The word Mehari means a racing camel, but even though it only weighs about a thousand pounds, don’t expect too much from the 32 horsepower (or would that be camel power?) VW Mehari. This little Citroen doesn’t look like much, especially in the first picture of it here on eBay. But, there’s not much to it and it would go together easier than it looks and remember, the body is made of ABS plastic. Also, these Citroens were designed to be worked on by a farmer and are very simple. There is lots of documentation and a lot of manuals included. It looks like there is surface rust on the frame, so be sure to take a closer look at that. With 2 days to go, bidding is at about $1,700 and it has not met reserve. These aren’t worth much, perhaps $10,000 unless it is really nice. This doesn’t look like an opportunity for a flipper, but if the bidding stays below $3k, perhaps one could put this together and have a fun warm weather cruiser! Wouldn’t this be a fun little car to run around in, especially on a farm or ranch? It would be like having a street legal quad!
The A110 was a sports car built by Alpine that used Renault components. It was light and fast making it a serious competitor. In fact, the A110 dominated rallies across Europe there for a while. This particular car has some race history of its own. It was rallied by Marcel Rainville of Renault Canada from new and then saw some ice racing action in the late seventies by the hands of Bill Burch. After the fun was over, it went into storage for about 35 years. The current owner hasn’t gotten around to restoring it so they have decided to list it for sale. The car includes a bunch of spares and is listed here on kijiji for $35k Canadian. Because of its history, the seller would like the car to stay in Canada. Thanks goes to Matthew D. for the tip!
There were a few Simcas imported into the States during the ’60s, but not many. I remember mostly boxy little compacts, but a few were smooth little coupes and convertibles. This rare Simca was purchased new in 1961 and after being driven just 44,000 miles, it was put away in 1976 in a garage in California’s dry central valley. It’s in St. Louis now and listed on eBay. It should be pretty peppy with it’s little 1.3 liter engine. The sale includes manuals and the service history. The bodywork and paint are far from perfect, but there’s no sign of rust. The top might need repair, but perhaps this little roadster could be driven and enjoyed just as it is. It will be interesting to see how high the bidding goes.
There are few cars that put a smile on my face more easily than the Citroen Mehari. I spotted one years ago at an auction in New Hampshire and have been captivated by them ever since. This just-discovered example is a 1969 model here on craigslist in Seattle for $5,000 and still runs despite sitting idle in a carport for 20 years. The body appears to be intact, much better than the one I saw that had snapped in half – the body is plastic, and rides on a steel frame with mechanicals similar to a Citroen CV2. Therefore, parts supply should be decent aside from that oddball body which will be near impossible to replace if it’s damaged. This could be a great basis for a project if you’re on the hunt for a vintage Jeep alternative, and you’ll likely never see yourself coming down the road. Have any of you ever driven one?
This (sporty?) little red 1964 Renault Caravelle has been stored since the 1970s and has only 63,000 miles on it. What would it take to wake up this little car for a top down, wind in your hair ride? It needs brakes and exhaust to begin with and the interior is trashed. They say it runs yet it hasn’t run in years, so it will need the usual mechanical encouragement. There’s no rust showing and the floor mats don’t seem to be sagging into holes in the floor pan. I had a sedan version of the same vintage, the Dauphine, and it was a reliable, easy to work on car. Introduced in 1959 with 37HP, by 1964 it had a 48HP engine designed for the new Renault 8. The Caravelle had also been upgraded to 4 wheel disk brakes and a 4 speed transmission by 1964 . The convertible top is included but there is no word on its condition. Condition 4 cars are said to be worth $8000, so perhaps $1200 is a reasonable price for this one. It’s up near Clear Lake, California, north of Sacramento, pretty much in the middle of nowhere and listed here on craigslist. This could be a cheap fun car or perhaps the $1200 could be only the down payment on a more expensive project.
From Matt K. – This past weekend I was in Portland Oregon enjoying a weekend away with my wife. We found these Citroen’s in Southeast Portland. Of particular interest is the legendary DS 21 otherwise referred to in France as the goddess. The DS 21 hasn’t moved in about eight years but boasts current tags so the city doesn’t haul it away.
