Saturday, November 30, 2019

Bracq Friday Continues: 1966 Mercedes-Benz 200D W110

This next beast is a continuation of our Bracq Friday spectacular from yesterday -- a festival of the best stuff from French born automotive legend Paul Bracq.  The W110 fintail Mercedes-Benz was an evolution of the older W120 Ponton shape, but added little "fins" on the rear quarters and was more modern in its shape and less bulbous.  Legend has it that one of Paul Bracqs first job as an automobile designer at Mercedes-Benz was to design the rear taillights that you see on this next car. Find this 1966 Mercedes-Benz 200D W110 offered for $10,999 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Bracq Friday: 1979 BMW 320i E21

This next car is a celebration of Bracq Friday -- a festival of the best stuff from French born automotive legend Paul Bracq.  I know the days of getting a running/driving car for $500 are long behind us...and $500 will barely get you the parts to do your own brake job on a late model car...but I still hold hope for the occasional used pile of junk car that is cheap not because it is rusted out, but because only a few crazy people (myself included) would want it...and I think I found a good one today...although you will need to source a few key parts before getting it back on the road. Find this 1979 BMW 320i E21 offered for $500 in Richmond, CA via craigslist.


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Find Cars for Bracq Friday

Get ready for Bracq Friday.  Yes, you read that correctly, here at Daily Turismo, we use the day after Turkey day to celebrate French mustache enthusiast and car designer and artist Paul Bracq in a celebration that is known worldwide as Bracq Friday. 


The Spirit of Thankfullness: What Are You Thankful For?

Happy Thanksgiving to all you Turkey lovers out in cyber space...I think I want to dedicate today's Turkey day post to being thankful.  And I'd like to know what you are thankful for, but first I'm going to unveil the turkey...here it is...this 1971 Volkswagen Mini Camaro Z28 project offered for $3700 somewhere near Portland, OR.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Brotwagen: 1989 Volkswagen Polo Wagon

This next car reminds me of those 3D image posters that were all the rage in the 90s -- you know...the ones where you could only see the image if you focused your eyes on a distant point...and then you still couldn't quite tell what you were looking at (the only way I could see them is if I would cross my eyes and then the 3D image would be inverted...I must be some kind of freak..anyway...).  All the basic elements of this car are familiar...but the entire package is totally foreign to these American eyes...because Volkswagen has sold a bizallion cars in the USA since the 1930s, but it has never sold the Polo here. Find this 1989 Volkswagen Polo Wagon offered for $5900 in Long Island, NY via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Turbo Hatch Powaaaaah: 1988 Chevrolet Sprint

I'm feelin' like it is gonna be a good day for posting cheap used hatchbacks from the 80s today...and if the Grandpa's Tercel we just featured seems a bit slow for you...then maybe you'll want a turbocharged manual-gearbox equipped Chevy Sprint...yeah...what a beast. Find this 1988 Chevrolet Sprint offered for $2000 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matthew.


Grandpa's Car: 1988 Toyota Tercel Hatchback

"Cool" car guys aren't supposed to admit that they like basic economy cars from yesteryear, but I'm not cool, so I guess I'll just go out and admit that I do a double take when a clean Toyota Tercel rolls by and I'm a sucker for the hatchback version that hasn't been hacked up by some Pimp My Ride wannabe.  Find this 1988 Toyota Tercel offered for $3300 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!


Monday, November 25, 2019

Seriously Low Miles: 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

A 1982 Z28 isn't the most collectable car on the planet...or even on the average block in the USA.  Trust me, I should know, I owned one a few years ago -- it wasn't a bad car, but they are commonplace and not that special...in fact, you'd need to have a Z28 with something like 10,000 miles on the odometer to make an impression on the average car geek. Find this 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 offered for $9,500 in York, PA via craigslist.  Tip from Jeff.


6-Speed V8: 2005 Cadillac CTS-V

Cadillac launched their CTS-V sport sedan in 2004 with a manual gearbox and firebreathing V8 that was nothing short of awesome.  The standard CTS sedan was focused on stealing sales from cars like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class or BMW 3/5 series..but the V-version was aimed at stealing sales from BWM's M division and Mercedes-Benz AMG division...and those German sedans are wicked and fast...but seriously complicated and used engines built like time bombs...but the Cadillac used a pushrod V8 from the Corvette that was simple to fix...and I think the CTS-V is the choice for the cheap driver. Find this 2005 Cadillac CTS-V offered for $8,500 in New York via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Saturday, November 23, 2019

Takin' Care of Business: 1947 Plymouth P15 Business Coupe

This next car comes as a tip from SecondMouse who writes: Pining for a post-war classic in two doors, but don't have the scratch to play in the deep end? Here is a decent example in running condition, mostly unmolested and complete, down to the flathead 6. Did you say your brother-in-law just rolled his SRT8? Well, now we got something.  Find this 1947 Plymouth P15 Business Coupe in Jackson, Louisiana, asking $6500 via craigslist.


Friday, November 22, 2019

6 Speed Manual: 2003 Ford Focus SVT


Four thousand smackeroos doesn't buy you much in a late model performance car these days, but you can get a Mini Cooper S or a Fiat 500 Abarth if you find something with a questionable title status or high miles...but if hot hatches are your jam, I suggest checking out a high mile SVT Ford with a manual box. Find this 2003 Ford Focus SVT offered for $3999 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.


Manual Gearbox Equipped: 1993 Volkswagen Eurovan

What was sold here new in the United States as the Volkswagen EuroVan was actually the 4th generation of the Transporter / Type 2 / Bus / Kombi / etc, and was the first of the bread loaf VW vans to have its engine and drive wheels up front, finally ditching the rear/rear setup of old. Today the prices have fluctuated between cheap-depreciated crap, and oooh its a future collectible..and to be honest, I have zero clue as to the actual value of these machines...but getting a running/driving RV/minivan for sub $4k asking in SoCal seems like a good deal to me. Find this 1993 Volkswagen Eurovan offered for $3800 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.


Thursday, November 21, 2019

Buick V6 Ready for Assembly: 1973 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.  Today's next example isn't a pristine all-original-example, but it does have a Buick V6 ready for install and is offered for a crazy cheap price. Find this 1973 MGB GT with uninstalled Buick V6 and 5-speed offered for $2500 in Bay Park, CA via craigslist.


Unusual Manual Sighting: 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS

I know what you are thinking.  The guys at DT have found the Christmas rum cake storage and eaten at entire box.  Ok...that might be true...but you've got to hang on and take a second look at this tippy low budget small SUV crossover thing from a South Korean automaker.  I never thought those words would escape these fingers...but I just wrote 'em...so you've got a read 'em...and hopefully not weep.  Here is the deal...this car has a 5-speed manual gearbox in the most unlikely of places...right betwix the driver and passenger. Find this 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS offered for $3750 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.


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!