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!
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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.
The conversation must have gone something like this; Dude, let’s travel around the country living in this bus. Yeah, but what this bus needs is a Volkswagen Bus mounted on the roof. Dude..that is a great idea, but what if it had two buses mounted on the top? Sick. Do you think the taco shop is still open, I’m starving. The end result of many hours of fabrication and crane work is this next thing. Find this 1982 BlueBird Bus offered for $12,000 in Germantown, WI via fakebrace merkur4tiplace. Tip from Matt.
As the fuel and emissions crisis hit automakers in the early 1970s they had a few options to maintain performance on their vehicles. One was to downsize the vehicle like Ford did with the Mustang II, another option was to add technology like fuel injection or turbochargers like Porsche with the 911 Turbo…or you could go down the Oldsmobile route and pray the suspension and tires were crappy enough to make the car feel fast and add some gaudy stickers to make the car look fast. Add the swiveling captain’s ejector seat and you are gonna have a smash success…except that Olds didn’t sell 10k of these cars in 1976…so…yeah. Anyway, 45 years later, this thing looks wicked. Find this 1976 Oldsmobile 442 offered for $12,500 in Denison, TX via craigslist.
After a 20 year hiatus from the Chrysler lineup, the Charger name was brought back to Dodge on a vehicle that had more in common with the previous generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class than it did with anything from the Dodge stable — 2006 was, after all, at the height of the unholy Daimler Chrysler alliance. Power might have come from an American HEMI V8, but the transmission options were limited to various slushbox autos from the Mercedes-Benz supply chain and if you wanted to row your own with a HEMI, you needed to downsize to a Challenger. However, todays next car has a 6-speed Tremec and 6.1 liter HEMI V8 from an 09 Challenger shoved into the 4-door Charger body, so you’ll have the only manual transmission Charger on your block. Find this 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 offered for $13,000 in Queens, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14 was launched in 1955 as a 2+2 coupe with Type 1 Beetle mechanical parts and styling by Luigi Segre of Carrozzeria Ghia plus a coach-built bodywork from Karmann. The Karmann Ghia was cheap and affordable for years, but prices of nice examples have gone up in the past decade or so…but you can still find a good deal like this next one. Find this 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia offered for $5,500 in Fremont, CA via craigslist.
The word gladiator comes from Latin; gladius (sword), gladiator (swordsman). In ancient times, gladiators were rough and tough mercenaries who braved the dangers of the Roman arenas and fought in elaborate battles for the entertainment of the masses. Gladiators fights are said to have started as early as 300BC and continued for almost 1,000 years before the adaptation of Christianity within the Roman Empire ended the death for entertainment industry. A few thousand years later, Jeep picked the name Gladiator for their rough and tough mercenary pickup truck… and the only question is, will it still be fighting a thousand years from now? Find this 1984 Jeep Gladiator offered for $9,800 in Placida, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.
The Honda S2000 is one of those cars that you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy as many as you could fit into a large barn and store for future appreciation (side note, please don’t do that, it is a jerky thing). Why will the S2000 be worth beaucoup bucks in the future? Two reasons; 1 — it wasn’t built in high numbers for the USA, 66k in 9 years (compare this to 74k of the 84-89 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera) and 2 — it has no competition for what it does best. Yes, I’m talking about the 9000 rpm redline, amazingly tight chassis, and celebrated reliability. Get one now before they become unobtanium. Find this 2003 Honda S2000 offered for $13,000 in Fayetteville, NC via craigslist. Tip from Cory.