Sunday, October 11, 2009

MORE Weekend Quickies

1978 Renault R17 Gordini - As I've mentioned in previous posts (July 16, 2009 and Feb 1, 2009), I have owned 2 of these. They're very fun cars to drive.

This is interesting as the seller claims it's a rust free 38,000 mile car.

Renault never imported many of these cars, and by now most have rusted away or died of neglect.

Prices for these cars are starting to rise, but they'll never be worth any real money in the US. The Renault name is too tarnished. If this car is all the seller says it is, the $3500.00 asking price is reasonable.

This is (another) one of those cars that if I had the space to store it, I'd buy it.

Located in St. Louis, MO, click here to see the Craigslist ad for this car.

1967 Bolwell MK VII - This is one of the (many) reasons I love doing this blog. I learn things. I had never heard of this car or car company before today. I was perusing CarPoint.com.au this afternoon, a site JACG reader, Simon, turned me on to, and and came across it.

Bolwell is an Australian company. Bolwells came as kits or were available as complete cars from the factory. The cars are made of fiberglass and have a backbone style chassis, similar to that of a Lotus.

The engine is a Holden I6 with triple Strombergs. Top speed is in the neighborhood of 125 MPH.

This is a nice, but not perfect, looking car. The back end is a bit blunt and too kit car like, but from the C-pillars forward it has a nice Italian look to it. The interior looks great with a wide transmission tunnel and gauges spread 3/4 of the way across the dash.

This is not an inexpensive car, around $28,000.00 US, but being over 25 years old, you could import it without any problem.

Click here to see the CarPoint.com.au ad for this car.

Bolwell is apparently still in business and making cars. You can find their website here.

Find the Bolwell Car Club of Australia site here.

1978 Princess Special Six Automatic - For as long as I can remember I have wanted one of these cars. Not necessarily an automatic transmission version, but a 6 cylinder Austin Princess. I really like wedge shaped cars, and it doesn't get much more wedge shaped than this.

I was unfamiliar with the "Special Six Automatic" until today. According to
Leylandprincess.co.uk it was a version of the car that was sort of forced into production:

The Princess Special Six Automatic was launched in desperation in March 1977 after the manual gearbox 2200’s developed a healthy appetite for drive shafts. The problem became so epidemic that Leyland was forced to remove manual gearbox versions from sale while they tried to sort it out. The Princess Special Six Automatic filled the gap in the showrooms and was based on the 2200HL.

The entire Princess range suffered from typical BL build quality issues and few are left on the road, even in the UK. It was never exported to the US.

This car is listed on the British Car & Classic website. You can find it here.

1985 BMW 323i Baur Cabriolet - If I lived in Texas, I'd be all over this car.
It would be a great winter project. The 323 E30 Baur convertible is a rare car in the US. All were gray market imports.

This car has some minor body damage in the front. The seats could use recovering and the gas gauge doesn't work. However, the top is good and the seller says the car has no rust. The biggest concern with this car is the transmission, which needs to be rebuilt.

The only thing that might keep me from buying this car is a misfire in the engine. The seller feels it's due to a bad injector, which, if that's the case, is no big deal. However, an engine can misfire for any number of reasons, some very expensive, so it's worth looking at this car closely before hitting the "Buy It Now" button.

The "Buy It Now" price is $1850.00. The seller is also accepting offers. These cars will most likely appreciate in value, especially here in the US where it is a rare car. If this car is everything the seller says it is, you could spend $5,000.00 - $6,000.00 on repairs and probably get your money back in a few years. (But, I'd just drive it and enjoy it until it dies. Cars like this shouldn't be bought for their investment value, they should be bought for their entertainment value.)

Click here to see the eBay listing.

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