The Austin-Healey 3000 was a very successful rally car in its day. This car is not one of the actual rally cars, but it has been turned into a convincing cosmetic tribute to them. Located in Bellingham, Washington and listed for sale here on eBay, this evocative “Big Healey” is looking for an opening bid of $33,950. Having owned a 1961 3000 with hardtop, I have a soft spot for these cars, especially in rally trim. The extra lights, fender vents, modified grille opening and traditional color scheme really look the part. The mechanicals appear to largely be stock, but since it looks like the modifications came before the car was put into storage in 1985, all we know about the modifications are the sellers details of uprated camshaft, headers, and side exhaust. Read more »
If I were in the market for a 356 project, I probably wouldn’t buy this one. I wouldn’t mind dealing with the seller though. He purchased the car in 1977 and is the third owner. He is very upfront about all the issues in his auction listing and even states because of the limited auction timeframe he has set the reserve and buy-it-now prices high for the first go around and will then relist the car with more realistic numbers on the second. He might not have to do that though because there appears to be some serious interest in this roadster. That’s understandable though considering that this is as close to a Speedster as you are going to get for under a $100k. The car is located in Washington, D.C. and is listed here on eBay. Read more »
Reader Gary C recently made a discovery of Mopars. They aren’t in a barn, but parked behind it. The owner plans to one day restore them all, but hopefully they do it before the elements take hold! From Gary – I have recently found three Chargers, two Coronets and a ’59 Olds, from the dry States, all languishing behind a barn in Ontario. Unfortunately, they are not for sale. The owner insists that he will restore them, with the help of his son. Good luck to him. Hope that he gets one on the road. After he attempts the restoration process, he may rethink his idea of restoring them all. Our thanks to Gary for sharing these photos with us! So which of these cars would you enjoy having? Read more »
First we had the Dodge M37 and now we have this 1968 Jeep M151! The Jeep has been a familiar site on the battlefield for decades now, but this vintage of light utility vehicle would have served during the Vietnam War. It was very similar to earlier Jeeps, but was the first to use a unibody design instead of the traditional body on frame construction. Ford actually spearheaded development on the new MUTT (Military Utility Tactical Truck), but Willys ended up producing them. You can read more about all that here on Military Trader. Just think how different things would be today if the Jeep wore a blue oval on that iconic grill! This particular one is a little rough, but is claimed to have been found in a barn with only one previous owner! It runs and drives, but will obviously need some work. These are simple and rugged vehicles so the process shouldn’t be too complicated. This Jeep is located in Homestead, Florida and is listed for sale here on eBay for $3,500 or best offer. Anyone have any memories of driving one of these around while in the military?
Do you like bright orange? Do you like VWs? Some would call these the poor man’s 356. Thirty five years in a barn doesn’t seem to have hurt this Karmann Ghia much. There seems to be no rust and just a bit of body damage. It only has 56,000 documented miles on it. It’s for sale for $7500, which is a bit below the average selling price of $10,000 according to Hagerty. It’s listed here on craigslist in Athens, Tennessee. So, if you don’t mind life in the slow lane these are really nice driving cars. There are lots of ways to up the horsepower. It will be a little cold in the winter and hot in the summer. I had an orange one just like this with factory air-conditioning, but it didn’t go well with driving and cooling the car at the same time. I hope the buyer will leave this as-is with perhaps a little bodywork. And yes, of course, I would love to have this. What an amazing find! Read more »
The only Turners I’ve seen in the flesh have all been restored vintage racing cars or current SCCA racers. As a lightweight alternative to a Spridget, these little cars are surprisingly quick around road courses. Thanks to Robert R. for this neat find! This particular 950S is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is for sale here on eBay with a buy-it-now of $8,500, but best offers are invited. Turners were produced from 1951 to 1966, with the 950S made from 1956 to 1960. According to the seller, this is a previously “unknown” car to the Turner Register and brings the total known worldwide number of 950S survivors to 68. Signs of a past racing career include ancient Dunlop racing tires, holes where a roll bar used to be, and a set of tubular headers. Inside the car, however, is a bit of a surprise. Read more »
Have you ever dreamed of owning a Cadillac convertible? Here’s a 1972 Eldorado that looks like it’s in pretty nice shape. The owner’s asking price of $4,500 seems pretty reasonable too. It’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan and listed here on craigslist. It’s been stored over 15 years and has only 61,000 miles on it. The paint, chrome and interior look nice in the pictures. I would assume it needs a top. The unknown is how much damage the rodents have done to the wiring under the hood. This would have to be a car that doesn’t need any body and needs very little mechanical work to make it worthwhile. It seems like it will appreciate in value, don’t you think?
