The Nicest Opel Manta You'll See This Year Is Still A Turd

The first generation Opel Manta "A" was a lightweight two-door fastback that shared a chassis and powertrain with the Opel Ascona sedan/coupe/estate. Being a European branch of GM, Opel did not have a dealer network in North America, so they were sold and maintained through GM's domestic Buick dealerships. » 7/25/14 12:59pm Friday 12:59pm

It Just Got A Lot Easier To Find Manual Wagons On CraigsList

If you are anything like me, you spend a lot of time surfing Craigslist for cars, trucks & free furniture. Probably too much time, if you ask my wife, but that is an issue for me and my therapist to work out. Anyway, Craigslist browsing is an often fun distraction from other things, but recently (okay, this… » 7/25/14 11:58am Friday 11:58am

Somebody Put This V8 Austin-Healey Out Of Its Misery...Or Fix It

What is it about classic British sports cars that brings out the Chevy V8 hammer mechanics? It is as if every British car from the 50s/60s has a picture of Anna Kendrick painted on the side and suddenly leering drunks jump out of the bushes and start planning V8 swaps. » 7/23/14 4:45pm Wednesday 4:45pm

Happiness Is Driving A Honda S2000 Powered Datsun Bluebird

The Datsun 510 (known as the Bluebird outside the US & Canada) was the Japanese equivalent of the BMW 2002 from parent company Nissan. Like the 2002, they were built by the boatload, rusted instantly when exposed to moisture and languished in a price range that put them just inches from the crusher for decades. » 7/22/14 1:59pm Tuesday 1:59pm

RIP James Garner: Actor, Racer, Inventor Of The Rockford Turn

It was not without sadness when I read that actor, racer, and all around nice guy James Garner passed away this weekend of natural causes at the age of 86. Garner's first big break in the acting world was as the lead in the TV series Maverick, but as gearheads we will forever remember his breakout as the lead in… » 7/21/14 12:56pm 7/21/14 12:56pm

The Definitive List Of Cheap And Awesome Cars From A-to-Z

Beer cans, twizzler wrappers and tinsel litter the floor of the Daily Turismo headquarters and bath house. Yesterday was DT's 2nd birthday and what a party it was — 26 classic and cheap cars featured from A-to-Z, the alphabet of awesome. The following is the entire list from yesterday's party in case you missed it. » 7/18/14 12:12pm 7/18/14 12:12pm

A is for Abomination, B is for Boosted, C is for Corinthian

It's been a wild day so far over at Daily Turismo, a two-bit blog that bills itself as the internet's best fun cars, cheap daily drivers, vintage classics and custom junk on the road for less than $20k. Today is DT's 2nd birthday and we are celebrating with the ABCs of cheap junk with a new posting every 30 minx. » 7/17/14 4:49pm 7/17/14 4:49pm

All 60s Muscle Cars Look Alike, So Just Buy Something Cheap

The face on the Pontiac Bonneville reminds me of Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander doing his latest modeling pose Blue Steel which looks exactly like Magnum and his other signature looks. This '64 Bonneville looks like any number of other ragtop classics...but, it is inexpensive. » 7/16/14 1:22pm 7/16/14 1:22pm

It's Impossible Not Be Cool In An Alloy V8 Powered '63 Skylark

In 1961 General Motors introduced three new cars that were the same except for a few external identifiers. The Buick Special, Oldsmobile F-85 and Pontiac Tempest all shared the same Y-body platform and were available with the aluminum block 215 cubic inch V8. » 7/11/14 2:34pm 7/11/14 2:34pm

Will This $3,000 Triumph V8 Spit Fire From Its Side Pipes?

The Spitfire is a miniature British roadster build by Triumph from 1962 to 1980 in five slightly updated generations. Imagine a world where legendary Texan Carroll Shelby had made a deal with Triumph instead of AC Cars for his Cobra, this is what it probably would have looked like. » 7/08/14 12:30pm 7/08/14 12:30pm

This LS1 Powered Porsche 914 Is So Clean I Want To Eat It

Someday, air-cooled Porsches could become entirely out of reach for the everyman. Even today, the going rate of a base 914 could put you in a 986 Boxster. If $70k 914-6s and six-figure 911s have you down, this budget 'Teener is just what the doctor ordered... if your doctor had a vested interest in your untimely death. » 7/02/14 1:24pm 7/02/14 1:24pm

This Baby Blue Caprice Is In Serious Need Of An LS1 Swap

The third generation Chevrolet Caprice Classic was introduced in 1977 as a lighter and leaner version of the previous full sized Chevy sedan. The reduction in weight was in response to fuel economy concerns but it brought with it a better vehicle the dynamic sense. Unfortunately the Caprice is still a pretty… » 7/01/14 1:49pm 7/01/14 1:49pm

You'll Learn To Love Glamping In This Dodge Tradesman Camper

The first generation Dodge B-series van was a full sized workhorse built from 1971 through 1978 on what Dodge called a uniframe fully welded platform. This allowed the Dodge van to be lighter and stronger with a lower load floor compared to the competition and gave the Dodge better handling characteristics. » 6/24/14 12:38pm 6/24/14 12:38pm