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!
It isn’t often that I stumble onto a (ostensibly) production car that I’ve never seen nor heard about…but it happened again. This next thing is #96 of 300 built from 1999-2000 of the limited Shelby Durango SP-360 Super Pursuit. Shelby took the basic Durango (the Dodge, not the Ford) in viper blue, added a Kenne Bell (who is not a country singer…despite my initial assumptions) supercharger to the 5.9 liter Magnum V8 for 360 hp, added custom wheels, suspension, bumpers…and finished the masterpiece with a splash of white racing stripes running the length of the vehicle. The end result is an almost 5000 lb vehicle that can hit 60mph in 7.1 seconds and reach 142 mph…impressive for 1999, and almost unheard of. Find this 1999 Shelby Dodge Durango SP-360 Super Pursuit offered for $22,900 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
This next van is great if you’ve got a family, but if you are a single man, some people might wonder if you are the next Jeffery…Epstein or Dahmer…doesn’t really matter, but what does matter is that this thing is sweet and you shouldn’t be ashamed (or shamed into not) loving a long wheelbase van. Find this 1977 Dodge Sportsman offered for $6700 in South San Francisco, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.
There is no hallowed ground in the world of automotive swaps, but there are some swaps that make you say “why?”. And this next one is a real head scratcher — not that putting an OM617 Mercedes diesel into a small pickup would make for a bad vehicle…it is just strange. It’s not like you are going to increase your towing capacity or beat the torque from a Magnum V8…but that flapper valve tipped exhaust stack certainly has some style. Find this 1989 Dodge Dakota diesel swap offered for $2000 in Cazenovia, NY via craigslist.
The convertible pickup might have seemed like a novel idea when the Dakota Sport was released in 1989…but then you start thinking about the horse drawn wagon…which was pretty much a convertible pickup since man first domesticated horse in the Bronze age, and then you think about the first mass produced vehicle..yup, the Ford Model T Runabout was a convertible pickup. So…yeah…nothing new is really ever new, just rebranded and adjusted for inflation. Find this 1989 Dodge Dakota Sport Convertible offered for $8,500 in Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Back in the 50s, two brothers (William & Frank Fageol) started building custom mail delivery vans using Dodge running gear in Kent, OH under the name “Twin Coach.” Over the years (with various business name changes) they built bus and trolley business and even in the legendary Cortez motorhomes…but today we are discussing this wicked Dodge postal vehicle. Find this 1956 Dodge Fageol Postal Truck sitting on a 1999 Dakota chassis with Mercedes 300D power offered for $15000 starting bid (reserve-not-met) located in Arden, NC on ebay with 6 days to go.
This next car comes from tipper SecondMouse who writes: I don’t have much to say about this, other than it is hard to buy this much cool in a pickup truck for under $8k. You can certainly buy an old pickup truck for less…but they’ll typically be rust buckets or poorly modified…but this one has 4-wheel-drive and a sweet two-tone red/white color that goes inside and out. Find this 1949 Dodge B-Series Pickup in Cleveland TX, asking $7995 via craigslist.
Pickup trucks are the working dogs of the automotive world…and for decades they were strictly form-follows-function work machines. But then auto designers started to get creative to sell things like pickups that were built from cars (the El Camino and Ranchero) and even performance pickups (SVT Lightning…etc)..and Dodge even went as far as to built […]
This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes: Here’s an interesting find – a platform mate to the final generation of Lancer Evolution! But while they shared the same GEMA engine block and some of their underpinnings. the Caliber SRT-4 wasn’t a precision all wheel drive rally weapon – more like a […]
Something must have been in the electrons at the May 2020 Barrett-Jackson online auction that closed the other day because somebody paid a scandalous $20,350.00 for an ’84 Dodge Daytona Turbo. It wasn’t even a Shelbyfied version and the trunk wasn’t full of Breitling watches, so I don’t know what to say. I thought that this […]