The Ford Maverick was released into the wild for the 1970 model year as a replacement for the compact pony car known as the Mustang that was being blown up into a fully fledged (from the zoology, a bird develops its plumage or fledge at maturity) muscle car (see 1971 Mustang). Anyway, the basic Maverick is interesting and I like it, but show me the corporate badged Mercury version known as the Comet and I’ll swoon like a teenage girl at an Elvis concert. Find this 1974 Mercury Comet offered for $7000 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
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The Goggomobil was a microcar built by Hans Glas GmbH out of Bavarian town of Dingolfing with an aircooled V-twin mounted out back. If Dingolfing rings a bell, it’s because BMW acquired the substantial Glas factory (and the patent for belt driven overhead cam engine) located in that city. Today, production of BMW’s cars in Dingolfing is huge with a plant that employs 13,000 workers to assemble 1600 BMWs (and Rolls-Royce bodies) per day. Anyway, I still can’t imagine how the seller of this next car was able to occupy not one, but two, parking spots with the little Gogo. Find this 1962 Glas Goggomobil T400 offered for $9800 plus shipping from Spain via ebay. Tip from Hugh.
This next car has me tempted to violate my “no white car” rule. Trucks / vans / teeth / sneakers all look great in white, but cars should be a color…green, blue, red, orange, whatever. But this next car left the Sindelfingen factory in 2007 with a 388 horsepower V8 and a $90k MSRP before adding options, and I’m not as offended by the white paint as I should be. Today, it is offered for 1/9th of that original factory fresh price and it has at least 1/9th of its life left before it turns into scrap. Find this 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550 W221 offered for $10,995 in Burr Ridge, IL via autotrader. Tip from Jeff.
This next car comes as a tip from ME who writes; perhaps you can use this one on a slow day. Full stop. If this is what DT shows on a slow day…then I can’t imagine what we’d share on a fast day. This has everything you’d need in an analog world — manual brakes, manual steering, manual transmission, manual windows, manual headlights, manual ignition timing advance (okay, I made that last one up). All this thing needs is a set of stock wheels and a wingectomy to be perfect for your daily drive or your kid’s first car. Find this 1993 Toyota Tercel DX offered for $2900 in Staten Island, NY via craigslist.
This next Saab comes from late in the era of GM produced Saabs. The 2002-2014 Saab 9-3 had more in common with a Chevy Malibu than it did with the original Saab 99…not that its a bad thing. But the interesting thing about the 9-3 Turbo X is that 280 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.8 liter V6 goes into a 6-speed manual gearbox and eventually to all four wheels. Find this 2008 Saab 9-3 Turbo X bidding for $6,000 in Orefield, PA via carsandbids.com.
The first generation (Mark I) MG Midget was a pint sized little runabout from Morris Garage that shared mechanical parts with the Sprite from Austin-Healey from 1961-1964. The Midget shared basically every part of its bill-of-materials (except the badge) with the Sprite, but today’s example has a bigport 2T-C 4-cylinder 1.6-liter engine borrowed from an early 70s Toyota Celica or Corona. Find this 1964 MG Midget offered for $1900 in Olympia, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.
We posted a nice E39 the other day that had two things wrong with it — first it wasn’t a wagon, and second it had two too many cylinders. I know the 4.4-liter V8 (why didn’t they call it a 544i…eh?) in the 540i is a sweet piece of machinery, but it isn’t an inline-6, and BMW is known primarily for its supremacy with the inline-6. Smooth, fuel efficient, and long is an inline-6 and BMW has made some of the best ever produced. So if you are going to step back into a 90s BMW, why not make it a wagon (that is grounded to the ground low) that is manual gearbox and inline-6 equipped, because BMW didn’t make a manual V8 wagon for the USA market. Find this 1999 BMW 528iT Wagon E39 offered for $11,995 in Los Gatos, CA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. The Yenko Stinger was a Corvair based custom built in the late 60s, but hold your pitchforks…Don Yenko also built a few hundred Yenko Stingers in the early 70s on the Vega chassis. This next car is offered as a “tribute” to the actual Stinger, but it has a 3.8 liter Buick V6 instead of the original turbo-4 2.3 liter that Yenko offered. Find this 1973 Chevrolet Vega GT Kammback bidding for $6,500 in Bakersfield, CA via ebay with 1 day to go.
The BMW 540i wasn’t the fastest of the E39 generation 5-series, but the V8 powered machine came awfully close to dethroning its big brother, the infamous tire shredding M5. Imagine a world where a young Eli Manning juiced some steroids (or more steroids?) and managed to score a victory in one of the games against his legendary older brother Peyton and you get an idea of where the builder of this 540i is going. I like it. Find this 1997 BMW 540i offered for $4,850 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
The 3rd generation Chevrolet Camaro was sold from 1982 through 1992 in decently large numbers. Even though it is the upgraded Z28 model, you couldn’t call this next car rare, but with only 62k miles on the odometer you can call this next thing unusual. Fast…maybe depending on your yardstick, but I daily drive a 3rd gen Z28 for a few years back in the early 2000s and it was starting to get beaten by low-spec rental cars back then. Fun? Yup, even with the slushbox it has a certain amount of muscle car DNA to make life interesting. Find this 1991 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 offered for $13,500 in Laurel, MS via craigslist. Tip from Ramjet.