1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible

Low Optioned 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible

4-4-2 stood for 4-speed, 4-barrel, and 2 (dual) exhaust. That sounds like a good combination to me! This car has all of those and more. Well, apart from the convertible top, not much more. It was ordered without all the power options, so that means it’s going to take a little more muscle to turn and stop, but it also makes me think that someone was more concerned about performance than comfort. Or perhaps they were just cheap? I like to think that anyone who would purchase a car outfitted with a 400 cubic inch engine, floor shift transmission, and convertible top is more into having fun than saving money though. Take a look at the ad here on craigslist and let us know what you think. Thanks goes to Offshore Guy for the submission!

Treed GTO Judge

Treed Goat Recovered: Pontiac GTO Judge

Reader Alan F recently sent in photos of a Pontiac GTO Judge that he has known about for the past 30 years and he finally got the chance to buy it. Well, over the weekend he traveled to the farm where it was parked and cut it free from the tree. You can read his original story here! He promised to send us an update as soon as he had it free and here it is! From Alan – So I spent my Independence Day flying to rescue this Judge, and this morning (Sunday) awoke to pouring rain, first they’ve had in months. The crops needed it however and it certainly wasn’t going to sway me from the day’s duties!! Read more »


Court-Ordered Sale: 1968 Chevrolet Corvette

It’s always a bit sad to see listings like this: a court-ordered sale by declaration of bankruptcy, reflecting a project gone too far or other expenses that have piled up before this 1968 Chevy Corvette convertible here on eBay could be completed. Don’t get me wrong – if you don’t have the funds in the bank, taking on a restoration project is a foolish idea – but just as easily, the former owner may have fallen on hard times due to medical expenses or otherwise. The car comes with a small block and 4-speed, but there are a lot of parts missing since the ‘Vette was in the middle of a seemingly messy restoration. There are 74 bids up to $5,600 and the reserve unmet, so clearly the unknowns aren’t deterring some bidders. Would you take a chance on a car seized by the court system, or is it too risky of a bet?


Is It Worth It: 1970 Boss 429 Shell

Let me start this article by stating I’m a huge Mustang fan. Grew up with four in the family over the years, and I currently have a 2013 Boss 302 that I will never sell. I just don’t get the price on this one. Yes, this is an original Boss 429 Mustang, one of only 499 produced, and it has all it’s original body panels, a Marti report for verification and appears relatively straight. It’s located in Manassas, Virginia and is for sale here on eBay. The seller notes that a restored similar car sold for $400,000 last year at auction, and therefore feels justified asking $125,000 or best offer for this car. But there’s a crucial thing missing! The Boss 429 was created to homologate an engine, and it’s not there! Not only that, the transmission that’s there isn’t the original type either. Considering the rust (and kudos to the seller for showing detailed pictures of it) and the lack of engine, to me this is a lot of money for a shell and a title. What do you think? I’ll be following this one to see if it sells for the asking price.


Motoring Monday: 1951 MGTD

This 1951 MGTD is a prototypical barnfind – ok, garage find! After covering 126,000 miles (kudos to the seller for not trying to pass it off as 26,000), the car was put away for years in a garage. Thankfully, it must have been out of the elements as the car is relatively solid. It’s located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and is up for auction here on eBay with a pretty low buy-it-now price of $6,800. The classic brown and cream color scheme recalls the famous “cream cracker” pre-war MG racers; I’m guessing that was intentional, whether it left the factory that way or not. I wish the photography was better in the ad, there are a few clear pictures but I’d love to see some more details. Read more »


Unusual 1936 Chevrolet Foreman’s Pickup

When I first saw the pictures of this unusual vehicle I thought it was just a modified coupe. And in reality, that’s all it is, but the car is a genuine factory model. I wasn’t aware of this little slice of GM history before today. This “Foreman’s Pickup” is located in Leadville, Colorado. It’s sale is being handled here on eBay where the opening bid is $4,000 but the reserve is higher than that. The owner characterizes it as being in “survivor” condition, with new tires and battery. It runs and drives, but the brakes are currently non-operational. As the seller is including rebuildable components and the kits to rebuild them with, hopefully whomever purchases the vehicle will have it back on the road in no time. There are other issues, mainly relating to the age and wooden-framed body, but if you want something completely different, this could be it. Read more »


Wishful Thinking: 1967 Fiat Dino Coupe

The Fiat Dino Coupe and Spyder were essentially created to find a home for a Ferrari V6 that needed to be produced in sufficient quantities to be homologated for racing. I think the Bertone lines of the coupe are timeless and that it’s one of the prettiest cars to ever come out of Italy. Something about the crisp styling, especially from the rear 3/4 view, really speaks to me. This one looks to be in pretty nice shape and is somewhat surprisingly offered here on eBay with no reserve. As I type this, bidding is only up to $2,125, but I’m sure that will climb considerably (if not, I’m going to own it!) before the auction isover. The car is located in Berlin, Connecticut and I can’t imagine a more fun summer drive than to ferry this back home, eventually reaching the Blue Ridge Parkway. Ok, enough dreaming! The car looks really nice and benefits from a bare metal respray. In some of the pictures the door fit doesn’t look great but that may just be an optical illusion, and I had to look hard for it. Said to run “great” and with no outstanding issues, I have a feeling this little car will make someone very happy. Unfortunately, it’s probably not going to be me!


