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Update: 2015 Barn Finds Rally Changes

Since our announcement of the 2015 Barn Finds Rally, we have realized that it was too short of notice for many of you. There was also a lot of local interest, so we have decided to make a few modifications to the event in order to better accommodate everyone. Now, instead of being a two-day tour, it will now be a free one-day drive. We won’t make it all the way up to McCall, but that’s alright because some of the best roads are more nearby anyway. We will cover the cost of rally stickers and route books, but entrants will be responsible for their own meals. We are going to refund all those who already paid the application fee and hope that this doesn’t throw a wrench in anyone’s plans. We are also removing the 10 car limit, but we would ask everyone to apply as soon as possible so we can get a head count in order to have all the materials printed in time. Keep reading for more details and a link to the signup form. Thanks and we hope to see a few of you there! Read more »

1954 Corvette

1954 Corvette: Abandoned Project

It happens all too often, someone comes across a barn find, buys it, pulls it home, and starts tearing it apart. Then as life goes, other things get in the way and the project is left in pieces. The process then starts all over again, years later someone else comes across the unfinished project, buys it, tows it home, and starts working on it. If the car is lucky it will get finished, but far too often they never see the open road. The owner of this desirable ’54 Corvette found it in a barn, at which point it was running and driving. They started the restoration and now the car is not running and will need considerable work to be drivable again. Thankfully, they have realized they have to many other projects and aren’t ever going to get around to fixing it. They have listed it here on eBay, where bidding is already over $16k. So do you think this Vette will ever see the road again?

Porsche 936 Junior

Pint-Sized Porsche 936 Full-Size Price!

At first glance this might look like one of the Le Mans winning Porsche 936s, but as you begin to look closer you will notice that the proportions are all off. The seat is just too big for the body, the wheels look tiny, and the headlights seem massive. Don’t worry it isn’t your eyes or your computer screen, this is one of a handful of half sized 936 replicas built for Porsche to celebrate their 1981 victory at Le Mans. The first one was actually built for Ferry Porsche to celebrate his birthday, but he loved it so much he decided they needed to have more built to send out to dealerships. This one was discovered in a warehouse still in its original unopened crate. The seller is a Porsche collector and decided to leave it in the crate, so it has never been driven. They are thinning their herd and have decided to let this oddball go. You can now find it here on eBay with an incredible starting price of $30k! Half sized car with full sized Porsche price? Read more »

1972 Volvo P1800ES

1972 Volvo P1800 ES: Accessible Example

Not too long ago, a 1973 Volvo P1800ES smashed every auction record by selling for over $90,000. That’s pretty amazing for a utilitarian hauler that while attractive, has never been known for its collectability. Fortunately, you can still find cheap projects like this 1972 example here on eBay with a buy-it-now of $2,650. It may have a few issues, like a ratty interior and being in need of a deep fuel system cleaning, but the seller claims it runs and has only 67,000 miles. In Volvo-speak, that’s barely broken in! While the rust is said to be minimal, I’d still want to know a bit more about any problem spots. For the price, however, I can’t really see going too far wrong with this example – do any of our Volvo experts feel it’s still too expensive as-is, or is this a deal?

1964 Ford Fairlane

Fabulous 1964 Fairlane?

Or at least the seller thinks it’s fabulous! The slightly over the top description of this 60’s Ford from Hickory, North Carolina can be found here on eBay where it’s currently at just over $1,000 but reserve is not yet met. This is a pretty nice car, with only a few minor rust spots on the rocker panel and in the battery box (for once, I agree with the seller’s “99% rust free” statement, at least based on surface area) marring the original Wimbledon White paint—except for that dented left front fender that isn’t mentioned in the description. Wimbledon White happens to be one of my favorite car colors, being original for my mother’s 1967 Mustang coupe (289 w/AC, wish we still had it!) and also for my Triumph Italia 2000 and is on another family Triumph. Read more »

1946 Dodge Woody

1946 Dodge 1.5 Ton Woody

Here’s something you don’t see everyday! The seller claims that it’s a woody, but it looks more like a truck that has been converted into a people hauler or something. Whatever it is though, it’s interesting. The seller claims the the engine and transmission “turn on”, but that it needs brakes. Unfortunately they also admit that the wood has been cut to make it fit in the garage. Let’s just hope they were careful and that what’s there can be used as templates to cut new wood. I can picture this becoming a classy people transporter for a pumpkin patch or even a pheasant hunt operation! How’s that for dreaming big? If you have a vision and a large garage, this project can be found here on Chicago’s craigslist for $5,500. Thanks goes to Jeff M. for the tip!

