Lucky Auctions Spring Classic
1969 Camaro SS396

Z/28 Wannabe: 1969 Camaro SS396

At first glance, I got really excited about this Camaro! It appears to be a Z/28 and is claimed to have been sitting in a barn since the 80s. Turns out that it is actually a SS396 though. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it looks like someone has cherry picked many of the parts and then pieced it back together with a 350. Luckily, the seller is throwing in a 396 block though. There appears to be quite a bit of rust lurking under the surface, so I’m guessing that some body work and a full respray will be in order. The orange paint is striking, but I bet it would look quite handsome in its original Olympic Gold color. This project is located in Pomfret, Maryland and is listed for sale here on eBay where bidding starts at $8k with no reserve. So, would you continue the Z/28 theme or go back to how it left the factory?

1979 Plymouth Road Runner

1979 Road Runner: Beep Beep!

While this Road Runner is a far cry from the late ’60s/early ’70s versions with their huge V-8s, this is still a nice package compared to the stock Volare it was based on. This survivor has been winning car shows since at least 1994 based on the trophies, is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is up for auction here on eBay.  The car looks to be in truly stellar condition in the pictures, with no obvious flaws at all. A buy-it-now figure of $9,995 is only slightly above the opening bid amount of $9,500 – a lot of money for a Volare! As a period piece, this Road Runner represents the emasculated power levels of the late 1970’s perfectly with a Slant-6 225 cubic inch engine rather than the previously available 360 V-8. According to the seller, only 464 Road Runners with this engine combination and air conditioning were manufactured, and with the propensity of this body style to rust, I doubt that there are many left. Less than 20k miles are showing although the seller states that the mileage cannot be verified with any documentation. Of course, the iconic “beep-beep” horn is standard equipment! Are you interested?

Excalibur SS

1970 Excalibur SS: Acquired Appreciation

Have you ever spent years being completely turned off by a car only to one day wake up and think – “Eh, it’s not so bad”? Well, that’s what has happened to me as it pertains to this 1970 Excalibur SS Series II listed here on eBay with bidding at $4,400 and the reserve unmet. While it’s a bit unloved by collectors, it does at least have Corvette running gear, and with a free-flowing exhaust, I’d imagine it sounds as good as any other uncorked V8. I’ve even gotten to the point that I appreciate the wacky, wide-stance styling. Heck, with some more aggressive rubber and aero, plus some big, rally-style fog lamps, I could see this being an interesting contestant in road rallies or Gumball runs! I’d also repaint it back to its original shade of Sunfire Yellow, add a CB radio and proceed to scare small children whenever possible. I got the idea from Jesse and his fire-breathing Torino GT!  Does anyone else have some modest appreciation for these ’70s outcasts?

1955 Ford Thunderbird

Dusty 1955 Ford Thunderbird

This 1955 Thunderbird has been parked in a garage since 2002. Doesn’t seem that long ago, does it? Well, that’s 13 years and it’s plenty of time for a car to acquire a thick layer of dust. I love the as-found photos, but boy would I have appreciated a few shots of the car all cleaned up! This Thunderbird appears to have come out of a collection because the seller has listed a few other cars that are parked in front of the same building. I’m also guessing that this Ford was restored at some point and even the seller mentions that the upholstery looks like it has been redone. I wonder why the steering wheel is off though? This car will probably need to be restored again, but these first generation T-Birds are the ones to get and this one even has a relatively rare 3-speed manual transmission. Find it here on eBay where bidding is already taking off. You’ll want to have this one inspected though in order to get a better idea of what you are actually getting.

1970 Pontiac Firebird

1970 Pontiac Firebird: Reader Project

From Michael P – You’d think North Carolina, a Southern state would have a bunch of mostly rust free cars, wouldn’t you?…Not! We obviously get too much rain here! I’m so tired of looking at a bunch of rusted out junk that’s too far gone in my area, needing everything including floors, trunk pan, quarters, fenders, rockers, lower doors, etc that they still want a bunch of money for! So I ended up buying this 1970 Pontiac Firebird online yesterday at Copart in the San Francisco, CA area for $1,800. I bought it sight unseen, relying only on their 10 pictures, since I’m over 2,700 miles away in the Greensboro, NC area.

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Harley Davidson Toppers

1964 Harley-Davidson Topper: Scooter Duo

I know there isn’t much time left on this auction, but when I spotted these Harley-Davidson Scooters here on eBay, I just had to feature them! While I’m sure most Harley enthusiast want a big bike with lots of power and some loud pipes, I think these little scooters would be an absolute blast to zip around on! And when you tell people you ride a Harley, they wouldn’t believe you! This duo of fuel sippers are going to need restoration, but they look complete. I honestly have no idea what it would cost to restore both of these, but I can’t imagine it would cost much. I would want to fix both up so me and the significant other could zip around town together! What about you? Would you fix these scooter up?

