I’ve spent the better part of the past six months complaining about how expensive used late model (5 year old-ish) cars are these days and for good reason, they are stupidly priced and total garbage. But this next car is only one of those things. I’ll give you a hint — it isn’t overpriced. But it is one of GM’s bargain basement parts-bin specials that are sold to unsuspecting buyers who could have gotten a Toyota or Honda. But the lowest optioned Cruze was available with a 138 horsepower 1.4 liter Ecotec turbo-4 that was attached to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. Find this 2014 Chevrolet Cruze offered for $5900 in Space Coast, FL via craigslist.
Chevrolet released the El Camino in 1959 but it only survived until the 1960 model year before it was discontinued because people didn’t understand it. However, Ford sold enough of their Rancheros in the early 1960s that GM got back into the game in 1964 and didn’t stop until 1987. Their product planners are probably considering reviving the name on an electric SUV right now, but I think this 4th generation example is what you want. Find this 1974 Chevrolet El Camino offered for $9,800 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist.
In 1967 AMC (American Motors Corp) introduced the AMC Rebel which was, for the most part, a midsized short-wheelbase version of the full-sized Ambassador. The design for the sedan and hardtop and coupe followed contemporary square ‘Murican design standards of the era, but they also need a station wagon. It really looks like they realized they didn’t have a wagon design after building a few thousand extra sedans and they paid someone at the Kenosha, Wisconsin assembly line to weld on a cargo topper from a pickup truck. I’m not saying I wouldn’t own this thing, but the c-pillar is hilarious. Find this 1969 AMC Rambler Rebel Wagon offered for $15000 in Boston, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
You’ve heard the term “trash panda” as a derogatory term for our friend the raccoon — but I’ve got a new one for ya; The “dumpster unicorn.” That is a car that is indeed a rare thing, but should be recycled into fridge magnets. Or it is a pipe of parts in a bin that could be turned into a rare mythical beast. This next car is a 4th generation Buick Century — I’ve probably not seen one on the road for a good 20 years (for good reason?) but this next version is the rarest of the rare because it has a turbo V6. Find this 1979 Buick Century Turbo Coupe offered for $3,500 in Catskill, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The concept behind a rear-mount turbo seems silly at first look. The basic idea is that you mount the turbocharger where one of the mufflers should be — you use the stock exhaust system and then push boosted air back up to the engine via another pipe. No intercooler needed (because the compressed air pipe is long enough to cool the charge air) and you get a stealth setup. Unfortunately you also lose efficiency because the exhaust gas cools before it hits the inlet of the turbo and you add a bucket of lag in inlet-and-outlet pipe air capacity. However, it seems to work okay if you start with a large displacement engine that didn’t really need a turbo to begin with and the boost is just a little bit-o-frosting on your performance cake. Find this 2003 Chevrolet Blazer S10 offered for $7000 in Conestoga, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
DT’s rule number 772: The original is always the best. Yup, sounds right, but let’s check; Terminator 1984 — yup. Star Wars — no contest. True Grit — John Wayne rules. Aladdin 1992 > 2019. Death Race 2000 1975>2008. The Italian Job 1969>2003. Ladykillers 1955 > 2004. Gone in 60 Seconds 1974 > 2000. Do I need to continue explaining this? Let’s move to cars. The original Mustang is still the best Mustang. The original Camaro — same. Finally we get to today’s feature subject which is a first generation Ford Taurus SHO (1986-1991) which was the original and the best of the SHO Taurii. Find this 1991 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $7250 in Los Molinos, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
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.
There are lifted vehicles and then there is a LIFTED vehicle. This next one is an example of the latter, where the lift is as much cosmetic as it is functional. Yes, you could go mudding in this next van or cross the Rubicon, but you could just as easily drive over the shrubs dividing the parking spaces at your nearest Costco or find a railroad crossing where you can try and get air. Freedom. Find this 1978 Chevrolet G3500 Van offered for $11,000 in Riverside, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Who doesn’t love a nice looking C4 Corvette offered in a shade of white paint with matching white wheels — this is so late 80s/early 90s that it might as well be a mix tape on cassette. It comes as a seller submission from DT regular David S who writes: Yes, it’s mine. Yes it’s a good deal on a nice 6-speed Corvette, as the gods intended. Find this 1990 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $8500 in Tampa, FL via craigslist.
We featured a chopped Silverado the other day that was generally appreciated by the crowd for being tidy and subtle modification. However, today’s next feature is anything but understated. It does appear to be a decently conceived 4 seat convertible pickup truck conversion, which is not something you hear very often. Find this 2000 Chevrolet Silverado offered for $6000 in Buffalo, MN via fleecebook mothership.