1947 Lincoln Cabriolet

Hey, Mr. President! 1947 Lincoln Cabriolet

It’s well documented that this particular Lincoln was used by Harry Truman as a parade car in the late 1940’s! Unfortunately, since then, it’s lost its original engine and transmission and has seen better days. The seller has decided to sell the car because they feel that the storage bill has exceeded the value of the car. They are done paying. The big convertible is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is for sale here on eBay with a buy-it-now price of $8,750 and bidding currently less than $2,000. It needs a full restoration, but its past does make it more interesting than most other Lincoln projects. Read more »

Anglo-Italian Hybrid

Anglo-Italian Hybrid: 1965 Innocenti Spyder

I’ve seen one of these in person and they are really beautiful. This one looks a little awkward because it’s sitting up quite high with the drivetrain out, and the red-painted late MG Midget wheels aren’t helping either. The little spyder is located in Ames, Iowa and is offered here on eBay where bidding is currently at $1,200. The Innocenti was constructed by BMC sending a partially completed Sprite unibody to Italy, where Innocenti installed their body panels, electrical wiring and interior, all of which were considerably more upscale than the Sprite. This car has been partially restored with the body completed. Bumpers are said to be good, and there are some other new items. I don’t think the Midget seats or wheels are accurate, and I’d want to make sure all the trim that isn’t on the car is still there. Finding Innocenti specific parts might be tough, but this is a nice chance to pick up a car that would be welcome at both British and Italian car events. It’s a shame the seller has run out of room—maybe a Barn Finds reader has the space for this beauty?

1960 Porsche 356

1960 Porsche 356: What Makes It So Special?

At the risk of offending some folks out there, I’m going to say it. I just don’t get Porsche 356 prices! To me there are much more capable, much prettier cars available for far less money. Therefore, I’m really interested in seeing what this horrendous example sells for. It’s located in Largo, Florida, and is for sale here on eBay with a starting bid of $200 and no reserve. I think the seller describes it best by saying “very bad condition, no reserve, need it gone”.  It wasn’t that long ago when 356’s were actually affordable, and with a little pep and straight-forward maintenance, I could see the attraction. But lately it seems prices of 356’s have little to do with reality. And this one doesn’t even come with a title to allow someone to legally construct a “new” 356. So, I’m looking to you Barn Finds readers to give me the reasons why the 356 is so special, because I’m predicting this one will go for a lot more than I think it should…

1956 Ford Crown Victoria

One Cool Roof: 1956 Ford Crown Victoria

Of all the different iterations of the Fairlane released during its 15 year lifespan, the first generation has got to be my favorite. Especially when it’s a Crown Victoria! Ford was able to take an otherwise plain roof and turn it into a masterpiece by bending a chrome B-pillar forward and then wrapping it up and over the top. Apparently they got the idea from a Mercury concept car. This particular example needs work, but looks like a great start if you’re in the market. The side windows have been busted out, but I’m not seeing much rust. I’m guessing it’s been resprayed at least once, so you will want to inspect it to make sure there aren’t any nasty surprises hiding beneath the surface. The 292 V8 is claimed to have run as recently as a few years ago, so there is hope that after cleaning up the fuel system, it could fire up. The car is located in Elkton, Virginia and is listed here on eBay where bidding starts at $7,500 with only 2 days left!

1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL: Keeps Going Up!

There’s been much said about the seemingly immediate uptick in values for the Mercedes-Benz 190SL. If we’ve learned anything over the past few months, it’s that several rusty projects have come to life to ride the coattails of decent examples. That’s why this 1958 190SL found here on eBay has been bid up to over $72,000 with 8 days still to go! It’s an original, family-owned car and without any glaring issues. When classics begin to hit their stride on the collector market, we’re often distracted by the worst examples. This car stayed with the same family for 45 years and looks largely complete, including the factory hardtop. I’m guessing the interior had to have been redone at some point as it’s stunningly clean for an original. I think the current price is fair; do you?


1972 Honda 600: Wow, It’s Tiny!

I actually thought all of these came in that peculiar shade of orange! This tiny yellow Honda is located in Wilmington, North Carolina and is up for sale here on eBay with an opening bid of $2,200 and a buy-it-now of $3,500. Said to run and drive but with some niggling issues, this relatively solid car represents Honda’s first mainstream attempt at selling an automobile in the US. Ok, maybe mainstream is a bit strong, but their previous high-revving sports cars were never officially sold here, and the 600 arrived only a little before the oil crisis, when sales should have taken off. Read more »

1975 BMW 2002

1975 BMW 2002: Cheap Tii?

If the ’02 race car was too pricy for you, then here is a cheaper option! As we get closer to summer, I’m anxiously awaiting the return of my brother’s 2002 to the back roads of Maryland. He’s had the engine apart since winter and is rebuilding it in his limited spare time, so it’s somewhat tempting to look for a cheap 2002 to add to my collection so I can attempt to understand why he’s on his third one! This 1975 2002 found here on craigslist for $4,500 is said to be rot-free and only on the market because the seller is thinning his own herd. The seller captures vital pictures of the rust-free rear shock towers, but a few shots of the interior would help validate whether this is as good of a deal as it seems. I would also want to make sure it is a tii before getting too excited. With 130 b.h.p. on tap, these are extremely fun drivers – I’d install a firmer suspension, some Borrani steel wheels, and call it a day!

1962 Tomahawk

Harley-Davidson’s Boat: 1962 Tomahawk

We don’t normally feature boats around here (with the exception of the occasional Amphicar!), but when Jim S. sent this one in, I knew we needed to give it a mention. It’s a 1962 Tomahawk and it appears to be in great condition. The thing that makes this boat special though is the fact it was marketed and sold by Harley-Davidson. Bet you didn’t know that the famous motorcycle manufacturer was in the boat business! Well, they only did it for a year, but the novelty factor does make this find interesting. You can read more about the history of Tomahawk here on fiberclassics or view the auction for the boat here on eBay. Thanks Jim for sending in this unique discovery! Read more »

1974 Triumph Spitfire

Cheap Driver: 1974 Triumph Spitfire

The Triumph Spitfire is already a great choice as an affordable classic because parts are so dang cheap, but when you find a clean runner for this kind of money, it’s a steal! Obviously you aren’t going to get a show car for a couple grand, but this Spitfire does look clean and the seller has already done a lot of sorting. The dash still needs some work and I would probably do something different with the seats. The seller was planning for a Zetec swap, but luckily that never happened. They are throwing in a couple of totes full of extra parts and seem to be looking for a quick sale by only asking $2,400 obo here on eBay. The car is located in Rantoul, Illinois. Does this look like a good deal to you?

1968 BMW 2002 IMSA RS

1968 BMW 2002: IMSA Radial Special

Well, we can credit craigslist with teaching me about a racing series I never knew existed. This 1968 BMW 2002 found here on craigslist for $12,750 is said to have raced in the IMSA RS Challenge, later known as the Champion Spark Plug Challenge. The goal: limit modifications to suspension adjustments of no more than one inch and pack the field full of subcompact sedans. It began in the early 70s and cars like this 2002 were common entries due to IMSA’s goal of stoking interest in the sport by featuring cars seen every day on American roads. Combined with the emphasis on racing cheaply and keeping maintenance costs to a minimum, it’s easy to see that the Spec Miata series wasn’t necessarily an original idea! Does anyone remember cars like this 2002 going wheel-to-wheel with other subcompacts in the 70s?