Sunday, October 9, 2011

Weekend Quickies - Sunday, October 9, 2011

1995 Alfa Romeo 164LS - Nothing super special here, just a nice, honest, 164LS.

1995 was the last year for Alfa Romeo in North America. (Yes, I know they came back a few years ago with the 8C Competizione, but with its astronomical price tag and extremely limited availability, I don't consider that a "comeback").

It could be argued (and I know I'll get an argument) that the 164 was - overall - the best sedan Alfa ever offered in the US. Yes, it is FWD, but it's a very nice handling FWD car. Yes, it's complicated and a bit of a pain in the ass to service, but so are most modern cars. The engine is a jewel, the styling is fantastic and - when compared to earlier Alfas - it's reliable. It also doesn't rust as badly as earlier Alfas.

This car has just 64,000 miles on it and has a 5 speed manual transmission. It looks to be in overall nice condition. Dark green suits the body well.

Located in Montreal, Canada, click here to see the eBay listing.

1989 Dodge Dakota Convertible - You can almost see it: A boardroom full of Chrysler execs figuring out what what their next big vehicle will be. Their trucks are respected and selling well, and they were the first US car company to re-introduce a convertible to the market. "Hmmm... How about a convertible pickup?"

Chrysler chose American Sunroof Co. (ASC) to do the conversion. The top folds down behind the cab and there is a rollbar to help keep everything fairly stiff.

Built for just 2 years (1989 & 1990), Chrysler found homes for 3881 of them.

I have no idea why, but I've always wanted one of these (especially a 4x4). They're not great looking, not especially practical (especially here in New England) and not very fun to drive with the top up. Still, there is just something cool about them.

This appears to be a very nice, 100,000 mile truck.

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

1991 Volkswagen Corrado - The Corrado was the last true sports coupe built by Volkswagen. It was as good or better than anything in its class.

During its life (1990 - 1994 in the US) it was available with 2 engines. A supercharged 1.8 liter 4 ('92 - '94) and VW's 2.8L VR6.

VW fanatics seem split on which engine is better for the car. The 180HP VR6 makes the car quicker, but the 160HP supercharged G60 engine is lighter and gave the FWD Corrado better handling characteristics.

This is a 1991 with the G60 engine. It blessedly stock and looks to be in nice shape. It has 67,000 miles and the seller says it's his everyday driver.

Given a choice between a VR6 or G60 Corrado, I'd take the G60. It's a little more trouble prone, but its better handling and cool supercharger technology more than make up for the extra maintenance it needs.

Located in South Charlotte, NC, click here to see the Craigslist ad.


G___ said...

Damn I am happy that Alfa auction ended.

I could see that being no end of joy and troubles and costs.

Maybe I'll call that number?

This Alfa thing, incurable disease?

Just A Car Geek said...

It really is an incurable disease. I call myself an Alfaholic. I've been Alfa free for 8 years, but I'm always just one good Craigslist ad away from falling off the wagon.


Max Power said...

I just came back from the loacl Fiat dealer to help my 84 year old father pick out his new 500. The dealer has signs claiming that Alfa will be back in 2013 with the 4C and then the Giulia in 2014. I of course made the joke that it would be the 10 year anniversary of Alfa's announced comeback but that said...I want an Alfa!!!

As far as the Corrado is concerned, just out of curiousity, why do you not consider the new Scirocco to be a legit VW sportscar? Or is it because we are not getting it here in the US?

midelectric said...

After finals in 11th grade, my friend and I walked into the VW dealer to check out the new Corrado VR6. One thing led to another and the young salesman told us to get in and proceeded to wind the thing out to 90 on the back road, wag the tail back and forth on the freeway on ramp and generally rocket by at three times the speed limit down streets we were scared of being tagged for 10 over. Best ride of my short life and I bought the car on the spot! Not really... didn't have a penny to my name at the time but it was on my list. Too bad there are hardly any around anymore.

Maxichamp said...

God, I hate those retractable shoulder belts.

Anonymous said...

The Durango convertible is interesting; I had forgotten about them. But anyone who is trying to sell a *convertible* and doesn't post any pictures of the vehicle with the TOP DOWN is a total moron. But with eBay sellers, that's about par for the course....

Anonymous said...

^^^oops, make that DAKOTA, not Durango!

Just A Car Geek said...

Hey Max - Honestly, because it's not being brought into the US, I completely forgot about the new Scirocco. Yes, it's definitely a true, legit sport coupe.

Now if they'd only bring the damn thing here...


Anonymous said...

How come the seller doesn't show the truck with the top down? It must look ugly that way or something.