Saturday, August 29, 2009

Weekend Quickies

1986 Porsche 944 - There's not a whole hell of a lot I can say about this car. It's a well cared for 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo.

The 944 always seemed to be in the shadow of the 911, but these cars could perform. The 944 Turbo reaches 60 MPH in just 6 seconds and does the quarter-mile in 14.2.

For many, many years the 944 had little value. Many were bought by people who beat the hell out of them or didn't maintain them properly. Finding a good one that hasn't been neglected or abused is not easy today.

This one appears to be a very well maintained car...

The owner has done some slight modifications to it, but they are all of the useful type. Nothing has been done to drastically change the inherent good nature or looks of the car.

The car has a few very minor flaws, but nothing that would keep you from driving it right away. (The A/C doesn't work, and, I guess, that could take away some of the enjoyment of driving it on hot, humid days.)

Located in Enfield, CT, click here to see the Craigslist listing.

1958 Borgward Isabella TS - This is why I love the internet. Until 1995 or so, the chances of you ever seeing a Borgward, let alone seeing a Borgward for sale, were pretty slim. As I write this there are 3 of them being offered on eBay. This one is arguably the best of the bunch.

Borgwards were interesting, if unspectacular, German cars. At the time they cost more than an Opel, but less than a Mercedes. The "Borgward Group" built cars under the brand names Borgward, Hansa, Goliath and Lloyd.

Carl Borgward founded the company in 1921 and was forced into bankruptcy in 1961. The bankruptcy was controversial.

The Borgward being offered on eBay needs complete restoration. Click here to see the listing.

For a brief (and biased, especially the part about the bankruptcy) history of Borgward, click here.

Pinzgauer 710M - Forget the Hummer, they're common these days. If you really want to stand out in the 4X4 crowd, this is what you need.

The Pinzgauer is to many European armies what the original Hummer, the HMMWV, is to the US army.

The Pinzgauer came with an air cooled 4 cylinder engine, so speed is not an option. It will, however, crawl over and through damn near everything.

Located in Fayetteville, Georgia, click here to see the eBay listing.

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