Monday, February 24, 2020

Living In An Analog World: 2007 BMW 328i Wagon E91

A new BMW 3-series offers a boat load of technology, safety, performance, and gadgets for aspiring executive (or trust fund high schooler). You get the latest direct injection 4-cylinder engine that is boosted with a small turbocharger (or two?...I really don't know or care to find out) and all manner of lane departure warning systems and self leveling wheel caps...but what you can't get is a wagon or a manual gearbox in a 3-series.  BMW...I don't know you anymore.  Meh..you haven't cared about my opinion since I swore off buying new cars decades ago and have lived an autotrader/craigslist/offerup dream life...but I'm gonna miss the 3-series in about 10 years when the depreciated ones are all fitted with some kinda 8 speed slushbox flappy paddle gearbox and powered by a beryllium warp core and the steering wheel has been replaced with a joystick.  I think I now know why I've preferred the company of geezers since I was a young lad.  New digital tech is weaksauce and experience cannot be googled or found on twitter. GET OFF MY LAWN!  Find this 2007 BMW 328i Wagon offered for $9500 near Hudson Valley via craigslist. Tip from Cory.


A Fiero By Any Other Name: 1985 Ferrari Kit Car by Corson Motors

It seems that many of the Porsche 365 Speedster replicas floating around on the street are of a quality to be almost indistinguishable from the real deal by anyone except a real Poooooooorsche aficionado. I'm not that guy, so I'm probably wrong half the time when I see a 365 convertible or a kit version...but the same doesn't go for a Ferrari kit car.  There is something about Ferrari kit cars that makes them instantly identified as a kit car...perhaps it is because the real Porsche 356 was just a re-bodied Beetle, so if you start with a Beetle it doesn't take much to get to a 356...but if you start with a Fiero, you've got a lotta time to get it to an Italian built Ferrari.  Find this 1985 Ferrari Kit Car by Corson Motors offered for $14,995 in Daytona Beach, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Buick V8 Rad Rod: 1970 Datsun 521 Pickup

This next car comes as a tip from JB1025 offered My neck is hurting just to look @ this !  But has Kewl Factor...Kewl indeed, you'll need a sweet neckbeard and sleeve tatts to truly do this thing justice, but a few days of itchy neck and arm dermatitis is a small price to pay for driving something that'll make women, children, and valets run with terror.  Find this 1970 Datsun 521 Pickup offered for $10,900 in Toledo, OR via craigslist.


Friday, February 21, 2020

JDM Modified: 1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205

This next car comes as a tip from JB1025 who writes Pretty cool looking Celica GT awd be fun to drive and not many around in the States i would guess.  The Celica GT-Four was available in the US market, but it was discontinued by the time the 6th generation Celica was launched in  1993, so this next GT-Four is indeed a unicorn on this side of the Pacific Ocean. Find this 1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205 offered for $16,500 in Seattle, WA via craigslist.


Will It Run in Peoria? 1991 Volvo 240 Sedan

There was an old saying in in Vaudeville that was particularly embraced by the instantly recognizable Groucho Marx -- "will it play in Peoria?" This figure of speech asks if something will be acceptable to redneck...errr...hillbilly mainstream America -- and the Volvo 240 asked that exact same question when it was released in 1975.  And the answer from the coast to coast was a resounding yes because Volvo sold 2.8 million examples of the 240 produced from 1974-1993 for sales around the globe, with a large percentage sold in North America.  If it played in Peoria when new, does it still play? Find this 1991 Volvo 240 Sedan offered for $2999 in Peoria, IL via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Thursday, February 20, 2020

German Ford: 1974 Mercury Capri

Prices for the Mercury/Ford Capri have been historically low for a number of reasons. First was Fords inexplicable placement of the Capri at Mercury dealers when it was a Ford in Europe and sold well as a Ford over there...but in 1974 it was objectively a wayyyy better Mustang than the Mustang II and somebody in the Ford product planning group managed to get the Capri marooned with a Mercury badge...uggg.  The years since haven't been any nicer, because car guys have prefered to drive Opel Mantas and Nissan Z cars...but if you open your heart (and eyes) you might find that the little Capri has something unique to offer. Find this 1974 Mercury Capri offered for $5800 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Pile o' Receipts: 1993 Saab 900

How often do you find a one owner car from the early 1990s?-- it isn't common for people to keep a car that long...except maybe rotting in a field or in some pigeon filled barn.  And few people have the endurance to own something like a 90s Saab for 3 decades because those receipts are gonna be piled up AND not cheap.  But if you want to buy one, this next car looks like the one to get. Find this 1993 Saab 900 offered for $5795 in Indianapolis, IN via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Supercharging Is Not A Crime: 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC

I've seen lots of strange things in craigslist adverts.  Dirty thumbs and oily rags obscure license plates for some unknown reason on a regular basis...and there is a certain subset of the population who can only find time to take pics of their car at the gas station at night (vampires?)..but this next car is a new highlight in the smorgasbord that is craigslist.  I present..the first...the only..crime scene tape in a craigslist photo shoot.  Bravo.  Well done.  Find this 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC with supercharger offered for $8500 in Shepherdsville, KY via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.


