My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

Disclaimer:

  • All cars are running as far as I’m aware of. Having read and Google Translated the descriptions I found no hint of it being otherwise
  • These entries refer to a max price of 5000€, which roughly equal 5400$, therefore 5000$ roughly equal 4600€.
  • In case you wonder what those mysterious foreign terms mean, “Usato” means used, “Anno” means year, “Benzina” means petrol, “Prossima revisione” means next inspection.
  • Sadly I couldn’t provide any links to the ads since I’ve had troubles embedding them.

breathes in
Here we go.

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

1994 Mitsubishi FTO - 2.900 € / 3.132 $

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

We start off with some goodies from Japan!
First off is an autDON’T SCROLL PAST
As I was saying, although it’s an automatic, this one is waaay too good to resist.
Although being in Italy, it it has RHD and an UK license plate.
Perfect conditions are claimed.
And it’s the closest-looking things to an Aston Martin 3k€ will ever get you.

1989 Nissan 200SX - 4.000 € / 4.320 $

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

We move on to this rather tastefully modified S13, and by tastefully modified I mean it looks like the owner lost a bet with a jerk and had him spend a grand on it to make it look as bad as he could.
But under the bonnet hides a surprise…

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

A 350-claimed HP engine!

This is what I’ve been able to understand of the German description thanks to Google Translate:

  • The turbo pressure can be increased (if you want your entire car to explode, I’ll assume)
  • It has a bigger intercooler (which we already knew of thanks to the hideous bumper)
  • It has a bigger turbo (again, nothing new)
  • It has a bigger fuel pump
  • It has a catback exhaust
  • It has very minimal rust
  • Apparently it’s not road legal yet because of old tires and “minimal welding work”. Also the brakes need replacement.

And the owner is desperate enough to get rid of this aesthetic atrocity to offer it for a mere 4k!
A perfect car if you have no respect for your reputation or you still think chromed taillights are cool.

1989 Mazda RX-7 - 4.999 € / 5.399 $

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

Oh, this FC RX-7 from Germany is an absolute beauty!
Just imagine the joy you’ll feel driving to the mechanic with the wind in your hair.
And to make sure your hair won’t have anything else in it, like water, or the windshield, the soft top and brake pads have been updated.

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

The engine bay looks quite clean too, and a functional air scoop is always a plus!

1996 Honda Civic - 5.000 € / 5.400 $

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

To any Civic haters, this EK does not play around.
With various visual and interior mods (including a short shifter and Recaro EVO VI’s), unsprung mass wasn’t forgotten either (mods include coilovers, semi slicks, brake pads and “grooved brake discs”) and the engine is the furthest thing from stock (the list of mods is so long and comprehensive it’d be boring to non-experts, so let’s just say he turbocharged it with all the right supporting mods, remapped the ECU, and now runs at 10 psi).

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

With 180k on an engine that will most definitely last many more, no rust “or anything similar” and lots of spares included (one of which is a spare turbocharger, for some reason), if there was ever a Civic that could be defined a steal, it’s this one.

Now, moving on to a very much different branch of JDM…

1995 Nissan "GTR"(?) - 4.500 € / 4.860 $

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

This is something Ian’s dad could have his fun with…
Though I’ve surely seen better ads.
With a scarce, caps-lock’d description, there’s not a lot of information I can play around with.
We do get to know the engine is in good condition and that the car is perfectly legal and has an homologated tow hook (which if you ask me isn’t perhaps the most important information in the world).
It apparently has power windows, too…

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

…and a ricey steering wheel.
Why?

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

1995 Volkswagen Golf Cabrio - 2.500 € / 2700 $

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

We step out of the land of Akihabara and overworking stress and back into the continent Britains called home (up until they made a little bit of a mess), and we’re greeted by a rather tastefully riced Golf.
This is no common Golf however, as according to the hyper-scarce description, under the bonnet lies the engine from an Audi S3.

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

If you’re going to believe the 325 HP claim, it’s a serious deal.
And even if you’re not, you’ve still got to admit this is a pretty clean car for the price.

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

And judging by the size of those speakers, it’s going to be a pretty great friends-scaring car…

“oh, does it unnerve you if I put some music on?”
“oh of course not go ahea-“
WAOOOOOOOOMMM
“ok I had an afterthought could you please not”

Yeah, it’s childish.
Then again, can you really say you wouldn’t do it?

1974 Lancia Beta - 3.000 € / 3.240 $

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

Yep, the bug of patriotism bit me once again.
This is a mechanically, electrically, interiorally, and chromebitsally perfect 1974 Lancia, and it’s for sale at 3k €.
And if you’re a true petrolhead, you won’t need to hear anything else.
Apparently tires need replacement, the bodywork, while mainly well preserved, has its bits of rust, and while the ad says 121kW, the description declares 121HP.
But do you really care?

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

To be honest, I’d buy this car for the interior alone.
The steering wheel is out of this world, and the seats look like they’ve been mounted upside down.
I love it!

1986 Porsche 924 - 3.900 € / 4.212 $

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

You’re a Porsche fan
and/or you have kids
and/or like cars you don’t see often on the road
and/or like to have your engine where it makes sense for it to be
and/or you value low mileage
and/or you’re dead broke?
This Porsche 924 is what you’re looking for.

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

This is a rather clean example of 924S, yes the one with the 944 engine.
But what really makes it special is the mileage:
A seller claim of a mere 28k km, or 17.4k miles if you’re not fond of using the right measurements.
A rather interesting ad if you’re a Porsche fan and/or you have kids and/or like cars you don’t see…

BONUS: 1901 (?) Lamborghini Countach Sure Jan Edition - 4.500€ / 4.843 $

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

I could not leave this out.
This undoubtedly legit Lamborghini Countach mounts possibly the nicest side mirrors I’ve seen in a long time and has been painted in a tasteful iridescent purple.

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

Since the Countach wasn’t the lightest of cars, the weight was reduced by removing engine and steering.
And just to prevent an embarrassing DiCaprio-like exit out of those challenging scissors doors, they settled things once and for all, so now doors don’t open at all.
The ad says it’ll get lots of attention, and I have no doubt it will.
That is if you manage to get it out your garage.

We’ve gotten to my last entry, finally you’ll say (and I do agree, making these is tiring AF)…

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

1966 Plymouth Valiant - 3.000€ / 3.233 $

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

When looking for American cars, you wouldn’t expect to find great deals in Europe.
I, however, am glad to announce an exception.
This 1966 Ply… P-Plymouth? excuse me
reads off elbow
P-Plymouth Va…liant?
I’ll admit it, my knowledge of 1960s American cars can be roughly summed up in “Well they do exist I believe”.
But a 60’s American car with less than 100k km / 60k miles and a working engine (or at least nothing in the ad suggests otherwise) will always be a steal. At least in Europe.

My #5kChallenge is oughta smash you all to bits - Used Cars

The car was imported in Europe for Chrysler in the 1960s.
The seller claims the bodywork needs restoring, though it’s hard to spot where (or why), and I’m quite sure it’d be minimal work.
Perhaps getting parts for this may get just a tad expensive, but admit it, you’d give an arm and a leg to see this on your driveway, wouldn’t ya?

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