Seeing a car like this reminds me that Honda made some great manual transmission equipped cars back in the 1990s and this one is…whoa…2010? Are you serious? A 6-speed manual in a 2-door Honda coupe in 2010? Hang on. Consults various interweb sources of information. This is the 8th generation Accord, 2008-2012 and obviously it was available with a stick, it was replaced with the 9th gen Accord 2013-2017 which was also available with a 6-speed in the i-4 and V6 coupe, which was then replaced by the 10th generation Accord which started in 2018 and was available with a 6-speed in a sedan (the coupe was discontinued) until the 2021 model year when Honda made the Accord only available with some terrible CVT or a 10-speed-slushbox. We only have ourselves to blame because instead of driving new cars we’ve been tooling around in old depreciated manual-gearbox BMWs and 60s muscle cars but I still weep for the future of mankind. Find this 2010 Honda Accord Coupe offered for $8,600 in Sunnyvale, CA via craigslist.
Today’s next feature is a special…no, that’s not right. Today’s next feature is special. It features two cars where the asking prices are nuts, but you get to decide which seller took a bigger hit off the bong before posting the price. Yup, it is that kinda day. A $20k Suzuki Samurai, versus a $10k Buick Reatta. I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
We’ve featured some interesting Shorty conversions over the years — the winged Shorty Type 2, a super cheap 56 BelAir, and a particularly eye-bending Dodge Omni with rear doors that Kate Moss couldn’t squeeze through, but this next custom is special. Not short bus special, but with that wheelbase, it’ll be twitchier than Jeffery Epstein at a Disney princess convention. Find this 1980 Toyota Corolla Shorty offered for $3800 in Perth Amboy, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car isn’t for the faint of heart. It features a garish paint job that will get you more attention than you might want. It does, however, have a 4-speed manual gearbox, and at least 3 of the gears function. Not bad for less than $2500. Find this 1993 Toyota Corolla Station Wagon offered for $2400 in Oakland, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.
I’ve never owned a Honda Prelude, but if I did buy one, it would be from the fifth and final generation (1996-2001). Many have been turned into Fast and Furious inspired hoopties, complete with coil over suspensions and fart can exhausts, but not today. Today we’ve got one with what appears to be the stock H22A that pushes 195 horsepower into the front wheels — and it wasn’t a slow car back around Y2K. But you don’t drive this car to win traffic light drags, you drive it to enjoy the snick-snick Honda shifter and the feeling when VTEC kicks in (yo). Find this 2000 Honda Prelude offered for $4,000 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Jeff S who writes: What are prices today? I haven’t kept up with it recently. Old Tundra with low-ish miles, looks like it could have rust underneath. Suggested mainly to read the lovely comments. 🙂 Find this 2007 Toyota Tundra offered for $8,500 in Myersville, MD via craigslist.
Somebody the other day was lamenting the death of cheap project cars, but I think the discussion may have been premature. This next car is about as cheap as you can get for a classic Honda CRX, and I am intrigued despite the multiple issues it faces. And yes, it will need to be towed. Find this 1988 Honda CRX Si offered for $1200 in Palmdale, CA via craigslist.
It has been 15 years since Toyota sold anything with the Celica name on the back, which probably means it is time for a retro styled reboot. But I don’t want a retro styled electric self-driving Celica anymore than I want fake meat that tastes/looks/chews/grills like meat. If I want a Toyota with 4 square headlights, then I’ll get a this one. Find this 1981 Toyota Celica GT Liftback offered for $6,500 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.
I’ve been a fan of the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ since it hit the streets for the 2012 model year and they have maintained a shocking amount of residual value as the years and miles have added up. However, today I think we’ve finally gotten the answer to “what do you need to do to a Scion FR-S (Toyota sold the 86 as the Scion FR-S from 2012-2016) to get it down to $5k?” The answer is some pretty wicked cosmetic damage and an airbag covered in duct tape — don’t believe the carfax if it doesn’t show an accident. Find this 2013 Scion FR-S offered for $5000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslis
I thought that the Toyota 4Runner is one of those cars that has seen a slow but steady price increase over the past decade, but this next car appears to be offered for a reasonable amount of money. The seller says that it is 2-wheel-drive, which surprised me for a car that is called a 4Runner, but I guess Toyota had a 2WD version for people who needed ground clearance and off road capability, but didn’t need to go off-road. Anyway, the seller also claims it has a V4, which isn’t true unless someone swapped in a Saab Sonett drivetrain, but it is probably the 2.7 liter 3RZ-FE 4-pot. Find this 1997 Toyota 4Runner offered for $8300 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist.