Working Van: 1949 Dodge Repair Truck

I was familiar with the Divco small delivery vans, but I don’t remember spotting one of these Dodges before today. This one was owned by the same family from 1949 until this year. It’s been used as a tool truck and a diesel mechanic’s work van. According to the seller, diesel engines were once rebuilt in the back of this truck as a mobile service! I found this truck for sale here on eBay where the current bid is $1,950 but hasn’t met the reserve. The truck is awaiting your arrival in Eureka, Montana, where it’s not running at the moment but in the past had a GMC engine transplanted in that the seller says is a much better engine than the original. A little bit of searching shows that Flathead Valley Diesel Service was run by a gentleman by the name of Roscoe D. Lewis from Kalispell, Montana, and it opened in August of 1956. Assuming that the seller is correct that the Dodge was owned by the same family from new, I’m guessing it was working from that point on, if not before. The back of the little van is still outfitted with the cabinets and drawers from it’s life, and there are even remnants of service orders still clipped above the driver. I’d love to know the whole story, and I hope whomever ends up with this truck respects the life it’s led up until now. What would you do with this truck?


May I Have A Letter: 1979 Chrysler 300

The “letter series” Chrysler 300’s were produced from 1955 to 1965, and are all considered collectable today. In 1979, Chrysler reached into it’s past to liven up it’s full-size models and created a “300” special edition to try to boost sales. Production figures are unclear as different sources list from 3,800 to 5,500, but in either case it’s not a lot of cars. Based on the Cordoba, the 1979 300 included a bunch of special trim and emblems and relatively high-performance (for the time) engine and suspension packages. This car is located in Hayden, Colorado and is for sale here on eBay, where the opening bid is $750 with no reserve. Read more »


1 of 76: 1968 California Special Mustang

The California Special, or “GT/CS” Mustang was a special option package only available on 1968 Mustang coupes. Only a little more than 4,000 were made, and they are highly prized among collectors today. This particular GT/CS is located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and has been listed for sale here on eBay, where bidding is just over $8,100 with no reserve. So why is it one of 76 when I just said there were more than 4,000 made? Because it has a 390 big-block V8! And yes, it’s rusty, but that’s all original paint and sheetmetal, so you know exactly what you are facing with the restoration. Everything is available to refurbish this rare Mustang, it’s just time and money. The Marti report is included so you have the beginning documentation to work from. The seller has included a lot of pictures, description, and a walk-around video to help you with your decision. Any Barn Finds readers interested in bidding?

Fifth Wheel Find

Fifth Wheel Find: 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6

The seller of this 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 claims that it’s a barn find and that it has been parked “for roughly (TBA) years”. The person who wrote the auction listing obviously did it for the owner who is away on vvacation. It seems like it would have been a good idea to wait until they got home before listing the car, but with a $16k asking price, I doubt it’s going anywhere right away. It looks like the car has actually been parked under the overhand of a semi truck trailer and it doesn’t appear to have provided much protection. The car is rough and incomplete, but could still make a good project or parts car for a dedicated AH fan. Find it here on eBay out of Fort Collins, Colorado.


1963 Volkswagen Bus: Shockingly Solid

When you look at some eBay finds from afar, it can appear as if they are quite rough and rusty. And when you combine that with a title that extols the car’s rust-free condition, you definitely need a closer look! Well, I’m happy to report this 1963 split-window VW Bus here on eBay appears to defy the odds and be quite solid. Many of these old vans are lacking floors and intact lower sill areas, so it’s refreshing to see one still this solid. Heck, even the original front seats look amazing for the age. The split windshield models are more desirable right off the bat, and despite this example lacking the desirable 21 windows – an instant price-booster for some VW Bus fanatics – I suspect it will still sell for a good price as it seems to define the word “survivor.” The original motor comes with as well, a serious bonus on this already tempting no-reserve auction. Is it just me, or would anyone else mark this as one to buy?


Small-Mouth: 1957 Triumph TR3

Most people who are vaguely familiar with the Triumph TR3 think of the wide-mouth grin of the TR3A and TR3B. This earlier “small mouth” car looks like a good restoration candidate in the supplemental pictures and videos, although a personal inspection is never a bad idea. The car is located in Reno, Nevada and is being sold here on eBay. The seller is offering a buy-it-now price of $7,500 but is interested in lower offers. I have to commend the seller for the detailed pictures, video and description of the car. For example, they call out body filler areas that are not readily apparent in the pictures despite them being quite detailed. It gives me some degree of confidence that the car is truly as represented. Reflecting it’s largely indoor storage during this dormant period, the floors show mainly only surface rust and are certainly repairable. The only things the seller notes as missing are air cleaners, front bumper and grille, all of which are readily available. This seems like a good place to start a TR3 restoration; what do you think it’s worth?


