Market Finds: Scare Yourself With These Five Finds

Scare Yourself With These Five Finds

By Petrolicious Productions
October 29, 2014

Modern cars with airbags, traction control, anti-lock brakes, sensible weight distribution, seatbelts and crumple zones can still be dangerous. Remove one or all of those components, add power to the equation, and you get a car that could kill you at any moment. These machines were built with a purpose and the engineers refused to compromise. If you have to “drive tastefully” just to stay on the road, you have a scary car. Here are five available now to skilled and/or conservative drivers. And if you’re not bidding, let us know what’s the scariest car you’ve ever driven?

The car: 1988 Porsche 930 Turbo

Price: $63,500 (Current Bid)

Location: Whitehall, Pennsylvania, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

During transitions, the 911 is unstable in the hands of a novice. The 930 Turbo is unstable in the hands of nearly everyone. This is the car that owners don’t lend to friends without a deposit and never drive in the rain. This Cabriolet was built in the last year of the 930. The all-original Porsche has new tires and the window sticker. The car is being sold by a “long term Porsche collector.”

The car: 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS

Price: $41,500

Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

One of the great automotive conundrums is whether the El Camino is a car, truck or both. Regardless, people love it or hate it. The second generation Chevrolet El Camino gave us plenty of reasons to love it with the SS package. The lightweight rear coupled with a big-block makes the Chevrolet a prime candidate for our list of scary cars. This matching numbers SS has 41,572 original miles. It was professionally restored and has zero rust. Additionally, this El Camino is powered by the original L34 V8.

The car: 1974 TVR 2500M GT Coupe

Price: $29,500

Location: Calgary, Alberta , Canada

Seller’s Info: Click here

The essence of a scary driving experience would involve high speeds in a vintage British fiberglass car. The sports car manufacturer TVR is known for powerful, hand-built low-production cars. With racecar standards and a small R&D department, TVR has produced cars worthy of this list including the 2500M. The 2500M GT Coupe borrows the 2.5L straight-six engine from the Triumph TR6 as well as other drive train components. This GT Coupe is available with 57,000 miles, a recent paint job and new carburetors.

The car: 1963 Chevrolet Corvair

Price: $2,550 (Current Bid)

Location: Akron, New York, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

The Corvair was America’s answer to the Volkswagen Beetle. It was compact, efficient and was available in a coupe, convertible, sedan and even as a van. The Corvair will forever be known as the car in Ralph Nader’s book, Unsafe at Any Speed. The publication claimed that the Corvair possessed a greater potential for loss of control than any other car. This notion was later disproved but stories of the car’s poor handling still circulate. This white on red Corvair convertible has a four speed transmission and only 66,000 miles.

The car: 1995 Dodge Viper RT-10

Price: $32,500

Location: Arizona, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

Little explanation is needed for the Dodge Viper in this category. The first generation Viper was a barbarous engine with a car built around it as an afterthought. The car was equipped with an 8 liter 400 hp V10 and a six speed manual transmission. It was not equipped with a roof, side windows, exterior door handles, traction control and ABS. This Viper is for sale with 12,800 miles. It has been tastefully modified with an aftermarket exhaust and short-throw shifter.

If you know of a great, stylish car for sale and would like us to feature it, please let us know!

Petrolicious makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information contained in the car’s original listing, nor will it be held responsible for any errors in said information. If you’re interested in any of these cars, do your homework and research extensively before you buy.

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Andrew Gray
Andrew Gray(@prideaux)
7 years ago

Mr Martin obviously has never owned or even driven TVRs and believes in what a few say rather than what is the actual truth.
The Early TVRs from the Granturas through to the later M series cars like this one are not only great cars but very unique and built in small numbers and although when new electrical issues where a problem those cars that have survived have nearly all been modified on the electrical front and I expect this example to be no different and once sorted are bullet proof and no less reliable than any 35 to 50 year old car.
The M series cars handle beautifully and bring Miles of Smiles and despite the rash comments from those that think they know the cars are a pleasure to own.
Having competed in a 3000 mile competition Rally through Europe in one last year finishing third I can have enough experience to say Rubbish to the above comment.
when you take into account how many early TVRs where built there are more than 50\% of the cars still in existence not sure you can say that about Porsche MG Triumph or any American Classic.
There are owners out there using M series cars as everyday cars and have over 200 000 miles travelled so don’t listen to the Myths unless you believe in Unicorns and the tooth Fairy

Mr Tiger
Mr Tiger
7 years ago

TVRs ‘old Brit iron ?’ ???????

Larry Brantingham
Larry Brantingham(@sns)
7 years ago

The Corvair blurb even says that Nader’s allegations were later disproven, so why is it still in the list? I commuted to college through the Ozarks for several years in my ’64, had a lot of fun, and was never once killed.

7 years ago

It’s too bad that instead of learning to drive powerful cars like the 930 and Viper. We instead write them off as dangerous and bang the drum for the new versions that rely on nanny technology to overcome engineering shortcomings. There are plenty of accomplished drivers that can handle both of the above cars with skill and precision. The 930 variants dominated sports car racing for decades.

7 years ago
Reply to  Dyno

Couldn’t agree more.

TJ Martin
TJ Martin
7 years ago

OK .. so here’s my opinion on the above ;

Porsche 930 – If it were a coupe I’d highly recommend it . As a convertible … not so much as you’re paying a premium for a feature that detracts severely from the performance/handling on all 80’s 911’s .

El Camino SS – Too much money way too soon in the game [ if ever ] El Camino’s aren’t keeping up with their Chevelle siblings and need to be bought on the cheap or not purchased at all . e.g. Just say no !

TVR 2500M – Familiar with the ole classic phrase ‘ Lucas Prince of Darkness ‘ Electronics .. not to mention absolutely abysmal reliability and build quality when it comes to old Brit iron ? Take everything you’ve ever heard … multiply it times at least a thousand … and you may come close to how bad the reality of owning a TVR really is . Suffice it to say . Entertaining as all H-E double hockey sticks when they work . Problem being they hardly ever do … work that is

Corvair – On each and every level imaginable … Just Say No . That is unless its self punishment and atonement for all your automotive sins you’re desiring . Suffice it to say … other than the Corvair Monza’s … they aint a one of em even worth considering … never mind actually owning

Viper – Well now … IF all the papers are in order .. and IF all the maintenance records are intact [ since day one] … and IF it has not been molested/modified .. for $32k you’d be hard pressed to find a better bargain offering equal driving entertainment value . Though .. errr .. you will have to deal with the stigma of Viper ownership . That being everyone assuming you’re a vulgar low life thats earned your money thru … err .. questionable or at the very least unsavory means . Not to mention Viper RT10’s do resemble an Earth Shoe on wheels and are absolute unholy terrors to drive at speed .. wink wink ..

7 years ago
Reply to  TJ Martin

You sound like you’ve never owned a TVR, nor met anyone who does. Suffice to say, I rather enjoy owning mune