The G35 was a model sold at Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti in the USA starting in the 2003 model year. The G35 is powered by a 260 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs of torque version of Nissan’s VQ35DE that is located far back in the chassis (Nissan calls it FM -front midships) mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox that is connected to a viscous limited slip differential out back. Today’s example is offered for a decent price for the number of miles and condition. Find this 2004 Infiniti G35 offered for $8990 in Canton, MA via cars.com. Tip from Art C.
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For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to own a tank. Some of my first memories involve playing in a mound of dirt in my parents back yard with a model of a little green tank that was so used and abused that is sported a straw for a cannon in its later years. Today’s next feature is an opportunity to make that little kid (who is still somewhere deep down inside) happier than a clam at high tide, because this is not just a tank, this is the world’s fastest racing tank. Find this 1994ish Alvis Sabre Light Tank bidding for £17,250 with 4 days to go in North Yorkshire, UK via collectingcars.com. Tip from Hugh.
In the past few years, there has been an interesting shift in where you can find the cheapest used/abused cars on the internet. Craigslist was, for years, the gold standard for finding cheap junk, but they made a small change to limit spammers by charging a few bucks for a listing (back in 2019) and many of the cheapest cars migrated to free-to-list sites like OfferUp and Facebook’s Marketplace. This wasn’t a problem, per se, but I noticed that most Facebash listed cars had very limited info from the seller — just a few sentences usually, a factor driven by the facebook algorithms that convince people to hate their neighbors and feel better about themselves (probably). However, this next car has a long and complete description by the seller AND is offered for a good price. Find this 1977 AMC Pacer X offered for $4000 in Punta Gorda, FL via facelist marketbook. Tip from John W.
The price tag on this next piece of American iron is sky high…because 12 grand is a colossal pile of cash to spend on a 94-96s Buick Roadmaster that isn’t the sweet sweet 8 passenger wagon version. But the sedan does comfortably seat 6 humans and this is about the nicest LT1 powered Roadmaster you’ll find in your local retirement community parking garage. Find this 1994 Buick Roadmaster offered for $12,000 in Philadelphia, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
When the Cadillac XLR was released for the 2004 model year, everyone thought that the Bowling Green, KY assembled 2-seat convertible would be a Corvette with some Cadillac badging and a walnut trim interior. But it wasn’t. The XLR might have been built in the same production facility and shared a hydroformed frame as the Vette, but the XLR had a unique Cadillac NorthStar V8, magneto-rheological shock absorbers (for enhanced ride control), a 5 or 6 speed automatic transmission and a power-retractable aluminum hardtop. It also had walnut trim. Find this 2004 Cadillac XLR offered for $19,500 in Plainville, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The other day I was reading an article about a little piece of machinery that is powered by a Cat C2.2 diesel engine and can traverse just about any terrain, from mud, to snow, to soup — it is the amphibious vehicle called the FAT Truck. This thing is an amazing piece of machinery but it cost $127,000 (not sure if that is CAD or USD, but it is expensive to say the least) so we need to find something cheaper that isn’t quite as capable and maybe needs some elbow grease. As luck would have it, we got this next thing as a tip yesterday: Find this 1970 Playcat 400 offered for $1250 in Anchorage, AK via craigslist.
This next vehicle is twice the typical cost of the most expensive DT featured ride, but when you consider it replaces two of your vehicles (your custom 30’s hot rod AND your vintage camper) it seems like a deal. And it still costs less than the average vehicle sold in the USA in 2020. Find this 1934 Chrysler Hot Rod Camper offered for $40,000 in Palmer, AK via craigslist. Tip from Zach.
The XJ (1983-2001) was all of AMC’s engineering might shoved into a lifted family wagon shape. Jeep sold 3 million of these things during their two decade production run, so you have plenty to choose from, but the one you want is going to be equipped with a 4.0 liter AMC inline-6 and isn’t rusting from the bottom. Today’s example is fortunate enough to be equipped with that sweet inline-6 and a manual gearbox, plus it has the Chief trim, which means you get to enjoy the plaid-pattern cloth interior upholstery and none of the silly chrome of the higher level trims. Find this 1987 Jeep Cherokee Chief XJ offered for $6,800 in Roseville, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car comes as a tip from David S who writes: Geo in Suzuki Costume. Sure a Geo is a Suzuki…I honestly think the world’s a drearier and more uninteresting place since honest and cheap sporty cars like this vanished. Indeed, the world of new automobiles is turning into a dreary buffet of self-steering pod things, but you can drive something vintage and cool if you are willing to deal with the downsides like needing an extra one for parts. Find this 1987 Suzuki Forsa offered for $8000 in Kissimmee, FL via faucibook maskplace.
The first generation RX-7 (SA/FB built in Japan from 1978 to 1985) was a dainty ballerina in the sports car world. The RX-7’s lithe frame was propelled by an equally dainty engine – the Mazda rotary…which was known for dancing high on the tachometer, consuming fuel, and sounding like angry bees when uncorked. However, they are expensive to repair, lack torque, and many have (for better or worse) been swapped with another powertrain…and this next one is the most basic of swaps…Chevy V8 and some kinda automatic transmission — but at least it has a Holley Sniper EFI setup instead of the typical stone age carb setup. Find this 1979 Mazda RX-7 offered for $7500 in Yakima, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On