Pre-Volvo Dual Forced Induction:1989 Nissan March Super Turbo

Several years after the original March/Micra launched, it seems Nissan wanted its own race series for these little buggers; so the March Super Turbo was born.  What that means is 110 HP out of 0.93 liters.  This was achieved using both a turbo and a supercharger!

This example was apparently imported to the US by the seller and EPA says its okay per the 25-year rule. If you live in California (or similar), your state may not agree.

Regardless, this is a cool little piece of history and must by pretty fun to drive, with that oddball engine and very low mass.  This wears a few period- and market-correct mods, such as shocks and wheels; but that might boost (get it?) the whole JDM image.

The asking price is not in super-bargain territory, but doesn’t seem crazy, either.  eBay indicates that offers will be considered, so perhaps a good deal for both buyer and seller can be worked out.

Link to Nissan Global Heritage site

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Bridgewater, MA, USA
$8,800 BIN with offers considered and four days to go

This shows just about everything we love about 1980s Japanese and Hot Hatch styling.  Yes, the scoop is functional!

Here’s a tiny, classic hatch profile.  Super turbo badges are just plain awesome.

Front end has a rally car look and reminds us of some other non-US Nissans from the period.

Interior looks to be in good shape and ample gauges should provide plenty of info.  We assume the accessory gauge is for boost, but for which device?

We love the original cloth; so we respect the Recaro and its oddball cloth while simultaneously wishing that the original driver’s seat was included in the sale.

Here’s the hard-to-dissect engine.  Despite small displacement, there’s a lot crammed in there, especially given the top-mount intercooler.

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Federally legal imported under the 25+ year law, this car is legal anywhere in the US. I have the import paperwork for title in your state. I imported the car myself and the last picture shows the actual inspection sheet from this vehicles auction to show that it was a grade 3 car with no accident history. I can assist with vehicle shipping and have done so many times in the past.

Recently imported 1989 Nissan March Super Turbo. Extremely rare, 1 of 2 known to be in the US.
This car is both TURBO AND SUPERCHARGED from the factory. It’s a homologation special from Nissan and was only available in Japan. The only other one of these cars in the US was sold last summer for $11000 and they still fetch $10k+ in Japan as they’re now considered “sport classic” vehicles.

Powered by a mighty 1.0 (yes, 1000cc) turbo and supercharged engine and 5 speed short ratio LSD transmission pumping 110hp out to the sub 1700lb chassis (the car is slightly smaller than an MK1 GTI). There is a factory triple din gauge pod like whats found in the Skyline GTR, manual windows/locks, but the car does have working AC.

Mechanically the car is excellent, the body has a few blemishes I’ll be happy to point out during an in person inspection or I can email pictures if you’d like. There are also a few aftermarket parts including KYB SR Special struts, aftermarket (I believe they are Rays) wheels, Recaro confetti drivers seat, and a boost gauge. Parts are easy to obtain and tune ups/oil changes can be done with parts found locally at any parts store.

2004 John Cooper Works Mini Rollover Victim

This is one of the best opening images we’ve ever seen for an ad.

First – we hope everyone involved was okay.  Here’s the seller’s explanation:

“This car was involved in a low speed accident in the driveway where it rolled over. Wife hit clutch instead of brake downhill.”

It’s hard to picture what happened, but the bottom line is that a John Cooper Works Mini now has to be parted out.

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Exton, PA, USA
$500 with three bids and four days to go

No, it seems it didn’t fall off the deck…

But plenty of damage was sustained.

Few, if any, panels were spared damage.

Yep, it’s a genuine JCW car,

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This car was involved in a low speed accident in the driveway where it rolled over.  Wife hit clutch instead of brake downhill.

Car starts and runs perfect
No engine lights on dash
Great upgraded hot rod parts (can be used on non S mini)
After market upgraded Alpine stereo
Xenon headlights
Subframe bent on left front
Rear suspension has some damage from rollover
Interior in good shape. Drivers seat has some wear marks but no rips

Clean PA title in hand

Please email with any questions

We can tow it for an additional fee up to 100 miles

Straight Outta Florida: The Boss Hummer H1, Now Wearing Zombie Apocalypse Gear

Apparently, this was built as the ultimate hunting vehicle and was shown at a ridiculous toy show in Dubai in 2015.  Needless to say, this was originally done in Florida, despite its current California location.

