First things first: let’s get the inevitable Grey Poupon jokes out of the way. “Pardon me, but…” yadda, yadda, and so on. Great. There. Now, let’s take a real look at this beautiful old world luxury
yacht automobile available HERE on CraigsList in San Diego, California, with an asking price of just $8,600.
Chances are if you’ve found this blog and you’re reading this post that you share with us some degree of automotive enthusiasm. So when it comes time for you to think about that next car purchase, and you can’t swing a new AMG E63 for a hundred grand or even a new 5-series for sixty, what do you do? Let’s say you can afford $20,000: folks smarter than me will tell you to buy a used Lexus if you’re in the market for luxury, or a BMW 3-series if you’re in a sporting mood. I beg to differ. A real car geek wants to stand apart from the crowd, automotively speaking. Nope, what you need is this Bentley, which can be found
here on CraigsList in Tampa Bay, Florida for a paltry $16,995.
There is something utterly compelling about classic British cars. It was the Brits, after all, who really introduced America to the affordable sports car with the MGTD, Austin-Healey, MGA/B/C, Spridget, Lotus Elan, and a host of Triumphs. And those are just the regular production cars, never mind specialty cars from the likes of TVR, Morgan, and Ginetta. For many enthusiasts, however, the best British sports cars are unattainable due to price or rarity, while the affordable cars may not suit from a reliability or practicality standpoint. Enter the Jaguar XJ6. Taking the same basic venerable 4.2 liter XK inline-6 that dates back to the early XK120, the XJ6 represents an interesting bridge between the classic British sports car and a modern luxury sedan.
Find this affordable example here at The New England Classic car Company in Stratford, Connecticut for just $3,500.
The classic Mercedes-Benz community, and I personally, lost a great friend today – Stu Hammel of Reading, Pennsylvania, born September 20, 1948, and died today, January 4, 2012 after losing a relatively short battle with cancer. He was just 63 years old. But Stu’s passing is not the focus of this article. Rather, his life is the focus, and the friendships we build through our passion for things automotive.
With the inbreeding that has run rampant through the automobile industry for the past couple of decades, what looks like one brand of car is really something else. For example, Mazdas and Volvos are Fords, Saabs used to be GM, but now they’re nothing, Minis are BMWs, and an Indian car manufacturer now owns Jaguar. Perhaps the most disconcerting of all is that Bentleys are now Volkswagens and Rolls-Royces are now BMWs. Yup. Messrs. Rolls and Royce are turning in their graves at this very moment. The Rolls Silver Spirit/Spur/Dawn and comparable Bentley Eight/Turbo R/Mulsanne were the last of the big cars from Crewe actually designed and built by real British people. They still build them, but now the engineering is all German, and for my money loses a little in translation.
Find this last of the old-school Rollers here on eBay in Franklin, Kentucky for $14,500 or best offer.