There is a cricket living in my home office right now. Okay, it is not a home office, it is the garage, and I assume it is a cricket, but it is certainly some hemimetabolous insect that is part of the suborder caelifera (aka the grasshopper). He is quiet during the day, but in the evening when I’m enjoying a libation and drafting some witty words for DT, that little stridulating bastard starts rubbing his legs together to find a mate. It is loud. Screeching. I’m ready to leave my garage office and do business from the inside of a Toyota Prius…no…even better, I would live inside this next car if it would guarantee me a few moments of silence from the 65-75 decibels of Previa-esq supercharger scream that has been pounding my ears for the past week. Find this 1993 Porsche 968 offered for $14,500 in New Jersey via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Fiat 850 was available as a boxy van, an oddly bulbous sedan, and a cute little spider ragtop, but that best looking version had a fastback roofline and was called the 850 Coupe. They were manufactured in huge quantities (2.3 million 850s were sold worldwide from 1963-1973) but isn’t a car you’ll see very often — probably because of the sheet metal disintegrated in moisture like single layer cardboard and the engines needed to run at 100% duty cycle to keep the driver from being rear-ended by children on skateboards. Despite that, I think I’d enjoy the experience of owning a classic like an 850 Coupe. Find this 1966 Fiat 850 Coupe offered for $9,000 in Scotch Plains, NJ via craigslist.
Stepping into a Buick dealer in 1992 and looking at the 2-door coupes must have been a strange experience. Starting at the bottom end of the cost spectrum you could get an ugly compact thing called a Skylark based on the N-body. Too small– so you upsize to a mid sized Century coupe and maybe find an unsold LeSabre coupe from a previous model year, or an unsold ’91 Reatta if you are feeling more sporty. You could also get a Riviera Coupe (with available Buick Graphic Control) which fit into the personal luxury coupe market segment…but if you really wanted the sportiest coupe from 1992 there was only one answer…the Buick Regal GS. It wasn’t just Sport…it was Gran (not Grand) Sport. Find this 1992 Buick Regal GS Coupe offered for $3995 in Ft Myers, FL via craigslist.
If you thought Chris Bangle’s deconstructivist flame surfacing styling was tacky on early millennial BMWs, just remember that he was destroying the design language of Fiat in the early 1990s. Actually, the Fiat Coupe (or Coupé, if you prefer) had styling that was a welcome departure from the boxy and boring Fiats of the 1980s and it is quite striking in person or in print, particularly compared to some of the monstrosities that roam the streets today. The Coupe was never imported into the USA as a new car, so you’ll have to find a grey market import like this next one. Find this 1994 Fiat Coupé offered for $14000 in Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Car lovers sink all sorts of money into Friday car club cars…these are the cars that won’t make headlines at your next Barrett-Jackson auction, but they do offer a significant bang-for-your-buck if you are willing to live with custom flames on your fenders, air bags, and chrome side pipes. Not that any of those things […]
Jaguar coupes have been gorgeous cars since Ernesto Jaguar was a little boy sketching his designs on Big Chief Tablets, and the X100 generation XK was no exception. Assembled in Coventry from 1997 through 2006, the XK added some soft lines to the angular XJ coupe and evokes the legacy of the E-Type. Mechanical & […]
If there is one thing that young car buyers must understand, it is this; they are only original once. If this next car is purchased by a well meaning 21 year old version of myself…it could well end up with a decent new paint job and a fire breathing 350 v8 build connected to a […]
Hans Glas GmbH was originally founded in 1883 as an agricultural repair shop, but sometime in the 1950s, Glas started building its own small sports coupes in the town of Dingolfing in Bavaria. BMW absorbed the Glas product line and factory in 1962 and what was left of Glas started building the BMW 1500 version of […]
The 4th generation of the BMW M3 was released in 2007 and it featured a big departure from previous models. Gone was the screaming inline-6 engine and in its place was a throaty V8…which was a heresy according to BMW fanboys but it sold quite well and the 414 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque […]
The Audi S5 is a two-door version of Audi’s pavement pounding S4 sport sedan, but the S5 didn’t get the upgraded 3.0T supercharged V6 in 2009 and instead lived with the 4.2 liter V8 shared with the R8 through the 2012 model year. It isn’t a bad thing to have a screaming 7000 rpm V8 […]