Because this is 2016, something as odd and intimidating as this hunting vehicle can’t be allowed to exist without zombie crap all over it.  So, the vehicle is now presented with “Zombie Outbreak Response Team” graphics.  Our first response is “ugh”, but we understand that’s what it takes to market to the kids these days.  This ad suffers from a syndrome common to these custom “builds”, in that it appears that photos from different time frames with different equipment and graphics are included.  That makes it a bit tough to assess what one is actually buying.

Will someone fork over damn near $190K for this?  We’re not so sure anyone will…

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San Diego, CA, USA
$189,500 BIN with offers considered and six days to go

Someone certainly put a lot of work into this and, admittedly, the camo effect look cool.

Gullwing-esque doors?  Of course…

Hears another angle with those doors open. Note oddly mirrored panel at rear.

Here’s the rear.  Presumably, this is a recent shot, as you can see the zombie label.

Here’s another with zombie references and a mini-gun.

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The luxury hunting truck of the future…

Parker Brothers Boss Hunting Truck (Florida’s Parker Brothers Concepts) “The Boss” Hummer H1, that has been converted into the ultimate, exotic hunting truck. Customized in 2015, one of one in the world!

As seen on Fox News, Wide Open Spaces, The Billionaires Club,,, SyFy Channel…

Unveiled at Dubai’s Big Boy Toys Exhibition for a whopping $544,500!

The Boss is customized with bodywork straight out of the future, complete with gull-wing doors, polygonal windshield, and a roof that opens to provide a protected perch to spot and shoot targets from.

Equipped with SIX video cameras fitted to the exterior of the vehicle to provide switchable live feeds to monitors located in the cabin that allows for stealthy stalking while you enjoy the comfort of the custom leather seats and trim. A full suite of communications and entertainment accessories are also fitted, along with winches, front and rear, storage compartments, and as many gun racks as you need. 

It has a sound detector that can detect the sound of any animal in a 300m radius, a hunters dream!
Flat screen TV in rear
iPad control and camera feed for “live viewing” 
USB compatibility
Leather interior with suede diamond inserts
“The Boss” decals
custom steering wheel
Five monitors
CB radio
6.5-Liter, Turbo Diesel, 4WD
Drone capabilities

Clear California title in hand
Current registration and plates
Original cost was over $500k!!!

Will cover shipping worldwide! Truly one of a kind!

***Turret Gun not included

Oldsmobuick: Old School Custom 1983 Cutlass with Buick 3.8 Turbo Power

Essentially nothing on this car was left unmolested, which is probably just the way the original owner wanted it.  Some very odd choices were made; but we respect the use of the 3.8L turbo V6 in this body.

The shop selling the car provides very little info, but the engine seems to have a number of upgrades and is clearly intercooled.  Stock power and torque were pretty awesome on any intercooled Buick turbo V6, and this could put out a lot more of the mods were done well.

The body…well, that speaks for itself.  Suffice it to say it is certainly not boring.  Even the interior is mostly custom and seemingly contains acres of cloth.  Someone put a lot of money, time and effort into this one and the body and underhood work appear to be high quality.  Still, the market will have to determine whether it’s now worth almost $19K.  We tend to think not.

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Nashua, NH, USA
$18.595 BIN with offers considered and eight hours to go

Not much was left along here, from a chopped roof to well-integrated ground effects.

Could a mother love this face?

Modified daylight opening is impressive!  We assume the glass came from some other car.  The work appears to be well-done.

Rear has some Cadillac influences, right down to the flying buttresses.  Old school hot rod blue dots on the tail lights are odd on an 80s car.

Interior features a lot of tweed-like cloth and lots of flat wood.  S13 240SX owners might feel right at home.

Anyone else remember this badge?