Apocalypse Vehicle: 1972 International Travelall

When I was a kid, I read a book about a comet hitting the earth called Lucifer’s Hammer. One of the things that stuck in my mind was that when the disaster happened, the main character got through the struggle in an International Travelall. I didn’t even know what one was yet, but ever since I found out, I’ve wanted one. You know, just in case! This 1972 Travelall is located in Taos, New Mexico and is being auctioned off here on eBay with an opening bid of $400 and no reserve. Said to run extremely well and with only minor rust issues, the honest look with the few dents really makes this one attractive to me. If it were in North Carolina, I’d be bidding! The engine starts up every time and has recently had a tuneup. A limited slip differential partially makes up for the two-wheel drive, and while the V8 is using a quart of oil every six hours I could live with that for a long time before rebuilding it. If it stays this low, I might be investigating shipping costs from New Mexico, but I doubt that it will. What do you think?


Alpine Day On eBay: ’63 and ’66 Sunbeams

When I saw the picture of this sad Alpine, I imagined it “shushing” me with the jack handle over it’s mouth. And then saying to me, “let me die here in peace”. I hope that doesn’t happen, as it’s for sale here on eBay with bidding at only $500 without a reserve. The sad-looking little Sunbeam resides in Ontario, California. There are certainly parts missing in the pictures, and the auction lists the grille, headlights, windshield and tailights as missing as well as the seats having been replaced by modern Acura items. I’m guessing there are plenty of other items missing too. The best thing about this car is the rust-free body. I’d like to see more pictures to confirm that, but if so, I’ve seen a lot of rusty but mechanically sound Alpines out there; look at this as a body that’s largely stripped already and a donor to one of those rusty cars. Any other spares are just bonuses. You couldn’t fix the typical Alpine fender/sill rust in a rusty car for the price. But this wasn’t the only Alpine listed today on eBay! Read more »


Barn Find Billboard in San Fransisco

Can a billboard be a barn find? According to this post here on the 24 Hours of LeMons forums, this billboard (actually a painted building from the looks of it) is currently visible in San Francisco “on Sutter, between Leavenworth and Hyde.” Any Barn Finds readers near there to verify this find? Although we’ve only recently lost Saab, and Alfa Romeo is making a comeback in the US, the Sterling was a short-lived British marque manufactured by Rover and marketed here from 1987 to 1991. The cars were actually based on the contemporary Acura Legend but did not seem to share Honda reliability. It doesn’t look like Showcase Rental is with us anymore, either, which is a shame – I wish I could rent a new 1989 Alfa Spider (the bumpers changed in 1990, so the picture is earlier) right now! Based on those dates, this advertisement is at least 24 years old! Are there any out of date automotive billboards near you? Show them to us in the comments section below!

1963 Studebaker Avanti

Tree Damaged 1963 Studebaker Avanti

If the driveway find we featured the other day was too expensive for you, may I suggest this instead? It’s a ’63 Avanti and supposedly was running when put into storage over 25 years ago. There’s one big problem though. Apparently a tree fell on the car at some point and caused some serious damage. That’s a shame too because it looks like this was a nice car before the incident. You had better be skilled with the mat and resin because this one is going to need lots of fiberglass work. The seller is including some things that may make the job easier as well as an extra rebuilt engine and a 4-speed. Putting this one right would take a lot of work, but the end result could be lots of fun. Take a look here on eBay where it is listed with a starting bid of $2,000 and no reserve.

Parts Inventory

Old Supply Company Liquidation!

Reader Bill M recently bought an hoard of old stuff and there appears to be some interesting old pieces of equipment and random items in here. He wasn’t sure what to do with it all, so he decided he’d send us some information and photos. Pretty much everything in the photos is up for grabs, so if you see something you want be sure to email him! He also needs a little help identifying what he thinks might be the canopy from a WWII era fighter plane. Here is what he has to say about all this stuff. From Bill – Hey guys, I’ve recently bought a 15,000 square foot hoard of stuff in Maryland, it was a farm, marine & hardware supply company that closed in the late 1960s! Read more »