Monday, September 30, 2019

Only One on Your Block: Thai Tuk Tuk

This next car comes as tip from SecondMouse who writes: No, not tsk-tsk. Tuk-tuk. As in the ubiquitous vehicle of Thailand. I'm reasonably sure you won't see this in your neighbors driveway. Seller mentions that the vehicle functions, but that it may need some more work to be safe. I feel compelled to point out that no amount of work would ever make this vehicle safe in the land of mobile phone-distracted SUV-driving teenagers, but it might be fun in the meantime. Offered in Austin for $3200.  Find this Thai Tuk Tuk offered for $3200 in Austin, TX via craigslist.

Luxury Car Roulette: Mercedes-Benz S430 vs BMW 750li vs Audi A8L vs VW Phaeton

A quick look in your local craigslist for $5k cars is an experience not too far from dangling in a La-Z-Boy recliner above a hungry sarlacc pit with nothing holding you up but a harbor freight bungie cord that's on fire.  Sure, its a great way to get your adrenaline flowing while being super comfy, but that warm feeling in your gut isn't just the two week old Mexican food leftovers that you probably shouldn't have is also the fact that most sub $5k cars for sale or total junk. Salvaged late model Japanese economy cars are everywhere...but there is hope.  And that hope lies in the over priced German luxury tanks that have depreciated into poor man's territory and the only downside is a threat of doom from lurking expensive repairs.  Just don't say it was my idea to drive one of these cars.  They all came as a tip from FuelTruck.  So if your wife needs someone to blame...blame the tipper. Which would you pick?  Mercedes-Benz S430 vs BMW 750li vs Audi A8L vs VW Phaeton

Friday, September 27, 2019

15-Ton 2-Story Tall Gasoline Powered Car-Smashing Piloted Giant Battle Robot: MegaBot

I have to admit that I've been a fan of the giant MechWarrior style fighting robots from the BattleTech universe for as long as I can remember.  It's not that I'm a crazy person who wants humanity to fight slow high tech battles with giant walking robots, it's just that it seems like the logical next step after tanks become obsolete...and I really want to just cruise around some smokey battlefield in a giant mechanized walking suit.  Unfortunately this next battle mech isn't equipped with legs (yet!) but it does have most of the other requirements for a good time in a mechanical exosuit. Find this Giant Fighting Robot Megabot here on eBay bidding for $92,000 with a few days to go, located in Oakland, CA.

Lovingly Unrestored: 1972 Ducati Condor A350 Swiss Military Motorcycle

This next car comes as a tip from Hugh who writes: This is a pretty amazing bike, a Ducati tuned to be  slow and reliable for the Swiss army.  Cheap too! Find this 1972 Ducati Condor A350 Swiss Military Motorcycle offered for $3,500 here on eBay buy-it-now in Middletown, RI.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Fastest for the Cash: 2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z51 2LZ

If you had asked me a few weeks ago, which model of Corvette offers the best bang for your buck? -- I'd have quickly and confidently replied C5...but the new C8 Corvette has dropped and the C7 owners are looking to upgrade...and C6 owners are looking at now the C6 (2005-2013) has taken the mantle of the fastest machine on the planet for the cash. Even the automatic powered version is stupid fast...and the C6 interior is much upgraded from the C5.  Find this 2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z51 2LZ here on eBay offered for $15,500 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Cincinnati, OH.

Double Trouble: 1990 Nissan 300ZX Turbo vs 1986 Jeep CJ7

Okay, let's say your name is Jeff and you are a huge fan of 5-speed cars from the late 80s/early 90s...oh yeah and they need to be red.  Your budget is something less than four grand.  What do you buy?  Do you get a 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo, or a 1986 Jeep CJ7 258ci?  Both cars are tip from Jeff S.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Bodyman's Special: 1967 Buick Sportwagon

This next car comes as a tip from Rock On! who calls it: The official station wagon of Daily Turismo!  Yes, the OG Buick Sportwagon is most certainly the official station wagon of Daily Turismo -- partially because they fit the bill of being affordable, rare, cool, eccentric, and radical...but also because I've got a green one sitting in my garage.  Also, the seller of this vehicle seems like a cool old dude who would be fun to have a drink with. Find this 1967 Buick Sportwagon offered for $8,500 in Salinas, CA via craigslist.

Strange Brew: 1972 Dutton Phaeton

I really want to like this next car because it is a rare and cool looking etc etc...but I just can't shake my first impression...which was that it looked like something that Herman Munster built after binge watching the entire 4 seasons of the original Transformers cartoon while exceptionally high on barbiturates. It cool...but I'm not sure what the neighbors will think. Find this 1972 Dutton Phaeton offered for $3,500 in Tampa, FL via facebook marketplace. Tip from David S.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

AMC-Jeep 4.0 Power: 1979 Jaguar XJ6L

This next car has me scratching my head.  And my leg.  And my back...oh no, that might be fleas or bedbugs...but I'm still totally and completely and utterly flummoxed by this next car. On the one hand, I hate it when people shove carburated small blocks into classic inline-6 powered Jags, but I don't mind so much when they keep them inline-6 AMC 4.0 liter straight six from a Jeep? Find this 1979 Jaguar XJ6L offered for $4000 in Las Vegas, NV via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

