The third generation Honda Accord hatchback is was built from 1985 through 1989 and it features a few things that other accords didn’t have including…double wishbone front and rear suspension, and pop-up headlights. Guess which one of those features is gonna get you more points at the next classic 80s Japanese car show? Find this 1987 Honda Accord offered for $5,500 in New York via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Porsche 928 was a round car when it hit showrooms in 1977. The rear end was round, the front end was round, the pop-up headlights were round…even the wheels were round. Very round indeed. But somehow, inexplicably, someone made it more round. The seller doesn’t say who assembled the fiberglass body that sits around this thing, but it would be fun to explore the history of this car while riding around with the top down. Find this 1989 Porsche 928 offered for $10,500 near Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.
A late 80s Pontiac Gran Prix is a demonstrably terrible car to drive every day. It won’t be very reliable, or cheap to maintain or self parking or make you a cappuccino or any of the things we’ve become accustomed to with modern economy cars. But that shouldn’t stop you from owning one as a classic, particularly a 5-speed manual gearbox version with a combination lock for the glove box. TAKE THAT GLOVE BOX BANDITS, TRY AND GUESS THIS COMBO. YOU CAN TAKE MY CATALYTIC CONVERTER BUT YOU CAN’T HAVE MY INSURANCE INFORMATION OR MY GLOVES. Find this 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix offered for $7000 in Fremont, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Maserati BiTurbo was one of the first twin turbo engines produced for mass consumption and could put out a respectable 150 horsepower/liter, which was enough to blow the engine up after a few months. It was a case of Maserati engineers getting overly optimistic with the amount of boost that cheap Sicilian pig iron could withstand and the result was an engine block better suited for using as cement shoes. Today’s BiTurbo was converted to electric and then further restored by everyone’s favorite TV show car flippers – Mike Brewer and Edd China of Wheeler Dealers a few years ago. In fact, we featured this car in 2016 at the request of a Wheeler Dealers producer when it was offered for a big pile of money. Today it looks ready to shred some tires and maybe burn to the ground in an uncontrolled lipo fire – who knows what adventure awaits when you drive a Maserati. Just always remember to wear fireproof shoes that are good for walking. Find this 1985 Maserati BiTurbo offered for $18,000 in Oceanside, CA via craigslist.
This next Jeep Cherokee Pioneer is from the early years of the XJ generation of the unibody Jeep Cherokee and it looks surprisingly well cared for. Unfortunately the seller of this XJ reports that it won’t pass smog, it needs a timing belt, and the check-engine-light is flickering. Also known as flashing — as in, something is wrong NOW. An OBDII scan tool is worthless with this ancient thing, but there is certainly a way to get the engine controller to give up its launch codes, usually involving mashing the gas pedal in a certain way on startup…I don’t know Jeep CEL diagnosis and am too lazy to duckduckgo it. But this thing is in WAY too good condition to be turned into the California smog authorities for whatever they pay for scrap junkers these days and it needs somebody to rescue it. Find this 1986 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer XJ offered for $3800 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist.
What did Queen Gertrude say in Shakespeare’s (if that’s his real name) famous play about the Prince of Demark? “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Ah yes, that’s the rub. The seller of this next thing spends a bit too much of his prose in saying this is NOT a kit car. What it is, however, is a front-engine rear-drive thing built on a Trans Am chassis that looks a good deal like a Magnum PI Ferrari. Find this 1986 Machiavelli Max bidding for $22400 in Jupiter, FL via eBay. Tip from Rock On!
The Porsche 968 is not the prettiest Porsche to be built in the 1990s, but it is one of the rarest. And that means something in the cult or Porsche, or it should. The fact is the 968 is still a hidden gem in the front-engine water-cooled Porsche experience and it will be worth something someday. But for now, they are cheap. Find this 1995 Porsche 968 offered for $13,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from FuelTruck who writes: What is it with Texans in that they seem feel the need to “truckify” everything? No clue, but this thing is kinda awesome, and I want it. For half of the asking price. Find this 1997 Mazda Miata MX-5 offered for $5000 in Lago Vista, TX via craigslist.
This next car is a custom Mazda is a bit of a puzzle. It looks like the builder started to build a lightweight racing-prepared Mazda by building a tube frame cage. A few weeks later, the builder decided to tubify the rear end…and then the front…and eventually it just devolved into a tube frame-semi-unibody racer that weighs as much as the tailgate on an old truck. Find this 1995 Mazda Miata offered for $4000 in Centerton, AR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car comes from the year 1983, which was the year of the theatrical release of Return of the Jedi and the year of the first mobile cell telephone call. If that doesn’t sound very long enough — check your calendar. This car left the factory 38 years ago. So if anyone looks at it like a potential cheap daily driver, remember it is a classic. Not that you couldn’t drive it every single day, but then I know people who drive vintage Beetles every day, so can be a daily or a classic. One last thought — forward hinged hoods rule. Find this 1983 Honda Accord offered for $5,400 in San Mateo, CA via craigslist.