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.
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.
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.
It never fails. I open my big mouth and start gabbering about how “the days of sub $5k classics on craigslist is behind us, we are all going to be leasing electric google-cubes because all the interesting cars are being speculatively purchased/sold on the auction sites that keep popping up…and, lo and behold, the $5k modern classics start flying around the DT tips line like covid19 at a frat party. Leave your solo cups at the door and buy this goldenrod classic before it gets away. Find this 1984 Toyota Celica GT offered for $5500 in Land Park, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The days when sub $5k classics littered craigslist is just about gone. You can’t hardly find anything that is below $5k and has a manual gearbox, rear-wheel-drive, fun, and isn’t a total basket case. One owner? HAH, for less than $5k you just hope the last owner didn’t turn the car into a crack den. Classic? Forget anything fun from the 60s, and even things from the 90s have started to appreciated…so you have to dig deep and head for the mid 80s and learn how to fix pop-up headlight mechanisms. Find this 1984 Toyota Celica GTS offered for $4350 in Burbank, CA via craigslist. Tip from MikeD.
I watched an episode of Wheeler Dealers the other night where the subject flip car was a bronze colored Supra just like this one. Some pointy haired Brit named Ant had replaced the unflappable Edd China, but the unseen extras did a great job replacing the exhaust and head gasket while the Ant and Mike […]
You don’t see a lot of Toyota RAV4s on the pages of DailyTurismo…but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t own one because they offer a level of usability and reliability for a light crossover that is almost unmatched…and the older ones are starting to become cool…in a goofy way. Today’s first generation RAV4 is a 3-door […]
At first I was afraid, I was econofied, Kept thinking I could never live with my engine turned to its side But my front wheels plowed so many miles thinking how you did me wrong And I grew strong And I learned how to live with bronze And my plastics black My seats are tan […]
The HiLux is legendary for its rugged chassis and bulletproof R-series engines…that’s certainly part of the reason it is the favorite for lawn care workers in the USA and militias around the globe. Toyota released in the first HiLux back in 1968 as a replacement for their Stout pickup, and production of the little machine […]
The 3rd generation (internally called A60) Celica was the final rear-drive chassis to use Toyota’s Celica name. The next generation used a transverse front-drive setup that has become a de facto standard for economy cars, but up through 1985 you could get a Celica from the factory with a longintudinal engine and right wheel drive. […]