Hurst dual-gate shifter is a nice touch; but we’d rather see Lightning Rods!

Here’s the official name of this custom.

BMW 6-series-inspired rear console is fancy.  What could it contain?

How about a couple 6x9s aimed in odd directions?

Headliner shows not just one, but two blue diamonds!

Two more blue diamonds!  Were not sure whats in the hinged openings, but the battery is under the mirrored cover on the right.

Here’s the well-dressed turbo V6. A lot of machined sheet metal was added for looks – we wonder how much all that extra metal weighs.

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Really Really Cool Cutlass Conversion to Show Car, 3.8L Turbo Grand National Engine, Runs and Drives Great! We are The Best Deals on Classic Wheels!

YEAR: 1983 VIN: 1G3AM47A1DM462998
MAKE: Oldsmobile STOCK: 1815
MODEL/TRIM: Cutlass Show Car 3.8L Turbo 3 spd auto Overall VGood CONDITION: Pre-Owned
ENGINE: 3.8L V6 Turbo INTERIOR: Blue Cloth
TRANSMISSION: 3 Speed Automatic MILEAGE: 5,698
DRIVETRAIN: Rear Wheel Drive

1966 Mustang Turbo Coupe

Admit it, if you’re a car person remotely interested in Fords, you’ve wondered about this swap at some point.  The seller has combined a nicely modified 1980s 2.3 turbo with a 1966 Mustang and seems to have done all the right suspension, brake and other mods to keep up.

This engine came from a Cougar turbo (which was cancelled after the 1986 model year), but was upgraded to 1987-88 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe specs and then some.  Steering and brakes are manual, with front disc brakes from a later Mustang.  The interior features later buckets with harnesses and matching cloth front and rear.  The overall effect matches the mechanical bits – keep the overall look, but upgrade with more modern technology and materials.  Thankfully, the engine sends power through a T-5 manual, as it should.

We love the end result here and imagine the shifting of weight rearward results in a very different handling experience.  Also, it must be a bit strange to drive a 1966 Mustang that has good power and torque, but without the V8 rumble.  It must be strangely fun.  Finally, we wonder if the seller is getting rid of this project in order to try a swap involving the new Mustang 2.3L Ecoboost four cylinder turbo and an older Mustang.

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Austin, CO, USA
$3,050 with two bids, reserve not met and nine days to go

Paint is custom paint and the car sits a little low, but this has an overall sleeper look.  The stock hubcaps are perfect.

Lack of dual exhaust actually stands out here, but matches the lack of a 289 badge to give the impression that this is a basic, inline six-powered Mustang.

Interior appears mostly stock, minus the seats, auxiliary gauges and kick panel speaker pods.

Front this angle, the seats clearly pop as aftermarket.  They look supportive and we like the harnesses and color choice, as well as the matching rear seat.

Battery has been relocated to the trunk and new fuel tank is obvious. We might consider better mounting for the fuel pump and pre-filter.

Here’s what you wanted to see – the 2.3-liter four cylinder with its turbo.  This sits way back and should weight less overall vs. any original I6 or V8.

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1966 mustang turbo coupe.    This is a one off  Awesome mustang, it  has a 2.3 Liter EFI Turbo engine, out of 1986 cougar turbo.  Up dated  to All 1988 turbo T bird specs, with larger  intercooler, large  air vain meter, brown top Injectors,LA3 computer, an air sensor added.  With extensive porting in the intake manifold Both upper and lower halves.  Extensive porting in the exhaust manifold and turbo housing. also installed Manual boost valve, A Saab by bass valve, K and N air filter, ranger timing belt and gears, MSD 6 Ignition,2 1/2″ exhaust pipe out the back. Stainless steel gas tank with all fuel lines insulated.  A 3 row all aluminum radiator, with 16″ electric fan, keeps it cool.

Transmission  is a T5 5 speed, it has a B and M Ripper shifter, Installed with a new Luke clutch assembly,  clutch cable kit and rear cross member kit from  M.D.L. 5 speed conversions parts.

