Mid Week Match-Up: Limited Edition
This week’s Mid Week Match-Up, victim is a hypothetical person we shall call “Dwood” — and the thing he needs is a fast/fun/daily driver for less than $10k, but it needs to be a unique car with very limited production…like no more than 1,000 examples sold in the USA.
Go. Do your worst. Find something limited.
Man, that's a semi-tall order. Here is a 1990 Cadillac Allante for $8,950. About 2,500 where made, but less than 2,000 of them had the fancy shmancy digital tach.
They made more than a 1,000 of these, but I had to post it cuz it looks sweet for the price. 1988 Porsche 944 S for $7,900.
Oh yeah, and don't forget about the 2003 Jaguar S-Type R from last week in case you missed it.
Saab production numbers are pretty low, a nice 9-3?
even better, the last Saab 9-5, 2010-12 – 10,000 produced overall, but the one you want is the Aero – a lot fewer of those and in the US of A there couldn't be more than a hundred with a stick – not sure if Merica got the V6 (I6?) with nearly 300 hp, but there's probably only a couple dozen of those – AWD option, very likely single digits – i'm guessing
gee, maybe i should buy one, eh Vince / CFlo / Hunsbloger / Gianni? – Aero prices here are around 10k, but that's quid, not greenbacks
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It is a shame that Saab died when it did. A classmate of mine had been just hired as head of design when Saab went down. He had some really neat ideas. I think might have been behind the above car.
Jason something, right? Began with a "C"? Yeah, I've seen some of those drawings, very appealing. Where is he now?
I also just saw an AWD Aero with a stick of which I speak, just the other day down the block from my house. Should have left a note under the wiper, I should have.
Yup, Jason Castriota.
When he was a student he drove a M3 and a Ducati. He also had ladies throwing them selves at him.
Not a bad life.
Got plucked out of school before graduating by Pininfarina and immediately designed some Ferraris.
I guess he works at an independent studio in New York now.
Jensen Healey has pretty low production numbers, ~10k for the whole run. The GT model fits the criteria, numbers wise (~500). I've always thought they looked a little odd though.
Mercedes C36/C43 AMG fit the description
OK, my hat's off to you if you use this thing as a daily driver, but it fits the other rules.
There were only 306 of these imported to the US. And worldwide production was only 1843 total.
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I can't believe I found something
2002 Ford Thunderbird Neiman Marcus Edition 200 made
I almost bought a Neiman Marcus Christmas catalogue Ducati 748. Pro Italia had one with low miles for like $3,000. It just didn't seem like a proper branding of a Ducati.
You could always go for a 1992 Sunburst Yellow Miata. "Rare" color on a not rare car. Total produced was 1515.
First thought, something JDM, yo!
Second thoughts – less than 1000 Honda S2000s sold between 2009 and 2013
Third thought – V70R manual? V. likely just about 1000 sold in the US over the model run – total production numbers for the V70 R from 2004 through 2007:
2005 = 674
2006 = 823
2007 = 345
With the 2004 split as:
V70 R Auto = 1024
V70 R Man = 541
Assuming a similar 2:1 split,
04 = 541
05 = ~225
06 = ~280
07 = ~115
Go forth and hoon, young man.
Well, I'm a day too late for the auction, but you can get a nice e23 745i for that price point. Here's one with 31k miles that went for $7600 yesterday. No more than a couple hundred were brought into the states via gray market importing.
I would be looking for only one car.. 1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4. 1000 total production for 1992, AWD turbocharged fun for WAY less then $10,000. You get 90% of the fun of a Mitsubishi EVO for 1/5th the price. Manual trans only.
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Was gonna post that before the 745i but balked when I saw the 1991 totals were way more than that. Also, the stat I showed had 1001 for 1992—LOL. Nice choice either way!
What about the Citroen D Special – sure, more than 1000 imported/made, but how many you going to see around in DD status? <20 nationwide, I'd wager.
Not sure about the import numbers, but the zippy and price is right. 2003 Mercedes CLK