The Volkswagen Beet….holy moly, this next car is a collection of various bits from various cars that I can’t even begin to quite understand. Anyway, where was I, yes the VW Type 1 Beetle is classic that has been customized in every possible way and I thought I’d seen them all, but this is indeed a new thing. Find this 1969 Volkswagen Custom offered for $9500 in Pennington, NJ via craigslist.
Every car that meets the necessary prerequisites to be featured on Daily Turismo is an interesting car…but sometimes they are cars that I don’t want to own. This next car fits into that category of the rare stuff that could find a home in my garage…and trust me, my garage is a strange place. It current extends into the public street and involves several Buick station wagons that I didn’t seek, but they came to me — anyway, if I were to add to my collection of vintage fun cars, something with a Chevy 350 V8 and headers and styling like this would be top of the list. Find this 1980 Manta Mirage offered for $12000 in Ventura, CA via craigslist.
Tipper Rock On sent this car in almost a month ago, and I’d mostly forgotten about it until I stumbled onto it in one of my late night peanut butter whiskey fueled search fests — and (this might be the Screwball talking) but I want this thing. Does it have an engine — naw! You can source your own. But it is a Volkaro, which is the Ferrari Dino-ish looking kit car from the twisted mind of some wannabe Bruce Myers. There isn’t much info available on the web when you search for Volkaro (DT’s article shows up 4th in the listings when you put the term “VOLKARO” into duckduckgo, for what it’s worth) but there is probably some guy living in the high desert that can tell you all about the genesis of the Volkaro and who built them and…but he doesn’t have the internet because he is afraid of getting COVID or the CIA in his computer. Anyway…you don’t need to know the history of Volkaro to know that you still should buy this 1966 Volkaro kit car offered for $2500 in Desert Hot Springs, CA via craigslist.
Do you know what is better than a common classic like the Ford Maverick? Yeah, you know, it is the Mercury version of that platform. It comes with all of the same basic mechanical underpinnings, but with a weird badge and name that’ll make everyone think you are some kind of connoisseur of the vintage horseless carriage. Find this 1971 Mercury Comet offered for $11,900 in Orlando, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Saab 96 was a classic aero-shaped front-driver from the guys at Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget and SAAB history buffs will tell you that it was technically the third major redesign of their first car, the Saab 92. In typical Saab fashion, the 96 continued in production long after its planned replacement (the 99) was released, in fact the 96 continued in production through 1980. Today’s example is an “original owner” classic that has a few dents/dings but looks okay for the asking price and is equipped with a little V4 engine. Find this 1971 Saab 96 V4 offered for $6000 in San Mateo, CA via craigslist.
Classic car prices have been through the roof in the past few decades…or perhaps inflation has been more aggressive than anyone could have imagined…but any way you look at it, a shiny and good looking mainstream classic will cost you a pretty penny. So if you are financially challenged, or just a tightwad, and you want a classic, you need to dig deep into obscure makes/models and find something like this next thing. Find this 1952 Morris Minor offered for $10,900 in Belchertown, MA via craigslist. Tip from ME.
From 1957 through 1970 Autobianchi used the Fiat 500 platform to build a cool looking minicar called the Bianchina, which I’ve been told is Italian for “makes the driver look huge.” And the truth is, you don’t need to be Kareem Abdul Jabar to look huge next to a car with a 72 inch wheel base and a 117 inch total length…in fact, Paula Abdul would look like a giant next to this thing. Which is, apparently, the appeal of the microcar, drive something tiny so you feel like a giant, I wonder if I could buy this with my HFSA money and claim it is a form of therapy? Find this 1965 Autobianchi Bianchina offered for $19,500 in Georgetown, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
This next car came from tipper Rock On who called it an AMC Unicorn. How could I not feature this car, it’s an AMC Matador Brougham…you had me at AMC!! Just look at that beige paint at the vinyl top, this belongs in a museum!! Find this 1974 AMC Matador Brougham offered for $11,900 in Medford, CA via craigslist.
Back in the early 1970s, a Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an affordable way to get into a big 2-door personal luxury car. It might have not had the style of a Thunderbird or the sporty/upmarket(ish) badge of the Pontiac Grand Prix, but the Monte Carlo was available with a big block and understated styling with overstated gravitational pull. This thing is big. Find this 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo offered for $7500 in Enfield, CT. Tip from Cory.
The E12 generation BMW 530i went on sale in the USA way back in 1975, but this next car doesn’t look like an 70s malaise mobile or a carried over 60s design. Compare it to a Mercury Monarch or a W115 Mercedes-Benz and the Paul Bracq designed E12 looks downright modern and cool. Factor in the rugged BMW M30 inline-6 mated to a 4-speed manual and you’ve got a car that you could drive everyday if you wanted. Win win. Find this 1976 BMW 530i E12 offered for $9,950 in Austin, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.