French Oddity: 1960 Panhard PL 17

1960 Panhard PL 17

If you’re the type who is always on the hunt for oddball cars, boy do I have one for you! The French brand Panhard is likely best known for the odd looking, but advanced Dyna Z. If the Dyna just isn’t odd enough for your tastes, Panhard offered another car that was even more unusual. This 1960 Panhard PL-17 is without a doubt one of the oddest cars I have seen in a while and I absolutely love it! This one needs a complete restoration and could prove to be a difficult project, but if you’re up for the task you can find it here on eBay in McMinnville, Oregon. Special thanks goes to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

1974 Citroen SM in Idaho

1974-citroen-sm

It may not look like much today, but this Citroen SM was once one of the grandest touring cars of them all. It combined the smooth riding suspension of Citroen’s famous DS with a Maserati V6. Sounds exotic, doesn’t it? Well, it was and unfortunately many found their way into their owner’s backyards because few mechanics were willing to work on them. Heck, the seller of this one is a mechanic and he would rather sell it as-is in lieu of getting it running again. Find it here on craigslist out of Post Falls, Idaho where the seller just dropped the price to $4,000. Thanks goes to Mark M for the tip! Read more »

1969 Citroen DS for $2,900

1969-citroen-ds-garage-find

I have secretly been lusting after a Citroen DS for a while now. Weird, I know, but there is just something about these quirky French cars that gets me going. Maybe it’s the adjustable hydro-pneumatic suspension? Or perhaps it’s the novel removable body panels? Whatever it is, I like ‘em and if this one wasn’t in Canada, I’d be hooking up the trailer right now. This one might even have the trick swiveling headlights! Find it here on eBay in Edmonton, Alberta for $2,900 or best offer. Read more »

Melting Pot of Style: 1964 Facel Vega Facel III

1964 Facel Vega Facel III

French cars just have a certain character and flare that not even Italian cars can claim to have. Of course they aren’t fast, loud, or high strung stallions like what comes out of Italy, but they are quirky and unique. Facel-Vega was one of the few French brands that aimed to build a French car that could rival the Italians on the style and class front, while still retaining its French character. This 1964 Facel III is highly original and was under the same ownership for over 40 years. It needs some work, but looks to be in solid shape. It is one of only a dozen or so in the States and is definitely worth taking a closer look at.  Be sure to check it out here on eBay. Read more »

French Nomenclature: 1960 Renault 4CV

1960 Renault 4CV

For all their issues, quirks, and peculiarities, there is just something about French cars that fascinates us. We love the unusual and simplistic engineering, but we have to admit some of the names they gave their cars were less than interesting. One would think the French would have some of the most creative and profound model names for their cars, but that wasn’t always the case. Now don’t get us wrong some of their cars were given great names, but the ones that went on to be huge successes got titles that were more designations than names. We hadn’t really given much thought to some of these names until we looked at this 1960 Renault 4CV that Harley505 found here on craigslist, which the seller happened to get wrong calling it a C4V. We were actually a bit confused when we searched for it and realized it was supposed to be 4CV, which happens to be very similar to one of the most prolific French cars ever built the Citroen 2CV. This got us wondering how it happened that Renault and Citroen both offered cars in the late 1940’s with similarly bland names. Like usual, the answer turned out to be a rather simple one. Find out what it is right after the break. Read more »

5 Citroens for $3,000

storage-container-citroens

We have seen cars stored under porches, from the rafters, and even inside a grocery store, but we have never seen anything like this. Normally people stick cars in storage containers, not on top of them! These ones have been sitting for 15 years, but the seller doesn’t mention if they were in their current position that whole time. We guess it did keep them out of the dirt. The seller is hanging on to the beige wagon, but there appears to be another one included to make a grand total of 5 cars for $3,000. Find them here on craigslist out of Banks, Oregon. Just be sure to bring a forklift… Sorry, couldn’t resist. Read more »

Citroen DS19 Desert Find

ds-parts-car

Robert M. stumbled upon this 1966 Citroen DS19 here on Reno’s craigslist and thought it might be of interest to some of our readers. We have featured a number of these quirky French cars, but one of the problems DS owners here in the States face is a lack of parts. If you have the money and courage, it looks complete enough to restore, but chances are this one will be best used as a parts car to keep other Citroens on the road. Thanks Robert for the tip! Read more »

Another Citroën in Wisconsin

1973-citroen-sm

We aren’t sure why people derive pleasure from vandalizing other people’s property, especially those that target old cars. Why damage a classic car that is already hard up and in need of attention? The seller of the Citroën Wagons we featured a few days back has listed another car. This one is a 1973 Citroën SM and has been parked in their barn for the past 20 years or so. Sadly, during its time in the barn vandals stole parts off of it, but at least they didn’t shoot it. Take a look at this Maserati powered GT here on eBay. Read more »

Adult Pedal Car: 1953 Mochet CM-125Y

1953-mochet-125y

We aren’t sure why, but there is something appealing about vintage microcars. Perhaps it’s the fact that they are quirky or maybe it’s that they are so easy to work on. When we came across this Charles Mochet 125Y, we knew it deserved a closer look. We had only ever heard of Mochet, but never actually seen one. There aren’t many left, especially here in the States. Take a closer look  here on eBay with a BIN of $6,500 or the option to make an offer. Read more »