Fix It Again Tony: Fiat 124 Spider Duo

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So after making the 12 hour journey back to Wyoming to visit family for the holiday, one of the first things I did upon arriving back in town was to check on my 1974 Fiat 124 Spider. Now those of you who have been following us for a while already know I’ve had this little secret hiding in a garage for a while now. She runs and drives, but isn’t quite ready to make the journey all the way back to Boise. Having done a considerable amount of work on my little Italian, I know how much goes into keeping these cars on the road. I also know how fun they can be and just how rewarding it can be to keep them going. Obviously when I saw these 124’s that Chuck F sent in, they spoke to me. At just $500 for two cars I couldn’t resist talking about them! Have a look at the duo here on craigslist in Elberton, Georgia. Read more »

Alfaholics Group Buy: 3 Alfa Romeo Spiders

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There used to be a shop near my parents’ home in upstate New York that was a combination hobby store and mechanics’ garage. Imagine my surprise when one day a fleet of six Porsche 914s showed up, all requiring a bit of work but with enough good bones between them to make a solid car or two. Upon viewing the ad here on eBay which was sent in by reader Jim S, I immediately thought of what might be possible for the brave soul willing to tackle this ambitious trio of Alfa Romeo Duetto projects. Thanks for the tip Jim! Read more »

Scorned Supercar: 1982 Ferrari Mondial

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Throughout car-guy history, there has always been a vehicle that bears the namesake of a famous brand but is known within enthusiast circles to be the black sheep, or the warmed-over variant of a more plebeian model. If a car like this were to show up a marque-specific event, fellow attendees may smile, nod, and say nice things – but in their own minds, they may wonder what the owner was thinking when they agreed to pay exotic car repair bills without any of the status of collector car ownership. To that I say, enough! Read more »

What’s Behind It: Alfa Romeo Stash

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The Alfa is cool and all, but I’m going go ahead and ask the inevitable question here – what about all the cars behind it? It never seems to fails that as soon as we feature a car that is sitting in a warehouse full of other cars that everyone’s attention is drawn to what they can’t have. Sometimes the unknown can be more exciting, but until the seller lists the rest of the cars, we will have to dwell on what we do know. This 1957 Spider can be found here on eBay along with a 1962 Giulietta here from the same seller. Thanks goes to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

3,500 Original Miles: 1986 Maserati Biturbo Spyder

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When I opened a submission from Jim C about a late ’80s Maserati Spyder, I was prepared to see the product of what is in my opinion one of the worst decisions the Italian brand has ever made. I was even prepared to smash the back button if I found the nightmare that is the Maserati branded Chrysler Lebaron. Had Jim not made the promise that I would find something rare and unusual I would have skipped over this one entirely and saved myself from the fear of having to see such an abomination. Thankfully I didn’t skip it and while I had my mouse hovering over the back button I didn’t have to click it, since what I found was this 1986 Maserati Biturbo Spyder. With only about 3k built over a ten year period and just 275 of this specific model, this is a rather uncommon car to find here in the States and this one looks to be in surprisingly nice condition. Have a look at it here on craigslist in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a $2k asking price. Special thanks to Jim C for the tip! Read more »

Ready For Fun: 1967 Abarth 1000 OT Spider

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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!

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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 »