The E36 generation 318ti was an odd little hatchback from BMW that combined the E30 generation rear semi-trailing arm suspension with a 1.8 liter non-turbo 4-banger. It was fun to drive and economical — like a sport compact car should be, but it wasn’t very fast. Today’s example has been given an injection of Ford V8 and sits on pretty big wheels. Find this 1995 BMW 318ti offered for $8000 in Calabasas, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Sometimes in the morning when I get up, I feel old. My joints are stiff and my head is pounding for a cup of coffee — which is something that didn’t happen a decade (or so) ago. But that’s okay, because being old has its advantages. You get to say things that you felt as a younger person, but didn’t say. You get to dole out your experience to young whippersnappers and tell them how easy they have it these days. But the best part, is that you get to drive a comfortable car. No more stiff, low, sporty cars, no…we don’t need them to get to church on time on Sunday morning or to get your latest prescription filled at the pharmacy at 10am on a Tuesday…no. But what we do need is a car that drives like a 5000 lb marshmallow and has a seriously sweet throwback radiatoresque grill. Now, get off my lawn. Find this 1989 Lincoln Town Car offered for $5500 in East Windsor, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Parts availability for the Saab 900 platform isn’t as plentiful as it was back when ever other college professor drove one of these things, but it isn’t bad for vintage Scandinavian oddball. But if you were really concerned that you couldn’t find some diaphragm or hard-line used in one of those early Bosch fuel injection systems, you could consider upgrading to something more common, like an entire Ford Mustang drivetrain. Say what? Yeah, this next car might look like a Saab 900, but it has been competely transformed from front-wheel-drive backwards-engine Saab rally machine into a Weld Wheel shod supercharged 5.0h V8 powered drag strip speed machine. And the interior (and engine bay) is a treat for the LSU or classic LA Kings fan. Find this 1986 Saab 900 offered for $22,500 in Henderson, NC via faceswap marketbash.
It is hard to argue with the dollar per pound proposition of a used classic– particularly when the car is clean and in great condition. It isn’t that I’ve got anything specifically against new cars, it is just that used cars offer so much more per dollar. Just look at this next thing. You can’t find a car half as cool at a new car dealer for ten times the price. And while it might not conform to the latest fuel economy standards or offer apple car play…ehhh…who cares, a real pimp don’t need Waze or Google Maps telling them where to go anyway. Find this 1982 Lincoln Mark VI offered for $6,500 in Glendale, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
It is still two months away from election day and I’m thoroughly nauseated by political news. However, with all the divisiveness in this world, I think we can all agree that this next Ford Fairmont is a thing of beauty. It doesn’t matter if you are a knife toting member of proud boys or a galvanized chain wielding member of antifa — you are gonna smile when you pop the hood and see the Ford fuel injected V8 and a hood propped up by a piece of schedule-40 black iron pipe…hey…that pipe could be used to smack somebody in a pinch. Not that you would want to, or need to do that…just forget I mentioned it, and be nice to each other. Find this 1978 Ford Fairmont offered for $3,900 in Omaha, NE via craigslist.
I know that the RX-7 rotary purists (Wankers as they call themselves) will cringe at the average pushrod V8 swapped RX-7, but they’ll be decidedly appalled that the builder used a GSL-SE to turn into a piston pumping pavement pounder. However, despite the vintage Cali sunset plate, the car itself is pretty ragged — rust appears in bubbles all over the paint and the seller reported having a blown engine…so this wasn’t some cherry collectors item, this was an RX-7 that needed some love…which it got in the form of a Ford V8 swap. Find this 1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE offered for $3100 in Palo Alto, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Fox body Mustang was a huge breath of fresh air when it was released in 1979 and it returned the Mustang to a proper long-hood short-rear pony car shape. I think that the design has aged well and if you are looking for an inexpensive convertible that’ll seat 4 people and be fun to drive…it doesn’t get much better than a well preserved Fox. Find this 1988 Ford Mustang Convertible offered for $4500 in New York via classiccars.com. Tip from Barbpaddles.
My dad told me to write about an American car for the 4th of July, so I looked on craigslist and this one was a definite winner for a number of reasons. One is that it is a Mustang which, to me, is the most patriotic car you could get. It is basically a muscle […]
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 […]
V8 engine swaps into square edged 240/740/940 rear wheel drive Volvos never get old or go out of style here at DT. A certain something about any of these swaps makes them quite delicious. It could be the Letterman/Newman connection or that these are the ultimate Walter Mitty car. Today’s example is on the lower […]