Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Cheap Driver: 1995 Toyota Celica

Its been a strange recovery from the 2008 automotive crisis.  First off, the $1000 drive-able cars that used to litter craigslist/autotrader have all but disappeared, and the bottom of the heap Honda/Toyotas cost $4k.  Blame cash for clunkers for a huge number (710,000 by some accounts) reduction in cheap/running/driving cars from the marketplace, followed by slow sales in 2009, 2010, 2011...anyway, cars for $1k are usually total piles of junk in 2019...but you can find an occasional diamond in the rough. Find this 1995 Toyota Celica offered for $1200 in Boulder Creek, CA via craigslist.


Future 401K: 1985 BMW 635csi

A stranger asked me a simple question the other day...he said, "I have a barn that needs to be filled with cars that will appreciate in the next 20 years...what do I buy?".  It was odd that he asked me this question as I filled up my classic Sportwagon from the 91 octane pump...but I answered the first thing that popped into my head; as many E24 BMW 6-series with a manual gearbox as you can find. Find this 1985 BMW 635csi offered for $6985 in San Carlos, CA via craigslist.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

4 Turbos and a Blower: 1992 Volvo 960 V8 Swap


How did I miss this car?  How did this auction get to "reserve-not-met" without so much as a peep from the pages of Daily Turismo?  Surely you guys, you tippers, bear some of the blame, but I blame myself even more for not keeping my eye on the ball.  The big, quad turbocharged, hairy chested, wheels that don't fit, engine that doesn't fit...ball.  SERIOUSLY, HOW DID I MISS THIS?  Find this 1992 Volvo 960 Custom V8 here on eBay with auction ended at $12,500 reserve-not-met in Orwigsburg, PA.



Slightly Modified: 1993 Toyota MR2 Turbo

I must be getting old...because I find myself turned off by heavily modified sports cars.  Doesn't matter if they are stanced or lifted or just Pepboys bolt-on stick-on pimped...I just feel an overwhelming sense of meh when I see something that was sporty from the factory and is now modified.  It is one thing to shove a V8 into the front of some slow old Volvo, but do you really expect some 20 year old Best Buy employee to make an MR2 better than the guys from the factory?  Seriously?  But, this next Mister Two might just have the guts to get a pass from the grizzled old man inside...and I might just enjoy driving it. Find this 1993 Toyota MR2 offered for $12,480 in Reno, NV via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Monday, November 18, 2019

Dual Overhead Cam Classic: 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The C4 generation Corvette ZR1 was the result of a project between GM and Lotus Engineering, which resulted in a 375 horsepower DOHC V8 engine, big brakes, heavy duty suspension and active ride control.  It was really ahead of its time for a GM product from the early 1990s but a hefty price tag (twice the cost of a standard Vette at $60k) and special assembly plant limited production to 6900 units over 6 years.  Thankfully the magic of depreciation has dropped them into el cheapo territory and you can get one for the price of a 10 year old Camry.  Seriously. Find this 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 offered for $12,000 near Cincinnati, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.



The BatTruck: 1975 Dodge Ram Powerwagon

This next car truck comes as a tip from SecondMouse who writes: The Dodge Power Wagon is revered among Mopar truck owners, and this is a handsome 4x4 example from 1975. If you think your neighbors get too much sleep, then you need to be cranking up this 440 whenever the mood strikes you. Painted Batman Black and listed for $14,000 $12000 in Houston. Find this 1975 Dodge Ram Powerwagon offered for $12,000 in Houston, TX via craigslist.


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Multi-Tasker: 1990ish Dodge 1500 Ram Pickup Forklift

What is red, white, and can pull its own motor? Yeah. a Dodge pickup with a forklift hanging out the back.  The fork lift pickup might seem like an odd vehicle, but I've seen many running around the street hauling dumpsters from behind apartment complexes to the street for the big trash machine to do the dumping. Personally, I'd like to have one to drive around and use for various tasks around the yard/garage/house (wash the windows on the 2nd floor?), but you'll need to get a title because this one isn't street legal according to the seller. Find this 1990ish Dodge 1500 Ram Pickup Forklift offered for $1,500 in Lake City via facebash marketplace.


