Saturday, May 5, 2012

Weekend Quickies - Saturday, May 5, 2012

1960 NSU Sport Prinz - The Sport Prinz was designed by Franco Scaglione when he was with Bertone. The first 250 bodies were built by Bertone in Turin and the rest by a company called Drautz in Neckarsulm, Germany.

Powering the Sport Prinz is an overhead cam, air cooled, 4 stroke, 2 cylinder engine. NSU claimed the Sport Prinz had a top speed of 85 MPH and could get to 50 MPH in 16.4 seconds.

This car is a serious restoration project. It looks to be fairly complete and free of any serious rust or body damage. The seller does not include any pictures of the interior or floorboards in his ad, however.

It will take a lot of time to bring this car back to its former glory, but it's not an impossible task. I hope someone takes on the challenge.

Located in "S-Oregon," click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1981 Mercedes-Benz 280CE - This is an everyday classic. You could easily use this as your daily driver.

These cars, if maintained, can be as dependable as any modern car.

Many of these coupes came to the US with diesel engines. This one is gasoline powered.

The body is not perfect, but who cares? As a daily driver it's going to get dinged and scratched anyway. Just buy it and drive it until it dies. (Which, most likely, will be many, many years and many, many miles from now.)

Located in Englewood, NJ, click here to see the eBay listing.

1997 Suzuki X-90 - I've been studying cars for a very, very long time. I think I can look at just about any car, even unsuccessful ones, and figure out what the designer and manufacturer were trying to achieve.

I have no idea what Suzuki was trying to achieve with this thing.

The X-90 is a two-seater SUV. No, it's an AWD two-seater. Honestly, other than ugly, I really don't know what this is.

Apparently I'm not the only one who couldn't figure out the X-90. Suzuki only managed to sell 7,205 of these during the 3 years it was in production.

If rarity is the only thing that matters to you - aesthetics be damned - this might be something worth looking into. There's nothing more I can say.

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

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