Pontiac Grand Am

The Original: 1973 Grand Am

Pontiac introduced the Grand Am for the first time as a 1973 model. This one has been stored away since 1998 awaiting a restoration that never came. It’s currently kept in Spokane, Washington and is listed for sale here on eBay, where bidding starts at $200 with a reserve and the buy-it-now price is $5,500. With a 400 cubic inch V8 and a recent thorough tune-up, I’ll bet this distinctive mid-size will get down the road pretty well. The interior is said to be “near perfect” and does look good in the few pictures there are (wish there was a dash picture). The seller states that the Endura nose needs replacing, you can see the driver’s side missing in the photo above (they are available new here from Replica Plastics). A youth basketball coach of mine had one of these and I remember admiring the clear rear styling at the time – and how much sportier it was than our ’71 Hornet wagon! The car also needs a new windshield and either a new vinyl top or the existing molding removed. Do you want to be the person who adds to the 120k miles on the car now?

1968 Cadillac Custom

1968 Cadillac: Six Wheeled Luxury

I’m often left asking why when I see cars like this! Now don’t get me wrong, I think this custom Caddy is quite incredible and I would love to have a closer look at it, but I can’t help but ask why. Why build something like this only to sell it? Obviously, who ever built it has a lot of time and money into and they clearly are looking to recoup their investment. I’m not sure why, but they seem to be rather secretive about how it was constructed. They aren’t even willing to disclose what engine it has out of fear that someone will copy it! That part kind of makes me laugh, as I don’t see too many builders being interested in creating something like this. Which brings me to the question of who spends $60,000 on a custom built six wheeled Cadillac? You can take a closer look at this beast here on eBay in Hanover Park, Illinois. This is one you might want to look at for some customization idea or just a good laugh! Do you see this seller finding a buyer?

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Barn Find 1972 Volvo 1800 ES

This Volvo came from a barn in South Carolina, but is currently located in Miami, Florida. It’s for sale here on eBay with an opening bid of just under $2,500 and a buy-it-now of $3,695.95. It’s equipped with a manual transmission (but no mention of the available optional overdrive) and air conditioning, and the a/c belt is even in place. The engine will run with a jump start (exactly how much is a battery?) and has the original fuel injection system. Miles are up in the air a little, as there’s one of the official Volvo 100,000 mile badges on the rear but the auction listing shows 98,745. Does that mean it’s 198k? As best as I can tell, a 1972 1800 should have a six-digit odometer, so a closeup of the dash would help. The body shows a lot of surface rust and the seller states that floor repair is needed in two spots. There are also numerous dents throughout and corroded bumpers. All in all, it looks like a restorable car that needs a sympathetic hand. I’m not sure if it wouldn’t make more sense to find a better example, though, to begin with if your budget can handle it. What do you think?

1973 Dodge Charger

1973 Dodge Charger: Optioned Up

If buying a classic muscle car that was optioned to the hilt is your thing, this 1973 Dodge Charger here on eBay may be worth checking out. This matching numbers 400/727 combination is looking a little worse for the wear and will need some rust repair, but the factory sunroof, power options, vinyl roof and A/C all combine to create quite a picture of what this Charger must have been like when new. I tend to go right to ‘ol heartstrings, thinking about the first owner that saved up his or her pennies to buy the best example of the car of their dreams, with most of the options checked off on the sales invoice. While this era of Mopars (and other muscle cars) signaled the swan song of high-horsepower and highly-thirsty machines, this Charger will still move down the road with authority and style once restored. Does this car look like a winner, or do features like a sunroof and racing mirrors do little to sway you?

Messerschmitt KR200

Messerschmitt Motherload

Of all the micro cars we have featured over the years, the Messerschmitt has to be one of my favorites. I just love the quirky styling, simplistic engineering, and the aircraft inspired steering wheel. If you too are a fan of these little oddballs, you might want to take a look at the collection Robert R found on eBay. The seller has four currently listed for sale. Since the KR200 above is the most complete and solid, we will start with it and can be found here on eBay and all the cars are currently located in Piggott, Arkansas. Thanks to Robert for this tip! Read more »

Honda S600

1965 Honda S600: Original Screamer

One of my all-time favorite vintage roadsters is the Honda S600, for two reasons: one, it’s the spiritual forebearer to the modern-day S2000 roadster, a true performance car bargain and engineering feat that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. And two, it makes the same exhilarating noise as the S2K, capable of being wound out like a sport bike in an era where most cars were designed to operate in a performance threshold of somewhere between 1-3,000 RPMs. This 1965 example here on eBay is RHD and clearly a restoration project, with some bodywork underway but very few details on how far along, or gone, this car truly is. That hasn’t slowed bidding activity, but the reserve is yet unmet on this pumpkin-orange roadster. As project examples grow increasingly scarce, my guess is that this is a car that will be among those we look at and say, “I should have bought one when they were cheap.” Do any of you have any first-hand experience with S600s, or any particular trouble spots to watch out for?

