Posts from ‘Cheap Wheels’

Dec
26

Renault LeCar

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The Renault 5 went on sale in France in 1972, but the car wasn’t available in America until 1976. The front-drive subcompact was 141.5 inches long and rode an average wheelbase of 95.2 inches. Yes, average wheelbase. The independent rear suspension used transversely mounted torsion bars, and for simplicity they were mounted one in front of the other. This resulted in the wheelbase on the left side of the car being 1.2 inches longer than on the right. Curb weight was 1819 pounds no matter what side the scale was on.

Dec
14
Volkswagen GTI, Cool Cars for Under $5000

One of Rick’s Cool Cars for Under $5000, the Volkswagen GTI

You just can’t bear the thought.

Whether you’re right out of college, replacing a car that’s given up the ghost, or adding a needed vehicle to your existing fleet, “Go with the flow” has never been your automotive mantra.

Of course, many cars are popular because they’re really good cars. “Really good,” that is, for everyone else.

Oct
03
Cutlass Ciera International Series Coupe

Cutlass Ciera International Series Coupe

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Introduced for 1982, the Cutlass Ciera was Oldsmobile’s version of General Motors’s new A-body quartet of family cars with the Chevrolet Celebrity, Buick Century, and Pontiac 6000. All were built on a front-drive chassis largely cribbed from the 1980-vintage X-car compacts. The pricier A-bodies shared those compacts’ 104.9-inch wheelbase, but somehow avoided the X-car’s trouble-prone reputation. 

Jun
08

2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Daytona 500 Pace Car Replica

Cheap Wheelsby Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Sometimes there’s a fine line between an intriguing set of cheap wheels and just another used car. This time we think our nominee for this department is solidly on the more compelling side of that line—especially since we’re looking at a special edition of a car that’s pretty interesting to begin with.

May
23
1987-91 Ford Tempo All Wheel Drive

Ford Tempo All Wheel Drive

Cheap Wheelsby Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The Tempo was an overlooked Ford sales success of the Eighties. Introduced as a 1984 model in two- and four-door varieties, Tempo wore the Blue Oval’s then-trendsetting aerodynamic “jellybean” styling pioneered on the 1983 Thunderbird. The front-wheel-drive chassis shared some elements with the U.S.-market Escort, but rode a longer 99.9-inch wheelbase. Tempos ran a “new” 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that was a descendant of the Sixties-era Falcon inline six.

Mar
27

1997 BMW 318ti

Cheap Wheelsby Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

BMW’s 3-Series has been around long enough that its basic premise is well defined. Think sporty, rear-drive, premium-priced sedans, coupes, and convertibles. Handsome, if maybe a bit conservative, styling is part of the mix, as is a highly desirable overall package.

Dec
26
Ford Ranger Splash

1993 Ford Ranger Splash

By Don Sikora IICollectible Automobile Magazine

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Introduced for 1983, the Ford Ranger compact pickup’s first major redesign didn’t come until 1993. The previous truck’s simple, straight lines were replaced with smooth, subtle curves, but overall the Ranger still resembled a smaller-scale F-150. Then Ford added more style later in the ’93 model year with the addition of the Ranger Splash.

Jul
08
ZEPHYR

2006 Lincoln Zephyr

Cheap Wheels by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The first Lincoln to bear the name Zephyr arrived for 1936. It was a medium-price car with unit-body construction and a “flathead” V-12 engine. Zephyr soon accounted for 80 percent of the luxury brand’s sales, and by 1940 became the basis for the stunning Continental. Somewhat surprisingly, the Zephyr name didn’t return after World War II.

May
24
1999-2004 Chrysler 300M

1999 Chrysler 300M

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Not surprisingly, the Chrysler 300M was named to invoke the legendary 1955-65 Chrysler 300 “letter” cars. Like the originals, the 300M was intended to be a more powerful driver-oriented car than other Chrysler sedans. This reborn 300 even used the “M” suffix in an attempt to resume the series where the 300-L left off 34 years earlier.

Jan
27
1987 Mercury Cougar

1987 Mercury Cougar

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Introduced for 1967 as an upscale Mustang cousin, the Cougar quickly became the shape-shifter of Mercury’s cars. First it morphed into an intermediate-sized personal-luxury coupe, the success of which tempted Mercury to extend the Cougar name to four-door sedans and station wagons. For 1983, Cougar returned to its two-door roots as a conservative variant of the highly aerodynamic Ford Thunderbird. While that ’83 is important in the Cougar saga, it’s the 1987 and ’88 versions that we’d like to suggest as your next set of cheap wheels.

Vehicle Makes

Classic Cars

Collectible Automobile Magazine

Popular Posts & Pages

Recent Posts

Shopping for a new or used car or truck?

Check out all of our reviews here.