There is a special place in our hearts for micro cars, not because we are concerned so much with fuel economy, but because of how unique they are. When we spotted this 1969 Subaru 360 Sambar here on eBay, we had no idea how small it truly was. It doesn’t look that much smaller than a VW bus in the photo, but when you see a person standing next to one you will see that it is a fraction of the size. We don’t think you can get much more unique than a micro bus and as much as we hate to say this… it’s just so darn cute! Read more »
Here is a Toyota you don’t see everyday… well, or ever. We had never seen one before, so when Jim S. sent us the link to this example, we took notice. Everyone knows about the 2000GT, but Toyota’s first sports car was actually the Sports 800. It was a tiny featherweight car powered by an air-cooled boxer two-cylinder! This particular one is in need of some serious help, but there are so very few left that this one deserves to be saved. Take a look here on eBay where bidding is currently at $3k. Thanks Jim for the tip! Read more »
Reader Josh O. discovered this rare 1960 Toyopet Crown Custom wagon hiding in a barn. He pulled it out with the plan of restoring it, but other projects have gotten in the way, so he has decided to let it go. There weren’t many of these imported to the States and only a handful are believed to still exist. If you are interested in saving this unique piece of Japanese automotive history, you can find it here on eBay. Thanks go to Josh for letting us know about his barn find. Read more »
Supposedly this 1976 Datsun B210 is currently owned by Jesse James of West Coast Choppers fame. That is interesting, but it doesn’t really do anything for me. The fact that this Datsun has avoided the ravages of rust is what catches my attention. These cars were built to be cheap and efficient forms of transportation so thin steel was used to cut cost and weight. It may of helped with mpg but it didn’t do anything for corrosion resistance. Seeing one on the road today is a rare sight, so you had better take a look at this Honey Bee here on eBay before it buzzes away! Read more »
We all know Bridgestone today for their tires, but the company actually started with bicycles. Naturally they then moved onto motorcycles and even had some success with racing in Japan. This BS-90 is nothing fancy, but should make for a fun and affordable project. It is located in Milwaukee and is listed here on craigslist with a $300 asking price. A big thanks goes to Zak H. for the tip!
This 1971 Subaru FF-1 isn’t the best car ever to come out from Japan, but it is actually a very rare vehicle. Very few of these boxer powered compacts were ever shipped to the States and of the few that were, most are either rusted to the point of no return or have already been crushed. The seller doesn’t say much about it in their craigslist ad, but they do claim that it runs. If that’s the case, then the $1k asking price might not be too bad. Thanks goes to M. Patterson for the tip. Read more »
We love to hear stories from our readers about their own discoveries. Shea C. just sent in photos of this 1975 Datsun 260Z that he found in an old neighborhood where it had been sitting under this carport for over 10 years. He paid the owner a fair price and was smart enough to drag it home before attempting to get it running (unlike us). He added fresh fuel and a new battery and it started right up! After a good cleaning this low-mileage Z car looks great. Take a look at all the photos below. Thanks for sharing it with us Shea! Read more »
Sometimes cars can get expensive. There is lot to go wrong. Sheet-metal, upholstery, trim, the list just goes on and on. We love them, but sometimes we just want something cheap and simple to wrench on. That is when motorcycles like this 1973 Kawasaki G5 start to look appealing. It is only packing 100cc, but that’s enough to hit 70mph. This one has been owned by the same owner since 1973 and has only covered 6k miles. It has not been ridden since 1991 so it will need some work, but should make for a fun project. Find it here on craigslist for $525 in Bloomfield, Missouri. Thanks goes to Will M. for the tip!
This 1970 Yamaha HS1 was just pulled out of a barn in New Hampshire. It has some surface rust, but supposedly only has 284 miles on the odometer! It is equipped with a 90cc two-stroke twin, so it should be a high-revving little monster. The compression is good, but a rebuild is recommended. This could be a good project for a first time motorcycle owner and a service manual is even included to help you get started. If you are interested you can email the owner directly. They are asking $600.
What boy doesn’t dream of driving a fire engine? There is just something mesmerizing about those big red trucks. This 1980 Toyota Land Cruiser might not be the type of fire engine most of us dreamt of as a kids, but I’m sure the child in all of us would love to take it for a spin. It was imported from Japan and only has about 8k miles on the odometer. It is currently in Monterey, California and can be found here on eBay. Read more »