Eshelman Sport Car

1954 Eshelman Child Sport Car

Eshelman made two types of “Sport Cars” (no “s”) in the mid 1950’s, one intended for children and one at least theoretically for adults. This child’s model was intended to be able to transport two kids of indeterminate age up to about 15 miles per hour from it’s tiny, 2 HP Briggs & Stratton engine. The adult models topped out at around 25 mph and had . This particular Sport Car is located in La Jolla, California and is listed for sale here on eBay. Spirited bidding is already above $700 and there isn’t a reserve price. I found this video of a running 1955 model that’s actually going a bit fast for my liking at times, especially considering the brakes were paddles acting on the tires! The seller explains in the ad that these listed for $295 new, which was a lot of money at the time for what was essentially a toy. As a side note, the “adult” model was an additional $100 at the time. Ultimately, it’s still a toy, but a very rare one. I would probably spend the money on a regular automobile, but I’m interested in your thoughts. Do you have a spot for this Sport Car in your garage (or maybe tool shed, considering the size)?

1969 Plymouth GTX

Less Flash, More Class: 1969 Plymouth GTX

Mopar was once known for its muscle. Icons like the Road Runner, Super Bee, and Hemi Cuda exist thanks to them. Who wouldn’t love to have one these flamboyant street racers? Well, this GTX may not have the flashy graphics of the aforementioned beasts, but it does have a 440 under the hood. These classy cars came standard with the 440 with the Hemi being the only engine option. There weren’t many of those built though so this might be your most economical choice. This car was supposedly purchased as a restoration project, but it went into long term storage instead. There it sat in a shed for 25 years until someone came along and was able to convince the owner to sell. They then pulled it home, got it running, and listed it for sale here on eBay. It still needs a lot of work before it can be safely driven, but I could see this becoming a fun beater. You could attempt a restoration, but make sure you know what you are doing before removing a single screw. We’d hate to see it sit in a shed for another 25 years…

1965 Mustang Convertible

1965 Mustang Convertible: What’s It Worth?

This 1965 Mustang Convertible is rough and the seller doesn’t provide much information. From the photos we can tell that it’s fitted with an inline-six and an automatic. Mileage is listed at 43k and the red over black color combo is desirable. The photos are too small to tell what is really going on though. Is that a respray? Are the floors rotted out? Does it run? Lots of questions here, but the fact that this car has been listed here on eBay with a $750 starting bid and no reserve make it worth some consideration. The lack of details in the auction description could end up working to your advantage if you live in the Philadelphia area or know someone who can go inspect it for you. We will get the answer in about a week, but until then, what do you think this drop top Mustang is worth?

1970 AMC Rebel Machine Ad

Find An AMC Rebel Machine For The 4th!

For those of us who live in the United States, today is a special day. Most of us will spend the day eating and the night shooting off fireworks. It’s a good time and I wanted to do a special feature to commemorate the event. When I tried to come up with one car that could be considered the most “American”, one immediately popped into my head. The AMC Rebel Machine! It’s red, white, and blue color scheme mimics our flag. Power is provided by most American’s engine of choice – a V8. And the manufacturer’s name couldn’t possible get more American. Well, after coming up with a car, I had a hard time finding one for sale online. So, I thought this might be a good chance for all you to put your sleuthing skills to work. In between stuffing your face with hotdogs and lighting firecrackers, take a few minutes and try to find an example of one of America’s most American muscle cars. Please leave your discoveries in the comments below. Have fun and here’s wishing you all a happy and safe 4th of July!

Impala SS L6

1964 Chevy Impala SS: Inline 6 Equipped

If I told you this Impala is an SS but came from the factory with a inline 6, you would probably say I don’t know anything about Impalas (I might even have a few people say I must not know anything about cars, to make such a mistake). I mean, why in the world would Chevrolet ever build a Super Sport and then stick a 140 horsepower inline 6 in it? This might come as a bit of a shock, but Chevy actually did build a small number of Impala SS with the inline 6 and 3 on the tree. I know, it seems like a strange combo for a car that’s suppose to be an all out performance model. Well reader Ken L recently picked up this rare Impala after responding to a Facebook ad. He thought it was a clone and wanted it just for the interior. Read more »

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

John’s 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

The GTO Judge is one of those iconic muscle cars that everyone knows about and many people dream of owning. There weren’t many made the year the Judge was introduced, so they are the most desirable and valuable. We recently featured one that Alan F found, that has a tree growing out of it. Well John B recently told me about his ’69 Judge and I told him had to send me some photos! Well he sent me some photos and it appears his car was quite the find! Here is what he has to say about it. From John B – Here are some before/after photos of my ’69 Judge. I found my car in Petaluma, Ca in 1993 parked in front of a barn on a horse ranch. It had been there since 1982…Car retains it’s original black plates. Also all of it’s original sheet metal (including trunk and floors)…no rust!! The running gear (engine, trans and rear) are also all original. This is a Ram Air III, 4sp car…fully documented and in the ’69 Judge registry. Read more »

