Instant Wedding Car Business: 2 Austin Limos

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I’ll admit it. I have thought about starting a wedding car business on occasion. I like cake as much as the next guy, but I can’t really say that I enjoy weddings all that much. The prospect of owning a classic Rolls-Royce and getting paid to drive people around in it seems like a good idea to me though. The only problem is that an old Rolls or Bentley is pricey to buy and keep and that could make the barrier to entry a bit high. Well, Barn Finds reader Ian R. just found the answer to a question you never asked. There are two Austin Vanden Plas Princess Limos here on craigslist and they have the look, but at $2,400 for the pair, lack the high price tag. Read more »

Survivor or Restored: 1967 VW Beetle

1967 VW Beetle

Now that I’ve been here in Boise for a little while, I’ve notice this town has a plethora of classic cars, but one car is more common than any other. Prior to moving here, if you had asked me to guess what the most common classic in the area would be I would have said something like Mustang or Camaro. And I would have been incredibly wrong, as the most common classic we see driving the streets of this town has to be the Volkswagen Beetle. They are literally everywhere and a day doesn’t go by that I don’t see at least 5 of them. I find new ones everyday, some are parked in alleys and in driveways, while others are spotted on the street. While it is great to see so many still on the road, I have yet to see one as clean as the one you see above. The seller claims it is barn find, but if it was it is either the best preserved Beetle I’ve seen in a while or it has already been fully restored. Have a look at it for yourself here on eBay with a BIN of $9,250 in Buena Park, California. Read more »

Microwave Not Included: 1979 Subaru Brat

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When it comes to utility vehicles, the Subaru Brat has to be one of the more interesting ones ever built. It was based on a Subaru station wagon, but with the rear roof section cut off. To get around the tariff placed on small trucks, Subaru mounted a set of jump seats in the back. It circumvented some taxes, but it was also dangerous passengers. In the past few years these things have actually gained some serious collector’s status. This 1979 Brat is in need of a new home, where it can receive some much needed love. It appears to have endured some rough times in its life, but has weathered the worst of it quite well. Someone started rebuilding the engine, but never finished. The seller didn’t provide any photos of the engine bay, but I see some vital engine parts in the truck bed, along with a microwave. Hopefully everything needed to make it run again is still here, but you won’t know until you start putting it back together. Have a look at this project here on eBay in Montague, California. Read more »

Alfaholics Group Buy: 3 Alfa Romeo Spiders

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There used to be a shop near my parents’ home in upstate New York that was a combination hobby store and mechanics’ garage. Imagine my surprise when one day a fleet of six Porsche 914s showed up, all requiring a bit of work but with enough good bones between them to make a solid car or two. Upon viewing the ad here on eBay which was sent in by reader Jim S, I immediately thought of what might be possible for the brave soul willing to tackle this ambitious trio of Alfa Romeo Duetto projects. Thanks for the tip Jim! Read more »

Rotary Powered Sedan: 1969 NSU Ro 80

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Some of you expect to only see rusty old heaps on this site, but every once in a while we like to feature something a little more usable right out of the box. The possibility of getting a bargain on a project car is tempting, but it sure is a heck of a lot easier to buy something that has already been sorted. Take this 1969 NSU Ro 80 that Barn Finds reader Wiley R. found here on eBay for example. It is being offered by a dealer so you’re not going to get it cheap, but I can guarantee that it will be a better experience than trying to restore a worn out example of one of these cars. Well, that is if you can even find one to begin with. Thanks for the tip Wiley! Read more »

Quarter Century Obsession: Datsun Collection

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Following up on yesterday’s post about the Datsun 1600 roadster in Arizona, we had to share this collection in Northern Virginia. Barn Finds reader Geroge S. sent in a link to what could be the ultimate find if you’re on the hunt for Datsun roadsters or parts – and if you’re hunting for the only factory prototype 1500, the seller claims to have one of those too! Find them all here on craigslist. Thanks for the tip George! Read more »

Can You Identify These 5 Classics?

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From Eric J. – I bought this collection of vintage color photos. I don’t know much about vintage autos so I would appreciate it if you could help me identify the make/model/years of the 5 vehicles. Somebody told me that the last image is of an Austin Chummy, but I couldn’t find anything similar on the web. As you can see, all the pictures were taken in the same spot. They were also professionally framed with glare free glass sometime during the late 30’s in Detroit (judging by the framer’s label on the back). Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help! Read more »

Bolgos Farms Dairy Truck: 1960 Divco 134 Delivery

1960 Divco 134

I keep coming across these old Divco Milk trucks and I just can’t get enough of them! They are unusual, yet iconic. Whether you grew up when these were still in service or have only seen them in movies and old advertisements, you just can’t help but smile every time you see one! This one is rough, making it hard to fully appreciate its lines and curves, but at the same time the patina gives it incredible character. Whether you’ve been looking for a project or need parts for an ongoing one, this might be worth taking a look at. It can be found here on eBay out of Horton, Michigan with bidding at $2k. Read more »

British Fun in America: 1969 Ford Cortina

1969 Ford Cortina MK2

Looking at this old Ford, it is hard to see much potential. It is a terribly drab color and its styling is rather plan, but don’t let the looks fool you. This Ford has the potential to be a mighty race car with incredibly nimble handling. You see, this Ford is a British built Ford Cortina. Ford has a long history of building fun compact cars for the European market, which they then withhold from American streets. However, a small handful of Cortinas made it our way, but I doubt many of these cars have survived. I’ve seen a few of the remaining Cortinas and most are riddled with rust, but amazingly this one seems solid. It runs and drives as it should and is even still wearing its original blue California plates. The owner has decided it’s time to part ways with it and has listed it here on craigslist for $5,100 or best offer. Special thanks to Joe A for the tip! Read more »