Ready For Fun: 1967 Abarth 1000 OT Spider

1967 Fiat Abarth Spider

With the reintroduction of the Abarth 500 to the States, interest in the Abarth brand has increased greatly. While it is nice to finally see the name back on American shores, the new Abarths aren’t anything like the ones from yesteryear. Sure they are fun little micro cars, but they lack some of what made the old ones so great. Whether it was on an all-out race car or a street going convertible, each modification served a purpose. In those days Abarths weren’t just about gaudy stripes and scorpion badges, but about handling and performance. If you don’t believe me, just have a look at this 1967 Fiat Abarth 1000 OT Spider here on eBay, which lacks all the flash associated with modern Abarths. Special thanks to Jim S for this tip! Read more »

Pantera Barn Finds Still Exist!

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From Dave C. - In May of 2014 I found a true barn find up in Northern New York. A guy had a stored 1973 Pantera sitting under an inch of dust for over 19 years. The car was beautiful so I purchased her and shipped her home 9 hours away. Barn finds do still happen and I can attest to that. Here is a picture of her found with the previous owner and now sitting in my driveway! Thank god for barn finds! Read more »

Lambos, Ferraris, and Astons, Oh My!

Dino and Urraco

For countless reasons, exotic cars have become the holy grails of barn finds. Nearly every car hunter out there dreams of discovering a Ferrari, an Aston Martin, or a Lamborghini hiding in an old barn or shop. People say that the days of finding a long lost exotic are gone, but Barn Finds reader Alexander A has proof that there are still ones out there waiting to be discovered. While exploring the streets of his hometown in Canada he came across an amazing find that includes not just one Ferrari, but two of them, plus an Aston Martin and a Lamborghini. Our thanks to Alex for sharing his find with us! Read more »

Italian Mouse: 1947 Fiat Topolino

1947 Fiat Topolino

Some cars are rare because there just weren’t ever many built and then there are cars that are rare today because few have survived. In the case of the later there tend to be a couple reasons there aren’t many left, either they have all rusted to nothing, they were all driven hard, or they were popular for drag racing or hot rodding and have all been modified past the point of ever being returned to original. In the case of the Fiat Topolino they have become rare as a result of all three. Italian cars have always been known for their rust issues and these were quite popular in the modification crrowd for many years. While Fiat cranked out over 500k, there aren’t many untouched and solid examples left. This 1947 Topolino is in need of a full restoration, but it’s unmolested and would make a great starting point. Have a look at it here on craigslist in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Special thanks to Andrew S for this tip! Read more »

Mix Breed: 1973 Iso Rivolta Lele

1973 Iso Lele

A few years back Jesse and I had the pleasure of attending the events of automotive week in Pebble Beach. The entire weekend was fantastic, but one event stood out above all the rest for me, the Concorso Italiano. While I was wandering through all the Italian cars I came across a marque that I had only ever heard of, but never actually seen in person. The Iso Rivolta Motor Company was best known for creating the Isetta, but they also built a number of other extremely beautiful cars. When I spotted this Iso Lele here on eBay, I was rather excited to have found one of these rare machines. You rarely find these on American soil, even though they are powered by an American V8. So it isn’t surprising that this one is currently located in Europe. Read more »

One of a Kind: 1959 Lancia Appia Giardinetta

1959 Lancia Appia C80S

When most of us think of Italian cars, names like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo probably come to mind, but one Italian brand that is often forgotten is Lancia. The brand is now known for building rebranded Fiats, but at one time they built some amazing sports car. Those that lived in Italy or just have a true passion for the marque might even remember some of their rather interesting commercial vehicles. Well if you remember seeing Lancia Appia vans running around the streets of Italy or simply appreciate old commercial vehicles, than this extremely rare 1959 Lancia Appia Giardinetta should be of some interest. It is one of only a handful ever built and possibly the only one built for civilian use. Take a look at the listing here on Car and Classic in Torino, Italy. Thanks goes to Simone B for the tip! Read more »

1 Of 33: 1967 Intermeccanica Omega

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It may not look like much in the photo, but this 1967 Intermeccanica Omega is a very special car and with only 33 ever built, it deserves to be saved. It combines Italian style with American engineering, so it possesses many of the attributes of an exotic without the high maintenance costs. Unfortunately, after sitting in storage since 1977, it is still going to take a lot of money to get it back on the road. Some of us will see the potential here while others just won’t get it. Find it here on eBay in West Frankfort, Illinois. Thanks goes to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

Shelbys Uncovered In France

1967 Shelby GT 350

I recently wrote about an Aston Martin discovered in a barn in France. While the Aston was quite fascinating, there were other interesting cars in the background. The seller didn’t provide any information about any of them and since I don’t know French, I wasn’t able to scour leboncoin.fr for more details. There was a lot of speculation as to what other cars were parked in the barn, but thankfully reader Jo G was able to do some digging and discovered that the owner has listed some of them for sale as well. It looks like some of the speculation was spot on, so be sure to take a look at the other cars here on Leboncoin. Thanks Jo Read more »

Bargain Italian: 1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta

1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta

For nearly as long as I’ve loved cars, I’ve been a fan of Italian sports cars. There is just something about them that gets my heart pounding. I’ve never been able to fully understand why I like them so much. Perhaps it is their styling, their flair, or maybe it is something else altogether that makes them captivating? While I might love them, I have learned one thing about buying an Italian car. That one simple fact is that there is rarely a true bargain Italian. Most are becoming extremely costly to buy and nearly all are expensive to repair and restore. When Jim S tipped us off to a bargain Alfa Romeo I had my doubts about how much of a bargain it really is, as a matter of fact I still do. The seller of this 1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta is asking just $320 for it here on eBay, but is it really a bargain or a money pit waiting to be filled with hard earned cash? Read more »