Ready For Fun: 1973 Triumph Dolomite 1850HL

Listed here on eBay and parked in Winnipeg, Canada with a bid of $2,134.95 at the time of writing, is this 1973 Dolomite 1850HL. Have you ever seen a Dolomite before? This one was imported to New Zealand in May of ’73, then imported to Canada in January, 2001 and the current owner purchased in 2002. The engine was rebuilt in 2004 with 105K on it and now has an additional 10K put on it. Other maintenance history includes: gearbox rebuild and stainless exhaust in 2014, respray to factory original color, front end work, new carpet, headliner and refinished wood trim all done in 2006.

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1976 MGB: In Need Of Some Chrome

This MGB listed on craigslist in Clayton, near Minneapolis, has just emerged from a barn after many years. It sounds like it’s being sold by a dealer who knows nothing about MGs. It does run and drive and is said to have only 50,000 miles. They say it’s “rock solid” but they surely don’t know where to look for rust. I don’t see any rust in the sills, under the hood or in the trunk. Could it really be rust free? Winter is coming on in those parts and this little convertible is going to be hard to sell locally. I wonder how far off the $2,300 asking price they would be willing to go? If there really isn’t any rust (or at least not any bad rust) would it be worth lowering and converting those bumpers to chrome ones? And then there’s the paint!

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1965 Autobianchi Bianchina: Air Cooled Cab

When I first saw this Autobianchi Bianchina here on Florida’s craigslist,  I knew something seemed familiar: the background in the photos, the car’s location in Arcadia, and of course, the size. Turns out, not too long ago we featured a 1985 Cursor Microcar that was also a barn find, and given both this tiny Autobianchi and Cursor came from Alabama and reside in the same town in Florida, I wondered if they originally shared the same barn! With a clean interior, nice paint and original bits like the tool kit and emergency warning triangle still resting in the boot, it would seem years of storage weren’t too unkind to this Fiat 500-based creation, but the seller’s vague reference to some maintenance needed will require a few follow-up questions. The price of entry is hefty, however – $26,000! Is it worth it?

No Smoking! 1961 Chevrolet C60 Tanker

Have you got a REALLY big car collection? Want to be able to top off all the cars in your collection easily? Now you can own your own classic fuel tanker, located in Henderson, Nevada and up for sale here on eBay, with a buy-it-now of $3,800 but lower offers welcome. Thanks to Jim S. for this great find! This truck was used by the Boulder City, Nevada airport from when it was new until 2003, and has been sitting ever since. It runs and drives, although since it’s on the original 1961 tires (!) I wouldn’t want to drive it very far! The truck is only showing 18,000 original miles, so if you wanted to turn it into a car hauler or a giant BBQ grille, it’s got plenty of life left in it. What would you do with this great old truck?

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Downhill From Here? 1959 Edsel Ranger

I see some strange photography as I review finds, but this is one of the more unusual examples. The only thing I can think of is that the photographer couldn’t figure out how to get a car the size of this Edsel into the frame without going diagonal! Regardless, the car looks pretty solid with only a little rust showing, and the seller states that the only things it’s missing are the rear window and a set of hubcaps. It’s located in Mishawaka, Indiana, and despite needing brake work it does run and drive–just be careful! The car is listed here on eBay where the buy-it-now is $4,500 but lower offers are being considered. We don’t get to see much from these pictures–this would certainly be a case where a Barn Finds inspector could help! There is a decent picture of the 292 V-8, so my hope is that this is just a 4-door needing some TLC!

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Running Collection No Longer Needed

A complete collection of luxury classics is up for sale and listed here on craigslist in Detroit.  A “classic car collector no longer needs these cars” (do we ever really “need” them?) “is selling his whole collection.”  The title with the ad is “Classic collection – $19,000”.

