Welcome back to Mercedes’ Marketplace Madness! As you know, I love picking up dirt-cheap cars and motorcycles and then telling you lovely readers about the dumb things that I do with them. Since I’m shopping all of the time, I always have an evolving list of vehicles for sale. Here’s what I’ve been obsessed with lately.
This week features another homologation special, two affordable motorcycles, and imported variations of cars never sold in America.
Here’s what I’m looking at this week!
1976 Dodge B200 Tradesman “Boogie Van” – $10,995
Here’s a type of van that I’ve never featured before. This Dodge B200 Tradesman was already a good van, but you have to check out the interior. It doesn’t have shag carpeting, but it does have, well, I’ll let this interior photo do all of the talking:
As the folks of Allpar write, the B platform Dodge B-vans were a leap forward from their A-van predecessor. These vans were made to have less wind resistance for better fuel economy and less wind noise. Their interiors were also made to be upscale and the suspension took on a front coil spring design. Dodge’s B-vans launched in 1970 for the 1971 model year and remained in production until 1978.
The seller of this 1976 B200 says that they bought the van and sent it off to a builder. Apparently, the electric fuel pump went out and the seller doesn’t have a garage, so they’re selling the build after just 40 miles of driving it. Power comes from what is believed to be a 318 cubic inch V8 which should be making 155 HP. It’s $10,995 from the seller in San Clemente, California.
Hat tip to Sally C!
1962 Pontiac Catalina – $32,000
As Hagerty writes, this Catalina comes right after automakers began dialing back the excesses of the 1950s while cranking up the horsepower. In 1950, the Catalina name was first applied as a top trim level for the Pontiac Chieftain Series 25/27. Later, the name appeared on the Star Chief in 1954. This stuck around until 1959, when Pontiac dropped its Chieftain and Super Chief lower-end models, replacing them with the Catalina as a standalone vehicle. These first Catalinas were pretty basic. Rubber mats were standard, though you could option the car with full carpeting. Other features included push-button locks, a glovebox “snack bar” (indents in the glovebox door), freewheeling rear door handles, a cigar lighter, and lighting for the trunk and glovebox.
The first Catalinas sported the fins that were popular in the 1950s, but by 1961, the styling had changed with the times. In 1962, the Catalina got full-length trim, a new grille, and a hardtop that looked like a convertible top. Pontiac sold 46,000 two-door hardtop Catalinas in 1962. Power in this one comes from a 389 cubic inch V8 making 318 HP and feeding from three two-barrel carburetors, an option known Tri-Power. That engine is backed by an automatic transmission.
This Catalina appears to be in good shape with a color-matched interior. It’s $32,000 from the seller in Branford, Connecticut with 88,000 miles.
2002 Saab 9-3 Viggen – $6,500
This early 2000s convertible is a glorious successor to the famed Saab 900 Turbo. As Saab Planet writes, the idea for the Viggen sprouted out in 1994 with SAAB’s Special Vehicle Operation team and Tom Walkinshaw Racing Group of England. Together, the groups would create the 1995 Saab 900 Concept Coupe. SVO was headed by Peter Leonard, who reportedly indicated that a production version could come as soon as 1997 and have as much as 250 HP.
The production car instead came out in 1999 and was based on the then-new Saab 9-3. This performance car was given the name Viggen, which roughly translates to “thunderbolt.” Saab loved using its history with jets as a marketing tool for its cars and this was no exception. The car was a nod to the Saab 37 Viggen fighter jet. Sold from 1999 to 2002, Saab sold just 4,600 9-3 Viggens. Motivation comes from a 2.3-liter B235R four making 230 HP and 252 lb-ft torque. That delivers power to the front wheels from a five-speed manual. Acceleration to 60 mph is about 6.5 seconds.
You could get Viggens in every 9-3 body style, which included a three-door hatch, a five-door hatch, and a convertible. This one is a convertible, which allows you to hear that engine sing without an annoying roof in your way. It is $6,500 by a dealership in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with 109,000 miles.
