Posts Tagged ‘turbodiesel’

Watercooled Freitag – 1980 VW Dasher Turbodiesel

April 15, 2016

In 2016, if you tell someone you have a water-cooled VW, they’ll look at you funny. After all, it’s been nearly 40 years since the last aircooled cars were made (in German, at least), and quite a few of the early water-cooled cars have virtually disappeared. With the benefits of hindsight and attrition, they’re quite interesting cars that can be fun to drive. Except when they’re lumbered by a 49hp diesel, which is why some marque enthusiasts have had fun replacing the diesel engines on their first-generation water-cooled cars with later powerplants, as seen in this 1980 VW Dasher Turbodiesel coupe for sale for $4400 in North Portland, OR.

1980 VW Dasher Turbodiesel right front

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Automatic for the People – 1983 Mercedes 300D Turbodiesel

October 2, 2015

Ask most people in our corner of internet-land, and you’ll find they love manual transmission cars, won’t buy anything without a speck of rust, and only if there’s a financial upside. But as we all know, the rules of physics (and the other practical aspects of life) don’t apply there – it’s like building a a dream garage, where factors like budget, your family, and the commute don’t come into the discussion. But if you can accept that real life is a consideration, and if you want to be able to use your classic car more than four times a year – you know, for those two annual shows, a club drive, and the one time you can convince the family they want to ride in a noisy old car that smells of vinyl, burnt oil, and exhaust (the holy trinity!) – then maybe it’s worth compromising on the dream a little to engage some of the most important people in your life in the hobby and still be able to engage in it yourself. And that’s where we come to a great, family friendly classic – the W123 series of Mercedes sedans. Check out this 1983 Mercedes 300D Turbodiesel for sale for $3900 in Walnut Creek, CA.

1983 Mercedes 300D Turbodiesel right front

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Prescient – 1981 Peugeot 505 Turbodiesel

August 26, 2014

When you can read articles in the buff book new car magazines about how BMW is bringing in their latest 5-series powered by a turbo diesel engine, it’s impressive that Peugeot (and Mercedes at about the same time) had already figured out this formula in 1979 – a competent, comfortable, spacious sedan powered by a torquey, fuel-efficient turbocharged diesel four. At 79hp/136lb.-ft., you won’t win any races with a 505 Turbodiesel, but you won’t be helpless like you would in Dad’s 504 Diesel wagon. And if you have power, French comfort and roadholding, and decent fuel economy, what else do you need? Well, maybe for that cloud of soot to stop following you around like a bad hangover. Find this 1981 Peugeot 505 Turbodiesel for sale for $2450 in Simi Valley, CA.

1981 Peugeot 505 Turbodiesel left front

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