The first thing you need to know about the 1995 MGF is that it was the first new design from MG since the launch of the MGB in 1962. The MG marque was used by the Austin Rover Group as a strange performance brand in the 70s/80s, but in the early 1990s they started developing this interesting little mid-engine roadster. Today the MG brand is owned by a Chinese state owned auto company and sells all kinds of strange cars with the MG badge on the hood, but that is a story for another time. Find this 1995 Rover MGF offered for $7000 in Richmond, TX via craigslist.
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Our final feature for today’s Foxy Monday special comes from tipper Jeff who writes; Had multiple Fox bodies and still love them today. Seller refers to it being a “GT350” model which has something to do with the color i think? Nothing particularly special in that regard, but a sweet ride indeed. Find this 1989 Ford Mustang GT 350 offered for $19,500 in Haverhill, MA via craigslist.
Another feature of today’s Foxy Monday special. The later GT versions of the Fox Body Mustang with all of their aerodynamic body moldings and borderline Pontiacish side skirts almost seem ridiculous compared to the clean early LX notchbacks you can find. But, perhaps you need all of that aero trickery to keep this next supercharged beast glued to the pavement. With a Vortech supercharger and all kinds of roller-rockers and custom cylinder heads this next car will be quite the handful if you aren’t easy with the loud pedal. Enjoy that characteristic 5.0 exhaust howl. Find this 1992 Ford Mustang GT offered for $16,500 in Lansdale, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
In a strange coincidence, we got a handful of tips for some nice Fox body cars from various tippers this weekend, so I’m feeling it’s time for a Foxy Friday Feature…oh…wait…it is Monday. Foxy Monday works too. What does that mean? You won’t see any El Caminos on the pages of Daily Turismo today, unless they are on a Fox Body Platform which from 1977 through 1993 had a MacPherson strut up front and live stick-beam axle out back and was the home of Ford’s Fairmont, Durango, Granada, LTD, Mustang, Thunderbird, and Mercury’s Zephyr, Cougar, Marquis, Capri, and Lincoln’s Continental, Mark VII. This first feature of our Foxy Monday is a Fairmont which was the first Ford vehicle to sit on the unibody Fox platform and this version is the sweet Futura version that had a bizarrely large wrap-over B-Pillar that was reminiscent of the similar vintage Thunderbird but without opera windows. Strange times for automotive design, but I think it looks cool today. Find this 1979 Ford Fairmont Futura offered for $8000 in Fontana, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I don’t like to be rude and condescending…okay, I take that back. I don’t mind being rude, and sometimes condescension is the correct tone when dealing with certain people…but what I meant to say is, I don’t like being mean, or at least unnecessarily mean. So when I point out that the seller of this next car is offering it as a Porsche 928 when it is clearly a Porsche 944, it is not to be mean, it is simply that I don’t understand how you could make that gross of an error in the advertisement for your vehicle. Maybe the seller was pointing out that very little separates a 944 with V8 from the 928…but the redeeming factor here, however, is the price — most V8 swapped Porsches (944s…928s..924s..911s etc) are offered for eye wateringly high asking prices, this one isn’t bad at all. Find this 1986 Porsche 944 with LT1 V8 offered for $8,500 in Springdale, AR via facemistake markingplace.
A white Chevrolet Nova with a red landau roof isn’t something you’d want to admit to buying new in the late 1970s…but today…anybody would be proud to rock this thing every single day of the week. Which makes it almost a crime that the odometer reading is so low on this amalaising piece of automotive art history. Find this 1976 Chevrolet Nova Concours offered for $18,500 in Scottsdale, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Zeke.
This next feature is probably the best ratio of used dollar to new dollar of any DT feature — including the half of million dollar Bentley Continental R. I don’t know what a box of 124 hand brakes for a Fiat Spider might have cost when new, but I can tell you that I want that box. Mostly because if I had a Spider, I’d have some spares. Lotta spares. The same goes for the handful of door panels, hoods, driveshaft support brackets…and oh…wait…that’s a box of Fiat 124 hand brakes, not a 124 count of hand brakes…well, this is still a steal for $1500. Why so cheap? Because the seller is getting out of the Fiat/Lancia business so he can concentrate on Maserati Biturbo parts….can’t find fault in that logic. Find this Warehouse Full of Lancia & Fiat Parts offered for $1500 (bring yer truck) in Santa Rosa, CA via craigslist.
This next seller is asking a bucket full of cash for a Fiat X1/9, but to be honest I’m not 100% up-to-date with X1/9 pricing. These could be the next hot thing at all of the collector car auctions, but I do know that it’s got some wicked brown paint. And those bumper fangs are like bell-bottoms on a car. But the interior looks great and if all the gauges/electrics work, this could be a good little driver. Find this 1977 Fiat X1/9 offered for $8999 in Moorpark, CA via craigslist.
In a world that is rapidly degenerating into a “nightmare buffet of artificially flavored, hyperpalatable, yet ultimately bare-marginally satisfying, pseudoabundance” (thanks Kaibeezy for the best description of the 21st century yet) it is nice to be able to find a car that presents itself with all of the things you need in a car and none of the things you don’t need. Umm, okay….there is some rust…that’s maybe something you don’t want, but the subtle & attractive styling, manual gearbox, unstained interior, and legendary W123 Benz durability is exactly what you need in a car for about $5k. No self driving, self braking, lane departure warnings, or tire pressure monitoring warning lights here. Find this 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280C offered for $5,300 in Salem, OR via craigslist.
Don’t think of this next car as a big white Camry…because while it might share the same basic bland styling direction as a contemporary Toyota, it is superbly well refined example of the horseless carriage. And for all the people who ridicule the meh…zzz styling, the other side of the coin is the new Predator face grill LS500 or the similarly old Bangled butt on a 7-series…which is a great shopping comparison vehicle. Except the Lexus is quieter on the inside, more reliable, cheaper to maintain, and just as executive in execution. This next example is low in miles and high in class — it just needs a few JDM finishing points like a bumper pole and a Crown Athlete grill. Find this 2008 Lexus LS460 offered for $18995 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Stafford, TX via ebay.