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.
There are oodles of new cars for sale in the $25k range at your local Honordoytamotors dealership, and they come stock full of gadgets and gizmos; but this next car has a few things that they won’t come with. They won’t come with a 600 horsepower supercharged V8. Nor a 5 speed manual mated to […]
The Pontiac G8 GXP isn’t the fastest car you can buy for the same amount of money, or even the fastest sedan you can buy with 400+ horsepower that’ll hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds (similar to a 2005 BMW M5 for reference). There are all kinds of European super sedans that are just as fast, if not faster…but they’ll all drain your bank account faster than a 22 year old trophy wife with a Louis Vuitton habit. The G8 GXP however, is powered by an American 6.0 liter LS3 V8 that’ll make donuts till the cows come home AND it doesn’t have a fancy self leveling air bag suspension (cough cough AMG E63) or turbos that are harder to replace than Batman’s parents (ahem, RS6). What it does have is some ridiculous Pontiac styling and an interior sourced from the leftover plastic at the McDonalds beverage lid factory and power..sweet..raw…American…power, assembled by Aussies. Find this 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP offered for $19,500 in Hattiesburg, MS via craigslist. Tip from Ramjet.
Nobody is going to compare a ’74 Thunderbird to a ’74 Corvette…not in the same way that you could compare a ’57 T-bird to a ’57 Vette. But that didn’t upset the product planners at Ford because Ford sold almost two Thunderbirds for every Vette AND the T-bird cost more. That was because driving a racecar on the street is not that much fun (not that a ’74 Corvette would do well on a track) but cruising around with 5 of your friends in total comfort is rollicking fun. Find this 1974 Ford Thunderbird bidding for $5,200 with 1 day to go, located in Lodi, CA.
It is still two months away from election day and I’m thoroughly nauseated by political news. However, with all the divisiveness in this world, I think we can all agree that this next Ford Fairmont is a thing of beauty. It doesn’t matter if you are a knife toting member of proud boys or a galvanized chain wielding member of antifa — you are gonna smile when you pop the hood and see the Ford fuel injected V8 and a hood propped up by a piece of schedule-40 black iron pipe…hey…that pipe could be used to smack somebody in a pinch. Not that you would want to, or need to do that…just forget I mentioned it, and be nice to each other. Find this 1978 Ford Fairmont offered for $3,900 in Omaha, NE via craigslist.
This next car would easily be mistaken for a Ford Crown Victoria…which makes sense because the Mercury Grand Marquis is a rebadged Crown Vic…except this isn’t a Grand Marquis. This is the Marauder…which starts with a Grand Marquis body and adds a 302 horsepower 4.6 liter DOHC V8 from the Mustang Mach 1, a full compliment of P71 Police Interceptor shocks/brakes, unique Marauder bumpers, no chrome, and smoke headlights/taillights. It was like the guys from Pimp my Ride took over the Mercury design department for a week and I love it. I miss Mercury. Find this 2004 Mercury Marauder offered for $5,750 in Newington, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car comes as a tip from MikeB who writes: For those of us who are a certain age, the E39 M5 will always be the “adult dream car” (unlike our childhood dream cars like the 911, IROC, Esprit, etc.). This car appears to be in excellent condition and the list of recent maintenance reads like a wish list of things I’d like to do to our recently acquired ’99 540i . . . over the next 5 years. Plus the undercarriage on this car is cleaner than my living room. Good seller, bucket list car, trip to Chicagoland — what’s not to love? Find this 2003 BMW M5 offered for $20,000 in Northwest Suburbs of Chicago via craigslist.
I’ve said this before, but I think it needs repeating — I’m not against progress. I think that stuff needs upgrading and technology is great…but the thing about the Corvette is that it was never a competitor to an actual Ferrari. It still isn’t…despite what the mainstream car fishwrap pundits might let you believe…because the Corvette was all about power…stupid, tire-roasting torque, and unlimited power. The Ferrari is Rey from the new Star Wars trilogy — gorgeous, overly powerful, lithe, graceful and sweet…but the Corvette is, and always will be Episode 3 Palpatine. Unlimited power and unnecessary cowls/scoops/hoods. Don’t fret…it’ll get worse because some day the Corvette will be an electric all-wheel-drive, self-steered, google-pod…but you don’t have to buy one of them, because you have this 1979 Chevrolet Corvette L82 offered for $9250 in Dothan, AL via craigslist. Tip from Ramjet.
This next car comes as tip from SecondMouse who writes: I have always liked the looks of the mid to late 80’s C4s, especially in black. This 1986 model ticks all the boxes – low miles, manual, cheap price, and well-cared for. But it looks to need a degree of reassembly that is not entirely clear from the ad. If you can overlook that, you might be the new owner of a sweet little cruiser. Find this one in Buffalo TX, about halfway between Houston and Dallas, on jackstands (!) with no plates (!!), asking $5500. Yes SecondMouse, I completely agree that the C4 is one of the most under appreciated cars from the 80s…and I loved the boxy shape before I got one as MicroMachine in the mid 80s…and someday I’ll own the real thing, hopefully before they get expensive. Find this 1986 Chevrolet Corvette C4 offered for $5,500 in Buffalo, TX via craigslist.
It was recently announced that Chrysler (technically Fiat-Chrysler-Automobiles) merged with Peugeot S.A. (which is Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Vauxhall…) and became yet another global conglomerate with the baffling (and vaguely aquatic sounding) name Stellantis. Uggg. The irony is that Plato’s city of Atlantis was a fictional city that was consumed by the ocean after an unsuccessful attack on ancient Athens…a victim of it’s own hubris. Perhaps, there will be a time in the not-so-distant future when people talk about a car brand called Chrysler who built amazing cars back in the 20th century…but it is only a myth. Find this 1965 Chrysler New Yorker offered for $4995 in Santa Rosa, CA via craigslist.