I always imagined that Steve Saleen was some kind of a magician with the way he could build and sell cars. Not that his recipe for success was magic (take a basic car, add some scoops, more horsepower, racy name, boom). No, his spellcasting was reserved for what he could convince buyers to pay for his pimped out Ford/Saleen machines. Let’s take the Saleen S331 Sport Truck for instance: It starts with a 2007 $19k Ford F150, add a supercharger, those scoops, some head rests, big brake kit and $55k MSRP…yikes! With mark ups like that it’s no surprise the Chinese government is currently embroiled in some kinda kerfuffle with Saleen involving a failed business venture in Shanghai — but that is a story for another time and we’ve got a good deal on a well depreciated F150 Saleen thing. Find this 2007 Saleen S331 Sport Truck offered for $16,500 in Rochelle Park, NJ via craigslist.
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This next car comes from tipper David S who writes; With the recent trend of Youtubers dragging forgotten obscure gems out of bogs and doing CPR & other life support on them, this really calls to me. Sadly, I have a life to live and a TR6 in my garage that’s a 5 year stalled project, so I must avert … my eyes … from … this …Too bad it’s just one measley photo. I guess they couldn’t afford the costs of taking more? Find this 1986 Dodge Raider offered for $950 in Tarpon Springs, FL via facebash murkybrook.
The Nissan Sentra SE-R isn’t a car for an extrovert. If you want people to know that you’ve made it — this won’t do at all. Most people will not even look twice at what appears to be a 30 year old Nissan econobox…but a few kooks will go out of their way to engage you in conversation; “Is that a real SE-R?” “I raced one of those in SCCA back in the day” “Would you like to see my collection of antenna balls?” The answer, in case you were wondering, to those conversations is an emphatic YES, because you are the guy driving the rarest of all 3rd generation B13 Nissan Sentras and you know a thing or two about being eccentric. The SE-R won’t feel fast compared to modern front-drive sport compact machines, but with only 2500 lbs to toss around and 140 horsepower from a SR20DE inline-4 mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox plus a limited slip differential…it isn’t slow or lame at all. Find this 1992 Nissan Sentra SE-R offered for $6,000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.
Before we get into why you should buy this next car, let me start with the things it has going against it. First, it has a salvage title — and while that shouldn’t scare the intrepid used car owner, it does tend to frighten many potential buyers when you go to resell the car. Next, it has depreciated some, but it will continue to drop significantly in value for the next few years, that is the nature of a GTI, it should bottom at around 5k in 5-10 years if history is any indicator. And finally, the wheels are barf. Okay, with those things out of the way…what you’ve got here is a 1/2 priced almost new GTI with 14k miles, plaid seats, a few mods, and nice green paint. What else do you need in life? Find this 2017 Volkswagen GTI offered for $14,800 in Dublin, CA via craigslist.
Staring out the window in a state of stupefied quarantine paralysis (yes, that is a scientific medical thing, doctordel can back me up) and I said to myself; Self, we are featuring too many custom kit cars on DT. But I looked at the recent DT postings and noticed that I hadn’t posted a kit car in over two weeks and I thought to myself; Self, we aren’t posting enough custom kit cars on DT. So, I’m over here having teenage girl mood swings like I’m the main character in the next Twilight saga book and suddenly the little YOU’VE GOT MAIL ICON pops up on my AOL inbox and it was a 917 laser with a water cooled GM V6 mounted out back. Yes. This will do nicely. Find this 1974 Volkswagen Kit Car offered for $8,500 in Schenectady, NY via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Each time I find another cheap 996 generation Porsche 911, I wonder; how much longer can the 996 be the redheaded (orange headed? orange eyed?) stepchild of the classic 911 lineup. It wasn’t a bad car when it was released — it was faster and more capable and sold way better than the outgoing 993, which has now been elevated to deity status in the pantheon of Porsche. So what gives? Are the fried egg headlights really that bad? Is the IMS a death sentence…it seems to have been fixed on this one. Or are these currently a good buy? Find this 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera offered for $16,950 in Thousand Oaks, CA via craigslist.
Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and explore why the DT inbox is currently flooded with examples of cheap classic Cadillacs, particularly the remarkable Eldorado personal luxury coupe. First, I made the statement that I felt like a geezer because I’m oddly attracted to a ’98 example the 12th generation Eldorado. Next, Jeff tipped us for a stunning example of the 8th generation ’67 Eldo, followed by Rock On’s submission of a ’90 Seville, and finally we found this eggplant ’85 Eldorado Biarritz from the 10th generation. Exhausting, yes? But at least we now know how we got to this 9th generation Eldorado Biarritz. Find this 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz offered for $9,850 in Melborne Beach, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Citroën Ami Berline (notchback sedan) is a salmigondis of peculiar design elements. Crazy single spoke steering wheel, dash mounted push-pull manual shifter, and crazy flying buttress c-pillar is just the beginning of the oddity that is a front-wheel-drive French machine with an opposed two cylinder engine. One could make the argument that a ’67 Mustang isn’t that far removed from a new Mustang you can buy in the showroom in 2020, but this thing is so different from a modern car that you can hardly compare anything other than it has wheels and an engine. Find this 1967 Citroën 6 Ami Berline offered for $13,900 in Ames, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Fiat first used the name 124 Spider on a little convertible sports car that was built from 1966 through 1985. Styling was by Dutch descended, but Detroit born Tom Tjaarda who spent most of his career with Ghia and Pininfarina. However, in 2015 the world was re-introduced to a newborn Fiat 124 with design by Virgilio Fernandez that pays homage to the original 124, but uses Mazda MX-5 ND underpinnings. Italian styling, Japanese reliability — what could go wrong? Unfortunately for Fiat, the Mazda version (MX-5 ND) is prettier, faster, sportier, and more fun to drive (that last bit is according to one famous beefsteak wielding automotive journalist.) The only thing the Fiat 124 has as an advantage is that it depreciates faster. Find this 2017 Fiat 124 Spider offered for $16,990 in Aliso Viejo, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: I’d rock it for a dd.. this will be around after the apocalypse, assuming that the apocalypse isn’t a giant road salt shaker. Yeah, this is indeed a strange daily driver…not that it is impossible to find 90s Corollas with a 5-speed, but as they always say; a stick in a wagon is better than a stick in the eye. Find this 1995 Toyota Corolla DX Wagon offered for $1500 in Newton, MA via craigslist.