We don’t know a lot about this 1949 Dodge; the seller is a person of few words listing the car here on eBay. It’s located in Hampton Bays, New York, and bidding is currently at $500 without a reserve. A mild custom, with what are probably fake side pipes, a visor, and of course the flames, the car still has it’s original 230 cubic inch flathead 6-cylinder, 103 horsepower engine (maybe the flames are a little optimistic?). Electrics have been converted to a 12-volt system with an alternator, presumably for reliability and possibly better lighting. The seller states not only that the 3-speed transmission has been rebuilt, but that the car has a new clutch and new tires. I wish there were underhood and interior pictures; I sent a note asking the seller to add them to the listing (I see they did). All in all I find this one intriguing; I like the overall shape and while the flames aren’t what I’d do, they certainly make an impression. What do you think?
This 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T with a factory sunroof is listed here on eBay as a disassembled project with the reserve unmet and bidding over $6,000. So, while it doesn’t look anything like it did when it was last still assembled in 1989, it does have some merits as a project worth bringing back. Why? Well, because Chrysler used it as an official PR vehicle and its history is quite impressive. Now, I must confess that this car caught my eye because I’m a PR guy in real life (when not writing about barn finds) and this car gives me hope I might one day promote a manufacturer’s latest vehicle and prep the best example possible for its car show debut! This particular Challenger R/T will need a lot of work to restore, but it looks like as worthy of a candidate as any collectible Mopar with a distinct options list and rare features like the power sunroof. Does this history compel you to lodge a bid, or is there too much work involved to make it worthwhile?
A far cry from today’s Hellcat, this 1934 Dodge sedan has just been removed from 35 years of storage. It’s currently kept in Ottertail, Minnesota and is offered for sale here on eBay. The opening bid is $600 with a reserve. The 1934 Dodge’s offered a lot of innovations, including their first independent front suspension and a revamped inline 6-cylinder engine. This one looks solid and complete, with bumpers removed but intact and an engine that turns over freely. The interior is pretty dilapidated and the rear seat doesn’t appear to be present, but otherwise the car looks like a prime candidate for making roadworthy. With all that dirt still there it’s hard to tell whether the paint is worth saving or not. Would you try to save it?
For this week’s Barn Finds Face Off, we turn to some more conventional choices that pit two project hot-rods against one another: a 1968 Ford Galaxie 500 fastback here on eBay for $3,500 against a just-uncovered 1973 Plymouth Barracuda 340, listed on eBay with no reserve and bidding already over $6,000. While both hail from an era of muscle car prowess, they wear different badges and elicit an emotional response from die-hard fans of Fords and Mopars. So we’ll dive into these two drag-strip heroes, and let’s hear it in the comments section for whichever one is more likely to get your blood pumping on a Saturday night cruise! Read more »
Back in 1978, the arguably quickest new vehicle in the US was a pickup. Sad but true. The Lil’ Red Express was a specially-optioned Dodge truck with a 360 cubic inch V8, with only 2,188 made in 1978. Understand, “fast” in 1978 was a relative term, but 0-60 in 6.6 seconds wasn’t bad at all back then. This one, however, has suffered a little over time. Although the block is original, the heads are not, the rear end has been changed, the body is rusty, and the trademark vertical stacks are long gone. This particular truck is available here on eBay for a buy-it-now of only $1,978 with open bidding considerably lower. It’s currently located in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. I remember these being so cool when I was in junior high school! The seller tells us that this one has been sitting for many years and doesn’t run. If you want to see what it looked like when it was new, check out this site devoted to Lil’ Red Express trucks. Would you like to return this hot truck to its former glory? Or just get it running and drive it? I’d have to at least get a set of stacks installed!
When you stop and think about how many cars have met their demise at the hands of rust, theft, negligence or accidents, it’s amazing to see vehicles from the ’40s and ’50s still on the road. Heck, I know for a fact both my first and second cars were totaled and met the claws of an automotive shredder within months after I sold them. Heartbreaking! That’s why it’s always exciting to me to see a car like this 1952 Dodge Wayfarer here on eBay with a Buy-It-Now of $6,900 still purring along. This particular example looks original and does have some rust to contend with, but overall, I’d drive it as-is for as long as I could before dealing with bodywork. The updated wheels and tires completely change the attitude of this vintage coupe, and I hope the next steward keeps its good luck streak going. Do any of you still know the whereabouts of your first car?
