Thursday, January 23, 2020

White Fish: 1980 Chevrolet Chevette

Chevy's Chevette was a lightweight pipsqueak with two-digit horsepower and a big chip on its shoulder due to all the abuse it got in Jr High school. Chevette owners will say "just wait till the bad ones are gone and the good ones will be worth a fortune" but I'm not holding my breath on that one. But if you want a Chevette in your driveway...I think this next example is the way I'd go...clean...low miles...stock...and cheap. Find this 1980 Chevrolet Chevette offered for $3000 in Baltimore, MD via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

LT1 V8 + 6Spd: 1973 Nissan 240Z

Nissan's athletic 240Z was sold in the USA with a Datsun badge and a silky smooth inline-6 to go with its ninja-like reflexes.  For years, folks joked that Japanese cars would never be collectable, and 240Z prices hovered above scrap value, so many were (for better or worse) turned into hot rods. Today we've got one of those hot rods and it looks like it could use some freshening...but could be fun when done. Find this 1973 Nissan 240Z offered for $6500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Cheapest Around: 2004 Volkswagen R32

The Volkswagen Golf MkIV was sold from 1999-2006 around the world, but it wasn't until the 2004 R32 edition that a true performance version was born.  The R32 took most of its components from the 3.2 liter Audi TT, including engine, transmission and suspension, but it maintains the Golf level of useability and has a cool looking front air dam...wait a minute...this R32 has a Jetta front end...what's going on!??! At least the price is right. Find this 2004 VW R32 offered for $5600 in Los Gatos, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Mini Cooperino: 2002 Mini Cooper S Truck

Whenever I run into a late model Mini Cooper pickup truck (Cooperchero...Minimino?) it is usually one of the RedBull promotional vehicles that has been stripped of its giant can of caffeine and ground bull testes...but those ex-RedBull cars are all automatics, so it is nice to find a Mini Cooperino that has both an S logo and a manual gearbox. Find this 2002 Mini Cooper S Truck offered for $4950 in Laguna Niguel, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Korvmaro Kustom: 1963 Chevrolet Corvair V8

The Corvair is one of the few aircooled classics from the 60s that you can buy for a reasonable amount of money and drive around everyday (helps if you live in a place that is easy on weather.)  It had an advanced independent rear suspension under that aircooled engine out back...but today everything is amok and this Corvair is powered by a front mounted small block V8 and features a stick beam rear axle!! I don't know if this is an upgrade or downgrade. Find this 1963 Chevrolet Corvair V8 offered for $16,500 in Longview, CA via craigslist.

Luxury SVO: 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: These have to be going up soon... never see them around anymore. This one looks pretty good and priced very reasonably... restore it to factory condition, drive it a bit, then sell it on barret jackson in a coupla years for some profit??  Find this 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe offered for $5000 in West Haven, CT via craigslist.

Monday, January 20, 2020

LS1 Manual Swap: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS

GM wasn't messing around when the seventh generation Impala was launched in 1994 because it was only available as the SS version which meant power from a 260 horsepower LT1 borrowed from the Corvette.  Unfortunately the Impala SS didn't come with a manual gearbox and was only available with GM's 4-speed 4L60E slushbox, but that is something that can be fixed with the remnants of a wrecked Camaro, an afternoon, a good buddy named Fred, and a case of Coors.  Find this 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS with LS and T56 swap offered for $12,500 in Columbus, GA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.

Only Driven On Weekends By Little Old Lady: 1996 Chevrolet Corvette C4

The C4 generation (1983-to-1996) Corvette isn't the most collectible fact it is quite literally the opposite...but that doesn't mean you should totally ignore the plastic beasty.  A few cool editions come to mind -- the overhead cam ZR-1 or patriotic Grand Sport...or today's beauty, which is a grandma owned 6-speed with 16k miles on the odo.  Find this 1996 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $14,500 in Palm Beach, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Fun In The Sun: 2004 Nissan 350Z Touring Convertible

I hate to say it...but the Z33 generation Nissan 350Z hasn't aged well at all.  The interior surface coatings are about as durable as the coating on an M&M and the interior design (eg gauge color) has aged about as well as Miley Cyrus. Sure...there are some people who might find it attractive, but even Liam Hemsworth ditched his wrecked one for a new model.  However, they do offer a decent level of performance and can be had with a 6-speed manual gearbox and a rag top. Find this 2004 Nissan 350Z here on eBay offered for $11,600 in Chaplin, SC.

