Saturday, April 4, 2020

Yellow Fever: 2005 Audi S4

This next car comes to Erik202 who writes: Send help! (stay 6ft back) just talk me out of buying a V8 Audi S4. I might be going a little crazy from the lack of human interaction but this thing is looking so yellow and fast. And even tho the ad says it’s an auto it’s clearly a stick and it says the timing chains and guides are done and that’s only like $4600USD. Save Erik from monumental repair bills and cheap V8 fun by buying this car before he coughs on the door handles. Find this 2005ish Audi S4 offered for $6500 CAD (approx $4600 USD) in Montréal, QC via facemask marketplace.

Friday, April 3, 2020

5-Speed Manual Swapped R107: 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL

This next car is offered by the seller as a "project" but it is much nicer than 99% of the projects offered for passes smog and has a manual gearbox swapped behind the 3.8 liter V8.  Sure, it needs some cosmetic work on the interior and needs new rear glass, but the real kicker is that these R107 Mercedes-Benz coupes are so under-priced in the market compared to anything else with two seats and German build quality.  Buy one. Buy another.  Get a barn.  Make the news in 30 years. Find this 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL offered for $5500 in Concord, CA via craigslist.

11k Miles on the Odo: 2004 Cadillac CTS-V

This next car comes as tip from Jeff who writes; At under 3900 lbs. with a manual trans and upgraded exhaust/intake, this would be a fun ride. Granted, it ain't cheap for a 16 year old GM sedan, but it's got the right things going for it and the low mileage/condition is hard to beat.  Thanks Jeff, I have to agree, the first gen CTS-V has been on my short list for the past 10 years, but prices (albeit pre-COVID19 prices) have stabilized with some of the nicer examples demanding significant premium and this is a great example of that.  However, this car was built before the current fad of electrification and gizmofication, so I'm thinking this is a buy and hold...just lose the explosive exhaust. Find this 2004 Cadillac CTS-V offered for $20,000 in Virginia Beach, VA via craigslist.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Gas Station Beauty: 2001 Honda Prelude Type SH

The fifth (and final) generation Honda Prelude was available in the US market with a 200 horsepower 2.0 liter VTEC equipped inline-4 from 1996-2000.  Most have been turned into "race cars," grounded to the ground and covered in mismatched body panels, so finding a stock example is indeed a treat...even if that stock example has a check engine light and is photographed at a gas station. Find this 2001 Honda Prelude Type SH here on eBay currently bidding for $720 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go, located in Lincoln, NE.

Uncommonly Odd: 2000 Mercury Cougar Roush Edition

Roush Performance was launched in 1995 as a way for NASCAR legend Jack "Panama Hat" Roush to provide power to the people.  Roush Performance got a reputation for making fast 'n' loud Mustangs, but they also dabbled in other Fords like the Focus and F-150...but for two years in the early millennium, they built about 100 examples of something called the Mercury Cougar Roush Edition.  It appears to have been strictly a cosmetic appearance upgrade package, but if you are going to drive a Cougar, this is the one to get. Find this 2000 Mercury Cougar Roush Edition here on eBay bidding for $1000 reserve-not-met located in La Vergne, TN with 1 day to go.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Pacecar of the Coronapocalypse: 2001 GMC Savana Quigley 4X4 Conversion

I hate to contribute to the general panic around the coronavirus...but like the 50th person jumping into a dogpile, I feel only a small pang of regret in my gut.  Or is that the coronavirus?  Lack of smell and pangs in your gut?  I gotta google this.  Hang on....nope, I'm good.  Anyway, if you are thinking that the virus and ensuing economic recession is going to mean you might need a bugout vehicle, I have to think that a used Quigley conversion panel van has the right combination of 4X4, skid-plate, basher bumper, and no windows to help you survive. Find this 2001 GMC Savana Quigley 4X4 Conversion here on eBay offered for $16,990 or best offer located in Braidwood, IL.

Déjà Ewww: 2000 Mazda MX-5 Custom 60s Alfa Look

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a fun little sports car wrapped in a boring exterior (sorry Miata fanboys, the shape is pretty blah...with maybe the exception of the newest model that brings some more style than the OG jelly bean) that is unfortunately slathered with a thick brush of innuendo about the driver and his dog.  Regardless, if you want the sweet driving experience of the modern Mazda platform with the classic looks of a 60s sports car 90s home-built-retro-custom, then I can imagine this next piece of Italiopanese sculpture might fit nicely in front of your Greco-Roman yard art. And if you get the vague sense of déjà ewwww...yes, we did feature this before. Find this 2000 Mazda MX-5 Custom 60s Alfa Look offered for $15500 in Temecula, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hemi Powaaaaaaaaaah: 2006 Chrysler 300 SRT-8

The Chrysler LX platform was launched in 2005 as rear-drive replacement for some terrible front-drive Chrysler platform which we won't even dare to mention...but the LX offered some rear-wheel-drive goodness for the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and Chrysler 300. This platform was launched in the middle of the much maligned Daimler-Chrysler merger era, and the LX platform was the recipient of many Mercedes-Benz parts -- E-Class 5-link suspension, S-Class front control arm, 5-Speed auto gearboxes from Mercedes...yes many Mercedes-Benz parts, and many of them from previous generation what is old is new again.  Despite the questionable origins, the LX platform did get the benefit of some serious power when Dodge let its in-house gearheads put their Hemi V8s into...well..everything. Find this 2006 Chrysler 300 SRT8 offered for $7900 in New Haven, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.

