This next car comes as a tip from Cosimo who writes: I was scrolling Facebook in my area and came across this listing for a 1983 Datsun 280zx Turbo 2+2 in the marketplace. It’s incorrectly listed as a Nissan 240sx, probably because FB doesn’t have the correct model in their dropdown box. Seller says they’re open to offers. Might make an interesting tip for someone in California. It is a little scruffy for my taste…ehh..who am I kidding, I’ll drive anything with wheels! Find this 1983 Datsun 280ZX Turbo offered for $6000 in Monrovia, CA via fakebook wreckingplace.
The first car to wear the Oldsmobile 88 badge was a car introduced wayyyy back in 1949. It was a Olds Rocket 88 that was the car to beat in NASCAR back in the day…but by 1988 the 88 was on its ninth generation and lived on the front-drive H-body shared with the Buick LaSabre and Pontiac Bonneville. Something had to be done to save the 88 because the optional voice alert system wasn’t doing it…but the marketing geniuses at Oldsmobile at the perfect solution — change the name to the Eighty Eight. Sigh. At least today’s example is equipped with the sporty FE3 performance package. Find this 1989 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight offered for $3,200 in Lansdale, PA via craigslist.
The Subaru Domingo was a slightly beefier version of the Subaru Sambar kei van. The Domingo (also called the Sumo, Libero, Combi, and Estratto depending on which market it was being sold) shared many of its components and chassis with the Sambar, but it had a larger engine that booted it from keitora (light truck in Japanese) car requirements, but allowed it to drive on the freeway at a reasonable clip and accelerate with traffic. Today’s example is not just powered by a 1.2 liter Subaru EF 3-cylinder that pushes out 66 horsepower into a 5-speed manual gearbox, but it is also equipped with all-wheel-drive. Find this 1993 Subaru Domingo GX AWD offered for $6,500 in Brooklyn, NY via craigslist. Tip from ME.
The 3rd generation S5 (1967-1971) Toyota Crown isn’t a car you see often on the streets in North America — probably because it wasn’t sold here in large quantities and many were lost to rust. You can’t blame poor parts supply because Toyota has always been good about supporting their used models unlike other auto […]
The Pao was part of Nissan’s Pike (don’t ask me why they were called Pike) car series that included the Pao, S-Cargo, Figaro, Be-1, and K10-Micra. Goofy names aside, the Pike cars were retro-styled econoboxes from the late ’80s and early ’90s that combined simple Nissan mechanical front-drive parts with funky styling and cool interiors. Today’s example is the common Pao and it looks like the perfect car for the alter-ego of a superhero to drive everyday. Find this 1990 Nissan Pao offered for $9,200 in New Hampshire via craigslist. Tip from TeleArrow.
A Series III Jaguar XJ (1979-1992) is a seriously wicked automobile and it deserves the respect of the automotive community. This includes respect for the splendid inline-6 (or V12) engine that was originally installed in the stately saloon chassis. But there comes a time when maintaining that cantankerous DOHC beast becomes prohibitively expensive and yearly maintenance starts to cost more than the value of the vehicle. This is the time when you pull out the measuring tape and realize that a small block from the General will fit inside…and since you’ve got a GM 3-speed auto as factory transmission…well…it is just a matter of time before your overhead cams are exchanged for pushrod actuated valves inside of a Chevrolet LT1 V8. I figure it this way — until Britain has paid off the debt of two World Wars were we saved their bacon, they’ll have to put up with American hillbillies shoving V8s into their fancy Jags. Sounds fair to me, but I’m not sure if Jeremy Clarkson would agree. Find this 1986 Jaguar XJ6 offered for $5,500 in Irvine, CA via craigslist.
Most of the modified/custom cars out on the street are poorly built piles of Pep Boys junk, but this next car is an example of when a car enthusiast takes the original OEM design and improves it with a few subtle alterations taken from other models from the same OEM. I call this OEM+. A manual gearbox wasn’t available in the USDM E38 7-series, the last 7 with a stick was the E32 735i. The central element of this custom is the 6-speed manual from an M5 mated to a limited slip diff, but the builder focused on the interior with a slick M5 gauge cluster install and an OEM style radio nav system. It is shockingly well done. Find this 2001 BMW 740iL 6-Speed offered for $7,995 in Wareham, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
There is a cricket living in my home office right now. Okay, it is not a home office, it is the garage, and I assume it is a cricket, but it is certainly some hemimetabolous insect that is part of the suborder caelifera (aka the grasshopper). He is quiet during the day, but in the evening when I’m enjoying a libation and drafting some witty words for DT, that little stridulating bastard starts rubbing his legs together to find a mate. It is loud. Screeching. I’m ready to leave my garage office and do business from the inside of a Toyota Prius…no…even better, I would live inside this next car if it would guarantee me a few moments of silence from the 65-75 decibels of Previa-esq supercharger scream that has been pounding my ears for the past week. Find this 1993 Porsche 968 offered for $14,500 in New Jersey via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I’m not a huge fan of recommending that people buy cars to squirrel away in barns waiting for some crazy speculative price bidding at all of the over-hyped auction sites around the web. In fact, it is quite the opposite. I recommend that you buy cars that are cheap today so you can enjoy them by driving around and putting (GASP!) miles on the odometer and letting the wind flow through your permed mullet. So buy this next car, drive it, enjoy, and maybe sell for about what you paid for it in a few year. Find this 1989 Dodge Dakota Sport Convertible offered for $5,000 in Boca Raton, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car is quite something else. It starts with a normal looking Chevrolet Caprice Classic (not an Impala…) and then continues to have another Caprice that was shortened to puffer fish proportions and turned into a trailer. With the available 8 seats (3+3+2) in the Caprice and then the final 5 in the trailer (3+2) you get a total seating for 13 in a vehicle that might not technically be legal to have people in the back, but I think the only reason a cop would pull you over would be to tell you how awesome it looked. Find this 1993 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Plus Trailer offered for $12,500 in Hoquiam, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.