The Perfect Christmas: 1942 Packard 180 Touring

1942 Packard 180

Christmas is nearly upon us and it’s time to get those wish lists in to Santa, or your signification other! I’d say I’d like to find this 1942 Packard 180 Touring Limo under the tree this Christmas, but truth is I want this one to come a bit early. Hopefully Santa can get it to me in time to take the sleigh above it out for a Christmas Eve sleigh ride. If he can get it to me early enough, I might even have time to load up the entire family to go cut down a tree! Alright, so maybe I’m dreaming a little too much, but seeing this Packard with the sleigh, wagon, and artificial tree conjures images of a ’40s Christmas. This Packard can be found here on Hemmings with an asking price of $7,500. Thanks goes to Mark E for the tip! Read more »

Rising Sun: 1980 Toyota Celica Sunchaser

1980 Celica Sunchaser

One of the best ways to feel a connection to a car outside of driving it is to own it in miniature. For those of you who collected them before you could drive one, you might remember the Tomy brand out of Japan. Fittingly, they offered several variations of the original Celica and Supra models, which included the Sunchaser. To this day, I still consider the quasi-convertible design one of the more memorable ones out there, with a targa-style roof bar in between a removable roof panel and soft, folding rear-glass section. Thanks to Jim S for sending along this garage find example of a Celica that needs a rescue mission to chase the sun once again. Find it here on eBay or in Pennsylvania. Read more »

American Pride: 1937 Ingalls Special

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Update Dec 16, 2014 – This cool little racer is still for sale, but has taken a $25k price hit!

From Jan 24, 2013 – We know, we know, it is not a barn find! We think you need to take a look at this though. Ed Ingalls, the creator of this little hot rod, wanted to go racing in the late forties, but he wanted to drive something from home. American manufactures were not yet producing sports cars, so he had little choice than to build his own. He scoured local junkyards and constructed what became known as the 1937 Ingalls Special. Read more »

British Bulldog: 1963 Triumph TR3B

1963 Triumph TR3B

There is something so “honest” about an early Triumph TR. With its wide open grin (despite being painted black on this example) and mostly single-curvature body panels, the TR2 and TR3 series have nothing that wasn’t necessary for cost-effective, spirited motoring. This particular example comes to us courtesy of Jim S, and is located in Knightsdown, Indiana and is up for auction here on eBay. Read more »

Pontiac GTO Graveyard in California

Pontiac GTO Graveyard

We get a lot of leads about supposedly incredible finds from around the globe. Most turn out to just be old rumors that have been passed around the internet for years, but every once in while we get one that looks credible. Well today we got a lead on what may be one of the largest collections of rusty Pontiac GTOs I’ve ever seen. The incredible part is that what you see in the photo above is only a small portion of the collection. Reader Donald W was tipped off to this muscle car graveyard by a friend, so he went hunting for it and was able to track it down for us. He was only able to grab a couple photos of the Pontiac section, as he didn’t want to trespass, so he wasn’t able to get any photos of the rest of the graveyard. A special thanks goes to Donald for sharing his discovery with us! Read more »

Factory Tuned: 1975 Chevy Cosworth Vega

Cosworth-Vega

From a very young age, the name “Cosworth” got my blood pumping. In most cases, it designated some form of a brawny rally car, thanks to Cosworth’s heavy involvement in Ford’s racing program in the 80s and early 90s (which was when my obsession over anything with 4 wheels was really coming into its own). But Cosworth was not solely a Ford UK exclusive, as it also partnered with marques like Mercedes-Benz to produce the Autobahn-storming legend that is the 190E 2.3-16, a shot across the bow to BMW’s E30 M3. With all that history, it begs the question why a 1975 Chevy Cosworth Vega found here on craigslist in Milwaukee is disassembled and awaiting a new owner to respect its rarity and limited production. Read more »

Condo Find: 1971 Ferrari Daytona

1971 Ferrari Daytona

For the most part, I prefer barn finds that I can actually afford to own. That’s the problem with finding ultra-rare exotics, even if you can afford to buy them they are going to cost serious money to restore. Of course that doesn’t mean that I don’t still enjoy fantasizing about discovering a long lost Ferrari or some other desirable Italian. When Graham L, we actually just featured his garage here earlier, sent me a link to an upcoming auction for a 1971 Ferrari Daytona I was rather curious to see the car and read its story. And does this Daytona have quite the story. Have a look at the listing here at RM Auctions and be sure to read the owner’s complete story! Read more »

Grace, Space, and Pace: 1964 Jaguar S-Type

1964 Jaguar S-Type

Jaguar’s famous slogan certainly applies to the S-Type! I have a soft spot for these big cats; one was our family car while I was growing up in England. I remember being upset when, in the middle of the 70’s oil crisis, we had to trade it and 300 pounds for a ’68 Ford Escort because we couldn’t afford to keep the Jag on the road. I also remember my father’s patience when 8-year-old me cross threaded a spark plug in the Jag’s aluminum head! This rust free one, according to the seller at least, is available here on Craigslist in Cary, NC for $5995. Read more »

What’s in Graham L’s Barn?

Graham L's Barn

While I love hunting for classics for myself, It’s also fun about getting to see what you guys have parked in your barns, sheds, and garages. It is actually a bit of an honor to be invited in for a peek, so we always enjoy getting the chance to see what you guys own and are into. It’s actually been a little while since the last time we featured a reader’s barn, but Graham L decided to slide back the doors to his barn and let us have a look around! Now I could list off everything he currently has in his collection, but where would the fun be in that? Be sure to take a look at all the photos below and good luck identifying all of his cars! Thanks for sharing it with us Graham! Read more »