Friday, January 17, 2020

KA24DE Swapped: 1970 Datsun 510

This next car comes as a tip from Erik202 who writes: I know good 510s are more common in the southern states but here in Canada they are pretty rare. This is probably one of the nicer ones I’ve ever seen listed locally.  Find this 1970 Datsun 510 offered for $16,500 CAD ($12,643 USD) via in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.

3800SC V6 Swap: 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT

You might not think that there is a correct or incorrect engine to swap into a classic Pontiac Fiero...but lemme set you straight.  There are many incorrect engines to swap into a Fiero...such as anything rotary from Mazda, something with a carburetor, and anything aircooled...and this might surprise you, but there is only one engine you should ever swap into a Fiero...and here it is. Find this 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT with 3800 V6 power offered for $6000 in Brunswick, GA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Don't Be Zelas: 2011 Scion tC 6-Speed

Classic depreciation curves too a strange turn in the 2010 decade and cars that are 3 years old command about the same price as cars that are 10 years old.  This is especially the case with cheapo mass market economy cars, but this next car seems appropriately cheap for 10 year old Scion. Find this 2011 Scion tC 6-Speed offered for $6,400 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.

Surprisingly Affordable: 1977 Porsche 924 Turbo Martini & Rossi Edition

I wish I could tell you that I've got some magic crystal ball that'll tell me what makes/models are going to see serious appreciation in the next decade or two...because I would never have guessed that 80s Porsche 911s, 60s Ford Broncos or 90s Toyota Supras would trade for the coin they get these days...But i can tell you that there are cars that are rare, interesting, cool, and trade for 1/10th of what the "collectible" cars go for.  And this next car is ripe for some stupid speculation from the "cool kids" get 'em while they are cheap. Find this 1977 Porsche 924 Turbo Martini & Rossi Edition offered for $5000 in Apache Junction, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

High Miles, Low Price: 2006 Mini Cooper S

This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: Higher miles but looks super clean... $3800 seems like a bargain if it checks out. I am a big fan of the new Mini Cooper S and had an argument today if the Cooper S or the Fiat 500 Abarth was a better deal on the used car market today...the discussion continues.  Find this 2006 Mini Cooper S offered for $3800 in Rhode Island via craigslist.

M60 V8 Swap: 1984 BMW 325e

The E30 generation BMW 3-series  is zippy, reliable, simple to maintain, and cheap to buy -- which is why it has become the beater of choice for many folks.  Prices were good for years, but the nice examples have started to appreciate and you'll have a hard time finding V8 swapped examples like this for cheap in the get it now. Find this 1984 BMW 325e offered for $7000 in Portland, OR via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

GM Performance Package: 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP

The Skystice (Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky) was Detroit's answer to light weight sports cars like the million models sold Mazda MX-5 Miata.  Typical GM feature bloat meant the Solstice/Sky wasn't as lean a fighting machine as the MX-5, but the podium in SCCA club racing in T2 class for 2007, 2008, & 2009 gives it a certain degree of street cred.  If you want to buy a new Solstice today, you are outta luck because GM stopped production in 2010 when GM axed down both the Pontiac and Saturn brands...but used examples are cheap and handle just as well as they did when new....probably.  Find this 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP GM Perf Package offered for $6950 in Santa Clara, CA via craigslist.

Manual Turbo Wagon: 2005 Subaru Forester XT

This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: If I had the cash I'd buy it myself. Looks realtively clean, little rust bubbling but should be an easy fix... 4.44 gears, pulls hard to 80+... fun DD that fits a ton of crap, very good in the snow. If compression and leakdown look good, with confirmation of work done this is a great buy! Shoot, I sold my '05 FXT  manual with 155K and a blown cylinder for $3500... They are rare and have a following.  Find this 2005 Subaru Forester XT offered for $4500 in Pawtucket, RI via craigslist.