The Saab 96 was the final evolution of the original aerospace derived and teardrop shaped Ur-SAAB. In typical Saab fashion, the 96 continued in production long after its planned replacement (the 99) was released, in fact the 96 continued in production through 1980. Today the 96 makes a great uncommon alternative to something like the VW Beetle and can be picked up for not a lot of cash. Find this 1968 Saab 96 V4 offered for $2000 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist.
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The highlight of the annual Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach was an annual Pro/Celebrity race in Toyota street cars that was first run in 1977. The race has always had lots of carnage and is typically more fun to watch than the Indy/IRL/ChampCar parade of high-powered wing-equipped spec-chassis ‘race-cars’ held later in the day. […]
In 1967 AMC (American Motors Corp) introduced the AMC Rebel which was, for the most part, a midsized short-wheelbase version of the full-sized Ambassador. The design for the sedan and hardtop and coupe followed contemporary square ‘Murican design standards of the era, but they also need a station wagon. It really looks like they realized they didn’t have a wagon design after building a few thousand extra sedans and they paid someone at the Kenosha, Wisconsin assembly line to weld on a cargo topper from a pickup truck. I’m not saying I wouldn’t own this thing, but the c-pillar is hilarious. Find this 1969 AMC Rambler Rebel Wagon offered for $15000 in Boston, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
You’ve heard the term “trash panda” as a derogatory term for our friend the raccoon — but I’ve got a new one for ya; The “dumpster unicorn.” That is a car that is indeed a rare thing, but should be recycled into fridge magnets. Or it is a pipe of parts in a bin that could be turned into a rare mythical beast. This next car is a 4th generation Buick Century — I’ve probably not seen one on the road for a good 20 years (for good reason?) but this next version is the rarest of the rare because it has a turbo V6. Find this 1979 Buick Century Turbo Coupe offered for $3,500 in Catskill, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The concept behind a rear-mount turbo seems silly at first look. The basic idea is that you mount the turbocharger where one of the mufflers should be — you use the stock exhaust system and then push boosted air back up to the engine via another pipe. No intercooler needed (because the compressed air pipe is long enough to cool the charge air) and you get a stealth setup. Unfortunately you also lose efficiency because the exhaust gas cools before it hits the inlet of the turbo and you add a bucket of lag in inlet-and-outlet pipe air capacity. However, it seems to work okay if you start with a large displacement engine that didn’t really need a turbo to begin with and the boost is just a little bit-o-frosting on your performance cake. Find this 2003 Chevrolet Blazer S10 offered for $7000 in Conestoga, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback was sold from 1961 through 1973 in three distinct configurations, the notchback (looks like a notich), the squareback (has a square back), and the fastback…which is fast? This next thing is a fastback, but it has been converted into a Baja ready off-road machine without a back seat or any of the creature comforts that your wife might expect in a classic. But those rock skid bars look cool. Find this 1968 Volkswagen Fastback Type 3 offered for $4000 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
DT’s rule number 772: The original is always the best. Yup, sounds right, but let’s check; Terminator 1984 — yup. Star Wars — no contest. True Grit — John Wayne rules. Aladdin 1992 > 2019. Death Race 2000 1975>2008. The Italian Job 1969>2003. Ladykillers 1955 > 2004. Gone in 60 Seconds 1974 > 2000. Do I need to continue explaining this? Let’s move to cars. The original Mustang is still the best Mustang. The original Camaro — same. Finally we get to today’s feature subject which is a first generation Ford Taurus SHO (1986-1991) which was the original and the best of the SHO Taurii. Find this 1991 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $7250 in Los Molinos, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
A few months back we featured a cheap Volvo 240 sedan (244) that had a small block V8 attached to a 3-speed manual gearbox. It wasn’t a bad build, but strange that the Muncie 3-speed would have been selected as the transmission, but who cares, it was cheap. A few months later and it is for sale at a new place a few hundred miles away with new shoes and for more than double the earlier price. Find this 1979 Volvo 244 V8 offered for $12,500 in Chino Hills, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The MGB GT is no stranger to this website because we’ve featured many over the years. And the B GT continues to be a fantastic bargain for a car with a Pininfarina roof and proper classic car credentials. I’d have expected these to increase in price with similar things from the era like Porsche 914/912, Datsun 240Z, Ford Mustang Fastback, Triumph TR etc…but you can still get them for reasonable amount of money. Find this 1970 MGB GT offered for $5999 in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego, CA via craigslist.
Today’s next feature is a special…no, that’s not right. Today’s next feature is special. It features two cars where the asking prices are nuts, but you get to decide which seller took a bigger hit off the bong before posting the price. Yup, it is that kinda day. A $20k Suzuki Samurai, versus a $10k Buick Reatta. I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.