This next car came into our tips email box with a note from tipper Rock On who called it a “Japanese Buick”. A what? Oh. Yes, the Toyota Avalon was the ultimate example of the guys from Toyota building a car that the older guy in middle American wanted to drive…which was a reliable Buick Regal — complete with column mounted shifter, boring looks, gushy suspension, and gobs of torque from a big V6. This might not have the vaunted Tri-Shield crest of David Dunbar Buick on the fender, but it will be much more reliable. Find this 1996 Toyota Avalon XL offered for $2400 in Henderson, NV via craigslist.
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You can’t deny it — the 11 year old boy (or girl) inside you wants to drive a super car. Every single day. That little kid spent so much time staring at the mid engine red styled by Giugiaro speed machine on the wall in his room and you are driving around in a comfy SUV. Stop it. I know the excuses…modern super cars are too expensive and classic super cars are collected to the point where they are also overpriced…and maintenance on a V12 is ridiculous. But what if I told you that you could afford a vintage mid engine super car and afford to drive it every day. Well…maybe it’ll leave you stranded occasionally, but AAA unlimited towing is a small price to pay for letting that little kid see his dream. Find this 1978 Lotus Esprit S1 offered for $14,500 in Portland, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
In 2008 Pontiac released a special version that Pontiac called the T2 Championship Edition to commemorate their 2007 podium sweep in the T2 class in SCCA club racing. Total production of the T2 GXP is under 100 cars (some say 88, others 90), but it was only available for 2008, all were yellow with light grey stripping on hood and on trunk, T2 stripe/badge on sides of hood, and had T2 SCCA Champion stitching on the two-tone seats to replace the standard GXP script. If you are one of those straw hat wearing SCCA cone chasers, this is the car for you! Find this 2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP T2 SCCA Edition offered for $12,995 in Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from Brad.
This next van is great if you’ve got a family, but if you are a single man, some people might wonder if you are the next Jeffery…Epstein or Dahmer…doesn’t really matter, but what does matter is that this thing is sweet and you shouldn’t be ashamed (or shamed into not) loving a long wheelbase van. Find this 1977 Dodge Sportsman offered for $6700 in South San Francisco, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.
I’m not one to go around making blanket statements like some kind of high horse ridin’ pundit…but here goes; the E46 M3 is the M3 you want to buy right now. Before we go any further, I want to state that this isn’t my car, although I have one that is very similar in spec/ color /condition /miles…give or take. Suffice to say, I know what I’m talking about when it comes to M3s and I know a little bit about the M3 market…more later. Find this 2003 BMW M3 E46 offered for $9,500 in Oldsmar, FL via eBay.
The other day I witnessed a late model Crown Victoria driving down the road that was so low it grounded out on a small bump in the road — something that would have barely been noticed in a stock 65 Buick. And it got me thinking that the modern slammed stance stuff is strange…and then I remembered that there was a time when a modified car would have been jacked up and was probably equally annoying to drive…which takes us to this next beast which is a sweet ode to the stance of the 70s. Find this 1974 Ford Gran Torino Elite offered for $7000 in Thomaston, GA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
When you see a picture of a classic domestic car at a drag strip, it usually includes some lifted front tires and a tale of 10 second glory. This next car didn’t twist off the line and annihilate the Fox body Mustang in the next lane, and with an admitted 20 second 1/4 time (slant-6 […]
The Chevrolet Corvair was built in two generations — the first from 1960-1964 and the later cars built from 1965-1969. The early cars have curves that are softer and more “50s”, while the later cars have a more angular “60s” look, no B-pillar, and an upgrade from the early swing axle rear end to a fully independent setup. The late, great Hunsbloger would always insist that the 65+ models were the only ones to consider, but this next early Monza is so nicely preserved for the asking price that I think he’d give it a second look. Find this 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza offered for $6,500 buy-it-now or make-offer in Littleton, CO via eBay.
I’m not a farmer, but I’ve spent some time on a small family farm. It functioned on an amazing combination of cooperation, compost, tractors, and hillbilly engineering. But the one thing it was missing was a farm truck — something that you’d be happy to drive to the dump, pull stumps, or let sit in the field because you are too busy castrating bulls. It takes a certain gauge of sheet metal to survive this kind of abuse for 60 years and you don’t want to spend much money on your farm truck, so I think this next one is just about perfect for the small independent farmer. Find this 1961 Chevrolet C60 2-Ton bidding for $560 reserve-not-met with $1750 buy-it-now in Moundville, MO.