The Porsche 924 Turbo isn’t an expensive car when crossing the auction block nowadays, particularly in comparison to the 911 or anything with more initials behind its badge. The Porsche 924 was first released in 1976 as an example of what a simple engine and light chassis can achieve together. Unfortunately, a decent quantity of […]
You know what they say — the only thing more expensive than an expensive Land Rover, is a cheap Land Rover. This is a fact of life that is well known and often ignored, but when you consider the ridiculous high asking prices for late model blob-SUVs, a cheap Ranger Rover is so tempting…you shouldn’t […]
The modern day Lotus Elise is (was…I believe Lotus stopped selling it in the US market a few years ago) a great combination of British handling/looks and Japanese powerplant. It took a while for Lotus to realize that putting French engines into their sports cars was not an upgrade over British iron. Regardless, the builder of this next car decided to put a late model fuel injected twin-cam Toyota engine into the engine bay in an Europa (a Europa…?) and made something very special. Find this 1972 Lotus Europa twin-cam offered for $20,000 in Ft Collins, CO via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The later 74+ plastic bumper version of the C3 Corvette (1968-1982) is not the most desirable or collectable of Corvettes, but it’ll probably get you more street cred than a C4 (or even C5) Vette. In California, this pre-75 example is free from the bi-annual smog inspection that could otherwise have you scratching your head […]
This next car comes as a tip from Vanman in Toronto who writes: I got this e-bay ad this morning and it sounds like a neat car as a second car, but I would suggest trying a test drive in Texas before bidding. I have a 1988 Porsche 924S myself and have always wondered about an engine swap like this? I also don’t see the black paint on the outside, it looks to me like a grey cover? Still, it might be a great toy. Just too far for me to check out at this time. Find this 1988 Porsche 924S bidding for $1,050 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in San Antonio, TX via ebay.
This next car is a Datsun S30 generation Z-car of someone obscure origins. The seller lists it as a 77 Nissan Quest, but that is because Facebash doesn’t have all car listed for all years, so he/she may have picked something close enough. The part where it gets more cloudy is when the seller says it has “minimal rust, no cancerous rust” which is the automotive equivalent to carcinoma instead of melanoma…but its best to avoid both. Finally the seller mentions that you’ll need to live in a state where you can register without a title or apply for a new one…and that the car was listed for sale a year ago. I’m not sure what I’m looking at here, but I love the fender flares. Find this 1977 Datsun 280Z offered for $11,000 in Birmingham, AL via facetrash fenderbook. Tip from Mark.
This next car comes as a tip from Matt who writes: Here’s an interesting auction. This car is quite famous in the slant six world, although that may be the definition of a big fish in a small pond. It’s a Simca drag car with a turbocharged and injected Chrysler six cylinder, at DT pricing. Find this 1938 Simca 8 Drag Car bidding for $4500 with 3 days to go via IronHorseAuction.com.
It might seem odd to suggest a Porsche as a first car for a young driver, but I’m gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that this next car could be a great first car for a teen. Let’s get past the concerns about speed, because with 160 horsepower (when new…) this thing is going to be slower than a late model V6 Camry. Porsche quality means that when things break, they will be expensive, but well engineered and interesting to fix. Except the odometer gear, why in Stuttgart would you make that thing out of biodegradable plastic? So, I recon that when grandma donates her used/abused Hyundai to the kid as a first car, you should sell it immediately and buy a 944. Find this 1984 Porsche 944 offered for $4500 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
It is funny to think that any non-basket case American V8 powered car from the 1960s you can find for less than $10k is a good deal, but that is way the market goes and she has indeed gone in the past decade or two. Regardless, this next car is an interesting find because it […]
This next car isn’t the most desirable Alfa Romeo or those still alive, but it is a proper Alfra Romero and not some crummy rebadged Fiat. The Series 3 version of the Spider Veloce was launched in 1983 and survived with minor changes through the 1989 model year when it was replaced with an uglier version known as the series 4. Anyway, today’s example seems like a decent way to get into pretty Italian classic for cheap. Find this 1984 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce offered for $6,500 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.