There is a chance that any car featured on this website will end up as a wallet draining pile of junk…that is indeed the risk we take as buyers/sellers/drivers of used and depreciated classics. But there is no car as CERTAIN to raid your wallet as this next car, because there is no way you could even get this thing home to your garage before something goes wrong. But that is okay…because it’d be worth it. Because even somebody daily driving a 70s Saab is lightweight compared to someone who has the willingness and the audacity/cojones/guts to drive something like an 80 Maser. Find this 1980 Maserati Quattroporte offered for $9,800 in Philadelphia, PA via eBay. Tip from Rock On!
The Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman was sold from 1975-1976 as the ultimate expression of domestic opulence. It combined the long wheelbase girth of the Seventy-Five limousine with the package of the Fleetwood sedan all for an astonishing MSRP that could hit $17k in 1975 (when a Corvette cost $6,800). You don’t seem many around today, but if you’ve got the space for a 19.5 ft car (that is more than a foot longer than a second gen Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van), it does seem like something worth a second glance. Find this 1975 Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman offered for $18,500 in Tulsa, OK via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The seller of this next vehicle describes it as “museum condition” which might be a bit of a stretch, because I doubt any museum would want an 80s Toyota Wagon…but now that I think about it, there was a Toyota museum next to the North American Torrance, CA headquarters that was filled with all manner of original Toyotas before they moved it to Texas and the Toyota Museum in Japan is filled with all sorts of strange stuff, so perhaps this does belong in a museum, but I’d like to use it to haul my kids around for a few hundred thousand miles first. Find this 1989 Toyota Corolla All-Trac Wagon offered for $8,500 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.
If you take the one major thing that makes the Cosworth Vega an interesting and unique car (namely, that Cosworth Twin-Cam alloy inline-4) and replace it with an engine that is in every conceivable way an upgrade, (except for originality) is that a good idea? Wait a moment. I feel like I’ve asked this question before…no not about the sundry V8 Vega customs we’ve featured, but I’m getting a sense of déjà vega here…yes…we’ve featured this exact car in July of 2018. Today’s asking price is less, but the car looks more sorted — it has a factory style airbox now instead of the drone-tube from before and a set of pink floormats. Find this 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega EcoTech offered for $9,999 outside of Raleigh, NC via craigslist. Tip from Rock On (again!)!
The BMW 2002 (1968-1976) was one of those hidden classics that wasn’t expensive to buy, maintain, or drive on a regular basis. Prices shot up a few years ago and now the Tii version is stupidly expensive, but you can still find the occasional basic 2002 for a reasonable chunk of cash. Today’s next example has a Gulf Racing paint scheme and some rust, but has some potential. Find this 1974 BMW 2002 offered for $8,500 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip form Kevin who writes: If I am off on an endless road trip this just might be my ride. Sure it has the turn radius of the Queen Mary, but it has the comfort of a stateroom on wheels. Sit in that front seat and tell me it isn’t so! I have to agree with Kevin — this car just gobbles up the miles, and I drove one as a company car on many occasions. It was the EcoBoost twin-turbo version and was effortless in acceleration and a spitting chips for fuel. As an alternative to the unwieldy SUVs and uncool minivans that dot the modern automotive landscape, I find the Flex to be closer to the giant 3-row wagons of yesteryear. Find this 2015 Ford Flex offered for $15,000 in Shoreview, MN via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Jeff who writes: I love depreciation… especially with Euro vehicles. Another great example with good miles and in awesome shape. Not bad for 500+ hp but the age old question looms… you can afford to buy it, but can you afford to maintain it? (that is the […]
In the world of strange car names, this next feature is a doozy. It is a Honda (that looks like a Toyota to my eyes) that is inexplicably called the “Today Humming.” I don’t know what to say. Today Humming, tomorrow Life Dunk…that would be my ideal car stable. Throw in a King Midget for good measure and I’ll be driving my Mazda Proceed Marvie home now. Anyway, today’s Honda Today Humming is equipped with all-wheel-drive and a 660cc 3-cylinder engine and all the JDM right-hand-drive Kei-hatch style you need. Find this 1995 Honda Today Humming offered for $7,400 in Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from Brad.
I saw this next car and thought to myself; another 3-row, 8-passenger, wood paneled Buick station wagon from the mid 90s, must be a Roadmaster…except that it didn’t have the space ship styling or the longitudinally mounted V8 engine. Could it be possible that Buick thought the market for 8 passenger station wagons was so great in 1994 that they needed to offer multiple levels of wagonness. This wasn’t 1965…what were they thinking? I’m not sure, but what am I sure of is that I love the idea of an A-body with transverse mounted Buick V6 that was designed in the 1970s (this generation lasted from 1982-1996) was still available for sale in 1994 with wood sides and a set of rear facing jump seats. Find this 1994 Buick Century Wagon offered for $2,850 in Somers, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
A New Car Review by E-i-C Vince; Before you get too concerned for me, don’t worry, I didn’t go out and buy a new car…but I think maybe somebody should. Hang with me as I explain my logic. I’ve wanted to feature more “new” cars on DT, because we folks like us hunker down and accept the Cubanization of the fun-car fleet we are put by the OE product planners into a marketing category with bacteria and other elements that won’t buy their cars. As a result, things like manual transmissions, rear-wheel-drive, limited slips (just read my grumpy old man 2020 top ten list) go into the “obsolete” bucket and self driving, disposable, electric pods become the norm. I first tried to find a really cheap manual transmission car like the Chevy Spark or Hyundai Elantra GT N but I was so disgusted by the styling that I had to up my budget to something just shy of $30k before I found something I could consider owning. Find this 2020 Toyota 86 offered for $27,060 starting MSRP via Toyota Dealers across the USA.