The W116 chassis Sonderklasse (S-Class) is known for its low buy-in price, incredibly durable interior materials, tank-like build quality, and stately appearance. We old school car nuts will laud the durability of the aging Benz, but even I don’t believe that a 43-year-old German car will be as trouble free as a few year old used Kia. However, this next car is a Euro import, which means it has all of the plusses of the US Market S-Class, but with smaller DEATH-TO-ALL bumpers and sealed beam DEATH-TO-ALL headlights. And probably a non US-Emissions compliant DEATH-TO-ALL inline-6. At least this car is over 25 years old, so US Dept of Homeland Security will no longer stop you from buying/owning/driving this literal rolling tomb on the street. Enjoy your premature death! Find this 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280S W116 offered for $5,200 in Worthington, OH via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
If you think we feature too many BMWs on the pages of Daily Turismo, rest assure it isn’t because we are closet BWM fanboys…no, it is because we are fully open about our BMW fanboyishness. It is simple, while other major luxury OEMs decided that the American market in the early 2000s only wanted slushbox equipped luxury sedans (Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Acura, Cadillac, etc), the guys over at BMW decided that perhaps some people wanted manual gearboxes, and wagons. Of course they will still only be offered in lame shades of white/black/grey, but at least getting a wagon with a stick is an option in BMW. Ultimately, BMW didn’t sell many of these (1 of 429 according to the seller) so you can’t buy a NEW BMW with a manual in a wagon body today (meh, don’t blame me, I don’t buy any new cars…oh…wait…maybe you can blame me…) but you can find used ones for sale, occasionally. Find this 2007 BMW 328iT Wagon offered for $13,500 in Napa County, CA via craigslist.
Most cars have a bell shaped popularity curve, but have you ever noticed that some cars have almost a step function of popularity — one minute they are all over the road and then suddenly they all just up and vanish. This seems to have been the case for the legendary Volkswagen Mk 3.5 Cabrio […]
The Alfa Romeo Spider built from 1995-2006 was a replacement for the aging Alfa Spider Giulia (1966-1993). The Pininfarina designed exterior was a radical step forward in looks, but regrettably the car moved onto a transverse longitudinal front drive set up shaped with the contemporary GTV. The tipo 916 Spider was never sold new in […]
Roush Performance was launched in 1995 as a way for NASCAR legend Jack “Panama Hat” Roush to provide power to the people. Roush Performance got a reputation for making fast ‘n’ loud Mustangs, but they also dabbled in other Fords like the Focus and F-150…but for two years in the early millennium, they built about […]
Up until the 1990s Brazil (the world’s fifth largest country by population and geography) did not allow imported automobiles — and as a result, major OEMs around the world set up local manufacturing centers. In the beginning, the local plants built vehicles designed and engineered from the parent company’s home country, but eventually the locals […]
The C4 generation Corvette ZR1 was the result of a project between GM and Lotus Engineering, which resulted in a 375 horsepower DOHC V8 engine, big brakes, heavy duty suspension and active ride control. It was really ahead of its time for a GM product from the early 1990s but a hefty price tag (twice […]
This next car comes as a submission from JB1025 who writes: Kind of an Odd Fellow er Duck here.. Odd is an understatement here, this thing is from another planet, a bearded Spock dimension Nissan Pathfinder if you ask me. It is a Spanish assembled Nissan that was exported to Japan where it was sold new […]
Sterling owners will tell you with a wide smile that they’ve got an Acura Legend with a cool badge, but what they won’t mention is the Rover connection. Because, from 1987 through 1991 ARCONA (Austin Rover Cars Of North America) imported a rebadged version of the Rover 800 series as the Sterling 825/827 for the […]
The Ventura was a fiberglass rebody of a Volkswagen from Brazil — similar in concept, spirit, and styling to the awesome Puma. If Volkswagen made a rear-drive GT car that preceded the Scirocco and Corrado, and it looked half as good as this does, they would be everywhere. Instead, the Ventura got the “just another […]