BMW’s 1994 launch of the E36/5 generation 318ti was the first hatchback on a BMW since the classic 2002 Touring was sent to the glue factory in 1974. Styling response was hit & miss the normal folks, but BMW fanboys love the classic 318ti truncated trunk and the fact that it rode on E30 semi-trailing arm suspension borrowed from leftover bits of the previous generation 3-series parts (also used on the Z3). But that didn’t phase BMW planners, because they were aiming to sell cars to a younger demographic and didn’t care of well todo executives didn’t want their little 4-cylinder powered import fighter. Find this 1998 BMW 318ti E36/5 offered for $7000 in Grantham, NH via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I’m feelin’ like it is gonna be a good day for posting cheap used hatchbacks from the 80s today…and if the Grandpa’s Tercel we just featured seems a bit slow for you…then maybe you’ll want a turbocharged manual-gearbox equipped Chevy Sprint…yeah…what a beast. Find this 1988 Chevrolet Sprint offered for $2000 in San Francisco, CA via […]
“Cool” car guys aren’t supposed to admit that they like basic economy cars from yesteryear, but I’m not cool, so I guess I’ll just go out and admit that I do a double take when a clean Toyota Tercel rolls by and I’m a sucker for the hatchback version that hasn’t been hacked up by […]
Vintage muscle cars from the 1960s long ago became overpriced for the every-man and late model cars are still monstrously expensive, probably because they are well engineered, fast, and reliable…but where can I cheapskate find something that is fun and cool? Go west, young man, go west…and buy something from the malaise era. It doesn’t […]
A high mileage complex luxury cars with scary electronic integrated gizmos should put the fear of the electron into any sane person…and I count myself in that small group. A mid 2000s Audi A8, for instance, is going to be overly complicated and certainly cheap because it is going to cost arms/legs/kidneys/children to repair…but if […]
The 2nd generation Subaru Leone was sold in the USA with the somewhat lame and confusing “GL/DL/STD” badge on the back, but it shared a chassis with the BRAT and was known for its longevity in the face of basic commuting. An 80s Subaru won’t be the fastest car on the block, but it will […]
Find this 1984 Ford Mustang GT350 20th Anniversary with 61k miles here on eBay bidding for $6,500 reserve-not-met with $9,999 buy-it-now and a few hours to go, located in Smithtown, NJ.
It was big news when Honda released a hatchback version of the 2017 Civic. The hatchback body style has not been available over here since 2005. The fourth generation Civic was a available from 1987-1991 as a sedan, coupe, hatchback, wagon, and a two seat CRX. The DX was the no frills model that this […]
The zippy little MGB roadster was released by British Motor Corp (BMC) in 1962, followed shortly (in 1965) by the MGB GT hatchback/coupe version, but things got even more interesting in 1967 with the launch of the MGC — an inline-6 version and the MGC GT an inline-6 hatchycoupe version. Find this 1969 MG MGC […]
The year was 2001. The place; a bit outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. My buddy Steve and I pulled a free 1983 Stanza from some guy’s wood pile and got stung by yellow jackets trying to get it out. We got it running on a Carter YF carburetor from my AMC Javelin using a manifold […]