If you causally mention you have a Volkswagen Caddy, a normal person would assume you had some sort of golf sponsorship…but a not-so-normal person will ohh and ahh for they know how special VW’s front-drive water-cooled leisure activity vehicle (LAV…not kidding…that’s an actual marketing term). Today’s example needs some work before you can cruise around […]
If you don’t know what a Detroit Diesel 8V-92TA is…well…don’t worry, because I’m going to explain it to you. Most modern Class-8 trucks are powered by big inline-6 turbo diesel engines, but there was a time when you could get a V8. And you could get a two-stroke diesel V8. Yeah. With a turbocharger and […]
Value, worth, and price are difficult concepts for most people to grasp. And the worst part is that many people have a mistaken idea that they are the same thing. If you ask a curmudgeon like me about the cars that sell on fancy pants auction sites, I’m gonna tell you that they are usually […]
The 4th generation of Chevrolet’s C/K series pickups added where the previous generation left off — not with speed or performance or style, but in ruggedness, usability, and haulability. The only homage to style could be perhaps the step side bed, which gives the owner a square bed at the expense of a few spare […]
The Datsun 520/521 pickup was built from 1965 through 1972, right in the middle of the biggest explosion in performance and horsepower in the US market. But Nissan didn’t care, they were building a simple car for simple people and it was powered by a 1.3 to 1.6 liter J-series inline4 that made about as much power as the average domestic’s air conditioning system consumes at idle. Find this 1970 Datsun 520 Pickup offered for $6,700 in San Ysidro, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes from tipper TeleArrow who writes: Looks to be in surprisingly good shape for a Northeast Vehicle. Price might be a little high given the mileage. 22re should last. Find this 1992 Toyota Pickup offered for $7500 in Kittery, ME via craigslist.
It didn’t take long on my local craigslist to find something appropriately “America” to feature today, but I did hit a jackpot of freedom. This next car is as American as apple pie — it is a Ford F250 built during the era when America was in the world’s driver’s seat. Additionally the current owner is selling to make room for a new baby, how much more will he/she have to pay to buy this car back again when the kid heads off to college? Happy Birthday America! Find this 1967 Ford F250 offered for $15,000 in Marina Del Rey, CA via craigslist.
Urban Dictionary says that a Viccup is “what occurs when you’ve been drinking too much or have overeaten (or both) and have a momentary hiccup with a slight vomit aftertaste.” That is just plain wrong, because a Viccup is what happens when you put a Ford F250 Pickup body on top of a Crown Victoria chassis, and it happens far more often than you’d expect. Find this 1973 Ford F250 offered for $7,500 in New Jersey via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Cadillac Calais was available as a coupe, sedan, and hardtop, but it was not available as a pickup or El Camino. But it should have been. So the builder of this next vehicle did to the Caddy what should have been done by GM way back in the mid 1970s, and that is to hack off rear of the cab and create an automotive mullet. Find this 1975 Cadillac Calais offered for $8,500ish via GrassrootsMotorsports classifieds. Tip from Cory.
The late model used car market goes something like this. We (car nerds) get abscessed with some particular car because it is cool or reliable or interesting — let’s pick the Toyota Hilux and pretend it is 2010. You could get them for next to nothing and they were cheap and easy to maintain and we (car nerds…again) told all of our non-car friends about it. Some of those people turned into car nerds and others started to treat their used cars like some kinda physical version of a crypto-currency and they started hoarding them and then prices started going up and the next thing you know you are paying $60k for a barely running Ford Bronco, or VW Bus, or original Mustang, or…Toyota HiLux…you see where I’m going with this? Okay. Next object of our mass stupidity is…spin that wheel…beep-beep-beep-boop ooohhh, Ford Ranger. Find this 1997 Ford Ranger offered for $2500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.