The Volvo 1800ES was a shooting brake version of Volvo’s aging P1800/1800S/1800E platform, meant to breath new life in the old parts. The frameless glass tailgate equipped version only sold 8,000 units for the ’72 & ’73 model years, but the prices don’t really reflect that level of exclusivity, but prices have been going up in the past few years. This next version looks to need some interior sorting, but if the paint looks as good in person as it does in the pictures, it could be a good deal. Find this 1972 Volvo 1800ES offered for $11,000 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.
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Somebody (probably a marketing executive) told me that spice is the variety of life. Wait. That’s not right. Variety is the spice of life? Yes. That’s more like it. Therefore, to add some variety to DT, I decided to feature a vehicle that we’ve never featured before, no not some one-off custom Zamboni based supercar, but a BMW and one that you see on the streets on a routine basis. The BMW X6 is, by all reasonable accounts, an ugly vehicle. But what about Latin saying; De gustibus non est disputandum? And everything sounds better in Latin? Right? Wrong — because the drunk Roman who came up with that saying had too much lead in his goblet or hadn’t seen an X6 yet. The only thing redeeming about these cars is that they are reportedly fun to drive and if you don’t believe me, you should believe this guy who wears huge slacks. Find this 2009 BMW X6 xDrive35i offered for $15,900 in Martinez, CA via craigslist.
Parts availability for the Saab 900 platform isn’t as plentiful as it was back when ever other college professor drove one of these things, but it isn’t bad for vintage Scandinavian oddball. But if you were really concerned that you couldn’t find some diaphragm or hard-line used in one of those early Bosch fuel injection systems, you could consider upgrading to something more common, like an entire Ford Mustang drivetrain. Say what? Yeah, this next car might look like a Saab 900, but it has been competely transformed from front-wheel-drive backwards-engine Saab rally machine into a Weld Wheel shod supercharged 5.0h V8 powered drag strip speed machine. And the interior (and engine bay) is a treat for the LSU or classic LA Kings fan. Find this 1986 Saab 900 offered for $22,500 in Henderson, NC via faceswap marketbash.
With the basic, non-special, rough-running, daily-driven, mid-80s Porsche 911 going for something North of $35k it is just about silly to even consider buying a classic 911 unless you’ve got extra money sitting around…which could be the case if you’ve recently sold any number of other classic cars that have seen ludicrous appreciation in the past few years. However, if you are a working man, a sensible collector, or someone who enjoys rummaging through a thrift store more than an antique store…then a 944 Turbo is for you. Find this 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo 951 offered for $14,000 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
This next advertisement came with a surprising headline “5 Avanti II hard to find chevys”…which through me for a real loop, because I thought that Studebaker built the Avanti. So these aren’t Chevys nor Studebakers, because the Avanti name was used to build cars using the fiberglass Raymond Loewy designed bodies through five different ownership arrangements from 1965 through 2006. Confused? Wait, it gets more so. Because the Avanti was build on the Studebaker chassis with a Corvette engine from the late 1960s through 1985 and then it was put on a Chevy Monte Carlo chassis and finally a Caprice chassis. There was even a Mustang V8 based version that was built in Cancun, Mexico before the then current owner Michael Kelly was arrested on fraud charges related to a Ponzi scheme. I can tell you one that that isn’t a Ponzi scheme and that is investing your retirement income in cold hard Avantis. Go ahead, make your own day. Find this Collection of 1982-89 Avanti IIs offered per car starting at $12k to $19k located in Ocala, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
We love all kinds of cars on Daily Turismo. Old cars. New cars. El Caminos. El Caminoized things. But the purpose that binds them all together like Sauron’s ring is the price-to-value ratio. And this next car comes with a pretty high price tag for a Geo Metro…absolutely…but it is the nicest three-cylinder powered piece of junk you’ll ever see, and perhaps it does answer the age old question; Can you polish a Geo? Find this 1991 Geo Metro Convertible offered for $6,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
This next car is a strange mix of stuff to have in one vehicle, but before we get into the specifics, I learned something from this vehicle. The seller stated that it started life as a turbo-4 powered Mustang…and I thought, but the SVO didn’t come out until 1984 and it wasn’t a notchback, but I learned that Ford introduced a turbo-4 version of the Fox body in 1979 (or 1980) that made 132 horsepower. This might seem like a paltry amount of power to push around a Mustang, but the 255 cubic inch V8 from the same year made only 120 horsepower in stock trim…so nobody was going anywhere fast. But somewhere along the way this next car had all of that junk removed and it is powered by a tri-power (like what’d you find on an old Pontiac) carb fed small block Chevrolet V8. Find this 1980 Ford Mustang offered for $11,000 in North Jersey via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Honda Beat might not be the first car styled by Pininfarina to be featured on Daily Turismo…in fact, it is the second Pinin car featured today, but it does have the dubious crown of being the smallest car to ever come from the legendary Turin based design house (at just under 11 feet long). Today’s Beat is covered with some crazy looking anime wrap, but it can be removed to expose decent looking red paint. Find this 1991 Honda Beat offered for $9,999 in Pittsburg, PA via craiglist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car looks like it should cost way more than the asking price…and not in the way that the typical good deal looks on craigslist. No, this car looks like it should be collected by wealthy members of the elite driving clubs and not collected by the likes of people who frequent sites like Daily Turismo…errrr…not that we shouldn’t be driving nice cars, but so much of the fancy Italian stuff is so expensive to only be driven by the Jay Lenos of the world. Find this 1975 Fiat 130 Coupe offered for $14,500 in New Milford, CT via craigslist.
You know you are in for a treat when a seller describes his car as “super” or “mega” or “monster”..and we’ve got a real treat for you today. It appears to be a Mazda Miata that has had its small 4-cylinder engine replaced by a Ford V8 mated to a 6-speed manual. But that wasn’t good enough, so the seller added a supercharger with an intercooler and claims 500 horsepower at the rear wheels. Find this 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata offered for $15,999 in Tampa, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!