Archive for April, 2015

Oddball Mercedes – 1977 Mercedes 230

April 16, 2015

Quick, think of an oddball Mercedes! What’s the first thing that comes to mind? The R-class cross-over? The pre-war W23, W28 and W30 with their rear-mounted four-cylinder engines? The Unimog? Well, yes, those are all rather odd cars. But how about throwing in W123 into that question? Most people will think of the slow diesel-powered sedans, but you’re not most people, so you’ll know that from 1977-1978 in the North American market, you could get your W123 sedan powered by the 2.3-liter, four-cylinder M115 engine. Putting out 93hp and 125 lb.-ft. of torque, it’ll leave everything but the 280E and post-1980 300TD in the dust. Check out this 1977 Mercedes 230 for sale for $2000 in Portland, OR.

1977 Mercedes 230 right front

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Flashback Deal – 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia SS

April 9, 2015

For quite a long time, the Sprint Speciale version of the Alfa Romeo Giuli(ett)a was a poor relation of the Giuli(ett)a Sprint – heavier, slower, and with divisive styling that was ungainly from some angles and gorgeous from others. And for quite a long time, they remained one of the few 1950s Italian-designed, jet-inspired cars (think the BAT 5, 7, and 9 design exercises, or the Aston Martin DB4 Jet) that was affordable to your average enthusiast. That is, until the recent warm-up in collector car prices – now, a well-restored Sprint Speciale is a low six figure car, which is great since they get the restorations they deserve, but sad since they slip out of the reach of most enthusiasts. Once in a while, you get the chance (even if it’s not real) to dream about when they were still within reach – check out this 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale for sale for $800 in Port Richey, FL.

1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia SS above

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Almost Italian – 1953 Hudson Jet

April 9, 2015

Looking for something from the immediate post-war period, with its we’re-on-a-postwar-budget trim styling, and its hey-look-I-have-integrated-fenders styling, but don’t want to go with the obvious Big-Three choices? Well, back in the early 1950s, there were still a decent number of smaller American manufacturers trying to keep going. And while senior Hudsons get the most attention for their upside-down bathtub styling and Twin-H power, the Jet has an interesting story of its own. Check out this 1953 Hudson Jet for sale for $2400 in Eugene, OR.

1963 Hudson Jet right front

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