Monthly Archives: September 2011

Killer Car Websites: Germany’s

As Car Geeks, we all frequent websites like eBay, Craigslist, and perusing the ads in search of a killer deal on an interesting car. For me, I usually spend more time doing it 1) when I should be doing something else (like working) and 2) when I have no money to spend even if I find something. In any case, as a resource for our fellow Car Geeks and in an effort to help the rest of you be Totally That Stupid we want to tell you about the best places to look. Today, is the website on the table.

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1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 AMG: Three Little Letters that make All the Difference!

Today must be our retrospective on 1985 – the year of “Back to the Future”, Gorbachev, the Achille Lauro, “We are the World” and “Money for Nothing”. First there was the pretty low-mile Alfa Spider Graduate, and now this really quite unique and outstanding 190E 2.3-16 AMG. Yup. AMG. And this was before AMG was a subsidary of Daimler-Benz, but was rather THE independent tuner for all things Mercedes. With just 50,000 miles on the clock, this car on the Benzworld classifieds is a steal at $13,000, even with a few niggling needs!

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1985 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate: Last of the “Pod” cars..

The Series 3 Alfa Romeo Spiders are generally dismissed as the bottom of the barrel when it comes to classic Alfa convertibles. On the other hand, many of us who love our cars and grew up in the 80s fondly remember these cars as vintage roadsters available brand new at the dealership. There were very few convertible sports cars even available in 1985 – the Mercedes SL which cost about 3 times what the Alfas did, and the Pininfarina Azzura (formerly the Fiat 2000) which was privately imported by Malcolm Bricklin in very small numbers. Remember folks, these were the days before the Miata… This pretty little example is listed for $8500/OBO on the AlfaBB site.

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1967 Volvo Amazon: Total Image Car

First off, and the more you follow our blog the more apparent this will be, but we LOVE station wagons. They are utterly useful, attractive, and generally less common than their sedan counterparts. Old Volvo wagons are among the best, especially if there is a certain image you are trying to convey: that of thoughtful college professor or high school English teacher, old school car guy who needs a hauler, or maybe Unabomber. This very nice example comes from Craigslist in Des Moines, Iowa and is listed for an aggressive $8600. Given it’s condition, it’s probably worth every penny.

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Whatever Happened to *Driving*? Nissan’s Mind-reading Car Adventures

From yesterday’s UK Guardian newspaper: “Mind-reading car could drive you round the bend

This being a blog loosely focused on cars and driving, it seemed almost obligatory to flag this article. What Nissan is working on, in a nutshell, is technology whereby your car reads your brain in an attempt to anticipate your next move. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard enough time with adaptive automatic transmissions that adjust shift points and behavior on the basis of my driving patterns! I certainly don’t need my car trying to think ahead for me.

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1972 Citroen DS21: Brilliant Bar of Used Soap

Before the 1980s disco-inspired obsession with all things automotively aerodynamic, the French were playing with smooth shapes and innovative technologies. The DS-series cars were smooth on the outside and even smoother to drive, thanks to their hydraulic suspension which could turn any road imperfection into barely a blip on the radar screen. These days Citroens of this vintage seem to be commanding big bucks on eBay and live auctions, so this car on Craigslist in Turlock, CA for $4900 seems like a real steal for someone. Although you may want to paint it a color.

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