This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes: Facebook Marketplace find that popped up: A rather unusual mud toy even by Cartersville, Georgia standards. Indeed, this isn’t your grandfather’s Daihatsu. This thing has been lifted three inches and rides on Mattracks — which means it will go as far as you are willing to deal with the inevitable failures associated with replacing the wheel with about 47 different mechanisms. I’m not saying it won’t be fun…but just watch the Grand Tour when they went to Madagascar. Find this 1996 Daihatsu Hijet offered for $12,500 in Cartersville, GA via facetrack marketank.
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About 15 years ago I purchased an 85 SVO that looked like a dilapidated version of this next car for exactly 1/10th of the asking price. Was it a good deal? Sure. But I sold it a few years later for a bit more than I put into it…however, that car hasn’t appreciated to anywhere near the asking price of this thing and I have to assume that is because my car wasn’t a one of 60 examples of the Hertz Rent-A-Racer and I expect that this next car will always be worth more than the basic version. Find this 1985 Ford Mustang SVO offered for $12000 in San Leandro, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
I didn’t know I needed a truck with a dump bed until I opened this next craigslist advertisement. Just look at how much vintage style you get with this canary yellow piece of working equipment. Modern comfy captains seats, a big rumbling 360 cubic inch V8 with blue valve covers, a working 10-ft dump bed, and 70s truck style. Makes me want to buy a dirt farm just to use this beast in the proper environment. Find this 1970 Ford F100 Dump Truck offered for $6,500 in El Monte, CA via craigslist.
This next car is an interesting thing — it is a Triumph TR7 that has had its original engine removed and replaced with a Buick V6, which should make it a rare thing — but this isn’t the first, second, or even the third Buick V6 powered TR7 that we’ve featured here…so I guess that Buick V6s in TR7s is a real movement within the automotive customization world. I think that is a good thing….right? Find this 1979 Triumph TR7 offered for $5,100 in Des Moines, IA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
In 1986 and 1987, Shelby Automobiles modified about 500 Dodge Omnis in their California based factory for shipment and sales directly through Dodge dealers around the country. These econobox legends were outfitted with a modified engine, upgraded wheels, brakes and suspension and given a factory Shelby VIN…so don’t call it a tuner car or a kit car. Find this 1986 Shelby Omni GLHS offered for a starting bid of $8000 in Fredericksburg, VA via craigslist.
The Chrysler LeBaron was by 1987 a K-car pile of parts that was using the legendary Chrysler badge as an attempt to trick people into thinking it was a personal luxury car. But not even a VNT (variable nozzle turbine) equipped turbocharger attached to a Chrysler Turbo II 4-banger could make a K-car (okay, technically this is a J-body) anything other than…oh boy, I don’t want to upset the K-car-community again, so I’ll be nice. Find this 1990 Chrysler LeBaron Turbo GTC Convertible offered for $4,200 in Scottsdale, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Tyler.
Back in 1967 a guy named Mohammad Reza Pahlavi took the title of Shahanshah or King of Kings in the country we today call Iran. This was the era of the Shah, before the 1979 revolution, and Iran had close relations with the West. It was the also the same year that a company called Iran Khodro started assembling something they called the Paykan in the form of complete known down kits from Rootes Group in the UK. Rootes shipped completely disassembled Hillman Hunters to Iran Khodro, which assembled these cars and slapped on some Paykan badges and snazzy flying carpet floormats. I’ve never seen one offered for sale before, so that explains why it costs roughly 5-times what you’d expect to pay for a Hillman Hunter. Find this 1972 Paykan Javanan offered for $26,000 in Glendale, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Volvo PV444/544 was affectionately called the “Swedish 1941 Ford” even though sales of this 4-cylinder equipped Volvo started in 1947 in Sweden (1958 in USA) and continued through the 1966 model year. It was known for ruggedness, vintage styling, and some surprising wins at SCCA class racing and at the 1965 East African Safari Rally in Kenya. Today’s example is about as cheap as you get for a car that isn’t a total basket case…which means this car is only a partial basket case. If the car is a weekend away from being a drivable restoration candidate…then I think is a steal. Find this 1958 Volvo PV444 offered for $2,400 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.
The Jensen GT is a shooting brake version of the Jensen-Healey that was produced from Sept of 1975 through May 1976 in limited numbers before Jensen Motors went belly up. According to various internet sources, a total of 511 GTs were produced during the year of production. You don’t see these very often and this one is offered for a decent deal for such a rare bird. Find this 1976 Jensen GT offered for $9,500 in Oakley, CA via craigslist.
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.