 Rear end is a 8″ ford with 3.00 to 1 gears, Rear springs are Urethane bushed, with coil over gas shocks. Drive shaft: new built by Drive line services.

Front end: Manual steering,  Front upper control arms were relocated as per Shelby America Specs.  Late model spindles with disk brakes were installed, with OEM inside air scoops,  new upper and lower ball joints, and Urethane bushing, gas shocks, Most important, I installed a Pro motor sports Anti bump steer  steering arm relocation kit. Drives and handles Excellent!

Manual brakes with  Dual master cylinder with proportioning valve, installed, rear brakes are later model drum brakes. and 195/70/R14 tiers.  Stops Extremely well!

Exterior:  Professionally stripped, prepped, sprayed and  finished, by Fender and son’s in Eckert, CO:  with PPG B/C DBC base W/20 21 clear.   Metallic silver and saffier blue paint. Bumpers are the original ones, The front one was just re chromed with blue triple platting, rear bumper is original, but has one scratch on it (I can not get it to show in photos sorry).  Fit and finish is excellent! 

 Windshield is new with blue tinting and banded,  All other glass is original.  All exterior trim is original except for the letters on hood and,  hood trim, and side mirrors.  new window regulator in left door.

 Interior: OEM  dash with Auto gage tachometer and VDO boost gage, has new Aluminum  heater core,  day/night mirror, leather steering wheel cover, Panasonic AM FM CD player, is in dash, 2-  6″speakers in front mounted in new molded kick panel housings. and 2- 6″X9″ speaker in rear window.  New headliner with extra insulation in roof area, new ACC carpeting and floor mats, Front seats are GP reclining high back with,  4 point seat belts, rear seat original with new lap belts. Seats were professionally covered by: BK”s Upholstery in Cedaredge, CO.

 The car has Halogen head lights for safety,  All rubber, and window fusses are new,  All new door and window gaskets were installed, new trunk gasket. Trunk has been detailed, new battery is in trunk and fuel pumps and filters are in there also, See trunk photos. The car has NO RUST!!! the under side of car has been undercoated and extra has been sprayed under front fenders,

 This car is a FUN  DRIVER!!!.  It drives, stops, handles Extremely well! EZ driving, shifting steering even for manual steering.  It gets great mileage, I have  seen as high as 34mpg,  driving here in the mountains I average around 27 MPG.  It will spin the rear tiers  with no problem.

 It is a little harder getting in and out of with the new seat, But Extra comfortable when seated No fatigue after long drive an a 100% more comfortable than origin seats! there is 64,600.6 miles on speedometer the car has been driven 5,420.2 since built. Engine and trans. have  25,000.0 on them.

The car has had a  Certified Appraisal  by:  Seals Appraisal services.  Gerald Seals   Eckert, CO 970-xxx-xxxx  E-mail  xxxxxx  It appraised for quite a bit more than I am asking.

 Look the pictures over, ask your Questions, bid high and often!  Buyer responsible for picking the car up, within 10 days or have arrangements made by then. I will work with your shipper for pick up, If you are not driving it home.

Buick Grand National Wagon Tribute

No, Buick never put the turbocharged 3.8 from the GN into the Regal Wagon; but someone else did.

This car isn’t perfect; but it is a great start.  The engine swap was done in such a way that it look essentially stock (surface rust and all).

What’s the bad news?  The biggest issue is that the engine block is cracked due to freezing.  So, this is a project, but it’s a project worth taking on if the price doesn’t go up too much.  The setup in the car is from the 1984/1985 GN; but seller has also collected the parts needed to convert this to the 1986/1987 setup.  Just BYOB (block, that is).

If we got hold of this, we’d do the engine upgrade in a way that would get the most power out of it while looking as stock as possible under the hood.  We’d also swap on Grand National or GNX wheels to complete the tribute.

What would you do with this?

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Olympia, WA, USA
$2,025 with 7 bids, reserve not met and 2 days to go

Black wagons are among our favorites and, once running, this will have the power to back of the mean look.

Hood from a turbo regal fits nicely, as well it should.

