Sometimes a car just needs to be a car. Nothing fancy, just some wheels and an engine to get you from point a to somewhere else. Maybe it is a first car for your kid. Or maybe it is a cheap car because you are liquidating all of your assets to sink it into a […]
This next car comes from tipper David S who writes; With the recent trend of Youtubers dragging forgotten obscure gems out of bogs and doing CPR & other life support on them, this really calls to me. Sadly, I have a life to live and a TR6 in my garage that’s a 5 year stalled project, so I must avert … my eyes … from … this …Too bad it’s just one measley photo. I guess they couldn’t afford the costs of taking more? Find this 1986 Dodge Raider offered for $950 in Tarpon Springs, FL via facebash murkybrook.
After a 20 year hiatus from the Chrysler lineup, the Charger name was brought back to Dodge on a vehicle that had more in common with the previous generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class than it did with anything from the Dodge stable — 2006 was, after all, at the height of the unholy Daimler Chrysler alliance. Power might have come from an American HEMI V8, but the transmission options were limited to various slushbox autos from the Mercedes-Benz supply chain and if you wanted to row your own with a HEMI, you needed to downsize to a Challenger. However, todays next car has a 6-speed Tremec and 6.1 liter HEMI V8 from an 09 Challenger shoved into the 4-door Charger body, so you’ll have the only manual transmission Charger on your block. Find this 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 offered for $13,000 in Queens, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
It’s brown. It’s a wagon. It has a carburetor fed inline-6 mated to a slushbox automatic and it probably smells of old cheese vinyl. Yes, this is the perfect car for a family who doesn’t want to drive yet another stupid crossover/crossunder from the product planners at the mainstream automakers. Just be sure that everybody wears shoes that can be used to push a car if necessary. Find this 1977 Dodge Aspen Wagon offered for $10,500 in Westhampton Beach, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Dodge Viper is one of the cars that dominated automotive poster scene in the 1990s. It took a prominent space in video games and wall decorations, along with the Acura NSX, Porsche 911, Lamborghini Diablo, Ferrari 355 and even the Toyota Mk IV Supra. The rest of those speed machines are cars have appreciated into the stratosphere by well heeled and nostalgia-intoxicated) rich Gen Xers — particularly a breed located in the silicon valley area. These are the children of the 90s fed by the relentless machines of free market capitalism. The combination of insane signing bonuses and limitless stock options have driven some ridiculous price appreciation in home prices for certain zip codes and the same madness in certain automobiles (see list above). Somehow the brutish Viper has not fell victim to this relentless price escalation, perhaps its fume burping V10 is a bridge too far for their particular approach to freelance environmentalism. Jason; Dude, I just bought a Tesla, but I’ll have to demolish this patch of wetlands so I have a place to park it — and I’ll drop in a new AC unit while I’m paving the entire yard. David: Sweet, we should smoke cigars while we watch the new Al Gore movie tonight on my plasma screen. Yeah. Davids and Jasons of the world might find the lack of proper air conditioning an impediment to wearing Lacoste pullovers throughout the temperate Coastal California summer. Never mind that their Sperry deck shoes will be ill equipped to fit in the cramped and hot pedal box, or be delicate enough to feather the throttle when the traction control free V10 unleashes 450 horsepower into the superwide rear slicks. The Viper will kill you quicker than you can say “word”, so that means it is still affordable for the few who have the “wicked skills” to tame one. Find this 2000 Dodge Viper offered for $30,000 CAD ($22,869 USD) via faceprayingmantis marketspace located in Calgary, AB. Tip from Erik202
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!