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Jaguar E-Type

1963 Jaguar E-Type: Hot Rod Brit

Though the Jaguar E-Type has always been cherished for its balance of performance and dignity, this fly yellow XKE Series 1 is clearly a cat of a different breed. Listed here on eBay with an optimistic $75,000 Buy-It-Now, this ’63 convertible has been modified with the obvious paint job but also a significantly lowered suspension – and who knows what else. Being a manual transmission model, it wouldn’t surprise me if it had a few more tricks up its sleeve that the seller hasn’t acknowledged in the listing. Of course, there’s always the chance the eBay page is a thinly-veiled advertisement for the entity that owns the many other potential projects in the background – scroll through the photos of the car from the other side and you’ll see French and British oddities in addition to the pack of Porsches in this photo. For what is clearly a non-original E-Type, the price seems high – but I’d likely be calling about the pistachio green 911 before I’d cast a bid on this bodacious Jag.

1973 Plymouth Road Runner

Parked Since ’81: 1973 Plymouth Road Runner

This 1973 Plymouth Road Runner has supposedly been parked in a barn since 1981. The thick layer of dust makes it hard to gauge the amount of rust present so an inspection is a must. The car is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is listed here on craigslist for $4,500. That seems a little high to me for a base 318 project, but the seller is throwing in a 440 V8 and a 727 TorqueFlite transmission to sweeten the deal! The 318 only put out 170 horsepower in 1973 so the extra oomph provided by the big block would very welcomed. The conversion likely wouldn’t be as simple as just dropping it in though. So, would you try to complete the job or would you sell the extra engine to help finance the restoration? Thanks goes to Robert R. for the tip!

1964 Dodge Dart

1964 Dodge Dart GT: The Right Stuff

There are some cars that just seem so “right” to me. I didn’t wake up today wanting a 1964 Dodge Dart GT convertible, like this example here on eBay with one bid at $1,950 and no reserve in sight. But for a cheap entry to cruise nights that you can enjoy all summer long, there’s a lot working in the seller’s favor. He claims to have owned it for the last 14 years, a rarity in today’s flipper market, and it seems like he used just as I’ve described here – fire up the 273 V8, pick up some friends and go for a ride. And while it hasn’t been restored by any stretch of the imagination, does it even need it? The interior is basically new, making it a pleasant place to spend a few hours, and the replaced gas tank means you’ll actually arrive (assuming other mechanical systems check out). I wouldn’t even worry about the rust for the time being if it continues to be stored indoors. The styling is a matter of personal taste, but I see some references to the Chrysler Turbine cars in the front end – not a bad thing, in my opinion. If the auction stays under $3,000, this looks like a deal to me – anyone agree?

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Rust Free: 1968 Ford Torino GT

This “car port find” Torino GT has an interesting recent history. Sadly, the original rescuer of the car died before getting to the project and the current seller, his best friend, purchased the car. After completing some of the harder aspects of the restoration including replacing a damaged quarter panel, the friend is now selling the car on. The Ford is located in Crestwood, Kentucky, and is for sale here on eBay with a buy-it-now of $6,500 and bids being entertained below that figure. The car is impressively rust-free (after the quarter panel damage fix, which was physical) but given the large primer spot I think a repaint will be necessary. Read more »

Marco GT

1971 Marcos GT: Great Expectations

The Marcos name is synonymous with a passion for building light sports cars with respectable power plants, but unfortunately, the enterprise was never stable enough to be called a commercial success. This 1971 Marcos GT here on eBay has a Buy-It-Now of $12,000 and is clearly a project; making matters worse is the seller doesn’t seem to know much about the car’s past or if any additional parts come with the sale. While the engine source changed throughout the years from Volvo to Ford, this example is said to have a Volvo inline-six, but no word on whether it’s original to the chassis. Curiously, this Marcos is for sale in Stratford, Connecticut, an area with a history of autocrossing events and airplane manufacturing, so I’d love to know more about this car’s past and who owned it previously. That’s going to be another project for the next owner, in addition to resurrecting this British dalliance of small-scale sports car building. Does this Marcos’ rarity justify the asking price?