Vortec V6 Power: 1988 Suzuki Samurai

The 2nd generation Samurai is a compact off-roader from Suzuki, built from 1981-1998.  The Samurai makes a miserable ride on tarmac, but is legendary for its off-road capability, with one beating a Jeep record for highest altitude achieved for a 4-wheeled vehicle at 21,942 ft.  We think the Samurai is a logical choice for someone needing 4WD capabilities as they are cheap, easy to fix and built like small tanks...and the only thing you really need to do is to upgrade the miserable lump they called an engine when it was new.  Find this 1988 Suzuki Samurai offered for $19,500 in Pecos, NM via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Mach 1 Tribute: 1969 Ford Mustang

Sun Tzu is probably first famous writer to be quoted as saying; In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity -- but this concept is not new or un-repeated by other folks.  It is certainly true in the age of the coronavirus..and while I hate to be a vulture...there is a good reason to buy a car today... primarily is that most people are more concerned with paying their mortgage and avoiding the it is currently a buyer's market.  Avoid places where the prices are fixed and the reserves are not-met -- instead find yourself a no-reserve auction and see what kind of car you can get for half the going rate from a month ago. It stands to reason that if your 401k is worth 50% of its value in January, then the same goes for a classic Mustang. Find this 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Tribute here on eBay bidding for $20,600 reserve-not-met located in Scottsdale, AZ with 5 days to go.

F-Body in Yellow: 1977 Chevrolet Camaro

The 2nd generation F-body Camaro was sold from 1970 through 1981 and has somehow avoided the massive price appreciation we've seen in various classic cars. Granted, many of the 2nd gen were built during the 70s fuel and emissions crises with under-powered engines, but they drive better than the original version and are stylistically superior to the 3rd enjoy them while they are cheap.  Find this 1977 Chevrolet Camaro offered for $12999 near Indianapolis, IN via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

What Could Go Wrong? 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II

I'm just going to leave this next car here with a simple comment: a 40 year old Rolls Royce Silver Wraith for about 6 grand!??!  What could possibly go wrong??!  Find this 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II offered for $6500 in Downey, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Coronapocalypse Ready: 1978 Custom Built Tank

Okay, if the Chevy Grunt (whatever that means) we posted early today is too wussy for your redneck inner self, then this next vehicle hits all of the right buttons for a gun slinger, tank commander, or urban prepper.  All I can say is; that rotating cannon better be fully functioning. Find this 1978 Custom Built Tank offered for $5500 in Cummings, GA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

A What Now? 1987 Chevy Grunt

If you are thinking of living in a car when the economy crashes due to the COVID-19 and you've got a Fiat might want to trade up to something bigger.  You'll need something with back seats for your belongings, families, or hostages.  You'll also need something that can do some mild off roading if it gets ugly out there.  And you'll want something that you'll never lose in a parking lot.  Find this 1987 Chevy Grunt offered for $19,500 outside Tucson, AZ via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Luxo F-150: 2006 Lincoln Mark LT Pickup

Lincoln first released their attempt at the luxury pickup in 2002 with the Blackwood...which didn't sell many (3300 according to interweb sources) and was canceled within 15 months of launch.  The product planners at Lincoln were still convinced they could sell a gussied up F-150..and in 2005 they released the Mark LT...which then lasted till 2008 with something like 10,000 sold per year...which wasn't bad, but not good enough to survive the carpocalypse.  Anyway, find this 2006 Lincoln Mark LT Pickup offered for $3950 in Cape Coral, FL via craigslist.  Tip from Dascpcu.

Bubble Wrapped 255kms: 1997 BMW 740i E38

To quote one of my favorite podcaster/medical experts (Peter Attia); I'm giving up drinking for a month.  Whoops, bad punctuation; I'm giving up. Drinking for a month.  Anyway, the COVID-19 thing has gotten me a little stir crazy because I'm cooped up inside with a wife and three kids, but that doesn't mean I can't dream about buying a 255km E38 BMW. I know, you could get a BRAND NEW 740i with self driving whatchamalits and full automatic self leveling cupholders for that price.'d just be another middle aged suit driving something that everyone else has.  The brand new E38...yeah...I'd start driving it every day, like it was a new car. But I mentioned this to Kaibeezy and he said -- 55K euros is a bucket of clams for a car you'd be a bratwurst to drive. Find this 1997 BMW 740i E38 here on eBay bidding for $55,650 Euros ($60,729 USD) with a few days to go, located in Germany.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Doctor Ordered Sale: 1977 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham

If you surf craigslist on a regular basis, you've probably seen everything. People claiming all kinds of stuff that clearly isn't true (this is one of one) and then random threats director at strangers (if nobody buys it, I'm going to polish the headlights and then double the price)...but this next advert has something I've never seen before...a seller who claims he is dying and needs to dispose of his car collection in a "pre-death" estate sale so his next of kin doesn't have to bother...and while I respect the sentiment, I'm kinda horrified.  Not horrified enough to NOT post this...but wow. Find this 1977 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham offered for $5400 in Live Oaks, GA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!