While this Citroen was built in 1988, you would think it was built in the ’50s, but that’s likely because these cars didn’t change much over their 41 year production run. This example is one of the final versions of the car before production ended and by this point, they had most of the bugs worked out. While they are rather quirky, these little cars will run and run! With just 16k miles on the clock, it should have a lot of life left in it! The seller claims it will need a light restoration, but it needs rust repair, so it may end up being more than a little work. At least they are offering it without a reserve and bidding is just at £720.00 here on eBay UK in Ely, United Kingdom. So would you save this little French icon?
One would assume that every single Bugatti barn find has already been unearthed. Well, here’s more proof that there might still be a few out there waiting to be found. A small group of people have dedicated their whole lives to the search of these special masterpieces. They spend their days scouring factory records and club registries in hopes of locating a forgotten specimen of one of the world’s most desirable automobiles. It doesn’t happen very often, but every once in while these treasure hunters strike gold. One such discovery happened not long ago and this is tale about how a very special 1925 Bugatti Brescia was found after being lost for nearly 50 years!
Thanks to reader Olaf E. for this Dutch find! After 46 years in a barn in Friesland, Netherlands, this Citroen Traction Avant was recently revived with new brakes, lights, and a tuneup (if I believe Google translation!) The body has been left alone and does have some rust. The car is advertised here on marktplaats.nl for 7,750 Euro (about $8,400). Paraphrasing the seller, the combination of a mechanically sound Traction Avant and the cosmetic patina of age yields a really nice combination. The type of car was produced from 1934 to 1957 and for its day was one of the most advanced cars on the road. With a longitudinal, front-wheel-drive layout and one of the first unitized bodies on a regular production car, there was a lot of passenger room in a very rigid package. I’d love to drive one of these someday–are any of our Dutch readers interested?
We have featured a couple of these quirky little French cars before, but none have looked quite like this! The car appears to have actually been in decent shape before the roll-over incident. The seller mentions that the engine still runs and that the car turns and stops. Obviously, the body is shot, but this could be a good chance for a Panhard guy to pick up some spares for their fleet. These were actually very interesting machines when they were released. There was room for six inside, but the two-cylinder engine and low curb weight meant that it was actually very fuel efficient. The unique engineering alone makes this one worth a look. Find it here on Hemmings where the seller is asking $1,800 or best offer. It’s located in Murray, Utah and thanks goes to Mike H. for the tip!
I’m a sucker for drop top European sports cars and low mileage survivors. Put the two together and you have the perfect combination, well at least in my book. In all honesty, this Renault Caravelle wouldn’t be my first choice of topless European cars, but with just 8k miles on the clock I might make an exception! The seller claims his wife’s Aunt bought the car new in ’67 and kept it in her garage in California for all of these years. The aunt is now 90 years old and has no need for it, so she sold it to the couple. They had it transported from California to Erie, Pennsylvania, where they live. It looks to be in great condition, although the paint is looking quite oxidized. With a good cleaning, some careful detailing, and lots of elbow grease, this classic could look almost as good as new! If you are interested in taking a closer look at this Renault, you can find it here on eBay with a BIN of $14,500 and the option to make an offer.
About 10 years ago I remember seeing one of these. It was parked in front of a strip mall and was painted up with Little Caesars Pizza logos. It was an effective sign, but one day it disappeared. Up until that point, the car just seemed like an oddity to me. I’ve since learned that these little French cars were actually something special. They may not be fast or even beautiful, but these Citroens are unique and well engineered. The seller claims that this is one of the earliest 2CVs imported to the United States. It has been in their possession since 1998 when they bought it as a restoration project. That never happened, but they did store the car inside all those years. The seller is throwing in an extra engine so you can decide if you’d like 2 or 4 horizontally-opposed cylinders. It’s located in Hinton, Iowa and is listed here on eBay for $2,500 or best offer. Let’s just hope that doesn’t wind up at a pizza joint!