Buick Electra Wagon

1988 Buick Electra Wagon: Dying Breed

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for some wagons! To kick things off, have a look at this Buick Electra woody wagon. Being built in ’88 means it was the last of a dying breed. It’s a big family wagon with a big V8 and faux wood paneling, something that you didn’t see often by the time it was built and something you didn’t see on many cars after. It looks to be in solid shape and the seller is asking just over $3k for, which seems like a good deal for a survivor with patina and 3rd row jump seats! The seller seems to be honest about condition, so if you are in the market for something a little different with a cool look to it you can find this Buick here on eBay in San Diego, California. So would you load your family up in this wagon for some family vacations or would you rather have more classic woody wagon? Special thanks to Robert R for this tip!

daimler

Your Conquest? 1953 Daimler DJ250

What a classy car! Robert R. sent in this 1953 Daimler Conquest that’s located in Jeffersonton, Virginia and is up for auction here on eBay. The buy-it-now is set at $5,524 and lower bids are being entertained. Honestly, that doesn’t seem like a lot of money for a survivor car like this, without rust or serious damage and running well. The seller describes driving down the highway at 70+ mph. I’ve wanted to drive a car with this type of preselector gearbox for quite some time; I understand the fluid flywheel makes shifting quite unique. Read more »

javelin

Pony Alternative: AMC Javelin SST 360

Wearing period Keystone Classic wheels on the rear and the original AMC rallye wheels on the front and with faded and dull paint, you might dismiss this SST as just another tired old car. But look a little closer and there’s some interesting features. This Javelin is located in Hillsborough, New Jersey and is for sale here on eBay where there’s a buy-it-now of $5,500 although lower bids can be placed. Only 17,707 SST’s were made in 1971, far fewer than its pony car rivals. This was the first year for the generation 2 body style, with fender creases like a Corvette and an integrated roof spoiler. While the AMX gathered all the sporting glory, the SST provided a nice level of luxury at a list price of just under $3,000. Read more »

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1974 Checker Marathon: Never a Cab

The Checker Marathon is one of those cars that is both universally loved and recognized for its entrenchment in American life. With predominant use as the go-to cab of choice among New York City’s taxi fleet, the Marathon earned a reputation for comfort and durability battle-tested on one of the most grueling stages. Further driving this slab-sided sedan into contemporary culture is its continued prominence in Hollywood scenes depicting classic New York, even though the last Marathon retired many years ago. Curiously, this example here on eBay for $2,500 with the reserve unmet never pounded the pavement as a people hauler, perhaps helping it remain in relatively untouched condition. The seller adds it was last driven in 2007, so some mechanical updating is needed – starting with a new set of keys. Does this Checker Marathon deserve a place in your driveway, or was this car more hype than it was worth?

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Epic Rust! 1960 Austin-Healey 3000

I can honestly say I’ve never seen a rustier Austin-Healey! Thanks to Robert R for this entertaining find. Honestly, that’s what it is, because I don’t think anyone in either their right or wrong mind would attempt a restoration of this pile of iron oxide. At least the seller has the right attitude and treats the auction as such. This sad looking former car is in two large chunks, located in Oxford, Massachusetts and listed here on eBay where bidding will start at $750 should anyone need a Healey title, rear axle, front suspension or oxidized front and rear shrouds. Read more »

1966 Rambler Rogue

1966 Rambler Rogue: Sleeper Project

Being one of the smaller American manufactures meant that AMC couldn’t truly compete with the Big 3 head on, at least not by the late ’60s, so they had to come up with new ways of drawing in buyers. While they came up with some interesting marketing campaigns, it was their special edition cars that caught the attention of most buyers, especially their performance models. For most the Rogue was just a done up American, but those that took the time to look at the specs noted its sleeper capabilities. The 290 Typhoon V8 didn’t produce huge amounts of power, but new construction techniques kept weight down. Pair that to a 4-speed and you had a stop light dragster. There can’t be many of these left and sadly someone decided to install a GM powerplant. Thankfully, the seller got ahold of it before the swap took place, but it is now missing a lot of the important bits. Hopefully a correct 290 Typhoon and 4 speed can be found for it! You can find this project here on eBay with an opening bid of $750 and a BIN of $1k in Spencerport, New York.

1928 Ford Model A

1928 Ford Model A: Town And Country

The Model A was a versatile machine and was just at home on dirt roads as it was on pavement. This Murry bodied A is even called a Town and Country! The seller claims it was parked in a barn for 40 years, but it looks to be in good shape for its age. Apparently, it was kept in the same family until the seller bought it. Since purchasing it, they have given it a good cleaning, a tune up, and have gotten it back on the road. They claim it runs great and that the Model A club couldn’t believe how well it ran considering how long it had been parked. It goes to show Ford really built these cars to be able to handle the punishment of country life! You can find this wonderfully preserved Model A here on eBay in Quakertown, Pennsylvania with bidding currently at $6,600.