Sunday, November 29, 2009

More Weekend Quickies

(2) 1958 Vauxhall Victors - This is not a common car in the US. I've never seen one in person... This guy is selling two. Owning 2 1958 Vauxhall Victors in the US puts you in a very exclusive group. It's very possible that he is the only member of the group.

Vauxhall is the British division of GM. You can see the American styling influences in these cars. The wagon, especially, looks a lot like a shrunken '55 through '57 Chevy. One neat styling feature, but one that caused problems, was the exhaust pipe exiting through the right side of the bumper. Unfortunately, the steam from the exhaust caused this part of the car to rust horribly.

These were not quick cars. A "Super" version tested by The Motor magazine in 1957 had a top speed of 74.4 mph. It took 28.1 seconds to reach 60 MPH. Yikes.

Vauxhall was imported for a few years and sold through Pontiac dealers.

The seller is trying to sell these as a pair. The sedan is partially restored, but the wagon is a wreck. He's including some parts with the cars.

Even when restored, a Vauxhall Victor is not the type of car you'd want to drive very often. Their performance would make them awful (and possibly unsafe) to drive in modern traffic. Their rarity and styling would make them a hit at any car show, however.

Located in Colorado Springs, CO, click here to see the eBay listing.

1991 Lotus Elan - The M100 Lotus Elan was a sales disaster. The irony to that is that the M100 Elan may very well be the most reliable Lotus ever built.

When GM purchased Lotus in 1986 they provided the financial backing for the development of the M100. (Lotus had already been working on an Elan replacement, the M90, but that car was powered by a Toyota engine - something that was unacceptable to GM - and the plan was ultimately scrapped. The M100 was, for the most part, a "clean sheet of paper" design. It used a turbocharged Isuzu engine.)

There was nothing really wrong with the M100. It was simply the wrong car at the wrong time. When it was introduced in 1989, the US and Europe (the Elan's target markets) were in a major financial recession. The introduction of the Mazda Miata (a car that took a lot, especially its body styling, from the original Elan) at less than half the price of the M100, didn't help things either. By the time GM sold Lotus to Bugatti in 1993, only a little over 3000 M100 Elans had been built. Bugatti killed the car.

Lotus cars have a reputation for being problematic. Some of that reputation is deserved. The M100 Elan doesn't fall into that category. It's a classic you could drive every day.

Located in Lukfata, OK, this beautiful green Elan has just 40,000 miles on it and appears to be in very nice condition. Click here to see the eBay listing. has a 100M Elan FAQ page. You can find it here.

1991 Audi 80 Quattro - It seems like Washington has more than its fair share of cool old Audis... Here's another one.

The Audi 80 / 90 Series was the forerunner to the A4. The 80 was the "lesser" model, which is what makes this particular car very interesting. The 80 was usually sold as the "price leader". Most often it came with a 4 cylinder engine and FWD. This is a fully loaded 80. It has the 2.5 liter 5, Quattro AWD, and all the usual power features. Best of all, it's a 5 speed.

The car needs some minor repairs (a new windshield, a front end alignment), but, if this car is everything the seller says it is, his asking price of $1500.00 makes this a genuine bargain.

Located in Puyallup, WA, see the Craigslist listing here.

Lost In Translation... - Last night I received an e-mail from a Japanese Just a Car Geek reader. It was written in partially in Japanese. (No real surprise there, I guess.) I don't read Japanese, so I used one of those free online translating services to translate it into English.

Apparently, there is no Japanese word for "geek". In Japanese the name of this blog translates into "Just a Car Schoolbook Chump". Ouch.

Being the "schoolbook chump" that I am, I decided to see how the entire post he referenced translated into Japanese. It was the post about the Audi 100S Coupe.

I wrote this paragraph...

The 100 S Coupe made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1969. It was based on the 100 sedan, but had a shorter wheelbase. The 1.8 liter Audi 4 had twin Solex carburetors and an aggressive camshaft that enabled this car to reach 60 MPH in 10 seconds or so.(Impressive for a large 1970s 4 cylinder coupe.) According to the seller of this car, the 4 speed transmission was designed by Audi and Porsche and uses Porsche synchros.

According to the translation site I used, it translates like this...

The 100S normal coupe made its debut by Frankfurt mortor show in 1969. I this was based on 100 sedans, but made it a short wheelbase. This car which arrives at 60 miles per an hour as for the above with 4 1.8 liters Audi for ten seconds effectively. According to the distributor of this car that I have a pain in a camshaft (4 cylinder coupes of large-scale 1970's are impressive), 4 speed transmission Audi and Porsche are designed positively and use Porsche synchronized swimming.

The Japanese must think I'm crazy.

The photo above is titled "Language". It was done by "Troutfactory". You can find it, along with other incredible photos, here.

1 comment:

greyintheusa said...

It's amazing that such a nice Elan in the perfect color with low miles and clean history (presumably) is selling at 15,5 obo. Maybe it was a bad buy against a Miata when new, but nowadays I think it's a steal.