Saturday, February 29, 2020

Leap Day: 1988 BMW 535i E28

Welcome to Leap Day on DT, where we look at cars ready to take the Leap from depreciated crap to appreciating classic:  I've got to admit that I have a soft spot for the E28 generation BMW 5-series...particularly the zippy 535i with a manual gearbox.  I've personally driven 2 of them to their unfortunate death in the 24 Hours of LeMons (sorry about that...had to be done) but I'm (somewhat) happy to see prices rise (probably because people have bashed them into Cadillac Hearses on racetracks...again, sorry about that) and see the E28 get the respect is deserves.  Regardless...this guy is asking a lot for an old BMW. Find this 1988 BMW 535i offered for $7,500 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.


Friday, February 28, 2020

The Original Wide Body: 1966 Dodge Coronet 440 Manual

In 1965 the Coronet name was revived for use on a Dodge product, this time an intermediate sized sedan that immediately became the highest volume Dodge from a sales perspective. This fifth generation Dodge Coronet was built on a shared intermediate sized platform with the Plymouth Belvedere/Savoy/GTX/Road Runner and Dodge Charger from 1965 through 1970...and it is a beast of an automobile. Find this 1966 Dodge Coronet 440 Manual offered for $16,500 in Burlingame, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Clown Shooting Brake: 2000 BMW M Coupe

Due to various economic factors that I can't even start to go into right now (actually...I wonder what the price of late model collectible cars will do with the DOW bombing and Coronapolocypse upon us...ooooo...oooo...that Coronapocalypse is something I just made up and I call dibs on it. TM. Trademark. Patent Pending. Collective commons, must attribute.  I need to back off on the coffee earlier in the day.) anyway....the Clown Shoe M Coupe has jumped up in price over the past few years and even the S52 (235 horse) powered versions (as opposed to the S54 (315 horse) powered) have seen a jump in price.  Today we've got the slower M Coupe, but the seller isn't clowning around with price and it is offered for a reasonable sum of money. Find this 2000 BMW M Coupe offered for $16,901 in San Rafael, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Thursday, February 27, 2020

6-Speed Rear-Engine: 2003 Porsche 911 C2


As a non-Porsche owner, it has been painful to watch the rise in prices of vintage aircooled P-cars...but I've been watching the prices of the 996/997 and they offer a shocking amount of performance and comfort (sorry 993 owners...but they are faster and more comfy...maybe not as cool...) for the cash.  To be honest, I'm thinking I need to trade the BMW I've been driving for one of these German rear-engine equipped machines...I'd better do it before they become unobtanium. Find this 2003 Porsche 911 C2 offered for $18000 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.


Tortoise Style: 1960 Vauxhall Victor Super

Vauxhall Iron Works was founded in the UK way back in 1857, but it wasn't until 1903 when they built their first car...a small 5 horsepower buggy with 2 forward gears and a tiller style steering setup.  Fast forward to 1925 and Vauxhall was acquired by General Motors and it was slowly (but surely) GMified to the point that today it sells badge engineered Opels into the United Kingdom...but there was a time when a Vauxhall was a cool piece of metal that was sold into European markets. Particularly cool was the Victor, which had the styling of a '55 Chevy but at a 7/8ths scale and with a 1.5 liter engine.  This is one of the few cars that will make a Volkswagen Beetle feel fast. Find this 1960 Vauxhall Victor Super offered for $3900 in Bangor, PA via craigslist. Tip from ME.  


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Flat 4 Powered 2+2: 2017 Subaru BRZ

The Subaru BRZ /Toyota 86 /Scion FR-S was the fruit of an arrangement between Subaru and Toyota to produce a world class 2+2 sports car for the masses.  It offered an interesting combination of Subaru flat-4 power and Toyota mechanical bits...but was assembled at Subaru's Gunma plant in Japan.  Sales in the US market for the combined BRZ/GT86/FR-S were low with something like 10,000 in 2017...so used examples have been expensive, except for this next one that has a salvage title...but nobody else will know when you are carving up the apexes of your local track. Find this 2017 Subaru BRZ offered for $13,800 in San Jose, CA via craigslist. 


Shoulda Had a V4: 1974 Saab Sonett III

I've seen what happens when people buy the first year of a new car when it is released...and it usually isn't pretty.  The new model comes with new technology that always has some teething issues, so I generally recommend that people avoid the first few years of production...but what about the last year or so?  If the factory is being shut, will the assembly people care if your car is assembled correctly, or will they ignore the fine print on their work orders.  I think I'd take a risk on this next car because I can't imagine that any assembly issues haven't been worked out in the past 45 years. Find this 1974 Saab Sonett III offered for $6,500 in Anacortes, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

V is for Vandetta: 1973 Volkswagen Beetle Kit

While I've personally never joined the aircooled VW club, I've always thought the correct way to do it is with something like a customized or kit-car style Beetle.  I don't have anything against the roly poly shape of the type 1...but I feel that something like a Boonie Bug or a Sterling would be more attractive...but today we've got the perfect combination of Beetle front end and 70s spaceship tail. Find this 1973 Volkswagen Beetle Vandetta Kit offered for $5500 in Malibu, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Little Lion: 1988 Subaru GL

Ask the average Joe what he knows about Subaru and he will probably talk about the new Forester or a variety of SUV-ish looking wagon-things that are designed to be lightly off-roaded and driven around the city.  Press a little more and Joe might talk about the sporty WRX or STI versions of the Impreza...but it is entirely likely that he is totally unaware of Subaru's interesting history of importing oddball economy cars into the US market starting in the 1960s with the Ladybug and continuing through the 80s with things like the GL. Find this 1988 Subaru GL offered for $3700 in Westchester, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


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.