1972 Porsche 914

8K Mile 1972 Porsche 914

Just the other day Jesse and I were talking about a few of the cars we have had opportunities to buy over the years that we didn't jump on. Some we are glad we passed on, but there are plenty we regret not buying. At the top of that list are several Porsches that could have been had for only a few thousand dollars. At the time it seemed like a lot, but Porsche prices have been on a steady climb. Now that 911s are out of the range of many enthusiasts, lesser models like the 914 are going up in value too. If you've always wanted an air cooled Porsche, you might want to get one before values go up any higher. This 1972 914 barn find can be found here on eBay in Houston, Texas with an $8,500 Read more »

1968 Camaro L30 M20

L30 And M20: 1968 Camaro 327

For those of us outside the muscle and pony car world, the codes and designations used to denote the options and features a car might have can be a bit confusing and hard to follow. One thing I've learned in hunting for classic American iron is to always check what a set of codes means before putting out any money, especially for GM products. Some sellers throw designations out without any explanation of what they mean or what value they might or might not add to the car. When I spotted this 1968 Camaro here on eBay in Petoskey, Michigan with the designations L30/M20 in the title I knew I better look up what that actually means. Read more »

1981 BMW 320i

Sun Burned: 1981 BMW 320i

Not too long ago, one of our readers sent in the details of his excellent project-car purchase, a 1979 BMW 320i. This stuck with me, as the older generation of the 3-Series – the E21 – remains largely affordable and readily available if you’re willing to go pick one up or have it shipped in from the West Coast. For a young enthusiast with an eye towards vintage European iron, it’s one of the few examples that can be bought and used without a ton of money. Though this 1981 320i here on craigslist in Chicago may need a new interior and paint, it looks extremely solid and ready to be loved again. Read more »

1960 Chrysler 300F

Cutting Edge: 1960 Chrysler 300F

Some classic cars were so ahead of their time that when we look at them today it is almost incredible to think a car that's 50+ years old could have technology that seems cutting edge even today. As I look at this 1960 Chrysler 300F I'm astonished by its style and some of the equipment it came with from the factory, many of the features are common place in modern cars, but just 10 years ago would have been features only found in high end luxury vehicles. It sadly has been parked in a field for the past 6 years and will need a complete restoration. There are only 270 of these known to exist, so hopefully someone will save it. Find it here on eBay in San Jose, California with an opening bid of $11k. Read more »

1974 Lotus Elite

Kamm-Tail Project: 1974 Lotus Elite

Have any of you been bitten by the cheap project car bug? I’m sure you have. The symptoms are as follows: low purchase price, famous nameplate, potentially great handling, polarizing design, and finally, the belief you can correct all of your project car’s ills with minimal loss of cash, blood or sweat (and tears, too). That’s what immediately came over me like the onslaught of a bad cold when Barn Finds reader David B sent in a 1974 Lotus Elite here on craigslist in San Francisco for $3,000. There are times when it’s a good thing to be on the opposite coast! Read more »

1967 Sunbeam Alpine

A Pair Of Them: 1967 Sunbeam Alpines

When you look up “under appreciated British roadster” in the mythical automotive dictionary, I’m sure the Sunbeam Alpine (second generation) has to be right there. When new, Alpines offered more creature comforts, better rides, and arguably better styling then many of their competitors, yet frequently they were branded with the “girl’s car” label and often suffered in comparison with their similar appearing Tiger brethren. This pair of Alpines is available here on eBay in Dayton, Maryland with a starting price of $5,000 and a Buy-It-Now of $6,500. Read more »

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How To Fix A Sticky Choke

If you have been following this site for any length of time then you already know that I have been driving a 1972 Volvo 145 to the office for the past few months. Snow, rain, or shine - I head out to the garage every single morning and climb into that seat. Once inside, I pull out the choke, push in the clutch, and turn the key. On some days she fires right up, but on cold mornings it can be a bit of a struggle. Since we have been busy getting the 122 running, I haven't had much time to look into the problem, but the other day I decided to take an afternoon off to sort out a few annoyances. Read more »

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Tire Kicking: 1976 MG Midget

This is a new feature idea that we would like to give a shot. We are going to go out and look at cars that are listed for sale here locally and give you our opinion of them. "Tire kicking" may be frowned upon in our circle, but we will try to keep it to cars that we are actually interested in buying or that we think could find a buyer here on the site. We figure that it will provide a good opportunity to talk about what to look for when buying a classic car and heck, it might even be fun. Please let us know what you think. Read more »

1958 Alfa Romeo Veloce

Storage Unit Racer: 1958 Alfa Romeo Veloce Spider

Whether you are a fan of American Iron or European Roadsters, the appeal of a barn find is universal. Finding a classic outside your given field of interest might not get your heart racing the same way, but at the end of the day there is still something satisfying about pulling an old car from a barn, shed, or garage. This 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta might not be the car of your dreams, but anyone that loves old race cars can appreciate this find (especially if they are an Alfaholic). The seller claims it has been parked for 20 years, but prior to its days in storage it was used as a race car. You can now find it here on Kapaza in Vivegnis, Belgium. Special thanks to Michel S for this tip! Read more »

1970 Mustang Boss 429

A Day Late: 1970 Mustang KK 429

Yesterday morning I received an email about a 1970 Mustang that had just purchased. The new owner had found it the day before, pulled it home, and decided to find a new home for it with someone who could restore it. Just hours prior to emailing us, they threw it on eBay just to see if there would be any interest. Well before I even had a chance to email them back, the eBay listing had ended. Now I'm the curious type, so I wanted to know why a rusted out Mustang that clearly has been neglected would sell so fast. It wasn't that the car was being offered for an incredible price or that it had any desirable parts left on it. It sold so fast because it is an incredibly desirable KK code car, which is also known as the Boss 429 NASCAR. If you'd like to see the original listing, find it Read more »