Junkyard Jewel: 1969 MGC GT

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We have discussed the dangers of buying a car through Copart before. They deal in salvage vehicles and they don’t provide much information, so it can be very risky. Still, every once in a while we run across something that deserves a mention. This may look like a 1969 MGB GT, but upon further investigation, it appears to be a MGC! The hood bulge is the most obvious giveaway, but a peek under that damaged hood reveals what looks like the C’s inline-six. It may not have handled as well as the more balanced B, but only 9k were built so the relative rarity and uniqueness make it worth a look. Find it here on Copart where they are accepting sealed bids. Just be sure to have it inspected and then to expect the worse. Read more »

Exotic Ruin: 1977 Lotus Esprit

1977 Lotus Esprit

It’s a sad day when a former exotic lies torn apart and broken in a dimly lit garage. Even if it comes from an era that wasn’t exactly a bright spot for performance automobiles, it always makes me cringe to see a car that is usually preserved and polished sitting in a dilapidated pile. That certainly is the case with this 1977 Lotus Esprit, which is being sold as a total project on here on craigslist in Los Angeles for $4,500. Are you brave enough to take on this fallen S1, or does your love of new challenges stop short of rescuing this forlorn exotic? Read more »

Cheap And Cheerful: 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500

1976 Triumph Spitfire

If you count the cars my family has owned and I’ve taken care of, we’ve owned almost 20 Triumph Spitfires (the current count is three in the family). Always offering good value for money if you want a British convertible, the Spitfire is the one LBC (Little British Car) that actually got better as time went on, with cleaner body lines, better rustproofing, improved handling and larger engines. This one is attractive for a number of reasons and is offered here on craigslist in Apex, North Carolina for $2,100. Read more »

Reader Find: 1951 A40 Austin Sports

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From Fred H – I attended the monthly Saturday coffee of the Boise Idaho British Car Club in August and announced I had sold my MG and was looking for a new project. I was directed to a visitor who had a car for sale that belonged to his dad that was sitting in a barn near Sacramento, California. He told me the last time the car ran was 1972… Read more »

Alpines, Tigers, And Donkeys! Oh My!

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The Sunbeam Alpine may not be the most desirable LBC amongst enthusiasts, but the V8 equipped Tiger is a different story! Well, if you have your sights set on a Tiger, or even its little brother, there is a whole stash of them in Checotah, Oklahoma. The owner claims that he is ” Sunbeam rich and cash poor”, so this could be a good chance to pick up a project for a good price. There are a couple of Tigers left and prices range from $4k for a project up to $17,500 for a driver. There are also 10 Alpines and even a Mustang on offer! Find them all here on craigslist. Thanks goes to Robert R for the tip! Read more »

Chicken Coop Find: Standard Vanguard Sportsman

Standard Vanguard Sportsman

Let me begin by telling you that I am completely biased about this car. We own one of the 12 left running of the 901 ever produced, and the only one ever officially imported to the United States…and I love Leslie (our name for the car) dearly. Offering transatlantic styling with the heart of a Triumph TR3, this true coop find (it was in a chicken coop for 30 years!) is available here on eBay UK at no reserve. Read more »

Treasure Island Hackney: 1957 Beardmore Taxi

1957 Beardmore Taxi

“Hackney Carriage” is the official term used for London’s famous taxis. From the 1950’s to the 80’s, these black retro-styled cabs made up much of London’s traffic, although almost all of them were Austin FX3’s and FX4’s. Over 75,000 FX4’s were made. A little-known competitor for Austin, Beardmore produced all of 650 Mk 7’s from 1954 to 1966, making this model quite rare. This barn find Mk 7 is available here on eBay in Blanchard, Michigan with an opening bid of $7,500 and no reserve. Read more »

Alice the Alvis: 1950 Alvis TA14

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Alvis was one of those relatively obscure British marques that survived World War II but did not make it into the present day, at least as an auto manufacturer. They were known for producing solid and graceful touring cars, some with a sporting edge, but always sophisticated and somewhat understated. The first model produced after the war was the TA14, an example of which named “Alice” is for sale here on eBay in Knoxville, Arkansas with an opening bid of only $5,000 and no reserve. Read more »

On The Sprite Hunt

Sprite Hunt

It would seem that Barn Finds reader Mark D has been on a bit of a Austin-Healey Sprite hunt, as he recently sent in 5 Sprites of various years, conditions, and prices! I like having options, especially when it comes to car buying. If I was in the market for a Sprite, I’d want to make sure I’m buying the right one for me. Which leads me to the question, which of these would be the right one for you? Have a look at each example and let us know which one you’d like to own! Read more »

All Curves And Rust: 1958 MGA

1958 MGA Project

As mentioned in a recent Barn Finds MG TD post, the designers and engineers at MG had ideas for a successor to the T-Series long before they were actually able to introduce the MGA. The long gestation period led to many detail changes, but the general shape developed for the 1952 prototypes was still present when the “A” was introduced in 1955. I think it’s one of the most beautiful sports car shapes ever, combining both graceful curves and simplicity. This particular MGA roadster is advertised in Allentown, Pennsylvania here on craigslist for $2,999 and was spotted by Bob G. Read more »