I’m not a huge fan of recommending that people buy cars to squirrel away in barns waiting for some crazy speculative price bidding at all of the over-hyped auction sites around the web. In fact, it is quite the opposite. I recommend that you buy cars that are cheap today so you can enjoy them by driving around and putting (GASP!) miles on the odometer and letting the wind flow through your permed mullet. So buy this next car, drive it, enjoy, and maybe sell for about what you paid for it in a few year. Find this 1989 Dodge Dakota Sport Convertible offered for $5,000 in Boca Raton, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car is quite something else. It starts with a normal looking Chevrolet Caprice Classic (not an Impala…) and then continues to have another Caprice that was shortened to puffer fish proportions and turned into a trailer. With the available 8 seats (3+3+2) in the Caprice and then the final 5 in the trailer (3+2) you get a total seating for 13 in a vehicle that might not technically be legal to have people in the back, but I think the only reason a cop would pull you over would be to tell you how awesome it looked. Find this 1993 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Plus Trailer offered for $12,500 in Hoquiam, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.
The other week we had a nice Hurst/Olds equipped with Lightning Rods that got me excited because those shifters are the big thumbed-nose to all the people at NHTSA who spend their days trying to figure out how to force people to drive hideous self driving airbag infused bubble pods. I am American, and if I want to barrel down the highway at 100 mph, eating a greasy burger in a styrofoam container, drinking cancer causing diet Coke, while mashing the loud pedal in a V8 powered wagon with a set of Lightning Rod shifters that would perforate a crash test dummy’s rectum in a roll-over quicker than you could say “European headlamps,” — then that is my God given right enshrined in the 9th Amendment to the Constitution of these United States of Murica. Freedom! Find this 1983 Chevrolet Malibu Wagon offered for $10,900 in Rosyln Heights, New York via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Another day, another Fiero based kit car on the cover of Daily Turismo magazine. Whoa…we’ve got a magazine? No, shut up, I’m just trying to make it seem more impressive…lemme get back to this car. Anyway, this next Fiero is no ordinary Fiero — it has a 4.9 liter V8 from a Cadillac breathing through a Jaguar (?!) exhaust and is covered in a kit body that looks 2 parts Ferrari 308 and 1 part Acura NSX. It is simultaneously like peculiar and snazzy. Find this 1987 Pontiac Fiero Fierriadillac offered for $7,900 buy-it-now in Pueblo, CO via eBay.
Color me geezerfied, but I’m starting to think that I need a 12th (twelfth!) generation E-Body Cadillac Eldorado in my life. I’m even going to say that anyone looking for a late model Audi A5, BMW 6-series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe or Lexus Whatevertheycallthemnow Coupe should consider a used Eldorado for a few reasons. First, this car was designed in the pre-Nurburgring lap time times when comfort was more important than braking performance on a track. People who buy Corvettes don’t even take them to the track, so you think your SLS AMG is gonna see anything other than bumper-to-bumper traffic on Rodeo Drive…I don’t think so. Second, the Eldorado was the pinnacle of GM/Cadillac’s expertise in front-wheel-drive engineering and is equipped with legendary Northstar V8. And lastly, because this thing is devoid of the gimmicky infotainment systems that’ll be immediately out-dated by whatever neural-link cell-brain-computer Elon-Zucker-Gates mandates we wear 24-7 in a few years (it is for your own safety kids!!) gets put in the latest cars. This comes from a time when cars could be fixed (and still can) by any local mechanic or a good set of tools. Find this 1998 Cadillac Eldorado bidding for $3401 reserve-not-met located in Pompano Beach, FL with 3 days to go.
It is difficult to remember that there was a time when Toyota made good looking cars for the average consumer, but here it is in the flesh. Feast your eyes on the two-tone brown-gold beauty with sharp lines and a hood with a subtle bulge — that is subdued style. And, I haven’t even mentioned the sweet liftback shape – yowza! This is the same company (Toyota!) that today makes all manner of bulbous monstrosities decked out with fake wings/scoops/lights, what happened? Find this 1986 Toyota Camry Liftback offered for $6,900 buy-it-now located in Irvine, CA via eBay.
A Ford Pinto wagon is always a good idea. And one for measly thousand bucks? That is something we all agree is good for the planet. But, I’ve got to ask about the watermelon. Why is it in the pinto…and why is it buckled in place? I get it, safety first…but shouldn’t the melon be in a grocery back in that copious rear cargo area? Transporting melons bucked into car seats is precisely why you’d want to upgrade from the standard 2-door coupe Pinto to the wagon, so I’m scratching my melon on this one. Find this 1979 Ford Pinto Wagon offered for $1000 in Punta Gorda, Florida via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.
If somebody would have told me in the year 2004 that in 15 years a Cadillac CTS-V would be worth the same or more than a C5 Z06 from the same year, I would have told them they were insane. But here we are 15 years later, and an ’05 CTS-V sells for about the same as or more than an ’04 Z06…maybe those extra doors are worth the extra money? Personally, I’d need one for a few year test drive to find out. Find this 2005 Cadillac CTS-V offered for $14,500 in Pleasant Hill, CA via craigslist.
The Pontiac Fiero was like nothing a typical Pontiac buyer had ever seen in a Pontiac showroom floor in 1984. First it was tiny for a Pontiac and even made the Sunbird look huge (it was 2 feet shorter in length), and second it had the engine sitting behind the driver’s back. Pontiac had been GM’s performance brand since the early 1960s, but this little road hugger was mid-engined! Imagine the surprise when you consider what was in every other GM dealership, people must have thought that Pontiac product planners had gone mad. At least they did until they popped the rear-hood and found an iron duke and then they realized that Pontiac hadn’t changed a bit. Find this 1984 Pontiac Fiero 2M4 offered for $6,950 in San Tan Valley, AZ via craigslist.
The new C8 generation Chevrolet Corvette is considered by mainstream automotive news outlets as the first American sports car to go mid-engine (sorry, the Fiero doesn’t count), but if you ask me…it was the Corvair. I know that the Corvair was rear-engine when it left the factory, but the number converted to mid-engine is enough to probably qualify it as a factory offering. Today’s example is cheap and ready for a new owner. Find this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair V8 offered for $7000 near Reno, NV via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!