Rear is as plain and simple as one would expect.  Good thing this is a chain link fence…

Interior looks to be essentially stock and in decent enough shape.  Dash doesn’t look cracked, but might be faded (?).

Cloth seats appears to be in good shape, too.

Here’s the legendary, 3.8-liter, turbocharged V6 in all its cracked-block glory.

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Up for sale is a one of a kind !983 regal wagon with a 84/85 Grand National drive train. this car was professional put together, It is a very clean for 31 year old car. The paint is in OK condition, This wagon has the famous 3,8 turbo Grand National engine and built 200R transmission and 3:73 positive traction rear end just like the factory grand national. No Rust and is not patched up at all,   All under the hood is factory in appearance and is very clean and original, so this car has also not been butchered or hot rodded, The engine needs a rebuild the blocked cracked due to sitting last winter, Knowing that it needed a motor I have the parts to convert it to the 86/87 intercooled Grand National, These Grand Nationals are beginning to skyrocket in value and will be nuts in a few years to come, so don’t miss out on owning a one of a kind.

There is no expressed warranty is being sold AS-IS

86/87 parts list:

2.5 ATR Header

2.5 down pipe with test outlet

Stock Turbo

TE48 Precision turbo

JCL boost controller

scan master

SCM alcohol injection

55# low impedance injectors w/ 2 Red Armstrong burned chips

modified computer for injector 

Stock injectors

2 sets of mild ported heads 

86/87 engine wiring harness

intercooler  w/ plumbing

intake manifold w/ throttle body

coil w/ bracket

86/87 radiator

86/87 AC with lines

throttle cable

trans kick down cable

stock computer

Im sure I have left some things out but this off the top of my head

Rare Callaway Turbo Scirocco

Callaway modified much more than Corvettes in the past, with their Alfa Romeo GTV fairly well-known; but they also got into a few Volkswagens over the years.  Their “Stage I” Sciroccos boosted output from about 74HP to 117HP, which is a huge increase.  The seller claims this car is one if a few “Stage III” cars with a bigger turbo and intercooler, as well as water injection.  No dyno figures are available, but the interwebs claim north of 200HP.

200HP in this little sports car would be a blast, but the seller points out that a lot of work is needed to get it moving.  This is truly a “bring a trailer” find.  Mileage is in the neighborhood of 195K and the car hasn’t been on the road since 2003.  A quick internet search also reveals the seller was trying to figure out how to remove the head and replace the head gasket – it’s not clear whether that was completed.  Also, there are some areas with supposedly minor surface rust; so paint and body might eventually need to be part of the conversation.

This is a dream find for a Scirocco/Corrado fan or any Callaway collector.  We’ll just have to see where the bids land and how high the reserve is.

Here’s a link to a classic Car and Driver aricle on the Stage I:

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North Grafton, MA, USA
$1,500 with one bid, reserve not met and 5 days to go

These had little to differentiate the cosmetically from standard Sciroccos, which is fine.  We like the sleeper quality, and this was a great design in the first place.  TSW wheels are aftermarket and were put on by the previous owner.

Note the “Turbo Intercooler” badging on the right.  Supposedly, these also came with a rear window decal which is missing on this one.

Interior has some custom touches not done by Callaway.

One more angle.  Callaway did install the auxiliary gauges.

Here’s the groovy boost controller!

The previous owner installed the Recaro seats, but the originals are included in the sale.

Rear seat shows original leather.

As mentioned, original wheels are included in the sale.

Let’s have a look under the hood…

These have a unique cam cover, but there’s some debate over whether Callaway removed the head to put in a thicker head gasket for lower compression.

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An Estate sale offers a true “Barn Find”, a 1983 Callaway Turbo Stage III VW Scirocco.

If you’ve never heard of a Callaway Scirocco, you can read what Car and Driver said about them from a 1983 article:

On the Stage III cars, Callaway included a larger Turbo, intercooler and water injection, variable boost, heftier shock tower braces, stiffer shocks and bigger brakes with cross-drilled rotors.  It’s no wonder these cars were called the “Vette and Mustang killers” of their day.

