Saturday, June 27, 2009

Weekend Quickies

1989 Laforza - I wrote about my desire to own a Laforza in an earlier post. Most Laforzas showing up for sale these days are either over priced (because they're in immaculate condition and/or because the owner thinks he has some sort of super rare Italian exotic) or complete basket cases. This one is a reasonably priced driver.

It's located in Woodland Hills, CA, which is about as far away from me as it can get and still be in the continental United States. If it were closer, I'd be seriously considering this Laforza.

Click here to see the eBay listing.

1989 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible - There's something really cool about the old body style Saab convertible. Just the fact that Saab, a company based in the not-known-for-it's-long-or-warm-summers country of Sweden, made this car at all is pretty cool. It just goes to show what a company, without much development money, can do with some imagination and guts.

These old Saab convertibles are becoming hip to own. This trend started in Europe (a friend of mine in London bought one a few years ago - she and her husband traded their Lotus Eclat for it. They claim it gets more attention than the Lotus did) and is now spreading to the US. Prices seemed to have bottomed out and are now on the rise.

Saab 900s are durable cars, except for the automatic transmission, which is junk. The convertible tops are well made and insulated. They're not cheap to replace. Buying one that "needs a top" may not be such a bargain, unless you can get it for very little money.

The Saab shown in the picture is for sale by a dealer in Savannah, GA. Click here to see the AutoTrader.com listing

JamesList - You'd think that a guy who spends so much time on the internet looking at cars would have known about this site. I didn't. A friend sent me the link yesterday. It is the most incredible collection of exotic cars I've ever seen on one site. It should come with an addiction warning. Find it here.

1972 Citroen SM - Only Citroen could have and would have made a car like this. As complex as any car was back in the early seventies, the SM both fascinates me and scares the hell out of me. I'd love to own one.

The car being offered on eBay appears to be a really nice driver quality car. It appears to have been very well maintained. The interior and exterior are in nice condition. The color, which is not original, looks great on this car.

SMs have been appreciating in value. The Buy It Now price of $9995.00 is reasonable.

Click here to see the eBay listing for this car.

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