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 platforms...so 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 plague...so 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 gen...so 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 500...you 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.  But...you'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!

Born in the USA: 1986 Ford Escort GT

The Ford Escort was a small family car that was legendary for its durability, performance (relatively speaking) and general awesomeness...but that was in Europe and around the world in places that Ford deemed worthy like Australia and New Zealand...but in the US of A, we had to wait until 1981 when a "for us, by us" version was released into the American market and it was a front-wheel-drive pile of plastic garbage.  It was a fake, an improperly labeled pile of disappointment, a con, a $1000 check from the US treasury that  bounces, an N95 mask pre-worn by an active coronavirus patient, a Kardashian sex tape starring Rob Kardashian. Nobody, and I mean, NOBODY wants a first generation US Escort.  Despite that introduction, I sorta think this could be a fun car to thrash for a few weeks before rolling off a cliff. Find this 1986 Ford Escort GT offered for $700 Marina, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Better Option: 1979 Dodge Aspen Wagon

I love a good classic American 70s wagon as much as the next guy, but I was frankly astounded and flabbergasted when I discovered that a 5k mile 78 Ford LTD Country Squire sold on Bringatrailer.com for an eye watering $45,000 yesterday.  Forget the corona virus, there is a far greater threat to humanity -- the paytoomuchforoldcrap virus!!  Yes, it has awesome wood siding and the odo shows a shocking low number of miles...BUT...BUT...you can't drive it because it'll soon have 10k miles and then 50k miles and then be worth about $3k.  Yes, your 401k is shedding $45k every time the virus rate is updated, but there is no reason to throw money away at the time when the economic future is uncertain...so you should consider, instead, picking up this 1979 Dodge Aspen Wagon offered for $3000 in Pearce, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Kit Carmageddon: 1984 Fieroghini Diabloat

Most Fiero based kit cars are miserable abominations...well...truth be told, they are all completely wretched.  Most can hardly hide the Fiero underpinnings and only use basic rubbing compound the polish the turd that lurks beneath the surface.  However, this next turd has been sanded, masked, honed, polished (multi-stage) and buffed to a shockingly good representation of a supercar...and while nobody is gonna be fooled, people might be intrigued and amused. Find this 1984 Fieroghini Diabloat offered for $16,995 in Hayward, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Buick 215 V8 Power: 1972 Opel Manta Rallye

The first generation Opel Manta (It is known as a Manta A to the Manta lovers around the globe) was a simple and light two-door fastback that shared a chassis and oily bits with the Opel Ascona sedan platform. The Opel marque may have been controlled the giant General Motors monster, but the Manta was a decidedly European machine, with a small cam-in-head inline-4 cylinder engine pushing power to the rear wheels...but you can fix that will a little bit 'o' Murican iron, and finally justify the fact that these things were sold in Buick dealers when new. Find this 1972 Opel Manta Rallye with Buick 215V8 offered for $2200 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025. 

Two Tone: 1974 Jaguar XJ6 V8

There is an older gentleman who drives a similar commute time to me (well...that was before the coronavirus...now my commute involves putting my temporary desk together in my room and avoiding the wife/kids by pretending on a conference call...but that's a story for another time) anyway, this guy has an XJ6 Coupe that has a particularly jaunty rumble coming out a set of dual pipes..and I suspect it is small block V8 conversion, but I can't be certain...and what this guy needs to do is to add some custom body paint accents and white letter Cooper Radial tires to let us all know that he's driving a muscle Jag. Like this 1974 Jaguar XJ6 V8 offered for $3490 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

1961 DKW 1000 vs 1962 NSU Prinz

When you are stuck in a coronavirus quarantine you start to appreciate the little things in life.  Such as choices.  Do you eat bologna or cotto salami in your white bread sandwich? Do you walk clockwise around your block or counter clockwise? Do you walk in the street to avoid the oncoming neighbor or step onto someone's lawn?  But the real choice that you've been dreaming out is -- do you get this 1961 DKW 1000 or this 1962 NSU Prinz offered by the same seller for $2000 ($1490 USD) and $2200 ($1571 USD) respectively located in Lethbridge, AB, Canada.  Tips from Erik202.

Friday, March 20, 2020

CAT 3116 Powaaaah: 1996 Stewart and Stevenson LMTV M1093 6X6

I was going to try and post a bunch of classic cheap junk like there wasn't an impending coronapocalypse and like I'm not forced to stay at home with my wife and kids (maybe I can fake a fever to leave for a few hours...hmmm)...but screw it -- I'm just gonna turn up Steve Earle's Copperhead Road on the radio and post vehicles that'll survive the zombie apocalypse.  This next vehicle features 6-wheel drive and a turbocharged CAT inline-6 (I checked the application for that 1R-1807 oil filter in the pic and it came up 3306 or C7...but the pic of the engine in the vehicle shows an oil filter on the opposite side, so this should be a 3116 which would be a 6.6 liter straight-6 that makes 290 horsepower in the military spec.  Anyway, those old CATs are pretty darn rugged and bulletproof as long as you keep them serviced.  Find this 1996 Stewart and Stevenson LMTV M1093 6X6 here on eBay offered for $12,500 buy-it-now in Stratford, CT with a few hours to go.