It isn’t really surprising to me that the collection of Mopars that we featured back in April is being flipped. With an asking price of $120,000 this collection seemed like a good deal, but was a considerable investment. It appears that a classic car dealer in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania recognized what a great deal it was and was able purchased the whole lot. I normally don’t like when dealers move in on finds like this, but if they at least clean them up and go through them I don’t really have an issue with them making a little money! Strangely, the photos they used in their listing are worse than the ones used in the original listing, making it hard to tell just what kind of condition the cars really are in. And they haven’t posted any photos of the car out of the barn, so I would want to see the cars before making any kind of offer. When we first featured this find the only cars listed were a 1971 ‘Cuda 340, 1970 Dart Swinger 340, 1971 Super Bee 383, and two 1970 Chargers, but the dealer also listed a Hemi Cuda and a Superbird. I’m going to assume they already had those cars and are just throwing them into the listing to drum up a little interest. If they were part of the original sale than this really was the deal of the century! The dealer has already sold the ’71 Cuda, but the rest of the cars are still available. You can see their listing here on craigslist and based on their attitude I’m going to guess they are planning on making a serious profit on these cars. Which leave me wondering what they got the previous owner down to for the whole lot? If anyone knows this dealer, or if they frequent the site themselves, we really would love to hear more about them and the other cars that they have up for grabs! Special thanks to Robert R for the tip!
This Coronet has quite a story behind it. The seller’s description is hard to decipher, but from what I can tell it is a real 440 equipped R/T. That’s a very good thing, but unfortunately the engine is missing. There is a good reason for that though. Apparently, this car was one of about 20 rare Mopars that were owned by a restoration shop that failed. The bank then seized the cars in an attempt to repay the owner’s debt. The owner wasn’t going to give up without a fight thought. He pulled all the engines, transmissions, and fender tags before the bank got to them. The cars were sold off anyway and the parts were held as ransom. Not ransom to the bank mind you, but to the new owners of the cars. When the new owner of this particular car called on him to see if he could get the engine back, he was told that he would trade it for another car he had or $10k cash. Well, that didn’t happen, so the car is now listed here on eBay and surprisingly the bidding is quite active. Read more »
From David F – Here’s a 1970 Dodge Dart with less than 40,000 miles for only $1600. It even has factory air. There’s no apparent rust and the body looks pretty nice except for the left front fender. Even the interior is decent in it’s own plastic covered bench seat sort of way. The Mopar slant six engines were very reliable. This could either just be driven like it is or it would make a great sleeper, wouldn’t it? There are lots of parts for these A body cars, including brake and suspension parts, so this could be made into a real performer. It can be found here on craigslist in Long Island, New York.
My wife and I are currently looking to purchase our first house, and one of our must-haves is a decent parking situation for my vehicles. Currently, they are scattered throughout our town in rented garages, and it can be a source of stress not being able to lay eyes on them daily. Of course, even worse than that is losing your storage situation entirely due to a structural failure, which is what befell a Mopar collector in Chicago – his collection of several 1968-1970 Dodge Chargers are available on craigslist after the barn they were stored in collapsed. The offering includes a 1968 R/T for $15,000; a 1968 383 for $16,000; and a 1970 440 for $20,000, among several others. The seller notes every car has some rust and that trades will not be accepted – and no Looky Lou’s are allowed, either! Despite the fact that this seller’s tale of woe is every enthusiast’s worst nightmare, which car would you buy to put safely into the garage? Thanks to Barn Finds reader Blake Stevens for this find! Read more »
There are times when I’m compelled to research a seller’s claims to see if they hold water. This is especially true when it’s clear that the car was recently discovered and quickly put up for sale, such as in the case of this 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible here on craigslist for $17,500. After doing some digging, the seller is correct that just over 3,000 of these were made in 1965, so it’s definitely not a car you see every day. With minimal rust, a Hurst shifter and a great color combination, I’ll bet this car was a blast to drive on warm summer nights. The seller makes no mention of whether it’s numbers matching, but given it looks like the farmer he bought it from has a few other classics laying around, it may be worth a call to find out the details on the Coronet and what else he may have picked up. Do you see any other specimens in the pictures you’re interested in? Read more »
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!