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.

US Navy Style: 1970 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

I've seen some custom paint jobs in my time surfing the web...and I've seen some custom in-your-face turbo setups as well...but this is the first time I've seen such a combination of turbo and decals. It looks extraordinary. Find this 1970 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle offered for $8200 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.

Monday, August 19, 2019

German Camaro: 1983 Porsche 928S

The Porsche 928 was introduced to the world in 1978 as the shape of things to come for Porsche.  The sleek-in-the-front and bulbous-in-the-rear design was penned by Wolfgang Möbius and was one of the first cars to offer a polyurethane front bumper that survived the USA 5 mph impact requirements introduced in the mid 1970s.  A V8 up front mated to a trans-axle finished the design that was decidedly non-911 and very much a luxury grand tourer.  Today the prices for a vintage 911 is through the roof, but a decent running 928 is cheap.  Find this 1983 Porsche 928S offered for $4000 in Alvin, TX via craigslist. Tip from SecondMouse. 

Range Extended: 2016 BMW i3

Mother Teresa (aka Saint Teresa of Calcutta) was well known for her views espousing the benefits of suffering. Now I'm okay with as much suffering as the next know...sometimes my left knee aches a bit, and then there was that time I waited in line at the DMV for what must have been a century (before I paid for AAA so that I didn't have to wait in line..) but I sorta think the guy or gal who drives this car every day to work has got to be eligible for a plenary indulgences or at least a few years off purgatory.  Anyway, I'm going to end this little soliloquy/diatribe with my favorite Mother Teresa quote with relation to modern electric cars: “I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody.”  Find this 2016 BMW i3 offered for $19,900 in Flagstaff, AZ via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

16V Turbo Powered: 1973 Saab 99

This next car tugs at my heartstrings a bit...not just because turbo...or because those wheels are wicked, or because manual gearbox...but mostly because I do miss the ole Draken DT project car. A more modern 16-valve turbo engine might give the 99 some needed thrust, but it won't fix the fact that this 46 year old hunk of steel was born of Jets but built by a bunch of crazy Swedes who thought exposed wiring terminals were fun and that a flywheel should be at the front of an engine. Find this 1973 Saab 99 16V Turbo here on eBay bidding for $916 with 4 days to go, located in Hatfield, MA. Tip from ME. 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Back To Your Rootes: 1967 Sunbeam Alpine

The Sunbeam Alpine was originally engineered and produced by the UK based Rootes Group (Sunbeam, Karrier, Commer, Humber, Hillman, Talbot & Singer), and around the time this Alpine was built, the Sunbeam marque was acquired by Chrysler Corp. The Alpine design work was done by former Ford employee Ken Howes, and coincidentally it looks a lot like the first generation Thunderbird. Find this 1967 Sunbeam Alpine offered for $11,500 in Lyman, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Mine Mine Mine: 1993 Autozam AZ-1

I really don't understand the Japanese used car market.  On one hand you can't touch a MkIV Supra for less than $50k, but you could get something that is cooler, more unique, and more Japanese for much less money.  Plus you get gull wing doors and mid engine power.  Find this 1993 Autozam AZ-1 offered for $16,500 in Olympia, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Clutch Player: 2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium

The manual gearbox used to be the ultimate in performance...but dual clutch gearboxes and hypershifting automatics are faster in a straight line or at a track.  Regrettably the only thing a manual gearbox is better at now is driving the price of late model "normal" cars lower because most used car shoppers are looking for a slushbox. This is good news for those looking to shift their own gears. Find this 2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium offered for $6795 here on eBay buy-it-now located in Bohemia, NY

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hayabusa Powered: 2011 Lotus Caterham Replica MK Indy

I recently had the opportunity to ride in and drive a late model Caterham kit version of the Lotus 7 that was built by an insane friend and equipped with a 350 horsepower turbocharged GM Ecotech 4-cylinder and 6-speed.  Getting into the coffin-shaped passenger compartment was tricky, but acceleration was nothing short of psychotic. At the end of a 45 minute ride through curving coastal California blacktop I felt equal parts impressed, sun-burned, nauseated, and euphoric. I've driven some fast cars in my time (SLR McLaren, Z06 C7.R) but this was in its own league in orders of the level of excitement (and NVH) you experience on WOT in 2nd or 3rd I can only imagine that a Hayabusa 11,000 rpm powered version of the same car should similarly deliver a visceral gut punch of fun.  Find this 2011 Lotus Caterham Replica MK Indy here on eBay offered for $22,800 buy-it-now located in Waxhaw, NC.

German Built: 1972 Mercury Capri V6

I seriously hate to post another German Capri on the site because the first generation Capri is one of those hidden gems of the vintage automotive world.  It offers a unique combination of driveability, fun, coolness, price, and ...well...uniqueness that is hard to beat for the market price.  Shhhhhhhhhh. Don't tell anyone.  We don't want price on these things to pull an aircooled Porsche. Pleeeeeeeeeease stay cheap Mr Capri! Find this 1972 Mercury Capri V6 offered for $10,500 in Lompoc, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Big Red: 1959 Ford F-100

This next car comes from tipper SecondMouse who writes: Here is a beautiful example of one of the seemingly few remaining classic American pickups that has not yet been purchased by a nouveau riche vineyard hobbyist, painted with an obnoxiously kitschy label and parked at the entrance to try to fool you into thinking the place wasn't a chicken farm last year.  This one comes to market recently restored and with a sub-$10k price tag. Find this 1959 Ford F-100 offered for $9500 in Alvin, TX via craigslist.

Oddball Import: 1989 Merkur XR4TI

Ford's decision to import the European Sierra XR4i is often attributed to the automotive icon known Bob Lutz (Swiss born, but American through and through).  Lost in history is the half-brain behind the decision to brand the vehicle as a Merkur and sell it at Lincoln-Mercury dealers. Just what the hell is a Merkur anyway?  The German spelling of Mercury, you what...the bottom line is that buyers had no idea what it was or why they would want one and it was a bust.  Oh yeah, in case the "MeeerrrKURRR" name wasn't pretentious enough, there was a issue with the model name...the unpronounceable and unremembered XR4Ti.  Of course, Maximum Bob Lutz went on to work at Chrysler before the bean counters at Ford realized this European import thing with the bizarre name was a financial disaster, but it would have at least made a bit more sense to sell it at a Ford dealer with a name like Pinto or something. Anyway, a few decades later I do like them on the used car market because they are cool oddball machines. Find this 1989 Merkur XR4Ti here on eBay bidding for $4181 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Palm Harbor, FL. Tip from Dave.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Luxury Limo: 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood 75

This next car comes right behind another big long wheelbase oddball with an extra set of jump seats, but it isn't an ancient lumbering Volvo. It is a big V8 powered American luxury boat that seats 8 people and has enough velour to make any 80s fan happy. Find this 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 offered for $6900 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.