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1948 REO Speed Wagon: Tougher Than The Band!

When Ransom E Olds sold his company to General Motors, he agreed to not use his name on another company. He named his new company REO, for Ransom Eli Olds, building cars and trucks from 1905 to 1975. Mr. Olds was actually the first car manufacturer to use the assembly line, ahead of Ford. There’s no information on the history of this 1948 RIO Speedwagon. The body has said to be in good shape with very little rust. The owner has been working on reviving this truck for 2 years, mounting the REO body on a more modern truck, a 1991 Dodge. The owner has driven this 15,000 miles since completing it, so it must be somewhat sorted. There are numerous items to be completed like turn signals and glass. It’s for sale here on eBay with a BIN of $20,000.00 and bidding up to $5700 not meeting reserve. What use do you think the new owner will make of this truck? And what do you think would be a reasonable price? Read more »


1975 Bricklin SV1: Supercar Dreams

The Bricklin SV1 is a curiosity of automotive history. I remember being drawn in by its profile, with those exotic gullwing doors and turbine-style wheels. But for the most part, it never really took off and is only cherished today by fans of the brand. The Bricklin was packed to the brim with safety features, and its doors operated with the push of a button – despite these neat features, however, the car was a flop and Bricklin went bankrupt owing creditors millions. This particular SV1 is located in Canada, listed for sale here on kijiji for $12,000 (thanks to Barn Finds reader J. Clark for sharing). As the dust will tell you, it has been idled for quite some time, despite being on the receiving end of an engine rebuild before it was parked. This certainly isn’t the only Bricklin that sits unloved today, as any scan of craigslist or eBay will tell you. Will they ever become a cherished collector car?


1950 Ford F1 Pickup: Build-a-Bed

No matter the condition, the early Ford pickups are among the most handsome trucks ever made. This 1950 Ford F1 is listed here on eBay as a rusty project that’s been sitting for 28 years, so long that the bed has completely rusted out. It’s got a V8 and a stick, and the whitewalls look good enough to roll on. They probably aren’t, but it’s fun to think you could drive this rig in its severely weathered condition. Ocala seems to be a hot spot for old projects like this, and it’s a local I visit often when traveling to a nearby town to visit family. While the Florida weather hasn’t been kind to this truck, a $1,200 Buy-it-Now isn’t too terrible of a price – but I’d be happier to walk away with it for $800 and get to work building a bed. How would you restore it?


1977 Lotus Esprit S1: Spy Gear Not Included

This 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 has been listed here on eBay for awhile. They’ve lowered the price from $30,000 to $19,995, but it still seems overpriced. (I thought these sold for $10k or less) It’s been a long time since that Jame bond film and I don’t think this one has rockets or any of Mr. Bonds cool toys. I don’t think a condition one car would sell for this much, but this one has been sitting since 1997 and is a survivor, well sort of. It’s very original except it was originally yellow. It certainly needs a new front bumper and a windshield, and the paint has the usual blemishes, but otherwise it looks pretty nice. One would want to carefully examine the fiberglass body for cracks and damage, of course, and the frame for rust. It is leaking oil, perhaps from the cam seals or other interesting places. So, am I missing something here? Is there an extra zero on the price? The speedometer was replaced when it was showing 23k miles, but that could be 123k, and the new one is showing 400 miles. The seller is a dealer and he’s had it 3 years, so surely he must want to sell it. Is there someone out there who appreciates this and can negotiate a reasonable price? What do you think this Lotus is actually worth? Read more »


1965 Volkswagen Bus: Shriner-Driven

If there’s one thing old VW Buses are good for, it’s being used as a rolling billboard. This barn find ’65 Bus here on eBay has a reserve price that I hope isn’t too high, as it deserves a sympathetic restoration to preserve its role in annual Shriner parades. Converted to allow the kids staying in the local Shriner hospital to wave to the crowds from dual ramp-style doors, this example of Volkswagen’s ubiquitous people-hauler is unlike any I’ve ever seen. They’ve been used as ambulances, track-side support vehicles and handyman’s vans, but a parade car is a new one to me. This Bus is going to need some work to protect the body from further corrosion and the motor is locked up, but the paint and doors should definitely be preserved during any restoration attempts made on the “Boogie Bus.” I can only imagine how much fun it had to be if you were a kid loading up in this cheerful VW on parade day. How would you restore it?


Ready To Rumble: 1931 Hudson Coupe

With one owner for about the last 40 years and having been stored in a barn for that period, this Hudson looks ripe for someone to enjoy. It can be found in Bandon, Oregon, and is listed for sale here on eBay where bidding is just over $12,000 with the reserve not yet met. I can’t say I know a lot about Hudsons, especially pre-war ones, but this sure has classy lines! And a rumble seat to boot! There’s 93,000 miles showing (I think, based on the odometer picture) and the car is said to be in un-restored condition. It’s also claimed to start right up and run well. I’m hoping someone buys this beauty and puts it back on the road quickly! It’s only missing the rumble seat cushion, step, and one engine vent knob. Any Hudson experts out there?


