Garage Bird: 1955 Ford Thunderbird

1955 Ford Thunderbird

The Big Three have never been known for building true sports cars. Don’t get me wrong, they have all built some great cars throughout their history, but they haven’t ever captured the pure essence of a sports car. Chevy was the first to take the bold step of attempting the task with their Corvette and it didn’t take Ford long to respond with their own interpretation. The Thunderbird was more refined and comfortable to drive everyday, but it lacked the handling and performance of a true sports car. Today, the Thunderbird isn’t as desirable as the Corvette or the European cars it competes with, but it still has a dedicated following. The 1955 Thunderbird you see above was discovered in this garage after being off the road for the past 44 years. It needs a motor and lots of work, but will be a sweet machine when it’s done! Check it out here on eBay or in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Read more »

Rare 1956 Bristol 405 for $500!

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It may not look like much in the photo, but this is a 1956 Bristol 405. Don’t feel bad if you have never heard of this British built grand tourer. Only a couple hundred were ever produced and very few remain today. This one is obviously in bad shape, but when new this aluminum bodied four-door was a looker with its tail-fins and unique front end. Thrust was provided by an inline-six that was powerful enough to hit 110 mph! Shifts were made through a smooth four-speed equipped with overdrive (essentially five forward gears). Some of these cars were even fitted with disk brakes. All this may not sound that impressive today, but any car so-equipped in the fifties was something special. Find this one here on craigslist out of Novato, California. Thanks goes to Robert J for the tip! Read more »

Pint-Sized Project: 1962 Morris Mini Cooper

1962 Morris Mini Cooper

Looking at a Morris Mini, it is hard to imagine such a small car flying around Monte Carlo at speed, but after John Cooper was done tuning the Mini it became a force to be reckoned with. The Mini had impressive handling before Cooper got his hands on it, but he gave the Mini the one thing it needed to be competitive, more power. Minis have always been in demand, but the Cooper versions are without a doubt the most desirable of these tiny cars. This 1962 Morris Mini Cooper was discovered in Italy and is in need of a complete restoration. The seller literally provides no information about the car, other than the fact that it needs restored. Thankfully, they offer lots of photos, which can be seen here on AutoClassic.it and if any additional information comes to light, I’ll be sure to add it! Read more »

Coolest School Bus Ever!

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According to the seller of this stretched 1956 Chevrolet, only one of these specialty vehicles sold in 1956 and it went to a grade school. A Grand Rapids Minnesota Elementary School to be exact and there it served for 22 years! What could be cooler than climbing aboard this beast each morning for your daily trek to school? A handful of these were reportedly sold the following year and I assume that most went to airports or other organizations where a large group of people needed to be transported. Unfortunately, the seller also assumes that because of the truck’s rarity, it’s worth 50 grand! What do you think? Find it here on Hemmings out of Bristol, Virginia. Thanks goes to Connor B for the tip! Read more »

One of a Kind: 1959 Lancia Appia Giardinetta

1959 Lancia Appia C80S

When most of us think of Italian cars, names like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo probably come to mind, but one Italian brand that is often forgotten is Lancia. The brand is now known for building rebranded Fiats, but at one time they built some amazing sports car. Those that lived in Italy or just have a true passion for the marque might even remember some of their rather interesting commercial vehicles. Well if you remember seeing Lancia Appia vans running around the streets of Italy or simply appreciate old commercial vehicles, than this extremely rare 1959 Lancia Appia¬†Giardinetta should be of some interest. It is one of only a handful ever built and possibly the only one built for civilian use. Take a look at the listing here on Car and Classic in Torino, Italy. Thanks goes to Simone B for the tip! Read more »

96 Mile 1987 Trans Am GTA

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Normally, we wouldn’t feature an eighties Firebird, but any 25+ year old car that is claimed to have only covered 96 miles in its lifetime is worth a look. When I saw this one, the first thought that came to my mind was that the odometer had been tampered with and that the seller was just trying to generate some hype. That may be the case, but there is an interesting story behind the car that makes me wonder if this tall tale is true. There is even some physical evidence to back it all up, so read the whole story and then let us know if you think it’s legit. Find it here on eBay in Reno, Nevada where bidding starts at $1,000. Thanks goes to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

Crusty Cabriolet: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE

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From Avi K – I found this car in my mechanic’s lot in 2007. He was commissioned to restore it for a fellow who bought it from Mercedes in 1961 as a pre-owned vehicle and drove it up until 2007. My mechanic pulled the engine from the car and gave the owner a few options. When I noticed that nothing was happening with the car in 2009 I asked what the plans were. I was told that the owner changed his mind and didn’t want to restore it, so I asked for his number. Read more »

Not Quite Original: 1951 Buick Special

1951 Buick Special

The saying “it’s only original once” gets thrown around here quite a bit and it has me wondering where the line is for originality. Of course everyone has a different view and opinion on this subject, so giving the term an exact definition is rather difficult. My curiosity about the term really piqued when I was looking at this 1951 Buick Special Coupe that I spotted here on eBay for $6,500. Parts of the car have been left untouched and are worn by time, while others have been restored to make it drivable, reliable, and safe. So that leaves me wondering if a car must remain untouched to be classified as “original” or if a certain amount of work can be performed without impacting “originality”? Read more »

1955 Mercury Montclair Barn Find

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It may be hard to tell from the photo, but this 1955 Mercury Montclair was once a very classy car. It was big, stylish, and well-appointed, but after sitting in a Texas barn since the seventies, this one is going to need a lot of work to get back to its former glory. Most everything is still there, but most everything will also need to be restored. Find it here on eBay out of Bulverde, Texas where bidding starts at $2,000 with no reserve. Read more »