Saturday, August 20, 2011

Weekend Quickies, Saturday, August 20, 2011

1979 Saab 900 GLE - This is a car with personality.

The early 900s were practical cars. The hatchback made the car as roomy as a station wagon. The early 900s were also quirky cars, in the best way possible. The big rounded windshield, the little window in the C-pillar, the ignition between the seats (still a Saab feature today), the "backwards" engine, were all quirks all gave the 900 a personality all its own. (And they all made sense from an engineering and safety standpoint.)

I guess you could call this car a partially restored, partially modified, partially original car. It sounds like the body is untouched. It has a few dings, but no major damage. It now sports Saab Inca wheels.The interior has a new headliner and a new dashboard. The seats have been reupholstered. The engine has a number of performance upgrades, but it "needs work".

The seller writes "This is the perfect vehicle for a classic SAAB enthusiast who wants something to cruise around in that is between a daily driver and a museum piece". I don't know about it being a "museum piece", but this would be a very, very cool daily driver / weekend car show car.

Located in Upper Saddle River, NJ, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1997 Audi A6 Avant - This car came to me in the e-mail that contained the link to the Saab 900 GLE. When I clicked on the link, I thought, "Oh, it's an Audi wagon. Nice, but so what?"

Then I thought about it. It's a 14 year old Audi wagon. These cars were so ahead of their time in styling and engineering, it's easy to forget that they are old cars now.

This car is in very nice shape. The body looks to be rust free and dent free. The interior - Audis have always had some of the best interiors in the business, especially their dashboards - has a few flaws, but nothing that would not be expected on an older 137,000 mile car. The seller says it runs good and has "no known transmission issues".

Older Audis are not as durable as many other older European cars. Regular maintenance is a must, as is a small budget for unexpected problems.

The asking price for this car is $2700.00. For that money you get an older car that can match many modern cars in style, performance and features. Even if you have to spend another $2000.00 to $3000.00 over the next few years keeping it maintained and healthy, you are - in my opinion - still better off than if you spent $5000.00 - $7000.00 right up front on a lesser, but newer car.

Located in New Jersey, click here to see Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Dan, for sending me the link to this car and the Saab.

1973 Citroen SM - I called the Saab 900 above "quirky". It's got nothin' on the Citroen SM.

A Maserati engine and Citroen hydraulics all wrapped up in a body that could have only come from Citroen (or Mars).

The SM was an engineering tour de force. Even today there is nothing like it on the road.

The SM is by no means flawless, but it is not the reliability nightmare it's been made out to be. However, to keep it running and reliable, you or your mechanic need to have a vast amount of knowledge about Citroens and a lot of patience.

This car is a 71,000 mile car. The seller says it runs, but "needs restoration". If you're brave and looking for a very satisfying, extremely unique, high performance car, this car may be worth checking out.

Located in Wisconsin, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Jon for sending me this link.

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