Who Needs a Truck When You Have a SAAB?

lawn-mower-duty

The honeymoon is officially over. If you follow the site, then you know I had a lapse in judgment the other day and bought a 1987 SAAB 900 for $1,600. People warned me, but I didn’t listen. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate many of the car’s virtues. Being enclosed in a layer of armored-truck-thick steel does make you feel safe and you really can carry a wagon sized load in the back. With 6 feet of flat depth, this wagonback design has proven its utility on multiple occasions. Now if only I could keep her running… Read more »

Compact Comparo: Swinger vs Grabber

Swinger vs Grabber

When we stumbled across these two early ’70s compact muscle cars, one a Dodge and the other a Ford, we knew it was time to do another comparo. We will try to keep this comparison serious and classy, but that may be a challenge considering that the candidates have names like Swinger and Grabber! We know the ’70s was a crazy time and all, but how did either company expect us to take either cars seriously with names like that? Now this comparison will focus on what these cars would have been like when they were new, as these two particular cars are in vastly different conditions. Be sure to look at both listings for more detailed photos. The 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger can be found here on eBay and the 1972 Ford Maverick Grabber can be found here on eBay. Read more »

Rusty Pony: 1969 Mustang Mach 1

1969 Mustang Mach 1

We have a very long list of cars we would love to find stashed in an old barn, but sometimes you have to pass on the barn find of your dreams. Perhaps it is too rusty to be saved, maybe life just doesn’t currently permit it, or any number of other reasons. Sometimes you are able to get that dream find home only to have to let it go before finishing it. Well that’s what happened to the owner of this 1969 Mustang Mach 1. After finding it in this Maine barn and getting it home, they are now having to move and can’t take it with. It is partially disassembled and is going to need a massive amount of work, but does come with lots of extra parts. Have a look at it here on eBay. Read more »

Family Project: 1966 Corvette 427 Coupe

1966 Corvette 427 Coupe

We have always loved the Corvette, but they seem so common place here in the states that we often overlook them when they are parked next to say a British Roadster. It’s not that they aren’t great cars, but they don’t fascinate us the way a foreign car might. We hadn’t really stopped to think about how we might feel about them if we lived anywhere else in the world though. That was until Nicki T sent us photos of her father’s Corvette. There weren’t many Vettes sent overseas, so finding one anywhere outside this continent can be tough. Nicki’s father had always dreamt of owning one, but living in the UK meant finding one he could afford would be rather difficult… Read more »

Desert Lark: 1959 Studebaker 2-Door Wagon

1959 Studebaker Lark Wagon

So far this Wagon Wednesday is shaping up to be a great day! Just when we think it can’t get any better, it does. We have always been fans of the Studebaker Lark, so naturally this 2 door wagon version that OffShore64Guy sent us is going to make our day even better. With an asking price of just $800 we are seriously tempted to buy it for ourselves. If you have been on the lookout for a V8 powered 2 door wagon, but want something more unique than a Nomad, take a look at this 1959 Studebaker Lark Regal Wagon here on craigslist. Read more »

Stoplight Sleeper: 1962 Ford Country Wagon

1962 Ford Country Wagon

If the Checker Aerobus we featured earlier has too many doors for your tastes or is simply too long, you might be more interested in this 1962 Ford Country Wagon. Reader Richard B came across it here on craigslist and thought it would be a great candidate for Wagon Wednesday. This one looks rough on the outside, but has already had a lot of work done to it and is ready to drive. We aren’t sure about the rust… or patina as the seller calls it, but it could be a great project. Our thanks to Richard for the tip! Read more »

Extra-Long Wagon: 1967 Checker Aerobus

1967 Checker Aerobus

Now that the weather is about perfect, sitting in the office all day can be rather difficult. We have all been there, trapped at a desk counting down the hours until Friday. Since we first started Wagon Wednesday nearly a year and a half ago, our weeks have gotten considerably better. Rather than dragging ourselves through the week, now we look forward to Wednesday almost as much as the weekend. Opening emails on Wednesday morning has become a time of anticipation and excitement. We always get at least one submission that leaves us fascinated and possibly a bit perplexed. Well today the award of most intriguing wagon goes to this 1967 Checker Aerobus that Jim S sent in! He came across it here on eBay and thought we might enjoy this extra-long wagon. Read more »

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 »