No accidents. No rust. No modifications that can’t be removed with minimal effort. Five-digit mileage, exactly two previous owners (both female, interestingly). This 6-bolt, 4G63-powered, all-wheel-drive example is the Talon of your DSM dreams. At about double the going rate of its modified sisters, it’s priced similarly to the 26k-mile automatic 1992 Talon we dug up last March. This one comes with a few more miles but something no TSi should have left the factory without: a manual transmission. Find this 1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD in Hoffman Estates, IL for $6,500 via craigslist.
This Talon makes exactly three offenses: An HKS blow-off valve, whose chirps and whistles will attract adolescent street racers like free pimple cream; bumper-melting exhaust that may just need a new muffler – the cat-back piping is probably fine; and an exposed air filter that can easily be replaced with the stock air box (included) by hand at a gas station on your way to Pebble Beach in 2044.
Besides those, the Talon has all the best of 90s design. Gaze upon its black-accented greenhouse. Smirk at the off-centered hood hump supposedly accommodating cam timing gear. Ponder at the driver-centric, button-laden dash before finding the switch that operates the pop-up headlights. And then become decapitated by the active seat belts. Surely Google knows how to disable those.
This 1G Talon isn’t a deal. It’s an investment, either for profit when Gran Turismo thumbstick jockeys get nostalgic for the glory days in 20 years, or as a turbocharged DSM product you could actually live with every day.
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