car shopping

Goodbye Bonnie

At this moment, my 1966 Mustang is on a slow boat ride to the southern coast of France. I sold the car during the waning days of fall, eager to get some cash and clear some garage space, thinking that the car would end up with someone local, or at least somewhere in the Midwest. I definitely was not expecting the car to go across an ocean. (more…)

For sale: 1966 Ford Mustang

Car is sold, and is in fact on its way to France!

Up for sale is my 1966 Ford Mustang. I have literally driven this car all over the United States, making a trip down to the Carolinas for the Mustang 50th Anniversary celebration, a round trip to the West Coast and back, and a trip out to Alaska and back. Between me and several friends, I’m pretty certain that we’ve put approximately 30k miles on the car in the past seven years that I’ve owned it.

The car was built to be a highway cruiser and a comfortable road trip car. I wouldn’t hesitate to hop in this car and drive it to, well, Alaska and back. That said, it is a bit rough around the edges, and is probably best thought of as a driving project car. Hopefully, I will pass this on to someone who will have the time and effort to make this car the “nice car” that I had always hoped it could be, since I don’t have the time and effort to do that myself. Otherwise, you could just buy the car and drive it as-is, and simply do the basics in order to keep the car streetable. (more…)

Yeah, I’m biased, but the NC chassis Miata, the red-headed stepchassis of the entire Miata bloodline, is still the best platform for a cheap track car. Sure, NA and NB Miatas are everywhere and cheap, but NC Miatas have great suspensions (once you get rid of the shitty spring rates), more space for a driver, and can fit a lot of tire. Here’s a cheap local example for not much more than you’d pay for a nice NB: a 2007 NC in dark metallic green with 81k miles and an asking price of $6800. https://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/cto/6630087252.html

This Jensen-Healey has just popped up for sale on the local Craigslist. It’s got a lot of things going for it — it runs, for one. Has soft and hard tops, engine punched out to 2L, has the thinner Euro chrome bumpers on the car, and looks pretty solid. Still, if beauty is enough for me to welcome a car with, “unique” driving character into the fleet, the opposite holds true. This car may drive very well, but on account of its dull looks, I’d have to pass. Seller is asking $5700. https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/cto/d/1974-jensen-healey-lotis/6595589986.html

It’s a John Li autocross and/or vintage race car! It’s a 1969 Lotus Elan, and there’s a picture of the car competing at Nationals. I’ve never seen this car in action before, so perhaps this was before my time. More interesting is the fact that this car is local to me, yet I’ve never seen it out and about. Any fellow Michiganders able to fill in some details on the history of this car? https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1965-lotus-elan-2/

Sure, the F40 was fast and is a legend. But my favorite 80’s Ferrari is, hands down, the Testarossa. V12. Gated shifter. Funky cool side strakes and grilles everywhere. And this one is red over tan, like a proper Ferrari should be! No idea why this car is on Craigslist, the car classifieds for plebs, but perhaps it’s a service to all those foolish Craigslisters like myself to stumble upon and gawk at for a brief moment. If you have the cash, the asking price is $130k for a car with 30k miles and a recent engine out service at 28k miles. https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/cto/d/1986-ferrari-testarossa/6589668827.html