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.
This next car is a strange mix of stuff to have in one vehicle, but before we get into the specifics, I learned something from this vehicle. The seller stated that it started life as a turbo-4 powered Mustang…and I thought, but the SVO didn’t come out until 1984 and it wasn’t a notchback, but I learned that Ford introduced a turbo-4 version of the Fox body in 1979 (or 1980) that made 132 horsepower. This might seem like a paltry amount of power to push around a Mustang, but the 255 cubic inch V8 from the same year made only 120 horsepower in stock trim…so nobody was going anywhere fast. But somewhere along the way this next car had all of that junk removed and it is powered by a tri-power (like what’d you find on an old Pontiac) carb fed small block Chevrolet V8. Find this 1980 Ford Mustang offered for $11,000 in North Jersey via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
There are a few things that we can debate about cars, but there are a few givens that are unarguable. First is that the manual gearbox is better than the automatic. Next is that the lap belt is cooler (but less safe) than the shoulder belt. And thirdly, is that 1965 is the best year for automobiles. Ever. No caveats, no jokes, just the basic fact that cars in 1965 were better than older cars from before that year, and every car since 1965 have been uglier and less cool. Anyway, this next car is undeniably cool, even if you can’t see the outside in one photo, but just check out those gauges — that speedo! HOT! Find this 1965 Ford Thunderbird offered for $6,500 in Vallejo, CA via craigslist.
Our final feature for today’s Foxy Monday special comes from tipper Jeff who writes; Had multiple Fox bodies and still love them today. Seller refers to it being a “GT350” model which has something to do with the color i think? Nothing particularly special in that regard, but a sweet ride indeed. Find this 1989 Ford Mustang GT 350 offered for $19,500 in Haverhill, MA via craigslist.
Another feature of today’s Foxy Monday special. The later GT versions of the Fox Body Mustang with all of their aerodynamic body moldings and borderline Pontiacish side skirts almost seem ridiculous compared to the clean early LX notchbacks you can find. But, perhaps you need all of that aero trickery to keep this next supercharged beast glued to the pavement. With a Vortech supercharger and all kinds of roller-rockers and custom cylinder heads this next car will be quite the handful if you aren’t easy with the loud pedal. Enjoy that characteristic 5.0 exhaust howl. Find this 1992 Ford Mustang GT offered for $16,500 in Lansdale, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
In a strange coincidence, we got a handful of tips for some nice Fox body cars from various tippers this weekend, so I’m feeling it’s time for a Foxy Friday Feature…oh…wait…it is Monday. Foxy Monday works too. What does that mean? You won’t see any El Caminos on the pages of Daily Turismo today, unless they are on a Fox Body Platform which from 1977 through 1993 had a MacPherson strut up front and live stick-beam axle out back and was the home of Ford’s Fairmont, Durango, Granada, LTD, Mustang, Thunderbird, and Mercury’s Zephyr, Cougar, Marquis, Capri, and Lincoln’s Continental, Mark VII. This first feature of our Foxy Monday is a Fairmont which was the first Ford vehicle to sit on the unibody Fox platform and this version is the sweet Futura version that had a bizarrely large wrap-over B-Pillar that was reminiscent of the similar vintage Thunderbird but without opera windows. Strange times for automotive design, but I think it looks cool today. Find this 1979 Ford Fairmont Futura offered for $8000 in Fontana, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Ford Falcon was introduced for the 1960 model year in various versions and it was an instant hit. Sales were strong until Ford released the Mustang, which was a Falcon in a prettier body, but before the Mustang was released, if you wanted a fun/compact Ford, you got a Falcon. This next one is a really cool 2-door wagon and is offered with some decent resto-mod upgrades including a 5-speed and 17-inch Torque Thrust D wheels. Find this 1960 Ford Falcon 2-Door Wagon offered for $14,000 in Santa Clara, CA via craigslist.
I know what you are thinking…because I had the same gut response when Ford introduced the RS version of the Focus in 2015.. Great, another example of an American car company joining the part about 10-15 years late. Because that is par for the course. Mitsubishi had been selling their Lancer Evolution since 2003 and Subaru had been selling their rally-ready all-wheel-drive STI since 2004…but Ford…they waited until 2015 to release a 4-cylinder turbocharged 300-to-350 horsepower all-wheel-drive rally thing. They were so late to the party that it had been already broken up by the cops….Mitsubishi exited the fun-car market that same year with the obsolescence of the Evolution at the end of the 2015 model year. It’s one thing to be fashionably late, its another to miss the entire raging party and then end up canceling the car 3 years later…because that is exactly what happened. Find this 2017 Ford Focus RS offered for $21,500 in Inkster, MI via ebay.
If you ever find yourself selling a Mustang Coupe that has been converted to a Fastback shape with a custom rear glass hatchback/liftback setup, what is the one angle you should take a photo from? Yes…you got it right, from the rear 3/4 view. Yes, a nice isometric photo showing what this thing looks like from the back — you don’t need to go to the lengths that these guys in this CNET article recommend, but at a bare minimum, you need to take a photo of the back end with your dirty thumb cover the license plate. But…here we are — an inline-6 powered Mustang with spare Type F fluid in the trunk because the transmission leaks and $15k in paint/body, dozens of un-installed parts (including an SVO Turbo and a 30 shot of nitrous) a custom roof/tail/lift/sunroof like we’ve never seen before and not one full picture of the rear end. It could have an airbrushed Aztec-inspired landscape on the back for all we know…and WE WANT TO KNOW! Find this 1966 Ford Mustang offered for $15,900 in Silverlake, CA via craigslist.
There are a few thoughts when it comes to armoring or protecting valuable assets — one is to lower the visibility of said asset, and the other is to armor it up. If an old dirty van filled with cash is the equivalent of a camouflaged sniper, then this bulletproof ATM is the Maginot Line. However, if you covered up the ATM signs, you could probably use this 6.0 PowerStroke diesel equipped beast as a sweet weekend/camping vehicle, and double as a zombie apocalypses survival vehicle too. Find this 2007 Ford E350 Van offered for $22,995 in Corona, CA via craigslist.