The Pinto was released for the 1971 model year from an optimistic front office at Ford. It was intended to be a light and compact import fighter…but due to a design flaw in the fuel tank it ended up as a punch line in every joke involving fiery death for the next 3 decades. The Pinto is now almost 50 years old and they are all but gone from the streets…so what is a really nice example worth to you? Find this 1972 Ford Pinto offered for $9750 in Simi Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Not everything beautiful is symmetric in that beauty. Take the Morgan Aero 9 for instance — it has a swoopy gorgeous curves from the rear and a fugly cross-eyed front, and even Ferrari is not immune to an ugly front — take the wicked winged rear of the Ferrari F50 and then look at its Pontiac Aztec inspired (inspiring?) front end. With that in mind I want you to marvel at the incredible airplane tail of this next vehicle and try not to gasp in horror when you see the Geo Tracker front end plastered onto this rolling work of art. Find this 1999 Chevrolet Tracker Airplane Car bidding for $7800 reserve-not-met in Englewood, FL via eBay.
It’s late Sunday night, this COVID19 thing has been going on for far too long, and I’m feeling the need for speed. Speed and danger. Maybe some unnecessary risk needs to be mixed in with the speed and danger…no, keep the mask on Zorro, I’m thinking about a salvage titled AMG Mercedes with a screaming 6.2 liter V8 that pushes 451 horsepower through 8000 rpms into a 7 speed auto box. Zero to 60 takes about 3.9 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph…and it costs less than a new Nissan Versa. Find this 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG W204 offered for $13,999 buy-it-now or make-offer in Palmdale, CA via eBay.
Anyone who reads this site knows that I’m not often left speechless…but here I am…at a loss for words. I’m also not one to just put a turd in someone else’s punch bowl just for the sake of it…but I’m also not one to beat around the bush. This is not a BMW 5-series or BMW 6-series…(which you can get for next to nothing) these days…so why would you drive this? Because this is America and we take our freedom seriously and our cars not so seriously…at least you’d have to, if this was your daily driver. Find this 2002 Toyota Solara with a starting bid of $3900 in Versailles, KY via eBay.
If I learned anything from the entire PE coaching staff of my high school, it is that everything is a competition. There is no such thing as fun sport and everything ends in a collection of losers and one winner. Today we’ve got a simple face-off for you — pick the pile of parts that you’d rather restore from these two abandoned classics. Do you want a rat chewed 1977 Mazda Cosmo for $4200 or a moldy 1966 Chevrolet Impala Coupe for $3900? Tip from Evan and Dascpcu.
This next item really hits the hipster bike paradigm right in the solar plexus — it is a fixed speed, covered in vintage patina, and its cost outpaces its usability by a few hundred miles. However, it is such a spellbinding piece of fake-history that I’d be willing to risk being kidnapped and eaten by the log cabin-living, bear skin rug and Greco-Roman bust collector to buy this thing…but wait…it comes in its own shipping crate…so perhaps this isn’t as risky as I first assumed. Find this 1904 Indian Replica offered for $1500 in Brighton, MI via eBay.
The VW pan based Bradley GT kit car is no stranger to the pages of DT…but you’ll find none stranger on these pages than this next Bradley GT…because the fiberglass body has been grafted to 1989 Toyota Truck chassis, complete with external cooling hoses and external bumpers — it is a sight to behold. The seller even made an awesome video of the car going 4X4ing in the snow. Find this 1989 Bradley GT on a Toyota Truck bidding for $4000 reserve-not-met on ebay with $14,500 buy-it-now located in Aurora, NY. Tip from Kester.
I know that the RX-7 rotary purists (Wankers as they call themselves) will cringe at the average pushrod V8 swapped RX-7, but they’ll be decidedly appalled that the builder used a GSL-SE to turn into a piston pumping pavement pounder. However, despite the vintage Cali sunset plate, the car itself is pretty ragged — rust appears in bubbles all over the paint and the seller reported having a blown engine…so this wasn’t some cherry collectors item, this was an RX-7 that needed some love…which it got in the form of a Ford V8 swap. Find this 1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE offered for $3100 in Palo Alto, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car epitomizes the expression “punching above one’s weight class.” It has no business being being fast as it is…but don’t let the shabby paint fool you. This wagon is running a 1UZFE V8 from a Lexus LS400, Mercedes-Benz bumpers and a funky multi-link rear suspension that looks tight. If you’ve got the time and know-how to swap in the included W58 5-speed, this thing will be perfect. Find this 1985 Toyota Cressida Wagon offered for $9000 in Simi Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from MikeD.
The Fox body Mustang was a huge breath of fresh air when it was released in 1979 and it returned the Mustang to a proper long-hood short-rear pony car shape. I think that the design has aged well and if you are looking for an inexpensive convertible that’ll seat 4 people and be fun to drive…it doesn’t get much better than a well preserved Fox. Find this 1988 Ford Mustang Convertible offered for $4500 in New York via classiccars.com. Tip from Barbpaddles.