This example has a storied past of mechanic/owners;  it was originally modified by Reeves Callaway of Old Lyme, CT, from a new VW Scirocco which was then bought by one of the leading Stock Car chassis builders in New England as a car for his wife.    It was later bought by my late brother whose business was building high performance racing engines for Snow Mobile racers.

This is the ultimate “Sleeper” – Minimal exterior badging to announce its heritage, but the heart and soul of a Cheetah.  While the Stage I cars, at around 117hp, were formidible street cars, the Stage III version almost doubled that with a hefty performance increase, surprising many a Corvette and Mustang owner left in its wake.

This unique Scirocco goes beyond the Stage III amenities with the addition of an adjustable Cam Timing gear, 5-spoke TSW 7″ wide rims, and, for creature comfort, a pair of Recarro front seats that look only minimally worn (no rips or tears).  In the cockpit, along with the prominent Callaway boost gauge mounted to the right of the instrument cluster, you’ll find an air/fuel mixture, cylinder head temp and oil pressure gauge, all tastefully mounted in the upper center of the mini-console.

This car is the original very dark brown (Paint code may be verified from the VIN) with black Recarro seats with gray inserts (seats installed by my brother).  The interior, while a bit dusty after more than a decade of being in a closed garage, looks like it just came in off the street.  The “Callaway Turbo” badging has been removed from the rear window.  There is a minimal amount of paint bubbling/surface rust just behind the wheels on the rocker panels (2″ diameter, Max) and only surface rust on the frame and undercarriage – no rot through.  Included in the sale are the original Callaway wheels, the original Scirocco steering wheel and the original, leather front bucket seats, the drivers seat having one minor scuff from seat belt wear.

The car currently has 195,563 miles on the odometer, was last on the road in 2003 and has been in closed storage since then with the usual accumulation of dust, making it a true “Barn Find”.  It will have to be trailered home by the buyer and thoroughly serviced before starting it.  It is in ZIP 01536 (central Massachusetts) with a long, flat loading area very suitable for a pickup/trailer or car hauler.  This car has ALWAYS been well taken care of and, to the best of my knowledge, never driven in Winter.  This is a rare find – as far as I know, Callaway only made 43 of them.  

If you’ve ever heard of the legendary Callaway Turbo Cars, this is your chance to own one.

MurderCedes: Zombie Apocalypse Survival Car

Thinking about the bottom falling out around the 2016 US election?  This might be just the ticket, especially if you convert it to veggie oil, which should be fairly easy to do.

The seller built this starting with a clean example from Texas; so it’s claimed to be rust-free, aside from added patina.  The interior was left stock and is claimed to be in good shape, although no pictures are included.  The seller did include a video and that provides some glimpses of the interior, as well as evidence of the car running.

Under it all is a 300SD with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel, which should run for half a million miles or so (it has done about 200K, so far).  This is from the era of the “real Mercedes”, when these were built like tanks.  What could be better for a zombie (or Trump or Clinton) apocalypse survival vehicle?  Well, okay, one might want four-wheel drive.  Still, this thing is really cool…

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Higdon, AL, USA
$233.33 with six bids

This seems to check all the boxes, with intentionally faded paint, massive bumper, rusty steel mesh, diesel exhaust through the hood and a makeshift roof rack with auxiliary lighting.

The driver’s side fender hasn’t been reshaped so much.

Front end is menacing! Note the tire tread bumpers.  Chains also add street cred.

Taillights have ostensibly-protective metal covers.

Hmm…interesting badging!

Here’s a close-up.  Yes, the Turbo Diesel badge has been modified to read “U DIE.”

Sunroof apparently works – could be used as a turret of sorts.

Here’s the turbo-diesel.  Yes, it’s turbocharged, but acceleration can assumed to be leisurely, especially with all the extra steel added to this car.

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“Mechanically sound, exterior made to look like it has been through the apocalypse.”

