What would happen if a car dealership closed, just closed, and sat untouched for three decades? In the showroom, brochure racks would still be filled with colorful materials showing the latest models, body styles, and colors for cars that were new when Jimmy Carter was in the White House. The parts department would still be stocked with water pumps, distributor caps and brake shoes. And, of course, there would be row upon row of used cars out on the lot. Read more »
Garage space has been secured, money exchanged, and title notarized… That’s right, this 1984 Volkswagen GTI is the new BF project car! We are always blabbing about the merits of saving classic cars, but we have not performed the act in quite some time ourselves. So here is a chance to put our money where our mouths are. We spotted this car the other day and have since tracked down the owner and purchased it. It needs a lot of work, but will hopefully provide an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the art of car rescue together. Read more »
After the two Alfa wagon sightings, we did a little digging and actually found one on the market! Strangely, the owner has listed the rear door handles on eBay for $150, but mentions in the listing that the car may also be available for an Alfa aficionado to restore. We would buy the door handles and ask them to throw in the rusty parts car for free! It is located in Florida and the humidity has obviously not been kind, but we hope that this rare wagon can still be saved.
Update 9/19/13: We have added a picture of another Alfa wagon sighting in Australia and included a little more history about these rare italian haulers. Thanks for sending in the photos guys!
From 9/18/13: Last week Robert J. sent in this photo of an Alfa Romeo wagon he spotted outside a race supply shop in Berkeley. It is nicely done in the traditional red, but Robert says that “the cool thing that you cannot see in this picture is the fact that there is a race prepped go-kart in the rear cargo area of this thing!” My little boy is getting close to karting age, so a Giulia Colli is now on my hunt list. They may be as rare as hen’s teeth, but I’m sure someone can dig one up. Sounds like a challenge… Thanks and happy Wagon Wednesday! Read more »
It’s hard to explain what is so fascinating about fire trucks, maybe it’s the size, the bright red paint, or the fact that they save lives. Whatever it is, there is just something cool about them. Part of what makes this 1923 REO Speedwagon fire truck interesting, is the mystery behind its history. It wasn’t put into service until 1959, so it was parked for 36 years before being used. It has been kept indoors for the vast majority of its life. The seller has gotten it running and even drives it regularly. So, if you have ever wanted to have a fire truck of your own you had better take a look here on eBay. Read more »
After featuring the Fiesta, we were reminded of a GTI we spotted along the road the other day. It took some work to track down the owner, but he was happy for the inquiry. They had purchased the VW for the their Grandson, who quickly lost interest when a CV joint went bad a few years back. There is a little rust and the sunroof has been sealed up with silicon. The front seats have been swapped too, but most of the GTI specific parts are still in place. The owner told me they would let it go for $400. Maybe we should just go LeMons Racing with it! What do you say Josh? You in the Fiesta against me in the GTI? Read more »
When it comes to compact Fords, Europeans have always gotten all the good ones. There have been a few Euro spec Fords to make it to our shores though. This German-built 1980 Ford Fiesta Ghia isn’t the best looking hatchback, but it offered practicality and fun on the cheap. The seller has two of them and a number of extra parts that they are offering as a package deal here on eBay. They are located in Donalds, South Carolina and bidding starts at $500. Have a look and let us know if you think there is anything worth saving. Thanks goes to Jim S. for the tip!
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When Robert J. sent us a link to this $2k Alpine, we assumed it was a scam. Then we read the description and decided that it might just be legit. The seller claims that the car is in daily driver condition, but that the engine is out and disassembled. Perhaps they got in over their head or they just don’t want to finish the job? For whatever reason this could be a steal for someone willing to get their hands dirty. You had better hurry though because it will go quick if it hasn’t already. Find it here on craigslist in Santa Rosa, California. Thanks for the tip Robert! Read more »
Supposedly this 1976 Datsun B210 is currently owned by Jesse James of West Coast Choppers fame. That is interesting, but it doesn’t really do anything for me. The fact that this Datsun has avoided the ravages of rust is what catches my attention. These cars were built to be cheap and efficient forms of transportation so thin steel was used to cut cost and weight. It may of helped with mpg but it didn’t do anything for corrosion resistance. Seeing one on the road today is a rare sight, so you had better take a look at this Honey Bee here on eBay before it buzzes away! Read more »