Saturday, November 23, 2013

Weekend Quickies, November 23, 2013

1996 Ford Saleen Mustang - As I mentioned in a 2009 post, I met Steve Saleen once. He's a very nice guy. The work he does is impressive.

This car is known as an S281 Saleen Mustang. For the most part, it is a suspension and appearance upgrade.

This car is completely stock. It has an automatic transmission. It's in nice, but not show, condition. If you are looking for an older Saleen you could easily drive everyday, in all types of traffic and on all types of roads, this would be the one to choose.

Located in Mukilteo, WA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1980 Fiat Brava 4 Door - I know, I know... It's an automatic. Still, when was the last time you saw a Brava in this condition?

There will be people who will talk about taking out the automatic and putting in a 5 speed. Not me. This is how this car came into the world. It should stay that way.

Even with an automatic, it's still more fun to drive than many cars. The thrill you'll really get with this car is bringing it to a car show, or parking it somewhere, and having someone come up to you and say, "Wow. I didn't know any of these were still around! Cool!"

Located in White Plains, NY, click here to see the eBay listing.

1979 Fiat Brava Coupe - And here is another one. This one has a manual transmission. It also has two less doors than the one above.

This one has some more miles than the one above, but is in nice condition.

If you bought them both you could have a Brava to drive in the city and one to drive in the country. But, if you had to choose just one, this is, in my opinion, the better choice.

Located in Kent, WA, click here to see the eBay listing.

3 comments:

m4ff3w said...

I'd love to own the 2 door 131.

steve in podunk said...

I haven't seen a Brava on the street since I was in High school.

Max Power said...

My first car I drove regularly was my mom's 1978 1/2 SuperBrava. The SuperBrava was a 1/2 year only car as Fiat sold the much rarer 78 1/2 Brava along side it. The differences was the Brava had different wheels and the old 131 interior (in Europe it was still called the 131 Mirafiori and the 131 SuperMirafiori for the SuperBrava). In 79, for the US axed the Brava and renamed the SuperBrava, the Brava (got all that?...anyone care?)

What I loved about the car was the stunning for its time, interior. It truly was gorgeous and ours had the one year only single spoke Citroen-like steering wheel...completely impractical but awesome to look it. That said, it was pretty much a pig to drive with a VERY notchy gearbox (manual thank god) and had the typical 70's Fiat issues (rust, spectacular mechanical issues, etc).

We had actually picked it up with the European delivery program alongside another family friend who bought a similar silver 2 door SuperBrava (automatic though). Ours was a four door Champagne (think really pale yellow)....ahhh memories....