixed roof version of Morris Garage's iconic MGB roadster, introduced in 1965 and built through 1980 for various markets.  When first released, the GT used the same BMC B-series inline-4 cylinder engine, but added small back seats for miniature passengers and Pininfarina designed greenhouse with a fastback lift-gate and storage area.  Prices for most classic European cars have graduated info crazy territory, but the MGB GT has remained surprisingly affordable for whatever reason. Find this 1970 MG MGB GT offered for $6000 in Kent, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Little White Lies: 1978 Ford Fiesta S Mk1

There is an old saying that goes something like "they don't make 'em like they used to"...but occasionally that is a good thing, particularly in the case of domestic subcompact econoboxes.  However, this next car survived the years well and seems cool, at least on paper.  Probably because it is one of the German built Fiestas that were available on these shores a few years (1978-1980) before it was replaced by the North American built Escort (yuk).  Anyway, find this 1978 Ford Fiesta S Mk1 offered for $4,500 in Snohomish, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Fast 6-Speed: 2004 Audi S4

This next car comes from tipper SecondMouse who writes: OOOOH. Around my house, this car is better known as the marriage ender. It's a long, scary story, but it ended with me getting rid of an A8 that was a bad luck magnet with a terrible automatic transmission. Anyway, these S4s are much sought after, none more so than the version with the standard transmission. This example is awesome in black, RS4 wheels, and all the expensive stuff reported done to it already and still hasn't rolled the odometer. Unfortunately, it is too small to sleep in. Find this 2004 Audi S4 offered for $10,495 located in Magnolia, TX via craigslist.