- Might look like a normal Jag XJR. Wait until you see what's inside.


5 models from Doug DeMuro's car auction website that's up for grabs now

So, here's the thing. Despite how the world is right now, some of you might have saved up for your first car (or second, who knows). Of course, being a car enthusiast, any money you spend on your car must be on something that is special to the heart. But then, you scroll through pages and pages of used car listings, and you are presented with boring point-A-to-point-B cars. Pheck.

You see, that's where Doug DeMuro's Cars & Bids website comes to live, because Cars & Bids is a place for fellow car enthusiasts to auction their interesting -and in Doug's word, quirky- modern selections of automobile. And this week, we will look at 5 cars currently on sale at Cars & Bids.

1. 1995 Jaguar XJR

Now, to the untrained eye, this looks like a normal used 1995 Jaguar XJR. The kind of sedan that my "mega-rich in the 90s" neighbour would drive. However, upon further inspection of the interior, there are strange things inside this car. A stick? 3 pedals?

Yes, this particular XJR comes with a manual. In a saloon Jag, it makes things pretty damn special. The gearbox was originally a 4-speed automatic slushbox, but then it was replaced by the 5-speed cog-swapping manual gearbox, lifted from the Aston Martin DB7. Talking about special gearbox swap.

Apart from that, other modifications include an aftermarket air intake and a custom cat-back exhaust with dual tips. Powering this luxury beasts is a supercharged 4.0-liter straight-6, which delivers 322 horsepower and 378 lb-ft of torque.

Priced at $65,000 when it was new (about $111,000 in 2020), you can now grab this car for less than $7000 (so far bidding stops at $6200). But you need to hurry up, since the bidding is almost closed!

To find out more about this car, check out this link : carsandbids.com/auctions/KPvzxRlq/1995-jaguar-xjr

2. 1995 BMW 325i Coupe

Staying with the 1995 theme, we're going to go to this BMW 325i coupe. Looking at the picture above, you might think, "That's odd, the steering wheel's on the right side?". And you'd be right, and no, this is in America, specifically in Portland, OR.

You see, this E36 325i was imported from Japan in early 2020. Since Japan is a right hand drive country, it makes sense to have a right hand drive car, but this one feels more special because, well, it's a 3-series. They sold it in USA too, with a proper left hand drive, you know.

To which I said, where's the fun in that?

The knowledge of having a German car (LHD majority) with RHD-spec in a LHD country is just, well, oddly satisfying. It creates confusion, yes, but at the same time, curiosity. That's what this car is all about.

Power for this 325i comes from a 2.5-liter straight-6, which produces 189 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. It spins the rear wheels via a 4-speed automatic transmission. Its odometer shows about 51,300 kilometers, which represents approximately 31,900 miles, and it can be yours for a minimum of $7000 (the day this article is written, with 5 days left on the bidding).

To find out more about this car, check out this link : carsandbids.com/auctions/3yXq7ZR9/1995-bmw-325i-coupe

3. 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser 100 Series

Let's move on to a more modern and Japanese-y side of cars.

As most car people know, the word "Land Cruiser" and "reliability" goes together like "wine" and "cheese". This big, ladder frame full-size SUV has been around for a long time, literally. You could buy it from the 80s, 90s, 00s, doesn't matter, they are surviving and thriving until today, clocking more than 300,000 miles. That's why their resale value is always on steady after all these years. This one however, currently priced at $4000, and with 2 more days to bid, this could be an interesting and affordable option for a rugged 7-seater SUV.

This Land Cruiser has been driven just over 310,000 miles, though only around 11,000 of those have been added under the seller's ownership. Power comes from a 4.7-liter V8, which produces 235 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission and a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a 2-speed transfer case as well as a traction control system. The car is currently located in Ames, Iowa.

To find out more about this car, check out this link : carsandbids.com/auctions/rJYP77vv/2005-toyota-land-cruiser

4. 1994 Honda Civic DX

The Honda Civic is meticulously known as a point-to-point daily commuter, hence it's a bit hard to discover its versatile tuning abilities (apart from the "ricers", which sadly ruined the reputation of this car), and finding out that this is a great machine for both daily and sporty needs. It is a rare gem, particularly with this DX model, which in Indonesia is called "Civic Estilo" and has been known as petrolheads' dream affordable little tuner (although, with prices reaching the likes of $20,000 here in Indonesia, it's hard to see the "affordable" part).

This one, with a very 90s teal colour and 5-speed manual gearbox, is definitely one of the top candidates of small, affordable sporty 90s hatchback, which at the right hand can be turned into a nippy and quick little racer (racer, not ricer, 'kay). Priced currently at $4000 and with 3 days left of bidding, this thing definitely will left you smile and satisified.

The DX trim was the top trim of the "EH2" hatchback for the 1994 model year. Features include air conditioning, a rear wiper, power steering, and a more powerful engine than the base model. Modifications are limited to the addition of a Kenwood head unit, which adds an auxiliary input. Power comes from the "D15B7" SOHC 16-valve 1.5-liter inline-four engine, which produces 102 horsepower and 98 lb-ft of torque. It powers the front wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. This car is currently located in Woburn, Massachusetts.

To find out more about this car, check out this link : carsandbids.com/auctions/3p7LAqW9/1994-honda-civic-dx-hatchback

5. 1996 Jeep Cherokee

Right, the last but not the least for this week comes from America itself. The classic Jeep Cherokee. Similar with the Land Cruiser mentioned above, the Cherokee is particularly known for its capability of off-roading , complimented by its reliability, ease of maintenance thanks to plenty of spare parts availability, and a relatively compact size.

Couple all of that with the trio of 4 (4.0-litre, 4-speed automatic, and 4-wheel drive)of the "XJ" trim, the Cherokee is a perfect choice for both daily reliable commute and intense off-roading sessions, if that's your part of weekend automotive activities, which I'm sure for people who likes this vehicle, is a must. Finally, its priced currently at $2600 and only 5 days left for bidding.

Power for this Cherokee comes from a 4.0-liter inline-6 engine, which produces 190 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. It turns all four wheels via a 4-speed automatic transmission. Several modifications have been added to this Jeep including a 2.5-inch lift kit, 31-inch tires, an auxiliary light under the rear bumper, a Rock-It intake, and a Pioneer head unit. This car is currently located in Allenhurst, NJ.

To find out more about this car, check out this link : carsandbids.com/auctions/KPAMdlpV/1996-jeep-cherokee

What's your pick from this week's list? Let me know in the comment section down below!

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