It may be hard to tell from the photo, but this was once one of the world’s most beautiful cars. At least that is what a lot of people will tell you. Personally, I can think of quite a few cars that are more visually appealing than the E-Type. The roadster is alright, but from some angles the hardtop looks downright awkward! I will probably receive flack for that comment, but I’m just saying what some are too afraid to admit. Obviously, quite a few people think they are real lookers though and this rusty heap proves the point. Lesser cars would be stripped of all their usable parts and sent off to the crusher. Not this E-type though! The auction just started here on eBay and bidding is already taking off. The car has been sitting in a barn for over 20 years, but at least the seller is realistic when they mention that it “needs a complete restoration, not only a paint job”. Thanks goes to Jim S. for the tip!
I was recently watching one of my favorite TV shows, Wheeler Dealers. In this particular episode, the guys bought and fixed up a Lotus Elan. I have always admired these cars, but had no idea just how well these little cars were designed until I watched Edd rebuild the front suspension. I would love to have one of these, but there just aren’t many on this side of the pond. According to the seller of this one, there were only around 80 left hand drive Elans built for all the LHD markets. This example is looking tired, but the seller claims it is structurally sound and complete. As you can see, it even has the rare hardtop! There were actually two Elans in this collection, but the other has already sold to a buyer in Europe. If you’ve always wanted an Elan with the wheel on the correct side, this might be a rare opportunity to buy one, but you better act fast. Find it here on eBay in Delray Beach, Florida with a BIN of $17,500 and bidding just over $11k. Special thanks to Robert R for this tip!
Hard to believe something as simple as a sunroof could make a car stand out from the herd. But that’s the case being made for this 1966 Porsche 912 here on eBay with a starting bid of over $14,000 and no offers made. I don’t know how I feel about the potential for higher pricing due to the original owner checking an options box not many others did. I suppose it does make the car unique, but in terms of how “special” it is – and whether that justifies a higher price – well, that’s what the free market is for. I suppose if I was hell-bent on owning a 912, I might buy this one to set it apart from the others; then again, why not save up for a few more years and buy an actual 911, a car that will have better performance out of the box and likely increase in value more quickly (if that matters to you). Does a factory sunroof make you want to own this 912, or is it much ado about nothing?
Being unique or one of a kind can come at a steep price, especially when we are talking about a one of a kind car built by a major manufacturer. If you don’t recognize this Chrysler 300H, then you must not have watched any major racing events in the early ’70s. This special 300H was built to be a parade float for Hurst to market both their shifters and the new 300H. After its days as a parade car, it went into a private collection and eventually traded hands to another collection. After the previous owner’s passing, it disappeared. It is now out of storage and up for grabs here on eBay in Sevierville, Tennessee with an incredible $150k asking price! That’s a lot of money for an otherwise stock 300, but then again only one car was used for parades and this one is it. Would you pay this kind of money to own a piece of Hurst and Chrysler history? Special thanks to Jim S for this tip!
At first glance, this Silver Hawk appears to be a very restorable example of a fairly unusual Studebaker. Thanks to Robert R for this great find! Located in Oak Forest, Illinois and for sale here on craigslist, the seller suggests that it’s best use may be as a “rat rod.” They are listing the car at $3,900. The sellers have included three videos of the car running and being driven around a parking lot, with this one showing a closeup of the running engine. So far, so good. The ad does explain that the brakes need work, so don’t think you could drive it home, but that’s still not too bad. Unfortunately, upon closer examination, there’s rust. A lot of rust. The seller states rust is in the floorboards and driver’s side rocker panel, but the trunk lid is rusted completely through in two places and the door sill pictures in the ad don’t inspire confidence either. Would you repair it, drive it as-is, or steer clear of this find?
While I would love to have a super rare and valuable Yenko Camaro, the truth is I would be perfectly content to have an early Z/28! Sure it doesn’t have a big block churning out huge amounts of power, but the Z/28 is in my book the perfect balance of brute force and handling. It was actually developed so that Chevy could homologate their 302 V8 for Trans Am. Rather than just shove the engine into a standard Camaro, they decided to go ahead and build a race car for the street. The Z/28 came with a high performance suspension, front disc brakes, and a 4 speed Muncie. There are claims the high revving 302 was actually good for nearly 360 horsepower, so it was no slouch! This one can be found here on eBay in Huntington Station, New York with a BIN of $8k! While that might sound like an amazing deal, don’t get too excited just yet as the heart of this machine is long gone. If you just happen to have a spare 302 laying around, this could be a good buy.
