You’ve heard the term “trash panda” as a derogatory term for our friend the raccoon — but I’ve got a new one for ya; The “dumpster unicorn.” That is a car that is indeed a rare thing, but should be recycled into fridge magnets. Or it is a pipe of parts in a bin that could be turned into a rare mythical beast. This next car is a 4th generation Buick Century — I’ve probably not seen one on the road for a good 20 years (for good reason?) but this next version is the rarest of the rare because it has a turbo V6. Find this 1979 Buick Century Turbo Coupe offered for $3,500 in Catskill, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Mercury Cougar started out way back in 1967 as an up-market version of the Ford Mustang. For its first two generations the Cougar was based on the Mustang, but then in 1974 it changed to a big Torino intermediate platform where it was a counterpart to the similarly plus sized Thunderbird. In 1980 the Cougar was switched to the compact Fox platform where it was a counterpart to the Thunderbird and Granada, but in 1989 it was switched to the MN12 platform where it got things the Fox didn’t have, like an independent rear suspension and available supercharged powertrains. A few years later the Cougar name was put on a front-wheel-drive thing that was based on the European Ford Mondeo, but we don’t want to talk about that. Find this 1989 Mercury Cougar XR7 offered for $12,000 in Merrimac, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
When a car gets sent in as a tip, I always want to post it…because people send in good stuff and I’d post EVERYTHING I get tipped if I had the time…but when a car gets set into to the DT tips line by two different people…that is a different story, so here it goes. Find this 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo offered for $5,500 in Monterey, CA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff and Rock On!
The Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe was introduced in 1983 on the ninth generation Thunderbird platform. Sure, you could get a 5.0 windsor V8 as an upgrade over the basic V6, but if you really wanted performance you needed to step up to the 2.3 liter Turbo-4. Selecting the Turbo Coupe added a standard 5-speed manual gearbox, limited slip differential, big 16-inch wheels and sporty analog gauges. Today a nice used example is cheap and fun. Find this 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe offered for $5000 in Danville, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: These have to be going up soon… never see them around anymore. This one looks pretty good and priced very reasonably… restore it to factory condition, drive it a bit, then sell it on barret jackson in a coupla years for some profit?? […]
I hate that classic cars has become a lot like collecting stamps, where low mileage is more important that actual condition and things are only original once…but mostly the prices people want for these things. Anyway, if I’m going to get a really low mile car from the past, it’ll be something like this T-Bird […]
The ninth generation of Ford’s iconic Thunderbird road on the fox platform shared with the Ford Mustang, Mercury Cougar, and Lincoln Mk VII. For the most part this version of the Thunderbird was a big boulevard cruising personal luxury coupe, but Ford built a few special models that are interesting for low-buck collectors and turbo […]
By and large, people tend to be creatures of habit, specifically when it comes to stocking their garage with vehicles from a particular manufacturer. Sometimes when the habit gets out of hand, the seller needs to thin the herd, and today’s seller is offering a trio of late ’80s Fords for a decent price. Find […]
“I am a patient boy,” Fugazi once sang. “I wait, I wait, I wait, I wait. My time is water down a drain.” It’s fun to picture the hardcore punk outfit from D.C. typing that repeatedly on a typewriter between fruitless Craigslist searches for original, unmolested 1988 Turbo Coupes. Finding this specific configuration in decent […]