Saturday, April 11, 2009

Quickies... (Plain Janes...)

1966 Ford Mustang - It seems like whenever you see a sixties Mustang these days it's a V8 and/or customized.

This 2 owner Mustang is a stock 6 cylinder model and is in very nice condition. It's just a reminder of why the Mustang became so popular... From commuter cars like this, to Shelby GT350s, Ford had a Mustang for everyone.

Located in North Reading, MA, click here to see the Craigslist listing for this Mustang.

1967 Morris Minor - Another bone stock car. The Morris Minor is one of England's best loved automobiles. This one, located in Portland, OR, must be very well loved too, as the seller has named it "Olive" and refers to is as "her".

With a 1098 cc engine Morris Minors were never quick cars, but got great gas mileage. While officially available in the US for a of number of years, BMC never really promoted the Minor and they were not great sellers.

Morris Minors have a fanatical following (especially in the UK) which means that parts will be available for a very long time.

Click here to see the Craigslist listing for this car

1970 Sunbeam Alpine (Rapier) - Right up front I should mention that the seller wants a ton of money for this car. I'm not certain he's going to get it, but who knows? What makes this car special is the mileage... just 4600 miles since new. (It was owned by the sellers grandfather, who didn't drive it much. It appears though that when he did drive it he drove into things. It needs some minor work)

The Alpine GT replaced the Alpine roadster in the US. Looking a lot like a shrunken Plymouth Barracuda (no surprise as Chrysler owned Rootes Motors), the Alpine GT was relatively quick and very well appointed.

I've always thought that someday I'd to buy one of these, but I think I'd wait for a cheaper, higher mileage one. However, if low mileage is important to you, you'll probably never find another Alpine GT with mileage this low.

Click here to see the eBay listing for this Sunbeam Alpine Fastback.

1980 Porsche 924 Turbo - The biggest problem this car had was its name. Not 924, that's a fine name, it was the Porsche part that caused problems.

In 1975 there were certain things expected of a Porsche. It should be fast, have an austere old-school interior and, most of all, have the engine in the back. The 924, when introduced in 1975, wasn't extremely fast, had a modern interior and, worst of all, it's engine was in the front of the car. If that wasn't bad enough, the engine and transmission weren't even Porsche items, they were sourced from Audi. Porsche purists went berserk.

All of that makes sense when you realize that the 924 was originally planned as a Porsche engineered VW sports coupe. When VW decided to drop the project, Porsche bought the rights to the car. (Supposedly for less money than VW had paid them to create it, making this a genuine bargain for Porsche.)

The 924 was meant to replace the 914 as Porsche's entry level car, and in that regard it succeeded. It sold moderately well and brought people into the Porsche showrooms who could never before afford a Porsche or had reservations about rear engined cars. In the US, Porsche sold the "original" 924 from 1977 through 1982. During that time roughly 37,000 of them found homes here.

If you look at a 924 for what it really is, a well engineered, great looking German sports coupe, and forget the Porsche name - and everything that a Porsche is supposed to be - you realize that this car succeeded on every level and is a bargain today.

The 2 owner 924 being offered on eBay appears to be in great shape (it has a salvage title, which the seller explains) and has had much work and maintenance done to it (including replacing the troublesome turbo 30,000 miles ago)

Click here to see the eBay listing for this 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo.


pickles said...

Wow. My parents had a Sunbeam Rapier- for a week, back in the late 60's. They were a young, artistic, post-war, Marin County couple, who'd had a bunch of odd cars.. MGTC, Borgward (which they loved!), the Sunbeam, Volvo 122s, Datsun 510... the Sunbeam was to be their family ride. But, something was awful about it, and if I recall, they'd bought it slightly used, at dusk. A few days later they figured out why it drove so badly. It had been extensively, and poorly rebuilt after a smash. They dumped it fast and bought the new Volvo within days. This car's price is super high, but it's also super rare. I've never seen another on these shores. Best of luck. It looks like a peach.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking for a Morris Minor (any year) in good condition.