Wednesday, January 23, 2019

1989 Eagle Premier With 26,000 Miles

I've written about the Eagle Premier in the past. You can read a post from 2014 here.

You don't often see these on the road anymore. I really can't remember when the last time was that I saw one.

According to the seller, this car has just 26,000 miles on it. It's only flaw is a glitchy rear window. (Possibly a window regulator.)

If you're looking for a comfortable, unique alternative to a similar era Audi, Volvo or Acura, this car is worth looking at.

Lo0cated in Logan, OH, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

1976 Mercedes Benz 300D - It Might Outlive You...

There are very few cars that are as durable as a W115 Mercedes diesel.

There are very few cars that are as slow as a Mercedes W115 diesel.

The W114 / W115 Mercedes cars were introduced in 1968. They replaced the W110 "Fintail" which dated back to 1961 and were starting to look and feel old. It was designed by Paul Bracq and set the style of Mercedes Benz sedans for many years to come.

But its not the body that makes these cars legendary. It's the engine. A diesel Mercedes from this era will run damn near forever. 500,000 miles is not unheard of. However, there is a price for this longevity. The diesel engine is slow. Really slow. Like 0-60 in 20 to 25 seconds slow.

Apparently, that didn't bother a lot people. The W115 diesel sold decently in North America and very well around the world. Plenty of them are still in use.

The biggest issue with these cars - and most likely the reason we don't see more still in use in North America - was rust. While Mercedes Benz cars didn't rust like the Japanese and American cars of this era, they still rusted. That's what makes this car really impressive... It's rust free. I don't think I have seen one this nice since, well, 1976.

The seller says that this 118,000 mile car was "loved and well cared for its entire life by 2 mature owners. Always garage kept and well maintained serviced on time and anything fixed or repaired as needed." Given the condition, that's not hard to believe at all.

It's tough to say who would buy this car. Unless you live in an area where you don't need to merge on to highways often, it's lack of get up and go would make it a poor daily driver. It would be a nice show car, but given how many incredible cars Mercedes Benz has made over the years, I'm afraid it would get lost in the crowd. I guess it would be best in the hands of a Mercedes Benz freak who can appreciate the engineering and durability of a W115 diesel.

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

Saturday, January 12, 2019

2006 Jaguar Super V8 Portfolio - Grace, Space, Pace, 21st Century Style

“Grace…space…pace.” That was Jaguar's slogan in the 1950s and 1960s. Back then they used it to describe their entire line-up; the Mark 2, the Mark 10 and the E-Type.

They could have brought that slogan back in 2006 to describe just this one car, the Super V8 Portfolio.

The 2006 Jaguar Super V8 Portfolio a limited edition version of the long wheelbase Jaguar Super V8. How limited? Jaguar planned on building 145 of them. I'm not sure of that's a worldwide number or a North American number. Either way, that's not a lot of cars.

In 2006 the Jaguar Super V8 Portfolio cost over $115,000.00. For that money you got a beautiful sedan with a supercharged 400 HP V8 that propelled it to 60 MPH in just over 5 seconds. Inside you found virtually every luxury feature available on a car in 2006.

Visually, the most notable difference between the standard Super V8 and the Super V8 Portfolio are the vents on the front fenders. I'm not sure if they do anything, but they let the world - or at least Jaguar aficionados - know that you have something special.

Inside the car the most notable difference is the rear seat, or seats in this case. The standard Super V8 seat has been replaced by two bucket seats and a fixed center console. I'm not sure why more car companies don't do this. When was the last time you had 3 people in the back seat of your sedan? The bucket seats look great and are better sculptured and therefore more comfortable than a bench. Unless you have young kids - and if you do you're probably driving an SUV or minivan - there really is no reason for a 3 person back seat.

This car has just 63,200 miles on it. It looks to be in immaculate condition. The asking price is just $19,995.00. That's less than a new Kia Optima.

But this is not a Kia. It's a Jaguar. While Jaguar's reliability and build quality has improved greatly since the early 1990s - it really had no place to go but up - it never got to Japanese or German standards. When things do go wrong, the repairs are almost always expensive. Regular, routine maintenance is the key to keeping a Jaguar happy.

If you buy this car prepared to spend some extra money on maintenance you'll be getting an incredibly cool British sports sedan at a fraction of its original cost. I would go so far as to say this is better than a Rolls or Bentley as its just as classy but not nearly as pretentious. If I had the extra cash and storage space, I would buy this in a heartbeat.

Located in Palm Springs, CA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

Friday, January 11, 2019

1978 Aerocon Boa - Fun To Drive, Not So Fun To Look At

Here's an oddball. The Aerocon Boa was a kit car. Sort of.

Unlike most kits cars, where you got a body and boxes of parts that you needed to put together yourself, the Aerocon Boa came completely assembled except for the engine and transmission. It was recommended that you use a Porsche or VW engine.

The Boa had a fiberglass body and a monocoque aluminum frame. Pretty advanced stuff for any car - let alone a kit car - in 1978. The interior - which has some obvious Lucas parts - is as nice or better than many production sports cars of the time.

Weighing just 1800lbs, I assume this was a very quick car.

In 1978 the Boa - without the engine and transmission - cost $17,000.00. That's about $65,000.00 in today's money. That is probably part of the reason they only sold 15.

But I suspect there is another reason the sales were low... This is just not a good looking car. It looks OK when viewed from the side, but the rear looks like the kit car it is and the nose is just plain ugly.

With its advanced design, build quality, nice cockpit and light weight, the Aerocon Boa is probably a lot of fun to drive. It's just not a lot of fun too look at.

This car looks to be in very nice condition, needing little or nothing. It has a Porsche 914, 1.8L engine in it. The seller says "there are only three left in existence in this condition." I believe that.

Located in Sacramento, CA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

1973 SEAT 600L - Fresh Off The Boat

This is a rare bird in North America. The SEAT 600 was a Fiat 600 built under license.

This was an incredibly successful car for SEAT. From 1957 through 1973 they built just under 800,000 of them. SEAT successfully exported them to Argentina, Poland and Finland.

The SEAT 600 originally came with a 633cc engine that produced 19 hp. The interior was simple and functional. It was far from being the most exciting car you could buy, but with a relatively low purchase price it was the right car at the right time for Spain in the 1950s and 1960s.

By the 1970s the 600 was growing old. SEAT made one last update to the 600, with this, the 600L.

The 600L has a larger engine (767cc, producing 21.5 hp) some upgraded trim and a nicer interior. It made the car somewhat better, but wasn't able to compete with the modern front engine cars and was discontinued in mid-1973.

SEAT continued its partnership with Fiat through the early 1980s. After a messy divorce from Fiat, Volkswagen took control of SEAT. Today they build very nice looking, modern cars based on current Volkswagen platforms.

This 600L is "just off the boat from Spain." It has been very nicely restored. I can't imagine that there are many SEAT 600s in North America, especially a later 600L. Buy this one and you'll most likely be the only person at any car show with one.

Located in Berlin, MD, click here to see the Craigslist ad.