Not everything beautiful is symmetric in that beauty. Take the Morgan Aero 9 for instance — it has a swoopy gorgeous curves from the rear and a fugly cross-eyed front, and even Ferrari is not immune to an ugly front — take the wicked winged rear of the Ferrari F50 and then look at its Pontiac Aztec inspired (inspiring?) front end. With that in mind I want you to marvel at the incredible airplane tail of this next vehicle and try not to gasp in horror when you see the Geo Tracker front end plastered onto this rolling work of art. Find this 1999 Chevrolet Tracker Airplane Car bidding for $7800 reserve-not-met in Englewood, FL via eBay.
The VW pan based Bradley GT kit car is no stranger to the pages of DT…but you’ll find none stranger on these pages than this next Bradley GT…because the fiberglass body has been grafted to 1989 Toyota Truck chassis, complete with external cooling hoses and external bumpers — it is a sight to behold. The seller even made an awesome video of the car going 4X4ing in the snow. Find this 1989 Bradley GT on a Toyota Truck bidding for $4000 reserve-not-met on ebay with $14,500 buy-it-now located in Aurora, NY. Tip from Kester.
I know that the RX-7 rotary purists (Wankers as they call themselves) will cringe at the average pushrod V8 swapped RX-7, but they’ll be decidedly appalled that the builder used a GSL-SE to turn into a piston pumping pavement pounder. However, despite the vintage Cali sunset plate, the car itself is pretty ragged — rust appears in bubbles all over the paint and the seller reported having a blown engine…so this wasn’t some cherry collectors item, this was an RX-7 that needed some love…which it got in the form of a Ford V8 swap. Find this 1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE offered for $3100 in Palo Alto, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car epitomizes the expression “punching above one’s weight class.” It has no business being being fast as it is…but don’t let the shabby paint fool you. This wagon is running a 1UZFE V8 from a Lexus LS400, Mercedes-Benz bumpers and a funky multi-link rear suspension that looks tight. If you’ve got the time and know-how to swap in the included W58 5-speed, this thing will be perfect. Find this 1985 Toyota Cressida Wagon offered for $9000 in Simi Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from MikeD.
The Fox body Mustang was a huge breath of fresh air when it was released in 1979 and it returned the Mustang to a proper long-hood short-rear pony car shape. I think that the design has aged well and if you are looking for an inexpensive convertible that’ll seat 4 people and be fun to drive…it doesn’t get much better than a well preserved Fox. Find this 1988 Ford Mustang Convertible offered for $4500 in New York via classiccars.com. Tip from Barbpaddles.
They called it a factory sport truck, but the first generation SVT Lightning was a bit more than a few stickers and some interior bling. It was built to compete with Chevy’s 454SS and had a special 240 horsepower version of the 351 Windsor under the hood, but it had some tricks up it’s sleeve when it came to the twisty parts, thanks in part to legendary F1 driver Jackie Stewart. It wasn’t just a spring/shock setting, the Lightning also used thicker F250 4X4 sourced frame rails and additional welded gusseting to increase chassis rigidity and make it stick to the pavement. Color matched bumpers, lower ride height, and blacked-out trim completed the look and with production limited to 11,563 units over 3 model years means the Lightning will be a future collectible. Find this 1993 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning offered for $8200 in Seekonk, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
It never fails. I open my big mouth and start gabbering about how “the days of sub $5k classics on craigslist is behind us, we are all going to be leasing electric google-cubes because all the interesting cars are being speculatively purchased/sold on the auction sites that keep popping up…and, lo and behold, the $5k modern classics start flying around the DT tips line like covid19 at a frat party. Leave your solo cups at the door and buy this goldenrod classic before it gets away. Find this 1984 Toyota Celica GT offered for $5500 in Land Park, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This car is an interesting piece of used German metal. And I’ll start by admiting that I had the pleasure of owning and daily driving a used C36 AMG for a few years…and it wasn’t a bad car. The AMG tuned 3.6 liter M104 inline-6 is melodious instrument and it belted out 286 horsepower into a 5 speed slushbox that snapped off shifts like a SIG Sauer. It didn’t have the same steering feedback of an E36 M3 (had one of those too) and it wanted you to drive it more like a muscle car than a sports machine…but it wasn’t a bad vehicle at all, and I would recommend one to someone looking for a cheap future classic from Stuttgart. However…would I recommend one that needs to be towed home because the key was broken and the paint is covered in a vinyl wrap? Only if the price was…wow. That’s cheap. Find this 1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG offered for $1500 in Denver, CO via craigslist.
The Mercedes-Benz 190E is an entry-level luxury car produced from 1982 to 1993. Even though it was Mercedes first attempt at the compact car market they did not skimp on the W201. This platform introduced a 5-link rear suspension subsequently used in E and C class models, front and rear anti-roll bars, anti-dive and anti-squat geometry—as well as airbags, ABS brakes and seatbelt pretensioners. Find this 1986 Mercedes-Benz 90E 2.3-16V on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $12,900 in San Diego, CA with 16 days to go.
The daddy of the modern minivan was built on a modified version of Chrysler’s K-Car platform with which it shared engines and much running gear, but the backbone was something that Lee Iacocca and Hal Sperlich called the T-115 platform…which was just a beefy version of the K-car. The Chrysler minivan was billed as an […]