Impractical Beauty: 1974 Lotus Seven

1974 Lotus Seven

The Lotus Seven is one of those special cars. It isn’t practical, it isn’t a good daily driver, and it isn’t the most attractive machine ever built. Yet with all its problems, it can simply be described as brilliant. It is a work of mechanical art that has one purpose and that’s to go fast. It isn’t fast because of a massive motor or some fancy forced induction system. It’s fast because it’s lightweight. It lacks many of the creature comforts that most car have, but it’s not supposed to have A/C or a radio. Any feature that isn’t needed to be driven only adds speed killing weight! True Lotus built Super Sevens are very hard to come by, especially later cars. This one was originally in New Zealand, but is now in California. Take a look at this survivor here on eBay. Special thanks to Jim S for another great tip! Read more »

Questionable Authenticity: 1948 Morgan 4/4

1948 Morgan 4-4

They say when something is too good to be true, it probably is. Well looking at this 1948 Morgan 4/4 project, we can’t help but wonder if that is the case here. The seller has listed it as a true Morgan, but can’t provide the VIN or any other signification source of proof. If it turns out to be real, it could prove the old saying wrong, but without the seller providing the VIN it’s a big gamble to take. VIN or not, it looks a bit off to us. Then again we are known to be overly critical. Check it out yourself here on eBay and let us know what you think! Read more »

Sliverstone’s Barn Finds and Projects Auction

1970 Aston Martin DBS Series 1

Summer is nearly here, officially it already is, but the snow outside my window says otherwise! With summer comes finishing project cars, major auctions, and car shows. It seems like summer hasn’t really started until there have been a few major auctions and events. Well, Amelia Island has already come and gone, so we were trying to decide what would be the next big event worth checking out. As it happened, Callum at Silverstone Auctions contacted us to let us know about a special auction they are holding this weekend and it took us by surprise! They have sold a number of barn finds over the years, but this is the first time they have held an auction featured nothing but barn finds and project cars. The Restoration Show Sale will be held on April 12th in the UK. They do accept online bids, so don’t let the distant stop you if there is a car you must have. We do have a lot of readers over in the UK, so if any of you are able to attend please let us know how it goes! Read more »

Han’s Early Jensen Interceptor

1951 Jensen Interceptor

We had such a great time reading about Han K’s Jensen 541, that when he offered to share another one of his projects with us, we jumped at the chance to see what he has been working on. We knew he was a Jensen nut, but we had no idea how much he loves these rare sport cars until we saw his 1951 Jensen Interceptor. We could ramble on and on about all the hard work he puts into his Jensens, but we would rather let you guys enjoy the experience from Han himself. Read his story right after the break! Read more »

Assembly Required: 1953 Singer 4AD Roadster

1953 Singer 4AD

We love the rare, unusual, and odd cars that are often overlooked by mainstream collectors. If we weren’t so into oddballs, we would have likely overlooked this interesting little roadster. Of all the British cars we have featured over the years, we don’t think we have ever featured a Singer. This 1953 Singer 4AD is rather rare, but sadly a previous owner disassembled it for restoration in the ’70s and it has been sitting in pieces ever since. Putting it back together could be a challenge, but the seller has the previous owner’s disassembly notes and a couple of Singer manuals. As an added bonus, they have a number of extra parts that go along with the car. Have a look at this Singer project here on eBay. Read more »

V8-Powered Bugeye Sprite

v8-bugeye

We have been tempted to join the Nasty Boys before and this 1959 Austin Healey that Jim S just sent in has rekindled the flame. We know it goes against everything we stand for. The concept of preservation goes out the door when you shove a big V8 in a car that was originally designed to house much more humble propulsion. Hey, if Carroll Shelby could do it with a British car, why can’t we? Take a look at this project Sprite here on eBay out of┬áCollegeville, Pennsylvania for $4,000 obo. Thanks for the tip Jim! Read more »

Basement Cat: 1965 Sunbeam Tiger

Basement Sunbeam Tiger

Update 3/19/2014 – Tom Cotter left a comment about this Tiger below and it seems this seller is trying to pull a fast one. Tom believes this was his car, which he sold this past summer, and as far as he knows it was never stored in a basement. Read in the comments section below for more information. Our thanks to Tom for letting us know.

The simple fact that this Sunbeam is a mighty V8 powered Tiger makes it worth a closer look, but what really makes this one interesting is the fact that it was stored in a basement for 31 years. We have come across a few basement finds, but it certainly isn’t a common occurrence and that just adds to this Tiger’s story. The seller claims it is an original survivor that is ready for carving up the back roads. Have a look at it here on eBay and is currently located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more »

Han K’s Barn Find Project

Hans Jensen 541

Over the past few weeks we have had the pleasure of featuring a few of Reader Han K’s international sightings. In our last installment we mentioned Han’s personal barn find, a Jensen. After a few of you asked about it, we thought we should do a special feature on his car and what it took to get it back on the road. Han was kind enough to write up the entire story of his 1957 Jensen 541 and what it took to get it to the condition you see above. His story in his own words right after the break! Read more »

Flathead V8 Power: 1948 MG TC

1948 MG TC

The MG T-series has seen a variety of uses as a race and rally car. When it was introduced in 1936 it offered respectable performance, hence its appeal to racers. As time went on, the T-series saw four major evolutions, with each getting a little better than the last. This TC was a distinct improvement over previous generations and was offered by MG in several performance levels, but apparently a previous owner felt the standard MG offerings weren’t powerful enough. Its original four cylinder motor was pulled out and a flathead V8 installed in its place. The current owner found it parked in a barn and started restoring it, but is unable to finish it now. It is partially disassembled and will need to be put back together, but if it turns out to have rally history like the seller claims, it might be a great buy. Take a look at what’s already been done and what needs to be finished here on eBay. Read more »