If I learned anything from the entire PE coaching staff of my high school, it is that everything is a competition. There is no such thing as fun sport and everything ends in a collection of losers and one winner. Today we’ve got a simple face-off for you — pick the pile of parts that you’d rather restore from these two abandoned classics. Do you want a rat chewed 1977 Mazda Cosmo for $4200 or a moldy 1966 Chevrolet Impala Coupe for $3900? Tip from Evan and Dascpcu.
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This next item really hits the hipster bike paradigm right in the solar plexus — it is a fixed speed, covered in vintage patina, and its cost outpaces its usability by a few hundred miles. However, it is such a spellbinding piece of fake-history that I’d be willing to risk being kidnapped and eaten by the log cabin-living, bear skin rug and Greco-Roman bust collector to buy this thing…but wait…it comes in its own shipping crate…so perhaps this isn’t as risky as I first assumed. Find this 1904 Indian Replica offered for $1500 in Brighton, MI via eBay.
The VW pan based Bradley GT kit car is no stranger to the pages of DT…but you’ll find none stranger on these pages than this next Bradley GT…because the fiberglass body has been grafted to 1989 Toyota Truck chassis, complete with external cooling hoses and external bumpers — it is a sight to behold. The seller even made an awesome video of the car going 4X4ing in the snow. Find this 1989 Bradley GT on a Toyota Truck bidding for $4000 reserve-not-met on ebay with $14,500 buy-it-now located in Aurora, NY. Tip from Kester.
I know that the RX-7 rotary purists (Wankers as they call themselves) will cringe at the average pushrod V8 swapped RX-7, but they’ll be decidedly appalled that the builder used a GSL-SE to turn into a piston pumping pavement pounder. However, despite the vintage Cali sunset plate, the car itself is pretty ragged — rust appears in bubbles all over the paint and the seller reported having a blown engine…so this wasn’t some cherry collectors item, this was an RX-7 that needed some love…which it got in the form of a Ford V8 swap. Find this 1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE offered for $3100 in Palo Alto, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car epitomizes the expression “punching above one’s weight class.” It has no business being being fast as it is…but don’t let the shabby paint fool you. This wagon is running a 1UZFE V8 from a Lexus LS400, Mercedes-Benz bumpers and a funky multi-link rear suspension that looks tight. If you’ve got the time and know-how to swap in the included W58 5-speed, this thing will be perfect. Find this 1985 Toyota Cressida Wagon offered for $9000 in Simi Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from MikeD.
The Fox body Mustang was a huge breath of fresh air when it was released in 1979 and it returned the Mustang to a proper long-hood short-rear pony car shape. I think that the design has aged well and if you are looking for an inexpensive convertible that’ll seat 4 people and be fun to drive…it doesn’t get much better than a well preserved Fox. Find this 1988 Ford Mustang Convertible offered for $4500 in New York via classiccars.com. Tip from Barbpaddles.
What color is this car? Blue? Baby blue? Robin egg blue? Mercedes-Benz called it paint code 922 pastellblau, but I call it simply amazing. Imagine a new E-Class being covered in a shade of Cherenkov radiation instead of the boring grey/black/white you see on 99% of the new luxury cars on the road. Find this 1976 Mercedes-Benz 240D offered for $8500 in Fresno, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I am not a connoisseur of barn finds — any vehicle that has had chickens roosting in the engine bay or rats chewing on the wiring harness for 20 years is not the car for me. But, I don’t want to discount the thrill of finding something covered in a tarp that is maybe more than meets the eye…or in this case, it is one of the rarest models to come out of Morris Garage — specifically the MGC GT of which this is one of 4457 built. It appears to be missing its 150 horsepower 2.9 liter C-series inline-6, but I bet a 2JZ would fit (I’m KIDDING! Please don’t do that…use an SR20DET instead..sheesh). Anyway, if an MGC GT is good enough for Prince Charles (who later gave it to Prince William according to the internet lore) then it should be good enough for you. And this one comes with a spare MGC parts car…or maybe it is vice-versa. Find this 1969 MGC GT & 1968 MGC offered for $7000 in West Monroe, LA via craigslist. Tip from Ramjet.
This next car isn’t something that’ll break records at the Nürburgring…in fact, it probably wouldn’t make a complete lap without stopping for a repair or two, but that shouldn’t stop you from owning one of the coolest cars to ever come out of the Rootes Group factory in England. The seller of this car doesn’t include many pictures or specs, but the Husky is powered by a 1.4 liter inline-4 that will propel this little wagon from zero to 60mph in just under 27 seconds on the way to a blistering top speed of 73.4 mph. Eat your heart out McLaren. Find this 1962 Hillman Husky Series II offered for $5000 in Rochester, NY via eBay.
Long before there was pinterest, there was Pintera. Okay…I gotta admit..I have a DailyTurismo pinterest account, but I don’t know what pinterest is. Haven’t a clue. There is something about pins and boards and supposedly it is a good place to share recipes or floral arrangements…but there’s also pictures of cars…anyway…pinterest I don’t understand, but the Pintera…THE PINTERA, I understand. Take one Pinto, on V8 Ford engine, and 60 cubic bushels of fiberglass resin from a company called Stiletto, and you get…PINTERA. Whisper it now. Pintera. Little bit louder now…Pintera…little bit louder now…Pinnnnn…ter…aaahhhh. You understand now too. Find this 1977 Pintera GT offered for $5500 in Pasco, FL via craigslist.