Archive for July, 2015

More Unicorn, Please – 1982 Mercedes 280S

July 30, 2015

It’s cliched, but there’s really nothing like the feeling of an older Mercedes from the time they were engineered to be heirloom cars, passed to the next generation and treasured like an old painting or piece of furniture. When they were in production, they were panned for having rather boring, if safe, handling, and for having rather unpleasant manual gearboxes. Speaking of gearboxes, if you thought a manually shifted Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon wasn’t enough of a unicorn, how about a W126 Mercedes S-class with carbureted engine and a 4-speed manual transmission? Check out this 1982 Mercedes 280S for sale for $1500 in Auburn, CA.

1982 Mercedes 280S right front



Retraction – 1972 Porsche 914

July 29, 2015

Sometimes, reporting errors escape the close scrutiny of the RustyButTrusty editorial review board. That was the case with today’s story on the Opel GT, which said there were no truly modern sports cars sold as the same time as the Opel GT. This glaring oversight is unforgivable, and as such, this will be the last article posted here. Or not. In any case, let’s take a quick look at this 1972 Porsche 914 for sale for $2500 in Mendocino County, CA.

1972 Porsche 914 right side


Big Peepers – 1970 Opel GT

July 29, 2015

In 1970, you could get any number of compact sports cars that were based on designs and platforms from the 50s and 60s – look at any product from Triumph or MG, and while Fiat and Alfa were definitely more modern, the basic twin-cam 4/live rear axle roadster setup had its roots firmly in earlier cars. Even though those are fun machines in their own right, it was only later in the 1970s that automakers started releasing truly modern sports cars like the Fiat X1/9 and Triumph TR7. But while the concept of the Opel GT dated back to the early 1960s, the actual car came out in 1968. Check out this 1970 Opel GT for sale for $2500 in Portland, OR.

1970 Opel GT red left front