1970 Dodge Challenger RT

Shaker Hood: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

When it comes to Mopars, the options make all the difference. This 1970 Challenger has some very desirable options including a 440 Six Pack, 4-speed manual transmission, and yes, a Shaker Hood! Everybody wants a HEMI these days, but back when these were new, the 440-6 was the street racer of choice for many. That triple carburetor equipped big block was almost as powerful and sold for a lot less. Today collectors know how potent these cars are and they command big money when they do sell. This particular car is a good example of that fact. It’s listed here on eBay and bidding is already going crazy with close to a week left. This one has lived a rough life, but it will be a sweet machine after a full restoration. Let’s just hope that everyone bidding is taking into account the cost to finish the job so it doesn’t just go back into storage.

1971 Pantera

1971 DeTomaso Pantera: Barn Fresh

Here’s an exciting find, a 1971 Pantera with only 18,000 miles! This is one of those poster cars, found hanging on the walls of many future gear-heads. This was the first year of the Pantera, replacing the Mangusta. The Ford 351 V8 had lots of torque, which meant you weren’t always having to shift, plus parts are quite easy to find. It was rated at 330 horsepower, but like other cars of the day, that was conservative and about 30 to 40 horsepower low. The pedals were offset, so seating was a bit funny and six feet was about as tall as a driver could be, but that’s not bad for a car like this. Pantera values have been climbing, with nice cars selling for $40,000 to $50,000 dollars. This one could be worth a decent amount with some work, so the $25,000 he’s asking doesn’t seem too bad. Find it here on craigslist. So, if you have the means and you’re under six feet tall, you could soon be stylin’ in your very own mid-engined supercar! Did you have a Pantera poster hanging on your wall as a kid?

1972 Plymouth Barracuda

1972 Plymouth Barracuda: Sort Of Orignal

I’m conflicted over this super straight Barracuda: dubbed a garage find, it’s said to have seen little use over the past several years, and it’s listed here on eBay with active bidding to $11,000 and the reserve unmet. And although it’s quite the survivor, the car is a non-numbers matching example, with the original 318 swapped out for a far more robust 340. So, what’s the verdict on this one? It’s certainly more enjoyable to drive with the upgraded power plant, but it’s no longer an original car despite the rest of it remaining so well preserved. I guess a stock 318 car wouldn’t command much attention unless you were a total purist and just wanted a virgin car – and that’s likely a tougher buyer to find than someone who wants a Barracuda with some actual go-juice under the hood that hasn’t been ripped apart for hot rodding. Regardless, the bidders are letting the market know what’s important and I’ll be curious to see where this one ends up.

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1974 Toyota Land Cruiser: Dry But Rough

In this week’s edition of Jeff in the Junkyard, one of the vehicles retired to Amish Country included an FJ55 Land Cruiser which a few of you had recollections of being unstoppable off-road. Well, here’s your chance to save one before it ends up sleeping in the forest, rusting away! This 1974 Land Cruiser here on eBay with bidding just over $1,000 and the reserve unmet is rot-free but the interior is a mess and the engine has been removed and disassembled. The seller doesn’t sound too optimistic the original mill can come back to life, but I suspect he’s the one who broke it down and then let it sit, gathering rust. Regardless, it might be an excuse to upgrade to a modern powerplant, and there are even specialist shops that have begun offering these conversions specifically for vintage Toyota 4x4s. Which direction would you choose – try and find a non-matching but original engine for rebuild, or go all-in on a V8 conversion?

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Stakeside! 1948 Willys Truck

I find this old farm truck (and the auction description) absolutely charming! Located in Ivor, Virginia, and up for sale here on eBay where the opening bid is $3,990, this truck would be perfect for running errands around your classic car ranch. A large list of  mechanical work has been done since the third owner purchased the truck, which had been used by its two previous owners to haul wood. Rather than slathering on body filler, there are openly visible riveted on patches on the doors and cab, and the paintwork is driver quality at best. But just look at the presence it has! Those patches are like badges commemorating the work this vehicle has done.  The current owner is 74 and is selling it due to their age, but has accumulated a bunch of extra parts, reupholstered the seats and interior panels and made it very presentable. The little truck runs well with its original engine and with a little assembly would be ready to go. I wish I could take this one home; what about you, Barn Finds readers?

1960 Austin Healey Bugeye

6,800 Mile Bugeye Sprite

The seller claims this 1960 Austin Healey Sprite has just 6,800 miles on it. While looking at the body alone it would be hard to believe this claim, but looking at the underside and interior it looks like it just could be true! It appears that someone started painting it with primer and never got around to finishing the job. Hopefully the original paint is still under the primer and could be revealed with some careful sanding. I would definitely want to inspect this car carefully, as the mileage claim is quite incredible. If you’re interested in giving this Bugeye a closer look, you can find it here on craigslist for $11k near Cleveland, Ohio. Do you believe this really is a 6,800 mile car? Special thanks to JK for this tip!