25 Year Sleep: 1964 Studebaker GT Hawk

For 25 years, this 63,000 mile original Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk has been waiting for someone to put it back on the road. It’s located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and is listed for sale here on craigslist. The price is steep at $10,000, but the seller may be open to lower offers. I feel the styling, especially the interior, on this series of Hawk is just stunning, and so unlike what the Big Three were doing at the time. Unfortunately the seller doesn’t tell us much about this car, and given that the NADA guide has running, driving cars valued at not much more than this, I suspect it may be a challenge to get the asking price. I do wish, however, that I were the person who got to turn the key for the first time and hear that 289 start up!  Thanks goes to Barn Finds reader Olaf E. for this find!


1967 Ford MUTT: Willys Alternative

I always forget Ford had its own version of a military-grade, Jeep-like vehicle. The Multipurpose Utility Tactical Truck (or MUTT) featured here on eBay is in presentable shape complete with the deep water fording kit and roll-over protection installed. The MUTT is now located in Virginia after selling a short time ago at a military surplus auction in California in February. The seller mentions that he is regrettably selling it to free up some funds for other toys, so it will be exciting what he comes up with next! There’s currently only one bid for $200 and the reserve unmet. Do you have any experience with these early Ford 4x4s, and what should it sell for?

1932 Auburn Mark V 160

1932 Auburn Mark V 160: Ex-Harrah’s Car

This 1932 Auburn Mark V 160 is an amazing and significant car. It is one of only three to exist. This was the year, 1932, that Auburn introduced their V12. It is a 391 CID overhead valve engine and produced 160 horsepower. The top speed was an impressive 93 mph. Many speed records were broken with this V12! Lycoming was a subsidiary of  Cord, as was Auburn, and all it’s engines were designed and built by them. Lycoming still manufactures light aircraft engines, one of 2 surviving companies in the US. The Auburn cost only about $1100, a bargain for the times compared to other luxury cars. This Auburn was in the Harrah’s collection and was not restored when the collection sold. The auction includes many spare parts. It surprises me that it is listed here on eBay. This is perhaps beyond the reach of most of us, but it is a very rare car.  I hope to read about this Auburn when it is restored! Read more »


1972 Plymouth Satellite: Free Tree

We’ve seen lots of junkyard cars and trucks firmly tethered to the ground, thanks to a tree springing up through the hood. But rarely do we see a car for sale where the owner freely admits it’s going to require several hours of chopping with power tools to claim your prize. This ’72 Plymouth Satellite was discovered by Barn Finds reader J. Clark here on Canada’s kijiji classifieds, and the seller freely acknowledges that this needy project is more about a tree for sale than the car itself. Still, the motor and transmission are present and I can’t imagine anyone would be crazy enough to ask big money for such a time-consuming project, starting with the extraction of the vehicle. We just saw how a Treed Goat became a major prize for one Barn Finds reader; is this Satellite worth a similar effort?


Diamond In The Rough: 1974 Triumph TR6

While the pictures aren’t great, they are good enough to tell me that I should be out there looking at this car instead of writing it up. Circumstances don’t allow that; hoping one of you readers picks this one up in a hurry! Located in Henderson, North Carolina, this original-appearing Triumph is advertised here on craigslist. The price is a low $2,500 or best offer, and the car is said to have a good engine, transmission and tires. I own two TR6’s already; a third would be truly redundant! Places to check on the car if you are interested are the rear trailing arm mounts on the frame, the differential mounts, and of course floors and sills. The car happens to be in the same town as one of the best Triumph specialty repair shops around, so if it needs any of those things, you could just drop it off after purchase if you don’t want to do the work yourself. Let us know if you pick up this diamond in the rough!


About 100 Made: 1971 Jeepster Hurst Edition

I thought I knew all of the Hurst special edition cars, but I was wrong! Have you ever heard of the Jeepster Commando Hurst Edition? This model apparently came about due to the need to add some pizzazz into the Jeepster lineup and was Hurst’s first attempt and adding performance to a 4WD vehicle. You can find a lot of information on this special model here, here and here. This particular Jeepster has been stored for the last five years in Birmingham, Alabama, and is up for sale here on eBay with an opening bid of $3,000 and no reserve. Yes, that warped hood scoop is stock, and this one is warped a lot less than some I saw in pictures. All the Hurst equipment is present, including the unusual Hurst dual-gate automatic shifter and the original striping. I happen to like Jeepsters a lot, so this one to me would be nice to restore. Share your Hurst special edition experiences here with the rest of us!

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