Saturday, November 21, 2009

Weekend Quickies

1985 Peugeot Turbo Diesel Station Wagon - Bio-diesel is all the rage right now. I find myself behind more and more cars that smell like fryolators.

It's really not a bad idea... if you don't like driving fast. It's a renewable energy source and it's relatively clean energy.

There aren't many old diesels out there to choose from. GM diesels from the 1980s were junk and I doubt there are any left on the road. Audi, BMW and Volvo all offered diesels in the 1980s, but they didn't sell well and few survive. If you want to turn an older diesel into a bio-diesel car, your choice is really a Mercedes or VW.

Or this... This is a Peugeot 505 Turbo Diesel Wagon. It's a great bio-diesel candidate as it's a roomy, comfortable and, contrary to popular belief, dependable.

Peugeot hasn't sold cars in the US for 17 years now, but parts can still be sourced via the internet.

Located in Wakefield, MA, click here to see the eBay listing.

1984 Mercedes-Benz 300CD - OK, so maybe a Peugeot wagon is not your style. Then how about this? A very cool Mercedes-Benz 300CD...

This is a rust free Arizona car with just 111,000 miles on it. Mercedes-Benz diesels have been known to go over 300,000 miles (I've seen one advertised locally with over 400,000 miles on it) without any problems, so this could almost be called a low mileage car.

Older cars from the southwest often have ratty interiors. The dry heat that keeps the body from rusting destroys leather, vinyl and cloth. This car has been garaged and had its seats covered since it was new. Everything looks to be in great shape.

The seller has done routine maintenance recently and claims to have all the service records ("from first oil change") for the car.

I don't know if I could drive a diesel (bio or not) everyday, but if I decided to do so, this would be a very tempting car.

Located in Scottsdale, AZ, click here to see the eBay listing.

Cash For Clunkers - State by State - Here's an interesting site. It shows state by state the percentage of imports vs. domestic cars bought under the Cash For Clunkers program.

It's no real surprise that 81% of the cars bought in Michigan were domestic. They were supporting the local economy. It also isn't much of a surprise that Massachusetts and California bought the highest percentage of imports. They're states that traditionally buy imports.

In every state, except Hawaii, the most common trade in was a Ford product, either a F150 or Explorer. In Hawaii, the most common trade in was a Nissan Quest.

The most common import brands purchased were Honda and Toyota, except in NY and CT where it was Hyundai and in Montana, where it was the Subaru Forrester.

It's a cool site to play around on. Click here to find it.

A big thanks to Tony for sending this site to me.

Jaguar Aerodyne Streamliner Coupe - I'm 100% certain this is out of my price range (the price is listed as P.O.R - Price On Request), but this is a really cool car.

This is a one-of-a-kind, hand built Jaguar. It sits on XK140 frame and uses a 3.8 liter XKE engine.

The details on this car are incredible. There are no aftermarket parts. The door handles, the gauges, the dashboard, everything was designed and created for this car.

Conceived and created by John Toom, manager of model shop at Nissan Design International, Mr. Toom passed away in 2001 and the car was finished by a "California collector".

The car is still in CA and is being offered on Jameslist. Click here to see the listing.

Thanks to Sarah for sending me this.

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