Anyone else out there remember family trips in the station wagon? Ours was an AMC Hornet, but the same thing applies; if you were a kid in the 60’s and 70’s, either your family or your friends’ families owned one of these. Thanks to Jim S for this great find! The wagon is located in East Chatham, New York and is for sale here on eBay where the buy-it-now is $6,000 but the seller is accepting bids. The remarkable thing about this wagon is how original it looks. Yes, I think the seats and headliner have been redone, and that brand new aluminum radiator isn’t how it left the factory. But there’s a certain charm to this one. The seller expresses remorse about the sale in the ad, which doesn’t surprise me. I was surprised to see the overdrive for the factory three-speed, and the seller states it works well. Rusty floors and some soft spots in the frame may keep some people from purchasing this piece of Americana, though. Would it stop you?
What. A. Shame. Those are the three words that come to mind when looking at this forlorn 1985 ASC/McLaren Mercury Capri here on craigslist, spotted by Barn Finds reader Robert R. I’ve always been a fan of these since they were packed with features that resonated with someone who loves the ’80s: mesh-style wheels, Recaro seats, a Whistler radar detector, big front air dam, booming stereo and body-side graphics. All that’s missing is a pair of Hammer pants! But unfortunately for this car, all of those period-correct details have been lost and stripped away from this stalled project. The seller claims he has those rare bits with the exception of the front spoiler – which, to me, is a big part of the package’s eyeball appeal. If you were to buy this car, hunting down an original spoiler should be your first order of business! For whoever buys this ’85 ASC/McLaren special, you better be prepared to do some treasure hunting to bring it back to spec. The add-ons, no matter how gimmicky, are what made this car stand out. Anyone have a vintage radar detector collecting dust?
The Rambler American was practical and dependable as well as the cheapest car in America. The six cylinder engines were durable, easy to work on and economical for their time. Rambler’s didn’t have much resale value, so it’s no wonder they ended up being parked or scraped. I remember a light green one like this one that was put in a barn in 1966 because it needed brakes and a clutch. It was only 3 years old, but my classmate had driven it pretty hard and when his dad took it away from him, he parked it in the corner of their big old adobe barn, but more on that later! This one is for sale in Bradford, New Hampshire and listed here on craigslist. Read more »
Reader Robert R sends us tons of great finds from all over the country, sometimes the world, and today he sent us a barn find that’s right in our own backyard! This 1970 Mercedes 280SE was discovered in a barn somewhere near Boise, Idaho and after a little work, the seller got it running. The body looks straight and the paint is surprisingly nice. It isn’t perfect, but this could actually make for a really nice driver and at just $3,300 won’t break the bank! Sure it isn’t a super rare or desirable model of Benz, but you could drive this one without fear of paint chips or parking lots. If this sounds like your kind of classic, you can find it here on craigslist. Special thanks to Robert for another great tip!
We have featured a few of the fiberglass bodied Israeli built Sabras over the years, but this is the first time we’ve featured one that isn’t a sports car. But that’s probably because these tiny fiberglass micro wagon is quite rare, with some 40 cars or less believed to be imported into America it’s no wonder we’ve never seen one before. It has clearly been parked in this barn for a while, with much of the paint gone. Being based off of a Ford Anglia means parts shouldn’t be too hard to find, but hopefully all the trim and interior pieces are here. I see a complete set of new tail lights, which is promising! You can find this unusual little car here on eBay with an opening bid of $3,500. The seller suggests it would make for a cool gasser, but could you bring yourself to modify this rare car? Thanks to Robert R for this tip!
When you look at this picture, most Barn Finds diehards will immediately feel their pulse race at the sight of several vintage Cadillacs being towed out of the wilderness. Although the auction is for just one car – a 1959 Cadillac DeVille listed here on eBay with the reserve price unmet – the picture is a little more exciting than the actual reality. It turns out the seller owns a salvage yard specializing in vintage Cadillacs and recently moved operations to Pennsylvania. If you’re in the Gettysburg area, you should check it out! The car in question looks like a good foundation for a project, without any major rot but needing a new interior. Personally, I’d clear-coat the rusted surfaces and make it into a custom, especially since the original engine and transmission are long gone. More than anything else, though, I wish this Cadillac trailer train was a bigger story than just an office relocation!