There is a style of late model customized car where you start with a black car, black out every piece of chrome, black out the lights, black out the blinkers, limo tint the windows and end with a vehicle that absorbs more light than it reflects. Kids on the street call it “murdered out”, but I prefer the term “Vadered out” because I’m a Star Wars geek like that. Plus, this next car has tons of miles on the odometer but looks sprightly enough to throw the emperor down a giant shockingly non-OSHA compliant random ventilation shaft located in the throne room. Find this 2003 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG offered for $14,500 in Fresno, CA via craigslist. Tip from Safety Fast.
I have been watching some youtube videos recently showcasing Ken Block’s Hoonicorn racing against random cars in a drag setting. The Hoonicorn is a 1965 Ford Mustang converted to all-wheel-drive and sporting a twin-turbo 1400 horsepower V8. It is far from street legal, but it is not a drag car (it is purpose built for hooning) and to watch it stomp all over million dollar supercars is something special. Nobody (other than Ken Block) can afford the luxury of building his own Hoonicorn, but you can buy this next thing and get somewhere close for a fraction of the cost…maybe. It does have a boosted engine and sticky 315 tires all the way around, it’s only missing all-wheel-drive, a sequential gearbox, and 1000 additional horsepower. Find this 1971 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $5,900 in Antioch, CA via craigslist.
The original BMW M5 was released in 1986 an autobahn cruiser that was only available in black like a Ford Model T, but unlike a Model T, it was monstrously fast. The next generation also featured an upgraded version of the BMW inline-6, but it wasn’t until the 1999 release of the E39 generation M5 that it got an appropriately menacing V8 to tear up the streets. This next car has been modified and the seller claims to have removed 400lbs of worthless weight. Find this 2001 BMW M5 E39 offered for $13,900 in Encino, CA via craigslist.
Legendary motorcycle racer Jorge Orwell said it best; “Four wheels good, two wheels better! All machines are equal. But some machines are more equal than others.” Nobody will argue that bikes are fast(er?)…but tipper Erik202 sent in this next two wheeled speed machine and asked the question; this one goes 186mph and does a 10.4sec 1/4 mile and only costs $2063USD. Is it possible to go faster for less money? Find this 2004 Suzuki GSX-R offered for $2700 CAD ($2063 USD) via the facefarm marketbarn.
Over the years, various people have answered the question; what happens when you shove a big V8 into a small car? But today’s custom answers the question; what happens you put a lot of Chevy into a little bit of Triumph and the answer is something special. I love the wood dash, the minilite wheels, and the small roll hoop, and I just hope the exhaust is subtle enough that most people won’t notice the burbling 6.6 liter menace under the hood. Find this 1973 Triumph TR6 offered for $24,000 in Long Island, NY via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
If somebody would have told me in the year 2004 that in 15 years a Cadillac CTS-V would be worth the same or more than a C5 Z06 from the same year, I would have told them they were insane. But here we are 15 years later, and an ’05 CTS-V sells for about the same as or more than an ’04 Z06…maybe those extra doors are worth the extra money? Personally, I’d need one for a few year test drive to find out. Find this 2005 Cadillac CTS-V offered for $14,500 in Pleasant Hill, CA via craigslist.
There are oodles of new cars for sale in the $25k range at your local Honordoytamotors dealership, and they come stock full of gadgets and gizmos; but this next car has a few things that they won’t come with. They won’t come with a 600 horsepower supercharged V8. Nor a 5 speed manual mated to […]
I gotta be honest with you guys…I don’t know what I’m looking at with this next car. It is advertised as being a ’78 Mustang with a V10 that was a multi-time show winning SEMA vehicle, and a Optima Ultimate Street Challenge Car and the photos show several different configurations, one with a finished car like this 2014 MustangsandFords article, but then the pictures change to what can only be described as a hulk of dissasembled parts waiting for a barn to be stored for the inevitable 20 years of rust and chicken poop it needs to be a barn find. I love the idea of a Mustang II with custom styling, a full Chebby Corbette C5 Z06 suspension, custom everything, and Triton V10…but I don’t know if that’s what you’ll get as the winner of this next auction. Find this 1978 Ford Mustang V10 custom bidding for $12,100 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go, located in Beaverton, OR via ebay.
The C5 generation (2002-2004) Audi RS6 is a car that should need no introduction to the modern car enthusiast. But in case you need a refresher, allow me to give you the details. The RS6 was based on Audi’s A6 sedan platform, but added a 4.2 liter twin turbo V8 that pushed 450 horsepower and 428 ft-lbs of torque into a 5-speed auto and all four wheels via Audi’s torsen-base Quattro system. It was also, lower, stiffer, brakier, and wider than the standard A6. In its day it was a monster and today the RS6 offers one of the best $/hp you can find on the street. Find this 2003 Audi RS6 offered for $13000 in Sioux Falls, SD via craigslist. Seller submission from Ben.
This next car was a hard one for me. Not because I don’t love the car…but because I love it a little too much…and frankly want to buy it and drive it every single day…because it is a 507 horsepower V8 powered wagon with room for 7 people, modern safety and reliability…and only 209k miles on the odometer. Yowza!! This is a risky purchase…but it is the only W211 E63 AMG in green in the USA (per the seller)…and is as rare as a unicorn with three horns. Find this 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon offered for $16,500 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.