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The most fun CHEAP car you've owned?

Simple question, what was it? Mine is a 1976 BMW 2002. Bought it dirt cheap in 2005 with some minor rust and cosmetic issues with the intention of painting it in my garage and driving the crap out of it. Started life green but ended up Little Mermaid blue rustoleum that I thinned out painted it the garage. Added some other odds and ends and I was still under $3000 for the whole thing.

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Cheapest fun car I ever owned was my MX5. My first sports car and I loved it. Owned it for 13 years and only sold it a year ago. I still feel sorry that I sold it, but it had to make space for the 308 GT4.... &
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Simple question, what was it? Mine is a 1976 BMW 2002. Bought it dirt cheap in 2005 with some minor rust and cosmetic issues with the intention of painting it in my garage and driving the crap out of it. Started life green but ended up Little Mermaid blue rustoleum that I thinned out painted it the garage. Added some other odds and ends and I was still under $3000 for the whole thing.

Here is the transformation over about a year:

Cheap? Hmmm. Let me quantify that

- My first car I bought, a 1969 BMW 1600 in 1971
- Bought it for $1,600 [is this less than your outlay? NOT, in terms of real dollars]
- CHEAP!!! NOT, only German speaking persons could work on it at the time and cost me about $400 every time it drove by the MB dealership. As a starving scholarship student working Fry cook at night it was big bucks.

But I would have it again in a heart beat as it was very very fun when properly running.

as for dirt cheap: We on the USS Kitty Hawk, Jr. Officers, would swap back and forth each 6 month cruise, a deathtrap PINTO for $100 and a round of drinks which none whom controlled it, had any qualm of bashing its sheet metal....

damn thing would never die...that was a fun car.

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Bought a Mini for $750 when I lived in the UK. Cheapest little car I've ever owned or driven. Fun too.

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Cheap? Hmmm. Let me quantify that

- My first car I bought, a 1969 BMW 1600 in 1971
- Bought it for $1,600 [is this less than your outlay? NOT, in terms of real dollars]
- CHEAP!!! NOT, only German speaking persons could work on it at the time and cost me about $400 every time it drove by the MB dealership. As a starving scholarship student working Fry cook at night it was big bucks.
I paid about that for my 2002 in 2005. I replaced a brake caliper and and the rotor button and I was good to go for several years.
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I raced this car for three years, it was absolute blast.
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i don't know if it's my miata or my fiat 500. both are about as fun but in different ways.



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Simple question, what was it? Mine is a 1976 BMW 2002. Bought it dirt cheap in 2005 with some minor rust and cosmetic issues with the intention of painting it in my garage and driving the crap out of it. Started life green but ended up Little Mermaid blue rustoleum that I thinned out painted it the garage. Added some other odds and ends and I was still under $3000 for the whole thing.

Here is the transformation over about a year:


Hahaha.....NICE I was actually thinking of buying one. I drove one for a week to try and figure out an intermittent problem due to old and faulty wiring…but that was the only problem with the car. I kind of grew fond of the car and when I had to give the car back I kind of forgot about her for well over a decade. Lately I was thinking about that car but they seem to be rare or in serious bad shape rotting away in a back yard somewhere.

Well yours is simply beautiful….enjoy!



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toss up:
my '64 corvair or any of my Fiat Spiders.

As a kid, I owned a whole slew of sub-$1k cars. And I'll be honest, every ONE of them was fun, in some unique way.
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Fiat Dino 2400 GT, $5000 or so and sold it for $5000 when I bought my 308 GTS. Feels like a little Daytona.
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I paid about that for my 2002 in 2005. I replaced a brake caliper and and the rotor button and I was good to go for several years.

Especially good buy IMO. is it a Ti?

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OK, how about $100 from Budget Rent a car in Honolulu, plus some engine mods, Webers, roll cage, Penske CanAm tires etc for under $1,000 all in?



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Especially good buy IMO. is it a Ti?
I thought so too. No its' a carb version with a weber 32/36 that came with it. Never touched the thing.

Admiral, love the Moke!
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Admiral, love the Moke!
Dear JayG,

I understand that it is for sale in Florida...

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Dear JayG,

I understand that it is for sale in Florida...

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And probably way more than $1000 now too.
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Simple question, what was it?
It was my first car, when I got my driving license at 18: an Alfa Romeo Giulia TI berlina. The body was of the 1300cc model, but the engine was a 1600cc version elaborated for the Guardia di Finanza, so it was almost on par with the 'Pantere' of the Polizia of the time (Giulia 1600s)!
The handling was fantastic and, for the time, it was powerful and very elastic.

It was very cheap too: zero Lire ! It was a gift from my uncle, Lucio, who owned it for 10 or so years before 'upgrading' to the Giulietta. Uncle Lucio is also the main 'responsible' for my passion for Alfas, being himself a super-Alfista.

I owned it for other 4-5 years, before sending it to the car-wrecker. A sacrilege I am still regretting, although the engine was near the end of its life after 15 years in my family !

I enclose some pics of a Giulia TI very close to mine. Main differences here is the color (mine was blue).

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1973 Datsun 240Z. Reminded me of a mini 275 GTB. What a fun car it was. The one in these pics isn't mine but it is otherwise identical in color and options. I miss it.
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1973 Datsun 240Z. Reminded me of a mini 275 GTB. What a fun car it was. The one in these pics isn't mine but it is otherwise identical in color and options. I miss it.
Mauro, I bet that Alfa was so much fun!

Barcheta, that's a beautiful color. I had a 1974 260z in blue. It was a terrible paint job but I had it for a different reason. Street Ferrari slayer.
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Simple question, what was it? Mine is a 1976 BMW 2002. Bought it dirt cheap in 2005 with some minor rust and cosmetic issues with the intention of painting it in my garage and driving the crap out of it. Started life green but ended up Little Mermaid blue rustoleum that I thinned out painted it the garage. Added some other odds and ends and I was still under $3000 for the whole thing.

Here is the transformation over about a year:
Looks like you were the first to spray a BMW Laguna Seca blue!

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OK, how about $100 from Budget Rent a car in Honolulu, plus some engine mods, Webers, roll cage, Penske CanAm tires etc for under $1,000 all in?



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Admiral Phillips,
I don't know if that car is still for sale, but it only seems right that you should be reunited with it. I believe that wagon wheel was the dealer. If you need garage space, I'd be more than happy to lend a spot, and leave my daily driver outside to bring it closer to you again.
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Looks like you were the first to spray a BMW Laguna Seca blue!
Nah, actually I think that color came out in 01 or so. I liked it so I got the closest thing at Home Depot which was called Underwater Wonders in the Little Mermaid section. Rustoleum exterior enamel for outdoor furniture, thinned and put some japan drier in it. Sat it in the sun for a day and it was a great $50 paint job.
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