1961 Chevrolet Impala

1961 Chevrolet Impala: Roasted Gazelle

To say this Impala is sun burnt might be an understatement. The entire top half of the car is completely covered in surface rust and is scorched from years of exposure to the elements. I actually don’t see that much in the way of cancer, although I do see a few spots that have me a little concerned. It definitely has a shocking yet interesting look to it, I’m just not sure whether I would want to keep it this way or do a proper restoration. It currently has a 348 sitting in the engine bay, but the seller doesn’t state what kind of condition it currently is in. They are throwing in a replacement transmission, as the original is gone so assume other parts could be missing too. This Impala is going to be a major project, but Bubbletops are desirable enough that I’m sure this one is worth restoring. You can find it here on eBay with a BIN of $7,999 and bidding just over $3k. So would you leave this Impala looking roasted or would you give it a full restoration?

1965 Bobsy Formula V

Let’s Go Racing! 1965 Bobsy Formula V

Formula Vee is one of the most successful racing series ever. With thousands and thousands of cars built and raced over the decades, it’s one of the easiest ways to get into racing. Formula Vee’s are welcome at almost all vintage racing events as well as special events of their own. This great find by Robert R is located in Vinemont, Alabama and is offered here on craigslist for $2,850. Unfortunately, as you can see, there’s a little assembly needed! There are some good things; apparently the car is complete, the motor is free, and some parts even look like they had been replaced just before the car’s 15-year slumber. The story goes that a previous owner took the car to his fabrication shop, stripped the car down to clean and paint the frame and it never got put back together. Maybe a Barn Finds reader can be that person?

Backdated MGB

Rubber Bumper Reversal: 1975 MGB

The photo of this MGB caught my attention because it looked like an earlier car at first glance. The bumpers looked right and the chrome grill was there, but a few things were off. Well, the title confirmed that this was once a rubber bumper car from 1975. That means it suffered from Government regulations requiring crash bumpers, raised headlight height, and power-zapping emission control systems. Someone has worked hard to reverse some of those negative effects. The bumpers and grill helped with the cosmetics and it sounds like they started to address the mechanical issues too. A downdraft Weber was mounted and a pair of SUs are included in the sale. No mention is made of suspension changes, but it still might be a good buy for someone who wants to complete the backdating challenge. Does anyone know what all would need to be done to complete the job? The car is located on the Jersey Shore and is listed here on eBay for $5,000 or best offer. Thanks for the tip Jim S!

1957 Chevrolet Nomad

1957 Chevrolet Nomad: Rust Wagon

Looking at this ’57 Chevy Nomad I see a lot of issues, but I also see a lot of potential. The Nomad is without a doubt America’s favorite two door wagon. Over the years I have watched the prices climb and drop for ’57 Chevys, but the Nomad has held fairly constant as a popular classic to own. As you can see this example has rust issues that will need to be addressed, but given the desirability of these wagons I have no doubt someone will fix it. The real question is, will someone restore it or hot rod it. It is at the point that it is original enough to be worth restoring, yet rough enough that it could be modified without someone feeling too bad about it. Bidding, which is taking place here on eBay, has already reached $7,000 and could still climb higher. It lacks a reserve though, so perhaps it will hold here. I would love to have a Nomad someday, but given the rust and none original motor, I think I would pass on this one – but what about you?

1967 BMW Bavaria

1967 BMW Bavaria for $2k

The Bavaria may not be the most loved model in the classic BMW lineup, but it represents a bargain today for that very fact. It was considered a full-size luxury car when new, but seems small when compared to its 7-Series successors. Many of the trademark BMW features are there including an inline-six and the kidney grills. Luckily, while all the E30s were being modified by teenagers, these big cars were laying dormant in their owner’s garages. This particular example looks very original in the photos and is claimed to run. The seller mentions that it needs a tuneup, but they have an extra Zenith carburetor and two rebuild kits for it. A manual would be the icing on the cake, but I think this Bimmer could still make a great long distance driver. It’s located in Ft. Walton, Florida and is listed for sale here on craigslist for $2,000. Thanks for the tip Chuck F!

