When Barn Finds reader Dustyn F. sent in the link to this 1970 Challenger R/T he mentioned that it seemed overpriced to him, but that perhaps it would be considered a deal in a place like Aspen, Colorado. Could be, but I have a feeling that the value will be determined by what is under the hood, not the fact that it has been living in a ski town. If it is a base 383 car, there is no way that it could be worth $18k in its current state. But, if there happens to be a Hemi or even the 440 Six Pack in there, it would be worth every single penny of that 18 grand! So, if you are a Mopar enthusiast, this one might be worth checking out. Find it here on craigslist where the seller claims that the car has been in the same family for the last 40 years. They also accuse their father of being too lazy to fix the car, but judging by the photos, it looks like it runs in the family. Thanks Dustyn for the tip!
Lately I have been dreaming about that new Hellcat, so it should come as no surprise that I have also been browsing around for old Mopars. This 1968 Dodge Charger R/T may never sound like a scalded cat, but with a 440 Magnum under the hood it is still an impressive machine. Especially when you consider that it is nearly 50 years old! The previous owner had this one for around 30 years, but a few parts have gone missing so a 383 parts car is included in the deal. The photos provided in the auction listing are blurry so it is difficult to access the condition of the car, but from what I can see, it does look like a good starting point. Some new parts are included too so if bidding doesn’t get much higher this could be a fair deal. This project package is located in Martin, Michigan and is listed here on eBay with about a day left to go. So, for 60 grand, would you rather restore one of these or just buy one of those new supercharged screamers? Hmm. That’s a tough one…
Thanks to Barn Finds reader Chuck F for this great find! Located in Pensacola, Florida at a u-pull-it junkyard and for sale here on craigslist, this unusual “GT” is a solid shell in need of an engine and transmission. I know some don’t like the Virgil Exner design, but I’m a fan of difference! I’m guessing this probably had a slant 6 originally, and looking at the dash it had a push-button automatic. It’s hard to not think vintage gasser with the drivetrain open for substitution, but I think what I’d end up doing is dropping some late model Mopar drivetrain in and building a sleeper, with original-type (maybe larger diameter) steel wheels and period if not original center caps. Make sure it had air conditioning and try to use the original push buttons to control the late model automatic. The end result would be a fun car without much drama, and the ability to surprise when desired. Can anyone say H-E-M-I? I’ve been driving my Hemi-powered Dodge truck all day pulling a trailer (no, not with a car on it) and I’ve been amazed yet again by the tractability and power from that combination. What would you do with this semi-blank canvas?
It never ceases to amaze me to see what some people are willing to pay for project cars. Has the supply dried up so much that a rusted-out 1969 Charger is worth more than $5k? I could maybe understand if there was a big block under the hood or something, but this was a base V8 model. The seller does claim that it runs and drives, but personally I would be afraid that upon hitting its first bump that the whole car would collapse in on itself. From the looks of it, this Charger has rotted from the inside out. Somehow the floors are still in place, but if you look closely at the body you will see that some areas are paper thin. Sure, the sheet metal is all available, but the cost to do the job right would surely be more than just buying a good car to begin with. Am I missing something here? Take a look at the auction listing here on eBay and let us know what you think.
Mopar already had one affordable street bruiser – the Plymouth Road Runner, when they decided that Dodge needed something similar. So, the Super Bee was born. It was based on the same platform and offered the same engine options, but had a flavor all its own. The B-body designation inspired the name and the bee emblem was borrowed from from the Scat Pack logo. This particular example is pretty rough and even though it runs and drives, the seller admits that it’s not really road worthy. I can spot some serious rot in the rear quarters, but without any underside shots it’s hard to determine the full extent of the damage. The seller isn’t sure if the 383 V8 under the hood is original or not, but he original 4-speed transmission and Hurst shifter are there. This one is going to need a lot of work before it’s going to be collecting any honeys, but I’m sure it will be bee’s knees when it does! Find it here on eBay with the reserve met and less than a day to go!
When it comes to Mopars, the options make all the difference. This 1970 Challenger has some very desirable options including a 440 Six Pack, 4-speed manual transmission, and yes, a Shaker Hood! Everybody wants a HEMI these days, but back when these were new, the 440-6 was the street racer of choice for many. That triple carburetor equipped big block was almost as powerful and sold for a lot less. Today collectors know how potent these cars are and they command big money when they do sell. This particular car is a good example of that fact. It’s listed here on eBay and bidding is already going crazy with close to a week left. This one has lived a rough life, but it will be a sweet machine after a full restoration. Let’s just hope that everyone bidding is taking into account the cost to finish the job so it doesn’t just go back into storage.
There are some cars that just seem so “right” to me. I didn’t wake up today wanting a 1964 Dodge Dart GT convertible, like this example here on eBay with one bid at $1,950 and no reserve in sight. But for a cheap entry to cruise nights that you can enjoy all summer long, there’s a lot working in the seller’s favor. He claims to have owned it for the last 14 years, a rarity in today’s flipper market, and it seems like he used just as I’ve described here – fire up the 273 V8, pick up some friends and go for a ride. And while it hasn’t been restored by any stretch of the imagination, does it even need it? The interior is basically new, making it a pleasant place to spend a few hours, and the replaced gas tank means you’ll actually arrive (assuming other mechanical systems check out). I wouldn’t even worry about the rust for the time being if it continues to be stored indoors. The styling is a matter of personal taste, but I see some references to the Chrysler Turbine cars in the front end – not a bad thing, in my opinion. If the auction stays under $3,000, this looks like a deal to me – anyone agree?
Reader Gary C recently made a discovery of Mopars. They aren’t in a barn, but parked behind it. The owner plans to one day restore them all, but hopefully they do it before the elements take hold! From Gary – I have recently found three Chargers, two Coronets and a ’59 Olds, from the dry States, all languishing behind a barn in Ontario. Unfortunately, they are not for sale. The owner insists that he will restore them, with the help of his son. Good luck to him. Hope that he gets one on the road. After he attempts the restoration process, he may rethink his idea of restoring them all. Our thanks to Gary for sharing these photos with us! So which of these cars would you enjoy having? Read more »
For all of us in the United States, today is an important day. Memorial Day is set aside to remember all those brave men and women who have lost their lives while serving in our military. We honor them and all those who have served and are currently serving our country. To celebrate the occasion we have decided to throw a couple of military vehicles into today’s mix. To kick things off, we have this 1952 Dodge M37! The civilian model is better known today as the mighty Power Wagon! These bad boys were used during the Korean War and many variants of were built including an ambulance, tool truck, fire truck, and more. Power from a straight-six went to all four wheels and made these capable load haulers. They are direct descendants of the WC series vehicles that were built during World War II and even share many components. The seller of this beast claims that it is a barn find, but that it has been restored with new military surplus parts. You can take a look for yourself here on eBay where the seller is asking $19k or best offer.
This might not be the most desirable of Darts, but I’ve always found these early Darts to be rather intriguing. I especially like the two door cars, and this base trim Seneca has a lot going for it in my book! The seller states it is barn fresh, but they have already cleaned it up, gotten it running, and have it yard driveable. It will need brake work before it will be safe for the street, but that shouldn’t be too difficult. The slant six is a bit lackluster, but is easy to work on and durable. I’m amazed by how well it cleaned up, considering all the bird droppings! Robert R spotted it here on craigslist in Darmstadt, Illinois with a $3,900 asking price. So would you drive this base model Dart or would it have to have a V8 to be of any interest?
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?