While this Cadillac Eldorado is both rare and desirable, I’m not sure if I would want to buy this massive convertible. Having driven a ’66 Coupe DeVille just recently, I can attest to how smooth and impressive this era of Cadillac really are, but fixing up a barn find convertible that was stored with the top down can present some unique issues. Finding interior parts, especially the electrical components, can be tricky and expensive. This one was last registered in 2000 so we can assume it’s been off the road at least 15 years, which shouldn’t be an issue for these well built cars, but even the best built cars can be quickly destroyed by mice and moisture. The seller doesn’t provide much info about this Caddy, but claims it only has rust in the driver’s floor and the rear bumper. They also state that it comes with a brand new top that’s still in the box. I’ve always thought it would be fun to have one of these big drop tops, but this one could turn out to be a big headache. Of course, the cars are getting quite rare, so perhaps this one would be worth restoring! You can find it here on eBay in Closter, New Jersey with a BIN of $9,995.
It happens quite often, someone has big plans for their old car that has been running very well. So they pull it into the garage and start working on it. In the case of this Chevy Vega Notchback, the owner decided to drop a 350 V8 with a Muncie 4 speed into it. Well they got the engine in the car and even had a custom driveshaft built and installed, but they never got around to hooking up the clutch linkage. As a result, they never were able to drive it. They quickly lost interest, so there it sat in their garage. After 25 years, they have finally decided it needs to go to a new home with someone who can finish it. You can find it here on eBay in Kelliher, Minnesota with bidding just starting at $200. I’ve not seen many Vega Notchbacks and I have to say, I really like the looks of this car. While getting the V8 running and working in this chassis will still require considerable work, it would be a sweet little hot rod. The seller is even throwing in a Alston roll cage and some replacement interior pieces! So would you finish this conversion or try to put it back to original?
If the single Alfetta that we featured last night didn’t quite get your blood going, then may I suggest this collection of Alfa Romeo cars and parts instead? As you will see in the pictures, this was a huge collection! The seller listed everything month’s ago and I couldn’t find any contact information though so I’m not sure if it’s still all on the market or not. It might be worth investigating though if you have a hankering for something Italian. Take a look at the photo gallery and inventory list here. Be sure to let us know if you are able to track down the owner or if you come across more details.
I remember being struck by the silence the first time I rode in one of these later GM front-wheel-drive cars. It’s hard to believe now that these were downsized considerably from their predecessors when they were introduced in 1979. Quite popular in their day, this Eldorado is neither the Biarritz nor the Touring Coupe edition, but still cossetted it’s passengers in luxury. Unusual in having four-wheel independent suspension, the cars did exactly what they were supposed to do; cruise in comfort. Jim S alerted us to this particular car, which was a one-owner trade in and is currently located at a dealer in Ozone Park, New York. They have listed it for sale here on eBay, with a buy-it-now price of $3,950. Apart from some damage on the bumper blend pieces (easily cracked plastic that is being reproduced), the vehicle looks to be a well-loved survivor example. The near-baroque interior looks good other than a sagging headliner and apart from what looks like some rattle-can black touchup under the car, I don’t see anything in the pictures that worries me. Will this be the next great collector car? No. But if you’d like to relive some memories in plush comfort, and show up at a classic car show with the car that will be able to jump start the ones that aren’t running, you might give this a try. Here’s the link to the rear bumper blend pieces you need; only $85 for the whole set! I’m almost convincing myself to take the plunge!
Jesse said it best I think when he said “I miss the four-wheel disc brakes, the smooth shifting five-speed, and oh… the sound of that twin-cam” in an earlier writeup. Here’s another chance, perhaps without as much rust – a 1975 Alfa Romeo Alfetta Veloce. This one is said to be almost rust free, have about 88,000 miles on it, and that it ran when it was parked in the early eighties. It has the dealer installed twin Webers. It looks complete and the driver’s seat is the only thing obviously needing repair. Then there’s the mechanical work, the fuel and brake systems. How much do you think it would take to revive this car? The owner is firm on his price of $3,000 and it’s listed on here on craigslist in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Too bad this little ’77 280Z didn’t get a spot inside the shed it’s parked next to – that might have prevented it from sinking into the mud and becoming a parts car! Fortunately, it is the worse of two project-grade 280Zs posted here on craigslist in Mississippi for $2,500. The red 280 is an automatic-equipped car with a bad timing chain but the desirable 5-slot wheels. It’s partner car is a much cleaner black manual-transmission model with the engine removed and inside the seller’s shop. As far as “twofers” go, this seems like a decent deal if you can make one good car out of the pair, and frankly, if the black car is as rust-free as the seller says it is, I think you’re safe from any major surprises here. But I’d definitely want to know why the engine in the black car was removed and what’s happened to it since then. Anyone else think it’s a fair price for two 280z’s? Thanks to Barn Finds reader Olaf E. for the find!
