Tuesday, May 29, 2007

When Anachronisms Attack: "1937" Gatsby Roadster

Unclear from seller's description what part of this vehicle has anything to do whatsoever with the year 1937; looks to me rather like this is the worst thing that's ever happened to a poor little MGB. But hey, it drives like a dreem!

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Freud Was Right: 1951 Studebaker Champion Business Coupe

I totally had a dream this morning in which I was driving a Studebaker just like this one. At nine grand it will remain a dream.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Just for the Lulz: 1987 Mitsubishi Tredia LS

Sadly, seller neglects to tell us exactly how much downforce that wing generates. One of the more curious candidates for hot-rodding, um, maybe ever? Dude's right though: it is a rare bird. But yeah, I'm holding out for a Cordia.

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

To Whom Would You Give a Volvo?

Am I the only one who winces every time he hears this stupid slogan?

Bad Decisions: 1980 Chevrolet Corvette

Worst Corvette ever? You could make a solid argument for a late-model C3 like this one, from the absolute nadir of GM quality control and powered (?) by its emasculated 350 cranking out a breathless 190 horsepower. It's easy to forget how bad cars were in the late '70s and early '80s, which might explain the current bid here.

Nice tires, too. (And nice video, especially the one where the douchebag is shooting it while driving down the freeway. Would you buy a used car from this man? I wouldn't.)

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Impersonal Luxury: 1989 Volvo 780 Bertone Turbo Coupe

Successor to the defiantly weird chop-top Bertone coupe of the late '70s, I distinctly remember my friend Marty once likening this car's real-life presence to that of a Ferrari 400. Maybe I'm missing something. Still, a handsome car if you can get past the weird interior, and at 100,000 miles a Volvo is just hitting puberty. Not bad for three grand.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Depreciation Special: 1997 Jaguar XK8

Seventy grand new, now you can get one for ten. Detractors accused Jaguar of being retro and backward-looking throughout the '90s but I could give a shit: I vividly recall the first time I saw one of these cars on the street and a decade later they still floor me. The only dilemma would be choosing between the classically beautiful droptop or the equally gorgeous but to my eye even more dramatic coupe. Big, fast, ridiculously luxurious and absolutely stunning.

Fucking TEN GRAND!

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Straight Eights: 1940 Buick Series 80 Deluxe

Why spend three hundred grand on a Phantom when you could get a cool old Buick instead? Totally worth clicking over to the additional photos just for the (unrestored!) interior shots, which evoke not so much your grandparents' automobiles as their living rooms. Magnificent.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Dept. of Kraft durch Freude: das neue Rabbit apparently wasn't enough

Volkswagen, seeking to recapture market-share through continued appeals to nostalgia, attempts to evoke memories of happier days.

Dept. of Labor: A Company You Can Feel Good About

Ferrari voted "best place to work in Europe"

Well duh. (Maybe the benefits package includes track time at Fiorano?)

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Firebird Man: 1972 Pontiac Firebird Esprit

I kinda don't get all the hoopla surrounding GM's resurrected F-body, in particular the decision to draw exclusively from the first-generation Camaro — which always seemed to me a somewhat lame knee-jerk response to the '64½ Mustang — when the second-generation Firebird/Camaro twins were an absolute revelation. Especially in their earliest, cleanest, most unadorned incarnations, these were utterly gorgeous cars, their subsequent subjugation to the evil forces of '70s decalcomania notwithstanding.

This bone-stock Esprit is a perfect and stunning example. I cannot for the life of me understand why these are going for twenty-five grand and dude can't even get seven for this. WTF.

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I ♥ the 80s: 1987 Toyota Tercel Wagon

The birdwatcher special, the original (?) tall wagon, complete with asymmetric tailgate long before it was fashionable. Probably has a lot of life left in it at 114,000 miles, but I'm not sure seller is going to find someone sufficiently enamored to pony up the apparent reserve. If it was a stick, I'd maybe think about it...

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Yes, But How Many Owners?: 1969 Pontiac Bonneville Coupe

Also, who am I supposed to call about this car?

Don't miss the shocking interior photos.

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I ♥ the 80s: 1985 Audi 5000 Turbo

Does anybody else remember what a futuristic mindfuck this car was when it was introduced? With flush-mounted windows and shit? It was so clean as to be almost featureless, sleekly neutered like an automotive Marilyn Manson that you could somehow (strangely) bring home to meet the parents without consequence.

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Hairway to Steven: 1988 Alfa Romeo Milano

I remember a Car and Driver letter writer at the time describing the car as looking as if it'd been designed by "a three-year-old on acid." About six months later I would tire of the construction "like _______ on _______" forever, but at the time it struck me as damn funny.

Seems like this would be kinda fun for a thousand bucks.

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