I’ve never owned a Honda Prelude, but if I did buy one, it would be from the fifth and final generation (1996-2001). Many have been turned into Fast and Furious inspired hoopties, complete with coil over suspensions and fart can exhausts, but not today. Today we’ve got one with what appears to be the stock H22A that pushes 195 horsepower into the front wheels — and it wasn’t a slow car back around Y2K. But you don’t drive this car to win traffic light drags, you drive it to enjoy the snick-snick Honda shifter and the feeling when VTEC kicks in (yo). Find this 2000 Honda Prelude offered for $4,000 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
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The world is changing. It is going electric. I’m not saying that it is a bad thing, because certainly cleaner airs and happy atmosphere is important, but our years of driving around in turbocharged 300+ horsepower sport sedans with manual gearboxes and fun handling is nearing the end. Soon the fun analog stuff we’ve become accustomed to will be driven out of our price range by wealthy collectors or recycled into battery containment pods. The wheat will be sorted from the chaff. But don’t fret. Instead, keep driving and maintaining the good stuff while you can and prepare for the “nightmare buffet of artificially flavored, hyperpalatable, yet ultimately bare-marginally satisfying, pseudoabundance”** that is coming. Find this 2010 BMW 335i M-Sport offered for $16,500 in Santa Clara, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Jeff S who writes: What are prices today? I haven’t kept up with it recently. Old Tundra with low-ish miles, looks like it could have rust underneath. Suggested mainly to read the lovely comments. 🙂 Find this 2007 Toyota Tundra offered for $8,500 in Myersville, MD via craigslist.
With the Olympics about to happen in Tokyo (are they the 2020 Olympics or the 2021 Olympics, not sure) it seems appropriate to get into some of the Olympic spirit. We’ve featured a few oddball Olympic specials before, like the 72 Ford Mustang Olympic Sprint, and the 84 Buick Century Olympic Edition, but this next car is a rare one. It is one of 500 special BMW 5-series built for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. This wasn’t a sprinter, as the 525i Olympic version included badges on the glovebox and door sills, green pinstriping on the parchment tan seats and headrests that matches the Oxford Green Metallic exterior. Find this 1995 BMW 525i Olympic Edition offered for $5,500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
Who doesn’t love a nice looking C4 Corvette offered in a shade of white paint with matching white wheels — this is so late 80s/early 90s that it might as well be a mix tape on cassette. It comes as a seller submission from DT regular David S who writes: Yes, it’s mine. Yes it’s a good deal on a nice 6-speed Corvette, as the gods intended. Find this 1990 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $8500 in Tampa, FL via craigslist.
The first generation Opel Manta is an affordable classic that deserves a spot in your garage…wait a minute. I’ve seen this car before. Oh we featured this car in December of 2020 and it was a good deal then and it is cheaper now, so go buy this Opel Manta before it gets relisted 6 months later for another grand off the asking price. Find this 1975 Opel Manta offered for $11,500 in East Meadow, NY via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car is a Fiat 850 Sport Spider that would have had a 843cc inline-4 that would have pushed a dismal 49 horsepower into the rear mounted transaxle. Today’s example, however, has been given an injection of speed and power in the form of the legendary tweetle-tweetle-Beetle engine. That’s right, a 1600cc dual port motor with a single carb and (to quote the seller) “twice the displacement, 10x the simplicity, and 100x the reliability!” I’ve never considered a VW engine to be an upgrade…but I guess this is the exception that proves the rule in cases not excepted. Find this 1969 Fiat 850 Sport Spider offered for $7,500 in Torrance, CA via craigslist.
A Dodge Caravan El Camino, an Excalibur and a ’51 Ford Ranchero walk into a bar. The bartender says…I picked the wrong week to stop huffing paint. Wow. Tipper Matt C (who found this by searching for who knows what) put a crisp summary of the seller’s faceplace marketbork listing here: A Dodge Caravan pickup conversion for $9000, looks fairly well done. A ’51 Ford also converted to a pickup for $12000, looks like more of a hack job. And wait, there’s also an Excalibur kit car for $13000, looking like a prewar Mercedes that has put on a considerable amount of weight and been stuffed full of seriously downmarket interior. In other words, like a typical Excalibur.
We featured a chopped Silverado the other day that was generally appreciated by the crowd for being tidy and subtle modification. However, today’s next feature is anything but understated. It does appear to be a decently conceived 4 seat convertible pickup truck conversion, which is not something you hear very often. Find this 2000 Chevrolet Silverado offered for $6000 in Buffalo, MN via fleecebook mothership.
When do you supposed the last 4-speed manual gearbox equipped car left an American assembly line — if you said 1998, I wouldn’t be surprised, but according to Murilee “Phil” Martin at Autoweek it was 1996 with the Toyota Tercel for cars, but the Ford F150 was available with a 4-on-the-floor for a few more years. Find this 1998 Ford F150 XL offered for $3995 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.