The original BMW M5 was released in 1986 an autobahn cruiser that was only available in black like a Ford Model T, but unlike a Model T, it was monstrously fast. The next generation also featured an upgraded version of the BMW inline-6, but it wasn’t until the 1999 release of the E39 generation M5 that it got an appropriately menacing V8 to tear up the streets. This next car has been modified and the seller claims to have removed 400lbs of worthless weight. Find this 2001 BMW M5 E39 offered for $13,900 in Encino, CA via craigslist.
This next feature comes as a seller submission from Bill who told us that it is time to sell his “beloved Frankenstein.” He also describes it as a “1972 Porsche 914 with a small block Chevy wedged behind the seats…embarrassingly wide Carol Shelby Anaconda wheels, polarizing hand-laid fiberglass flares, Singer-esq interior.” The exterior is a bit rough, but the interior is better executed than expected and the wheels (Carrol Shelby Anaconda) have a nice vintage racer Minilite look to them. Find this 1972 Porsche 914 V8 offered for $7,200 buy-it-now or make-offer in Los Angeles, CA via eBay.
It might not seem believable, but driving a cheap used BMW M3 is not actually that expensive. Trust me, I’ve owned a few over the years and I still have both of my kidneys and all of my livers. The most expensive part of M3 ownership is depreciation and if you avoid that…then you’ll find that the regular 3-series bits (door handles, light bulbs, coolant caps) are cheap and the ///M specific stuff (hefty limited slip diffs, 8000+rpm V8s) are over-engineered. Yes, wear items are expensive (brakes, tires, bumper lips, con rod bushings), but not Ferrari expensive and you can do most of the maintenance yourself with a basic set of tools and a set of plastic ramps. But don’t believe me, buy one yourself and then report back here in a few months. Find this 2008 BMW M3 offered for $24,000 CAD ($18,320 USD) in Hinton, Alberta, Canada via Kijiji.net. Tip from Erik202.
This next feature is a massive shout out to all the people who didn’t fit into the mainstream narrative. Yes. All the oddballs, all the weirdos, the innovators, because life is too short to NOT drive a Buick that looks like a Kia. But the LaCross Super is more than just another front-wheel-drive luxury machine from Buick whose buyers were migrating toToyota Avalons…because the Super means something. The Super on the back means this is the second fastest Buick ever built (the fastest is still the turbocharged GNX)…just let that sink in for a second…this is faster than the rear-drive Buicks with big engines from the 60s or the 90s or the modern all-wheel-drive junk that passes for a Buick in 2020…and this screwy LS4 equipped corporate cousin to the Pontiac Grand Prix GXP is equally at home at the drag strip or parked in a handicap space at HomeTown Buffet (they may have declared bankruptcy in the year of Covid…ugg). So drive this thing for a few hundred thousand stress free miles before someone scraps it to put the V8 into a Fiero. Find this 2008 Buick LaCross Super offered for $6990 in Milwaukee, WI via craigslist.
Sometimes you find a car that must be a good deal because it is offered at a fraction of the cost of the parts to build it, nevermind the builder/seller’s time involved. This next truck is one of the millions of the third generation C/K trucks built by Chevy over a 19 year production lifespan (1972-1991)…but it has a diesel title and a built 402 ci big block under the hood — not a bad combo for California if I say so myself. Find this 1982 Chevrolet C20 Scottsdale offered for $8999 in West Hills of the SF Valley, CA via craigslist.
The guys over at Hagerty have it correct when they say that the Chevy Monza was born at just the wrong time. The Monza was released in 1975 as a rear-drive renaissance for compact American compact sports coupes, and while it sold in decent numbers (over 800k from 1975-1980) it was released at the height […]
This next car is something else. It has that sweet 64 Buick Skylark hardtop shape that is undeniably sexy, and a built 327 V8 with a huge gas spewing carburetor, built powerglide 2-speed tranny, and the worlds smallest gas tank. I challenge you to find a car that would require more trips to the gas station than this car on a trip from LA to Vegas. But my kids need to go pee every 35 seconds whenever we are on a road trip, so perhaps this would work okay. I wonder if you could zip-tie a car seat to a roll cage… Find this 1964 Buick Skylark offered for $9,500 in Santa Rosa, CA via craigslist.
This next car puts a smile on my face because it combines most of the desirable traits in a used car into one cool blue package. First, it is sold by the original owner — the guy/gal who purchased it new from the dealer typically (maybe not always) keeps it nicer than the third owner who got it on loan from his uncle and parks it near other cars in parking lots (yes…I am an admitted far-end-of-the-lotter). Next, this car has had the asking price in maintenance/upgrades invested into it in the past few years and it is immaculately clean inside and out. Finally, it comes with a thorough description and pics and videos from the seller. Find this 1995 Ford Mustang GT offered for $14,900 in Palm Springs, CA via eBay.
My advice for selecting a mid-engine kit car to buy is the same advice I give for people considering a mohawk for their hairstyle. Always go bigger, flashier, spikier, and bluer. And never go half way in, with some kind of stupid fauxhawk, you need to commit to the full experience and rock that Chevy V8 powered Manta symbol of your inner 6 year old and make it loud and proud. Find this 1983 Manta Montage offered for $14,500 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Color me geezerfied, but I’m starting to think that I need a 12th (twelfth!) generation E-Body Cadillac Eldorado in my life. I’m even going to say that anyone looking for a late model Audi A5, BMW 6-series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe or Lexus Whatevertheycallthemnow Coupe should consider a used Eldorado for a few reasons. First, this car was designed in the pre-Nurburgring lap time times when comfort was more important than braking performance on a track. People who buy Corvettes don’t even take them to the track, so you think your SLS AMG is gonna see anything other than bumper-to-bumper traffic on Rodeo Drive…I don’t think so. Second, the Eldorado was the pinnacle of GM/Cadillac’s expertise in front-wheel-drive engineering and is equipped with legendary Northstar V8. And lastly, because this thing is devoid of the gimmicky infotainment systems that’ll be immediately out-dated by whatever neural-link cell-brain-computer Elon-Zucker-Gates mandates we wear 24-7 in a few years (it is for your own safety kids!!) gets put in the latest cars. This comes from a time when cars could be fixed (and still can) by any local mechanic or a good set of tools. Find this 1998 Cadillac Eldorado bidding for $3401 reserve-not-met located in Pompano Beach, FL with 3 days to go.