Sheesh, the last thing in the world I need right now is another 1980's project car. So why do I have a saved eBay search for the weirdo-classic Toyota Tercel 4WD wagon? It looks so tame now, but I remember how freaky looking this thing was in the mid-80's. But with the Audi Quattro and all, 4WD cars were the wave of the future back then.
If these things ever turn up on eBay--and they're rare, probably not worth the listing fee and hassle--they're usually beat to hell. Japanese tin economy cars were not built to last 20 years. But somehow, this one has been living with a kindly old lady somewhere, who only drove it to the hairdressers on Saturdays. Or something. It's got just 37,000 miles on it. It's cheap, close by [in DC/Virginia somewhere] and really tempting.
Fortunately, the high-strung eBay seller's excessive rules, conditions, and add-on fees will save me from an impulse purchase. You may be more susceptible, though. Good luck.