This next car is a Fiat 850 Sport Spider that would have had a 843cc inline-4 that would have pushed a dismal 49 horsepower into the rear mounted transaxle. Today’s example, however, has been given an injection of speed and power in the form of the legendary tweetle-tweetle-Beetle engine. That’s right, a 1600cc dual port motor with a single carb and (to quote the seller) “twice the displacement, 10x the simplicity, and 100x the reliability!” I’ve never considered a VW engine to be an upgrade…but I guess this is the exception that proves the rule in cases not excepted. Find this 1969 Fiat 850 Sport Spider offered for $7,500 in Torrance, CA via craigslist.
It is always Thorsday here at DT, but today is also All Saints Day, so you might expect the next car to be a Volvo P1800…but SURPRISE, it isn’t. It is, however, powered by a later model turbo engine and in serious need of a coat of paint that doesn’t look like a used piece […]
The trick of doing a good engine swap is simple…just follow these two rules: (1) pick a sweet vehicle with plenty of street cred, but maybe down a few ponies on power & (2) juice it up with something that keeps alive the spirit of the original automobile, but turns the dial up to 11. […]
Many engine and body swapped Fiero’s have graced the pages of DT. What is it about the Fiero that gives off the Rodney Dangerfield no respect persona? For starters, the highest level 2.8 60 HO V6 was fine in the 1980’s, but hardly cuts the mustard by 2018 standards. The final year 1988 cars are […]
In 1970 GM’s General Manager John Z. DeLorean directed his engineering staff the develop a high performance 4-cylinder engine for the compact Vega chassis. Within a few years a combination of GM’s alloy block and a Cosworth Engineering designed head was mounted into a Chevy Vega that cost nearly as much as new Corvette. The Cosworth Vega was hand built on a special assembly line in a limited run of 4000 machines (the original plan was 4000, but , but today’s example is missing the one piece that made the car special…does it still make the cut? Find this 1976 Cosworth Vega offered for $11,000 in Graham, NC via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Back in 1984, Cadillac was not trying to ape German car makers to make the fastest sedan to run the Nurburgring. They primarily focused on making large cars that got middling better gas mileage than the parade floats of the 1970’s. No one would mistake a Coupe DeVille for an Audi or BMW back in […]
Most any V8 swapped rwd Volvo is worthy of being featured here at DT, but today’s example is the creme de la creme of the breed. This wagon has it all and it’s turbo charged 5.0 Ford goes the extra mile to poo-poo any naysayer who says these swaps are not that fast by 2018 […]
Nearly everyone has some version of a smartphone so you would think it would be relatively simple task to post clear photos of a car for sale. I am continually amazed at sellers indifference to posting decent photos. From time to time, you get a seller that thinks just because they are selling a cheap […]
First generation AW11 Toyota MR2’s used to be a common sight on the road, but in 2018 they are rarely seen (east coast observation). The folded paper wedge styling is more distinctive now now that cars have window sills up to your ears. Nothing says 1980’s like a set of pop up headlights. The original […]
If you drove most any GM full size product from the late 1970’s and well into the 1980’s, performance from the carbed V8 engines was asthmatic at best. Fortunately in 2018, it is simple as pie to double or even triple the stock power level with a modern V8 engine swap and suspension packages can […]