Saturday, September 11, 2010

Weekend Quickies - Saturday, September 11, 2010

1978 Plymouth Sapporo - Some cars just slip between the cracks. They're not bad cars, but they're not exciting enough, groundbreaking enough or good looking enough to really be remembered. Such is the case with the Plymouth Sapporo.

In its day, it was a nice car. It had a huge (2.6 liter) 4 cylinder engine that gave it decent performance. Having been designed and built by Mitsubishi, it had some neat technology and all sorts of gizmos and gadgets. The styling could not be called great or offensive. If you once owned one you probably have fond memories of it.

They're all but gone now. You see very few. If you were ever thinking about buying a classic Japanese coupe the Sapporo most likely never crossed your mind.

If it's crossing your mind now, here's a nice one. The body and interior are clean and except for needing a carb adjustment (which usually means a new carb) and the A/C sorted out, it's in "drive it today" condition.

Located in New Braunfels, TX, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1997 Ferrari 456 GTA - This is a practical car. It has a back seat where the dog could ride. It has a proper trunk; you could haul groceries and bags of peat moss. This one is an automatic; you could lend it to your neighbor when his 10 year old Kia breaks down.

Yeah, right. This is a Ferrari. Like you'd really do any of that with this car. Still, you could; and that might be a nice way of justifying buying it.

This is just one of the most beautiful coupes ever built.

This one is located in San Carlos, CA. Click here to see the Craigslist ad.

Autobianchi Bianchina - This is for amusement purposes only...

The engine in this car has been replaced by a Briggs & Stratton engine. You know what? The B&S engine has 6 MORE horsepower than the engine that originally came with this car!

This is not something I'd want to own, but it's pretty cool to look at.

Located in Ellington, MO, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Joe, for sending me the link to this Autobianchi.


Max Power said...

As a teen, I always liked the Dodge version of the Sapporo, the Challenger. Sportier and did not have that bizarre faux-personal luxury coupe look to it. But I haven't seen either a Sapporo or Challenger in years as you said.

And thinking about Mitsubishi products, for that matter, I haven't seen my first new car, a 1987 Mirage Turbo in years as well (or any other year either)

Maxichamp said...

There's a Sapporo owned by an old timer at the Concour d'Lemons. It even talks (in a female voice).