The modern day Lotus Elise is (was…I believe Lotus stopped selling it in the US market a few years ago) a great combination of British handling/looks and Japanese powerplant. It took a while for Lotus to realize that putting French engines into their sports cars was not an upgrade over British iron. Regardless, the builder of this next car decided to put a late model fuel injected twin-cam Toyota engine into the engine bay in an Europa (a Europa…?) and made something very special. Find this 1972 Lotus Europa twin-cam offered for $20,000 in Ft Collins, CO via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The later 74+ plastic bumper version of the C3 Corvette (1968-1982) is not the most desirable or collectable of Corvettes, but it’ll probably get you more street cred than a C4 (or even C5) Vette. In California, this pre-75 example is free from the bi-annual smog inspection that could otherwise have you scratching your head […]
This next car is a Datsun S30 generation Z-car of someone obscure origins. The seller lists it as a 77 Nissan Quest, but that is because Facebash doesn’t have all car listed for all years, so he/she may have picked something close enough. The part where it gets more cloudy is when the seller says it has “minimal rust, no cancerous rust” which is the automotive equivalent to carcinoma instead of melanoma…but its best to avoid both. Finally the seller mentions that you’ll need to live in a state where you can register without a title or apply for a new one…and that the car was listed for sale a year ago. I’m not sure what I’m looking at here, but I love the fender flares. Find this 1977 Datsun 280Z offered for $11,000 in Birmingham, AL via facetrash fenderbook. Tip from Mark.
This next car comes as a tip from Matt who writes: Here’s an interesting auction. This car is quite famous in the slant six world, although that may be the definition of a big fish in a small pond. It’s a Simca drag car with a turbocharged and injected Chrysler six cylinder, at DT pricing. Find this 1938 Simca 8 Drag Car bidding for $4500 with 3 days to go via IronHorseAuction.com.
It is funny to think that any non-basket case American V8 powered car from the 1960s you can find for less than $10k is a good deal, but that is way the market goes and she has indeed gone in the past decade or two. Regardless, this next car is an interesting find because it […]
From 1971 through 1994 you could go to a Dodge dealer and purchase a brand new subcompact Japanese car in sedan/coupe/wagon/hatchback form. It was called the Colt and was a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi Galant/Lancer and later the Mirage, but today’s example comes from a time when the impending fuel crisis of the early 70s was making drivers look for something smaller than the typical huge V8 offered by the domestic brands. In the back of that Dodge showroom you could find something called the Colt that was powered by a 1.6 or 2.0 liter 4-banger and drive home without refilling twice on the way. Find this 1974 Dodge Colt Wagon offered for $8,500 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next classic comes from tipper Rock On who correctly points out that the Dart comes “complete with factory installed anti-theft device ( 3 on the tree!!!).” And no catalytic convertor for dirty worthless thieves to hack out and sell for scrap metal. Find this 1963 Dodge Dart offered for $5,500 in Santa Cruz, CA […]
The 4th generation of the Chevrolet Impala (1965-1969) is a full-sized beast that comes in a bizarrely complicated collection of roof styles including a 2-door hardtop, 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and 4-door hardtop. I think this next car is a hardtop but it looks decent from the outside, but the interior is trashed. But don’t let that hold you back, because paint is expensive and requires a competent body shop, but interiors are easier and doable by the DIY guy who has internet access and can follow directions. Find this 1969 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop offered for $8800 in Chisago City, MN via craigslist. Tip from Mike.
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.
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.