Patinaed Pickup: 1955 Studebaker E10

1955 Studebaker E10

Growing up only a few hours from South Dakota and having family in the Black Hills area meant spending many a weekend in South Dakota. I still remember fondly driving around as a family looking at all the old cars parked in fields, alleys, and any open buildings we might come across. No wonder me and Jesse have such a love for barn finds, we’ve been hunting for them since childhood! Going back year after year, I began to notice that each trip there were fewer and fewer old cars parked around the Black Hills. At one time it was a gold mine of unrestored classics, but it has slowly been picked clean. This 1955 Studebaker E10 was at one time in South Dakota, but like many of the cars from the area, it has been relocated. It is currently in the Swan Lake, New York area and still looks to be as discovered. The owner has decided to part ways and has listed it here on eBay. Read more »

California Kissed: 1969 Chevy Corvette

1969-Corvette

When I bought my M3, I really didn’t think too much about it being from San Diego. At that point, I just needed the car and shipping it seemed like a logistical nightmare. But, the price was right and it appeared to be an honest car from an honest seller (and it was!) But having just agreed to purchase yet another vehicle from California, I can now say I’m a believer in buying cars this way for as long as I live in the snowy state of Rhode Island. The reason is – especially on older cars, which I happen to like – everything has rusted to bits in these parts. Well, Jim S. spotted this ’69 Corvette here on eBay in Long Island, an original California car, that has somehow survived intact despite years of outdoor storage. Read more »

What a Face! 1957 Chevrolet Suburban 3100

1957 Chevy Suburban

Looking over Craigslist this morning, the face of this Suburban jumped out at me. What a mug! I think this truck may be saying “Get me back on the road or else!” This tough looking early SUV can be found here on Craigslist in Kernersville, NC for $1200. Read more »

1971 Mustang Mach 1: Too Rusty to Rescue?

rusty-mach-1

Yesterday, I completed the purchase of a new project. I’m not ready to divulge the details just yet, but I will soon! It’s always a bit nerve-wracking, especially when you tend to buy cars like I do from sunny and dry California with nothing more than photos, a video or two, and the seller’s good word. But you can keep some anxiety at bay by buying a rust-free example with a clean title, as it can help preserve value even if the car is worse than advertised. That’s why this recent barn find ’71 Mustang Mach 1 is a bit of an experiment to see how many gamblers are currently out there, as the rust is impressive and there’s much work to be done. Find it here on eBay out of Colorado Springs, Colorado for $2,500 or best offer. Thanks goes to Jim S. for this find! Read more »

5 Mile Truck: 1964 Chevy C-10

Lambrecht Chevy C-10

Looking at this 1964 Chevy C-10 Pickup, you might think it is just another restored truck, but in reality this has only seen 5 miles since brand new. How could that be possible you might ask? You see this truck is one of the low mileage survivors to be pulled out of the Lambrecht Chevrolet dealership that went to auction last year. It was one of the biggest stories of the year, but if you just happened to miss it you can read the original story here. I knew it was only a matter of time before we started to see some of these vehicles hitting the market. The question with this truck is whether the seller will get a return on their investment or if the initial excitement has already worn off and they are going to be take a beating. With less than a day to go, it doesn’t look like the seller is going to get their money back out of it, but perhaps someone is saving their bids for the last minute. You can watch the auction unfold here on eBay with bidding currently just over $10k. Read more »

Challenge Met! A Pair of Metropolitans!

met-pair

Do you like two-tone, Anglo-American cars that look like bathtubs? Have we got a deal for you! Not one, but two barn find Metropolitans are at auction right now. Thanks goes to Jim S for finding the yellow and white 1961 here on eBay in Pueblo, Colorado with no reserve, while the red and white 1957 version is in Dunsmuir, California and you can view its ad here. This is the car that proved that at least a few consumers in mid-century America approved of smaller transportation options. Read more »

Yank Tank in Britain: 1969 Cadillac Fleetwood

1969 Cadillac Fleetwood

Barn Finds reader Ricky M sent us a tip that a rather large piece of American iron had found its way to the UK and was for sale. At 19 feet long, this Cadillac must dwarf most cars, and probably some lorries on the British roads. Available now here on eBay UK for £4,750, the Fleetwood would certainly be a contrast to the “common” Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Jaguar luxury vehicles as it wafted along the motorways! Read more »

Mystery Car: Information Needed!

Mystery Fiberglass Car

Typically the submissions we receive lead us to a car that someone is looking to sell, but this recent submission from Richard B is the first ad I’ve seen that the seller is seeking something other than money. In the early days of fiberglass, many individuals discovered they could build their own car body out of the composite material. Most of these cars were incredibly crude and never finished, but there were a few that made it to the street. When these finds eventually resurface they tend to be a complete mysteries to the world. Well this car appears to be one of those mystery cars and the owner has reached out to the collective knowledge of the web for help identifying it. Seeing as we have some of the most knowledgeable car guys from across the globe, I thought we should take a crack at it. Find the owner’s listing here on craigslist, so if anyone knows what it is be sure to contact the owner. Special thanks to Richard for the tip! Read more »

Four-Eyed Justice: 1986 Ford Mustang SSP

Mustang SSP

There are cars that I like and there are cars that I believe should be in every enthusiast collection. The Special Service Package Ford Mustangs fall into the latter category, as it rubs me the right way on multiple levels: it’s rare, it’s a four-eye Fox Body notchback (personal preference), and it represents a time when state police departments cruised the highways in some of the most powerful cars America had to offer. It’s almost like a glimpse into a bygone era, when even the bean counters wanted to let their hair down and live a little. That’s why you should check out this 1986 Mustang SSP, formerly of the Nevada Highway Patrol, here on Craigslist, complete with an authentic Jesus fish on the rear end! Read more »