The Geo Tracker was a little 4X4 that was built in a joint venture between GM and Suzuki…actually it was GM of Canada who pushed this thing through to development and the first versions were built in a Canadian GM plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. The Tracker was a proper body-on-frame front-engine rear-wheel-drive mini SUV that […]
The Porsche 914 is one of those classics that needs no introductions, but today’s example is a bit of an eyesore. Long gone is the original Beetlesque flat-4 and in its place is a small block Chevy pushing lots of torques and ponies from 383 cubic inches (that’s American for many liters, almost 4 more […]
1969 was an amazing year to visit a Ford dealer. You could get 11 different engine options in a Ford Mustang. Eleven. In the Mustang. Today you can buy ONE car from Ford…the Mustang. That’s it. Everything else is an SUV, Crossover, Truck or Electrificated mombojombo. In that Mustang you have two engine options. In […]
Another day, another V8 powered Volvo wagon offered for sale, but this one has a manual gearbox and some sweet gold wheels and a bunch of other upgrades. The asking price is a smidge more than I’d like to pay for something as silly as a V8 Volvo, but this one is gonna be as […]
From 1978 through 1983, the Zephyr was a Mercury’s Fox Body family hauler that shared most of its parts with the Ford Fairmont. Like the Fairmont, the Zephyr was available as a 2-door, 4-door, and wagon with Pinto Inline-4, Thiftmaster inline-6 or Windsor Vee-8 power. Todays example has a 302 V8 that has been given […]
If you see a 90s vintage BMW 5-series with a 30i suffix on the badge you might assume it has one of BMW’s sweet sounding 3ish liter inline sixes…but you’d be wrong. For the E34 generation of BMW’s 5-series they started with the 530i with a M30 inline-6 in 1988, but in 1992 they changed over to a 3.0 liter M60 V8. That’s right in 1992 you could get a 535i with a inline-6 making 208 horsepower and 225 ft-lbs of torque or a 530i with a V8 making 215 horsepower and 214 ft-lbs of torque. The M60B30 was a small displacement version of the M60B40 found in the 540i and with a 3.31inch bore and 2.66 inch stroke and 10.5:1 compression ratio it should been capable of making lots of power, but it was under cammed and held back from the factory with a 6500 rpm rev limiter. Here is what you need to do –take the engine apart, coat every rotating component with space age coatings and get a custom ground cam (or four) and some fancy valve springs — open the exhaust and revv it to 8900 rpm. Boom — screaming V8 that nobody else has — and today’s example is one of the few 5-speed equipped 530is I’ve ever seen. Find this 1995 BMW 530i offered for $3,500 in Franklin Hills, CA via craigslist.
If you were to compare automotive makers to soda companies you might be tempted to compare the legendary Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company the something like Snapple. But if Coke is GM and Pepsi is Ford, then Snapple is Dodge…so you’ve got to dig deeper because Studebaker is closer in rarity to Reed’s Ginger Brew. Find this 1963 Studebaker Lark Convertible offered for $16,000 in Wenatchee, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.
A few months back we featured a cheap Volvo 240 sedan (244) that had a small block V8 attached to a 3-speed manual gearbox. It wasn’t a bad build, but strange that the Muncie 3-speed would have been selected as the transmission, but who cares, it was cheap. A few months later and it is for sale at a new place a few hundred miles away with new shoes and for more than double the earlier price. Find this 1979 Volvo 244 V8 offered for $12,500 in Chino Hills, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car comes as a tip from JB1025 who writes: Look’s pretty dang good clean 428 Poncho Land Cruiser nice color combo. I have to agree with JB’s sentiments and the reason this 428 V8 equipped beast is cheap is because it has 4-doors, but that makes it very family friendly and ready to be your semi-daily driver. Find this 1969 Pontiac Bonneville 4-Door offered for $6000 in Edmonds, WA via craigslist.
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.