Aussie Special: Cadillac Fleetwood Ute

Cadillac Fleetwood Ute

In my never ending pursuit of automotive oddballs, I’ve been hunting the globe for cars never seen before. While some are models that I simply haven’t ever seen, others are specials custom tailored to meet the needs of the market they were sold in. This Cadillac Fleetwood Ute is the perfect example of a car that was modified to meet the demands and style of Australia. If you didn’t already know, Australia is known for its love of all things utility. This Cadillac started life as a regular Fleetwood Brougham but had the back seats removed and a truck bed installed in the rear. Find this luxury ute here on eBay out of Melbourne, Australia. Read more »

It’s a Runner: 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T

Dodge Challenger RT

I’ve always loved the sight of a muscle car or some foreign exotic in slightly used-up, possibly neglected condition. I suppose it’s because so often you see these types of vehicles with body panels hand-polished to perfection and chrome that could blind someone on a sunny day. So when a car like this 1971 Challenger appears, I tend to warm up to it more quickly. Its stories are still there, present in the battle scars and blemishes. This is not so much about patina as it is about history and while the next owner will have their work cut out for them, this recently discovered R/T model in Oregon will come with lots of memories. Find it here on eBay or in Portland. Read more »

Could’ve Had A Turbine: 1970 Rover P6

1970 Rover P6 3500S

The gestation of the Rover P6 is fascinating. At one point in the 50’s and early 60’s, Rover was convinced the powertrain of the future was the gas turbine. Rover was involved in the prototyping and production of the world’s first jet engines in 1939-40 and by the end of 1945 was working on the first use of a gas turbine engine in an automobile (I’ll bet a lot of you thought Chrysler was first!). By 1950, their first car, “JET 1” was prototyped and they were well on the way to producing a production vehicle. The P6 was supposed to be the production home for that gas turbine. This one, however, is powered by the ubiquitous 3500 V8 and is for sale here on eBay with a buy it now price of $7200. Read more »

Shark Nosed Six: 1939 Graham Model 97

1939 Graham Town and Country

We have all heard the names of Henry Ford, Harley Earl, and the Dodge Brothers. All were notable figures in automotive history, but there were three brothers who had an incredible impact on the automobile, yet there names are almost completely forgotten today. The Graham brothers (Joseph, Robert, and Ray to be exact) founded the company originally to provide Model T truck conversions, but quickly saw potential as a car manufacturer. They pioneered a number of innovations and some of the most beautiful cars ever built. This 1939 Model 97 Town and Country showcases both their style and innovative ideas. Have a look at it here on eBay in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Read more »

Grace without Pace: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 190E

Mercedes 190E

Full disclosure: the car you see above is one of my all-time favorite cars. I owned a 1991 Mercedes 190E with the 2.3 gas four-cylinder and an automatic. I used it to drive back and forth to school primarily, which consisted of a 3 hour drive up the Mass Pike. It delivered the driving quality of an S-Class with the fuel efficiency you’d expect from a compact sedan and miserly inline-four motor. To this day, I haven’t driven a better highway car for the money, and wish I kept mine. Barn Finds reader Jim S found this rare 5-speed example here on eBay in dry New Mexico, with a few bids already on the board but the reserve unmet. Read more »

Stately Diplomat: 1966 AMC Ambassador

1966-AMC-Ambassador

My grandfather was pretty tough on cars, although he maintained them well. He had a slighter newer Ambassador than this one growing up, but I don’t remember it looking this nice even then. This clean looking 1966 AMC was brought to our attention by Ricky M, and is at auction here on eBay. Wearing original ivory paint and tan interior, this Ambassador appears to be a low mileage survivor, with 44k on the odometer. Unusually, the car has factory air and power steering but manual brakes. The seller states that not only is the paint original, there is little rust or body repairs, and that it was kept in a barn in western Oklahoma. Read more »

Possible Salt Flat Racer: 1954 Corvette

1954-Corvette-race-car

The seller of this 1954 Corvette is assisting with the sale of a huge stash of cars and parts that have been sitting in a barn since the 70s. This appears to be the first car to come out of hiding and boy, is it a good one! Sure, it has holes cut in the body and most of the parts are missing, but there is some evidence here that this may have been a race car that could have even run at Bonneville. The car is located in Irvington, Alabama and bidding starts at $1,000 here on eBay. Take a look and let us know if you think it’s authentic. Read more »

Luxury Wagon: 1963 Cadillac Vista Cruiser

1963-Cadillac-Vista-Cruiser

When was the last time you saw one of these? I bet the answer was never because this seems to be the only one in existence. The seller claims that it is the holy grail of Cadillacs! I’m not so sure about that, but the combination of a Vista Cruiser’s roof line with the plush accommodations of a Cadillac make this one worth a look. You won’t be able to experience it for cheap though. The seller is asking $38k here on eBay in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. That seemed high to me, but Cadillac wagons are always intriguing so I did a little digging… Read more »

Galactic Wagon: 1964 Ford Country Squire

1964 Ford Galaxie Country Squire

This 1964 Ford Country Squire isn’t the cleanest or nicest example of Ford’s big wagon, but there is something about this particular car that grabs my attention. Maybe it’s the unusual rust patterns and patina. Or perhaps it is the fact that it’s the top of the line Galaxy wagon with the 390 V8 and just about every feature you could option these with. I’m not sure what is so appealing about an old wagon that has seen 128k miles, but there is just something truly honest about it. If like me, you find this station wagon strangely appealing, you can find it here on eBay in Gig Harbor, Washington. Happy Wagon Wednesday! Read more »