Sunday, March 7, 2010

Weekend Quickies - Sunday, March 7, 2010

1984 Rover SD1 2600 SE - Did you miss out on the opportunity to buy a new Rover SD1 back in the late 70s / early 80s? (Here in the US you really had no excuse. Rover only sent us the SD1 for one year, 1980, but many of those cars sat around on the lots - deeply discounted - until 1982.)

Here's your second chance. This is a 1984 SD1 with just 566 kilometers on it (352 miles). I don't speak German very well (some people would say that I don't write English very well, either), but from what I can gather from the limited text, this car was never titled or registered (or whatever the Swiss equivalent to that is).

This car has the 2.6 liter 6 cylinder engine in it. (We only got the 3.5 V8 in the US.) It's left-hand drive and has the later SD1 body updates.

I owned an SD1 many years ago. I really liked it. I traded it for an MGB. About 6 or 7 years ago I decided to see the if I could buy it back. I found out that the person I sold it to left it outside, parked uncovered in a field, when the self leveling suspension went bad. It rusted away.

This car isn't cheap, 19,950.00 CHF (roughly $18,500.00), but if you want an as new SD1, this may be your only opportunity.

I really need more money and storage space.

Located at a Honda dealership in Liestal, Switzerland, click here to see the ad.

Keeping on the 1984 Rover theme here... This is a gray market Land Rover Defender 110 2.5 TDI pickup truck.

It's right-hand drive and has the Rover 2.5 liter turbo-diesel engine in it. The engine is essentially a lightly-turbocharged version of Rover's ancient 2.5 liter diesel. The normally aspirated engines were known to be slow, but extremely durable engines. The turbo version is quicker, but nowhere near as reliable. Still, it's a sought after engine by many Rover enthusiasts.

This Land Rover is closer and cheaper than the SD1 above. Located in Wallingford, CT, the asking price is $9991.00. Click here to see the dealer's ad.

This guy is obviously not a fan of eBay Motors. He runs a website called Doc's eBay Motors Sucks Blog.

He's on a crusade to make eBay Motors a safer place to shop.

He recently caught a redirect scam on video. It's pretty fascinating... and scary.

Given how many cars I feature from eBay Motors, I figured it was worth posting this video. As always when buying a car on the internet, caveat emptor.


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