Introducing Bruce’s New Firebird 400!

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Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to tag along as one of our readers pulled this 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 out of storage. Bruce caught wind of the car when we featured it last month and quickly jumped on it. A deal was struck and he excitedly let us know that he was the new owner. Obviously, we have assisted with the sale of many cars through the site, but this was actually the first one that I got to see one in-person. It was an exciting evening and I’m sure all that adrenaline helped us push that big car up onto the dolly! We are excited for Bruce and know that the car is now in good hands. Read more »

No Risk No Reward: 1957 Jaguar XK150

1957 Jaguar XK 150

The Jaguar XK series is one of the most iconic British sports cars of all time. These cars have always been desirable, but in recent times they have begun to climb in value massively. Buying even a cheaper project car can be a big gamble. There are so many unknown factors that could break the bank. When buying a car like this 1957 Jaguar XK 150 Roadster, you want to know as much about it and what pieces are and aren’t there as possible before putting out any cash. The seller of this one has it listed here on eBay and admits that some parts are missing, although they don’t know for sure all of what is missing. What they do know is that the previous owner had planned to restore it, but after getting it pulled apart they never finished. It has been in pieces for the past 20 years, so it’s hard to say what all is lost. Like they say though, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. Read more »

BMW + SAAB = 1977 Wartburg Knight

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We love to stumble upon cars that we have never heard of before! Take this 1977 Wartburg 353W that we just found on craigslist for example. When was the last time you saw one of these here in the States? Well, that could be because they were never officially imported to the States from East Germany where they were produced. We don’t know much about them, but this example looks to be in excellent condition. The $5,000 asking price doesn’t seem too unrealistic either. Read more »

Mustang Update: Making This Pony Shine Again!

Mustang before cleaning

Don’t let the glamor shots fool you, our pony car project was looking rough when we got it home. A previous owner had decided to do some body work and respray the car. After years of being parked under a tarp and uncared for, the paint was cracked, peeling, oxidized, and fading. At first we planned on simply cleaning it, treating it with some glaze, and waxing it to a dull shine, but after running a wet rag over it we decided that our plan might not work. Now we typically like to take the least aggressive route possible when it comes to paint, but since this is going to be our events car, we decided to put some elbow grease into it. When we discovered the original paint was still hiding underneath, we knew we needed to reveal some of that original Wimbledon White. We didn’t want to lose all the history though, so we decided to take an interesting approach to preserving this cars paint, both old and new. Read about what we did and how we did it right after the break. Read more »

Compact Hatchback Showdown: Gremlin VS Pinto

Compact Wagons

Oh, how the times change! At one time people looked down on compact cars and hatchbacks. It seems that people are now becoming more aware of things like handling, character and practicality than they use to be. We have also noticed that cars that were once uncool and unloved are starting to be seen as classics worth saving. Sure there are still those out there that look down on anything that isn’t a Camaro, Mustang, or Corvette, but more and more drivers are starting to see that there are other cars out there that can offer more. They may have even seen some of these cars years ago but turned their backs on them and called them junk, but the stigma with many of these cars seems to be diminishing.. No group of cars has been hated and mistreated more than the compact wagons and hatchbacks of the 1970′s. After Jim S tipped us off to the 1977 AMC Gremlin X here on eBay, we went out on a hunt for another equally unloved compact, but one with a few characteristics that may appeal to a different crowd. We thought it would make for a rather interesting comparison and a good conversation. The 1973 Ford Pinto we found here on eBay seemed like a rather fitting competitor. Read more »

California Truckin: 1937 Studebaker Coupe Express

1937 Studebaker J-5 Coupe Express

Of all the classic trucks we have seen over the years, few look better than the ones to come out of Studebaker. One of our all time favorites is their J-5, particularly the Coupe Express model. The flowing lines and swooping shape of these trucks just looks fantastic to us. Studebaker only built about 3k Coupe Expresses in 1937 and this one has been hiding in a barn since 1992. It is going to need attention, but is all original and is still even wearing its original paint. Hopefully the rust isn’t so severe that the original paint can’t be saved, but either way this is one cool truck. Find this 1937 Studebaker J-5 Coupe Express here on eBay, with an impressive $18k opening bid. Read more »

Cobra Alternative: 1963 Daimler SP250

1963 Daimler SP250

If we were to describe a sports car that was built on a European designed chassis and powered by a small block V8, most would instantly think of the Shelby Cobra. While it might be the most iconic of these European specials, it wasn’t the only one or even the first. Two years before Carroll Shelby worked with AC to create the Cobra, the people at Daimler were already building a hemi V8 powered roadster. Their SP250 didn’t have the great looks of the Cobra or the straight line performance, but it was still a great car with lots of potential. So, if you’ve been looking for a Cobra alternative that isn’t a Sunbeam Tiger, have a look at this 1963 Daimler SP250 here on eBay. Admittedly, the SP250 isn’t the best looking car, but if your main concern is driving a unique V8-powered roadster than this Daimler might just be the car for you. Read more »

Mustang Update: NW Classic Rally Or Bust

Mustang Project Car

Updates have been few and far between the last few days because we have been busy with our newest project. If you didn’t already know, we just bought a Mustang! We introduced it with some glamour shots taken by Josh and many of you left comments about what you think we should do with the car. There were lots of great ideas and we are going to try to incorporate as many of them as we can, but we have some of our own plans too… Read more »

4th of July Find: 1970 AMC Rebel Machine

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It doesn’t get any more American than a red, white, and blue AMC Rebel Machine! The Machine was developed by American Motors with some help from Hurst and featured a 340 horsepower 390 under the hood. Patriotic paint, heavy duty suspension, alloy rims, and a Hurst shifter finished things off. The photos of this particular one are bad and we have our doubts that this is a real deal Rebel Machine, but you never know. Take a look at the listing here on craigslist and you be the judge. Happy 4th of July! Read more »