Editor's Note: When Velocity's own Sam Wackerle isn't here at work, you can catch him chasing another record, building another project or crawling through the junkyard. Certifiably a car nut, Sam wanted to share his unique vehicular view with a weekly list, The Velocity Stack.
VW Vanagon Syncro
Introduced in the 1986 model year for the US, the Vanagon Syncro took a few decades to truly start picking up in demand. With the recent popularity of off the grid living and self-sufficiency, prices of Vanagons with the Syncro 4 wheel drive system have begun to rise dramatically. With the prices of all generations of VW Vans going up and up, these will continue to follow that trend.
Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
In 1983, the Thunderbird Turbo Coupe was the top of the line option for the Thunderbird, placed above the venerable 5.0 V8. The most desirable Turbo Coupe to have is the 1988 model with the 5-speed. Turbo Coupes with the new for 1987, overdrive automatic trans had horsepower reduced in hopes of transmission longevity. The 1988 model was also the first year that allowed the full 15psi of boost in all 5 manual gears.
37,401 may sound like a lot of “coupe utility” vehicles on the road, but that was the total sold over the entire 3 years it was made. The Rampage was a front wheel drive, half-ton, sub compact. It was rated with a load capacity of 1,045 pounds and 29mpg on the highway. With urban living becoming increasingly popular, small multipurpose vehicles like this will only gain in popularity.
1987 BMW L6
The BMW L6 is an obscure piece of BMW history with sources indicating only 1200 to 1300 were ever sold in the States. The BMW L6 looks the same on the outside as the 635CSI in the picture, but it’s what’s inside that counts. Some say the “L” stands for leather, which it had on almost every possible surface. If you can find a L6 with it’s leather not warped from the sun and sheet metal not rusted out from salt, you’ve got a rare and soon to be valuable gem.
Alfa Romeo Milano Verde
Rear wheel drive, limited slip differential, 3.0l V6, manual transmission and Italian. Yes the electronics are going to fail and the mere mention of rust while standing next to the car will cause oxidation, but have you ever heard a properly tuned exhaust fitted to an Alfa Romeo V6? Do your ears a favor and look it up, you’ll soon understand why these are destined to be collectable.
Toyota MR2 MK1 Supercharged
Only 10 percent of 1988 and 1989 MR2 MK1s are estimated to be supercharged. The 1989 model year is slightly more desirable with the addition of a rear anti roll bar, added to handle the increase in power from the boost. It’s loads of fun and epitomizes 1980s JDM styling; this poor man’s sports car is on the verge of being an introductory collector’s solid investment.
1983-1984 VW Rabbit GTI
There were 30,000 Rabbit GTIs sold in the United States but with their reputation for being a track beast as well as cheap transportation, their numbers were quickly depleted. The GTI isn’t as fast as modern cars, but it’s a ton more fun when you take it down twisty back roads. The hot hatch still invokes teenage angst when you get behind the wheel and was certainly deserving of its nomination for Car Of The Century.