The Ford LTD (pronouced el-tee-dee) was first built in 1965 on the Galaxie platform as a top of the line for Ford’s full sized offerings. In 1979 the LTD was downsized to Ford’s Panther platform and in 1983 it was turned into a midsized thing on Ford’s Fox platform…which was a good thing for people who enjoyed a fun driving experience. The new rack-and-pinion steering, unibody construction, and drivetrain/suspension parts shared with the Mustang meant the LTD finally went from making its drivers sick to making its passengers sick. Find this 1985 Ford LTD LX 5.0 offered for $6000 in Berkeley, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The W203 generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class wasn’t the sportiest thing on the planet when it was launched for the 2001 model year, and comparisons to the E46 BMW 3-series always ranked the C-Class as more of a luxury boat versus the speedy and zippy 3-series. However, you could get the C32 AMG version, which added a supercharged V6 that pushed out 354 horsepower (21 hp more than the M3) and some handling upgrades, but you still couldn’t get it with a manual transmission, nor in the SLK32 AMG. But, a few years later Daimler-Chrysler produced the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 on SLK32 chassis and gave it the same M112-E32ML V6 but mated to a 6-speed manual…so magic happens when someone swaps the 06-08 Chrysler gearbox into the 01-03 Mercedes chassis with a set of wrenches and an almost factory-fit. Find this 2002 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG offered for $6,000 in Hudson Valley, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
If you are not a total BMW fanboy goober, you might not understand this next car. But I hope to transform you into a BMW fanboy goober by the end of this article, so that might be moot point. Hang on, lemme back up. The E39 generation BMW 5-series could be had in 540i V8 6-speed version or a wicked wagon called a Touring Sports Wagon…but you couldn’t get a V8, 6-speed, and wagon from the factory for whatever reason. Today’s example fixes that by shoving the 6-speed from a sedan into the wagon body, but the seller, alarmingly, says it needs “quite a bit of work”. Not sure what that means…but I think it merits a second look. Find this 2000 BMW 540i Touring 6-Speed offered for $8,500 in Hopewell, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Lincoln Mark VII 1986-1992 (originally called the Continental Mark VII from 1984-1985) rode on the Fox platform shared with the Mustang, Thunderbird, and Cougar. It was powered by Ford’s legendary 5.0 V8…but saddled with a basic 4-speed slushbox but this next owner has fixed that with a few parts from a used Mustang. Find […]
This next car is offered by the seller as a “project” but it is much nicer than 99% of the projects offered for sale…it passes smog and has a manual gearbox swapped behind the 3.8 liter V8. Sure, it needs some cosmetic work on the interior and needs new rear glass, but the real kicker […]
The W124 is widely considered the last over engineered Mercedes before accountants took over the reigns in Stuttgart. The W124 E-class drives like a modern car compared to it’s W123 predecessor which has a far more antique look and feel. These E-class cars have a strong following within the USA Benz community, but not so […]