The Toyota line-up around 2006 was pretty awful. Well…not if you were the typical consumer who loved driving affordable cars for miles without unnecessary breakdowns or huge fuel bills…but you ARE NOT that typical consumer because you are reading this website. It was awful for the performance enthusiast who loves the rush of accelerating and beating that half asleep old guy in the So-Cal freeway on-ramp drag races (listen up Caltrans on-ramp light designers — you’ve got TWO lanes and TWO lights…why do they go green at the exact same time if not to promote street racing)…but if you accidentally ordered a Rav4 with the V6 and AWD you got into a car that was unexpectedly quicker than any other new Toyota and surprisingly fun to drive on-road or off. Find this 2008 Toyota Rav4 V6 AWD offered for $8000 in New York via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The E36 generation 318ti was an odd little hatchback from BMW that combined the E30 generation rear semi-trailing arm suspension with a 1.8 liter non-turbo 4-banger. It was fun to drive and economical — like a sport compact car should be, but today’s version has taken an interesting turn. It has a twin turbo N55 inline-6 from an E90 BMW 335i, which is unfortunately mated to an automatic transmission, but otherwise this looks like the correct way to double (or triple with a chip and some tuning) the horsepower of the original vehicle. Find this 1995 BMW 318ti offered for $6,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
This next car needs a few things. It needs to be fixed up from a small accident that bent an A-arm and damaged the rims. It also needs the headlights wired up. It also needs some bumpers and de-stickerfication. It also needs a 6-speed manual swap. And then its to be driven and enjoyed because it would be sublime. Find this 1974 Mercedes-Benz 230C offered for $25k in Belmont, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Marauders are commonly mistaken for a pimped-out Crown Vic, but it was really a factory modified version of the Mercury Grand Marquis…yeah, I know, Potato, Shmotato….anyway, the Marauder was a Grand Marquis with blacked out the chrome, 5-spoke 18-inch wheels and a 4.6 liter Ford Modular V8 the breaths through a set of 4-Valve heads and is good for 302 horsepower and 318 ft-lbs of torque (borrowed from the Mustang Mach 1/SVT Cobra etc). Today’s example has an additional power adder in the form of a Kenne Bell supercharger and various sharpie-pen signatures of people who I’m not familiar with, but are clearly celebrities’ in the world of supercharged Marauders. Find this 2003 Mercury Marauder offered for $16,900 in Fayetteville, NC 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.
The Chevy Malibu was a forgettable midsized sedan from the 80s and not worth a second glance…unless someone has shoved a giant 454 cubic inch V8 under the hood, painted the bumpers, and do some massive burnout in the advertisement photos. Today’s feature has been transformed from Maliboring to Malibadass. Find this 1983 Chevrolet Malibu Wagon offered for $9,500 in Boston, MA via craigslist.
This next pickup truck doesn’t look like much from near or far. In fact, it looks just like any other 90s era pickup, but to quote tipper Rock On; This thing can blow your doors off and then carry them away in the back of the bed! That’s not a Spacecab, that’s a sleeper cab!! Find this 1989 Isuzu Pickup LS1 offered for $16,500 in San Jose, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The 900-series platform was the final iteration of Volvos front-engine rear-drive sedan/wagon platform that started with the 140-series in 1967 (which itself was derived from the Amazon/120 platform which launched in 1956 based on the previous PV444…you see where this is going). Regardless, the V90 was the final name put on the back of a rear-wheel-drive Volvo with properly positioned drivetrain and the only logical choice if you want to shove a V8 under the hood and chew anybody’s ass from 20 to 100. This might not be the legendary third Newman-Letterman V8lvo, but it is offered for a price that isn’t insane and should be great to haul around your family. Find this 1998 Volvo V90 with LS-swap offered for $13,900 in Laguna Niguel, CA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car comes as a tip from SecondMouse who writes: Ordinarily, car people would generally run screaming away from an S10 offered for sale. But this one is, well, different. Some maniac stuffed a 2012 6.2 liter Chevy V8 in it, along with a 6 speed automatic and a few other goodies. This might be a fun ride for someone with an uncle in the tire business. Find this 1998 Chevrolet S-10 in Clute, TX via craigslist offered at $8500.
The most famous Volvo wagon (or wagons) of all time is the V8 swapped 960 wagon that Paul Newman owned — the saga of this car was told years later by Dave Letterman and in 2014 Newman’s wagon was found in a cheap used car lot — that story was broken here on DT. Many […]