I’m gonna get up on my soap box and claim that this next car is too expensive. I’m not saying that someone won’t pay the owner a price close to the asking, but 15 large for a Datsun B210 that doesn’t have a trunk full of gold bullion is nuts. Yes, the car is in good shape, yes it has only 26k miles on the 5-digit odo, but this is a B210 which means it has the miserable 1.3 liter A13 overhead valve 4-banger which was a one-year-only engine, good luck getting parts to rebuild it when it hits 50k miles. And 75 horsepower is great in a ’59 Porsche Speedster or something pre-war, but in 1974 the typical Mustang had like 400 ft-lbs of torque and you’ll have a hard time keeping up with traffic in this pre-recycled tuna can. I’m sorry, I wish I could get behind this, but I’m gonna step off my soap box now and let you guys tell me why life is always sunny in a Sunny. Find this 1974 Datsun B210 offered for $15000 in Oxnard, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
At first glance this next car might seem out of place on these pages dedicated to automotive ebullience. But believe me, when I assure you it does belong between a Fiberfab Aztec and a Double-Double-Ranchero-Ranchero. A vast plurality of the eighth generation E110 (1995-2000) Toyota Corollas were sold with a penalty box autotragic transmission and subsequently ridden hard and put away bloody by their owners…but not this one. This one has a 5 speed shift-it-yourself manual gearbox, decent cloth seats, a not-too-shabby exterior, and roll-it-yourself manual windows. It shockingly meets 8 of the 10 things i need in a car in 2020, and a Canadian spec speedo/odometer in kilometers. I love it. Find this 2000 Toyota Corolla offered for $2800 in Campbell, CA via craigslist.