Sunday, October 27, 2013

Weekend Quickies, October 27, 2013

19?? Siata Spring - The Siata Spring website includes this sentence: "SIATA made many great cars, but the Spring won't be remembered as one of them." They get points for honesty.

The Spring was a sad ending to a once proud company. Based on Fiat 850 mechanicals and a modified Fiat 850 floorpan, the body style was "inspired" by the Siata Rallye, a VERY cool car from the 1950s.

To it's credit, the Spring turned out to be Siata's best selling car ever. Around 3500 were built.

This is NOT a 1959 Spring. The car was manufactured between 1968- 1970.

This cars is said to be complete, but in need of restoration. (The duct taped doors kinda gives that away.)

Located in Gurnee, IL, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Jon for sending me the link to this car.

1974 Jensen-Healey - In my opinion the JH is still something of a bargain.

Introduced in 1972, the Jensen-Healey had more than its fair share of problems. It was the first car to use the Lotus 2.0-liter 16-valve twin-cam four-cylinder engine. It would not be too much of a stretch to say that Jensen-Healey owners did a lot of the R&D on that engine.

Today, cures have been found / created for most of the car's problems. With regular maintenance and some common sense the Jensen-Healy is as reliable as any other old British roadster.

Jensen-Healeys now sell for about the same price as nice rubber bumper MGBs. While parts are a little harder to find and more expensive than B parts, the Jensen-Healey performs better in is much rarer than a B.

This car has 69,000 miles on it and appears to be in nice condition. Located in El Cerrito, CA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1976 Mercedes-Benz 450 SE - A big ol' V8 Benz for less than $2000.00?

Well, that's the entry price.

The Mercedes-Benz W116 cars were at the pinnacle of automobile engineering in their day. They were big, smooth, comfortable and reliable.

This car has a claimed 69,000 miles on it. It looks nice in the pictures, but the dealer doesn't offer many details. (This dealership is fairly close to where I live. They have been around for many years. I have never heard anything bad about them.)

If you're looking for a classic Euro sedan, this car is worth looking at. Just remember that while the sub-$2000.00 purchase price may seem like a bargain, Mercedes-Benz parts are very expensive and repair costs can often surpass the purchase price (especially if you don't do your own work).

Located in Enfield, CT, click here to see the dealer's ad.

Another thanks to Jon for sending me the link to this car.

1 comment:

m4ff3w said...

We've owned 3 Mercedes. A '77 280E, a '89 190E 2.6, and a '90 300 TE.

I do all my own wrenching, but did not find parts prices to be that bad. Now, I to tend toward European cars anyway, so I might not be comparing '81 Monte Carlo prices to everything, but the prices I paid were not much different that the BMW, Volvo, Fiat, Alfa, etc prices.

I think the internet has really changed the game when I comes to owning older and more obscure cars.