Friday, November 15, 2019

SubieTurbo Madness: 2004 Subaru Forester XT

This next car won't win an beauty contest awards, but it sure will get you and a bunch of your junk from point A to point B with turbocharged 5-speed all-wheel-drive fury...and that is a rare thing in this world these days.  Find this 2004 Subaru Forester XT offered for $5500 in Jacksonville, FL via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Forgotten Kit Classic: 1973 Bremen Creighton

This next car is a bit of a puzzle to me -- it looks like the Bremen Mini Mark, which was a VW Type 1 Beetle based kit car that combined the aerodynamics of a 1930s classic with the reliability of the VW chassis...but it appears to have a front engine Chevy V8...so I don't know what I'm looking at.  There is an internet reference to a Ford Pinto based Bremen kit, but I can't find much detail on that other than a few pictures on a slightly abandoned theminimark.blogspot.com website. Ohhh...I just found a German Wikipedia page that says this is the Bremen Creighton.  Find this 1973 Bremen Creighton offered for $5500 in Swansea, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Double Cappuccino: 1993 Alfa Romeo 164

Is it a good sign or a bad sign when someone sells his entire fleet of cars? On the one hand you get a ton of spare parts to keep the "good" car running...but on the other hand...you NEED a ton of spare parts cars to keep the "good" one running....sheesh.   It is also an indication that the market for such a car has dropped to its low point and it can only go up...right?  Find this 1993 Alfa Romeo 164 + parts car offered for $3,500 in Woodside, NY via craigslist. Tip from Rock On! 



Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Pure European Allroader: 1994 Nissan Mistral Type X Turbo

This next car comes as a submission from JB1025 who writes: Kind of an Odd Fellow er Duck here.. Odd is an understatement here, this thing is from another planet, a bearded Spock dimension Nissan Pathfinder if you ask me.  It is a Spanish assembled Nissan that was exported to Japan where it was sold new and has finally made its way to Seattle.  Strange times. Find this 1994 Nissan Mistral Type X Turbo offered for $14000 in Seattle, WA via craigslist.


Boosted D16: 1998 Honda Civic EX Turbo

This next car comes from tipper Jeff who writes: To borrow an analogy, putting this much boost through a SOHC is like eating 6 Taco Bell burritos and trusting a fart... it's only a matter of time. That being said, if it's built right and the seller has the sheet/receipts to prove it, talk about a wicked sleeper.  Find this 1998 Honda Civic EX Turbo offered for $6,200 in St Helens, OR via craigslist.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Type Hoon: 1992 GMC Typhoon

The GMC Typhoon was the SUV version of the GMC Syclone -- both were turbo-V6 versions of a common compact truck/SUV platform with acceleration capabilities that would surprise anything on the street when new.  Today, with the proliferation of high compression direct injection engines, the Typhoon won't be the fastest thing on your block but it will certainly raise a few eyebrows.  Just swap out the ugly wheels on this one for something stock (included with sale according to seller) and enjoy. Find this 1992 GMC Typhoon offered for $14,500 in Orange County, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


38k Miles, Fridge White: 1990 Toyota Camry LE

The second generation (V20) Toyota Camry was built from 1986 through 1992 is massive quantities and used as a basic transportation device for millions of people.  It wasn't an exciting car by any stretch of the imagination, but it did turn many domestic car purchasers into future Toyota buyers with its quiet commitment to reliability and non-fussiness.  Most have hundreds of thousands of miles or have been recycled into tuna cans, but this next example has a shockingly low 38k miles on the odo and looks amazing for its age. Find this 1990 Toyota Camry LE offered for $6,500 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Spider Eyes Cherokee: 1986 Jeep Wagoneer Limited XJ

In 1984 the XJ generation of the Jeep Cherokee was released into the public, but it used a modern unibody monocoque instead of the traditional body-on-frame setup of the previous Jeepy things. This meant it was lighter and less clunky to drive around town than previous huge Jeep monsters, but still off road capable because it all wheel drive and torquey motors.  However, this next Cherokee is no ordinary example, if fact it is a Jeep Wagoneer Limited, not related to the Grand Wagoneer, but a highly optioned XJ with a unique headlight setup that makes it hard to miss. Find this 1986 Jeep Wagoneer Limited XJ offered for $8,500 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.


Friday, November 8, 2019

I Rarely Often Crash: 1993 Dodge Daytona IROC

This next car comes from tipper Jeff who writes: The only IROC i ever knew of was the Camaro! That's right, the IROC (International Race of Champions) badge is normally seen on Chevy's Camaro, but Dodge also used the badge on their Daytona and it was very similar to the Shelby Daytona with a 2.2 liter turbo-4 putting 224 horsepower to the front wheels. Find this 1993 Dodge Daytona IROC offered for $4,500 in Detroit, MI via craigslist.


Best of the Breed: 1987 Chevrolet Sprint Turbo

Man, when was the last time you saw a Chevrolet Sprint Turbo on the road...okay...actually, have you ever seen a Sprint Turbo on the road?  What is this thing?  Quick recap; Suzuki built a supermini called the Cultus from 1983 through 2003, and GM decided they wanted in on the action...which meant slapping random badges onto the back and shoving them into every dealer in town, you could get a Suzuki Swift, a Geo Metro, Chevrolet Sprint, a Holden Barina, a Pontiac Firefly..do I need to go on...because I could.  Anyway, this next example is the peak of performance for the Cultus..Find this 1987 Chevrolet Sprint Turbo offered for $2900 in Vermilion,  OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.