El Studemino: 1983 GMC Caballero

I was planning on posting mostly old German cars this month because of the whole "Oktoberfest" thing, but then someone mentioned that it was the first day of Fall/Autumn...which reminded me there was a whole section of the country where the season of scorched thighs just ended and now it is possible to drive your non-air conditioned classic for the all the people in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and the Aphrodite Terra -- here is something that appears to have been born in Las Vegas or New Mexico and is hot hot hot!!  Find this 1983 GMC Caballero offered for $10,500 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Join The Rotary Club: 1988 Mazda RX-7 Convertible

The second generation Mazda RX-7 was known as the FC and over 270,000 examples were built in Japan from 1985-1991 for worldwide consumption.  The FC was, of course, powered by a Wankel rotary engine and featured the athletic reflexes matched by few cars in the 1980s. If you can live the eccentricities of the odd spinning thing under the hood, these cars are sublime to drive.  Find this 1988 Mazda RX-7 offered for $2,500 in Burien, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Happy Oktoberfest: 1985 BMW 635 CSI Euro

Oktoberfest starts on the 21st of September and we're gonna celebrate the Bavarian festival of Beer and Fun by featuring some Bavarian classics. First up is this "mechanic owned" BMW 6-series from the e24 generation...and I've got to say there are some pluses and minuses from buying a car that is/was owned by a mechanic.  Typically mechanics will do the needed difficult maintenance items (rebuilding the transmission, for instance) but will often defer maintenance that can be "driven around". Items like vibrating under braking might cause you to take to your mechanic for new wheel bearings, but that same mechanic knows that braking hard at the beginning of slowing will make the rotors take over some of the job of those worn out I'm not sure if buying from a mechanic is a good or a bad thing.  But this E24 is certainly at the bottom of its deprecation curve and we will all be screaming about how over priced the market is in a few years.  Find this 1985 BMW 635 CSI Euro here on eBay bidding for $5000 in Eustis, FL with 2 days to go.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Good Idea: 1966 Buick SportWagon

As a fellow fan (and owner) of home made junk and the Buick SportWagon, I have to admit that I am intrigued by this next car.  The concept of a shift-it-yourself Buick Sportwagon with some Wildcat GrandSport style grill is cool...but the DIY interior and manual single piston drum brakes hold this thing back...well..those brakes won't hold much back...but you get my drift.  With some TLC this could be a winner. Find this 1966 Buick SportWagon offered for $8500 Langhorne, PA via craigslist. Tip from ME.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Star Wars Tribute: 1979 Dodge Van

This next van, like all vans, exudes a certain degree of sketchiness...not to the level of the infamous "Free Candy" van, but its on the spectrum.  However, with the sweet Star Wars graphics, rad staggered mag wheels, and roof mounted wing, you are far more likely to attract 40-something year old men named Kevin instead of little kids. Nonetheless, you will attract something and let's just hope you lean towards the light instead of the dark side because I would totally go for a ride in this thing and my name isn't Kevin.  Find this 1979 Dodge Van offered for $9800 in San Antonio, TX via craigslist.

13B Powered Oddball: 1990 Maxton Rollerskate

This next car is for the guy/gal who thinks that the Autozam AZ1 is too big, the Lotus Europa is too common, the Caterham 7 is too safe, and the Bugeye Sprite is too pretty.  It is also, in the words of tipper Hugh, "unobtanium" -- but offered for a basic price. Find this 1990 Maxton Rollerskate offered for $16,500 in Longmont, CO via craigslist. Tip from Hugh.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Surprising Survivor: 1987 Nissan Van

This next car falls into the category of one of the cars that was built in large quantities, but is mostly forgotten...but in the case of the Vanette..the story is much more interesting.  The Nissan Vanette was exported to the US market from 1987 to 1990 badged simply the Van as a competitor to the Toyota Van and Mitsubishi Van. The only problem was that Nissan didn't spend much time on engineering and the 2.4 liter Z24i engine inline-4 that was shoved into the C22 for US market didn't quite fit. Cooling issues and engine fires led to a massive recall that had Nissan offering to buy back every single C22 Van sold in the US market and all repurchased vehicles were crushed to avoid future legal issues. Somehow this next vehicle avoid the steel grip of the crusher and now lives with the weirdos in Santa Cruz.  Find this 1987 Nissan Van offered for $4,500 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Seller Submission: 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL W116

In 1973 Mercedes-Benz introduced the legendary W116 S-Class to wealthy buyers around the world.  In case you are curious, the S is short for Sonderklasse, or Special Class, as in, unless you have a special ability to earn money, you can't afford this.  Today, the W116 chassis is known for its low startup costs, incredibly durable interior materials, tank-like build quality and expensive parts/labor costs if something major goes wrong.  Find this 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL offered for $6,400 in Moon Valley, AZ via craigslist. Seller submission from Daniel.