Saturday, February 27, 2010

Weekend Quickies - Saturday Feb. 27, 2010

1989 Rover / Sterling 827SLi - I wrote about this car in January 2009. It sold for $2750.00. At least I thought it did. It's back, being offered by the same seller.

The idea behind the original Sterling, the 825, was to create a car with the the traditional style and class of a British sedan and the reliability of a Honda. What they managed to do, as one JaCG reader put it, was to create a car that had "British build quality and the soul of a Japanese appliance".

Rover came close to achieving its original goal with the 827SLi. The car was well put together and the Honda / Acura engine, now bumped up to 2.7 liters, had become a world-class engine. It was too late. Sterling's reputation was less than sterling and very few of these cars found homes in the US. In 1991 Rover withdrew from the US for the final time.

This Sterling appears to be in great condition. With its incredibly reliable drivetrain and most of the build quality issues taken care of, it truly is a classic you could drive every day.

Located on Mesa, AZ, click here to see the eBay listing.

1972 Fiat 124 Station Wagon - This 1972 Fiat 124 Station Wagon has just 57,000 miles on it. It appears to be in amazing condition. The seller says it's original and needs no restoration.

How many 124s like this one can there be left in the world? It's great to see a car like this in this condition.

If you're a fan of old Fiats and have the need or desire for a station wagon, this one is worth checking out.

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

Last week, Chris, over at Rusty But Trusty, found a couple of Fiat 128 sedans. You can find his post about them here.

1992 Jaguar XJ Majestic VDP - Looking for pure British decadence? With the exception of a Rolls or Bentley, it doesn't come much more decadent than this...

The seller claims there were only 200 of these made, although some websites say it was around 500. Not that it really matters, neither is a huge number.

The Majestic came with everything you'd expect in a Jaguar and more.

This car is being offered for sale by a self described "professional car collector of some 30 years with considerable experience and knowledge of British motors cars." Although this car is his daily driver and has almost 100,000 miles on it, it looks like new. His asking price of $11,000.00 is steep, but this may be one of the nicest Majestics around.

I like the XJ40 Jaguars. I've often thought about buying one. Personally, I'd go with one a little less opulent, one I wouldn't be afraid to park in a mall parking lot and, quite frankly, one a little cheaper than this one.

Located in Fox River Grove, IL, click here to see the eBay listing for this car. (Check out the sellers "Click HERE to see many additional photos!" link for pictures of every nook and cranny of this car.)

1961 Buick Special Station Wagon - This one is personal. It's Friday around 1PM as I write this. I'm waiting for word on how my father's "valve job" turned out. That would be heart valves, not intake and exhaust valves (My dad never kept a car long enough for it to need valve work.) They started the surgery at 6:45 AM. (I can barely work my coffee maker at 6:45 AM. How the hell can anyone do heart surgery at that hour of the morning?)

As I've mentioned in previous posts, my father worked for General Motors. During his tenure there he had god-only-knows-how-many company cars pass through his hands. Cadillacs, Firebirds, Fieros, Oldsmobiles, Camaros, you name it. The car he always talks about liking the most was a 1961 Buick Special station wagon. We all have a car that we inexplicably liked more than any other car we drove. The Buick Special wagon was his. (Maybe that's where I get my weird love of station wagons from.)

The Special was the car that introduced the 215ci all aluminum V8 to the world. GM would ultimately sell the engine to Rover where it would go on to power Rovers, Land Rovers, Triumphs, MGs, TVRs, Morgans, and many, many other cars, well into this millennium. It could arguably be placed on a list of the top 10 greatest engines of all time.

I was hoping to find a Buick Special that needed a valve job, but there doesn't seem to be any out there. I was pretty psyched just to find a 1961 Station Wagon. This car has just 98,000 miles on it. It's complete, in decent shape and is described by the seller as "restoration ready"

Located in Parker, CO, click here to see the Craigslist listing.

If all goes as planned, my dad will be in the hospital for another 7 - 10 days. When he's released he should feel better than he's felt in years. (Which is impressive, because at well over 70 years old and with a heart valve that was "barely functioning", he still managed to golf regularly and do a lot stuff people much younger than him couldn't do.) Maybe with all the new energy he'll have he'll decide to take on a restoration project. (Yeah, right.)


Jon said...

Dave, here is a lousy car geek style joke.

You asked "How many 124s like this one can there be left in the world?"

Answer: "There are a LADA them left."

Mongosdad said...

I'm wishing your dad the best. Its amazing what doctors can do these days.

He has great taste in cars. I've never seen that model Buick before, but its a good looking car and the 215 V8 is a great engine.

Al said...

I once took one of those 215 CI aluminum block V-8 Buick motors and shoehorned it into a Datsun Pickup truck.

Chris Keen said...

Hope your dad's back on the recovery track. There's a Special near my parents' house that I look at every time I drive by.

That Fiat's pretty cool, but it's been on the market for a while... the right buyer will pay near the asking, but if they want to sell quickly they'll have to ask less, sadly.