427 Big Block on Blocks: 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

This next car comes as a tip from SecondMouse who writes: Somewhere within the vicinity of this particular automobile is someone who needs a good slap. Letting a 1965 two-door Impala SS with a 427 4 speed sit outside like this... Hopefully, someone out there has the desire and the budget to put this beast back on the road. Find it here in the Houston area, asking $8500 and looking pretty complete.  Find this 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS offered for $8,500 in Houston, TX via craigslist.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tom Wilkenshaw Racing Kit: 1990 Jaguar XJS

I haven't made up my mind about this next car...so I'm going to post it and let you guys tell me if it is right on the money or a bridge too far.  Anyway, the background behind this car is that back in the 80s the management at Jaguar didn't want to spend the money to go racing, but a fellow by the name of Tom Wilkenshaw ran a privateer entry into ETCC (European Touring Car Championship) Group A (that's the big boys) and it was a success.  Watch some on-track action here.  Regardless, the seller tells us that Jaguar sold some 250 examples of the TWR racing body-kits and only 50 remain...various websites both confirm and refute this suggestion...and to be honest...I dunno. Find this 1990 Jaguar XJS offered for $10,500 in South Florida via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Signature Series: 1993 Lincoln Town Car

This is all the money (and then some) for a '93 Lincoln Town Car...but if you are in the market for something strange from the 90s with super low miles...you don't have many choices. But the only problem with this car is that you can't drive it.  The second the odo turns into quintuple digits, the fun is over.  So you've got about 2100 miles before you've got to park it again or take a $10k hit on the "value".  Is it just me, or has this car collecting thing turned into stamp collecting?  But I still appreciate the shockingly nice condition of this someday-it'll-be-a-classic. Find this 1993 Lincoln Town Car offered for $17500 in Stamford, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.


Monday, February 17, 2020

Rare JDM Wagon: 1992 Toyota Corolla Van

This next car REALLY stretches the limit of what you consider an appreciating classic car.  It isn't fast, and it isn't really noticeable (most of the mindless automatons driving around in their beige pods won't blink twice at a Corolla wagon...even though it was never sold here in this generation and is the only one you'll ever see) and there are thousands of cars that offer more daily driver usability...but...BUT...this is an all-wheel-drive and manual-gearbox equipped Corolla imported from Japan with right-hand-drive and it will win all the street cred you can use at the next Japanese classic car show. Find this 1992 Toyota Corolla Van offered for $8500 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Erik202.


Cheap Alcyone: 1992 Subaru SVX

I'm going to admit that I like strange features on cars...but if you read this website you probably share love of strange design elements.  Take half windows for instance, these are certainly less usable than a regular window, but it is a design feature shared exotics like the McLaren F1, Lamborghini Countach and DMC DeLorean....and it can be found in something as cheap as a used Subaru SVX. Yes, that is indeed a good thing. Find this 1992 Subaru SVX offered for $3700 in Eastville, CA via craigslist. Tip from Erik202.


Friday, February 14, 2020

Base 2-Speed: 1965 Chevrolet Corvair

Happy St Valentine's Day! This next Corvair isn't the fastest Vair on the planet (that's probably something with a mid mounted V8) ..and I'd prefer the 4-speed manual version to this 2-speed powerglide equipped version, and it would be nice to have a bit more forward ooomph than the base 95 horsepower flat-6 can provide...but...this thing is super clean inside and out. So if your automotive nirvana is more sitting in a folding chair at a car show instead of burning through a clutch at the drags...this is your baby. Find this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair offered for $9500 in Anderson, SC via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Breath of Fresh Air: 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10

This next car comes a tip from Jeff who writes: I know this is over the DT price threshold and don't expect you to post, but just thought I'd share a great example of depreciation. Sure, a V10 Viper putting out 400+ horsepower doesn't sound like much by today's standards, but just look at this thing..... an epic buy for $27k-ish.  Still looks like a 6-figure exotic simply rolling down the road.  I agree that this thing is epic for the price and it is a steal compared to all of the overpriced 993s, MkIV Supras, F355s, and E30 M3s -- THIS is the answer. And it does have stock 400 horsepower pounding to the pavement without the aid of traction control, auto-gearboxes, anti-lock brakes or airbags.  This next car is the Babe Ruth of the automotive world...its built on hot dogs and beer, not steroids and professional trainers.  Find this 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 offered for $27,980 Niceville, FL via cargurus.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Sports Addition: 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

This next car comes as a tip from Jeff who writes: By the pictures, it looks like the owners are doing quite well so it makes you wonder how "Sports Addition" made the cut. That being said, this looks to be a great cash car for daily or first car for a teen.  Find this 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix offered for $3650 in Houston, TX via craigslist.


Steal This Teal Deal: 1991 Mercedes-Benz M100 Sprinter Van

This next tip comes from Erik202 who writes: Seems like you’ve been on a small car kick lately (not complaining) but here’s something that’s not that. Small cars...big cars...I try not to discriminate, but there are times when I get on a kick for small 80s crapcans that have manual gearboxes and I need something like this next car to pull me back to my senses.  Find this 1991 Mercedes-Benz M100 Sprinter Van offered for $6500 CAD ($4904 USD) in Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada via kijiji.net.