This Mercury Capri spent the better 1/4 of a century sleeping in a garage…but you’d better not call it a barn find. The seller claims it was built by a NASA engineer (Why is it always a NASA engineer or a GM factory engineer, why not a part time clerk at Boot Barn or a family practice psychologist?) who added a draw-through turbocharger with an old school water/methanol injection system to the Cologne V6. Looks like fun. Find this 1976 Mercury Capri offered for $6,000 in Eagle, ID via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The Saab 9000 was built on the Type Four platform, which Saab shared with Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Lancia on the 164, Croma, and Thema, respectively. It was not, however, shared with Subaru, so the addition of a rhino horn 2004 STI hood scoop is somewhat jarring at first glance, but maybe makes more sense when you consider that Subaru did later partner with Saab to make the 9-2X. The scoop can be removed, but those wheels need to stay. Find this 1994 Saab 9000 CDE Turbo offered for $6000 in Broomfield, CO via craigslist. Tip from Zach.
With the basic, non-special, rough-running, daily-driven, mid-80s Porsche 911 going for something North of $35k it is just about silly to even consider buying a classic 911 unless you’ve got extra money sitting around…which could be the case if you’ve recently sold any number of other classic cars that have seen ludicrous appreciation in the past few years. However, if you are a working man, a sensible collector, or someone who enjoys rummaging through a thrift store more than an antique store…then a 944 Turbo is for you. Find this 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo 951 offered for $14,000 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
This next car comes as a tip from Mr Mark who writes: Here’s an 80-something Conquest. The seller doesn’t state which brand it is, I think this was the Chrysler-branded version of the Starion? Anyway, unlike the Hurst Olds featured the other day, which I noted had “so little potential”, this guy has tons of potential. The seller says so! Just check out that underhood tubing, the very, uh, prominent exhaust and WORKING DIGITAL DASH! But you might want to protect that custom intercooler first. Yes indeed, this is a Chrysler and that IC would be demolished trying to pull this onto a flatbed for sure. Find this 1985 Chrysler Conquest offered for $3750 in Warrenton, VA via craigslist.
This next car is a Legacy GT, which combined all of the turbocharged flat-4 with manual gearbox goodness of an Impreza WRX, but with refinement and grown-up looks of the Legacy sedan. It won’t be as fast as an STI, but it’ll be way easier to live with on a day-to-day basis and you don’t need to take up vaping to own one. Find this 2010 Subaru Legacy GT offered for $6,900 in Royal Palm Beach, FL via craigslist. Tip from KM.
I owned and drove an SVO Mustang a few years ago and it was an interesting car, but too heavy to really enjoy the 4-cylinder turbo under the hood properly. Sure, it made as much horsepower as the V8 version, but it was lacking in torque before the Garrett turbocharger found its breath above 3000 rpm. So it probably would be fun in a classic lightweight 2-seat roadster like this next thing. Find this 1968 Datsun Roadster offered for $17,900 in Springfield, MO via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
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 Saab 900 Classic was built by Saab from 1978 through 1994. It is a very different beast from the Saab 900 NG (New Generation) that was built on a GM2900 platform. The OG 900 is really just an updated Saab 99, which means you get an engine mounted backwards at a 45 degree slant over the front wheels and a surprising amount of turbocharged performance. From a roll, a vintage Saab 900 turbo will hang with all of the best sports cars from the era in a straight line and the double wishbone suspension means it will also take the turns better than most of the junk on the road. But the best part of this next car is the louvers. Find this 1988 Saab 900 Turbo SPG offered for $10,000 in Reading, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory & Sean.
The Saab 9000 was built on a shared Saab/Fiat platform that was also used in the 1984-1998 Lancia Thema, Saab 9000, Fiat Croma, and Alfa Romeo 164. This next example of the Saab/Fiat Type 4 platform features an unbeatable combo for a sub $1k car — executive class luxury, front drive safety, and Giorgetto Giugiaro styling. Tow it home, fix it stock, or start pushing up power with the easy to modify Saab B-series 4-cylinder. Find this 1996 Saab 9000 CSE offered for $600 in Castle Rock, OR via craigslist. Tip from Zach.
The ST185 generation Toyota Celica All-Trac was known as the “Super Round shape” version of the high performance version of Toyota’s liftback Celica (1989-1993). It combined a turbocharged 4-cylinder 3S-GTE engine with all-wheel-drive and a 5-speed manual gearbox. With 200 horsepower in the USA version, it won’t be the fastest car you’ve ever driven, but it is a part of Toyota’s rally history and will be a desirable classic someday…if it isn’t already. Find this 1990 Toyota Celica All-Trac offered for $7000 in Katy, TX via craigslist. Tip from Graham.