1949 Pontiac Streamliner

1949 Pontiac Streamliner: Fastback Classic

Sometime in the sixties I found a dark green car just like this 1949 Pontiac in a barn on a friend’s farm where it had been sitting for years. His parents told the typical story: it was grandpa’s car and they just left it in the barn after he died. My friend’s parents said he could drive it if we could get it running. We tried jump starting it with a tractor and got it started and running. We did a tuneup and oil change, as well as scrubbed lots of pigeon poop off it and it turned out to be a great car. This 1949 Pontiac also shows lots of potential and it even seems reasonably priced, with an asking price of $5500. The car was stored in a dry building, so hopefully there’s not much rust. It’s definitely a different look than most cars of the era. I can just imagine someone chopping and dropping this on bags, which would be sad in my opinion. Wouldn’t it be great to just clean this up, do the mechanical necessities and drive it? Those flathead eights and automatic transmissions were very dependable. Perhaps as money becomes available, do some interior work, then possibly a little body work. What would you do with Pontiac? It’s listed here on craigslist in Dumont, New Jersey.

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge

Assembly Required: 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge

When the guys at Pontiac dreamed up the Judge, they envisioned a Road Runner fighter. It was going to be something basic and cheap. You know, the rubber mat and steel rims kind of thing, but with serious muscle under the hood. In the end, the Judge became more of an option package for the GTO than anything. That doesn’t mean it was a bad thing though. The Ram Air III 400 engine was standard and the visual upgrades really gave this goat some sizzle. I’d love to have a 1970 model like this all done up in Orbit Orange! Unfortunately, this one is going to need some reassembly before it can be enjoyed. The seller is optimistic though claiming that everything is there except the linkage hardware for the hood scoops. I am always leery of these kinds of projects because you won’t really know what’s missing until you start rebuilding it. That doesn’t seem to have deterred some people though as bidding seems quite active here on eBay. Thanks goes to Jim S. for the tip!

1982 Mercedes 380 SEC Koenig

Koenig In Slovakia: 1982 Mercedes 380 SEC

From John F. – Hey Barn Finds! Somebody just posted this nice Koenig-Specials Mercedes for sale here in Slovakia. It is possibly the only one in my country at the moment; they seem to be very rare! That is an interesting one John. Looks like Koenig is a German tuner that has been in business since 1974. They specialize in Ferraris, but have hopped up a bunch of other makes over the years. That Prancing Pony connection could explain the Testarossa fender treatment going on there? According to the Koenig-Specials site, there are a lot of fakes out there so you will want to contact them before making an offer on this one. Please let us know if you end up taking it for a test drive. Thanks for sharing!


1964 Chevrolet Bel Air And Impala: 2 for $2K

Titled and ready to go: that’s what’s promised in this listing for a 1964 Chevy Bel Air and Impala parts car for $2,000 here on craigslist. Frankly, if I was into the lowrider scene at all, I’d have these two strapped to a trailer in no time. The Bel Air is said to have an engine and transmission but no mention if they are original to the car; the Impala is for parts-only and it looks like the drivetrain is long-gone. The mention of rust is brief but seemingly justified by the seller once you factor in the low price, but I’d need some further confirmation if it’s limited to the surface or more invasive. If I were a potential buyer, the fact that both cars still have their original titles is a big bonus as it at least removes the hassle of dealing with re-issuing new titles at the DMV. When it comes to projects that need everything, the elimination of those little hassles can make a big difference. What do you think – is this a fair price for a Bel Air project and a parts car? Or would you take the owner up on his offer to separate the pair and just take the Bel Air home for $1,200?

Wetback Boat Kit

Wooden Wetback: Fast Hydro Boat Project

This saucer-like boat project may appear to be one man’s interpretation of a UFO, but it’s actually the remnants of a speed boat kit called a Wetback. Listed here on craigslist for $2,000, I’m not surprised it’s in Florida considering how popular the sport of jet sprints and other competition events is in those parts. This link from Clark Craft seems to indicate the Wetback is one of many kits offered by the company, and is even still available for purchase today (which may cause the seller to have a reality check on his asking price). It’s a single seater and can take a variety of engines up to 30 bhp, and based on the video selection I found here on YouTube, it looks to be a fun way to hit the lakes this summer! Plus, unlike most boat projects, this one is small enough to sit in the garage or carport when not in use. While boating is more enjoyable with some friends along for the ride, the Wetback could be an easy introduction into boat-building. Have any of you ever piloted a DIY kit like this?