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Stylish! Brazilian Chevrolet Veraneio

I love it when we come across a vehicle sent in by a Barn Finds reader that I’m not familiar with, and this is certainly one of them! Thanks to reader Jim S. for furthering my automotive education today by submitting this Brazilian Chevrolet Veraneio, something similar to the US Chevy Suburban but designed and built in Brazil on their pickup chassis. No, it’s not a true Barn Find, but it’s unusual enough that I hope you’ll find it interesting like I do. I think it’s incredibly stylish compared to the largely squared-off domestic models, with a certain flair that I really find attractive. It’s helped by the fact that this one has been restored nicely, although with 33,000 miles showing and a lot of original parts still in place, it may not have been that bad to start with. Look through the pictures and see how different it is from the US version, and if you’re interested in bidding, it’s located in Miami, Florida and is for sale here on eBay where you can learn more.

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1960 Lotus Elite: Series One Racer

Listed here on eBay and garaged in Keene, New Hampshire with a $82K BIN is this wonderful 1960 Lotus Series One Elite, serial #1111. Approximately 1030 cars were produced from 1956 to 1963. This is a beautiful car that could be vintage raced or converted to a restored streetcar.

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Useful Classic: 1961 Corvair Lakewood Wagon

After looking the listing for this car over, I was struck by how useful this wonderful wagon would be in my life. It would get decent gas mileage, haul four people and stuff places, and look good doing it, all for probably less than a year of payments on a new econobox. It’s a good thing we’re in the middle of moving, otherwise I’d have to be watching this auction more closely. The Lakewood is the short-lived station wagon version of Chevrolet’s Corvair, with the air-cooled flat six under the cargo floor in the rear. The seller has owned this car for six years and now feels it’s time to pass it on. Everything works, and while the cosmetics aren’t perfect, they are terrific for a driver, including a nice interior with new carpet and door panels. The car is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and is listed for sale here on eBay where bidding starts at $2,500 without a reserve. The powerglide automatic will certainly keep acceleration down, but that’s not what this car is for. Let us know if any of you are interested, and what Corvair experiences you have had.

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Glassback: 1979 Ford Pinto

While I realize that some of you wince when we feature a car like this Pinto, others of us have fond memories of growing up with Pintos, Vegas and Gremlins (and Bobcats, Astres and Eagles)! This Pinto was close to the end of the run, when Ford had already dealt with the rear impact safety issue and the Escort was soon to supplant Ford’s “better idea.” This one appears to be totally stock apart from an unusual aftermarket oil filter conversion and a locking gas cap. It is located in Coos Bay, Oregon and is for sale here on eBay at a buy-it-now of $2,000 and an opening bid of $1,000 without a reserve. I’m surprised at the lack of visible rust, presence of the original wheel covers and general neatness of the car.

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Aspen In The Mountains

Ah, the family wagon, just in a smaller, more economical size. That’s what the late ’70s Aspen and Volare “twins” promised Mopar fans. This low-mileage (74,055 claimed) example is located in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina and is up for sale here on eBay, where the buy-it-now price is $2,600 and even lower bids are invited. While this car certainly has some rust issues in the floor, they aren’t terminal and the seller has done a good job of picturing the damage. The Aspen is said to run well and has been the beneficiary of recent fuel system and brake work, although it does need tires. This seems like an inexpensive way to both enter the classic car hobby and get a useful vehicle at the same time!

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Timeless Classic For Only $600!

Sitting in Molalla, Oregon and listed here on craigslist this 1966 Mercedes Benz 250S is a timelessly beautiful car in my opinion. This design doesn’t look dated, like its finned predecessor. The seller doesn’t provide very much information in the ad other than that it runs and drives. The owner states he is rebuilding the dual Zenith carburetors as well. The clearcoat is gone over much of the car which can happen when MBs are stored outside. Most all the finish is off of the hood as well. The front passenger’s door may have been replaced too based on the color differences. If in fact this 250S runs and drives it could be a good driver though. The owner is only asking $600!Read More »

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