1980 Triumph TR7

Motoring Monday: TR7 Referendum

One of the more polarizing British sports cars is also one of the last before the demise of the big two budget sports car marques as we knew them. While Austin-Healey and Sunbeam were already gone, MG and Triumph were still very alive when the TR7 was introduced in 1975. Despite the fact that more TR7’s were sold than any prior TR variant, the wedge often gets the blame for bringing down British Leyland’s MG and Triumph together.This barn find example, located in Saddle River, New Jersey and offered here on eBay with a buy-it-now of $15,000 and inviting bids with a reserve will offer an observation window into what enthusiasts now think of TR7’s. Read more »

1968 Dodge Charger

Anti General Lee: 1968 Dodge Charger

You can’t fault the last painter of this car for not being bold! With bright orange accents on a black background, I’ll bet you could see, and probably hear, this car coming a mile away when it was in its glory. For sale here on eBay and awaiting your rescue in Sharon, Wisconsin, this Charger is not made up to resemble a General Lee like most Chargers of similar vintage (and yes, I know the General was a ’69, but it hasn’t stopped a lot of folks from painting them all orange!) and is packing a 383. Or at least one comes with the car. The current bid is only $660 with no reserve, so this project might end up going for a decent price. Read more »

1974 Corvette

350 And A 4-Speed: 1974 Corvette

While this L82 4-speed manual equipped Corvette may not be the most desirable combination or year of America’s sports car, I think these more rounded C3 models are some of the cleanest shapes around and offer a lot of bang for the buck right now. This one is located in Dover, Ohio and is offered here on craigslist for $4,750. Read more »

1953 Kaiser Manhattan

Kaiser On A Roll: 1953 Kaiser Manhattan

This rarity is located in Van Nuys, California and is listed for sale here on eBay with an opening bid of $1,000. By 1953, despite having new postwar designs, the Kaiser was starting to show it’s age. But it’s still a clean design for the time and this one seems to have some nice brightwork. I don’t see a lot of rust, either. The engine has been rebuilt, although the brakes are said to need work.  I like the honesty of the flathead inline-six and how straight-forward the interior is. There’s something about the curves at the windshield top, the characteristic side window outline, and the stylized airplane on the hood that set this 50’s classic apart from many other cars. I think I’d enjoy having this one in the garage, and apart from the tattered steering wheel, I don’t think I’d change much. Anyone here familiar with Kaisers or Frazers?

1968 Ford Mustang GTA

Crusty Fastback: 1968 Ford Mustang GTA

Everybody wants fastback Mustangs these days! This 1968 example proves that point well. Bidding here on eBay is already up to $14k with 42 bids and it is not even a top spec car. It’s a C-code GTA. That means it’s a GT, which is a good thing, but it also the base 289 2-barrel engine under the hood. The A on the end means that shifting duty was handled by an automatic. So, Im guessing that the excitement here has more to do with the sleek fastback body style than the mechanicals. I like the look of the crusty green paint, but as the seller suggests, the car may end up becoming the base for a Shelby or Eleanor clone. Personally, I would attempt to clean up the paint, treat any rust, and drive it as-is while slowly making improvements. What would your plan be?

1959 Triumph TR3

Jigsaw Puzzle: 1959 Triumph TR3

Disassembled project cars are not for everyone. Getting everything put back together right can be a real challenge and there is no telling how many parts have already gone missing. Still, I would really love to own a TR3. So, this one found here on eBay is seriously tempting because the seller is only asking $3,800 or best offer. Luckily, it’s located in Hershey, Pennsylvania so transporting it all out to Idaho would be more hassle than it’d be worth. A Triumph enthusiast in the area might want to take a look though because the body appears straight and the seller claims that the engine is good. If you are close then it would be easy to visit the seller and get an idea of what all is there. This undertaking could be a huge risk, but it could also be an affordable entry into TR ownership!

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible Project

The asking price may seem insane for such a rough car, but I have a feeling that this 1957 Chevrolet will have no problem finding a buyer. The neon pink exterior might turn a few people off, but those in the market for a ’57 will get very excited because this is a Bel Air convertible. The seller states that a 283 V8 is in place, but there is no toriginally it’s a rare fuel-injected car. After a complete restoration, even with a carburetor, this convertible could be worth upwards of $100k! It will take a lot of time and money to get it to that point, but this does look like a good starting point for someone with the knowledge and resources to do the job right. Find it here on eBay for $28,500 or best offer. The seller also has some other interesting vehicles sitting in the background there…

1932 Ford Roadster

Bonneville History: 1932 Ford Roadster

Some of you weren’t too impressed by the Chadly Coupe that we featured the other day, so I have been on the lookout for something a little more “period correct”. Well, I stumbled upon this little beaut and I think you will all agree that it is much more intriguing. It’s also much more expensive! But, that can only be expected when you are talking about a well-preserved hot rod that has been raced since the late 40s at El Mirage and Bonneville! Find it here on Fantasy Junction where they are asking $200k. That may seem steep, but when you consider the fact that this historic racer has hit 200 mph, it doesn’t seem too bad! Read more »

1975 Porsche 914

19 Years Stopped: 1975 Porsche 914

Before I ended up with a Triumph, I spent a year and a half looking for a good but affordable 914. If I had found one, my whole life would be different now—and I wouldn’t know how not to let the magic smoke out of wiring harnesses! This solid-looking baby Porsche is located in San Jose, California and is for sale here on eBay with the opening bid at $2,950 with no reserve. The seller states that it’s been off the road since 1996 when the fuel pump went out. Unusually, it’s the person that stored the car that is selling it. The only rust is in the right hand side of the trunk. If there’s nothing else mechanically wrong (a big supposition, but possible), with less than 57,000 miles a lot of components should still be in nearly new condition. Of course, it doesn’t run at the moment, so I suppose anything could be wrong. The paint is oxidized and, although it’s hard to tell, may have peeling clear coat over the faded paint. The seller has loaded a lot of detail pictures here if you want some more help making a decision. Let us know what you think in the comments!

1968 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

Brougham Barn Find: 1968 Cadillac Fleetwood

What a sweet barn find! This ’68 Fleetwood 60 is located in Phoenix, Arizona and is for sale here on craigslist for $3,900. With a 472 cubic inch V8 that is said to run very well, I would imagine this is fairly speedy despite its bulk. While the original paint is damaged in spots, I don’t see anything more than light surface oxidation and if you like the “patina” look, this is right up your alley. The seller notes that it could use some front end work, a new windshield and some repair of broken exhaust manifold studs, but is completely drivable with only 400 miles on the tires. It also needs front seat upholstery and some other detail work, and, of course, the air conditioning doesn’t work. Not that you’d ever need it in Phoenix! The panels look straight and I’d love to try the driver’s seat on for size; I’ll bet I’d fit just fine. Is this a good fit for you?