This next car coms as a tip from Rock On who called it a “bundle of snakes”…which surprised me because I hadn’t put the Taurus SHO in the same snake-in-the-box paradigm as something like a ’70s Italian sportscar or an ’80s Jag. Did Ford pickup were Jaguar left off — did they have a factory of careless workers assembling something that was so needlessly complicated that failure is only a turn of the key away at any given time? I’m not sure, but I have heard reports of transmission issues and consistently leaking oil pan…what can the ex-SHOwners in the audience tell us? Find this 1993 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $5500 in Portland, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
There is a lot to love in a 1990s Toyota wagon. It has plenty of space for your fishing rod, kids, etc…and will probably last a million miles if you keep changing the oil and doing basic maintenance. Not sure how the paint looks so go — but this car might come before the era of low quality clearcoat or it has been garaged and waxed for its entire life. The only two things wrong with this car is a penalty box auto and neck chopper seat belt action. Find this 1991 Toyota Camry Wagon offered for $3,000 in Canaan, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This car is an interesting piece of used German metal. And I’ll start by admiting that I had the pleasure of owning and daily driving a used C36 AMG for a few years…and it wasn’t a bad car. The AMG tuned 3.6 liter M104 inline-6 is melodious instrument and it belted out 286 horsepower into a 5 speed slushbox that snapped off shifts like a SIG Sauer. It didn’t have the same steering feedback of an E36 M3 (had one of those too) and it wanted you to drive it more like a muscle car than a sports machine…but it wasn’t a bad vehicle at all, and I would recommend one to someone looking for a cheap future classic from Stuttgart. However…would I recommend one that needs to be towed home because the key was broken and the paint is covered in a vinyl wrap? Only if the price was…wow. That’s cheap. Find this 1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG offered for $1500 in Denver, CO via craigslist.
Before we get to far into the details of this next car, I’ve got to point out the major elephant seal in the room — this thing has a slushbox auto. But maybe that is okay in a car that was never designed to clip apexes or let you heel-toe. This is a car built […]
The Subaru WRX was a suped up version of the standard base Subaru Impreza — the WRX added a turbocharger and some fun sometime in the 2001 model year. In 2005 Saab got into the all-wheel-drive fun game and launched the 9-2X which was available in WRX-turbo Aero version and in the basic non-turbo Linear […]
There is something about an older car that is free from dirt/grime that just makes me happy…and it probably has something to due with the fact that most of my classics have been well used and abused. This next car is shockingly clean on the underside for a 27 year old car and has about […]
I’m gonna put my flame suit on and say the following: the V8 and 4-speed is overrated. Every other classic ’60s American car that I see running around car shows is powered by a thumping V8 and many have the lauded 4-speed manual. Oooohh…ahhh…pssshaa, meh! Those hot rod upgraded powertrain combos are great if you […]
Wow. What are the chances? We got a hot tip on a Fauxrarri 308 clone (that uses a Pontiac Fiero chassis and some Ferrarieqse body work) powered by a Caddy V8 and then another tip came through…and I thought…wow, must be the same car. Nope. TWO DIFFERENT CADDY POWERED FIERRARIS AT THE SAME TIME. First […]
The ancient Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu said a lot of things…but my top three have to be (1) “All warfare is based on deception.” (2) “Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.” and (3) ” It is better to drive Porsche with fake luggage engine cover that goes like a scalded cat than Porsche that handles […]
People ask me why I’m such a freak when it comes to cars. I don’t have a good answer, but my mom always says that I wasn’t dropped on my head and that I was obsessed with cars at a young age, but for whatever reason…I like them odd. Wierd. Brown. Slow. Horrible. Yup…winner, winner, […]