2008 Ducati SportClassic GT1000 – $8,500
In 2006, Ducati launched the SportClassic. Taking inspiration from Ducatis of the 1970s, these motorcycles were the marque’s interpretation of the retro-modern style that remains popular in motorcycling today. Underneath the vintage bodywork sits a fairly modern machine with twin 320mm front discs, inverted 43mm forks, and a trellis frame. Power comes from a Desmodue 992cc V-twin making 92 HP and 67 lb-ft torque. All decent specs for a touring motorcycle.
Ultimate Motorcycling notes that while this Duc can be ridden fast, it’s really at home going the distance in style. You can get accessories for touring like cases and a windshield, too. These motorcycles were short-lived and were discontinued in 2010. Ducati hasn’t released production numbers, but it’s assumed that these are somewhat rare. For a slice of trivia, a SportClassic variation made an appearance in Tron: Legacy!
This SportClassic GT1000 has beautiful cream and black two-tone paint and it comes with the aforementioned touring accessories plus a rear rack and a bag for the rack. It’s $8,500 from the seller in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania with 14,500 miles.
1975 Volkswagen Type 2 Single-Cab Pickup – $37,500
Here’s a wonderful little Volkswagen single-cab pickup that the seller claims has just 600 miles on its odometer. I am not as well-versed in classic Volkswagen so I’ll have Jason chime in.
Volkswagen of America has this blurb to say about the sales of Type 2-based pickups in this country:
Volkswagen’s first Pickups in the United States were versions of the Bus sold in single- and double-cab models in the 1950s and 1960s. Thanks to the rear-engine Bus chassis, these trucks had fantastic features including fold-down beds and a sizable storage compartment between the engine and cab. Sold mostly as commercial vehicles and never quite as popular as the Bus, these pickups fell victim to tariff rules in 1971 and are now collectors’ items.
It’s unclear how much of this Type 2 is original and what has been replaced or repainted. That said, I adore the two-tone white and blue paint and the houndstooth interior. Over a million of these were made, though it’s said that these single-cab trucks aren’t as common as other variations. Power comes from a 1500cc four making 42 HP coupled to a manual transmission. It’s $37,500 from the seller in Miami, Florida.
1996 BMW 325tds Touring – $20,000
Here’s a variation of the BMW E36 3-Series that we did not get in the United States. This 1996 BMW 325tds Touring is both a wagon and a diesel!
The E36 marked the third generation of BMW’s compact luxury car and the marque has this to say about it:
The third generation of the BMW 3 Series represented one of the most significant design advances in its history to date. The formal language was much more coupé-oriented, with a strongly sloping A-line and C-line. The angle of the roof now had a clear downward incline. And the third-generation vehicles were also notable for the twin headlamps installed beneath a shared glass cover.
Launched in 1990, the third-generation of the BMW 3 Series comprised the widest range of body styles to date, including the Sedan, Coupé, Convertible, Touring, Compact, and M3 – the latter as a Sedan, Coupé, or Convertible.
BMW also notes that the E36 saw the birth of the 3 Series Compact, an affordable three-door hatchback. As I said before, the E36 was not sold in America as a wagon or as a diesel. If you want one of those, you’d have to import one or buy this one. The seller says that this wagon came from Poland. It also has an aftermarket Airlift Performance air suspension. Power comes from a 2.5-liter diesel straight six making 143 HP and 192 lb-ft torque. That engine drives the rear wheels through a manual transmission.
I love the car; but not so much the price. If you wait long enough, you can find one for much cheaper in Europe. For example, here’s one on German marketplace Mobile.de for $5,431. Sadly, it’s a year too young to come to America. If you have the cash and don’t want to deal with importation, this 325tds Touring is already in America for $20,000 by the seller in Galloway, Ohio with 180,000 miles.
1995 Ford Escort RS Cosworth – $45,508
What you’re looking at here is, in a way, the Ford Focus RS’ grandfather. I love finding homologation specials and the Escort RS Cosworth is a legendary one. As the UK’s Evo magazine writes, the Escort RS Cosworth involved another famous Ford special, the Sierra RS500. See, the Escort rode on a front-wheel-drive platform, which the magazine writes wasn’t an ideal start for a vehicle supposed to conquer Group A rally stages. To rectify this, Ford’s Special Vehicle Engineering team took the powertrain and platform of the Sierra and wrapped it in a body that closely resembled the fifth-generation Escort.
