This next thing is straight out of a lawyer’s dream fantasy. It is what appears to be a device designed explicitly to shoot people into trees. It is the gas powered pogo stick (think of a combustion chamber were you are the connecting rod) and they were sold by an outfit called Change Manufacturing out of Wichita, KS in 1960 and 1961. Unfortunately, someone was injured during a publicity stunt at the Indy Motor Speedway and an evening TV personality was thrown off a Hop Rod and allegedly broke his shoulder. According to various internet sources, the Hop Rod was subsequently banned by the appropriate regulatory authorities and the Hop Rod was no more. Shame. The idiot of a gas powered Pogo Stick is nothing short of brilliant and I can’t believe I don’t own one. Find this 1960 Motorized Pogo Stick bidding for $355 in Forked River, NJ via ebay. Tip from Hugh!
The Series III Jaguar XJ6 is one of the legendary sports luxury sedan of the ’80s/90s that every man (or woman) who considers himself a motorhead should own some day. The highway manners were particularly noteworthy, close your eyes and you could hardly tell you were moving — something that couldn’t be said for many of the domestic offerings of the day, The US version was available the the venerable 4.2 litre Jag inline-6 that put out something in the range of 205 horsepower and 231 ft-lbs of torque — and today’s example looks great for the asking price. Find this 1984 Jaguar XJ6 offered for $7250 in Fallbrook, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The 2nd generation Honda Accord was sold from 1982 through 1985 in the USA and these things were everywhere. Honda was selling so many of these things that they decided to build them in the USA. Starting in 1983, most Accords sold east of the Rockies were assembled in a plant in Marysville, Ohio. It appears this one was originally sold in CT, so it is probably one of those Marysville Accords, but it does look in great shape for the age. Find this 1985 Honda Accord offered for $6,450 in Voluntown, CT via craigslist. Tip from Carter.
Today’s third Syncro de Mayo entry is not a vintage Vanagon or a sweet Mk 2 Golf Country, but it does have VW’s syncro all-wheel drive system which was later known as 4Motion. Those earlier syncro Golfs and Vanagons have become expensive due to the uniqueness of their drive systems, so we’ll have to dig into the early 2000s to find something appropriately cheap and ready for your 4×4 adventures. This B5.5 Passat is the unicorn of Passats — it has all of the right pieces — 6-speed, 4Motion, and 1.8T 4-banger. You might wonder why anyone would want the smallest engine in the family (versus the 2.8V6, or 4.0W8) but it is the lightest of all engines and easily more powerful than the V6 with the addition of a simple ECU chip and with some intake/exhaust and a small turbo upgrade it’ll blow the doors off the W8 as well. Trust me, get the 1.8T and feed it premium fuel and synthetic oil, you won’t regret it. Find this 2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 4Motion offered for $2800 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist. Tip from Michael.
Welcome to Daily Turismo’s Syncro de Mayo, our May 5th celebration of Volkswagen’s four wheel drive system known as Syncro. Today’s next entry into the cabal of synchronicity did not use the Syncro name in its advertising literature, but the R32 Golf MkV puts power from its 250 horsepower VR6 engine into a Haldex controlled center diff that’ll put power to the rear wheels when needed. It still maintains a certain degree front front-wheel-drive understeer, but you can get the back end to step out with trail braking or a heavy right foot. For whatever reason, VW decided to only build the MkV R32 with some kind of flappy paddle double clutch DSG thing, but all reports indicate that the DSG in the R32 is relatively fun to drive. Find this 2008 Volkswagen R32 offered for $12,500 in Sunnyvale, CA via craigslist.
Welcome to Daily Turismo’s Syncro de Mayo, our May 5th celebration of Volkswagen’s four wheel drive system known as Syncro. First up in our symphony of syncronicity is a somewhat scurrilously scandalized example of the Volkswagen Type 2 (T3) which is variously known as the Transporter, Caravelle, Microbus, Vanagon, Kombi, Westfalia and TippyMcDeathtrap. Find this 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro bidding for $8,100 in Elgin, IL via ebay.
This next beast is just about extinct. You just don’t see 80s vintage AMCs driving around anymore — except maybe the occasional Pacer/Gremlin or Eagle 4X4. But the Concord was their compact entry-level sedan offering and you can’t even find these things in junkyards anymore. And if you are going to pick a Concord to save, one with the 258cubic inch inline-6 is the proper one to keep on the road. Find this 1983 AMC Concord offered for $3800 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
It seems like only yesterday when Volkswagen Cabrios seemed to clog SoCal freeways with their tops down and in the sun. A few decades later, and I have to wonder where they went? Probably to the crusher by the thousands, but the few that remain are pretty beaten up, so it is nice to find […]
Tomorrow is Syncro de Mayo over here at Daily Turismo, which is where we celebrate by featuring cars equipped with Volkswagen’s viscous center coupling device that put what little power the Vanagon made into all four wheels…wait…STOP THE PRESSES. I just found out today that the Vanagon (technically the Type 2, known as the Kombi/Bulli/Transporter/Caravelle/T25/Microbus) name is a portmanteaux of van and wagon. Van-wagon. Vanagon. VW was trying to give buyers the impression that the Type 2 was more like a wagon than a classic van. Maybe? What do you guys think? Also, send us your Synchro de Mayo tips for tomorrow! Find this 1987 Volkswagen Type 2 T3 Vanagon Syncro offered for $15,000 in Reno, NV via craigslist.
Sometimes in the morning when I get up, I feel old. My joints are stiff and my head is pounding for a cup of coffee — which is something that didn’t happen a decade (or so) ago. But that’s okay, because being old has its advantages. You get to say things that you felt as a younger person, but didn’t say. You get to dole out your experience to young whippersnappers and tell them how easy they have it these days. But the best part, is that you get to drive a comfortable car. No more stiff, low, sporty cars, no…we don’t need them to get to church on time on Sunday morning or to get your latest prescription filled at the pharmacy at 10am on a Tuesday…no. But what we do need is a car that drives like a 5000 lb marshmallow and has a seriously sweet throwback radiatoresque grill. Now, get off my lawn. Find this 1989 Lincoln Town Car offered for $5500 in East Windsor, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.