The Mercury Cougar started out way back in 1967 as an up-market version of the Ford Mustang. For its first two generations the Cougar was based on the Mustang, but then in 1974 it changed to a big Torino intermediate platform where it was a counterpart to the similarly plus sized Thunderbird. In 1980 the Cougar was switched to the compact Fox platform where it was a counterpart to the Thunderbird and Granada, but in 1989 it was switched to the MN12 platform where it got things the Fox didn’t have, like an independent rear suspension and available supercharged powertrains. A few years later the Cougar name was put on a front-wheel-drive thing that was based on the European Ford Mondeo, but we don’t want to talk about that. Find this 1989 Mercury Cougar XR7 offered for $12,000 in Merrimac, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Spanish word Caballista translates to horseman/horsewoman. But not like caballero, which is a knight or cowboy or someone who rides horses, but the caballista is an expert on horses. It is someone who knows different breeds and understands that a Corvette is not built by Mercedes. And slapping some garish body kit on a Corvette does not increase the value of the Vette, but it does make for an interesting conversation piece at your next Cars and Cocaine event. Find this 1977 Chevrolet Corvette Caballista offered for $20,000 somewhere near Chicago, IL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
New car dealers have strange cars on their lots. You can’t even find a manual transmission at a Ferrari or Lamborghini dealership in 2021, but if you have a hankerin’ for a mid-engine car with a manual gearbox and rear-wheel-drive, skip the fancy new dealerships and head to craigslist. Yeah. Because the mid-engine car you are going to buy today doesn’t have a prancing quadruped on the hood, but it does have a stick shift and seats 7. Find this 1992 Toyota Previa offered for $2450 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
I was checking out this car when I came to the startling conclusion that while I have ridden and driven in a few Ford Taurii SHOs over the years, I’ve never owned one, which seems like an oversight. This next thing seems like the perfect car to correct that error, a SHO (or is it an SHO?) that might be worth more than the sum of its basic Taurus platform and Super High Output parts. Find this 1989 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $4,000 in Kingsbury, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The Volkswagen Beetle was produced in such huge numbers that used versions became almost free back in the 1960s and hot rodders did what hot rodders do. At certain angles this next example is almost too pretty to be called a dune buggy, but from the side you can see the giant fender gap and […]
I see a surprising number of those Polaris Slingshot 3-wheelers tooling around the streets of SoCal these days, and I’ve always assumed they are rentals, because who would pay $20k-$35k for a motorcycle that can’t split lanes. More importantly, who would pay that much money for a futuristic shaped 3-wheeler when you can get a vintage version with a Citroen 4-cyliunder for less than half the price? Find this 1984 Trihawk 304 offered for $12,000 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car is a Legacy GT, which combined all of the turbocharged flat-4 with manual gearbox goodness of an Impreza WRX, but with refinement and grown-up looks of the Legacy sedan. It won’t be as fast as an STI, but it’ll be way easier to live with on a day-to-day basis and you don’t need to take up vaping to own one. Find this 2010 Subaru Legacy GT offered for $6,900 in Royal Palm Beach, FL via craigslist. Tip from KM.
Sometimes you find a car that just makes sense in the first photo. You know what it is, what it does, and why it exists. And then there’s this next car. Each time you click the little “next photo” arrow, you are met with more confusion. What am I looking at? What part of a car is that? Why would…what is…who…where…? Hot tub? Seriously? I’m just so completely confused with this next car…but that doesn’t mean I would drive it every day. Find this 1987 Chevrolet Astro Van offered for $18,500 CAD ($14,858 USD) located in Stratford, ON, Canada via kijiji.ca.
Ford’s legendary F-series pickup has been available with a diesel for many years, but it has usually been an International, and lately, a Ford diesel engine. Ford even put a Perkins diesel in some cars sold in Argentina, but as far as I know Ford never put a Cummins diesel in their light duty pickup (although you could get a Cummins 6.7 liter in an F650/750 from 2010-2015..but that isn’t exactly light duty). However, just because the Ford factory never put a Cummins in an F250 doesn’t mean you can’t buy one, because just about every engine swap possible has been done or is in the works. Personally, I’m waiting until someone swaps a 2-stroke 3-cylinder Saab engine into a Tesla…but until that time you can own a Cummins 6BT 12-valve swapped F250 known as the Fummins. Find this 1984 Ford F250 Cummins Power with “manuel transmission” offered for $7500 in San Rafael, CA via craigslist.
I hate to do this to you guys, because this next car is ugly. Real ugly. Uglier than a monkey’s armpit. Uglier than a Kardashian without a corset. Uglier than a mud fence. Uglier than a Bangle butt on a Bugatti. Uglier than a LeCar. U…G…L…Y, you ain’t got no alibi. Feel out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down to the ugly pit. Uglier than a shaved ape in a Birkenstocks. Ugg. Beauty may be skin deep, but ugly is to the bones…this car is bound for the crusher or nearest 24 Hours of LeMons racetrack, you decide. Find this 1989 BMW E34 540i 6-Speed offered for $500 in Glen Burnie, MD via craigslist. Tip from Cory.