This next car is an interesting piece of work…and where it gets really interesting is when the seller says it has a 4-cylinder aircooled engine, but it isn’t a VW. So, who else built air-cooled 4-cylinder engines that could be easily adapted to drive the front wheels of an oddball? How about Citroën? They made a car in the 1970s-80s called the GS (and later the GSA) that fit the bill and a crazy man named Lou Richards designed this thing and Hawk Vehicles in California that built about 100 of these things before the rights were apparently sold to Harley Davidson. Find this 1984 Tri-Hawk 3-Wheeler offered with a starting bid of $10k in Boerne, TX via eBay. Tip from Hugh.
The Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser was the corporate twin to Buick’s fabulous SportWagon and part of GM’s A-body platform that includes the Buick Special, Olds Cutlass, Pontiac Grand Prix, Pontiac Tempest, and Chevrolet Chevelle. The Vista Cruiser isn’t a bad way to get into a car from the best year in automotive history (that’s 1965 in case you were wondering) and this Vista Cruiser is equipped with power steering and power brakes. Find this 1965 Oldsmobile Vista offered for $13,500 in Santa Barbara, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Billionaire investor/car guy/Yugo enthusiast Malcom Bricklin started importing the Subaru 360 in 1968, where he sold them for a basic starting price of $1,297. The little 360/Ladybug was only slightly faster than the typical lawnmower engine powered home-made go-kart, but had license plates and was legal to drive on the road. Unfortunately, US importation of the 360 ended by 1971, shortly after the muckrakers at Consumer Reports labeled the lightweight as “Not Acceptable” due to safety concerns. Imagine what those pearl clutchers would have said if they’d see a 360 that had been modified like this next one?! Find this 1971 Subaru 360 offered for $7,900 in Seattle, WA via craigslist.
I don’t own a C4 Corvette, but if I did it wouldn’t be one of those wicked ZR1s or a Grand Sport…because they are expensive and only offer a minimum of improvement over a base Vette. So, I’d find a C4 with a Doug Nash 4+3 manual gearbox with a two tone exterior brown/gold paint […]
You know what they say: If one huge optimistically priced GM station wagon is good, then two must be better! But this next wagon is no ordinary thing built from the GM parts bin because it is built on the 1942-1948 Roadmaster chassis and features a 320 cubic inch Fireball straight-8 under that ginormous hood. It won’t be fast, but you’ll get there in style. Find this 1948 Buick Roadmaster Ambulance offered for $17,000 in Hacienda Heights, CA via craigslist.
It might be difficult to tell when parked next to some huge modern full sized pickup truck, but the Chevrolet Impala wagon is huge. It was built on GM’s full sized B-body chassis, which was bigger than the mid-sized A-Body chassis that you might find in the form of a Chevrolet Chevelle Wagon or a Buick Sportwagon. The seller of today’s next car is asking an optimistic price for this wood sided land barge, but with the current pace of car price inflation this might be as much as a decent tip at a restaurant by the end of next summer. Find this 1967 Chevrolet Impala Wagon offered for $18,500 in Orange County, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Lotus Elan was a cute little twin-cam powered sports car designed by Ron Hickman and released for the 1962 model year. It was a featherweight at 1500 lbs and people raved about its performance and handling…but it had no back seat for occasional kid shuttling. Lotus fixed that in 1967 with the release of the Elan+2, which added two small back seats and some length/width/height to accommodate the new passengers. Production continued through 1975 when the Elan was replaced by the Esprit. Find this 1973 Lotus Elan+2 offered for $8,500 in Rochester, NY via craigslist. Tip from Graham.
When I first got a look at this next car, I thought that perhaps someone had restored the Draken…but no. This next Saab 99 is not a simple 99 EMS, but it is the real deal 99 Turbo. The Turbo was the car that put Saab on the map for performance oriented folks who cared more about snow/sand performance and 30-70mph acceleration than they did the 1/4 mile times printed in magazines. DT’s Editor-in-Heaven Hunsbloger could tell stories about racing 911s in the 99 Turbo back in the day, and the result wasn’t good for the rich did in the Porsche. But this Turbo does have the same Saab Inca alloys, spleen colored exterior, and blood red interior that charmed me for many miles in the Draken…but it also has a boosted B-series 2.0 liter pushing power to the front wheels. Find this 1978 Saab 99 Turbo offered for $20,000 in Choiniere, RI via saabnet.com. Seller Submission from Ben
If you were to compare automotive makers to soda companies you might be tempted to compare the legendary Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company the something like Snapple. But if Coke is GM and Pepsi is Ford, then Snapple is Dodge…so you’ve got to dig deeper because Studebaker is closer in rarity to Reed’s Ginger Brew. Find this 1963 Studebaker Lark Convertible offered for $16,000 in Wenatchee, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.
What has….a diesel engine, manual gearbox, UNIMOG off-road chassis, and seating for 22 people? If you said “my dream vehicle,” then this next feature might just make your day. But for the rest of us who don’t have storage for a giant vehicle that leaks as much oil as it burns, this is mostly a curiosity. Find this 1972 Mercedes-Benz O309D Omnibus offered for $12,000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.