he Suzuki Cappuccino was introduced for the 1987 model year as an attempt to add some sportiness to the Suzuki lineup in native Japan. In a photograph it looks like a Mazda Miata competitor, but with a total length of only 129 inches and a 1598 lb curb weight, the Cappuccino was closer to a go-kart and it conformed to Japan’s Kei (Keijidosha light car) regulations that gave buyers a tax break and easier license/insurance requirements. The pint sized cup of Japanese coffee was never sold in North America, but a few made it across the pond and into the wilds of the US car market. Find this 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino offered for $11,000 in Clifton, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
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The 2nd generation Ford Cortina was released in 1968 by Ford of Britain with the catchy slogan: “The New Cortina is more Cortina.” The statement was true because the compact sedan used a Kent inline-4 power up front and simple lightweight formula that makes it a great competitor to the BMW 2002..at least across the pond where you could get both cars. Prices of Cortinas aren’t as overhyped as the BMW 2002, but you don’t see them very often and are almost always grey market examples like this next Portuguese migrant. Find this 1969 Ford Cortina 1300 Deluxe offered for $14,600 in Las Cruces, NM via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
wagon. But you could get to an M3 with 5 doors with a basic 2.5 liter powered 323i/325i with a manual gearbox, so that’s gotta be worth something. Find this 2000 BMW 323i Wagon offered for $12,500 in Emeryville, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The Volvo 780 was a limited production (~8,500 examples built from ’86-’91) 2-door coupe version of the popular 700-series sedan (’82-’92), of which 1.4 million were produced. The unique body was designed and built by Carrozzeria Bertone in Turin, Italy and was thankfully free from the silly vinyl top that covered the top of the earlier 262C Bertone Coupe. Find this 1989 Volvo 780 Bertone Coupe offered for $3500 in Southern Maine via facecoupe marrakesh.
This next feature is for a pair of older BMW motorcycles and comes as a tip from David who says; Not a car, but an astonishing BMW deal anyway. Seriously, an amazing deal for any airhead. I’m not a motorcycle guy, but I will say that there is one that looks older and has an aircooled flat-two-cylinder engine and the other is newer (but not newish) and looks like the future from 1988. The few times I’ve driven (ridden?) a motorcycle was terrifying and exciting — but the best part to me would be the lost cost of entry and the fact that I could have like 10 of them in the garage before the wife figured out that it wasn’t just one in pieces. Find these 1988ish BMW motorcycles offered for $3000 in Brandenton, FL via the facemelting marketberg.
The third generation of Audi’s S6 platform is known for having a V10 engine that shares some similarities with Lamborghini’s V10 that lived in the Gallardo. The V10 is simultaneously the best thing about the C6 generation Audi A6 and the worst. The best because everybody needs a V10 and the worst because you might spend more to maintain it than Caltrans spends to maintain the 405 freeway. Today’s S6 is offered for a price that is somehow lower than the slammed suspension. Find this 2008 Audi S6 V10 offered for $8999 in New York, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
of the Golf platform (Golf hatch/coupe/sedan/GTI) and that was certainly the case in 1986 when this Golf Cabrio was born. It was sold alongside the Mk2, but sits on a Mk1 chassis and is one of the nicer preserved Cabrios you’ll find on craigslist. Find this 1986 Volkswagen Cabriolet offered for $12,500 in New Canaan, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I hate to feature another Ponterrari Fi3r08 and make you guys think that I like these things, but this next one is too good looking to pass up. It is still a Fiero, but the wheels and the ride height and other things seem very properly Ferrari and the color just about perfect. So if you don’t mind a car that looks like an 80s Ferrari but drives like an 80s Pontiac…this is it. Find this 1986 Pontiac Fiero Kit Car offered for $15,000 in Saint Cloud, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Seeing a car like this reminds me that Honda made some great manual transmission equipped cars back in the 1990s and this one is…whoa…2010? Are you serious? A 6-speed manual in a 2-door Honda coupe in 2010? Hang on. Consults various interweb sources of information. This is the 8th generation Accord, 2008-2012 and obviously it was available with a stick, it was replaced with the 9th gen Accord 2013-2017 which was also available with a 6-speed in the i-4 and V6 coupe, which was then replaced by the 10th generation Accord which started in 2018 and was available with a 6-speed in a sedan (the coupe was discontinued) until the 2021 model year when Honda made the Accord only available with some terrible CVT or a 10-speed-slushbox. We only have ourselves to blame because instead of driving new cars we’ve been tooling around in old depreciated manual-gearbox BMWs and 60s muscle cars but I still weep for the future of mankind. Find this 2010 Honda Accord Coupe offered for $8,600 in Sunnyvale, CA via craigslist.
The asking price for this next car is a bit above DT’s self imposed $25k limit, but with all the talk of inflation being out of control we might need to revisit that number. Anyway, this next expensive piece of fiberglass is one of 12 of the Banshees built by Fiberfab (or built by someone who purchased the kit). The “really good looking for a kit car” fiberglass body sits on top a 62 Austin Healey chassis. Find this 1966 Fiberfab Banshee offered for $28500 in Morgan Hill, CA via craigslist.