1969 Mercury Monterey

Storage Unit Find: 1969 Mercury Monterey

The seller of this 1969 Mercury Monterey purchased it at a storage unit auction. They had hoped to restore it, but after replacing a few parts and attempting to start it, they gave up. They think it would run fine with carburetor work though. Well and there is that little problem with the title. They replaced the starter, changed the oil, and did a tune up, but didn’t want to pay the $230 to get a new title. These will be easy fixes for the next owner, but apparently were not for them. Hey, at least they have been kind enough to list it here on eBay with a 1¢ starting bid and no reserve. Obviously they are ready to move on and will let it go for whatever the market feels it’s worth. This big Mercury looks pretty scruffy, but there is a 390 under the hood…

Cortina Collection

Cortina Collection Up For Grabs!

The four cars below may not look like much, but if you are into Cortinas, this could be a gold mine! Not only are there four shells included in the sale, but a whole stash of parts to go with them. Did I read that inventory list right? 6 transmissions. 33 hub caps. 41 starters! Wow, looks like someone enjoyed collecting Cortina parts more than they did working on them. The best surprise here though is that one of the cars is a Lotus Cortina with race history. I’d want to get more details on that one before bidding! Moving all this stuff is going to be a challenge, but if you are anywhere near San Luis Obispo, California, this collection may be worth some consideration. Find the whole lot here on eBay where the auction ends tomorrow.

1929 Model A Roadster Pickup

1929 Ford Model A: Roadster Pickup

Hagerty says that pickups are the fastest growing collector car segment, but I don’t think this Model A Roadster pickup is what they have in mind. This is an older restoration stored for years. It’s yet another car restored and forgotten. When it was finished, it must have been worth a lot more than it is now. The owner is asking $16,000 and has listed it here on craigslist. It is a California car and said to be rust free and in need of the usual things to get it running again. It’s in Placerville, California, within an hour of me, so if someone is really serious about it,  I’d love an excuse to drive up and have a look at this and take more pictures for you. So do you see this truck going up in value?

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Big Fastback Fish: 1965 AMC Marlin

Marlins are distinctive due to their huge fastback. I’ve heard from somewhere that the styling was intended for a smaller car, but I have no idea if it’s true or not (do any of you know?) Yes, the roofline can be a bit awkward from some angles, but I think it’s dramatically attractive from others. This one is currently for sale here on eBay with bidding at $1,901 but the reserve has not been met. The big fish is found in Cumberland, Rhode Island. The seller details that the rear end, brakes, wiring and gas tank are all new, although more work is yet to be done. The car is said to run and drive well. Overall, the blue color is attractive and I like the wheels, although I don’t think they are original. Compared to some other fastbacks of the same period, Marlins can be a bargain. Parts are a bit of a challenge compared to some contemporaries, though. I like this one, and I think it would be fun to take to a Cars-n-Coffee and park next to the Mustangs and other fastbacks. Not only would it dwarf them, I’ll bet you’d get more attention!

1969 Mustang Mach 1

428 SCJ/4-Speed: 1969 Mustang Mach 1

This isn’t just any old Mustang. It is a factory 428 Super Cobra Jet car! Throw in a close-ratio 4-speed, Traction-Lok rear end, and some Candy Apple Red paint and you have a recipe for fun. The seller of this Pony project claims that they purchased it from the original owners about 3 years ago. They ended up pulling the engine at some point and never got around to putting it back in. I spotted some rust so it looks like this beast may need a full restoration before it’s going to do any burnouts. Take a look here on eBay and let us know what you think it’s worth. It’s located in Midland, Texas and the auction ends in less than 24 hours.

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Barn-Parked Since 1976: 1951 Henry J

America wasn’t really ready for a sensible compact car that was reliable and got (for the day) good gas mileage. So goes the story of the Henry J and Allstate, basic small transportation that just didn’t catch on the boom days of the 1950’s (see Nash Metropolitan, Crosley, etc…) This one is for sale here on eBay, with a buy-it-now of $5,250 and bidding only just over $200 but under the reserve. The car is located in Monument, Oregon, and the barn storage seems to have left the car in pretty good condition overall. It doesn’t run, so a lot will need to be done before anyone could think of driving it. Interior-wise, the car looks worse for wear, but at least the body doesn’t look very rusty. I like the small rear fins along with the fastback, although I don’t find the front as attractive. So many of these were turned into hot rods that it’s always a surprise to me to find one this unmolested. What would you do with this barn find?

corvette

Needs Some Love: 1978 Chevrolet Corvette

This 1978 Chevrolet Corvette has a lot of issues. Over and above the non-stock components, such as the hood, fender vents (that don’t vents per the seller), wheels and rear spoiler, the seller adds that it has a leaky head gasket, broken side window, and that it’s not running. You can see more pictures of the car at here on eBay where the opening bid is $1,500 without a reserve. If you want to go see it in person, the car is in Spanish Fort, Alabama. There are some rust holes in the floor pan and that leaky engine isn’t the original one. BUT this could be a chance to own America’s Sports Car with unique styling features for possibly less than $2,000! What do you think, could this patient be brought back to life?