1969 Chevelle SS

Ultimate Sleeper: 1969 Chevelle SS

This Chevelle looks rough. There’s lots of rust and the interior has been gutted, but the seller mentions a few aspects that may make you want this project. Apparently it is a 396 car and the original block, transmission, and rearend are with the car. A worked over 350 V8 is included though which reportedly puts out 425 horsepower and 450 foot pounds of torque! If that doesn’t make things interesting enough, the frame is claimed to be new as well as the suspension. New brake components and the old interior are included too. The floors do need replaced, but are you thinking the same thing I’m thinking here? After placing the souped up engine between the frame rails and fixing the floors, I would be tempted to leave the exterior as-is. With all the power and a ratty exterior, this could end up being the ultimate sleeper! Find it here on eBay for $9k or best offer.

1971 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S

1971 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S: Rev-Happy Italian

Italian cars have always been a fascination of mine, but I’ve never come close to owning one. There’s something about them that my old BMWs don’t possess – Alfas and Lancias especially, as they just tend to ooze charisma in ways other marques can’t touch. This 1971 Fulvia 1.3S here on craigslist for $25,000 can hardly be considered cheap, and may even be priced a bit higher than normal – but according to the seller, Lancias will soon go the way of vintage Porsches so you better act now if you want to get this car for a lower price. I don’t know that I agree with that, although pristine Lancias can command good money – but this is merely a nice survivor, not a top-flight example. This car has an attractive refreshed interior and is said to be rot-free, but is it worth getting in early?

1980 Triumph Spitfire

Bargain Brit: 1980 Triumph Spitfire

For only $1,900 or best offer, how could you go wrong? Needing only a battery to be driveable, this last model year Spitfire is for sale here on craigslist in Clinton, Iowa. Featuring a newly rebuilt engine and a replaced fuel tank, and only showing 42,838 miles, this Triumph looks a little too good to be true. I’m currently in the area for business and wish I were here more than one day; I’d be going out to look at this one just because! Read more »

1964 Royale

1964 Royale: Arden Eby Who?

Every now and again, a car pops up that is a total head-scratcher – that’s why we need our Barn Finds readers to help us figure this one out! The craigslist listing for this 1964 Royale, a limo built on a Cadillac chassis, is a peculiar one, especially since it is written as if we should know who the creator was! The name Arden Eby doesn’t ring any bells for me, so I doubt he was a world-famous automotive designer. But frankly, for a home-built job (one that supposedly took 100 hours per month for two years to build), it doesn’t look awful. The targa roof for the driver is an interesting touch, too. Has anyone ever heard of Mr. Eby or his creation? Oh and this mystery oddball could be yours for $15,000!

1976 BMW 2002

Barn Bimmer: 1976 BMW 2002

It may be covered in dust and rust, but this 1976 BMW 2002 was once much loved. The seller purchased the car when it had a little over 100k miles on it and then proceeded to chalk up another 150k! It then went into a wood-floored barn for another 26 years. The Maryland climate was not kind to the sheetmetal on clapped-out Bimmer though. Somehow the dash did survive unscathed though. The seller is now hopeful that they can recoup some of their initial investment and have listed it for sale here on eBay for $2,500 or best offer. Personally, if I wanted a restoration project I would keep looking, but someone on the East Coast might actually consider this a solid starting point. At the bare minimum, there are many parts here that could be used to keep another ’02 on the road!

1979 Custom Corvette

Greenwood? 1979 Custom Corvette

I remember seeing cars like this in the 1970’s in the pages of Car Craft. I think the flares were patterned after the ones used on John Greenwood’s racing Corvettes. This one is located in Rockton, Illinois and is advertised here on craigslist for $5,500 or best offer. While not to everyone’s taste, it looks like the modifications to the bodywork were done well at the time, although the paint has unfortunately not held up. And it has all the cliché’s: not only the flares, but the inset headlamps, blended paint, “vector” wide aluminum wheels, T-tops, rear window louvers, and the piece d’resistance.
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