Sunday, February 5, 2012

Weekend Quickies, Sunday, February 5, 2012 - All Turbos!

1981 Porsche 924 Turbo (931) - Despite what you might hear from a few Porsche people, the 924 was not a bad car. It was what it was; an entry level Porsche. It wasn't as quick or as exotic as a 911, but it could compete with - or do better than - most other cars in its price range.

The 931 / 924 was Porsche's first step at bringing the car up to the level of performance people expected from a Porsche. Porsche used the same Audi 2.0 liter 4 found in the standard 924, but lowered the compression, used a different head and added a turbo. The difference in performance between the standard 924 and the 931 / 924 was dramatic.

This 931 / 924 looks to be in very, very good condition. It's been dealer maintained and has just 68,349 miles on it.

Located in Papillion, NE, click here to see the eBay listing.

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

1983 Mitsubishi Starion - Another cool turbo. Like the Porsche above, the Starion is a rear wheel drive car.

Mitsubishi - as a brand - has never been a big player in the US market. They sold quite a few cars with Dodge and Plymouth badges on them, but the Mitsubishi name itself never got the respect that Honda, Toyota and Nissan received. Car geeks know better, however...

The Starion is easily able to hang with the Porsche and outperforms the similar year Mazda RX-7 and the Nissan 300ZX.

This car is a nice survivor. It has just 88,000 miles on it. The asking price is $2800.00. If you don't care that most of the world won't know what you're driving or how good it is, this Starion seems like a hell of a bargain.

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

A big thanks to Dan S. for sending me the link to this car!

1986 Maserati 425 - I'm not real sure why the seller is calling this an "Alfa Fiat replica". The 425 was essentially a 4 door Biturbo. It has all the considerable attributes and flaws of the Biturbo.

As long time readers know, I'm a huge fan of the Biturbo. They are not maintenance free cars, but they are not the nightmares that many people have made them out to be.

This car has 97,000 miles on it and recently had the timing belt and water pump done. (That is not an easy or cheap job on a Biturbo.) The seller says it has a few dings, but is presentable and everything works.

Located in Staten Island, NY, click here to see the eBay listing.


Max Power said...

The Starion was always interesting to me and especially when they gave it the 944-esque bodywork in 1986 I believe. Those early 80's era Mitsubishi were interesting because the entire three car lineup in year one of selling their cars independently in 1983, were all available in Turbo form. Not only the Starion but the Cordia coupe and Tredia sedan in a time when turbos were still pretty exotic.

My first new car was a 1987Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo and while it was never a huge seller compared to the hot hatches of the day like the Mark II GTI, they have all just about disappeared along with all of those early 80's Mitsubishis. The Mirage was an incredibly funky car with 'soul' and of the two Japanese cars I owned (I traded it in for a new 91 Sentra SE-R), it was easily my favorite.

m4ff3w said...

The Starion awesome, except for the recirculating ball steering.

The 425 is pretty nice. My '84 Biturbo is recieving a 2.8l fuel injected engine this weekend, from an '89 430. said...