This next car comes as a tip from Jim H who calls it an “honest ad” with “Hallmark card pricing.” Hallmark greeting cards might be expensive for greeting cards, but they are assuredly cheaper than the average Mercedes-Benz wagon, let’s take a closer look. Find this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300TE Wagon offered for $1499 in Pittsfield, MA via craigslist.
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Happy New Year 2021!! We made it another year without getting sued by a car owner who is convinced we snuck into his garage to take pictures of his car and post them on the internets…and we didn’t die in a fiery Borgward crash. I know that most people aren’t that big on 2020, but if you are reading this, you’ve made it to 2021, at least you have one thing to be thankful for.
Editorial by DT; 2020 has been an interesting year. I’m not going to dive into the discussions of remote work (been good, been bad) or the nuances of home-remote schooling children (they’ve been good, they’ve been bad). Those topics have been brought to the table, seconded, discussed, and put into the minutes by other talking heads far more eloquent than myself. However, I do want to discuss 2020 and what it meant to the cars, particularly used late model, vintage, and modern classics — and I’ll wrap that up with some DT highlights.
Honda might not have produced the world’s first front-wheel-drive car (that is arguably the 1989 Victoria Combination by Société Parisienne) or even the most successful front-wheel-drive seller (that’d be the Toyota Camry) or the fastest front-wheel-drive racecar (that’d be the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo) but they did build the best front drive sport compact sedans of the 1990s starting with the surprisingly fast Honda Predule, followed by the Acura Integra, then the RSX, and finally what you see here…which is a 6-speed manual equipped Acura TL. Find this 2005 Acura TL offered for $5,490 in Winnetka, CA via craigslist.
The Nissan Xterra (1999-2015) might not have the off road chops of Chrysler’s Jeep or the turn-key reliability of the Toyota 4Runner but it was truck based body-on-frame (built on the Nissan Frontier) and available with a manual gearbox. What it lacks in off-roading capability and easy maintenance it makes up for being cheap to buy. Really cheap. Find this 2003 Nissan Xterra offered for $3900 in Decatur, GA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
This next Ford Model A makes up for all of the Jaguars with small block Ford V8s (and Chevy 350s) that we’ve posted over the years…and leaves some change on the table. It starts with a 1930 Ford Model A Coupe that has been chopped and then adds a Jaguar inline-6 that has been juiced to produce some insane amount of horsepower if we are to believe the 9.32 second 1/4 mile drag time according to the seller (then engine needs a new headgasket, but don’t even think about putting a Chevy V8 in it!) We’ve always wondered where the old XJ engines go when someone shoves in some lump of American iron…well here it is. Find this 1930 Ford Model A Coupe offered for $14000 in Modesto, CA via craigslist. Tip from Andy.
The Chevy Malibu was a forgettable midsized sedan from the 80s and not worth a second glance…unless someone has shoved a giant 454 cubic inch V8 under the hood, painted the bumpers, and do some massive burnout in the advertisement photos. Today’s feature has been transformed from Maliboring to Malibadass. Find this 1983 Chevrolet Malibu Wagon offered for $9,500 in Boston, MA via craigslist.
I was wandering through a middle American neighborhood the other day and I passed by a parked Saturn L-something sitting in a driveway. It was in decent shape and the owner probably bought it new and it got me wondering — what would the nicest Saturn L300 (for instance) be worth on the open market today? And would anyone want one at any price? This opened the bigger question as to the market for nice versions of terrible cars (see the Terdcel from the other day), and then this next time came through…and I couldn’t help but feature what is probably the nicest Fuego that isn’t en fuego. Find this 1985 Renault Fuego offered for $9000 in Killingworth, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I don’t need a tractor. Not in the slightest. I don’t have a ride on mower, or even a push motor. I barely have enough dirt in my yard to get one tire on this next thing muddy, but I still think I need it. The only thing it needs is a wagon to attached on the back so I can get the kids to school on time. Find this 1950ish Ford 8N Tractor with Ford 289 V8 offered for $5,500 in Humboldt, CA via craigslist.
Global sales of BMW’s first 3-series started in the 1975 model year and by the time they switched factory operations to build the E30 version in 1983, over a million examples of the E21 had left the shipping dock. Today’s next example is from the final year of production and has a cool set of black/white/grey stripes on the side, plus a manual gearbox. Find this 1982 BMW 320i offered for $6,200 in Torrance, CA via craigslist.