Monday, May 5, 2014

Playing Catch Up - A Volvo and a Fiat...

This winter was nasty. If it wasn't snowing, it was bone chilling cold. Last week we had a few 60+ degree days in a row. It felt like 75 degrees. I spent time outdoors, doing the things I couldn't do for the past 5 months, including cleaning the interior of my Saab by taking a high speed run with the top down. (Dog hair and dust fly around the interior before exiting. So do small scraps of paper. Some, I'm sure, were receipts that I will need someday. Sh*t.) I didn't spend a lot of time working on this blog. I'm playing catch up now...

1983 Volvo 242 - Looking for a classic to commute to work in? This may be the car for you.

The seller says this 242 has 115,000 miles on it. But, he then mentions that the odometer stopped working a month ago and it now really has 118K on it. Ask for some sort of proof of that.

This car looks to be in good condition, and has had a lot of work done to it. It has a manual transmission. The pictures are poor, but it doesn't appear to have any serious rust. The trunk lid is a different color than the rest of the car, but no explanation is given.

If this 242 is everything the seller says it is, it will most likely run for another 118K (at least) before needing any major work. The asking price is a reasonable $1600.00

Located in Oregon, somewhere near Portland International Airport, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1988 Fiat Tipo 1.6 - The Tipo was introduced in 1988. During its 8 year run it was available with an insane number of engines (1.1, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.8 16v, 2.0, and 2.0 16v gas engines, as well as 1.7, 1.9 and 1.9 turbo diesel engines). A Tipo with a 1.1 was as boring as a car gets, a Tipo with a 2.0 16 valve engine would outrun a VW GTI with no problem.

The Tipo was a very successful car for Fiat. It was sold worldwide by Fiat, except, of course, in the United States. This car was privately imported from Germany.

This Tipo has the 1.6 liter engine in it. It is a typical family car, offering enough power to be safe and enough creature comforts to be enjoyable. It looks to be in great shape. Fiat used galvanized steel to build this car, so it shouldn't rust as badly as earlier Fiats did. Still, it's a Fiat, so check it thoroughly.

Located in Providence, RI, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to Colin for sending me the link to this car!

An aside... Fiat is now selling cars in the US again. The 500 is, by all accounts, a fun, economical car. The Abarth version is a car I would love to own. But, it's going to be tough for Fiat to survive in the US with just one model, one with limited appeal at that. (The 500L, the larger "MPV," is just plain ugly and not selling well at all.) If Fiat is going to survive in North America, it needs to sell a car like the Tipo here. Something with Italian design and flair that competes - in price and performance - with the Golf and Jetta. If they ever do, I will be the first in line - with a deposit check in my wallet - for a test drive.

7 comments:

rrshadow2 said...

Love That Tipo! It would be a great addition to my oddball car collection

Richard said...

The Volvo looks like a great deal...but the old 'odo just stopped working'...uh huh, that drivers seat looks like its seen more than 118k. Still, if its starts, runs and stops, its a sweet car for the money.

The Tipo, wow, that price! Fiat started to think seriously about there reliability by the early 90's, mechanically they should last with there basic design. If its all screwed together properly is another thing, my uncle took delivery of a brand new Fiat Chroma and complained for some time that the car didn't feel right. Someone at the factory forgot to tighten a number of nuts under the hood, little things like the engine mounts. Ended up getting all his money back and went with a Nissan 200SX Turbo

Matt said...

I guess it's always foggy in Portland, huh?

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Volvo odometer. I'll bet the A/C "just needs a charge" too.

The Fiat is crack pipe money. Too many much better options at that price.

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This two-door 242 series car arrived in the dealerships in 1983 as a result of the need to manufacture a minimum number of cars to qualify them for racing in a production class.
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