Grace without Pace: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 190E

Mercedes 190E

Full disclosure: the car you see above is one of my all-time favorite cars. I owned a 1991 Mercedes 190E with the 2.3 gas four-cylinder and an automatic. I used it to drive back and forth to school primarily, which consisted of a 3 hour drive up the Mass Pike. It delivered the driving quality of an S-Class with the fuel efficiency you’d expect from a compact sedan and miserly inline-four motor. To this day, I haven’t driven a better highway car for the money, and wish I kept mine. Barn Finds reader Jim S found this rare 5-speed example here on eBay in dry New Mexico, with a few bids already on the board but the reserve unmet. Read more »

Patience Prevails: 1979 BMW 320i

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From Russell D. – Hello Barn Finds. I just love looking at the many finds from around the globe. I just had to tell you about my recent find. We moved to the Pacific Northwest about a year ago and have been on the lookout for a project car. Via craigslist, I just purchased a heck of a find. I located a 1979 BMW 320i in Spokane, Washington. One owner with 95,200 miles on the clock. Completely stock except for a aftermarket BMW steering wheel. The original wheel is in the trunk. Totally rust free. The car even has A/C. The car had been sitting in the garage covered up for 9 years I was told. But, when my wife went to title it today, she was told that the car has not have a valid tag since 1991. Read more »

Stalled and Stored: 1973 Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Container Find

Whenever I drive past the port in my fair city, I wonder what’s sitting in those shipping containers at the dock. Furniture? Scrap metal? Appliances? Vintage Porsche 911s? Yes, after reading this eBay listing sent in by Jim S, I have now added German steel to the rotation, but hopefully most storage-crated 911s are more complete than this ’73 that’s been stripped and stored in a shipping container outside of Denver, Colorado. As is the case with almost all 911s these days, it will be interesting to watch where this auction ends up price-wise to gauge just how much gas is left in the current Porsche bubble. Be sure to take a look at the seller’s listing here on eBay. Read more »

Stuck in the Shore: Lake-Find BMW Isetta

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Despite knowing how much havoc moisture can wreck on a car – especially one enshrouded in vintage tin – I’m always fascinated by cars and trucks discovered in the water. Dive sites, shipwrecks, and insurance fraud all describe scenarios whereby a sunken automobile might be found. I credit my curiosity to finding an old Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon nose-down in the mud in the creekbed of a stream my Dad and I went to fish in. I was awestruck by the rusting hulk, which would have towered over this pile of BMW Isetta parts found by Barn Finds reader John B. here on eBay. The best part is you could own an Isetta (or what’s left of it) for 99 cents! Read more »

Star Cruiser: 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

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I love searching through auction listings online, but ideally I would rather stumble upon an unadvertised estate sale with rows of classics up for grabs (for a screaming bargain, of course!) I’m not sure if that’s what occurred for the seller of this and several other vintage Mercedes-Benz SLs, but it sounds like he scored quite a haul of these desirable soft-tops, even if they need a lot of work. Find out more here on eBay (and check out some great pictures!) from the seller located in Daytona Beach, Florida. Read more »

911 Power: 1970 Porsche 914/6

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With so much platform sharing going on between brands these days, it’s anything but unusual to learn that a manufacturer is selling a car model under one name while another automaker sells virtually the same car with some special features sprinkled in. But when Volkswagen and Porsche did it in the 1970s, it may have been a bit less commonplace – especially when considering you could buy this tiny two seat 914 with the 2.0 liter flat-six engine from the 911 mounted mid-ship. This long-dormant example was spotted here on eBay by Barn Finds reader Jim S., and bidding is already quite active. Read more »

Survivor or Restored: 1967 VW Beetle

1967 VW Beetle

Now that I’ve been here in Boise for a little while, I’ve notice this town has a plethora of classic cars, but one car is more common than any other. Prior to moving here, if you had asked me to guess what the most common classic in the area would be I would have said something like Mustang or Camaro. And I would have been incredibly wrong, as the most common classic we see driving the streets of this town has to be the Volkswagen Beetle. They are literally everywhere and a day doesn’t go by that I don’t see at least 5 of them. I find new ones everyday, some are parked in alleys and in driveways, while others are spotted on the street. While it is great to see so many still on the road, I have yet to see one as clean as the one you see above. The seller claims it is barn find, but if it was it is either the best preserved Beetle I’ve seen in a while or it has already been fully restored. Have a look at it for yourself here on eBay with a BIN of $9,250 in Buena Park, California. Read more »

Rotary Powered Sedan: 1969 NSU Ro 80

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Some of you expect to only see rusty old heaps on this site, but every once in a while we like to feature something a little more usable right out of the box. The possibility of getting a bargain on a project car is tempting, but it sure is a heck of a lot easier to buy something that has already been sorted. Take this 1969 NSU Ro 80 that Barn Finds reader Wiley R. found here on eBay for example. It is being offered by a dealer so you’re not going to get it cheap, but I can guarantee that it will be a better experience than trying to restore a worn out example of one of these cars. Well, that is if you can even find one to begin with. Thanks for the tip Wiley! Read more »

1960 Porsche 356B – The Last Barn Find Roadster?

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“Barn find” Porsche 356s prices have shot up recently, and poor condition doesn’t seem to be holding them back. This 356B Roadster has already been bid to $85K and the reserve hasn’t been met. Sometimes it seems like people might be thinking that there just aren’t many barn find 356s left to save, but there always seem to be a few on the market. You can find this one here on eBay with time to go before the auction ends next week. Read more »