Marty

About Marty

Marty Wilke lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He is restoring his 1930 Ford Model A, a "bullet nose" 1951 Studebaker convertible, a 1963 Chevy Impala and several other vintage vehicles. Marty has "cars in his blood," and that bloodline goes back for at least three generations. He has traveled many areas of the automotive universe, from truck assembly line worker to salvage yard scavenger, body repair and mechanical, restoration, sales, photography and more. The cars he usually likes best are not the sheltered rare and exotics, but rather the "barn finds", the everyday vintage vehicles that have been used in the real world. He also restores antique slot machines, and enjoys home improvement projects with his wife Marie.

Not In California: 1963 Ford Thunderbird

If great big FoMoCo personal luxury cars are your thing, this one might be worth checking out. It looks relatively straight, very solid and rust-free. It’s in Modesto, but nowhere near California. Two thousand miles away,… more»

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The Long Way Home: 1947 Chevy Truck

“So you think you’re a Romeo…playing a part in a picture show…” goes the lyrics of the old Supertramp song circa 1979, “Take the long way home…”  That would be easy to do with a truck… more»

Ramblin’ Around: 1965 Rambler Classic 770 Convertible

When they were new, and now as much as then, American Motors products may be seen as underdogs. The underdog sometimes wins, even when going up against some pretty big dogs. The fellows who put in… more»

Hide Away: 1970 Plymouth Sport Fury

Hidden away in the wilds of west-central Illinois, is this great 1970 Plymouth parts car. In very desirable “Sport Fury” trim, and with a big block slumbering peacefully under the hood, it’s in just rough enough… more»

Bargain Box: 1950 Ford Tudor Sedan

In my frequent perusals through the daily offerings that can be found on the local craigslist page, I see several of the same names in the advertisements, over and over. That coupled with the photos which… more»

Blank Canvas: 1970 Pontiac LeMans Coupe

This could be the blank canvas for your next project, that is, if you’re a Poncho man. This 1970 Pontiac is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and appears here on craigslist. If you’re not a Poncho… more»

Number Fifty-One With a Bullet: Studebaker Champion Convertible

Does this classify as a fat-fender car? Or a “shoe box”? It’s kind of both, really. This 1951 Studebaker Champion convertible is listed on eBay, and as of this writing, has about 4 days left to… more»

Plainly Muscle: 1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass

It’s plain for all to see, how original this 1964 Oldsmobile is. Wearing what looks like original color and paint, and dog-dish or “poverty” wheel covers, this car stands proudly awaiting its next new owner. The… more»

Attention Future Collectors: 1993 Nissan 300ZX 2+2

A car made for model year 1993 is not going to fit everyone’s idea of a “barn find.”  But I’m proud to present it to you, because any intelligent discussion about classic or collectible cars eventually… more»

Build It Your Way: 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne

Sometimes it feels like there are endless numbers of craigslist ads with terrible photos and awful descriptions. Different from the rest of the pack, at least this one has an actual description as countermeasure to the… more»

$500 Car Hoarders Unanimous: 1964 Plymouth Valiant

In beautiful downtown Maplewood, Missouri, is this blue Valiant sedan, awaiting your perusal. The ask is just $500.00, and it can be found here on craigslist.

Pony In Distress: 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe

“My little pony, my little pony, I comb and brush her hair. My little pony, my little pony, I tie a ribbon to show how much I care.”

deVille’s In The Details: 1968 Cadillac Convertible

Straight outta Memphis is this 1968 Cadillac deVille convertible. It’s also a candidate for our ever-popular “What’s It Worth?” department here at Barn Finds.  This fine brown ride appears here on craigslist. The asking price is… more»