Saturday, November 30, 2013

Weekend Quickies, November 30, 2013

1987 Ford Escort Diesel - As I wrote in an earlier post that included a Chevy Chevette, not every car I post will be a great car. Sometimes they will just be interesting.

Even though the US was really not into diesel engine cars, Ford offered a Mazda diesel in the Escort (and Mercury Lynx) from 1984 through early 1987. This made the car painfully slow, but very fuel efficient. 50 - 55 MPG was not unusual on the highway.

The diesel version never sold well. They were prone to head / head gasket failure. That, combined with the tendency for all Escorts to rust in Italian car like fashion, means that very few of these cars still exist.

This car not only still exists, but it has been modified. It now sports a small turbo. The turbo came from a CAT excavator. The seller doesn't say if helps performance, but I can't imagine that it hurts it any.

I'm pretty sure the market for this car is incredibly small. But, if you are one of the few looking for a modded Ford Escort diesel, this one looks to be in overall good condition.

Located in New Jersey, click here here to see the Craigslist ad.

1985 Porsche 944 - The 944 got a bad rap. It was developed from the 924 platform. It has a 4 cylinder engine. It is quick, but not blindingly fast. For many years, car buffs turned their noses up at it.

You know what the real problem with the 944 was? It wore a Porsche badge. If this car had come from just about any other major manufacturer, it would have been considered a great car. People expected something different from Porsche.

944s, even in non-turbo form, are starting to get the respect they deserve. These days, nice ones are regularly selling for $5K and above.

This one was restored 3 years ago. It looks to be in very nice condition. It's priced at $4500.00. When you consider the small number of sports cars that can be bought for that kind of money - never mind sports cars with a pedigree name - the 944 is a bargain.

Located in Orlando, FL, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1970 Austin America - I really like BMC's ADO16 cars. I even bought one once, but never got to drive it. (I didn't get to do much of anything with it. You can read the whole story here.)

I saw this ad and thought "WOW!"

Not "WOW" because it's in really nice condition, although it is. Not "WOW" because it's a 4 speed and not the fairly common automatic.

My "WOW" was because of the price. With 2 and a half days to go, it has a $4500.00 bid and the reserve has not been met. It wasn't too long ago that $4500.00 would get you 2 of the best Austin Americas available. (And, really, I'm old enough to remember when $4500.00 would get you 45 running Austin Americas! ;-))

I'll be interested in seeing what this car is finally bid up to.

Located in Roseville, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.

3 comments:

bluetoes591 said...

Diesel Escort?!?!? The mind boggles, I had no idea they made those. The turbo was installed by professionals, it's gotta make it faster.

Anonymous said...

Been a 'Ford Guy' all my life. I never saw a diesel Escort before. I learned something new.

Max Power said...

45 running Austin Americas?! I dont think that has ever occurred at any one time...ever :)