Saturday, September 26, 2020

1986 Lands Precedent Sportswagon - Just 1 of 2 Built - 8 Years Later, It's Back And Still Weird

I featured this car in a June 2012 post. You can find it here.

That early post received a decent amount of views in 2012, but then, like most older posts, the views tailed off. I had no idea what happened to the car or where it wound up. I forgot about it.

Now and then I go through the comments section of the blog looking for spam that may have slipped through the filters. Last week, I noticed that the old Lands Precedent post was getting quite a few views and even some comments. I looked at the post and saw a comment from "Splatt" that read: "This car is for sale and is up the street from where I live." Since I have no idea where "Splatt" lives, I asked if there was an online listing anywhere. A man named Ryan responded with the Facebook Marketplace link.

Yep. It's up for sale again. It looks like someone has started to prep it for bodywork and/or paint. (Or maybe the paint has started to fade. I'm not sure.) There are no pictures of the interior in the Facebook listing. The seller says that it has a 5.0 V8 in it, which was something that wasn't mentioned in the 2012 listing. A JaCG reader pointed out that the headlights and markers are from a Lincoln Mark VII.

Everything I wrote in the original post still holds true in my mind. This is not a good looking vehicle. But, it's incredibly rare and interesting. I'm glad to see that someone took care of it over the past 8 years. Let's hope that the new owner will restore it to its former glory. (I'm really not sure "glory" is the right word, but I can't think of any other word. Maybe I should say that I hope it gets restored. ;-) )

The asking price is $12,500. Is that too high? Is that too low? Who knows? It's not like Kelley Blue Book - or anyone - is going to have a listing for this.

If you really wanted this 8 years ago, here's your second chance. Located in Enterprise, AL, click here to see the Facebook Marketplace ad.

Monday, September 21, 2020

1987 Suzuki Samurai - It's Been A Long Time Since I Have Seen One This Nice...

In an earlier post about a Suzuki Grand Vitara, I mentioned that the Suzuki Samurai was becoming a sought after vehicle. They are incredibly good off-road vehicles.

But what if you don't want to use it off-road? Clean, unmolested, Samurais are getting very hard to come by.

Here's one with just 27,415 miles on it. Based on the pictures, it looks close to new.

Yes, the Samurai was great going through mud and snow, over rocks, etc. But, they weren't especially great on the road. They were slow and didn't handle very well. (Although they were not as bad as Consumer Reports claimed they were. Like many high center of gravity / short wheelbase vehicles, you could tip it, but you had to work hard to do it.) But they are relatively reliable and a lot of fun in the old-school put the top down (or take it off in this case) and cruise on a summer day way.

The asking price for this Samurai is $9,500. That's a lot of money for an old Samurai. But, when was the last time you saw on in this condition? If you have the money and are looking for a road-going Samurai, this one may well be worth the asking price.

Located in Stratford, CT, click here to see the Facebook Marketplace ad.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

When You Really Want An Amphicar But All You Have Is An Old Morris Minor And A Dinghy...

I spotted this a few days ago while driving through Clifton Park, NY. Unlike an Amphicar, this can't be driven on land. But it is a real Morris Minor body on top of what appears to be a small Boston Whaler. It appears to be well done. It must look really cool on the water.

This is at the same place as the Snyder 600C I posted a little while ago.

I really need to hang out with this guy for an afternoon.

Friday, September 18, 2020

1972 Renault R17 - Ex SCCA Car - Ready For LeMons?

Just because I post any R17...

This thing popped up on Facebook Marketplace.

A former SCCA racer, its best days are behind it. It now has no engine and more rust than metal.

I'm pretty certain no one is running an R17 in the 24 Hours of LeMons. Do some welding, drop a Fuego Turbo engine or a 2.2 in it and you're ready to go! ;-)

Yeah, I know. This is a basket case. But, boy, would I love to see this on a track again...

Located in Troutman, NC, click here to see the Facebook Marketplace ad.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

1999 Callaway HSE Range Rover - A Restoration Project

Usually a rough 1999 Range Rover is something I would advise everyone to stay away from. As Range Rover HSEs get older, mechanical things start failing at an alarming rate. Rust sets in. Parts are very expensive.

Range Rovers of this vintage in decent / good condition don't sell for much. There is no really good reason to restore a rough 1999 Range Rover.

But, there are exceptions to every rule and this Range Rover is one of those exceptions. This is a 1999 Range Rover Callaway.

In 1998 Range Rover commissioned Callaway Cars to do a limited run of Range Rover 4.6 HSEs.

Callaway ultimately created 220 of these vehicles, each one receiving a numbered plaque on the dash. (This Range Rover is # 73.)

Not turbocharged as many of Callaway's cars are, Callaway instead modified the engine by increasing the compression ratio from the stock 9:35:1 to 9:60:1, increasing airflow through the cylinder head, tweaking the ECU and much more. The result was that the Limited Edition Callaway Range Rover 4.6 HSE produced 240 bhp and 285 lb. ft. of torque, an increase of over ten per cent from the production 4.6 liter V-8. 0-60 times dropped from 9.7 seconds to 8.6 seconds. Very nice for such a big, heavy vehicle. You can find all the modifications Callaway did here.

This particular Callaway Range Rover needs work. The seller is calling it a "project or parts car." He says it is drivable and has has new head gaskets, a radiator and has had some brake work done. On the downside he states that it has electrical issues, rust, and a "converted suspension" (I don't know whether that means it has had the coil conversion done or he's saying that it should be done.)

This will most likely not be a cheap restoration. But, with only 220 made and Callaway doing the work, this may become valuable as time goes on. Even if it doesn't, it's still a cool, rare car that is worth saving. The asking price is $3000.00

Located in Minneapolis, MN, click here to see the Craigslist ad.