We’ve had quite a few features of 90s Mercedes-Benz sedans in the past few weeks…which isn’t a bad thing. Maintenance costs from a dealer are the reason most people won’t drive a ’90s Benz, but if you have a local independent shop you trust and/or are handy with a wrench, these things will provide miles of entertainment for a low buy in today. And this next one has two of my requirements for a 30 year old daily driver — a non-thrashed interior and a manual gearbox. Find this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190e 2.6 Sportline bidding for $3,400 reserve-not-met with buy-it-now of $6900 in Olalla, WA on ebay.
This example of the first generation of the BMW 6 Series grand tourer coupé appears to be free of major blemishes and should provide years of smiles. The M30B32 3,210 cc straight six pumps out 194 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. While the engine won’t bury you in your seat. the 5-speed Getrag manual transmission helps to keep things entertaining. Find this 1984 BMW 633 Csi offered for $2500 in Wickenburg, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The Caprice name was first used by GM on a full sized top of the line Chevrolet in 1966. You could even get the Caprice with a big block pushing 425 horsepower out of some crazy 11:1 compression ratio solid lifter equipped beast…but those are collectible and expensive today…and still slower than the Caprice you can get from a city surplus auction for about $5k. The sixth generation Caprice was built in Australia through 2017 when the Holden plant was closed and another chapter in the automotive history books was closed. Find this 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV bidding for $5000 with a few hours to go, located in Orlando, FL.
It is lazy to post two cars in one craigslist advertisement…or genius? You save on the craigslist fees ($5 is $5…right?) and you get twice the exposure to your cars per click. And if you are trying to thin down your fleet…it isn’t a bad idea, especially if the cars are both the same make/model and ready for the next owners. Find these 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD W123 Wagons offered for $11,000 and $7,000 in Santa Monica, CA via craigslist. Double tip from Rock On & MikeD!
This next tip comes from Erik202 who writes: Back when i was in high school this one kid’s dad claimed that when he was young him and his buddies V8 swapped a Citation. I’m not sure I believe that story because I think a V8 swapped Citation would be such a death trap of a handling disaster that nobody would survive to tell it’s tales. This one has what looks like the perfect mix of modifications (looks like a 4.3l V6 to me) to get you to the afterlife a little faster than if you were driving a stock Citation. The carb fed V6 under the hood and the multiple nitrous bottles in trunk are interesting…but the price all money and then some for a Citation (sorry Citation Club of North America..please don’t spam the site!). Find this 1980 Chevrolet Citation offered for $20,000 CAD ($14,729 USD) in Sayward, BC via Kijiji.net.
If you’ve never driven a Porsche 914, you owe it to yourself to find one and give it a spin. They are furiously agile cars and you feel connected to the road in a “my butt is only 4 inches above this roaring pavement” at 60 mph like nothing you can find in the showrooms today. The only downside is that they are pretty lackluster in acceleration with the stock flat-4…but you can find them with a Chevy V8 shoved where it shouldn’t be. Find this 1970 Porsche 914 with V8 offered for $10,000 in Fremont, CA via craigslist.
The 1970’s were a wonderful time. Disco, Bruce Springsteen and Meatloaf dominated the airwaves. OPEC embargoes domaited the car scene. Pontiac sold the most Trans Ams in 1979 (116,535) so it is a good bet people were tired of the malaise era vehicles. This blue-gold beauty appears to be one of the 30,728 Trans Ams built with a 403 cubic inch engine and T-tops that year. While the seller is brief in his description the pictures speak for themselves. Find this 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am offered for $8500 in New York via craigslist.
The MGB GT was a fastback version of Morris Garage’s iconic MGB roadster, introduced in 1965 and built through 1980 for various markets. When first released, the GT used the same BMC B-series inline-4 cylinder engine, but added small back seats for kids and a gorgeous Pininfarina designed greenhouse with a fastback lift-gate and storage area. It is difficult to determine the condition of today’s next feature because the photos are so limited, but it it isn’t a rust bucket or needing a total mechanical makeover, it looks well priced…particularly compared to anything else with a Pininfarina design credit. Find this 1972 MGB GT offered for $7450 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist.
If you are looking for a small off roader from Japan you probably know about the Toyota Rav4, Subaru Forester, or Honda CR-V…but you probably have never heard of the car-based Nissan 4X4 that beat them to market, looked like a 1/2 scale Hummer and was discontinued in the year 2000 because…I don’t know why, and I don’t know why they never exported them to small SUV crazy America. You can read about the Rasheen here..but only if you can read kanji and kana. Find this 1995 Nissan Rasheen offered for $5300 in Vancouver, BC. Tip from JB1025.
There is something deep within the human psyche that causes a constant desire to one-up the next guy. You see someone with a wood grain dash and you get a wood sided wagon. This next person must have been a regular reader of Stephen Potters hilarious One-Upmanship (I prefer Potter’s original work; The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship or The Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating) and seen a woodie and come to the natural conclusion that a typical woody does not have enough wood. Therefore, he build this rolling sauna. The only questionable part of the build is why you’d suggest using such a vehicle as a BBQ truck…the inevitable roadside fire and news report almost writes itself. Find this 2008 Jeep Commander bidding for $1,050 on ebay reserve-not-met with 5 days to go, located in Ft Lauderdale, FL.