Monday, July 27, 2009

Random Posts

For the next few days the posts will be a little different. While doing research on the Isuzu Bellel I wrote about last week, I stumbled on a site that gave my computer a nasty virus. (It seems to be the Herpes of computer viruses as nothing seems to be able to get rid of it.) I have no idea why someone would bury a virus in a website dedicated to a car so few people own. At best, if the site stays up for a year, it will infect about 10 computers. How many people, besides me, would visit it?

Anyway, the computer is going to the shop for a few days.

With one computer down, I'm left to doing this blog either early in the morning or late in the evening when I'm at home. There's not a lot of time to do research, so I'm doing a few short posts each day...

1972 Fiat 124 Coupe - This may be the nicest Fiat 124 Coupe I have ever seen. I don't think I've seen one in silver before and the color is perfect for the car.

I've wrote about a 124 Coupe back in January. (Find the post here.) As I wrote then, the 124 was an advanced car in its day, but one that rusted horribly, leaving very few nice examples around today.

This car has had an engine rebuild along with some steering and suspension work. The seller says that all the electrics work and the glass, chrome and paint are in nice shape.

Older Fiats are starting to sell for real money. I don't know if I'd choose a Fiat Coupe over a similarly priced Alfa Romeo Alfetta or Spider, but if I did, this would be the one I'd go for. This is a really nice car.

Click here to see the eBay listing for this 124 Coupe.

1978 Porsche 928 With 1482 Original Miles - The high bid for this car was over $36,000.00 and it did not sell.

There are so many thoughts that go through my mind about this car....
1) Why would someone buy it and then not drive it? Porsche fanatics may debate the merits of front engined Porsches vs. rear engined Porsches, but no matter what your opinion is regarding that issue, you have to admit the 928 is a damn nice car. Driving it less than 48 miles a year is insane.
2) The floors have been redone (paint) and the gas tank was replaced because the original one started leaking. Odd, for a car that's been in storage since new.

According to the seller, the official Porsche name for the exterior color is "Lint Green Metallic". Lint?

The interior is "Cork Op-Art and Black". It's insane looking.

The seller is expecting to get $50K for this car. If you buy it to drive it (as you should) the value starts to decrease with each mile. You can find some really, really nice driver quality 928s for well under $50K.

This is a car for someone who wants to have the world's lowest mileage 928 to bring to shows now and then. That's cool, but in this economy how many people have the money to do that? How many people who do have the money will want a 928? This car is going to be a tough sell.

Click here
to see the eBay listing for this Porsche 928.

A big thanks to my friend, John, who turned me on to this car!

John Barry died last week.

Who?

John Barry was the man who made WD-40 a household name. Along with duct tape and Anti-Seize, it is one of the essentials of any car geek's garage.

You can read a short blurb about him here.

According to the makers of WD-40 there are over 2000 uses for it. You can find the list (a PDF file) here.

Believe it or not, there is a WD-40 Fan Club. You can find that here.

A big thanks to my friend, Tony, who sent me the article on John Barry.

1 comment:

Max Power said...

Back in 1969 (or 1970), my father bought a yellow 1970 124 Coupe for European delivery. We spent the summer touring Italy and as a 5 (or 6 year old), I fell in love with that car. I seem to remember the shifter being somewhat on the dash (Alfa Spider style)then in the one in this eBay listing. My father eventually traded it in for a 1974 Fiat 128 and I always hated that car since it replaced my beloved 124 Coupe