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1965 Dodge Sportsman: The Anti-Volkswagen

If you fear you’ve missed the crazy train on buying an old VW Bus with lots of windows, it’s time to put down the classifieds and fix your eyes on the 1965 Dodge A100 Sportsman, listed here on eBay for only $1,050. This thing is just as cool and will likely move down the road a bit more quickly than the VW once a new motor is sourced. Unlike most of the Buses we’ve profiled on Barn Finds of late, this Dodge Sportsman isn’t even that rusty. Imagine that – not a rust bucket and marginally affordable. Will wonders never cease! The blank interior is screaming for fuzzy carpet and funky couches, along with a mini bar and CB radio. I’m not sure how much a rebuilt engine will cost you, but I’m certain that even with the motor replacement it will still be a better buy than those that must own a German van with no floors and squirrels living in the exhaust manifold. Heck, it even has a split front window, which should keep even the most devout VW purist happy. Does anyone else think this is a worthwhile project for the van-seeker?

1981 Corvette

1981 Corvette: Cheap Cruiser

Of all the generations and years of Corvette, the last few years of C3 is the least loved. Emissions had strangled horsepower and by ’80 the styling wasn’t quite as attractive, yet I find myself wanting one! For the 1980 restyle, GM tried to make the car lighter and more aerodynamic to improve performance. While it helped a little, this isn’t why I’d buy one. I’d buy one simply because they are still cheap! You can often pick one of these up for less than $5k, making them a cheap way into V8 powered grand touring ownership. This ’81 was recently pulled from storage and while it needs work, the seller claims the engine and transmission work well. If the chassis is solid you could throw new seats in it, clean it, pull the t-tops off and start enjoying it right away! You can find this one here on eBay in Pompano Beach, Florida with bidding at $3,700 with no reserve! So would you drive a C3 or do you prefer your Vettes to be a bit older?

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1966 Porsche 911: Yours For Only…

When fellow contributor Jamie forwarded the link to a 1966 Porsche 911 here on eBay for the princely sum of $98,500, I thought he was sending me a time-capsule car. You know, one that is ready to drive and has bonuses like a corrosion-free shell or faded-but-original paint. Boy, was I off! This ’66 911 is a well-optioned car with a history as a vacation vehicle from Maine, but that’s where I run out of nice things to say. Sure, I love that this 911 was clearly used, as evidenced by the snow tires on the rear wheels and the parking stickers for a previous owner who worked for the Veterans Administration (there’s a huge facility in Augusta, where I suspect this car once parked) – but close to $100K is the asking price of a speculator, pure and simple. While I believe in the free market, I also believe in selling projects for a price where everybody wins, including the buyer who foots the bill for the restoration. Hopefully, the final price is less than the ask listed here, as this 911 deserves to be rescued sooner than later, and not left stagnant while the seller tests the tolerances of the 911 bubble.

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Motoring Monday: 1977 MG Midget

The MG Midget (and it’s Austin-Healey Sprite sibling) has offered an inexpensive way into British sports car ownership since its introduction in 1961. The owner of this particular example has lost their working space and the car has to be gone by June 12. It’s located in West Chester, Ohio and is listed for sale here on eBay where the opening bid is only $250 without a reserve. I’ve owned both a Midget and a Sprite, and I’ve never driven another car that is more like putting on a pair of pants! You’d better be flexible and not over 6’2″ (and I’m sure some of you will disagree; feel free to share your experiences if you are taller) if you are going to spend a lot of time in a Midget, especially with the top up. But I’m struck by this MG as a terrific opportunity to drive a really cool convertible for less than six months’ worth of new car payments. And after looking at the listing further, there was more good news! Read more »

1963 Mercedes 230

1969 Mercedes 230: Garage Survivor

This Mercedes 230 has quite the story. It was stored in the owner’s garage for at least 10 years and has has only about 46,000 miles on it. The paint and interior are all original and look almost new. The family purchased it new in Germany and have owned it since. There are a few rust spots along the bottom of the body. The engine starts, but there is no compression in the #5 cylinder, possibly a stuck valve? The gas has turned to varnish, of course, so the carburetors will need to be rebuilt and the gas tank and lines flushed out. There is a crack in the windshield. There are some light scratches on the right front fender, but is otherwise quite a beautiful find! The museum I volunteer at purchased it and will be going through it before it goes to market. I just thought you guys might like to see it! Read more »

1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe

Original Paint: 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe

This 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe is claimed to be unrestored, but even more astonishing is the fact that it was supposedly kept by the original owner until 2014 when they passed away. That means it was cherished by the same person for 73 years! If the story is true and it really is as original as the seller suspects, then this could be a great one to preserve. The interior appears to have had some work done, as does the engine, but both of those areas would need attention to keep the car on the road anyway. I’d make sure the interior was correct and then go through the mechanicals to make sure it stays safe and operable. Heck, even if it’s not 100% original, I would like to have it just for that nicely worn paint! Find it here on eBay where bidding is currently at $6,800 with less than a day left. Read more »