The 2nd generation Celica was great little rear-drive coupe from the makers of our favorite appliances, Toyota. It was built in Japan from 1978 to 1981 as a 2 door coupe or 3 door liftback, but it was not available from the factory as a convertible version. US dealers complained enough that Toyota outsourced the hacking of the roof off to the Griffith Company which installed a targa-style top with folding rear convertible back to roughly 2000 examples to make the Sunchaser. Find this 1980 Toyota Celica GT Sunchaser offered for $6,850 in Vancouver, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
We love all kinds of cars on Daily Turismo. Old cars. New cars. El Caminos. El Caminoized things. But the purpose that binds them all together like Sauron’s ring is the price-to-value ratio. And this next car comes with a pretty high price tag for a Geo Metro…absolutely…but it is the nicest three-cylinder powered piece of junk you’ll ever see, and perhaps it does answer the age old question; Can you polish a Geo? Find this 1991 Geo Metro Convertible offered for $6,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Our final feature for today’s Foxy Monday special comes from tipper Jeff who writes; Had multiple Fox bodies and still love them today. Seller refers to it being a “GT350” model which has something to do with the color i think? Nothing particularly special in that regard, but a sweet ride indeed. Find this 1989 Ford Mustang GT 350 offered for $19,500 in Haverhill, MA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Jim who writes; This is the real deal and from bayside no less. Better check the trunk for a body. Yes, these big DeVille coupe/verts have a colossal trunk that can fit an entire load of your stuff or friends or whatever. But the best part of classic Cadillac cruising is the feeling of total disconnection from the typical driving experience. The hood is so far in front of you that the headlights might as well be in another zip code (it doesn’t really matter because they put out as much light as a zippo on a windy night) and the steering wheel is totally unconcerned with whatever the road (or an opossum) might be doing. So you don’t worry about your Nürburgring lap times or how fast it’ll go in the 1/4 mile — you just enjoy the soothing rocking motions of this road going pleasure craft. Find this 1966 Cadillac DeVille Convertible offered for $13,500 in Bayside, NY via craigslist.
The Renault Alliance was the result of an alliance between Renault and AMC, which was less of an alliance and more of a case of AMC borrowing a large sum of cash from Renault. In its day, the Alliance was the French version of the Honda Civic and lived on an Americanized Renault 9 chassis, but was assembled in Kenosha Wisconsin. The ragtop was ‘convertiblized’ by the American Sunroof Company, a custom builder regularly employed on oddball Detroit projects such as the ASC McLaren Grand Prix, Buick GNX, Chrysler Cordoba LS..etc. But, the most striking thing about today’s Alliance is how it managed to survive the last 35 years in such remarkable (and running!!) condition. Find this 1985 Renault Alliance Convertible offered for $4,500 or trade for Prius in Cedarburg, WI via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
I don’t like posting cars that are “expensive” and this next car is no cheap and depreciated luxury barge…but…BUT…it features the second most beautiful shape from Jaguar (first is the E-Type…hands down) and it is equipped with the rarely-seen-on-this-side-of-the-ocean manual gearbox. This is a combo that is hard to beat. Find this 1993 Jaguar XJS offered for $25,000 near Houston, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
I don’t know about you guys, but I subscribe to the Jeremy Clarkson school of thought about convertibles which can be summed up by his quote; “You may think, as you cruise about in your convertible, that you look good. But unless you are Angelina Jolie, or Pierce Brosnan, which you are not, I can assure you that actually you look like a tool.” But I’ve never owned a convertible, so maybe I’d look like Angelina Jolie…but that doesn’t matter, what matters is that this is a rare example of a rear drive Lexus convertible that is way better looking than an SC430 and offered for peanuts. Find this 2012 Lexus IS250 Convertible offered for $11,950 in Hoquiam, WA via craigslist.
This next classic is just such a big hunk of American iron that will put a smile on the face of anyone who sees it. It isn’t expensive or rare or a barn find…no…it is a big block piece of Americana with an open top and a gigantic grill. Sweet!! Find this 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible offered for $9,500 in Novato, CA via craigslist.
Happy Halloween to all DT readers out there: Those who are still young enough to dress like a super hero, and those who are still young enough to dress like an idiot (male) or harlot(female) and, of course, those who are old enough to look like a ghoul without dressing up. Today is the scariest day of the year because we feature horrorods, so I’ll just put this 1994 Chrysler LeBaron offered for $1000 in Reno, NV via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Cadillac Allanté was the end result of some serious white powder surfing from the guys at GM in the 80s. It started with a Pininfarina designed body assembled by Italians in Cambiano, Italy and then shipped airfreight to Detroit where the a domestic V8 was shoved up front. I can’t imagine what it cost to airfreight 21,000 Allante bodies from Italy to the Mantramck Assembly plant in Detroit (1986-1993), but they can’t have had much profit left to spend on rehab. Today’s example needs some TLC, but what Italian car from the 90s doesn’t? Find this 1991 Cadillac Allanté offered for $1,500 in Fort Myers, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.