This next car comes as a tip from DT regular Michael who writes; I’ve always had a thing for the BMW 318ti and since the one you posted today is already off the market here’s a couple more! Yes, we love a good lightweight, good handling, sports car that is ready for an injection of V8 power just as much as the next red blooded American. That’s freedom you smell. And tires, and unburnt race gas. Find this 1997 BMW 318ti offered for $5,400 in St Louis, MO via craigslist.
The late model Pontiac GTO (technically a 3rd generation Holden Monaro) was simultaneously lauded for being a rip-roaring hootenanny of an LS1 powered beast and maligned for its staid styling. It is the exact opposite of Pontiac’s G6 GXP, which was a exercise in unhinged styling with a ho-hum V6 pushing around the front end…which is exactly why I’d much prefer a GTO over a G6 in any shape, even with some bumper rash. Find this 2004 Pontiac GTO offered for $6,750 in Canton, GA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I keep hearing crazy stories about blistering cold weather from people in places from Texas to Oregon, and how much it is impacting their day-to-day lives. Meanwhile, everybody in Minnesota or Alaska (where it is 10-to-20 degrees colder) keeps going to work and the store and acting like this is normal. The problem is that people in Texas or Arizona tend to drive vehicles that are setup for warm weather or imported from California, but what they need to do is to start car shopping up North. If you tried to bring some little summer rubber shod convertible to Alaska, you are going to die on the side of the road when the first storm comes through in October (and they won’t find your carcass till next May), but if you bring a 4WD SUV from Alaska to Texas…that is a recipe for getting places on-time and in-one-piece. Find this 2005 Saab 9-7X offered for $5,400 in Wasilla, AK. Tip from Zach.
The seller of this next car describes it as “not a hackjob backyard swap”…which makes me wonder, where would you do an LSX swap into a 90s GMC Jimmy? In the realm of places to do swaps, from a Jay Leno style climate controlled garage to a dirt patch behind the Waffle House in Woooostaaaa, I’m gonna lean towards doing my Jimmy swaps at the latter, but I love waffles more than Jay Leno. And I mean that exactly how you might interpret it. Find this 1998 GMC Jimmy offered for $5000 in Northbridge, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Volvo purists might get a little disturbed at seeing yet another LS-based V8 swap in a classic 240 body…but let’s face it, with over 2.8 million examples of the 200-series (240 and 260) built from 1974 through 1993, it’s not like you can’t find another stock one sitting around. And that stock 240 will probably been useful to tow this thing to the next fuel station. Find this 1989 Volvo 244 With V8 Swap offered for $7000 via facebork in Sarasota, FL. Tip from Art.
Happy 4th of July to everyone out in cyber space — this next car is as American as apple pie and as cheap as an expired apple pie on the clearance rack at your local supermart…but apple pie doesn’t have a firebreathing LS1 V8 and a 6-speed manual box for less than $8k. Find this […]
BMW’s E46 generation 3 series was sold from 1999 to 2005 and it was known for its well balanced chassis and smooth inline-6 engines. If you want a fast one, you can get the M3 version for less than the price of this next example…but it won’t have a 400+ horsepower V8 that’ll drink 87 […]
The Porsche 944 is one of the few affordable Porsches available on the open market that offers a decent amount of performance…but even the turbocharged later versions are still down on horsepower compared to a new Honda minivan. In fact, a 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite hits 60mph in 6.9 seconds, while an ’87 Porsche 944S […]
The Mercury Zephyr (not to be confused with the California Zephyr, British Ford Zephyr or pre-war Lincoln Zephyr) was produced as a sedan, coupe and the uniquely styled Z7 coupe. The roof treatment is ostensibly an homage to the 1950 Ford Crown Victoria, but looks to us like an El Camino with a truncated truck […]
The RX-8 was the last of the line for production rotary engines from Mazda or any other manufacturer. It wasn’t a bad car, but it wasn’t the fastest thing from a Japanese dealer when new and cars haven’t gotten any slower…HOWEVER, the chassis was sublime, so it makes the perfect donor car for something with […]