Sunbeam Alpines

A “Barn Find” Yardfull

This is a good news/bad news story. Sound familiar? There are a lot of them on Barn Finds: interesting car, cheap price, needs a little work, or has a lot of useful parts. But is it worth taking on as a project? For this listing it could be all of the above…except maybe for the cheap price part. This listing is for two Sunbeam Alpine sports cars, both for $3,500. Check them out here on eBay. Read more »

1970 BMW 2002

Rusty Roundie: 1970 BMW 2002

The BMW 2002 is on the tips of tongues everywhere as an excellent entry point into classic motoring. As one the most popular sports sedans ever sold in the U.S., the 2002 raised the bar for domestic and import cars alike, revealing how excellent handling was a great equalizer in an era better known for its horsepower wars. Coupled with its reliability and affordable price tag, it’s not surprising why the 2002 became wildly popular and put BMW officially on the map as a producer of fun, driver-focused cars. This 1970 2002 “roundie” project is listed here on Craigslist in Iowa with an asking price of $2,550. Read more »

1979 Ford Cruising Wagon

Cruising Wagon: 1979 Ford Pinto

If yesterday’s Pinto wagon just wasn’t psychedelic enough for your tastes or you’re on the other side of the pond and want a Pinto that’s already on your side of the globe, this 1979 Pinto Cruising Wagon might just be the car for you! It isn’t in as fantastic condition as the previous wagon, but it is possibly the only one ever imported into the UK. It is going to need a lot of work, but if you’re up for the challenge, you can find it here on eBay in Stirling, United Kingdom. Special thanks to Ricky M for this tip! Read more »

1979 Ford Pinto Wagon

Plaid Perfection: 1979 Ford Pinto Wagon

I’m usually not a fan of late ’70s and early ’80s American cars. Strict bumper, safety, and emission regulations had taken a signification toll on styling and performance. But everyone once in a while I see a car from this era that I truly like. You guys should all know by now that I like oddballs and few things are as odd as a Ford Pinto Station Wagon. Slap some faux wood grain on the side and you suddenly have a car I can really appreciate. This 1979 Pinto Wagon has a lot going for it, including an amazing plaid interior! It can be found here on craigslist in Knoxville, Tennessee for $4,495. Special thanks to Chuck F for this tip! Read more »

1969 Buick Skylark Convertible

Summer Cruiser: 1969 Buick Skylark Convertible

For some, the appeal of topless motoring knows no bounds. Despite the “death” of the domestic convertible in the mid-1970’s and its eventual rebirth, being able to put the top down on a car holds a draw like no other. Wind in the face, blown hair and the promise of sunshine means that most convertibles are more valued than their steel-roofed family members. As a convertible lover myself, I’ve noticed that it’s more and more difficult to find an affordable domestic drop-top, so I was pleased to find this solid Buick for sale here on craigslist in Apex, North Carolina for $4,500. Read more »

1961 Chevy Corvair

Resurrection in Red: 1961 Chevy Corvair Monza

Being able to see the transformation of a car that you bought in neglected or poor condition is one of the most gratifying aspects of owning a barn find. Whether it’s the satisfaction that comes from getting a car running or simply bringing some shine back to the paint, those gradual improvements deliver feelings of satisfaction like no new car ever could. That’s why this Craigslist listing for a 1961 Chevy Corvair Monza coupe caught my eye, the seller bought this car out of the previous owner’s shed and has performed quite a transformation. Check it out here in North Carolina for $4,000 or best reasonable offer. Read more »

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Canadian Wedge: 1973 Brooklands Roadster

Does anyone else remember seeing ads for these in the back of British Car many years ago? The idea was sound; take a relatively common and inexpensive sports car, an MGB in this case, and clothe it with a modern body evocative of a Miata, Alfa Spider, or Lotus. Canadian Barry Preston did this in the early 1990’s with his Brooklands and Barn Finds reader Joe P has discovered one for sale on Kijiji in Ontario, Canada for only $1,500! Read more »

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A Barn-Full of Memories: 1968 VW Westfalia

When discussing barn finds, we often leave out one of the more critical details: what kind of barn was it in? One of my favorite places to visit is a barn behind a bed and breakfast in Woodstock, Vermont, which houses multiple classics on its upper levels. The structure is built into the hillside, making it possible to drive a vintage Chevy Suburban and Mustang convertible onto the top floor. This barn in New Hampshire that housed a vintage Volkswagen camper is a contender for my short list of favorite farm structures, and with a price tag of $5,750, the Westfalia that hid within might warrant a visit in person. Thanks goes to Barn Finds reader Wayne for spotting it on here on craigslist! Read more »

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Smiling Roadster: 1962 La Dawri Sebring

How could you not love a car with this visage! Obviously just happy to be rescued from being off the road since 1978, this rare fiberglass kit car from the early 60’s is eager for a new home. It may even have the best grin this side of a Bugeye. Thanks goes to Jim S for finding this car here on eBay! Read more »

1973 Dodge Dart

Only in Oahu: 1973 Dodge Dart Custom

First and foremost, I’m not much of a traveler. But among the places I have visited, Hawaii remains one of my favorites. My wife and I honeymooned in Maui, where I spent copious amounts of time taking pictures of forgotten classics draped in island greenery and fighting losing battles with corrosion due to humidity and long-term parking on a bed of wet sand or leaves. This 1973 Dodge Dart on the island of Oahu hasn’t suffered that fate, however, and looks like the perfect runabout for getting to the luau on time. For more information, you can find the car listed for $12,990 on Hawaii’s craigslist here. Read more »