This next Loony Labor Day submission comes from Safety Fast who writes; Seriously, what is this? Simple, it was a custom body on a Toyota HiLux chassis built at a time when Toyota product planners were insane. They built 100 of these to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1936 Toyota AA (which was a blatant copy of the 1934 Chrysler Airflow)…but I think they should have saved the design for the next generation of the Mirai because this is an improvement. Find this 1996 Toyota Classic offered for $49,975 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.
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Welcome to another DT Loony Labor Day. Most websites celebrate Labor Day with a 10% off coupon or some sale, but here at DT we celebrate the co-option of a worker’s protest movement (formerly known as May Day) and today known as Labor Day by sharing strange stuff. Instead of getting our sabots stuck in the gears of capitalism, we find the craziest, wildest, looniest rides around and share them with you. Up first is a sweet piece of Japanese engineering that has been turned into a movie production vehicle and the best ice hockey carpool ride around. You won’t have to worry about being asphyxiated by the odor of teenagers and hockey gear (it is seriously the worst smelling sport on the planet) and instead will enjoy the pleasant breeze and soothing screams from your passengers on the freeway. Find this 2004 Toyota Sienna offered for $3900 in Orange County, CA via craigslist.
Hey DT readers — just a reminder, it is Loony Labor Day tomorrow (DT’s celebration of the craziest stuff on the web with four wheels and a propulsion unit), in, so I need some tips for things like Geo Metro box trucks, Lincoln Ranchero Town Trucks, and any Studebaker built on a Chevy Truck chassis. […]
The Lotus Elite had the distinct honor of being the world’s most expensive 4-cylinder powered vehicle when it was launched in 1974…but this next version is no ordinary Elite. Not that there is ANYTHING ordinary about the front-engine 2+2 shooting brake that looks like a Pinto Wagon that has been restyled by extraterrestrials. This next one has a GM LT1 V8 shoved up front and it might look familiar to you because we featured it Dec of 2020. Find this 1991 Lotus Elite offered for $6,200 in Lexington, SC via myface friendsterbook. Tip from Mark.
Unfortunately, I think that the best place to find cheaps cars has changed in the past few decades and I might need to get with the times. Gone are the advertisements in Autotrader print magazines and those who migrated to craigslist abandoned it when craigslist became a haven for scammers. A few years ago Craig implemented a simple $5 listing fee that is shockingly more than the typical kook (selling a classic for less than the prevailing rate) wants to pay and now some of the best deals have migrated to the faceyface. Find this 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix GT Coupe offered for $12,500 in San Leandro, CA via faceoff moshpitbook.
When I first saw the cover shot of this next car…I didn’t know what it was. Not exactly, at least. I knew it was a GM 90s front-drive econobox, but like a small pile of earthworm vomit, it is moderately undesirable, but not as nasty as racoon scat. But I still didn’t know what kind of 90s GM product I was looking at until I saw the badge on the back and was surprised to see the legendary Monte Carlo badge. Somewhere between the old G-body Monte Carlo and the NAHSHCARR styling inspired thing released in 2000 there was a Lumina/GrandPrix/Cutlass that was as boring as the line at the DMV…but almost boring enough to be interesting. Find this 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS offered for $6,150 in Phiadelphia, PA via eBay.
et it. A diesel powered Audi 5000S is going to be slow…really slow. But it has to be faster than a Rabbit diesel and that was one of the most memorable cars I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning/driving. And before you get the idea of LS1 swapping it or putting in a new 600 horsepower Audi inline-5 from an RS-somethingorother, note that this car has rust. So this is the car that you need to just fix the described piston ring issue (maybe new rings, maybe some Marvel Mystery Oil and a case of Seafoam…I dunno, we’ll see where the weekend takes us) and drive it till your wife starts complaining about all of the cars you own. All I can say is — that is the cleanest engine bay in a $1000 car I’ve seen in decades. Find this 1981 Audi 5000S Diesel offered for $1000 in Colorado Springs, CO via facedasher marketbeans. Tip from Mark.
Willys-Overland Motors returned to civilian car production after the war with a stylish thing called the Jeepster. The roofless Jeepster was technically the last Phaeton (topless car with zero weather protection — but it appears that most Jeepsters today have tops that are dealer or aftermarket created pieces) to be built by an American automaker. They always look like an interesting way to get into an unusual classic. Find this 1949 Willys Jeepster Phaeton offered for $13,950 in Kingman, AZ via craigslist.
Back in the 1980s the product planners at GM decided they needed to be more competitive in NASCAR, so they followed what they had done with the 1977-78 Impala Coupe with double bent tempered rear glass, and created a number of “aerodynamic” shared cars for the corporate fleet, including the Grand Prix 2+2 Aerocoupe, and what we have here today, which is a Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe. It isn’t conventionally pretty, but it’s pretty awesome. Find this 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe offered for $17,500 in West Babylon, NY via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
sporty version of the Alliance called the GTA. Think about it — Boys of the Hood — just look at that hood, it is the flattest, most gangsta hood I’ve ever seen. And the lyricist even talks about his friend trying to steal his Alpine, which was the Renault Alpine GTA — a totally different car, but it all makes sense if you look at it from a 10,000 ft view. Find this 1987 Renault GTA Convertible offered for $3,800 in Sioux Falls, SD. Tip from Rock On!