Somebody said something about manual transmission wagons…oh yeah, I just featured a Honda Accord wagon that will get classic wagon lovers in a tizzy. But this next car isn’t a some boring and reliable Accord, this is an exciting Volvo covered in red paint and sporting a high pressure turbo. Find this 1998 Volvo V70 […]
I know what you are thinking…the guy’s at DT have jumped the shark. A base model Honda Accord from the 7th generation (2003-2007) has all of the appeal of a well done t-bone steak from Sizzler. The Accord’s exterior styling is so thoroughly boring that I fell asleep TWICE when writing this feature…but pop the […]
The Volvo 850 was introduced in 1991 as a replacement for the aging 240 Series Volvo that had been the standard for all things boxy but good since 1974. While the 850 brought additional Volvoish safety features like a side impact protection system and self-adjusting front seat belts, it ditched the longstanding rear-wheel-drive architecture that […]
If someone asks you to name an all-wheel-drive Japanese modern classic with a manual gearbox, most people start listings things from the Subaru, Mitsubishi, or Nissan…but the truth is that Toyota probably built more all-wheel-drive cars than any of those specialty makers, mainly because they built a bazillian cars over the years. Today’s example is […]
The Z32 generation Nissan 300ZX is a good looking car in any color, but I think Sapphire Blue is one of the better shades to get. It compliments the Isao Sono and Toshio Yamashita design well — better than the popular silver/gray or the bold red and whites you’ll see around. This next example appears […]
The take rate on the manual gearbox for a Toyota Cressida in 1983 was probably higher than you would expect given the fact that most survivors seem to be slushbox equipped. But the cars that haven’t been wrapped around a telephone pole or eaten by salt from winter drifting competitions are going to be the […]
BMW’s E39 generation 540i is a legend. They are not M5 fast, but they are not M5 expensive. They are also more comfortable in everyday driving than an M5 and cheaper to maintain. I’ve always said that if you buy a 330ZHP or a 335i you’ll just hit yourself for not going to full send and getting the M3, but with the 540i, it might be a more sensible car for the guy looking for some executive class ride for cheap. This next one has a few needs, but it’s got a 6-speed manual. Find this 1998 BMW 540i offered for $5000 in Little Italy neighborhood of downtown San Diego, CA via craigslist.
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.
When do you supposed the last 4-speed manual gearbox equipped car left an American assembly line — if you said 1998, I wouldn’t be surprised, but according to Murilee “Phil” Martin at Autoweek it was 1996 with the Toyota Tercel for cars, but the Ford F150 was available with a 4-on-the-floor for a few more years. Find this 1998 Ford F150 XL offered for $3995 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.
The Civic comes in three flavors. First up is fast — the Type R or Si version or modified. Then there is the plebian sedans that you see driven around by grandmas and by people who view a car like they view a dishwasher or a pair of pliers. And finally, there is the Civic VX…which V for very, and X for xtreme. Actually, I’m not sure what VX means, but I do know that it came from the factory only in the hatchback and it pushes out 92 horsepower from a 1.5 liter D15Z1 VTEC-E equipped 4-cylinder attached to a manual gearbox. If don’t like to drive a Prius and if you like to get your fuel economy the hard way…this is the car. Find this 1992 Honda Civic VX offered for $5,200 in Prairieville, LA via ebay. Tip from John.