Mystery Hot Rod Find

Mystery Hot Rod

It must have been an interesting experience when the seller of this custom built hot rod discovered it. Other than one emblem that reads “Hot Rod”, there isn’t any form of identification on it. I can imagine it left the seller excited yet confused. If I hadn’t ever seen one of these before, I know I would have been incredibly confused as to what it was. For those of you who haven’t ever run across one of these odd looking machines, I’m guessing it’s a Mechanix Illustrated Roadster. In the November 1951 issue of the magazine, they documented how to build your own sports car for less than $500. As with most home-built cars, many were started but few were finished. This one was completed, but has been parked for many years. It has been pulled out of storage and listed here on craigslist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Thanks goes to Randall N for the tip! Read more »

The Short Bus: Dodge Postal Delivery Van

Dodge Postal Van

Update 10/21/14 – Reader Dennis has pointed out that this Postal Van has been relisted here on eBay, but this time it’s being offered by a different seller. The new seller doesn’t list its current location and they are reusing the previous seller’s photos and description. I would recommend being cautious with this one and I would highly recommend contacting them to get current photos. Special thanks to Dennis for the tip!

From 5/13/14 – Finding a car built in the 1950’s isn’t all the difficult, as they were heavy and well-built machines. Like most things built in the 1950’s, the vehicles built in this era were built to last. That being said, we don’t typically see ’50s work vehicles that have survived years of hard work and the effects of being left outdoors. This is likely because most tended to be so well built that they were used until they just couldn’t go anymore. It also didn’t help that most companies didn’t tend to keep them after they had been replaced. This 1950’s Dodge Postal Delivery Van was recently pulled from a barn in Montana and while it needs to be restored, it is in solid shape. Life as a work vehicle in Montana couldn’t have been easy, but somehow this one has survived and looks as cute as ever. Take a look at it here on eBay with a $4,500 BIN. Read more »

Possible Rally Car: 1959 Morgan Plus 4

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The seller of this 1959 Morgan Plus 4 touts it as a possible period rally car. They present some proof, but don’t offer any documentation or photos to back up the claim. I thought it would be fun to review the evidence and let everyone here come to their own conclusions. Some race history may add to the car’s value, but either way this is going to be a very expensive project. Find it here on eBay out of Atlanta, Georgia where bidding ends in less than 8 hours! Read more »

Cheap With Patina: 1963 Cadillac DeVille

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Fifties and early-sixties Cadillacs were special cars and subsequently are sought after by people who appreciate the big cars of that era. I’m not going to be buying a mint ’59 Caddy, the tail fin king of motordom, anytime soon, but maybe a later model… still with decent size fins… might be within reach. This ’63 DeVille isn’t in the best condition, and it’s a 4-door, not a coupe or convertible. But on the other hand, according to the seller it runs and sounds healthy and even the power windows work. Find it here on craigslist for only $3,750 in Bellingham, Washington. Read more »

Moss Covered Classics in Oregon

Moss Covered Jaguars

How wet of an environment must a car be in to grow moss? Well the Cottage Grove area of Oregon has the perfect climate for turning any classic into a Chia Pet. All you have to do is park your classic out in the surrounding forest for a few years and your car can look just like one of these moss covered machines. If you just can’t wait that long, these ones are for sale and are already covered in the green stuff. Be sure to take a look at the craigslist ad here and if you’re near the Cottage Grove area be sure to stop and check them out. Special thanks to Chris G for sharing this with us! Read more »

Number 26: 1954 Arnolt Bristol

1954 Arnolt Bristol Racing

They say the best things come out of collaborative efforts and based on the 1954 Arnolt Bristol above, I’d have to agree. There are other great examples, like the De Tomaso Pantera and the Intermeccanica, but those cars were simple collaborations between Italy and America. The Arnolt Bristol took it to a new level, as it was an American car with an Italian body and a British drivetrain. Only someone as whacky as Stanley Arnolt could have ever envisioned something like the Arnolt Bristol and I’m just glad he was able to pull it off, even if only 142 were ever built. This one was used for racing almost from day one and was raced until ’59. Over 50 years later, it is back on the road with the number 26 still emblazoned on its sides. Have a look at it here on eBay or see it in person in New Milford, Connecticut. Read more »

The First El Camino?

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This 1948 Chevrolet may deserve the title of the world’s first El Camino. While it wasn’t a factory offering, it does look like someone did a decent job of converting it. This CUV (coupe utility vehicle) may have started life as a 1948 Chevrolet Business Coupe, but someone decided that it would much more useful with a truck bed grafted onto the back. Eventually it was abandoned in a field where the current owner found it in Montana. They dragged it home to Welches, Oregon with the intention of building a rat rod. That never happened though, so now it has been listed here on craigslist for $2,800. Read more »

Henney’s Nu-3-Way: 1953 Packard Hearse

1953 Packard Henney Hearse

As I was busy writing today, I realized something just felt off. As I was mulling the issue over, I realized what day of the week it is and that’s when it hit me. It’s Wagon Wednesday and we haven’t featured a wagon in a while. Thankfully during my daily hunt, I came across a rather unusual wagon on eBay that caught my attention. The wagon in question is this 1953 Packard Henney Hearse, which you can find here on eBay out of Durham, North Carolina. It may look odd, but it is exceptionally rare! Read more »

Oklahoma Field of Dreams

1974 MGC GT

I recently wrote a story about the large number of classic cars that seem to be hiding in the state of Oklahoma. Well Jim S has sent in even more evidence to support the claims that it is home to a treasure trove of classics in need of saving. Jim sent me a link to an MGC GT, which can be found here on eBay, with the suggestion that I look at the seller’s other auctions and the background of their photos. I’m not sure if the seller ran a salvage yard or if this is their own personal collection, but one thing is for sure, they have a lot of interesting cars in need of saving! Read more »