The Exocet Missile was a French built anti-ship missile that is known for its first wartime launch by an Argentine Super Étendard strike-fighter that sunk the HMS Sheffield during the 10-week conflict in 1982 known as the Falklands War. The Excoet kit car on the other hand, is a beast sold by the guys at Exomotive that puts a tube frame chassis and composite body panels around a donor Mazda Miata chassis. The Exocet Miata is equally as dangerous as the Exocet missile, but only to its occupants. Find this 1999 Exomotive Exocet Miata Kit Car offered for $20,000 in Harrisburg, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I know. Another V8 powered Volvo…how cliché. But this one is special. It has a ginormous turbocharger with an intake sized like something from an apache helicopter that pushes cubic yards of air into the 5.3 liter iron block (probably an LM7 if I was to guess) with MegaSquirt standalone fuel injection to make a tire obliterating 745 horsepower on the dyno. Thankfully this thing is shifted with an Aisin AR-5 manual gearbox that probably came from a Chevy Colorado or Pontiac Solstice and isn’t exactly rated for this level of murderous torque…but people tend to overestimate the required ruggedness of their transmissions and if you shift it nicely it will probably survive the repeated 60-100mph sprints that this thing is built for. I’m in love. Find this 1991 Volvo V8 240DL Wagon with Turbo LSV8 offered for $11,000 in Colorado Springs, CA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I first got a tip on this jet powered Volkswagen Beetle a few days ago and dismissed it because it was so stinkin’ expensive (I could almost buy half a SoCal starter home for that much cash…) but then it kept appearing in the tips box from various tippers (Matt V, Carter, Matt C, probably a few more), so…as they say; when in Rome, burn down your neighbor’s house with a jet engine. Anyway, this is one way to get a Volkswagen New Beetle to be remotely desirable, but I still think the turboshaft powered 928 was the best jet powered car, closely followed by the deathwish Turbolden Jetodore. Find this 2000 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $550,000 in Sunnyvale, CA via craigslist.
The Chevrolet S-10 pickup was not a performance vehicle by any stretch of the imagination (GMC Syclone version notwithstanding), but it seems to have developed a considerable customization scene. You can find all manner of bagged and boosted S-10s for sale on craigslist or autotrader and today’s next feature has more horsepower and torque than a compact pickup should ever need, which is a good thing if you were wondering. Find this 1999 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup offered for $15,000 in Central New Jersey via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The C5 generation (2002-2004) Audi RS6 is a car that should need no introduction to the modern car enthusiast. But in case you need a refresher, allow me to give you the details. The RS6 was based on Audi’s A6 sedan platform, but added a 4.2 liter twin turbo V8 that pushed 450 horsepower and 428 ft-lbs of torque into a 5-speed auto and all four wheels via Audi’s torsen-base Quattro system. It was also, lower, stiffer, brakier, and wider than the standard A6. In its day it was a monster and today the RS6 offers one of the best $/hp you can find on the street. Find this 2003 Audi RS6 offered for $13000 in Sioux Falls, SD via craigslist. Seller submission from Ben.
This next car comes as a tip from MikeB who writes: For those of us who are a certain age, the E39 M5 will always be the “adult dream car” (unlike our childhood dream cars like the 911, IROC, Esprit, etc.). This car appears to be in excellent condition and the list of recent maintenance reads like a wish list of things I’d like to do to our recently acquired ’99 540i . . . over the next 5 years. Plus the undercarriage on this car is cleaner than my living room. Good seller, bucket list car, trip to Chicagoland — what’s not to love? Find this 2003 BMW M5 offered for $20,000 in Northwest Suburbs of Chicago via craigslist.
Ah, the C5 Corvette Z06. The cheapest way to go fast, and the fastest way to lose your license. It is a formidable track machine, tuned by the wizards at Chevy’s performance group to take the standard C5 from fast enough to faster. When introduced in 2001, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was the fastest production […]
The 914 was meant to slot into Porsche’s showrooms below the premium 911 but to also fill the top of VW/Audi’s lineup with a Volkswagen badge. But the suits at Porsche didn’t want to risk having the VW nameplate tarnish its image and convinced VW to allow it to sell all 914’s exclusively through its […]
I’m going to post this next car with a caveat that Brooklyn isn’t a good place to buy a car…or probably much of anything. The Big Apple is notorious for crappy roads, sketchy parking, bad weather, and well…New Yorkers. Everybody who isn’t trying to actually pick your pocket is probably trying to muscle something outta […]
This next car comes a tip from Jeff who writes: I know this is over the DT price threshold and don’t expect you to post, but just thought I’d share a great example of depreciation. Sure, a V10 Viper putting out 400+ horsepower doesn’t sound like much by today’s standards, but just look at this […]