The E30 generation BWM 3-series is starting to turn the page from depreciated junk to expensive collectable. The M3 version made that leap a few years ago, but prices for the basic 4-cylinder 318 and 6-cylinder 325 haven’t been that bad…but I do expect that to change as the rusty examples get crushed and the nice examples get restored. This next E30 is a low end 4-cylinder model, but it is a two door, manual gearbox, and is sold by the original owner. Find this 1991 BMW 318is offered for $6,200 in Concord, CA via craigslist.
The seller of this next car describes it as “not a hackjob backyard swap”…which makes me wonder, where would you do an LSX swap into a 90s GMC Jimmy? In the realm of places to do swaps, from a Jay Leno style climate controlled garage to a dirt patch behind the Waffle House in Woooostaaaa, I’m gonna lean towards doing my Jimmy swaps at the latter, but I love waffles more than Jay Leno. And I mean that exactly how you might interpret it. Find this 1998 GMC Jimmy offered for $5000 in Northbridge, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The 1990s Ford Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car, and Mercury Grand Marquis were built on a big body on frame chassis for the fleet car market. Cops, security guards, limo drivers, and old people put billions of miles on the 1.5 million examples that rolled off Fords production lines from 1993-2012. This next example looks like it spent most of its life in grandma’s garage when it wasn’t parked at church or bingo night. Find this 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis LS offered for $6995 in Plano, TX via autotrader. Tip from Jeff.
I live in SoCal, so I need a factory equipped umbrella holder in my car about as much as glovebox full of scorpions…but I am absolutely obsessed with the trick this Pulsar GTI-R has inside the door. What you see is a factory Nissan umbrella that goes in special cavity accessible via the door jam. Sure the car has a SR20DET mated to all-wheel-drive…but that umbrella holder is sick. Would have been better if they put a katana in the door, Yakuza style, but Nissan made some cool cars back in the day. Find this 1991 Nissan Pulsar GTI-R offered for $17,950 in Ferndale, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.
This next car comes as a tip from Jim H who calls it an “honest ad” with “Hallmark card pricing.” Hallmark greeting cards might be expensive for greeting cards, but they are assuredly cheaper than the average Mercedes-Benz wagon, let’s take a closer look. Find this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300TE Wagon offered for $1499 in Pittsfield, MA via craigslist.
The Chevy Malibu was a forgettable midsized sedan from the 80s and not worth a second glance…unless someone has shoved a giant 454 cubic inch V8 under the hood, painted the bumpers, and do some massive burnout in the advertisement photos. Today’s feature has been transformed from Maliboring to Malibadass. Find this 1983 Chevrolet Malibu Wagon offered for $9,500 in Boston, MA via craigslist.
I was wandering through a middle American neighborhood the other day and I passed by a parked Saturn L-something sitting in a driveway. It was in decent shape and the owner probably bought it new and it got me wondering — what would the nicest Saturn L300 (for instance) be worth on the open market today? And would anyone want one at any price? This opened the bigger question as to the market for nice versions of terrible cars (see the Terdcel from the other day), and then this next time came through…and I couldn’t help but feature what is probably the nicest Fuego that isn’t en fuego. Find this 1985 Renault Fuego offered for $9000 in Killingworth, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Global sales of BMW’s first 3-series started in the 1975 model year and by the time they switched factory operations to build the E30 version in 1983, over a million examples of the E21 had left the shipping dock. Today’s next example is from the final year of production and has a cool set of black/white/grey stripes on the side, plus a manual gearbox. Find this 1982 BMW 320i offered for $6,200 in Torrance, CA via craigslist.
The Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera was mid-sized offering from GM’s premium brand Oldsmobile that sat between the compact Cutlass Calais and full-sized Eighty-Eight & Ninety-Eight. The Ciera shared the H-body platform with the Buick Century, Chevrolet Celebrity, and Pontiac 6000. It is yet another terrible 80s product from the General but this next example has only 38k miles on the odometer and is a “rare” XC special edition…so I’m gonna give it two thumbs up. Find this 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera XC offered for $7950 in Dunmore, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
If you had a limited edition Indy 500 “Official” Pace Car Pontiac Fiero and wanted to maintain maximum sellable value, you’d think it would be best to keep the original iron duke 4-banger, but you’d be dead wrong. That is because an upgrade to a Chevy 305 small-block V8 is indeed an upgrade in value to the market, even if said 305 V8 has an air cleaner that is smaller in diameter than the average toilet bowl cleaning brush. Find this 1984 Pontiac Fiero Indy 500 Pace Car offered for $8000 in Topeka, KS via facetrash bigbrotherbook Tip from Jason.