Found up front of the Escort RS Cosworth is a longitudinally-mounted 2.0-liter turbo four paired to a Ferguson MT75 five-speed manual and punching power out to all four wheels with a 33/67 power split. The first 2,500 cars were homologation specials to satisfy FIA Group A rules and were equipped with Garrett T3/T04B turbos. These first cars were known for their lag before the huge turbo finally kicked in.
Power output was 224 HP and 224 lb-ft torque and the cars came with an aggressive body kit, which included a whale tail-style wing. Later Escort RS Cosworths like this one have a smaller Garrett T25 turbo. This added some refinement but came with a 10 HP penalty. Just 7,145 of these were produced between 1992 and 1996, making them a rare breed. In terms of performance, these hit 60 mph in 6 seconds and can race on to a top speed of 143 mph. None of those numbers are that impressive today, but remember, this car comes from 1992!
This 1995 Ford Escort RS Cosworth has a low 55,302 miles and appears to be in good shape. The seller says that it’s had two owners in the last 12 years and the car has spent a lot of time sitting. It’s €41,900 ($45,508) on the selling platform Auto Scout24 by the seller in Madrid, Spain.
1997 Nissan Elgrand – $11,800
The infamous “25 year rule” forces enthusiasts of foreign vehicles to work 25 years into the past or wait however long it takes for their favorite vehicle to become legal. The newest vehicle that you can import into the United States right now would have a 1998 model year and a build month around March. We’re now seeing JDM vans of more modern designs appearing in America like this 1997 Nissan Elgrand.
The Nissan Elgrand made its debut in May 1997. Nissan positioned the Elgrand as a luxury van and targeted competitors like the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Alphard. These early Elgrands boasted a seating capacity of seven or eight and one headlining feature was a satellite navigation system. The seller of this 1997 Elgrand says that it has part-time four-wheel-drive with sport and snow options as well as a remote-controlled HVAC system. Other features include seats that fold into beds.
Power comes from a 3.2-liter diesel four making 148 HP and 250 lb-ft torque. This van comes with curtains and the seller is tossing in a roof tent, too. It’s $11,800 from the seller in Everett, Washington with 100,000 miles.
2014 Triumph Bonneville T100 – $5,800
As many readers are certainly aware of by now, I love a motorcycle with classic style. The Triumph Bonneville is a motorcycle that does so much right while looking decades older than it actually is. I’ll let Triumph explain:
Arguably the most famous name in motorcycling, Edward Turner’s design swansong for Triumph in 1958 turned out to be his masterpiece. It was the Bonneville T120. Featuring incredible performance and perfect proportions, it’s regarded by many as the definitive British classic.
Named after Triumph’s 214mph landspeed record in 1956 it inspired a whole new generation of teenage cafe racers and built a legendary reputation backed up with action. It took John Hartle to victory at the Isle of Man TT and broke records in 1969 when Malcolm Uphill pushed his Bonnie over the 100mph average lap time.
The British classic T100 was launched in 2002, bringing the iconic Bonneville name back to Triumph with a stylish, easy handling modern custom regarded as being a fantastic all-rounder. With a passionate following of proud owners the T100 played a key part in the birth of the modern custom scene.
The first Bonneville to feature fuel injection and liquid cooling, the T100 brought the classic carb-powered Bonnie into the modern era. Transformed again in 2017, with a host of state of the art technology features and all new chassis built for confidence inspiring handling, the 900cc Bonneville T100 and T100 Black are the most accessible and advanced Bonnevilles ever made.
A 2014 Bonneville like this one has fuel injection and its 865cc parallel twin makes 68 HP and 50.2 lb-ft torque. This won’t win any speed records, but it should provide the classic motorcycling fun that so many look for with added modern reliability. If this motorcycle will sit for some time, I’d recommend a tender or a lithium battery. The ECUs in Triumph twins will lock out the starter if it thinks battery voltage isn’t high enough. Keep that in mind and I think you’ll have a great time.
This Bonneville is $5,800 from the seller in Sherman Oaks, California with just 7,000 miles.
That’s it for this week, thank you for reading!
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That van is pretty dope.