For all of us in the United States, today is an important day. Memorial Day is set aside to remember all those brave men and women who have lost their lives while serving in our military. We honor them and all those who have served and are currently serving our country. To celebrate the occasion we have decided to throw a couple of military vehicles into today’s mix. To kick things off, we have this 1952 Dodge M37! The civilian model is better known today as the mighty Power Wagon! These bad boys were used during the Korean War and many variants of were built including an ambulance, tool truck, fire truck, and more. Power from a straight-six went to all four wheels and made these capable load haulers. They are direct descendants of the WC series vehicles that were built during World War II and even share many components. The seller of this beast claims that it is a barn find, but that it has been restored with new military surplus parts. You can take a look for yourself here on eBay where the seller is asking $19k or best offer.
My daughter got married yesterday, and when the bagpiper showed up in a mint Corvair convertible I knew we’d have something to chat about while we were waiting for the ceremony to begin. I thought about that car when I first looked at this Corvair station wagon, which is located in Butte, Montana and is for sale here on craigslist for $4,400. I like station wagons and this is an interesting find from Robert R; it even includes a four-speed manual, something I wouldn’t expect in a domestic wagon. These wagons were only made for two years and this one appears to be the lower-level “500” model with bench seat and rubber floormats rather than carpet. The only rust is said to be in the trunk floor and while the upholstery is somewhat gone in the front, enough remains that you could probably have it replicated closely. I like this find a lot! Would you take this one home?
Understandably, not everyone gets excited about large fake wood clad station wagons. I do though, especially when they are Country Squires. Ford may have given themselves the title, “wagonmaster”, but it was fitting considering the fact that they tried to keep the traditional full-size station wagon alive as long as possible. The early Country Squires were stylish machines, but they didn’t age that well as the years passed. This 1973 example still has some of the handsome curves, but the front end has suffered the unfortunate LTD treatment. It still has the rugged body on frame design that made the Squire so durable though. So, if you are not afraid of the fuel pump, this big wagon could be the perfect way to haul people and things around. This one is located in Whitefield, New Hampshire and is listed here on eBay. Bidding is currently under $2k with about a day left. They sure don’t build wagons like they used to! Read more »
And now for something completely different! (imagine the Monty Python theme playing in the background). I don’t know if this qualifies as a barn find, but it’s certainly different! It’s a rear engined, water-cooled, rear-wheel-drive car! The owner lives in Arizona and this car lives in Minnesota, where he visits Stupic once a year (Yes, he named his car Stupic). He imported it in 2012. Skodas had a reputation for being, well, pretty crummy cars, but these Rapids were better and even referred to as the poor man’s Porsche, or even a “beginner’s” 911. This one is located in Willmar, Minnesota and is listed for sale here on craigslist for $2,500. Read more »
This 1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria was recently purchased at an estate sale. The seller doesn’t provide much information, but the car does look clean and original in the photos. A tuneup was done recently, but it still needs tires, brakes, and exhaust. So as long as there isn’t a bunch of rust underneath, this should be an easy project that anyone could take on. Plus, with a 272 V8 under the hood and a handsome exterior, how could you go wrong with this fifties cruiser? It’s located in Clinton, Iowa and is listed here on craigslist for $6,200. Thanks goes to Robert R. for the submission!