This next car comes as a tip from BarbP who writes: Not your fathers Oldsmobile…but your Grandmother’s 1993 Buick, and CannonBall ready; already in CA. Every ‘statie out there’ will assume you’re late for BINGO. Has the 3800 V6 that has been on Wards 10 Best List for the last 85 years and backed up by 4speed tranny. Mileage?: at 26,276 miles, that’s a negative 12,562 miles per year average per USDoT. Tesla-like: Just hard-wire the Resuscitation Package (option code Y11) to the electronic trans and file for a tax-rebate. In fact, what many don’t know is that the Buick Grand National was a tribute to Grandmothers across the Nation at the time, hence, the GNX. You will ‘flow-like-water’ in this ride so wear protection. Find this 1993 Buick LeSabre bidding for $4500 via Hemmings Auctions in Port Hueneme, CA with 2 days to go.
This next car sent me for a roller coaster of an emotional journey. It started with a simple thought; Hey, wow, finally a Hurst/Olds 442 with Lightning Rod shifters offered for a decent amount of money…next pic. Okay, the Lightning Rods are in place, red interior is dirty but intact. Next pic, wow, it comes with a bunch of spare engine parts, and even a spare engine block. Clicks next pic…oh…wait, that is a 2×4 holding the torque converter in place where the engine should be…oh. Find this 1983 Oldsmobile 442 Hurst/Olds offered for $3000 in Poughkeepsie, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I saw this next car in the tips inbox and instantly seethed with indignant rage; How dare someone send in this offense against taste and decency? What do you think this site is? Do you think this is the kind of site will post any sort of El Camino’d Cadillac with an LT1 V8 under the hood? Well, let me tell you…you’ve got the…well…you’ve got the right place. This is a go for posting. Find this 1984 Cadillac DeVille El Camino offered for $15,000 in Oakland, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car came as a tip from Jim who writes; This car is like a mullet with a tuxedo. Yes, like Pabst Blue Ribbon in a champagne flute. Like roadkill served on fine bone china. Like a Raider’s linebacker in full uniform heading to Centre Court at Wimbledon. Like an expensive car featured on Daily Turismo. Find this 1997 Cadillac Seville flower car offered for $6998 in Norwalk, CT via craigslist.
This next car comes as a seller submission from AMG enthusiast and DT tipper Cory who writes; I don’t really want to sell it, but I currently have four Mercs so one of them needs to go. It is a exceptional driving car that I will miss for sure. Seeing I am not traveling hardly at all for work, I am going to enlist the new 1997 C36 6 speed into daily driving duties once I raise up the suspension a bit and swap out the wheels. DT Vince; Four late model Mercedes-Benzes…wow…that is living the dream. Catch up with Cory by buying his E55. Find this 1999 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG offered for $7500 in Norwalk, CT via craigslist.
I saw this next can and a little earworm immediately jumped into my head. And her name is G…L…O…R…IiiiiA…GLORIA…I wanna shout it ev’ry night (GLORIA!). Oh man. If I owned this car, I don’t think the cassette player would have anything other than Van Morrison’s single GLORIA stuck on repeat 24-7 at top volume. Makin’ me feel so good, huh, Make me feel all right, huh! I don’t think my wife or kids would want to ride in this car with me…mmmm…that’s just a bonus, I guess. Find this 1995 Nissan Gloria Gran Turismo bidding for $4000 on cars&bids with a few hours to go.
Happy Pi Day to all the true Pi-day adherents, I won’t get started on those wacky Pi-approximatists who celebrate on July 22 (heathens & heretics the lot of them!!), but I will explain what this next car has to do with 3.14. There is an expression about being American as apple pie, so I have to assume that there is an equivalent expression about something being as Japanese as a pie. Probably not apple pie, in fact the pie is probably fish flavored or one of those delicious okonomiyaki pancakes…so this next car is as Japanese as okonomiyaki. Which is essentially pie…a synonym for pi…wait I don’t have to justify myself to you non-pi day plebeians…I’m going to go eat some pi…or…err…pie now. Find this 1995 Mitsubishi FTO GPX offered for $8950 in Bend, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
How many more years will the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 languish at the bottom of the cool car list? These things were absolutely righteous when new and many of their contemporary peers (the Supra, NSX, 911, Jeep Grand Cherokee, et cetera) have become rapidly appreciating classics with high prices and fancy parties…but the 3000GT VR4 just sits forlornly at used car lots like the cheese log at your last party. Everybody knows what it is, but nobody wants it. Find this 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 offered for $6000 in Sheridan, CA via eBay.
The Buick LeSabre had the honor of being the best selling “full sized” car in North America when it was discontinued in 2004. Why Buick discontinued a best seller or why a Buick would have been a best seller in 2004 is lost to me, but the fact remains that boat loads of old folks bought new full sized Buicks for decades (at least before Lexus/Acura appeared on the scene with more reliable and better product to sell.) The result is a regular supply of lightly used Buicks of semi-recent vintage when the owners kick the bucket. Find this 1997 Buick LeSabre offered in Lenoir City, TN for $3499 via classiccars.com. Tip from BarbP.
This next car came as a tip from Matt C who wrote: Bitter SC heading towards auction. And I thought to myself; Oh great, another opportunity for an oddball cheap and interesting car to get slathered with a thick veneer of nostalgia from a group of self-appointed experts in the comments of one of those 5% buyers-premium auction sites and then bid into silly money range by the deep pockets of…oh…wait…an insurance auction? Suuhhh-wheat!! A dirty car that might not have keys and will need a trailer to get home? That’s more my style. Find this 1985 Bitter SC on the IAAI auction website in Atlanta, GA.