This next car might look like something that Jim Rockford would have chased down the bad guys (with a paint color change, of course) and done some serious J-turns or Bandit would have evaded Buford T. Justice across scores of county lines…but with the base (Buick sourced) 231ci V6 mated to a 3-speed auto, this car would have a hard time chasing down a kid on a bicycle, much less evading some baddy with a Pontiac LeMans or a full sized Ford. Despite that…I can appreciate that someone looking to get into the classic car hobby with an affordable and approachable classic could do much worse. Find this 1980 Pontiac Firebird Esprit bidding for $3600 no-reserve in Tempe, AZ with less than 1 day to go on BringATrailer.
It wasn’t long ago that you could find a stock 240SX on your local craigslist for a few hundred bucks and turn it into your canyon carving drift monster..but several decades, hundreds of LS swaps, and thousands of wrecked telephone poles later, the stock 240SX is as rare as rocking horse manure. This next example isn’t in perfect shape, but it doesn’t look like it’s even been on the Hakone Turnpike or the Usui touge. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be the first to push the tail end out. Find this 1993 Nissan 240SX offered for $6950 in Ontario, CA via craigslist. Tip from Art.
This next car comes from all the way around on the other side of the globe in a little place called Australia. Actually…it isn’t little at all. It is roughly the size of mainland USA from Los Angeles to Cleveland, but with the population of Texas. The result is a population density that is only beaten by Mongolia and Namibia if you are looking for places with wide open spaces. However, the people in Australia are car crazy and love horsepower and rear-drive beasts even if they no longer produce automobiles in their own factories thanks to Ford and GM. (Enjoy this tribute the the Australian car industry rock video from Grindhouse…but be warned you’ll see a lot of fat/hairy shirtless dudes past that click. Don’t say I didn’t warn you in the comments). Enjoy this tribute to the old days of Holden and Ford with a turbocharged inline-6. Find this 2005 Ford Falcon XR6T Ute offered for $7500 AUD ($5329 USD) in York, Western Australia via gumtree.
The Volvo purists might get a little disturbed at seeing yet another LS-based V8 swap in a classic 240 body…but let’s face it, with over 2.8 million examples of the 200-series (240 and 260) built from 1974 through 1993, it’s not like you can’t find another stock one sitting around. And that stock 240 will probably been useful to tow this thing to the next fuel station. Find this 1989 Volvo 244 With V8 Swap offered for $7000 via facebork in Sarasota, FL. Tip from Art.
Guts, cojones, bollocks, che palle, chutzpah, sisu, etc. Every culture/language has it’s own word for when somebody does something that shows a certain sense of disregard for common sense. I don’t judge those folks for not exercising the same caution as the rest of us chickens, because sometimes the end result is land a man on the moon, or discovering the Peep. But this next car is going to take all of the combined guts, wherewithal, and arcane Mercedes-Benz knowledge to make it run again on all 12 cylinders…and my hat is off to the man, women, or eunuch who does it. Find this 1995 Mercedes-Benz S600 offered for $2900 in Litchfield, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Ohh…this is one is so tempting. Seriously, please buy this car before I do. It combines the sweet styling of an E28 with the inevitable torque of a small block Ford V8. Just need to change the plan from the current AOD/C4 to a T5 and we’re in business. Oh yeah, you’ll also need to assemble everything yourself because it comes like a Lego kit. Find this 1984 BMW 524TD Ford V8 Ready offered for $2850 in Santa Rosa, CA via craigslist.
This next craigslist advert is, for me, an exercise in frustration. First up…it is the radical Vega Wagon version, but there is not a single picture of the entire car. Next, the Vega has been given a Buick/Rover V6 swap, but again…no pictures. I love the gold paint and the black center wheels…but I want to know more!! Somebody buy it and send me pics. Find this 1973 Chevrolet Vega Wagon offered for $5000 in Bakersfield, CA via craigslist.
If you are a regular on this website, you are probably thinking “Sweet! Another Monte Carlo Custom Cloud find, good job boys”…but if you are a first time visitor you are thinking “what in the blazes? Is my virus software up to date…get me off this website!” But wait! Don’t go yet — I haven’t explained to you about a small company in Florida that from 1973-1977 put a fiberglass front/rear on a Monte Carlo to make it look vaguely like a Rolls Royce, until the corporate goons at Rolls sued them and stopped the insanity…anyway, you can read the entire story of the Custom Cloud here and here… but you should buy this example before it gets pushed into a crusher. Find this 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Custom Cloud offered for $3,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
I can’t help be feel a certain sense of sadness whenever I see a fifth generation (2004-2006) Pontiac GTO…or more accurately, a 3rd generation Holden Monaro. The GTO/Monaro was a product of the indiscriminate globalization we’ve experienced in the past few decades, but in a good way. It gave us in the USA a chance to experience some Australian goodness, some good old fashioned fun from the land down under…but it ended with the shuttering of the Elizabeth, South Australia plant in 2017 and the inevitable announcement that GM was killing the Holden brand after the 2021 model year. GM will continue to sell cars in Australia, but they will come from plants in Korea, Thailand, Canada, Germany, and the USA. It is a shame because the GTmOnaro was a better Camaro than the Camaro relaunched in 2010 and we only have our fickle buying habits to blame. Find this 2006 Pontiac GTO offered for $16,500 in Lafayette, LA via craigslist. Tip from RamJet.
This Stellantis name of the new Chrysler/Fiat/Peugeot/DuffBeef merger still has me chuckling to my self. My belly hurts. The idea that a new name will hide the fact that Chrysler is now not even in the top ten best car makers on the planet…and it wasn’t always that way. There was a time when Chrysler rebadged some good Mercedes-Benz cars and had something fun/zippy to sell. Find this 2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 offered for $7950 in Chicago, IL via craigslist.