To the average person muddling through life like a canoer with a golf club for a paddle, an XJ Cherokee Sport is just another old junker. But to people who have their act together, like those with a Yamaha VMAX hooked their canoe, they smile when they see an XJ Sport. The XJ (1983-2001) was all of AMC’s engineering might shoved into a lifted family wagon shape. Jeep sold 3 million of these things during their two decade production run, so you have plenty to choose from, but the one you want is going to be equipped with a 4.0 liter AMC inline-6 and isn’t rusting from the bottom. Find this 2000 Jeep Cherokee XJ Sport offered for $7,250 in Cliffside, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car come as a tip from SecondMouse who writes: This car is a throwback to the days when most of the iron rolling out of Detroit had king mattress-sized hoods, got 9 miles to the gallon rolling downhill with a tail wind, and was about as nimble as a pregnant Yak. But the Europeans refused to make huge cars for sale in America, choosing sportiness and economy of operation instead, and the consumers were buying them, so the Big 3 were sticking their toes in the ‘cars smaller than Rhode Island’ water. The Valiant was one of the results. This example comes with the venerable Mopar 225 slant six and the amusing dash-mounted pushbutton automatic. It looks to be in good driver condition, pop-top and all. The enthusiastic seller is offering at $11,900 and ‘let’s talk’. Find this 1963 Plymouth Valiant in Sealy Texas via craigslist.
This next car comes from tipper SecondMouse who writes: I confess I am not a Jeep person myself, but I know people who won’t drive anything else, and I can understand their appeal if you spend any time off road. Here is a pristine example complete with recent new engine and hardtop. I find it ironic that some many Jeeps are driven by poseurs (broseurs?) because the Jeep is such a non-poseur from an engineering/design/tech perspective — it is a big middle finger to progress. It’s body on frame with suspension derived from an ox-cart, has a pushrod engine that could be at home on a boat, the aerodynamics of a Windsor Castle, and seats taken from a stagecoach…and that goes for any Jeep made by Willys in 1940 to a Jeep made by Stellantis today. Haha Stellantis. I can’t stop laughing. Find this 1987 Jeep Wrangler Laredo 4.0 offered for $5500 in Richmond TX, a suburb of Houston via craigslist.
This car is an interesting piece of used German metal. And I’ll start by admiting that I had the pleasure of owning and daily driving a used C36 AMG for a few years…and it wasn’t a bad car. The AMG tuned 3.6 liter M104 inline-6 is melodious instrument and it belted out 286 horsepower into a 5 speed slushbox that snapped off shifts like a SIG Sauer. It didn’t have the same steering feedback of an E36 M3 (had one of those too) and it wanted you to drive it more like a muscle car than a sports machine…but it wasn’t a bad vehicle at all, and I would recommend one to someone looking for a cheap future classic from Stuttgart. However…would I recommend one that needs to be towed home because the key was broken and the paint is covered in a vinyl wrap? Only if the price was…wow. That’s cheap. Find this 1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG offered for $1500 in Denver, CO via craigslist.
The W124 was arguably last well built and reliable sedan to come from the mad scientists in Stuttgart with classy styling, interiors built to last, and simplicity in function that in future generations was replaced by a dizzying array of electronic gizmos that constantly fail. The styling of the W124 was aged much better that the googly eyed W210 that replaced it, and today’s example has a body kit that makes the car look lower and cooler. It might only have the lowly 2.6 liter M103 inline-6, but it is smoother and it’ll give you less grief to maintain that one of the V8 versions. Find this 1989 Mercedes-Benz 260E offered for $3,500 in Chattanooga, TN via faceplace marketbook. Tip from Chris.
I’m gonna put my flame suit on and say the following: the V8 and 4-speed is overrated. Every other classic ’60s American car that I see running around car shows is powered by a thumping V8 and many have the lauded 4-speed manual. Oooohh…ahhh…pssshaa, meh! Those hot rod upgraded powertrain combos are great if you […]
Aston Martin is a small boutique British car builder who only built a handful of fast vehicles for the 1%…at least until 1994 when they released the Jaguar inline-6 powered DB7. At $140k USD it still was an expensive car, but Aston sold a remarkable 7,000 examples and depreciation has worked its magic so that […]
BMWs E36 M3 was the steal of the market until a few years ago when the E46 M3 depreciated to the point where it makes more sense to step up to the 333 horsepower S54 powered beast that replaced the 240 horsepower S52 after the 1999 model year. Some people might complain about the SMG […]
File this next classic car find under the heading “I don’t know what it is…but I like it!” And for some stranger reason, the seller isn’t asking some ridiculous amount of money for his…umm…thing. Yeah. Does it float? Find this 1955 Diamond T Rat Rod offered for $6,500 near Cincinnati, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck. […]
Seven years isn’t a long time in the life of a car. I’ve daily driven cars with twice that age, so to buy a car from 2011 and drive it every day…wow…that sounds like almost new to a guy like me. The asking price on this one seemed suspiciously low until I checked KBB and […]