Lucky Auctions Fall Classic

Beater TR3 Sighting

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Back in July, I had planned on attending one of the biggest car shows held in Idaho. It was on a Saturday, so after mowing the lawn and doing a few things around the house, I headed down to the fairgrounds. The flyers all said that the gates were open until 5pm, so I figured there was plenty of time. Well, unfortunately the organizers decided to close up early so the best I could do was peek through the fence for a few minutes. As I sulked back to my car though, I spotted something blue at the far edge of the now emptying parking lot. So, I jumped in the Miata and headed that way. Read more »

One Guy’s Personal Junkyard

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Even though we all know that our homeowner’s association and our wives would never allow it, I bet every last one of us would love to have their own junkyard! Well, one man in South Carolina is lucky enough to his very own and he is ready to part ways with some of his treasures. I’m not sure if there is much worth saving in there, but the pictures are worth a look even if it is just to get some ideas for your own backyard landscaping. The proprietor is a Mopar man and is willing to consider trades. He likes to take long strolls through his junkyard on Sundays so that might be best day to catch him. Just remember, he doesn’t have good cell phone reception out there! Find the ad here on craigslist or continue reading for more photos. See how many of the cars you can identify! Thanks for the tip Dan H! Read more »

CVT Pioneer: 1961 DAF 600

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Continuously variable transmissions may be commonplace today, but they were unheard of back in the sixties. You have probably never heard of DAF, but they were one of the first companies to employee such a system. They called it a Variomatic, but the concept is the same. This 1961 DAF 600 is fitted with one of these innovative transmissions and although it has been parked for many years, is claimed to run and drive. It is still going to need lots of work, but the quirky nature of the car and the $3,000 asking price make it a tempting proposition. Find it here on eBay in Dolgeville, New York. Thanks goes to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

Grocery Store Sighting: 1955 Porsche 356A

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From Sid Cannon – Stopped at a grocery store in a certain lake town in Idaho and this was in the parking lot! It’s a 1955 Porsche 356A and it has been the owner’s “resort car” for the past 20 years. Pine needles on the hood, lots of dust on the dash = barn find without the barn. I told the owner about an upcoming Oktoberfast event and then said, “Don’t wash it or dust off the dash”. He just scratched his head and said OK… Read more »

Montana Flea Market Finds

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Last September, Jesse posted a a Citroen DS that he spotted parked at a flea market in Montana. Well I was recently by there and stopped to take a look. Chance would have it that the owner was there working on his cars, so he let me in to have a look at the Citroen and some of the other cars he currently has on the lot. He was busy working, so I decided to not bother him too much, but I was able to get some prices and his phone number. I’m sad to report that the Citroen’s condition isn’t the best though. Most of his cars are in rough shape, but there are a few gems here and even a couple that run and drive! Read more »

1964 Jaguar E-Type Barn Find

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Most of us would much rather purchase a car that has been sitting in a heated garage for a few years, but there is just something cool about a real deal barn find. This 1964 Jaguar E-Type is about as “real” as they come. That isn’t always a good thing though and in this case the barn didn’t do much to protect it during the last 33 years that it has been parked. This is a highly desirable Series I car though so undoubtedly it will be saved. Bidding is already heating up at $15k with the reserve not even met! Find it here on eBay in Charlotte, North Carolina. Thanks goes to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

Ohio Estate Sale Stash

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Estate sales are always a good place to look for  projects. There is usually less competition come bidding time because fewer people know about it, but you also have to know what you are looking for. Barn Finds reader Bob P just sent in a link to a big sale coming up on September 6th in North Canton, Ohio. The ’57 Chevy looks interesting, but there are many other classic cars and old motorcycles on offer that might be more desirable. It looks like everything has been parked for years, but I’m sure there will be a few bargains to be had. Take look here on Kiko Auctions. Thanks for the tip Bob! Read more »

The Cheapest Marmon Sixteen!

1931 Marmon Sixteen

The seller of this 1931 Marmon V16 claims it is the cheapest of its kind in the entire world, but then again it is probably the roughest one too! These massive prewar machines are exceptionally rare and as the price would suggest, highly desired. I’m not sure if the seller’s claim is really the best sales tactic for a car like this, but it’s certainly an interesting strategy to take. I guess it caught my attention, but any prewar car with a V16 will do that. It is located in Apple Valley, California and appears to have been parked out in the elements here for a number of years. Find it here on eBay with an opening bid of $47k. Read more »

SAAB Project Update: The Dreaded Starter Swap

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After my gripe session the other day, I decided it was time to get the SAAB back on the road yet once again. After a few quick tests with my trusty multimeter, I determined that the starter was indeed bad. That multimeter has been my best friend when working on this SAAB by the way. It is always a good idea to test components before replacing them because it saves you time and money. Anyway, after picking up a replacement starter from the local auto parts store, I went online to get some pointers before starting the job. Most of the forums were filled with complaints about the task. Some even saying that SAABs were good cars, all except for the location of the starter. Can you spot it hidden under there? I don’t think it was that bad of a job, but it was definitely a challenge that I’d rather not undertake again. Read more »