This next car comes from tipper Erik202 who writes: I always think its funny when ads don’t have a price but do contain enough info to steal the seller’s identity (or i dunno at least apply for a credit card in their name) This guy probably did it because there is also an app for Kijiji that allows messaging and he didn’t want all the messages from people telling him there is no way his opel is worth whatever he’s asking for it. Anyway, even tho there is no price listed it can’t possibly be higher than the DT cutoff. Personally I think it is because this guy is sick of having people low-ball his asking price 24-7, because that seems to be the full time occupation of some craigslist/kijijiji readers. The only thing I’d change on this listing (other than posting a pie-in-the-sky price) is to take a photo without so much snow on the hood. Find this 1971 Opel Manta offered for an undisclosed sum of cash in Alberta, Canada via Kijiji.net.
The E81/E82/E87/E88 BMW 1-series was introduced for the 2005 model year as an entry level BMW to slot under the then current 3-series, but it was really a replacement for the outgoing E46 (1998-2006) generation 3-series, since the E90 (2005-2013) was such a big car (closer in size to an old 80s E28 5-series). Naturally BMW fudged with the model nomenclature and replaced it with the F22 2-series in 2014, but for a short few years, if you wanted that compact sport-executive experience that only a BMW 3-series can provide, you got a 1-series. Find this 2009 BMW 135i E82 offered for $15,000 in Chicago, IL via craiglsist. Tip from Michael.
I got really excited when I read the title of this next carvertisment. FREE OPAL GTI. Except its not FREE, not an OPAL, and not a GTI. Its like that scuba diving vacation I took in the Sahara Desert. I still feel cheated on that one, but the seller got me all hopeful and then ends with a “Not free, but will consider reasonable offers.” I’m thinking free is a pretty reasonable offer for a derelict Opel GT…but I’m no expert, I’m just a guy with too many cars in my driveway, garage, and clogging up the street to pick up another derelict. CFlo, any interest? Find this 1972 Opel GT offered for FREE, NOT FREE in Simi Valley, CA via freebook marketfleece.
If you wanted a fun 2-door from Ford in 1973 you had a few options. You could get a little junky Pinto, a larger junky Maverick, a plus sized Mustang, a gigantic Torino or a XXL Thunderbird (which was a 5000lb two-door, no joke). But there was another Skywalker. There was a hidden gem, built in Germany by Ford, badged as the Mercury Capri, and it handled better than anything from the Americas. Oddly enough, the American public loved the Capri and at its peak the Capri was the second most imported car into the USA (first was the Beetle, of course). However, you don’t find many Capris driving around on the street today and this next example is about the top of the market…and wowza, that is some groovy paint. Find this 1973 Mercury Capri bidding for $17,000 in Charlotte, NC via eBay.
James Bond (played by a young Pierce Brosnan, the second of his four Bond films) drove an E38 generation (1995-2001) 7-series that had a nifty remote cell-phone controlled driving apparatus, something that was Hollywood imagineering in 1997, but the car was actually controlled by a rear seat mounted steering wheel and a prone hidden stunt driver. That was a cool 7-series, but it didn’t have a manual gearbox or a supercharger like this next beast. Find this 1997 BMW 740iL offered for $18,500 in Tulsa, OK via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Back before Volkswagen got in massive trouble for their diesel emissions cheating scheme, VW sold diesel powered Golf and Jettas that only cheated their owners out of performance. I’ve never owned a Mk 1 Jetta, but I did have a Rabbit diesel with the same 1.6 liter diesel lump of scrap iron and it was slow. Mind-numbingly slow. But the advantage of having an engine with the BMEP of a balloon animal is that the engine will last forever, or at least past 421k miles like this next thing. Find this 1984 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel offered for $2500 in Salem, MA via craigslist. Tip from ME.
To say that prices for the vintage Volkswagen Type 14 Karmann Ghia is an understatement at best. People seem to ask anywhere from $5k to $25k for a basic running/driving example, and I can’t tell if it the cheap ones are total junk or the expensive ones are overpriced junk. Hagerty lists a surreal jump from $10k for a #4 fair example to $71k for a #1 concours perfect example. This is not the typical spread for a classic car, and it indicates some interesting market dynamics, particularly for a car produced in prodigious numbers like the Type 14. Anyway, today’s next example could probably be turned into a basic running driver by a few weekends of labor and is offered for a cheap price. Find this 1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia offered for $7000 in Novato, CA via craigslist.
I hate to be the crazy guy who shouts things up at your window from the street..again…but here I am. And I’ve got two important things to say. First is, if you want a BMW 2002, get one now before they become stupidly expensive and the second is that somebody should start making high-end modified 2002s in the same way that Icon restores Broncos or Singer restores 911s. Oh. Wait, I think I just figured it out. If builders start making $150k restomod 2002s, then the $5k rust buckets will become $20k rust buckets like 911s or vintage Broncos. Forget I ever said this. I was never here. Find this 1974 BMW 2002 offered for $14,500 in Upland, CA via craigslist.
I’m not a Luddite…well…not a complete Luddite, but I’m not as keen on hopping on the latest app based bandwagon as the next guy for sure. But I’ve got a young neighbor who I saw selling a used frying pan to another millennial via a service called offerup. A used frying pan. Well…who am I to get in the way of progress, so I Find this 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC Coupe offered for $5500 in Los Angeles, CA via offerup.
I was watching a classic Doris Day & Rock Hudson movie the other day (Pillow Talk, 1959) and one of the antagonists tries to give Doris Day’s character a 1957 Mercedes SL Roadster (to which she declines the offer as “immodest” or something). Anyway, aside from being stupefied by the glory of a SL Roadster I was also struck by the fact that there was a time (late 60s, early 70s) when you could have picked up an original SL Roadster for what is considered pocket-change today. Which brings me to this next car…which is the natural successor to the SL and a surprising good deal, but it might not always be the case. Find this 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL W107 offered for $9,400 buy-it-now or make-offer from Houston, TX.