Consider this next car as an apology for the grody brown Mercedes-Benz that I posted the other day — if that car was a wet half-breed three legged donkey, then this RX7 is a chocolate palomino thoroughbred that is racing up in class. It reminds us that brown can be a nice color on cars if done correctly and probably looks even better in person. Now, go find a matching Member’s Only jacket, Ray-Bans, and a Swatch watch. The 80s aren’t back, ’cause they never left. Find this 1983 Mazda RX7 GSL offered for $8,500 in Providence, RI via craigslist. Friend of the seller tip from Art C.
After mentioning in the last post that a late model TSX was probably a better car versus a 90s Ford Taurus SHO in every possible measure except style…I decided to put my mouse where my mouth was (does that expression work…or keyboard where my mouse was…I dunno…I’m gonna work on that one) and feature a late model TSX. Here ya go, better than the SHO in acceleration, speed, braking, turning, reliability, and usability. Find this 2005 Acura TSX offered for $5000 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes from tipper Zach who suggested that we write an entirely emoji-based post for this next car…which is a terrible idea, but like I’ve said about every all-you-can-eat buffet ever; challenge accepted….but later regretted. The Isuzu👀✔ is ❌ the 🧘♀️ version, but it is 😮 by the 🤑 as 👍 💓er with a 🥵er. Some 😡 might 📞it a 💩🗃️, but it prefers the term econo🗃️. Find this 1988 Isuzu I-Mark offered for 💵1500 in 🌴er, 🐻🌲🏔️ via 😐📘 📉🥈.
This next car advertisement comes with the exclamation “THE SUPER SAMMY” in the title, and my brain first went to thoughts of salami, pepperoni, mortadella, and mozzarella surrounded by a hard roll…but this next thing is not edible, but it will put a smile on your face because it has a 440 cubic inch Dodge V8 and a gigantic fuel cell in the back seat. Find this 1986 Suzuki Samurai offered for $2900 in Oceanside, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Mitsubishi’s entry into the 90s Japanese supercar wars was a technologically advanced heavyweight brute. It was the automotive equivalent of a German Tiger II tank when compared to Mazda’s RX-7 M4 Sherman and Toyota’s Supra MkIV Matilda. If the terrain involved turns and obstacles the 3000GT was outgunned, but head to head on a long stretch of tarmac, the twin-turbocharged V6 was a menace even before owners started turning up the boost. Today, prices for the Supra are insane, prices for the RX-7 with an original engine (hah, good luck!) are getting insane, but the 3000GT (and its Dodge Stealth RT cousin) are still not bad. Find this 1993 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 offered for $17,700 in Mesa, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Anybody who tells you that you need to spend a bunch of money to drive a nice classic car is full of it. Cheap, but nice, classics are available if you are willing to forget about owning something that all the cool/rich kids want. This next classic might be slow, but it looks rust free, in good mechanical shape, and is offered for a reasonable amount of money. Find this 1972 Honda N600 offered for $6995 in Imperial Beach, CA via craigslist.
The ST185 generation Toyota Celica All-Trac was known as the “Super Round shape” version of the high performance version of Toyota’s liftback Celica (1989-1993). It combined a turbocharged 4-cylinder 3S-GTE engine with all-wheel-drive and a 5-speed manual gearbox. With 200 horsepower in the USA version, it won’t be the fastest car you’ve ever driven, but it is a part of Toyota’s rally history and will be a desirable classic someday…if it isn’t already. Find this 1990 Toyota Celica All-Trac offered for $7000 in Katy, TX via craigslist. Tip from Graham.
Tipper James sent in this next car with the subject; Please be real. I’ve have to agree that this car seems too good to be true…because a 1974 model year Datsun 260Z (that was the only year they were sold in the USA) offered for $10k, even if it is the less desirable 2+2 version with the later 1974.5 big bumpers, is a good deal. I guess it is a good thing for the brand (and maybe car preservation…but that is debatable) that Datsun’s Z is finally getting the price appreciation it didn’t see for decades…but today’s example is priced from a decade ago. Find this 1974 Datsun 260Z 2+2 offered for $10,800 in Brookhaven, NY via craigslist.
This next car follows along with the theme of the MG Midget with Toyota power that we featured the other day…except that this one has the exhaust routing figured out. Classic British motoring style with reliable Japanese power…sounds like an MX-5 Miata without the reliable electrics. Find this 1972 Triumph TR6 with Toyota 20R power offered for $8500 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from ME who writes; perhaps you can use this one on a slow day. Full stop. If this is what DT shows on a slow day…then I can’t imagine what we’d share on a fast day. This has everything you’d need in an analog world — manual brakes, manual steering, manual transmission, manual windows, manual headlights, manual ignition timing advance (okay, I made that last one up). All this thing needs is a set of stock wheels and a wingectomy to be perfect for your daily drive or your kid’s first car. Find this 1993 Toyota Tercel DX offered for $2900 in Staten Island, NY via craigslist.