Sunday, July 10, 2011

Weekend Quickies - Sunday, July 10, 2011

1988 Mazda 323 GTX - If you walked up to your average car geek and asked him or her to name a 4 cylinder, intercooled / turbocharged, 5 speed manual, all-wheel drive rally car, they'd probably say Audi. A few might mention Lancia. I doubt anyone would say Mazda.

The Mazda 323 GTX is all that. It's a detuned rally car.

To be considered a production car for Group A rallying, the FIA rules said that 5,000 road-going versions of the car had to be built. Of the 5000 Mazda built, just over 1200 came to the US. They don't often come up for sale.

Since they don't have an Audi or Lancia badge on them, they sell for relatively little money. This one, in very nice shape, is being offered for $3100.00.

Located in Spokane, WA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1969 Volvo 142S - The first of the boxy Volvos. The 140 series cars were the first "modern" Volvos, eventually replacing the Amazon, which had been around since 1956.

This is a remarkable 32,000 mile car. The seller calls it "almost all original", but, other than a modern stereo, doesn't say what's not original.

The only downside is the automatic transmission. The 142 isn't very quick to begin with and the automatic doesn't help things at all.

Located in Rockville, MD, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to John for sending me the link to this car!

1992 Mercedes 300 SE - Paranoid? Here's a 1992 Mercedes 300 SE Personal Security Vehicle. It features bulletproof glass and extra steel plating. Recently in an accident, it needs some work.

Now when you describe your Mercedes as being "bulletproof", you won't just be talking about its reliability.

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


Blair Russell said...

Well, that 323 certainly is cooler than the modern version of the 3 series that I have; my ride has the 2.0 engine, not the 2.3 and it's definitely not the Mazdaspeed 3 either.

Scot said...

Owned two of these. First one lost in due to a red light runner and second one went with my ex.

Brought that up to point out that I would not have sold these cars. Very well built and fun to drive cars. Never babied them and never had a problem. Well over 150k miles on each.

These cars do have known issues. Weak second gears, CV joints need replacing after 120k miles, rust in the wheel wells, and drains clog up sending water into the passenger compartment after a rain.

Scot said...

Now I notice that the comments are general. I was referring to the GTX.

Quantum Joe said...

Bring A Trailer was on that Volvo today.

m4ff3w said...

I can't imagine the 300 SE getting much more than 10mpg in town driving.

Bill said...

I wonder if the benz has the "biodegradable" wiring harness?

Enmotors said...

The Benz looks like a steal from the photos. Damage does not look bad. Expensive car to repair, but huge upside.

Thats has to be one of the best looking Volvo's I've seen. Nice car.

Love the 323 post. Great car. This one looks like it was taken care of and priced fair. The 323 GTX and the Celica GTX are 2 of my fav late rally/road cars. Both have just about all but disappeared and the Celica is bringing in big dollars.