I’ve always wondered if the Volvo C30 was as fun to drive as it is to look at…and here is your chance to find out and report back. Seller submission from Frank who writes: I need to get this out of the way, and there must be some DT reader who can use it. It’s conveniently located right in the middle of the county, which should be about the same distance from either coast, where anyone who would want such a thing will be located. Find this 2009 Volvo C30 offered for $5,495 in McPherson, KS via craigslist.
This next car come as a seller submission from Hugh, who wants $500 or trade for Miata for his truck: It is time to deaccession this Dalton highway spec Dodge Ram 250 Cummins turbo diesel pickup from the family fleet. My uncle, who crewed on the Garretson Enterprises LeMans ( Paul Newman) and IMSA (1981 24 Hours of Daytona win with Bob Garretson Brian Redman and Bobby Rahal ) teams, drove on the one lap of America a few times, and did the great American cross country race in a Studebaker Indianapolis race car and numerous other auto adventures, bought this for a trip to the Arctic circle because he really liked driving to out of the way places.
This next car came from tipper Rock On who called it an AMC Unicorn. How could I not feature this car, it’s an AMC Matador Brougham…you had me at AMC!! Just look at that beige paint at the vinyl top, this belongs in a museum!! Find this 1974 AMC Matador Brougham offered for $11,900 in Medford, CA via craigslist.
New car dealers have strange cars on their lots. You can’t even find a manual transmission at a Ferrari or Lamborghini dealership in 2021, but if you have a hankerin’ for a mid-engine car with a manual gearbox and rear-wheel-drive, skip the fancy new dealerships and head to craigslist. Yeah. Because the mid-engine car you are going to buy today doesn’t have a prancing quadruped on the hood, but it does have a stick shift and seats 7. Find this 1992 Toyota Previa offered for $2450 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
I was checking out this car when I came to the startling conclusion that while I have ridden and driven in a few Ford Taurii SHOs over the years, I’ve never owned one, which seems like an oversight. This next thing seems like the perfect car to correct that error, a SHO (or is it an SHO?) that might be worth more than the sum of its basic Taurus platform and Super High Output parts. Find this 1989 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $4,000 in Kingsbury, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The classic SJ generation Jeep Wagoneer was produced from 1962 through 1991 by and holds the unique title of being the world’s first luxury 4X4 sport utility vehicle and the choice of wealthy Hamptons’ housewives. The Grand prefix didn’t appear until 1984, but the last vehicles to come from the Toledo assembly plant are arguably the best and are priced accordingly. However, today’s example seems to be a good price when you consider what wealthy nostalgic fueled buyers seem to plunk down for sorted version of these. Find this 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer offered for $13,000 in Dripping Springs, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Back in the early 1970s, a Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an affordable way to get into a big 2-door personal luxury car. It might have not had the style of a Thunderbird or the sporty/upmarket(ish) badge of the Pontiac Grand Prix, but the Monte Carlo was available with a big block and understated styling with overstated gravitational pull. This thing is big. Find this 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo offered for $7500 in Enfield, CT. Tip from Cory.
The E12 generation BMW 530i went on sale in the USA way back in 1975, but this next car doesn’t look like an 70s malaise mobile or a carried over 60s design. Compare it to a Mercury Monarch or a W115 Mercedes-Benz and the Paul Bracq designed E12 looks downright modern and cool. Factor in the rugged BMW M30 inline-6 mated to a 4-speed manual and you’ve got a car that you could drive everyday if you wanted. Win win. Find this 1976 BMW 530i E12 offered for $9,950 in Austin, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
This might sound like a strange thing to say, but I’m going to say it anyway; This isn’t a bad looking Beetle based Bugatti kit car. I know that sounds crazy, but this thing isn’t bad looking, not just for a kit car, but for any car. I wouldn’t put it in the automotive hall of fame and I certainly want a better shot of the rear end…but for 50 Benjamins, this isn’t bad at all. Find this 1963 Volkswagen Beetle Kit Car offered for $5000 in Atlanta, GA via craigslist. Tip from Matt C.
Cars that are born to be driven hard around race tracks or tricky mountain roads (lookin’ at you Nurburgring) need to have certain assets like power, handling, and torsional rigidity. But if you chop the top off that same car, you’ve now got something that is more for cruising and now the vehicular aesthetics are more important than the ratio spacing of the gearbox. Because when you’ve got a soft top, you need cool looking wheels…and this next car delivers in spades. Find this 1983 Toyota Celica ST convertible offered for $8900 in Atlanta, GA via craigslist.