Back in 1970, the AMC Rebel “Machine” was a big, loud, fast, car. AMC always tried to grab the attention of enthusiasts by doing things a little out of the ordinary, and this was no ordinary car! And this one isn’t even an ordinary Machine, with reports of it being one of only three fitted with factory air conditioning. Although it originally left the factory in Bayshore Blue, it was decorated in the more familiar red, white and blue livery later in it’s life. The seller presents a very forthcoming auction listing here on eBay, with bidding currently at over $15,000 and the reserve not yet met. The car is by no means in perfect condition, but it is in enjoyable condition, and that’s exactly what the seller sounds like they have been doing. So, would you like to be the next person enjoying this patriotic machine? Thanks goes to Jim S. for this find!
When you think of a tow truck, you tend to envision a workhorse of a truck, one that’s tasked with the tough jobs other rigs would whimper at the sight of. Obviously, tow trucks are overbuilt to accommodate such duties, but it’s still rare to see a vintage one looking fresh and clean. This ’78 Ford 600 wrecker here on eBay was sent in by Barn Finds reader Jim S. and is listed with no reserve. Fortunately, it looks as if it has been spared the fate of being used hard and put away wet. The classic looks of this old-school truck strike me as almost art-deco in style and the hand-painted business information for Art’s Garage only adds to the charm. I’m not sure what you’d do with this other than add it to a collection, but maybe some of our readers have better ideas. How would you use this vintage towing machine?
All that’s needed is a chassis, right? And an engine, transmission, suspension, electrical components, interior, steering gear, exhaust, and everything else you can think of! Thanks to TireFriar for sending us this great find! Bill Devin’s bodies were designed to be modular, with many different wheelbases and configurations available. You could even put the engine in the rear in some configurations. The seller of this body is marketing it as a Devin SS: I don’t know enough about the various Devin versions to tell the difference between them. I thought I remembered reading at one point that the SS’s were actually factory built cars with proprietary frames; maybe a Barn Finds reader can help with clarifying information? The body is located in San Gabriel Valley, California and is up for sale here on craigslist for $5,000. Are you interested in taking this on as a project?
The Sunbeam Alpine is generally under-appreciated by sports car enthusiasts. With a distinctly softer edge than contemporary MG’s, Triumphs and Austin-Healeys (the Alpine offered real wind-up windows upon it’s introduction in 1959, unlike the others which still used side curtains), what’s little known is that the little Sunbeams were quite good handling sports cars. This particular Alpine is a Series II, which were produced from 1961 to 1963, and featured the uprated 1592cc 4-cylinder and twin Solex carburetors. It’s located in Williamsburg, Michigan and is being offered for sale here on eBay. The opening bid is only $600, and there’s no reserve. However, upon closer examination, there may be a reason for that price being so low… Read more »
There were only 380 Hurst Olds W30s built in 1974 with the 230 hp 455 CID. This car has been owned by the same family and was only driven for 8 years before being stored. They claim the 12,000 miles showing is accurate, but then they also say this car is in excellent condition. One would hope this rare Olds would be worth more and being stored so long would be in better shape. Apparently it was stored outside under a tarp. It appears moisture under the vinyl top has caused extensive rust. Time and moisture have not been kind to this car. The asking price here on craigslist is $5500. Checking eBay, I see a beautiful 1973 triple black 455 Olds that just sold for $11K. Sadly, I’m not sure this Olds is worth saving at this price. It’s located near Alexander, Alabama. Do you think this Olds is worth restoring at any price? Special thanks to Robert R for this tip!
Connell’s Auto Collection in Maine is a yard I’ve heard about off and on for a few years. I’ve always known them to keep a collection of antique vehicles around as part of their normal salvage operations, but the news of this auction has me wondering if an owner passed away or they’re getting out of the old tin business. Either way, check out the details here on the auctioneer’s website and begin picking out your favorites. I personally like the Checker Wagon and the ’53 Cadillac; I wish they had identified the motorcycle as I quite like that as well! And because I’m a hopeless German car fanatic, I’d grab the Mercedes 190E for a commuter project. But that’s just me – what do you see on the lot list that interests you? And if any of our readers are in Maine, will you be stopping by for a look? Thanks goes to Brian S. for the tip! Read more »