Saturday, March 5, 2011

Weekend Quickies - Saturday, March 5, 2011

1994 Mercedes Benz E320 Wagon With a 3.6 Liter C36 AMG Engine - This is really cool.

This E320 wagon has a 3.6 liter AMG engine in it. It also has E420 4 piston brake calipers, SS brake lines, Koni front shocks, H & R Springs and other upgrades. It also has a nitrous kit, which the seller says he hasn't used.

The car has 214K miles on it, but the seller claims the engine has just 60K.

I love station wagons and I love fast cars. It sounds like this car is the best of both worlds. (I'd ditch the dark tint - I'm just not a fan of it - and replace the aftermarket wheels with some stock MB wheels to make it more of a sleeper.)

Located in the "Northern Suburbs of Chicago", click here to see the Craigslist ad.

There are no pictures with the ad, but the seller leaves a link to a Photobucket album, which you can find here.

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

1980 Rover SD1 3500 - I'm a little confused by this ad. The seller says "California car (right hand drive)" A car originally sold in CA would be left hand drive. So, is this a British car that made its way to CA, or was the seller just a bit confused when he wrote the ad? (Confusion while writing and typing is something I'm very familiar with.) The headlights look European, but it's not a real clear picture, so I'm not 100% sure. The bumpers look like they're European as they lack the side marker lights found in the bumper ends on US spec cars.

Whatever it is, it looks to be in pretty good condition. The seller is the original owner.

The SD1 is a fun to drive car (I owned one) that attracts attention every time you drive it.

Located in Palo Alto, CA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1987 Nissan Vanette GXE - I bet you haven't seen one of these in a long time. There's a good reason for that... These vans were so prone to catching fire that Nissan offered to buy back every one they sold in the US. With the exception of a few like this one, every Vanette either burnt or was crushed by Nissan. (I can only think of one other time when a manufacturer attempted to buy back all of a particular model. Citroen attempted to do it with GS Birotor.)

Nissan shoehorned a 2.4 liter engine into the Vanette for the US market. This engine was a lot bigger than the JDM engine. The combination of the engine's heat and tight quarters caused them to catch fire.

The Vanette was a pretty nice van... when it wasn't in flames. The sharp slope of the front end looked kind of cool, it was nicely appointed and handled reasonably well (for a van).

If you're looking for something different to haul stuff around in, this could be a cool van to own. Just make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy.

Located in Colerain, NC, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Brandon, for sending me the link to this car.


Anonymous said...

the GM EV1 while not a buyback per say was one that the manufacturer wanted back at lease end and the S-10 EV too if on lease - although a few S-10's apparently were fleet purchases so a few may still exist in the wild.
I think the hydrogen vehicles currently in production will meet a return and destroy fate at lease end as well.

rrshadow2 said...

The Rover SD1 is definitely a US spec car that someone put Euro Headlights in. Euro cars didn't have the huge crash bumpers Or the Orange front Turn Signal lenses

Anonymous said...

Lancia wante back all there cars in britain when they were rusting to pieces.

Romain said...

Citroen did offer to buy back the sold GS Birotor, and so did they with the rallye version of the BX, the BX 4TC.