Rare and Odd: 1965 Mitsubishi Minica

Mitsubishi Minica

When it comes to oddball cars, micro cars tend to take the cake as the oddest. The compact size usually leads to odd proportions and styling unlike anything else. If you know your micro car history, you know they’ve been around nearly as long as full size automobiles and that their popularity comes and goes based on government regulations and fuel prices. Every continent has had at least one decade in which they were popular, but one country stands out for having a near continual production of micros of various shapes and styles. After WWII, Japan was in need of cheap transportation and a boost to their economy, so the Kei car was born. This 1965 Mitsubishi Minica is a great example of the Kei car and is actually believed to be the only one on American roads. Take a look at it here on eBay or check it out in person in Gardena, California. One strange thing to note is that the seller also lists a Honda N600 with it, but doesn’t mention if it is included in the auction. Thanks to Jim S for this tip! Read more »

Which Triumph TR3 Project?

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Every once in a while I get the itch to experience a new car. But instead of asking around and just borrowing one for the afternoon, I hunt until I find an example that needs a little work. My logic may be flawed, but there is just something exciting about the whole process. The Triumph TR3 has been on my mind lately so I have been keeping tabs on local offerings and have even found a few in various states of disrepair. One of them is in a similar dismantled state as this 1959 TR3 that is listed here craigslist for $4,500 in Panonia, Colorado. What do you think? Is it ever smart to buy a disassembled project? Thanks goes to Dustyn for the tip! Read more »

Bargain or Basketcase? 1988 BMW M3

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This 1st generation BMW M3 caught my eye here on eBay. The first of the legendary sedan-based M-cars and looking fairly good in traditional German alpine white paint, this M3 has 45 bids but is still only at about $12K. Is that telling us something about a car that often sells for $40K or more these days? Or could it truly be a diamond in the rough? Read more »

Funniest Craigslist Ad of the Day!

1929 Pontiac

We try to keep things somewhat serious around here, but sometimes we just need a good laugh! Thankfully the internet is never short on supply of comedic relief, especially when it comes to some seller’s ads. When I opened this listing that Chuck F sent in, I nearly fell out of my chair I was laughing so hard. The seller labels their 1929 Pontiac with the heading, “Some Assembly Required”. I don’t know about you, but after looking at their photos I can’t help but find that statement a bit funny! Have a look at their listing here on craigslist in San Francisco, but prepare yourself to either laugh or be absolutely surprised at the seller’s asking price! Special thanks to Chuck F for sharing this one with us! Read more »

Mix Breed: 1973 Iso Rivolta Lele

1973 Iso Lele

A few years back Jesse and I had the pleasure of attending the events of automotive week in Pebble Beach. The entire weekend was fantastic, but one event stood out above all the rest for me, the Concorso Italiano. While I was wandering through all the Italian cars I came across a marque that I had only ever heard of, but never actually seen in person. The Iso Rivolta Motor Company was best known for creating the Isetta, but they also built a number of other extremely beautiful cars. When I spotted this Iso Lele here on eBay, I was rather excited to have found one of these rare machines. You rarely find these on American soil, even though they are powered by an American V8. So it isn’t surprising that this one is currently located in Europe. Read more »

Garage Bird: 1955 Ford Thunderbird

1955 Ford Thunderbird

The Big Three have never been known for building true sports cars. Don’t get me wrong, they have all built some great cars throughout their history, but they haven’t ever captured the pure essence of a sports car. Chevy was the first to take the bold step of attempting the task with their Corvette and it didn’t take Ford long to respond with their own interpretation. The Thunderbird was more refined and comfortable to drive everyday, but it lacked the handling and performance of a true sports car. Today, the Thunderbird isn’t as desirable as the Corvette or the European cars it competes with, but it still has a dedicated following. The 1955 Thunderbird you see above was discovered in this garage after being off the road for the past 44 years. It needs a motor and lots of work, but will be a sweet machine when it’s done! Check it out here on eBay or in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Read more »

Rare 1956 Bristol 405 for $500!

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It may not look like much in the photo, but this is a 1956 Bristol 405. Don’t feel bad if you have never heard of this British built grand tourer. Only a couple hundred were ever produced and very few remain today. This one is obviously in bad shape, but when new this aluminum bodied four-door was a looker with its tail-fins and unique front end. Thrust was provided by an inline-six that was powerful enough to hit 110 mph! Shifts were made through a smooth four-speed equipped with overdrive (essentially five forward gears). Some of these cars were even fitted with disk brakes. All this may not sound that impressive today, but any car so-equipped in the fifties was something special. Find this one here on craigslist out of Novato, California. Thanks goes to Robert J for the tip! Read more »

Pint-Sized Project: 1962 Morris Mini Cooper

1962 Morris Mini Cooper

Looking at a Morris Mini, it is hard to imagine such a small car flying around Monte Carlo at speed, but after John Cooper was done tuning the Mini it became a force to be reckoned with. The Mini had impressive handling before Cooper got his hands on it, but he gave the Mini the one thing it needed to be competitive, more power. Minis have always been in demand, but the Cooper versions are without a doubt the most desirable of these tiny cars. This 1962 Morris Mini Cooper was discovered in Italy and is in need of a complete restoration. The seller literally provides no information about the car, other than the fact that it needs restored. Thankfully, they offer lots of photos, which can be seen here on AutoClassic.it and if any additional information comes to light, I’ll be sure to add it! Read more »

Coolest School Bus Ever!

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According to the seller of this stretched 1956 Chevrolet, only one of these specialty vehicles sold in 1956 and it went to a grade school. A Grand Rapids Minnesota Elementary School to be exact and there it served for 22 years! What could be cooler than climbing aboard this beast each morning for your daily trek to school? A handful of these were reportedly sold the following year and I assume that most went to airports or other organizations where a large group of people needed to be transported. Unfortunately, the seller also assumes that because of the truck’s rarity, it’s worth 50 grand! What do you think? Find it here on Hemmings out of Bristol, Virginia. Thanks goes to Connor B for the tip! Read more »