I’ve been watching that Viggen on FB Marketplace for months now cuz I’m only one state over, and the price keeps dropping and dropping without a sale. I’m curious if there’s something wrong with it, or if there’s just nobody in the area that wants it (hard to believe; they so rarely come up for sale). If I hadn’t just bought a new car I’d probably be on my way over to check it out myself.
I have developed a very strong anti-diesel stance. I think it is the constant exposure to lifted, coffee can exhaust, diesel trucks in my medium sized city that assault me visually, audibly, and olfactorily. I wish their preferred vehicle didn’t take up so much damn public space! (Still referring to size, sound and smell, although they also mess up parking areas plenty.)
That ace of spades “Boogie Van” is pretty cool but the seller leaves too many questions unanswered.
You can’t tell me what engine the vehicle you are trying to sell for over $10,000 has?
“I just know it has 8 plug wires.” So did my 4 cylinder Ranger.
Why are the daggers hanging point up?
Why is it a Motörhead shrine?
Why would you waste money building a carpeted bed for a beach van?
Why would you give up on such a particular project just because the fuel pump went out?
I love the van. I just don’t understand it. Strip all that crap out (and price it without those poorly spent “additions”) and put in a few hammock hooks, a cooler and a grill and you’ve got something special.
Lemmy himself (RIP) would probably hate partying in that build.
How the hell are you supposed to snort spilled powdered drugs out of that sand filled carpeting?
Too many questions.
If Lemmy were still around, he would tell you that kustom vans of the 70s used all four suits of the deck as design cues before anyone ever heard of Motorhead. “Fishbowl” side windows were available in a variety of shapes, and hearts, clubs, diamonds, and yes, spades were very popular.
Mandela effect, bro.
But that van has rectangular side windows.
I didn’t say anything about the windows.
That’s not even a real thing. It’s just an excuse for people with bad memories who don’t pay attention.
You win some you lose some.
Lemmy shot this for a Finnish dairy company a mile from where I live couple weeks before he died. One of a kind.
Valion kunnianosoitus Lemmy Kilmisterille | Tribute video for Lemmy Kilmister by Valio – YouTube
To quote someone from the old lighting site
“I don’t want to be the guy to drop the roach clip in that rolling fire hazard”
That 2.5TDS in the 325 wasn’t such a great engine, they were notorious for overheating, popping headgaskets, cracked heads. And power wasn’t there yet, either.
The common-rail M57 that came out a bit later was more reliable and had better performance.
I’m no Type II expert, but that pickup doesn’t look like a ’75 to me, unless it’s one of those werid Brazilian things.
I’m with you there. The split windows ended in 1967 from Germany. The orange lights within the light housings are not what I have seen before. There is a small wing joining the body to the bed back there too. Something is off about it. Safari windows are a popular addition which results in the need for the antenna in that location. Lacking the very useful side and tailgates as well.
Thanks for confirming that the stupid wood replaced something special, I was thinking these usually had neato bed sides
There’s definitely some fuckery afoot! I’ve never seen a Type 2 pickup with the fuel neck sticking out like that, and certainly not in that location – in the trucks, it’s typically found behind a fuel door ahead of the rear wheel, not directly over the axle as on this. That was a location used on the vans in many years, which makes me wonder if this had extensive accident repair or is actually a Frankenbus, regardless of the seller’s claim of “all original”.
Precisely my thinking. What we seem to have is a frankentwinky, granted, one that someone has put a lot of work into but I’ll wager they’re trying to pass it off as original to bump up the price.
That’s definitely from Brazil. The person who listed it appears to be from there as well (and posts in Portuguese). In fact, looking at the pics, that truck might still actually be in Brazil. I’m guessing the 600 miles were added after whatever level of restoration it’s had and it’s just waiting for a buyer to be shipped up here. Here’s a link to a confirmed Brazilian version: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=2290943
It appears to be in Miami currently, and in some of these photos it’s wearing a (magnetic?) sign for a charter yacht business:
Judging from that account, there appears to be a Miami classic VW/car community with a heavy Portuguese-speaking contingent!
I think it’s obvious what needs to happen next – Jason drives to Miami, listening to Portuguese-language lessons for the duration, and visits some shows. He has to conduct all of his interactions in his new tongue! (If Otto can be convinced to accompany Jason, the results will be even more entertaining & rewarding for everyone.)
