Classic Car Watch
Foreign Classics

NOTE: This column displays cars I have found on the Internet. I am not selling them. Please follow the links if you are interest in a car. Be mindful of the date this article was published. For an explanation why I do this read the original column here.

May 1, 2009
By Scott Lewis

It has been a while since I put any "foreign cars" on a lost, so this month is all about foreign classics. I do not know much about these cars, so I could not tell you if they are worth the asking price. Certainly you could look them up and find out, but that is not the point of this column. This column looks for affordable classics that could make good daily drivers. I think I have a great selection of cars here that do just that.

Have a look.

1972 BMW 2002 tii - $19,990

Description: Matching #\'s, 2.0 liter aluminum head injected 4cyl @ 135hp, 4-speed close ratio trans, new mirror finish Taiga green paint, black vinyl bucket seat interior, full factory gauges, new front suspension, new Mini lites w/ fresh hi speed radials, great sounding stainless exhaust, detailed engine + trunk compartments, freshly rebuilt fuel injection. A stunning and very rare car that can be driven every day and vintage raced on Sunday.

Source: Fleming's Ultimate Garage

Found: 4/2/2009

Comments: This is the car that started this foreign classic trend. I saw an article about older BMWs and this was on that list. So I looked around to see what I could find. The tii version is the top dog amongst the 2002 cars. I don't know if this car is worth 20 large, but this car sure looks amazing. If I had the spare cash I would take a serious look.

1974 BMW 2002 - $8,250

Description: 1974 BMW 2002:

Source: Classic Auto Showplace, Ltd.

Found: 4/2/2009

Comments: This is not a tii, but it is less than half the price of the one above. This could be a cool little car to drive around in and at a much smaller investment.

1973 Triumph TR6 - $10,995

Description: 61,485 miles. Powered by the original inline 6 engine with a original manual transmission. Finished in White with Black leather interior. Equipped with power brakes, redline tires, original wheels, original stick, original steering wheel, factory gauges, and most factory original components. The paint and body are in excellent shape as is the chrome an stainless. Interior looks new but is original and has been well kept. Engine compartment is detailed and clean.

Source: Holt Auto Sales

Found: 4/6/2009

Comments: When I first saw this car listed it was priced at $15,995. That seemed kind of steep to me. But I don't follow the value of foreign cars. I have always liked this body style. At the current price this could make a nice weekend drop top.

1974 Porsche 914 - $6,900

Description: 1974 Porsche 914 1.8 Targa, Fresh white paint over beige interior. 100,000 miles on odometer which we think is correct. Runs and drives great with no issues. No rust on this car. Good rubber, glass seals, etc. Needs nothing except for seats which are coming apart at seams. We have new seats to be installed and they are included in this price. Great car for the track or street.

Source: Vintage Car Store of Nyack Inc

Found: 4/2/2009

Comments: This was the only 914 I could find that I liked on the day I was looking for them. I like these, but don't know enough about them. I assume they have a VW engine.  Maybe we can swap in a Chevy V8.

1976 Porsche 911 S - $18,950

Description: 1976 Porsche 911 S, Porsche 3.0L engine put in back in 1980, flared fenders, wide body, whale tail, Recaro seats makes this fully loaded Porsche a head turner. Car recently had brakes and tires added along with a new sound system. Power sunroof, mirrors, fog lamps. Inquire for more details.

Source: Beverly Hills Motor Cars

Found: 4/2/2009

Comments: I love the look of this car. I remember Porsche offering a "Turbo Look" version of the 911. It had the fender flairs and whale tail, but not the turbo motor. That's fine. This car has all the looks and should be fast enough to get into trouble.

1983 Datsun 280ZX - $6,995

Description: 1983 280ZX (last year made) 132,432 mi. Inline 6 cyl FI. Automatic, cold air, power windows and locks, digital instrumentation and all options available in 83. Charcoal Gray with Black/Silver inlaid Leather seats. T-tops, very good condition. sound mechanically, new tires, front struts, fuel injectors, . Garage kept and covered. Great New paint by a previous owner. Leather seats in good cond. but have new leather for future repair needs.

Source: Auto Trader Classic

Found: 4/2/2009

Comments: The first road test of a Z car I ever read was the 280ZX Turbo. This is close enough. I really liked the look of these cars when they were new. And they were way out of my price range back then. This car is reasonably price I would really like to try and put this into daily driving duties.

1975 Datsun 280Z - $12,500

Description: Stk#085-C 1975 Datsun 280Z, Green, Original in line 6 cyl 1680 CID, 92,677 original miles, one owner, factory AC, PDB, Headers, paint is 1 1/2 years old, Stock rear end, 4 speed transmission. Engine: 6 cylinder 1680 CID, new spark plugs & wires, all original and clean under hood. Interior: Gray Bucket seats, 4 speed in console, factory AM/FM Radio, Factory gauges, factory clock, interior all original, clean inside. Exterior: Green, Mag wheels, chrome bumpers, dual black mirrors. Overall: Good looking car, Good Driver.

Source: East Coast Classic Cars

Found: 4/2/2009

Comments: This is "the one that got away" I know, a lot of people say that, but here is my story... which is true Back in 1981 a co-worker was selling his 280Z. I think it was a 76. He said he wanted $2,500 for it. When I mentioned it to my Mom and her boyfriend he told me that was way low for that car, there must be something wrong with it. Well, the day before I was to go look at it I got into an accident with my Mom's car. She made me pay the deductible and pay for a few extra repairs. That was my money to buy the Z. SO I told a good friend about it. He saw the car and bought it. I still regret letting that car get away. This is close enough.

1970 Datsun 240Z - $9,990

Description: Finished in stunning Silver over Black interior. Powered by its 2.4L 6cyl engine with a manual 4-speed transmission. Solid and strong. Looks and drives like new.

Source: Specialty Sales-Benicia

Found: 4/2/2009

Comments: Once I was on a roll I found a few more Z cars.

1977 Datsun 280Z - $7,200

Description: Restored 1977 Datsun / Nissan 280-Z Z car Lover's!! Super sharp 1977 Datsun 280-Z Rebuilt engine, transmission, clutch, drive-train. 4-speed manual transmission. Excellent condition! ( Many extra's ) Runs like new. About 15,000 miles since rebuild. I have owned this car a long time but don't drive it much anymore. 2-tone beige with black hood and rare cream white interior. Car also includes a really nice Kenwood AM-FM CD player, Kenwood amp, Polk speakers and a Bazooka bass tube.

Source: Auto Trader Classics

Found: 4/2/2009

Comments: I like the color combination on this one.

1978 Datsun 280Z - $8,995

Description: , 168c.i. (2753cc) OHC Inline 6 Cylinder/ 170H.P., 4 Speed, Factory IRS w/ 3.73 Gear Ratio, Multi Port Fuel Injection, P. Disc Brakes, Factory A.C., AM/FM/CD Player, Buckets/Console, Tinted Windows, Dual Sport Mirrors, Rear Window Defogger, Radial Tires, Factory 280 Z Aluminum Alloy Wheels, Original Owners Manual, Believed to be 63,xxx Original Miles. The Z Car Is Becoming More & More Collectible! Very Nice Driving Classic Z Car!!

Source: Fast Lane Classic Cars

Found: 4/2/2009

Comments: This one has the wheels from a 280ZX Turbo.