Sunday, November 15, 2015

Junkyard Sell Off

Looking for a parts car?

This is kind of interesting. A junkyard in Vermont is selling off their junk cars. They say they have "over 400 cars" from the 1930s to the 1980s. " VW Beetles, vans, Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Chargers, Challengers, Corvairs, Desoto, Nash, Rambler, Cadillac, Camaro, Impala, C10, C20, Comets, Cougars, Edsels, Firebirds, Mustangs, Meteor etc." I spotted a Triumph Spitfire in one of the pictures along with a few VW Rabbits.

"The prices are $500.00 for any car" and "$500-1000.00 for all trucks in the vintage pickup/truck line." The downside here is that Vermont is not exactly known for it's warm, dry, climate. Who knows what shape these cars are in.

Take a look at the pictures. If you're in New England and need a parts car, it may be worth the trip.

If nothing else, you'll get some exercise, beacause as the seller states in his ad, "These cars are scattered everywhere so the location of your dream vehicle is unknown. Get ready to do some walking."

Located in Hardwick, VT, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Three of a Kind - Rover Sterling 827SLli

Rover luxury and Honda reliability. Talk about a great idea. This car was known as the Rover 800 in most of the world. In North America, where Rover had a less than stellar reputation due to past problems with their cars, they decided it to call it something else. The very British name Sterling was chosen.

The US public took to the car initially and 14,000 cars found homes in the US in 1987.

But, it wasn't long before traditional British problems (electrical gremlins, build quality issues) soon started appearing in these early cars and sales dropped dramatically.

Initially, all Sterlings were four door sedans. They were powered by a 2.5 liter Honda V6. In 1989 the Sterling got the larger 2.7 Honda V6 and a 5 door fastback, like these cars, was introduced. Build quality also improved dramatically but, at this point, no one really cared. Less than 6000 Sterlings found homes in the US in 1989. In 1992 Rover announced that it would no longer sell the Sterling in the US.

In my eyes, the 827SLi is a great looking car. Sleek and stately, it looks like a modernized SD1.

The seller has owned these cars for 15 years. They appear to be in nice shape. He's asking $15K for all three.

Thankfully, I don't have an extra $15,000.00 hanging around. If I did, these cars would be mine.

Located in Rio Rico, AZ, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

2004 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon - The Perfect Sleeper

If you've read this blog in the past, you know that I like station wagons, I like Saabs and I like "sleepers".

This car almost perfect.

The Aero was the performance version of the 9-5. It came with a 2.3 liter I4 turbo, which moved it to 60 MPH in 6.5 seconds. That's an impressive number. (An Audi 2.8 Avant takes 8.8 seconds, a BMW 525iT, 8.0 seconds and a Volvo V70 T5 6.6 seconds.) The suspension was "sport tuned" and the Aero got some extra aerodynamic body molding.

The 9-5 Aero came with just about every creature comfort available from Saab. It had an interior that was laid out almost perfectly in Saab's typically unique way. All 9-5s came with GMs OnStar system.

Saab was known for making safe, reliable cars. The first part was always true. European crash tests put Saabs near the top in safety. As for reliability, Saab slipped around the turn of the century. 1999-2003 Saab 2.3t engines have a high rate of failure due to oil sludge problems. (Similar to the problems VW / Audi had with their 1.8 turbo engine.) Saab corrected the problem in 2004 and created a retrofit repair for earlier engines. When buying an older, pre 2004 Saab, it's important to know whether this repair was done. Using synthetic oil is a must.

Used Saabs don't sell for a lot of money. The above mentioned problems and the failure of the brand have driven prices down. 
I have owned 3 Saabs, a 9000 in the 1990s, and two that I still have; an NG900 convertible and a 2002 9-5 (Linear).  I do the usual maintenance, and they have been very reliable.

This car, when new, sold for over $40,000.00. It's being offered today for about 1/10th of that price. It appears to be in very nice condition. Being a 2004, oil sludge will not be a problem. 

Located in Canton, MA, click here to see the Craigslist listing.

Monday, September 28, 2015

2-Day Lazarus Museum Classic Car Auction

Yes, yes, I know. I haven't touched this blog in well over a year. But, that doesn't mean I haven't been looking at interesting car stuff.

