car shopping

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

Caveat: I don’t know if this is a real ad, as the price seems really low, but I want to believe! It’s a 1978 BMW 633 CSI with a 4-speed manual, a complete tool kit, and mild suspension work, with an asking price of $5800. I’ve filled my quota of 70/80s car goodness in my garage, but would love to see someone I know pick up this car (and let me drive it!). https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/cto/d/1978-bmw-633csi/6586618925.html

Mazdaspeed3 for sale

A coworker of mine is selling his 2010 Mazdaspeed3. It is 100% stock — perfect for those who are looking for a MS3 for autocross duty. A bunch of service […]