Archive for March, 2015

This Is The End – 1970 Siata Spring

March 18, 2015

As a car manufacturer and modifier, Siata had some pretty high points. They produced some achingly beautiful cars, and did many of the same things as Abarth. Unfortunately, the Spring was not one of the high points. Based on the Fiat 850, with misproportioned pseudo-1930s styling, Siata somehow thought they were building a car that would appeal to young people. Would you believe the front end was styled by Enrico Fumia, the same man responsible for the design of the Alfa Romeo 164? And that raises an interesting question – the car’s ends look like they were styled by two different people. Nonetheless, if you want a 1930s replicar, but the Alfa Romeo Quattroruote is too pricey, and the Beetle-based pseudo-Alfas and Bugattis are just too pedestrian for you, maybe this will do the trick. Check out this 1970 Siata Spring for sale for $3000 in Dayton, OR.

1970 Siata Spring right front


Rough ‘n’ Ready – 1983 Subaru GL Turbo Wagon

March 17, 2015

For all the whining (here too) about the classic car market escaping the car lover on a budget, there are still plenty of interesting options out there. Sure, they won’t get you into the Mille Miglia, nor are they always achingly beautiful, but you could say the same for some cars that have experienced an explosion in value. So if you can’t afford that German classic from the 1980s – which was never down into the low thousands anyways – but you still want a car with a horizontally-opposed, turbocharged engine, and Corvairs are just too, um, hoarder-ish for you, why not check out this 1983 Subaru GL Turbo Wagon, for sale for $1500 in Olympia, WA.

1983 Subaru GL Turbo wagon right front


That In-Between Phase – 1969 Mercedes 230

March 13, 2015

Most people, even people who like cars, would be surprised to know that Mercedes Benz has not only associated itself with one, but two third-rank American automobile manufacturers. From 1957 to 1963, Mercedes cars (including the legendary 300SL) were sold and serviced by Studebaker-Packard. Shortly after Mercedes struck out on its own in the US market, Studekard was acquired by AMC. And from 1998 to 2007, Daimler Benz merged with Chrysler, but the expected financial benefits of the merger never materialized. Daimler Benz sold Chrysler to Cerberus, who fumbled around with it for a couple of years before selling to Fiat. What’s the significance of all that? Well, today’s car is from the 35 in-between years. And while it would be funny to call them the awkward in-between years, there’s not much that’s awkward about the handsome, though conservative, W114 series of sedans. Check out this 1969 Mercedes 230 for sale for $2000 in Snoqualmie, WA.

1969 Mercedes 230 left front