This next car comes from Jim H who writes; You guys love these. Yes, guilty as charged. But who wouldn’t love a cream colored beauty with a manual gearbox, manual roll-up windows and a super MB-tex interior. It would be nice to have the extra cylinder found in the 300D version or a turbocharger…but the non-turbo 240D engine will outlive the AI that will eventually turn us all into soylent green, so I approve of this next car. Find this 1983 Mercedes-Benz 240D offered for $6000 in Wilbramah, MA.
This next car comes as tip from Erik202 who writes; I like when sellers tell you that their vehicle is rare without any numbers or context. I’ve never seen Riley so I guess it’s rare in that sense but it’s pretty much identical to a wolsley 1500 which I wouldn’t consider especially rare. according to wikipedia they made 39,000+ of this model of Riley so if there is a threshold for a car being rare I feel like this might be pushing that number a bit. Anyway it’s nice if a “rare” british car that doesn’t go fast is your thing. Find this 1960 Riley One-Point-Five (or 1.5…I dunno, I’m getting conflicting info on this one) offered for $18,000 CAD ($13,596 USD) in Springbrook, Alberta, Canada via Kijiji.net.
At first glance this next car might seem out of place on these pages dedicated to automotive ebullience. But believe me, when I assure you it does belong between a Fiberfab Aztec and a Double-Double-Ranchero-Ranchero. A vast plurality of the eighth generation E110 (1995-2000) Toyota Corollas were sold with a penalty box autotragic transmission and subsequently ridden hard and put away bloody by their owners…but not this one. This one has a 5 speed shift-it-yourself manual gearbox, decent cloth seats, a not-too-shabby exterior, and roll-it-yourself manual windows. It shockingly meets 8 of the 10 things i need in a car in 2020, and a Canadian spec speedo/odometer in kilometers. I love it. Find this 2000 Toyota Corolla offered for $2800 in Campbell, CA via craigslist.
The Chevrolet S-10 pickup was not a performance vehicle by any stretch of the imagination (GMC Syclone version notwithstanding), but it seems to have developed a considerable customization scene. You can find all manner of bagged and boosted S-10s for sale on craigslist or autotrader and today’s next feature has more horsepower and torque than a compact pickup should ever need, which is a good thing if you were wondering. Find this 1999 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup offered for $15,000 in Central New Jersey via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The first generation Toyota MR2 (1984-1987) was not the first affordable mid-engine sports car for the people, but it was the first to come from a Japanese manufacturer. It used the Toyota Corolla platform for most of its components, and was available with a basic 1.6 liter DOHC 4A-GE good for 112 HP or a supercharged version that bumped power up to 145 HP. However, today’s MR2 comes with a silvertop swap, which means the 4A-GE engine is a 4th generation (’91-’95) JDM-only version with 20 valves and 153 HP without the need for forced induction. Find this 1987 Toyota MR2 offered for $5,800 in Middleton, ID via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
There is an art to squeezing the maximum amount of money out of your customers. It is actually an art and a science and there are people called marketers who spend their entire career trying to get the consumer to pay more for less…which is the unfortunate reality of a really well prepared used car advertisement. The more time a person spends trying to lure you into buying their car with glossy photos and catchy prose, the more money you are going to have to shell out. On the other hand, a poorly created ad with bad photos is, more often than not, the best way to buy a used car. Always remember, the condition of the car is more important than the condition of the advertising photos — that is something you can take to the bank. Find this 2005 Subaru 9-2X Aero offered for $6,000 near Boise, ID via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
If you don’t understand why you should own a GMC Typhoon…you are certainly not in the minority. But lemme splain…The GMC Typhoon was the SUV version of the GMC Syclone — both were turbocharged-V6 factory hot rod versions of a common compact truck platform with acceleration capabilities that would surprise anything on the street when new. Times have changed and the Typhoon won’t be much faster than the average all-wheel-drive V6 powered crossover you could buy, it they are oh-so-much cooler than anything you could buy new today. Find this 1992 GMC Typhoon offered for $16,900 CAD ($12,882 USD) via eBay, located in Belledune, New Brunswick, Canada.
We continue the Loony Labor Day celebrations with this next car that’ll be perfect to cruise around in the blistering heat…uggg, it is so hot right now. But you won’t worry about the heat when you’ve got a paint job like this, because you’ll be more concerned that wild animals will want to take up residence in your MX-5 or city graffiti cleanup work crews will try and remove the paint. Find this 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata offered for $10,000 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next Loony Labor Day feature is a classic combination of econobox utility and actual box shaped boxiness. It offers a promise of utility combined with practicality that can only be offered by a custom built in the back rooms of America’s car customization scene. This isn’t a factory built custom or even a Pimp My Ride classic…this is something built like a pair of Levis ripped in a roller skating accident or a screwdriver with a busted tip to form a perfect awl for poking things. It was no accident that this was created by accident. Find this 1989 Geo Metro Box Truck offered for $4,500 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.
There is a heat wave blasting across the amber waves of grain and who’d think that fall is only 16 days away. It isn’t autumn yet, but it IS Labor Day, which means only one thing; DT’s celebration of all the cars that live in the lunatic fringe, also known as Loony Labor Day. This first feature is a yellow C6 Corvette that is festooned with airbrushed photos of legends from the glory days of the Green Bay Packers…but I see Vikings playing traitor Bret Favre on the hood, so I don’t know what’s going on here. It’s crazy. Loony. Find this 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible custom bidding for $9,100 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Tucson, AZ via eBay.