The last time I posted a Tercel, I made the mistake of calling it a Corolla…which CFlo caught and pointed it out. So this time I’m calling it a Turdcel, because even though this next car might have some wicked SR5 stripes on the side and louvers to die for…it’s got a seriously scuzzy headliner and a case of paint psoriasis that’ll take more than the potentially deadly ointment they are always trying to sell me in commercials (you know the one where the lady is running around in shorts and playing tennis and the calm doctorish voice warns you about fungal infections and travel from certain third world countries — are they reading my browser history, how do they target these ads on the TV so well??) Anyway…I wish this car was more of a survivor and less of an active patient. Find this 1982 Toyota Tercel SR5 offered for $2999 in Suwanee, GA.
Put A Fork In It
This next vintage Volvo isn’t the right car for restoration, or for trying to keep as a minty clean survivor…no the tin worm is far too deep into its flesh. Unfortunately, what this car needs is a Viking funeral. And I get it, I’ve had cars with some rust, and it is always possible to remove that rust and get back to metal…but…this thing just looks like paint holding together iron oxide. However, the mechanical parts are in good shape (probably survived due to constant weeping of oil and grease) so take it on one last epic road trip. Pack the boot full of tools, spare fluids, boxes of 2-buck-chuck, and drive from California to the tip of the Patagonia peninsula, but you might want to reserve a plane ticket home, just in case. Or spend the 4 years and $15k removing the rust, the world is your oyster, my friend. Find this 1968 Volvo Amazon 122S offered for $3000 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist.
This next car is a 2001 Porsche Boxster offered for $2000…so something has to be grenaded in the expensive Porsche 2.5 liter flat-6 engine. That is not good…so you’ll need to fix that…but those Porsche parts are “oh so expensive”…perhaps a Fiero Iron Duke 4-banger or a Buick 3800 supercharged V6 would fit out back? What do you guys think — what should repower this porked Porsche? Find this 2001 Porsche Boxster offered for $2000 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Johnny Bouncewell who writes: This state is full of strange old cars that don’t rust away but instead get fried by the sun. This one would take a serious Francophile to restore but hey, how many French five door wagons are still out there with the proper gearbox? Find this 1985 Peugeot 505S Wagon offered for $2,000 in Los Lunas, NM via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Johnny Bouncewell who writes: Would be a wonderfully funky car when complete but I value my spare time, spare money, and can’t afford the divorce that this would inevitably bring. Maybe one of the other DT’ers has a bit more flexibility to bring this svelte beauty back to its proper state? Find this 1970 Lotus Europa offered for $3000 in Las Cruces, NM via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Zach who writes: Needs a bit of love, but a number of pieces there. At current bid ($7.50) a fair price. Indeed…it is a complete basket case and will require a total restoration, but 123GT Amazons are rare and prices are appreciating…if you can find one. Even prices for the basic 122 Amazon are up, but scoring a 1 of 1500 ever built factory hot-rod 123GT for less than a Big Mac meal deal is a score. Find this 1968 Volvo 123GT bidding for $7.50 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Pensacola, FL via eBay.
If you are a regular on this website, you are probably thinking “Sweet! Another Monte Carlo Custom Cloud find, good job boys”…but if you are a first time visitor you are thinking “what in the blazes? Is my virus software up to date…get me off this website!” But wait! Don’t go yet — I haven’t explained to you about a small company in Florida that from 1973-1977 put a fiberglass front/rear on a Monte Carlo to make it look vaguely like a Rolls Royce, until the corporate goons at Rolls sued them and stopped the insanity…anyway, you can read the entire story of the Custom Cloud here and here… but you should buy this example before it gets pushed into a crusher. Find this 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Custom Cloud offered for $3,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
The Fuego was built by Renault from 1980 to 1986, sold in the US through AMC dealers and featured such innovations as the world’s first keyless remote system…which is funny because this next Fuego is being offered sans keys. And it’s on a trailer….but at least the listed price is low and this appears to […]
This next car comes from tipper Zach who writes: It was <not> the best of times. I don’t know what you’d do with this thing. A modern ecoboost monster of some sort? Cram a 302 in and just saunter? Grab the drivetrain from a Prius and don’t amaze your friends? At least you can feel […]
You know what is cooler than a wagon? An old crusty wagon. And what is cooler than an old crusty wagon…? An old crusty wagon that is rarer than rocking horse poo….and Cory found us a beauty today! Find this 1967 Ford Cortina Estate Mk1 offered for $1500 in Orange, VA via craigslist. From the seller: […]