Sunday, December 6, 2009

MORE Weekend Quickies

1980 Fiat Brava - This is another one of those cars that makes you wonder how it survived for this long in this condition.

The seller doesn't provide a lot of information in the listing. He says it's an automatic with 32,000 miles and it's "very well kept in good condition". It's pretty amazing to see a 29 year old Fiat Brava in any condition these days.

Located in Hackensack, NJ, click here to see the Craigslist listing.

1989 Peugeot 505 Turbo Sedan - The same person selling the Renault LeCar and Oldsmobile Toronado is selling this.

Peugeot just never figured out how to sell cars in the US. The 505 was a well built, comfortable sedan that, with the turbo 4 or V6, could run with the BMWs, Mercedes, and Audis of the day.

Part of their problem was marketing. They did some very good ads for awhile, one of which had a headline of "After You Test Drive The 180 HP Turbo, You May Have To Test Drive A 325, Just To Calm Down". Then they went all soft and fuzzy and started running Norman Rockwell-esque ads. One I remember had something to do with a kid getting a haircut. It barely mentioned the car. I was driving a 505 at the time. It was embarrassing.

So, for awhile Peugeot wanted you to think the 505 was an extremely competent, asphalt chewing sports sedan. Then they wanted you to think of it as a soccer-mom-mobile. No wonder no one bought it. No one knew what it was.

This Peugeot appears to be in very nice condition, but does need some minor work. It has just 94,000 miles on it and could easily be used as a daily driver.

Located in Corona, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.

When I started this blog one of my friends made the comment, "Who's going to read it? You're the only one who likes these cars."

She was wrong. We may be a minority, but there plenty of us out there...

Just a Car Geek
reader, Chris, writes a blog called Rusty But Trusty. (A great name.) I just read it for the first time a few days ago. I was amazed by how many cars we "shared".

It's a really great blog, one worth bookmarking. You can find it here.

I've mentioned another great blog, Grey In The USA, in a few posts. It's written by Just a Car Geek Reader, "Hoov". I've also mentioned that one of my favorite artists is a man named James Kitchen. What do these two things have to do with each other, you ask?

It turns out that Hoov's grandparents do some art work (metal sculptures) similar to what James Kitchen does. It's really, really good stuff.

My favorite is the one above, called "Ground Spiral". It has an old camshaft running through the middle of it.

A couple of other very cool pieces are shown below. The one on the left is called "Bird in the Wind", the one on the right is simply, "Bird". Hoov's grandparents have some real talent.

A big thanks to Hoov for sharing these!

1 comment:

Chris Keen said...

Thanks for mentioning me, maybe through mutual linking we can build to the point where we have 10 readers each! :)