1940 Ford Coupe

Hot Rod Material: 1940 Ford Coupe

An original and complete car should never be cut up to build a hot rod. But, what about an empty shell that has been sitting for years? This 1940 Ford Coupe may just fit the bill. The interior has been gutted and the engine has gone missing. Unfortunately, the title must have followed it. The body does look solid though, so if you could track down a title, this could make perfect hot rod material. You wouldn’t have to feel bad about making it your own because the car would still be better off than sitting in that lean-to for another decade. It’s located in Argyle, Texas and is listed here on eBay without a reserve. Now, the only question is – what would you do to it? Chop, channel, the works? Or maybe something a bit more subtle? If you could get the body straight, I’d like to see it painted black with a stock look and a modern V8 in the engine bay. How about you?


Birds Of A Feather: 5 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3s

Imagine stumbling upon the collection of a marque aficionado who was particularly smitten with one model. That’s exactly what the sellers of these five Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3’s claim they found in a Colorado garage! And now each car is up for grabs here on craigslist. One of the cars has very low mileage to the tune of 27,000, and yet another is claimed to be 1 of 3 in a black-on-black color combination. Prices are said to range from $20K to $50K and frankly, not a single one of them appears all that rough. I’d pick the red one simply because you don’t see these classic V8 sedans in such vibrant colors very often, and the factory Bundt wheels are a good look too. Of course, what’s most appealing is the garage housing all these Germans! Which one would you take?


Parts Runner: 1964 Corvair Rampside

One of the more unusual factory pickups I’m aware of is the Corvair Rampside. Featuring the GM air-cooled flat six cylinder in the rear and an unusual side door to the bed as well as a “cab over” design, this is certainly not your typical 60’s pickup. This one is located in Boonville, Indiana and is listed for sale here on eBay, with a buy-it-now price of $7,500 and bidding starting at $200. I was encouraged when looking through the pictures to see what I think is a Corvair van also in the seller’s barn/garage, so hopefully they are an enthusiast. The seller says it’s not perfect but very driveable and characterizes the paint as “not professionally done” and that it needs dents and dings fixed, although the body is solid. The truck has also just had new carbs and tune up components installed, and the ad says it will get a new muffler shortly. I think this would be a cool truck to make parts runs with!

Triumph TR7

1975 Triumph TR7: Too Many Tickets

The seller of this 1975 Triumph TR7 with a Ford V8 swap claims his right foot caused him too much trouble, leading to the car being parked and put up for auction here on eBay with a starting bid of $1,000 and no reserve. The small block engine in a lightweight chassis like the TR7 is likely a good combination for finding yourself on the wrong side of the law, and despite being idle for several years, could probably be brought back to life with relative ease. Other upgrades include the C4 transmission and a Chevy Monza rear end, along with a ground effects kit that hasn’t been installed. It appears some bodywork has already been started and all that’s needed now is a new owner to kick-start this British bad-boy project. Could it be you?

1967 Renault Caravelle

1967 Renault Caravelle: 8k Mile Survivor

I’m a sucker for drop top European sports cars and low mileage survivors. Put the two together and you have the perfect combination, well at least in my book. In all honesty, this Renault Caravelle wouldn’t be my first choice of topless European cars, but with just 8k miles on the clock I might make an exception! The seller claims his wife’s Aunt bought the car new in ’67 and kept it in her garage in California for all of these years. The aunt is now 90 years old and has no need for it, so she sold it to the couple. They had it transported from California to Erie, Pennsylvania, where they live. It looks to be in great condition, although the paint is looking quite oxidized. With a good cleaning, some careful detailing, and lots of elbow grease, this classic could look almost as good as new! If you are interested in taking a closer look at this Renault, you can find it here on eBay with a BIN of $14,500 and the option to make an offer. Read more »

Return to the forest junkyard

Jeff in the Junkyard: Return to the Forest

As I mentioned a few entries ago, my last junkyard visit provided more than enough fodder for a few weeks’ worth of posts. We’ll revisit this yard in Western Massachusetts for some additional diamonds in the rough, and, as always, there are a few I can’t quite identify so we’ll need your help in pinpointing years and models. I hope to return to this yard again soon and another one nearby as I need seat brackets for my Recaro seat project! Read more »


Tri-Five Alternative: 1957 Pontiac Star Chief

This 1957 Pontiac Star Chief has just been rescued from being in storage since 1971. While it was parked on a cement pad, it was only covered up with car covers and tarps. It’s located in Emeryville, California and is up for sale here on eBay, with an buy-it-now of $5,000 and best offers invited. Thanks to Dan H. for this great find! According to the seller, the car has a clear title and rolls easily, but doesn’t run. There’s certainly some rust, with the worst of it being in the trunk at the rear, but there’s plenty of floor perforation to go around too. What is nice is that you would have something different from all the tri-five Chevrolets running around. For those who care, the car is also still wearing its California black plate in the rear. So, would you be interested in this tri-five alternative?