Posts from ‘Cheap Wheels’

Jul
04
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora

2001 Oldsmobile Aurora

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Back in the December 2007 issue of Collectible Automobile® we considered the 1995-99 first-generation Oldsmobile Aurora as cheap wheels. Now let’s take a look at the second—and as it turned out, last—Aurora.

May
24
1988 Mazda 626 Turbo AWS

1988 Mazda 626 Turbo AWS

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora

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

.In the late Eighties, Japanese automakers introduced four-wheel steering to the U.S. market. The first car Americans could buy with such a system was the 1988 Honda Prelude Si 4WS. Mindful of the old adage that nobody remembers who was second, let us suggest the 1988 Mazda 626 Turbo 4WS as cheap wheels.

Apr
24
Dodge Omni 024 De Tomaso

Dodge Omni 024 De Tomaso

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora

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

The 1978 Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon hatchback sedans were Chrysler’s well-received answer to the Volkswagen Rabbit. Racy Omni 024 and Horizon TC3 two-doors followed for the 1979 model year as the American company’s response to the Rabbit-based Scirocco.

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, Cars 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.

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