Stepping into a Buick dealer in 1992 and looking at the 2-door coupes must have been a strange experience. Starting at the bottom end of the cost spectrum you could get an ugly compact thing called a Skylark based on the N-body. Too small– so you upsize to a mid sized Century coupe and maybe […]
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If I learned anything from the LA Auto Show last week, it was that electric cars are the future. The boring, blob shaped, no fun, future. Why does every new electric car need to look like a blob shaped CUV, why can’t they be styled after the aesthetics of an 80s full sized American van, […]
This next car is another model where I’ve enjoyed a few miles inside a similar car, and I understand the tug of nostalgia, but I’m not sure I want to relive the Chevy Celebrity/ Buick Century/ Pontiac 6000 / Olds Cutlass Ciera experience. These cars were not the most terrible thing to ever come from […]
I’ve been dismissive of Teslas (and the electric car in general) not because the owners are wealthy, pompous, self-aggrandizing douchebags, but because they were foolishly expensive. And I get, the electric car is the future, and I’m not going to fight it, but I’m not going to pay more than it is worth because I need to keep up with the Joneses. Quite the opposite, I am going to wait until they are used and abused and get one for cheap, like this next thing. Or I will wait until this is salvaged a few times and get it for 1/2 this price. Not sure. Find this 2013 Tesla Model S offered for $26,000 in Huntington Beach, CA via craigslist.
I find myself oddly trapped by the gravitational pull of this next car. It isn’t the faded khaki paint or the dirty faux-wire wheel caps that gets me…or the furry vinyl landau roof…no…it is the Buick graphic control. It is the funky monochromatic dash mounted 9-inch CRT that has 6 buttons for you to cycle through and enjoy a sight of the past’s future. Find this 1989 Buick Riviera offered for $4,200 in Dahlonega, GA via craigslist. Tip from Matt.
I love some good retro-futurism as much as the next guy…but the 1980s version of the future was pretty terrible…particularly if you compare it to the 1930s or 1950s future visions. Back in the real old times, people dreamed of space travel and blimp cities (forget the flying car, I want a BLIMP CITY ASAP!) but by the 1980s most techno-futurists were jaded enough that they saw the Mad Max Thunderdome as a best-case-scenario. This next thing might look like part of a jet fighter, but its got a motorcycle engine and is probably terrifying to pilot at any significant speed. Find this 1986 Pulse Litestar offered for $20,000 in Shrewsbury, MA via craigslist. Tip from ME.
I wonder if people who purchased the touch screen equipped ’89 Riviera thought that they were living in the future. iPhones and touch screens might be commonplace today, but back in 1989, only NASA and Hollywood studio sets had touch screens, so buyers of the Buick Riviera and Reatta were living in the future with a touchscreen CRT display that controlled the stereo, AC, fan, and heater. Unfortunately, the future was very uncomfortable because the touchscreen was buggy and prone to sticking the heater full on or full off exactly when you didn’t expect or want it…not exactly desirable, but as an automotive oddity, I love to have one. Find this 1989 Buick Riviera offered for $2500 in Woodstock, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I was watching a classic Doris Day & Rock Hudson movie the other day (Pillow Talk, 1959) and one of the antagonists tries to give Doris Day’s character a 1957 Mercedes SL Roadster (to which she declines the offer as “immodest” or something). Anyway, aside from being stupefied by the glory of a SL Roadster I was also struck by the fact that there was a time (late 60s, early 70s) when you could have picked up an original SL Roadster for what is considered pocket-change today. Which brings me to this next car…which is the natural successor to the SL and a surprising good deal, but it might not always be the case. Find this 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL W107 offered for $9,400 buy-it-now or make-offer from Houston, TX.
File this next car under oddball because I’m not sure what to make of it. It is sold via Kijiji by an outfit that calls itself the Guild of Automotive Restorers in Ontario but they have nothing about the car on their website and the internet in general seems devoid of any info on the supposed 1970 Volkswagen Concept built by a California design firm. In fact, the only other reference I could find about the car was a posting on the Guild’s facebook page from 2017 of somebody named Billy trying to get the “VW Concept” running. However, it has some seriously groovy looks and could be an interesting auto archaeology project for someone with time to dig. Find this 1970 Volkswagen Concept Car offered for $5000 CAD ($3738 USD) in Bradford, Ontario, Canada via kjiji.net. Tip from MNMunky.
They called it a factory sport truck, but the first generation SVT Lightning was a bit more than a few stickers and some interior bling. It was built to compete with Chevy’s 454SS and had a special 240 horsepower version of the 351 Windsor under the hood, but it had some tricks up it’s sleeve when it came to the twisty parts, thanks in part to legendary F1 driver Jackie Stewart. It wasn’t just a spring/shock setting, the Lightning also used thicker F250 4X4 sourced frame rails and additional welded gusseting to increase chassis rigidity and make it stick to the pavement. Color matched bumpers, lower ride height, and blacked-out trim completed the look and with production limited to 11,563 units over 3 model years means the Lightning will be a future collectible. Find this 1993 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning offered for $8200 in Seekonk, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.