Sunday, February 14, 2010

Weekend Quickies - February 14, 2010 (Hey! These Shouldn't Be Here...)

1997 Beijing Jeep BJ2023 - Wow. How the hell did this get into the country?

This is a Beijing Jeep 2023. In a way, it really does have Jeep origins. This was built by Beijing Jeep Corporation, a joint venture established by American Motors and Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corporation back in 1979. This venture was one of the first between China and a major US corporation. Books have been written about this venture and the problems it had. (You can find a pretty good, but too brief, Money Magazine article about that here)

Honestly, I know very little about this vehicle. I'm pointing it out because it's something that is rarely seen in the US. In a rugged, off-road kind of way, this is a pretty cool looking vehicle.

This vehicle has just over 10K miles on it. The seller says it still has its Certificate of Origin, meaning, I assume, that he's never tried to title it. That was probably a smart idea.

Located in Nashville, TN, click here to see the eBay listing.

There is an owners club for these vehicles. You can find it here.

1981 Mercedes 280TE - This is pretty cool. It's a gray market gasoline powered Mercedes station wagon. Most, if not all, of the older Mercedes wagons you find today are diesels.

This is one of those frustrating Craigslist listings. The seller says it's in "good cosmetic shape", but needs bodywork. He includes only one picture.

The car is about 20 minutes from where I live. I e-mailed the seller and asked if I can look at it and take a few pictures. I'll do a full post about it if I get a reply.

Located in Westfield, MA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

2007 Alfa Romeo 147 JTD - OK, so you've somehow managed to get a 2007 147 JTD into the US. What do you do next? Roll it, of course.

This car is in Georgia and on Craigslist. If you're a body guy, fixing this one would probably be cheaper and easier than trying to get another one into the US.

Click here
to see the Craigslist listing.

Alfa Workshop has a nice brief article on the JTD engine. You can find it here.

(Thanks to Jeff for pointing this car out to me)

1 comment:

Chris Keen said...

The 147 is listed for $5 - I say buy it, put a plexi windshield on, and run it in the LeMons!