1964 Plymouth Fury

BF Exclusive: 1964 Plymouth Fury Project

While we were over in Wyoming for the 4th, we made sure to followup on a few leads. My Dad had told me about a Mopar that one of his friends had stashed away in a barn. All he knew was that it had a big block, a 4-speed, and that the bodywork was supposedly all done. Well, the story was a little different when we arrived. It was a 1964 Plymouth Fury that the guy had saved from the scrapyard, but it wasn’t as good as we had hoped. Some of the bodywork had been completed, but it was going to need a lot more to look decent. The seller had parted out another Fury in an attempt to gather together all the parts needed for the restoration. Everything was nicely organized, but there was no telling what all was still missing. There was a fresh 383 sitting on the shelf along with a 4-speed. The seller’s asking price ($4,000) was more than I could justify though. So, if any of you are interested please leave a comment below and I’ll forward the seller’s contact info. What do you guys think? Should I have jumped on this one? Read more »

1970 Chevelle SS 396

Well Optioned: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

This 1970 Chevelle is a real SS 396 with a close-ratio M21 Muncie 4-speed and air conditioning! It looks like it was once a well-optioned bruiser, but there are a few problems here. Somewhere along the line the paint color was changed from green to orange and the 396 has been replaced with a 327. That doesn’t meant that this Chevrolet isn’t desirable, it’s just going to cost more and take more time to make right. The seller doesn’t have the build sheet, but they do have the window sticker with all the options listed. It’s located in Cedar Crest, New Mexico and is listed here on eBay with a $20k BIN with the option to make a bid. The seller also has a convertible listed that they would be willing to put into a package deal too. It’s going to be a big project, but hopefully some bowtie fan will be able to rescue this one!

Records

Musical Barn Find: Huge Stash Of Records

The other day I decided to go through some of my stuff that’s stored in my parent’s garage. While rummaging around in there, I discovered a few treasures. People sometimes give things to my Dad when he is working at their homes and one of his all time favorite scores is a huge stash of records. There are five boxes full of them and they supposedly came from a radio DJ. He would like to sell them to someone who would enjoy them, but listing each one for sale individually is just too time consuming. So, he would like to sell the whole lot for $500. This isn’t our typical type of find, but you never know what gems might be in there. Leave a message in the comments below if you are interested and I will forward his contact info. There were lots of records from famous artists in there, but this was my favorite. If you haven’t seen the John Wayne classic, Hatari!, you should!

1964 Chevelle Wagon

1964 Chevelle 300: Muscle Wagon Potential?

For a while now, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect station wagon to turn into my interpretation of a  “muscle wagon”. A few candidates have shown up, but nothing have really stood out to me. This 1964 Chevelle 300 caught my eye though and it wasn’t because of what it is, but what it could become. The two-door body should help give it a muscle car vibe and the fact that a 350 would bolt right in earn it a few points. The 350 V8 is cheap and power modifications are unlimited. There are some problems here though. There’s quite a bit of rust and the current high bid here on eBay is too high for this sort of project. Guess I will have to keep looking, but this unique wagon is still worth a look. It’s supposedly been in the same family for the past 22 years and is currently located in Glendale, Arizona.

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Three-Wheeler: 1984 Reliant Rialto

Fans of Top Gear and other British TV shows will recognize this three-wheeler as a Reliant. Offering inexpensive transportation with rust-free fiberglass bodies (but not frames!), the manufacturer offered three-wheelers from 1935 to 2001. This particular one is up for auction here on eBay, and is located in Trinidad, Colorado. Current bidding is up to $1,560 and there’s no reserve price. The seller explains in the ad that some work has been done to the little car, including new tires, radiator and battery. The tan paint isn’t exactly what I’d call a dynamic color, but the seller points out that you are going to get a lot of attention driving this anyway. It was licensed previously as a car in Vermont, and is now considered a motorcycle in Colorado; I would check what applies in your state before purchasing it. I’ve never driven a three-wheeler, but the general consensus is that it drives pretty much like a regular car unless you push it too hard. I’m not exactly sure what too hard is, but I wouldn’t mind driving one (and hopefully not finding out)! What about you?

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