I realize that having been away for so long there are few, if any, people looking at this blog. Still, I felt this was worth posting.

Over on Facebook, there is a very cool group called Obscure Cars For Sale. I spend way too much time perusing the cars that members of the group post.

This morning, one of the members posted a few cars from the 2-Day Lazarus Museum Classic Car Auction. He mentioned that many of the cars being auctioned "are worth just above scrape now" and that the auction has not been well publicized. There are 465 cars, mostly older American cars, but a few Europeans, including a couple of Maseratis.

If you're looking for a new project, or a parts car for your current project, this auction may be worth checking out. It's happening October 2nd and 3rd in Roscoe, IL. You can find the website here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Playing Catch Up, III - A Pink Lancia, an Audi Avant, a Maserati Biturbo

Catching up on some of the cars I've missed...

1960 Lancia Flaminia - Someone, most likely in the late 1960s, thought it would be a clever idea to paint this Flaminia pink. Pink Flaminia / Pink Flamingo... Get it? Then the drugs wore off. He realized he was driving a pink car and parked it in a barn, where it remained until recently.

That's going to be the story of this car, as the seller doesn't give us one.

Not a lot of info is given about this car. It runs. It looks like it might have left the factory with a proper Italian red paint job.

These are quite handsome cars, when not painted pink. The body was designed by Pininfarina and the car was built in the Pininfarina factory. The engine is a 2.5 liter V6. It's based on the earlier Aurelia engine, which was the world's first V6.

Lancia built some incredible, ground breaking cars. Until recently, all but a few were ignored by collectors. That has changed and restored Flaminia coupes now sell for over $30K in nice condition.

This car looks to be rough, but restorable. You'll probably wind up spending $30K to make it perfect, buy if you're a DIY person, it will be worth the money and effort when you're done.

Located in Lake Station, IN, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1989 Audi 100 Avant - Audi introduced the C3 100 (called the 5000 in North America until 1989) in 1982. Voted European Car of the Year, it was a groundbreaking car.

It's not often that a station wagon version of a car looks sportier than the sedan, but that's the case with the 100. With it's sloped, almost fastback roof, it looked like nothing else on the road. It still looks good today.

This 100 looks to be in immaculate condition. The paint is original and it has no rust. The seller recently did the timing belt. The driver's side window is not working at the moment (a common problem on older Audis), but the seller has the part on order.

This is a FWD Audi. That's going turn off a few potential buyers. So is the price. $4500.00 is a lot of money for a 2WD Audi. But, if you don't need or care about quattro, this looks to be one of the nicest 100 Avants around. It might be worth every penny.

Located in Cleveland, OH, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Jon for sending me the links to the Lancia and Audi

1987 Maserati Biturbo SI - It's been awhile since I've taken some heat for defending / desiring a Biturbo. ;-)

If you are lucky enough to be driving a new Maserati, you have the Biturbo to thank for that. As problematic as they were - and even I won't deny that they were problematic - they sold enough of them to keep the company afloat long enough for Fiat to buy it.

Say what you want about its reliability, but the Biturbo could perform. 60 MPH came in just 6.5 seconds. Pretty impressive for a mid-1980s car. The interior was as luxurious as you'd find in any car - at any price - built in the 1980s.

So what about the problems? Pre-1986 cars were the worst. Spontaneous combustion was common. The carburetor leaked gas, with predictable results. The insulation around the catalytic converter was flammable, with predictable results. The fusebox melted, with predictable results.

Eventually, Maserati switched to fuel injection, issued a recall for the catalytic converter insulation and redesigned the fusebox. Later cars, which also had an intercooler for the turbos, are actually fairly reliable. 1987 is generally considered to be the best year. All Biturbos require consistent / constant maintenance, some of which requires more time and effort than it does on other cars.

This car is a 1987 Biturbo SI. It is, in my opinion, the most desirable coupe to wear the Biturbo name. It has been well maintained. It recently had a valve job and tht timing belt done. Biturbos rust, but this one looks to be clean. I'm not crazy about the aftermarket wheels, but that's just a matter of personal taste, I guess.

Located in Suttons Bay, MI, click here to see the eBay listing.