Up for auction is my 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SD with the infamous 5-cylinder 3.0 turbo diesel engine. The car has 204,000 miles on it, which is not even half of what these cars are capable of. I’ve named the car “The Murdercedes” so you know it’s awesome.

The car was created to look post-apocalyptic, in the Mad Max style. I build cars like this and resell them, and I’m ready for my next project, so this one has to go. The car is mechanically sound, starts up every time, and I’ve recently taken it on trips to various post-apocalyptic car events from Chattanooga to Indianapolis, Atlanta, and it’s driven around 75 miles a week as a moderate daily driver. The main reason I drive it so much is because it gets 30-33 miles per gallon, it’s reliable, and it sure turns heads!

The Murdercedes started life as a clean, 100% rust-free Texas car. I transformed it into the post-apocalyptic beast you see now because I feel like those infamous, bullet-proof Mercedes turbo diesel engines will be around long after the bombs fall. I was even interviewed about the car for a Wasteland Weekend website: Will It Wasteland

Recent repairs and upgrades (within the last 3,000 miles) include:

– New motor mounts
– New tires
– New oil pressure lines (a common problem – fixed)
– New ignition lock cylinder (another common problem – fixed)
– Upgraded airflow system with new cone filter
– New oil pan gasket
– Brand new battery (100 miles ago)
– Cobra CB with antenna
– Whelen police siren and PA

Everything works on this car except for the climate control. I never worried about it much, but the heats comes on randomly and the AC does not blow cold. But everything else, including power windows, all gauges, power antenna, power seats, and even power sunroof work. The driver’s side rear power window sticks sometimes as if it’s coming off the track, but the motor works. Also, the lights on the roof aren’t wired up, but they’re good. I had them wired on the grill guard but decided to move them without moving the wiring yet.

I’ve left the interior alone (except for removing the glove box to install the siren control and CB) because I still like the idea of keeping the luxury on the inside with the ratty look on the outside. Who says you can’t be a badass and still enjoy the creature comforts? Turbo runs great with no issues. The automatic transmission shifts smoothly with no problems. 

The car gets a ton of attention and I’m often stopped at gas stations and parking lots for pictures. The photos here don’t do the detail justice, but let me know if you want more specific detailed pics of certain areas and I’d be happy to snap some more shots.

You must pick up from my home in Higdon, AL, which is located about 35 minutes southwest of Chattanooga, TN. Arrangements can be made to meet you at the closest highway exit (Trenton, GA) to make things easier, if you’d like. Please ask any questions before bidding.

Check out a quick video of the car starting and running

Awesome LeMons Buy?

So, this went over the $500 limit; but it seems like  the ultimate LeMons car.  This is a Fox-platform Mercury Cougar with the turbocharged 2.3L four and five-speed manual.  It looks like every piece of sheet metal on this car has damage and/or rust and the dash has seen too much sun.  That seems like a race car opportunity to us, assuming the rust is not in structural bits.

1) Body needs work?  Check.
2) Engine needs work? Check!
3) Not worth restoring? Check!!

Well, we think it’s worth restoring from a coolness perspective, but it will make no economic sense.  So, why not strip this Cougar’s interior out, sell off the good bits, rebuild the engine with performance mods (plenty are available) and stiffen up the suspension to make an awesome racer?

Someone already bought this one, but we had to post it.  Hopefully, it goes to some sort of loving home to see another life on the track or as the sleeper it was meant to be.

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Middlebury, VT,  USA
Already sold for $610 with two bids

Here’s the “formal” Mercury roof line.  Silver makes this even more of a sleeper vs. the red and blue XR-7s and Turbo Coupes that come up periodically.

Have you seen the light?

Front end would be indistinguishable from a T-Bird withouth the grill change.

Rear has fancy “Cougar head” lights.  Also, there’s no CHMSL on this 1984 model.

Here’s an idea of the kind of rust we’re talking about.  Hopefully, T-Bird doors fit, as full door replacement might be the best idea is one wants to “restore” this.  The seller included more pics showing rust bubbles along the lower side/rocker trim.