Edit to add, now that we can!:
These two current ads support the idea that the one Mercedes found may has had some funky repairs:
Look at those right side views.
My best friend has a Viggen that he let me drive last summer. I took my 85 year old dad out for a nighttime ride in the area where I grew up and as I was making my way from southeastern PA into Delaware I decided to put the top down and take back roads – happy decision. It’s a lovely ride.
That Ducati is delicious.
The scene from Tron Legacy might be the best part of the entire movie. The sound and music are so well done, makes me wistful for long ago night rides through Chicago.
Came here for the Escort Cossie and, money permitting, would keep it at the head of my list.
But I have to admit the three-carb Poncho racks me, too. A plain red wrapper works for me. I’ve seen exactly one IRL in this spec., and dug it. Had a four-speed, though, which would be even cooler for my taste.
You’re gettin’ warm with the bikes, Mercedes. Even though I no longer ride, I still jones for a Triumph Bonnie. But the OG models, which I prefer, are getting pricey.
Not that I could buy it, but the fact that the Escort was half a world away from me made me cry a little inside. THAT is a car!
That Tri Power Cat gives me feelings in places.
The Saab was awfully appealing… Then I saw the Bonnie, and I’m in lust…
Damn, Merce. I’m not a bike rider, but the ones you keep highlighting may one day change my mind. Like you, I love the retro ones. Until then, I can make due with the Viggen and the Shaggin’ Wagon Dodge while whishing I could afford the Cossie.
“a glovebox “snack bar” (indents in the glovebox door), freewheeling rear door handles”
You’re just testing if we’re paying attention, aren’t you
I had to scroll back up & make sure I hadn’t imagined a 2 door!
Spent money customizing the interior of the van, just to abandon the project when the fuel pump dies? Am I missing something there? Is this fuel pump like the mother of all repair projects? Seems odd.
Love the Pontiac. The Saab is extremely tempting. Wish it was blue, but finding one that isn’t trashed or a garage queen is getting harder to do.
Wouldn’t be surprised if this won’t pass smog and the seller doesn’t want to deal with it.
Yeah, I would assume something like smog or they’re pretty sure there are other needed repairs that you won’t notice immediately. But smog makes sense.
The smog thing makes sense, but I’m curious how these rules apply to a vehicle of that age. How much emissions equipment would a van have had in 1976? My understanding is that light trucks (including vans) didn’t need to have catalytic converters or other emissions equipment until the early 80s?
Anything 1976+ in California has to pass the sniffer test and a visual inspection of smog components. You’re correct that there weren’t many emissions components on trucks of this era but I don’t know what this would have.
Maybe they realized they built something that isn’t very usable, sucks gas, and drives terrible.
Well, it’s a van, so…
The fuel pump thing puzzled me, too. That said, I have purchased cars and motorcycles that were given up by their owners over tiny issues, so perhaps the seller is one of those people.
That, or maybe the real reason is that it doesn’t pass smog…
Found out it’s silly to drive that thing if they still aren’t getting laid.
Selling it for beer money would be my guess.
Buys customized van.
Fuel pump goes out.
“ You win some, lose some
It’s all the same to me.”
Everytime I read about Allpar being mentioned in an article, I get a big smile on my face.
Even if some of the people on Allpar really know how to piss off people.
That Dodge Van calls me to a long distance vehicle. Bad idea, sure, that has not stopped me before.
That Saab is the bomb. Yet another thing that GM made better just before dropping an axe on it.
There’s a Chevy Express van that’s been converted to a regular cab truck on the local FB marketplace.
It’s roughly 1/10 the price of the VW after several markdowns. Which still makes the VW look like a smart buy, relatively.
Can you post us a link? I’d love to see that monstrosity.
I can try. Amusingly, a second result has popped up for it that shows the bed in its wood clad glory.
I can almost smell the bed rotting in those photos. Thanks for sharing!
That rear spolier on the Cosworth reminds me of The Orville.
Boy how I lust for that Cosworth Escort. Worth every penny even today. Wolf in sheeps clothing.
That would be the one to have. (although the Saab Convertible isn’t bad)
The fact that the van isn’t being sold on a Facebook group called Only Vans is wildly disappointing
Also, I just saw the dual, large double edged daggers