Sunday, February 6, 2011

Weekend Quickies - Sunday, February 6, 2011

1984 Lincoln Continental Turbo Diesel - Here's an oddball.

The Lincoln diesel was built in 1984 and 1985. It used a 2.4 liter BMW turbo diesel, the same engine found in the BMW 524TD. In the Lincoln it delivered fuel mileage in the high 20s. Pretty impressive for a BIG car.

Here in the US we never took to diesel cars like the rest of the world did. The Lincoln was not a big seller.

This car is now listed on Craigslist, but a few weeks ago it went unsold on eBay. It's in good, but not perfect condition. It has some small spots of rust and the interior needs a good cleaning.

If you're looking for a rare, big, boulevard cruiser that deliverers respectable fuel mileage, this Lincoln could be just what you're looking for.

Located in Brooklyn Center, MN, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

For more pictures check out the expired eBay listing. You can find it here.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Colin, for sending me the link to this car!

1995 Mercedes Benz C36 AMG - This is one of the true automotive bargains out there. The C36 AMG hits 60 MPH in 6.4 seconds. Its top speed is a limited 155. To handle that power, AMG upgraded the suspension and gave it different tires and wheels. To distinguish it from a standard C280, AMG gave it some "special" body molding.

Like most Mercedes, the C36 AMG is a well built car, but when something does break it is usually extremely expensive to repair.

This car, with 166,112 miles on is being listed for $5000.00 or best offer. There are very few cars I can think of that will give you this kind of performance for that kind of money.

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

1994 Ford Taurus SHO - Looking to be completely anonymous? This is the car for you.

Ford dropped a Yamaha built V6 in the mundane Taurus, tweaked the suspension a bit and created a bonafide sports sedan. Introduced in 1989, Car & Driver named it one of the 10 best cars of that year.

What Ford didn't do was make it look much different from the regular Taurus. Most of the world will think you're driving an old family sedan. There's something really cool about that.

This car, with 130,000 miles on it, is on a used car lot in Tacoma, WA. Click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Tamerlane, for inspiring me to find and write about this car. (He sent me a link to another SHO, but by the time I got around to looking at it the eBay auction was over.)

1982 Mercedes-Benz 280SL - I've always liked these cars.

The 6 cylinder 280SL was never officially sent to the US. In 1982 we were getting the V8 380SL. It was a fine car, but with an emissions-control strangled engine and an automatic transmission, it was more of a lazy cruiser than a sports car or GT car.

The 280SL isn't a true sports car either, but it's close. The I6 in the 280SL put out 27 more horsepower than the 380SL's V8 did (182 vs. 155) and it came with a manual transmission.

This 5 speed 280SL is not a show car, but a very nice driver. Located in Milwaukee, WI, it is being offered on eBay with no reserve. Click here to see the listing.


Anonymous said...

I have always wanted a SHO. They are just awesome cars all around. Dad, if you're reading this I want one :p

Anonymous said...

This Lincoln Tdi is priced about $5k more than any sane person should spend. For a comparable vehicle look at the MK vii tdi that recently sold and from which this seller swiped much of my ad text.

I have owned 4 vehicles with this BMW tdi engine. note that if timing belt has not been replaced recently you will spend another $500 After you find someone with the special tools. There are also just enough differences from the 524 to make some parts unobtainable (like the radiator). Be careful that the aluminum head is not warped. If timing pump not recently done with viton seals, ulsd will soon cause it to leak.

I have never paid more than $3500 - $5k for any of these
cars and those were near perfect with things like a new engine or 6k in recent work from BMW dealer.

Anonymous said...

I'm concerned about the tranny in the SL with the obviously homemade wood gearshift box and then continuing the new wood to the climate controls. The original walnut is still on the rest of the dash. Looks fishy....

Just A Car Geek said...

Hi Anon -

I saw the homemade shift console and that almost caused me not to post the car. I agree, it is "fishy".

I guess what makes this blog a little different from others is that I'm not recommending any cars, per se. (As I say in the header of the blog, it's a "little cyber car show") Anyone interested in any car shown on this blog should exercise due diligence before purchasing it.

I figured that a 280 in the US and being offered without a reserve was interesting enough to write about.


Anonymous said...

Studio City, CA? Dark green early-2nd-gen SHO? I wonder if the seller is Conan O'Brien...