The interior appears to be very nice overall, although the dash is cracked.  In a sense it would be a  shame to gut this, but the parts might have some value, given the good overall condition.

Back seat looks new.

Trunk is ample.  Your humble host has previously fit a keg in the T-Bird equivalent.  Note the head gasket…hmm.

Here’s the cool turbo four – Ford didn’t even both to relabel this as a Mercury engine.

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This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to restore or mod a great car from the 80s. Only 6,171 of these XR-7 were made in 1984 and a small percentage of those were manual transmission like this one.  This car needs some work but does run.  It burns oil so probably needs rings and/or valves replaced.  Turbo works.  Will need brakes and tires, but the frame is in good shape (just had it looked at by a mechanic).  The interior is in pretty good shape and is leather.  This car has had only two owners, my Father-in-law and me.  It’s a cool car and I wish I had the time to work on it but I just do not.  Please contact me with any questions. Buyer will be responsible for vehicle pickup or shipping but I will help in any way that I can.

A Skyline Granting Safe Passage?

Here’s a rarely seen Nissan Skyline Passage GT with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline six.  Sounds perfect, right?  The only catch here is that it is equipped with an automatic transmission.  Still, this is highly unusual and the auto will help keep it on boost.  With that, this should make a great cruiser!

The R31 Skyline was the last generation before the mighty RB26DETT came along and made the car a legend in GTR form.  As such, they get less attention and are imported less often.  This sedan version is even more unusual.  We’re not sure it’s interesting to the tune of $15K; but the seller is considering offers…

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From this angle,  this could be one of several angular, 1980s sedans and doesn’t look like anything special.  The hubcaps add to that effect.

The only thing that really stands out on the front is  the Skyline badge – not something seen on many unmodified cars in the US.

Profile shot – still pretty boring.

A peek at the rear shows something unique.

Round tail lights on a sedan look like nothing sold in the US at the time and, of course, this wears a Turbo badge.

Here’s an interesting feature – a truly pillarless design with an odd solution to the shoulder belt problem.

Moving inside, we see lots of velour in a beautiful, deep maroon.  Naturally, this is a RHD car.

Dash and center stack are awesomely 80s and Japanese, though analog, in this case.

The trunk seems to offer more than ample storage.  No junk here!

Here’s the pint-sized, inline six with turbo.  In its highest-output form, this put out a little over 200 horsepower and similar torque.  While this car isn’t small, the lack of mandated features should mean it’s not too heavy and this should be thoroughly entertaining.  Again…too bad about the transmission.

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The Car is 1986. Ebay does not recognize vin. I had to put it as 1980.

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You are looking on a very clean R31 Skyline Passage.

When reviewing the photos please do not forget that this car is eligible for an antique tag. 

The condition of the car is very good for the year and considering that only a few of these left in decent condition, among those that are left this one is a pearl! The car is well maintained example as it shows from every angle. Runs excellent, very smooth and tight, everything works as it was intended from the factory, and air conditioning works well. 

Once it is going it feels as new and rides very well. Steering and suspension has no play whatsoever. Drive train has absolutely no play and feels new. Automatic transmission shifts good and brakes work excellent.

Original paint is in very good condition for the year with only a few minor imperfections. As you can see in the photos.

This car has only 47k miles of a verified provable mileage from new and it shows that it was in good hands.

Interior is in very good condition and does not make squeaks or rattles when going down the road. 

Serious buyers only!!! 

Vehicle has a CLEAN Florida title that is ready to be registered in “any” state. (MAKE SURE YOU CHECK WITH LOCAL DMV & EMISSION REGULATIONS) 

I tried to describe the vehicle as accurately as I can and pictures and video speak for themselves BUT,

You MUST contact me by phone if you have any questions, or before assuming anything about the car and anything that I would or would not do.

If I don’t answer please send a text message.

I will assist with reasonable time storage which need to be discussed prior purchase. 

A non refundable deposit of 500$ is due within 24 hours after the vehicle purchase. A full payment to be received within 7 days of auction end. Will assist with storage and transportation.


I would prefer to be contacted by phone or text rather than email.