America’s First Micro?: 1928 American Austin

1928 American Austin

At first glance you could easily mistake this 1928 American Austin as a full sized Chevrolet AB or a Ford Model A, but take a closer look at the wheels and overall proportions and you’ll notice that this car is entirely too small to be either. After seeing great success with the tiny Austin 7 in Europe, the Austin Motor Company decided to bring it to America. They couldn’t have entered the market at a worse time, as the Great Depression started just in time for them to launch the American Austin brand. Subsequently, there weren’t many of these made and very few remain today. Reader Richard B came across this 1928 American Austin here on craigslist and thought we might be interested. Read more »

Worst Idea of the Day: 1982 Datsun 200SX

1982 Datsun 200SX Convertible

We love automotive oddities. There is just something about them that we can’t resist. Some of the oddballs we find seem like great ideas, others not so much. Some of them came from the factory as oddballs, while others were customized or coachbuilt. Richard R sent us a link to the bad idea you see above. This 1982 Datsun 200SX is newer than most of the cars we feature and it wouldn’t normally pique our interests, but when we realized it had been converted into a convertible, our minds started picturing all of the various reasons this was simply a bad idea. Have a look at the worst idea of the day here on craigslist with an asking price of $1,300. Thanks Richard for the tip! Read more »

Rusty Bus: 1966 VW Samba 21 Window

1966 VW Samba Bus

In the world of Microbuses, none are more desired by collectors than the VW Samba. The Samba or Deluxe Microbus, was a special edition designed for touring scenic mountain roads. Early ones had 23 windows, but later models came with just 21. These early models are the most sought after, but even the 21 window models are fetching top dollar. When we saw this 1966 Samba 21 Window project that Fred W found here on eBay, we couldn’t believe how high bidding had already gotten. That left us wondering why these could be worth so much money? Our thanks to Fred W for sharing his find with us! Read more »

Weekend Reader Finds: April 14, 2014

Reader Finds 4-14-2014

There were some interesting finds sent in over the weekend. Whether you’re into Classic Americans, European Micro Cars, or stretched trucks we think there is something you’ll find interesting in this group. Several of these cars are ready to be driven and enjoyed. If you are looking for a convertible for those summer evenings, take a look at the MG Midget, Ford Mustang, Chevy Bel Air, or Simca Oceane. If you want the feeling of a drop top, but something quirky have a look at the Citroen 2CV or the Fiat Topolino. If you need to carry the whole family and the neighbors, check out the Chevy Stageway Conversion. It was apparently used in Jackson, Wyoming for taking tours in the Tetons. It might not be the most fun to drive in this group, but you could just about fit all the micro cars here in it! Let’s not forget about the Volvo 242, it might not be the flashiest car of the group, but it’s easily the most practical and would run forever! Thanks to everyone that submitted their finds!

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The Niki Lauda Edition Alfa Romeo Spider

1978 Alfa Romeo Niki Lauda Spider

Oh, how times have changed. There was a time when you could slap a professional race car driver’s name on a car, add some special decals, and a few other visual changes to it and sell it as a special addition. That kind of marketing doesn’t seem to work real well today, but then again maybe it wasn’t that effective back in 1978 either. Alfa Romeo tried it with their special edition Niki Lauda Spider. They only built 350 of these convertibles in ’78, but given that it lacked any actual performance upgrades, it’s easy to understand why they didn’t produce more. That being said, they are rather rare today and having one of the few left would make for an interesting conversation starter. Be sure to take a look at this one here on eBay, where it is being offered without a reserve. Thanks for the tip Connor B! Read more »

Parts or Project? 1954 Buick Special Wagon

1954 Buick Wagon

Today might not be Wagon Wednesday, but when we saw this 1954 Buick Special that Doug M sent in, we knew we had to feature it right away. We love the looks of the ’54 Buick Special and especially in wagon form. It’s going to need a lot of work before it can be driven, but if the engine runs as the seller claims, we think the $1k asking price seems reasonable. Obviously we would recommend taking a closer look at it before making an offer. Be sure to check it out here on Vancouver’s craigslist. Thanks Doug for the tip! Read more »

VW Beetle Lot with Bonus Squareback

VW Lot

We love package deals. It can be a great way to buy a project because you will start out with plenty of spares. At the same time, transporting two or three cars, or in this case four, can get costly. But, if you live near White City, Oregon and love old VWs, this could be a great chance to buy yourself a lot of three Beetles and one Squareback. These cars aren’t all that big, so transporting them a short distance could be done relatively easily and without having to make too many trips. Take a look at this lot here on eBay. Our thanks to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

Very Rare Fiat Pair

rare-fiat-pair

Today Josh called me. He had gotten a crazy hair and went to take one of those new Fiat 500s for a spin. He had his doubts about these tiny cars, but when he handed the keys back to the salesman, he had a huge smile on his face! Well, that got me interested so I start searching around. One thing led to another and I found this project pair. One Abarth Zagato and one Multipla. Both rare and both expensive to restore, but the promise of fun is alluring. Find them here on eBay along with a whole boatload of parts! Read more »

Electro Wedge: 1974 Vanguard CitiCar

Vanguard Citicar

When we car nuts talk to those who are less than interested in the history of the automobile, we often get frustrated by those who think electric and hybrid cars are some novel new bit of technology. Yes the technology used in modern electrics is extremely advanced, but it is by no means a new idea. Some of the earliest cars were electric. In fact, back in 1901 Ferdinand Porsche built the first hybrid! Yet the combustion engine has soldiered on as the most economical form of propulsion. We won’t get into a debate of which is better, as both have their strong points. Controversy aside, it’s rather interesting to look at how far electric propulsion has come along and how some things haven’t changed much at all. Take a look at this 1974 Vanguard CitiCar, here on eBay. Read more »