In the Venn diagram that shows an overlapping circles of 4X4s, exposed hood scoops, and El Caminos…there is a little spot in the middle known as a hillbilly bonanza. It is that magic combination of big tires and big promises that can only be inspired by moonshine distilled in a swamp. It is magical. Find this 1959 Chevrolet El Camino offered for $8001 (reserve-not-met) located in Bohemia, NY via ebay.
This next car is strange looking piece of metal — and it took me a few minutes to figure out what I was looking at, especially on the inside. It was obviously a modern car, but not the typical PT-Cruiser or random 90s Pontiac that gets the “woodie” treatment on a weekly basis. But the center mounted gauge cluster with a HYBRID badge from a Ford product on the back confirmed what I suspected…this is a rebodied Prius. Find this 2002 Toyota Prius offered for $18,000 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.
Lots of cars have wings. Most Porsches sport some kind of small automatically deployed wing element from the back and even the lowly Toyota Corolla has a small trunk wing in many configurations…but this next car…it has a wing. A real air foil. It is the stubby remnants of a Cessna 172 wing that has been amputated so it will fit into a garage and that is just the start. Find this 1968 Volkswagen Beetle that has been combined with a 1959 Cessna 172 offered for $28,500 in Cape Coral, FL via eBay. Tip from Kester.
Here is today’s mental challenge. Or challenge for the mental. You’ve got to pick between one of the two next $1500 cars to use as your daily driver for the next 3 years. Parts to repair your hulk will be provided for free, but you need to do the maintenance yourself. Which would you pick? This 1992 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL offered for $1,500 in Billings, MT or this 1994 Ford Aspire offered for $1300 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
As a young hockey loving kid, I always enjoyed the methodical way that a good Zamboni driver re-surfaces an ice rink with minimal overlap and maximum efficiency. There is something satisfying about seeing that freshly smooth ice and there is nothing better than being the first set of skates to chop into the virgin ice and leave a trail of curved lines and fresh shaved ice. It is quite possibly the opposite feeling of watching a Dumb and Dumber movie sequel, which leaves you in a state of wanting a time machine to go back and correct your path that lead you to this dark corner of the multiverse, but driving a movie prop Zamboni with a V8 from one of those Dumb movies…maybe that’d be worth it. Find this 1985 Zamboni V8 offered for $15,000 in Sylmar, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
If you are going to drive something that looks like a vintage racer, you might as well get something that performs like a vintage racer, which isn’t like the latest turbocharged Caterham offering or one of those three wheeled Slingshot things. Cars from the golden age of the automobile were slow, even race cars, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. Find this 1980 SSR1 Speedster offered for $10,950 in Surprise, AZ via ebay.
The Machiavelli Max post the other day was one of the better looking fake Ferrari kit cars I’ve seen recently — despite its plebian TransAm roots, it looks like a Ferrari to a casual observer. This next kit car…it is interesting, but I don’t think that anybody is going to be fooled into thinking it is a ’57 Chevy. Similar to the Machiavelli, the Belaro also uses a GM F-Body for the mechanical parts, but this time a Camaro. Find this 1997 Chevrolet Camaro Kit Car offered for $19,750 in Ft Lauderdale, FL via eBay.
The Exocet Missile was a French built anti-ship missile that is known for its first wartime launch by an Argentine Super Étendard strike-fighter that sunk the HMS Sheffield during the 10-week conflict in 1982 known as the Falklands War. The Excoet kit car on the other hand, is a beast sold by the guys at Exomotive that puts a tube frame chassis and composite body panels around a donor Mazda Miata chassis. The Exocet Miata is equally as dangerous as the Exocet missile, but only to its occupants. Find this 1999 Exomotive Exocet Miata Kit Car offered for $20,000 in Harrisburg, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
If you don’t know anything about Legends racing, let me give you a quick overview. First started in 1992, the Legends class uses a steel backbone chassis with 5/8 scale replica body shell designed to look like mid ’30s Ford/Chevy/Dodge Coupe that you’d have seen in early NASCAR races back in the day. The Legends car formula uses Yamaha motorcycle engines and some basic suspension/brakes to make racing as affordable as possible. The best part is that the little Legends cars race on both asphalt and dirt — so you get slip, slide, or drift if that’s your thing. Find this 1937 Inex Legends Racer offered for best offer in Vass, NC via faceplace marketbroken. Tip from John W.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to own a tank. Some of my first memories involve playing in a mound of dirt in my parents back yard with a model of a little green tank that was so used and abused that is sported a straw for a cannon in its later years. Today’s next feature is an opportunity to make that little kid (who is still somewhere deep down inside) happier than a clam at high tide, because this is not just a tank, this is the world’s fastest racing tank. Find this 1994ish Alvis Sabre Light Tank bidding for £17,250 with 4 days to go in North Yorkshire, UK via collectingcars.com. Tip from Hugh.