Barn Finds Are For Kids Too: 1949 Austin J40

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It’s possible that the city of Boise doesn’t own a single snow plow! The white stuff is piling up outside and the inexperienced winter drivers here make the trip to work frightful. So, maybe I will just stay inside by the fire and do some Christmas shopping. Since my little boy enjoys spending time with me out in the garage, I would like to get him something that he can wrench away on for himself. The plastic play cars of today just won’t do though. I’m thinking Santa should bring him something more like this 1949 Austin J40 that I just found here on eBay. Read more »

Parts Wagon: 1959 Chevy Sedan Delivery

1959 Chevy Sedan Delivery

Now that the Duster is sold and waiting for the transporter to come pick it up, we have been putting together our plan of attack for the Volvo. We have made some great contacts already for some needed parts, but something important hit us while we were making our shopping list. We lack transportation capable of hauling any large items. So, I’ve been scouring the internet for something interesting that could work as a great parts hauler. Jesse is working on a deal on a wagon right now, but just in case that falls through, I’ve been looking for some backup options. This is my personal favorite, so I just wanted to see what you guys think. This 1959 Chevy Sedan Delivery is a little out of our budget right now, but it could be great shop vehicle. It has plenty of cargo space, is incredible unique, and is just plan cool! Have a look at it here on eBay in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Read more »

Survivor Wagon: 1979 Plymouth Volare

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If you didn’t already know, I’m on the hunt for a new daily driver to replace the Miata. As much as I love that little car, it isn’t good at hauling much more than myself around. Occasional kid duty and frequent hardware store stops necessitate something bigger and since I’m never one to go halfway, a full-sized wagon is in my sights. The fake wood grain of a Country Squire would really add to the mood when we go to cut down a Christmas tree this year, but the fuel bill might put a damper on the experience. So, when BF reader Kirt M. sent in the link to a 1979 Plymouth Volare, found here on craigslist, I took notice. Read more »

Rusty Benz: 1960 Mercedes 190SL

Rusty Mercedes 190SL

I’m not bashful when it comes to my love for oddball cars, but there are a few mainstream cars out there that I lust after just as much as any oddball. The Mercedes 190sl just happens to be one of those cars, so when I came across this one on eBay, it definitely got my blood pumping. That was until I took a closer look at it and discovered just how rough it is. The seller discovered it hiding behind a barn in Massachusetts, which could explain all the rust. Given the desirability of these Mercedes, I have no doubt someone will save it from the crusher, especially since the seller is offering it without a reserve. Take a look at this 1960 Mercedes 190sl and the auction here on eBay or find it in Medford, Massachusetts. Read more »

Supposed ST: 1972 Porsche 911

1972 Porsche 911

Dedicated Porsche 911 fans might already know about the extremely rare high performance precursor to the incredible 911 RS. In 1970 Porsche introduced a rally and race ready version of the 911, but they only built a small handful of these special cars. Given how few were built, information is sparse and hard to come by. The modifications made to them were quite drastic, which helps to distinguish them from a standard 911, but most of the changes can be replicated. The seller of this 1972 Porsche 911 calls it an ST, but they also use the title 911E-ST, which quickly made me skeptical of what this car really is. Be sure to take a look at the seller’s listing here on eBay in Pomfret Center, Connecticut. Read more »

X is for eXtreme: 1972 AMC Gremlin

1972 AMC Gremlin X

Those of you who have been following the site for a while probably know by now that we like oddballs and originality. So, when we find an oddball car that is highly original we tend to get excited. While restoring a car can be a fun and fulfilling experience, it is also expensive, time consuming, and in the end the car just isn’t quite the same as an all original survivor. Certain cars just aren’t collectable enough to justify a costly restoration either, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth owning. That’s the place that most AMC Gremlins are in, but this 1972 AMC Gremlin X is one of those survivors that is well worth keeping around. Have a look at it here on eBay in St. Petersburg, Florida. Special thanks goes to Jim S for this tip! Read more »

Sequential Pair: 1969 Subaru 360 Young S

Pair of Subaru 360 Young S

Long before Subaru was building all-wheel drive family haulers and rally cars for the street, they were known for their micro cars. We have featured a few of these early Subarus, known as the 360, but we have never had the pleasure of featuring the company’s first factory tuned special. Long before the STi was tearing up gravel roads, the Subaru 360 Young S was tearing up the congested streets of Japan. Finding one of these performance Kei cars here in the States is nearly unheard of these days, so when I came across this listing for not one but two of them I knew they needed a mention! To make matters even more interesting, these are sequentially numbered cars, meaning they came off the production line one right after the other. The seller doesn’t want to split them up, so he is offering them as a package deal here on eBay in Gilbert, Arizona. Read more »

School Bus Find: 1947 White Motors 2000B

1947 White Motors 2000B

As I was looking at this old school bus I had an intriguing thought hit me. It’s no wonder cars are so important to so many of us, we are surrounded by a mixture of vehicles from the very beginning of our lives and they represent specific and significant steps in life. To this day I remember the first time I waited for the school bus to pick me up and I even remember the fear and excitement of the experience. I realize now that I was excited as it was the first time going out into the world completely alone. Sure it wasn’t as exciting as the day I bought my first car or the day I got my driver’s license, but it was a step towards mobility and independence. I only wish the bus I rode in that day would have been as awesome as this 1947 White Motors 2000B. This cool looking school bus can be found here on eBay in Alhambra, California. Read more »

Duster Update: Almost Ready To Go

1974 Plymouth Duster

With the auction nearing its end, I thought it would be a good time to discuss some of the little irritants that I addressed this week. I always try to leave cars at least marginally better than when I found them and lucky for me, this one didn’t need much. Some things that bothered me though were a sticky shifter, faulty wipers, and a speaker switch that was in a spot it wasn’t supposed to be. These faults all turned out to be simple fixes, but it did take some time to get them all sorted out. If you want to see how the bidding action plays out, you can watch the auction here on eBay. Read more »