et it. A diesel powered Audi 5000S is going to be slow…really slow. But it has to be faster than a Rabbit diesel and that was one of the most memorable cars I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning/driving. And before you get the idea of LS1 swapping it or putting in a new 600 horsepower Audi inline-5 from an RS-somethingorother, note that this car has rust. So this is the car that you need to just fix the described piston ring issue (maybe new rings, maybe some Marvel Mystery Oil and a case of Seafoam…I dunno, we’ll see where the weekend takes us) and drive it till your wife starts complaining about all of the cars you own. All I can say is — that is the cleanest engine bay in a $1000 car I’ve seen in decades. Find this 1981 Audi 5000S Diesel offered for $1000 in Colorado Springs, CO via facedasher marketbeans. Tip from Mark.
u won’t have automatic lane departure warning buzzards (I’m not sure why you’d want a buzzard to peck at your neck when you change lanes without a blinker, but I hear they are friendly birds if treated properly and only molt twice a year) and self aspirating seats (“You can’t never take wound care too seriously” — said the spokeswoman from Toyota at the last year’s Detroit Auto Show) but imagine driving a 30 year old car in 1970. That would have been a 1940 car. Or even driving a 30 year old car in the year 2000 — a 1970 Torino would have been nuts to daily drive in 1999…but you could easily drive this next car every day and not have people calling the cops on you. Find this 1990 BMW 535i offered for $6,000 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
eatured a $1300 Volvo 240 that was hacked into an El Camino this morning..so I figured it was time to post a Porsche 914 that had been modified to look like a Lotus Elite. Yes, the price tag might be 100x higher, but the dedication to doing what you want and not what other people want is too much of a coincidence. Find this 1970 Porsche 914-6 Prototype bidding for $125,000 with a few minutes to go located in Strasbourg, France via pcarmarket.com. Tip from Mark.
The classic Dune Buggy is a shape that was formed in the 1960s to liven up the bleh shape of a stock Beetle and allow bigger tires. People have been making Dune Buggies from Beetles forever and they normally look like a Meyers Manx, but today’s Buggy looks fresh and futuristic…or at least 90s futuristic. Looks good. Find this 1968 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $15,000 in Anaheim, CA via craigslist.
If you see a 90s vintage BMW 5-series with a 30i suffix on the badge you might assume it has one of BMW’s sweet sounding 3ish liter inline sixes…but you’d be wrong. For the E34 generation of BMW’s 5-series they started with the 530i with a M30 inline-6 in 1988, but in 1992 they changed over to a 3.0 liter M60 V8. That’s right in 1992 you could get a 535i with a inline-6 making 208 horsepower and 225 ft-lbs of torque or a 530i with a V8 making 215 horsepower and 214 ft-lbs of torque. The M60B30 was a small displacement version of the M60B40 found in the 540i and with a 3.31inch bore and 2.66 inch stroke and 10.5:1 compression ratio it should been capable of making lots of power, but it was under cammed and held back from the factory with a 6500 rpm rev limiter. Here is what you need to do –take the engine apart, coat every rotating component with space age coatings and get a custom ground cam (or four) and some fancy valve springs — open the exhaust and revv it to 8900 rpm. Boom — screaming V8 that nobody else has — and today’s example is one of the few 5-speed equipped 530is I’ve ever seen. Find this 1995 BMW 530i offered for $3,500 in Franklin Hills, CA via craigslist.
The E30 generation BMW 3-series was introduced in 1982, but this one comes from the post ’87 facelift, and has smaller integrated bumpers, removed chrome trim around window, and re-designed rear lights (among other things). BMW also gave the 3-series a number of engine upgrades over the course of production, but that doesn’t matter with this next one because it’s been given an injection of American V8 power courtesy of a Ford 5.0 liter V8 from a Mustang. Find this 1990 BMW 325i with V8 offered for $8995 near Baltimore, MD via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
olkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14 was launched in 1955 as a 2+2 coupe with Type 1 Beetle mechanical parts and styling by Luigi Segre of Carrozzeria Ghia plus a coach-built bodywork from Karmann. The Type 14 was cheap and affordable for years, but with the recent astronomical price increases on all things aircooled (Porsches…Hippie Buses…etc) the Ghia has been pumped up by these nefarious market forces. Anyway, today’s next Ghia isn’t free, but it has a decent amount of modifications to make to look tempting. Find this 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia offered for $12,500 in Aptos, CA via craigslist.
The BMW 7-series was the pinnacle of executive luxury in the mid 1990s and the boss of bosses would get the M73 V12 with a long wheelbase in the 750il. Today these cars are depreciated and cheap because maintenance is expensive and modern luxury cars are much more luxurious — but today’s example has a staggering 213k miles on the odometer and shows no signs of giving up yet. Find this 1996 BMW 750il offered for $5,500 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.
The E30 BMW with the lowely low compression ETA engine we posted yesterday got me thinking that perhaps getting the base model of a cool car is the right way to save your cash for other things. You could spend a bunch of money on a Porsche 944 Turbo, or you could get the basic version and enjoy your time on the road….more time because you are driving slower. Find this 1983 Porsche 944 offered for $5993 in Sedona, AZ via craigslist.
These next two cars make for an interesting comparison because they are both front-wheel-drive and equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox, but the similarities end there. In fact, the thing that makes these car even remotely interesting to compare is that they are sold by the same seller in one craigslist advert. Would you prefer this 2009 Volkswagen Golf offered for $4000 or 1994 Mercury Tracer offered for $1200 in Hartford, CT via craigslist. Tip from ME