Our Mustang

Barn Finds Rally: Want To Drive With Us?

It may be short notice, but Josh and I have been kicking around the idea of hosting a driving event for a while now. We normally try to attend some sort of rally or big car show every summer, but this year we want to put something together that we can do with you guys! It would be an opportunity to connect with our readership in a more personal way. We have already started the road reconnaissance, but need to know how many people are interested before we start booking lodging and meals. The starting point would be in Boise, Idaho and we are tentatively planning for the weekend of May 15-17. In an attempt to mimic rallies if old, our route would take us on some amazing mountain roads before arriving at a beautiful lakeside resort. The reasonable entry fee would cover meals for two people on Saturday, rally plate, stickers, and any other goodies we come up with before then. So, who’s on board for the first ever Barn Finds Rally? Read more »

1966 Austin Healey Sprite

1966 Austin Healey Sprite: No Reserve

I love a good no reserve auction! You never know, you could pick up a great find on the cheap. Take this 1966 Austin Healey Sprite, which is currently listed here on eBay. Bidding only has a few hours left and the price is still well below the $1k mark. These aren’t the most valuable sports car out there and its condition is a bit of an unknown, but at a price like this it might be worth taking the risk! It clearly has damage to the driver’s side fender, but otherwise looks solid! Even if the engine were beyond repair, parts for Sprites are easy to find and typically cheap. So at this price, would you take a risk on this Sprite?

Mercury Capris

European Triplets: Mercury Capris

I’ve had a soft spot for Capri’s ever since they first appeared. Even the ads were cool! I’ve test driven several and almost bought two, but have never actually pulled the trigger. These three, found by Jim S, are a rare opportunity to acquire not just a project but a bunch of spare parts at the same time. The cars are located in Junction City, Kansas, and are offered here on eBay with a Buy-It-Now of $3,500 but the seller is taking offers as well. It’s pretty obvious that the major issue with all three cars is rust, but there’s some good news: the blue 1973 V6 already has new rocker panels, lower quarter patches and rear wheel well panels. It also runs well, has air conditioning and a four-speed manual. Yes, there’s a lot of work to be done, and I’m guessing that price will have to be negotiated down a bit for this to work for someone, especially if storage space is an issue like it is for me. Have you got the room for these “Sexy Europeans?” (that’s the original US ad campaign slogan)

1985 Cursor Microcar

Mystery Moped: 1985 Cursor Microcar

The world of microcars is far larger than their diminutive size suggests. It doesn’t seem to follow any particular rationale or timing as to why and when these vehicles-in-miniature are produced, and some truly fly beneath the radar. This 1985 Cursor Microcar listed here on Florida’s craigslist for $4,500 is a micro-mystery layered in major intrigue considering just over 100 were built and intended solely for use by 16-year-olds in the UK to get some time behind the wheel before graduating to a full-sized vehicle. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Robert R for spotting this rarity and sending it along! Read more »

1957 Ford Skyliner

Convertible Hardtop: 1957 Ford Skyliner

If this were a regular 1957 Fairlane I’d be calling this a parts car, but Skyliners are pretty special with their early hardtop convertible configuration. If you’re not familiar with it, the power hinged metal top folds in several places and ends up in the trunk. That’s right, BMW/Dodge/Pontiac/Mitsubushi/VW fans (and I’m sure I’ve missed some marques), your favorite marque didn’t have the idea first! Thanks go to Barn Finds reader Robert R for this find, located in Pelham, Alabama and offered here on craigslist for $2,750. The seller told us all about Skyliners in the ad, but not much about this one in particular, other than that it does still have the original engine and transmission in place. However, the picture above is the good side of the car – the picture of the other side would dissuade me from trying this one on for size. There are so few Skyliners around, though, maybe this is a way to have one for less than usual, if you’re willing to do a LOT of cutting and welding!