1957 Chevy Bel Air Wagon

1957 Chevy Bel Air Wagon: 4 Door Classic

I know this isn’t a ’57 Nomad, but there is just something that I like about the 4 door Bel Air Wagon. It’s the kind of car you want to load the whole family up in and go to an old time diner for hamburgers, fries, and a shake! This particular wagon has some issues that might keep me away from it though. The worst of those issues is the rust. It isn’t the worst rust I’ve ever seen, but it does make me nervous of what might be hiding underneath. The other big issue is the lack of an engine. Now some of you might look at this as a plus, as it means you can stick any number of V8s in the engine bay. Personally, I’d rather have the original 283 V8, but I guess a 327 or a 350 would make things a bit more interesting. If you would like to take a closer look at this Bel Air, you can find it here on eBay in Yukon, Pennsylvania. I can think of a lot of cars I would call All-American classics, but when it comes to family wagons the ’57 Bel Air Wagon has to be my favorite! So what is your all time favorite American station wagon?

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

FWD Beast: 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

Front wheel drive cars don’t normally do anything for me. One that I wouldn’t mind having though is a first generation Olds Toronado. They are handsome in their own way and having a big block hooked up to the front wheels has got to be interesting. This one has the 425 cubic inch Super Rocket V8! With a name like that you know it is putting out some serious power – 385 horsepower and 475 foot pounds of torque to be exact. That’s a lot of power to put to the front wheels, but somehow GM managed to build a robust and compact package that got the job done. This particular example has been parked for the last 12 years. There’s some body damage and a little rust, but it does run and drive. So, as long as bidding here on eBay doesn’t get too wild this might be a good buy for someone who is okay with doing a little bodywork. Just think of the crazy burnouts you could do with this beast! Thanks goes to Jim S. for the tip!


1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan…Pickup?

I never realized the late Lincoln Blackwood had a predecessor! This non-factory but highly crafted converted Lincoln has been off the road since at least 1965, but was converted before then as it was registered as a Lincoln truck at that time. It’s a true barn find that has been sheltered for years waiting for someone to put it back on the road. The Lincochero (yes, I couldn’t resist) is located in Ahoske, North Carolina and is for sale here on craigslist. The asking price is $15,000 obo, but the seller says they are ready to sell, and with a clear title I’ll bet lower offers will be entertained. Read more »


Roll-Over Special: 1941 Ford Sedan

Well, here’s a first for me: a 1941 Ford is listed here on eBay in the wheels-up position – complete with the damage suffered from the unexplained roll-over. The words “stunt car” are mentioned in the heading and then never uttered again, which only makes me even more curious as to what happened! The seller claims it ran and drove fine prior to the incident, which seemingly also included the ignition key being stolen by 3 guys in New Jersey (see the questions and answers at the bottom of the listing). Pictures reveal a damaged roof and driver’s side, along with a ratty interior. These features haven’t had much effect on bidding, which is up to $1,450 with no reserve. What do you think happened to this black ’41?

1964 Plymouth Valiant Convertible

1964 Plymouth Valiant Convertible: Fun To Drive?

Unlike some car guys, I actually like inline-sixes – especially when they are sitting behind a good gearbox. That could explain why this 1964 Plymouth Valiant that Jim S. sent in caught my eye. Up until 1964 all Valiants only came with one of two slant-sixes. The larger of the two, the 225, was even cast in aluminum until ’63 when it switched to steel. That proves that Plymouth looked at this engine as more than just a cheap base engine. It put out a decent amount of power and made the Valiant a successful seller. This particular project has supposedly been parked since 1975. It’s dirty and will probably end up needing a full restoration, but the $1,000 starting bid here on eBay does make it tempting… Read more »

1969 Buick Electra 225

1969 Buick Electra 225: Beast Of A Convertible

If you have a yearning for a big convertible, this could be your, uh, project. It’s a 1969 Buick Electra 225 with a numbers matching 430 CID stuck engine. The owner claims that even though it’s in Detroit, the capitol of the rust belt, its solid, “floors, frame, rockers and quarters & trunk floors”. Perhaps that just means there’s more steel than rust? The price seems reasonable, at $5500. Or even better, if you have a 1981 or ’82 Corvette you can’t sell, he’s willing to trade. It would be nice to know more about the rust situation. But can you just imagine cruising along in this beast with the top down? Find this beast here on craigslist. So, who among you is brave enough to resurrect this Buick after 35 years in a barn?