A German, a British ex-pat, and a Colombian all walk into a bar. It's not the setup for the world's most obtuse joke, just a description of the 3 cars in today's Friday Garage Builder. Today we have a high mileage 944S2 for low money, a sweet Land Rover Santana, and to mix things up a bit, a guy in Columbia handmaking aluminum shells inspired by Porsche 550s.
First up is a High mileage 1989 Porsche 944S2 on eBay with a price of $5,500. 224k miles is high, but also approaching "must have been well maintained" territory. A new clutch, timing belt, water pump, and Koni coilovers are all plusses. Combine that with the 3.0L 16v S2 engine, and there's a lot to like here. Silver always looks good, if somewhat uninspired, but we really like the dark blue interior that's rarely seen. We'd lose the mismatched dash cover, and either deal with what's under there or figure out a way to repaint it.
We'd need to see this one in person as the price strikes us as unambitiously low, but if the high mileage isn't a deterrent this could be a great addition to anyone's garage. Find it here on eBay in Saint Augustine, FL.
Next up, we have a 1987 Land Rover Santana 109 that is in Falls Church, VA care of the boys at Valencia Classic Vehicle Consulting. We have to admit that we were originally drawn to a pricier 109 they had, but this one is a bit rougher and priced more in line with our ambitions. It could make a great foray into the world of vintage "Rovers." LHD, diesel, with 4 doors makes this thing nearly-practical in a completely impractical way. We don't mind a quick respray on a vehicle like this so long as it's cosmetic and not hiding anything. Limestone paint is a good choice even if we superficially want the white roof too.
Underneath things have surface rust, but it looks to be superficial and we're used to seeing much more. The seller notes that "Jaen is a really dry region of Spain, and we've had a lot of luck finding straight vehicles from this area."
This would be a perfect driver, and the turbo on the little diesel should help to keep you out of the way around town. The interior is original but very presentable, and the single speaker mounted over the driver's head gives you a little taste of Spanish aftermarket engineering. A minor detail, but having not only a tow hitch, but power to it (as this one does, assuming that it works) is a huge bonus in terms of practicality and towing. Find this Spanish Rover in Falls Church, VA with a price of $15,500.
Finally, we've got a guy in Columbia hand building aluminum bodies inspired by his love of the Porsche Spyder. We're not much for kit cars, but we don't think that this comes even close to qualifying as one. This is a guy who looked at how the original Porsche skins were built with aluminum over wooden forms and thought "hey, I could do that."
$15,500 gets you a chassis, body, floor, interior panels, seats, and a fuel tank. It's up to you to bring everything else to this equation and we think you could build a pretty nice little VW-powered roadster that has much more panache than any of the kits out there. What's really different is that the builder, Juan Badel, is working on a coupe version which we are very interested in seeing.
Get your order in now and maybe plan a trip to Villa De Leyva, Colombia to see Juan in action.
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