1958 Buick Wagon: Mistaken Identity?

The seller of this 1958 Buick Roadmaster wagon here on eBay notes that it’s the first one he’s seen in years – and I have to say, I’m right there with him. I can’t find anything about a ’58 Roadmaster wagon, and Wikipedia doesn’t even list a wagon as an optional body style among 7th-generation models! After doing some digging, however, I think it’s safe to say this isn’t a Roadmaster but rather a Century Caballero wagon, which was made in limited numbers after it proved unpopular with consumers. For the most part, my internet sleuthing confirms that this is indeed a ’58 and has all the hallmarks of the desirable Century Caballero – big fins, lots of chrome and unique glass. What throws me off is I thought these were pillar-less, but it looks like this car has a solid B-pillar in place. Can any of our Buick experts confirm? Restored, genuine examples appear to be pulling sums approaching $70,000-$80,000, so this may be a coup for anyone who can confirm if it’s the real deal.


Swedish Stock: Saab Sonett Collection

I noticed a strange uptick in the number of Saab Sonett listings on eBay last night, and sure enough, someone was unloading 3 barn-find-fresh examples. The green one above is a ’73 and looks like the best one in the lot, with a good body and an engine that ran over a decade ago. The bidding opens at $750 with no reserve here on eBay. Also up for grabs is a very rough ’71 with no engine and lots of spiderwebs – but the rear window louvers might be a rare factory option worth adding to an OEM+ example. That car opens at $500 here on eBay and is also said to have a decent body. Finally, there is a ’74 Sonett Azure here on eBay that similarly ran 13 years ago and has untold parts missing. I’m not sure what Azure refers to here – special edition or special color, perhaps? It must be unique since it has a vanity plate that spells AZURIZE! Regardless, it is also available for a $500 opening bid and no reserve. Which one would you choose?


Disaster! 1969 GMC Suburban

No, the vehicle’s not a disaster! GMC and Chevy Suburbans have been a frequent choice for emergency support vehicles, offering 4WD capability, toughness and the necessary room to be useful. This 1969 model still wears it’s paint scheme from when it was in use with the Dolton Emergency and Disaster Agency in Dolton, Illinois. The big SUV is for sale here on eBay, where the opening bid is $2,800 with a reserve but the buy-it-now is $4,000. It’s showing less than 23,000 miles, which may be accurate if it has spent most of it’s life as an emergency vehicle. I’m surprised to see the rust, though, as most fire department and emergency vehicles seem to get excellent care and are kept indoors and well-waxed. I’m guessing this one has been in the private sector for a while. It runs and drives, although little information is given apart from that, and I’d really like to see some interior and under-vehicle pictures as well. Maybe the seller would provide those if asked. Would you leave the graphics alone, restore them, or take it in a completely new direction? Let us know in the comments.

1969 Plymouth Sport Fury

Cheap BB Convertible: 1969 Plymouth Sport Fury

If you are in the market for a convertible with a big block, then do we have a deal for you! This 1969 Plymouth Sport Fury may not be the most desirable Mopar ever built, but its big and beautiful. The seller claims that it has been partially restored and that it has a low mileage 440 under the hood. The seller also mentions that it has been garaged for the last 20 years and that it can be driven home today. The best part is that they are only asking $2,800 here on craigslist. It’s locatbed in Moline, Illinois and credit goes to Virginia Tex for the tip!

1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible

Low Optioned 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible

4-4-2 stood for 4-speed, 4-barrel, and 2 (dual) exhaust. That sounds like a good combination to me! This car has all of those and more. Well, apart from the convertible top, not much more. It was ordered without all the power options, so that means it’s going to take a little more muscle to turn and stop, but it also makes me think that someone was more concerned about performance than comfort. Or perhaps they were just cheap? I like to think that anyone who would purchase a car outfitted with a 400 cubic inch engine, floor shift transmission, and convertible top is more into having fun than saving money though. Take a look at the ad here on craigslist and let us know what you think. Thanks goes to Offshore Guy for the submission!


Court-Ordered Sale: 1968 Chevrolet Corvette

It’s always a bit sad to see listings like this: a court-ordered sale by declaration of bankruptcy, reflecting a project gone too far or other expenses that have piled up before this 1968 Chevy Corvette convertible here on eBay could be completed. Don’t get me wrong – if you don’t have the funds in the bank, taking on a restoration project is a foolish idea – but just as easily, the former owner may have fallen on hard times due to medical expenses or otherwise. The car comes with a small block and 4-speed, but there are a lot of parts missing since the ‘Vette was in the middle of a seemingly messy restoration. There are 74 bids up to $5,600 and the reserve unmet, so clearly the unknowns aren’t deterring some bidders. Would you take a chance on a car seized by the court system, or is it too risky of a bet?

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