Barn Find CUV: 1949 Studebaker 2R10

1949 Studebaker 2R10

There are undoubtedly a few of us here who haven’t ever heard the term “coupe utility vehicle”, but the moment I mention Ranchero or El Camino the image of a car and truck hybrid will instantly come to mind. Well this design is the coupe utility or ute as they are called in Australia. Long before these two vehicles made the CUV popular there were some rather interesting attempts at creating a practical meld of truck and car. As a matter of the fact the idea dates back to the early 1930′s. Several brands attempted to make the ute successful here in the states, but the Ranchero and Camino were the first, if not only, major success with the design here. We have seen a few of these early utes, but this 1949 Studebaker 2R10 is likely one of the more interesting and better looking ones we have seen in a while. Take a closer look at it here on eBay where it is being offered without a reserve. Read more »

Coffin Nose: 1977 AMC Matador Wagon


This may be one of the homeliest wagons ever built, but it could also be the cleanest 1977 AMC Matador station wagon still in existence. The seller claims that it has only covered 57k miles, but with only five digits on the odometer that may be hard to prove. Color scheme aside, it really does look great inside and out. So if the seller can backup their claims with documentation, we think it may be worth a look. Find it here on eBay out of Bristol, Connecticut. Thanks for the tip Jim S! Read more »

Which Big Healey Would You Bag?


There are a handful of cars out there that people love so much that they will restore any example they can get their hands on, no matter the condition. Ferraris, Shelbys, Corvettes, and yes, even Austin Healeys fit in this group of highly sought after restoration projects. We have seen Big Healeys brought back to life that had all but rotted away. Lesser cars would have been left for dead, but luckily their are some very enthusiastic people out there who are willing to pay the price and do the work. Still, these are relatively common cars so normally there are a few options on the market when shopping for one. So, when reader Dolphin sent in links to two MKI 3000s, we thought it would be a good opportunity to compare these prospective projects and talk about the merits of each. Thanks for the tip Dolphin! Read more »

Introducing Our New Mustang Project Car

BF's Mustang Project

Yesterday we hinted at a new project car that might be joining the Barn Finds fleet. Even with only a single photo of the fender, most of you were able to guess what it was. You know you are amongst real car guys when all they need to identify a car is a curve! Anyway, Josh and I picked her up last night and as you can now fully see, it is a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang. It’s a little worse for wear, but we are excited to tear into it and hopefully save it from uncertain doom. Read more »

The Next Barn Finds Project Car?


It has only been a week since the Starlet shipped out and we have already been on the hunt for our next project car. Well, we may have found the perfect one today! We had originally planned to limit our budget to what we sold the last project for, but decided this one what worth splurging a little. The car runs and the seller has agreed on the reasonable price of $2,800. Instead of just announcing what it is though, we wanted to see if you guys can guess it from this photo. Many of our readers have questioned my preference in cars lately, so we went with something a little more conventional. Don’t worry though, we will take a unique angle on it. Now, any guesses?

Finally Letting Go: 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

1969 Plymouth Road Runner

After having this 1969 Plymouth Road Runner parked in their garage for 21 years, the owner has come to realize that since they haven’t finished it in the past 21 years chances are they never will. As they say, sometimes the best thing you can do for something you love is to let it go. In the case of this Road Runner, the seller knows its best chance for seeing the road again is to let it go to a new home where it can be finished. This one is a bit rough and we typically don’t like finishing other people’s projects, but it got us thinking about the thought processes behind keeping an old car parked in your barn or garage. We will get into that later, but if you’re interested in giving this Mopar a new home and a chance at life again you can find it here on eBay. Special thanks to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

3/4 Scale Woodie: 1979 Toyota Cressida Wagon

1979 Toyota Cressida Wagon

At first glance you could easily mistake this wagon for one of the big American station wagons built in the ’70s, with boxy styling and simulated wood grain. In reality, this wagon isn’t anything like those grocery haulers. This one wasn’t even built in America, but it certainly was styled like it was. This is a 1979 Toyota Cressida Wagon with the wood grain option. Reader Chuck F sent this one in and thought it would be fun to take to your local car shows to see how many people mistake it for one of the big American wagons. This rare Japanese wagon can be found here on craigslist with a $2,600 asking price. Read more »

Corvette Graveyard in Upstate New York

Upstate Corvette Graveyard

Growing up in Upstate New York, reader Tim S remembers riding his bike along the railroad tracks near his home. One day while riding with some friends, he spotted several Corvettes parked in a field. At the time, they were still fairly new looking cars and he can only assume they must have been wrecked and not abandoned. A few years later he got a job at a shop just down the road from this Corvette graveyard and all the cars were still there like they had been when he was a boy. Time went by and he forgot about these Vettes, but he just recently had a run in with them once again. Read more »

Pre-Wednesday Wagon: 1959 Impala Wagon

1959 Chevy Impala Kingswood

It might not be Wednesday yet, but this 1959 Chevy Impala Kingswood Wagon is running out of time. It has everything we love in a ’50s wagon. It has fins, a V8, massive windows, lots of chrome, and great patina. It was pulled from a barn in Kansas 10 years ago and has been in storage ever since. The current owner has cleaned it up and started prepping it for restoration, but has decided to part ways with it. It will need work, but has been listed here on eBay without a reserve. Read more »