1972 Porsche 914

8K Mile 1972 Porsche 914

Just the other day Jesse and I were talking about a few of the cars we have had opportunities to buy over the years that we didn't jump on. Some we are glad we passed on, but there are plenty we regret not buying. At the top of that list are several Porsches that could have been had for only a few thousand dollars. At the time it seemed like a lot, but Porsche prices have been on a steady climb. Now that 911s are out of the range of many enthusiasts, lesser models like the 914 are going up in value too. If you've always wanted an air cooled Porsche, you might want to get one before values go up any higher. This 1972 914 barn find can be found here on eBay in Houston, Texas with an $8,500 Read more »

1981 BMW 320i

Sun Burned: 1981 BMW 320i

Not too long ago, one of our readers sent in the details of his excellent project-car purchase, a 1979 BMW 320i. This stuck with me, as the older generation of the 3-Series – the E21 – remains largely affordable and readily available if you’re willing to go pick one up or have it shipped in from the West Coast. For a young enthusiast with an eye towards vintage European iron, it’s one of the few examples that can be bought and used without a ton of money. Though this 1981 320i here on craigslist in Chicago may need a new interior and paint, it looks extremely solid and ready to be loved again. Read more »

1961 Mercedes 190SL

More Than Parts: 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Throughout automotive history, there have been any number of cars that transition from throwaway projects to desirable specimens. Rarely does that phenomenon crystallize so perfectly than with the Mercedes-Benz 190SL, a car that recently has enjoyed a fast-rising tide after years of being cast aside in the shadow of the glorious 300SL. This 1961 example on eBay was actually purchased as a parts car and then left in the barn. Bidding is brisk with the reserve unmet at $27,400. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Jim S for spotting it! Read more »

1963 Porsche 356

Second Chances: 1963 Porsche 356

In a world of skyrocketing Porsche prices, it’s refreshing to see one for sale that makes owning such a classic attainable. That feeling only grows stronger when you realize it’s a very original car coming out of long-time family ownership, complete with the numbers-matching 1600 Super engine included in the sale. Believe it or not, someone passed on the opportunity to buy what appears to be a very respectable ‘63 Porsche 356, which has been re-listed here on craigslist in Chicago for $35,000. Read more »

1956 Lloyd LT600

Iron Not So Giant: 1956 Lloyd LT600

My day job has me in Germany at the moment, and reader Markus R was kind enough to send us this intriguing Lloyd “bus” find located in Aschaffenburg , Germany. I can’t really decide what car it reminds me the most of, although I see a little original Mini wagon in the rear, and a little VW Beetle in the hood, but with the large wheels and a neutral facial expression the nose looks a lot like the Iron Giant from the Disney film! It’s available here on eBay Germany at 6550 Euro with reserve not yet met. Read more »

1960 Mercedes 0319D

Samba Wannabe: 1960 Mercedes O319D

I truly love odd and unusual vehicles, especially ones that you can actually afford to own and drive. The biggest problem with any oddball is finding parts, as most were never built in any significant numbers. If you can find an oddball that was built by a large company, restoring and keeping it on the road might be a bit cheaper and easier, plus when you tell people your odd looking vehicle wasn't built by a small one-off company, but by a brand like Mercedes it tends to blow people's minds. This 1960 Mercedes-Benz 0319D Panorama Bus is about as odd as they come, but is going to need lots of work. If you're up for this challenge, you can find this oddball bus here on eBay in Portland, Oregon. Special thanks to Robert J for this tip! Read more »

1957-goliath-estate

Join The Parade: 1957 Goliath Estate

So, the other day I spotted a 1957 Goliath listed on craigslist right here in my neck of the woods. It looked interesting so I gave the owner a call. Unfortunately, they were asking $2,500 for this oddball project. It did come out of a barn, but has sat outside for the last few years so I couldn't justify spending more than a couple hundred bucks for it. Well, in the process of doing a little research on the car, I stumbled across some unique Goliath/Hansa marketing material that caught my eye... Read more »

1977 BMW 630CSI

Will Someone Help This Desperate German?

I can remember the first time I paid serious attention to a BMW. It was in the late 1970’s, shortly after I moved to a new city where there was a BMW dealer that had just started up in a building that used to be a gas station. BMW was still trying to get a foothold in North America and they did what they had to do to get there. A halo car that helped build BMW's success in those early days was sitting in the small showroom and I fell in love with it, a 630CSI coupe. Find the one you see above for sale at a very reasonable price here on San Francisco’s craigslist for $2000 or offer. Read more »

1970 Mercedes 300SEL

35 Year Slumber: 1970 Mercedes 300 SEL

When we receive submissions from sellers of vehicles, it usually helps us paint a better picture of why a vintage vehicle is on the market. Those stories take many forms, and in the case of a 1970 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL, we learned from Barn Finds reader L.M.K. that the original owner began having vision problems in the 1980s and sadly parked his W109 in the garage, not to be moved again until recently when his son and widow put the car up for sale after his passing. We hope L.M.K. finds a worthy owner to pass this car along to as he doesn’t have the bandwidth for another project at the moment. Find it here on New York’s craigslist with an asking price of $2,800 or best offer. Read more »

1962 VW Karmann Ghia

356 Alternative: 1962 Karmann Ghia Convertible

The VW Karmann Ghia is one of those cars that has always fascinated me. It offers decent looks paired with the durable engineering to be expected of a VW. But to be honest that isn't really what fascinates me the most about them. I'm going to preface my next statement with a warning, if you're a Porsche nut you best skip to the next paragraph so as to not be offended by what I'm about to say. Why buy a Porsche when you can get Karmann Ghia's version of the Beetle for a fraction of the cost? Sure the Ghia doesn't have as much horsepower or all the brand prestige, but at its heart, it's quite similar. The only real difference is the price, right? Whether you agree with that statement or not, this '62 Karmann Ghia is worth taking a closer look at and can be found Read more »