Low mileage Miata

33k Mile 1997 Mazda Miata

One of my buddies laughed at me the other day when I said that Miatas are now considered classics. 1990 doesn't seem that long ago to some of us, but the Miata is now 25 years old so it qualifies as a classic in many states. That doesn't mean they are all worth a lot of money. Luckily, they are still the most smiles per dollar sports car you can buy. Low mileage cars are starting to gain some traction among collectors though. We have watched a few sell for close to $10k, so this 33k mile 1997 Miata looks like it could wind up being a bargain here on eBay where bidding is at $5,500 with no reserve and only a day left! The only problem? It's an automatic... Read more »


A Big Idea: 1970 Subaru 360

If an automaker wants to make a big dent in the market quickly, there’s no better way to do it than by building a car for the masses. Volkswagen did it with the Beetle, and Ford with the Model T. But it’s not always a recipe for success. Subaru’s most famous microcar was imported into the U.S. in 1968 to an untested market with a small dealer network, limiting its appeal. Barn Finds reader Isaac spotted this 1970 Subaru 360 here on craigslist in Michigan, which is listed as a rolling project for $3,000 or trade for a pinball machine! Read more »

1964 Datsun Fairlady

Is This 1964 Datsun Fairlady For You?

Japanese sports cars are hot right now, especially the rare Toyota 2000GT. Perfect ones sell for about $1 million these days. Much more affordable are the Datsun Roadsters, which were made in far greater numbers than the 2000GT, so the lower values make sense. The Roadsters are fun cars that are still plentiful, and if you get a good one it can be a reliable car. Some auction prices for perfect Roadsters have been in the tens of thousands of dollars recently, but most cars sell for far lower prices. Find this 1964 Datsun Fairlady Sports here on craigslist in Evansville, Indiana for $2,000. Thanks to Kevin A for alerting us to it. Read more »

Toyota FJ40s Projects

A Family of FJs: 1976 Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser

If there was ever a vehicle I wish I had gotten into instead of my beloved 80s BMWs, the early Toyota Landcruiser is it. From their charming looks that embody everything a vintage rock-hopper should look like to their collectability as an emerging classic, the FJ40 just checks all the right boxes for me (not to mention their reputation for reliability). While I can’t pick one up at the current time, this seller on Alabama’s Craigslist is offering up a range of FJs from running projects to parts vehicles, giving the enterprising Landcruiser fanatic a good head-start on parts collecting. Find more info here on Craigslist. Read more »


The 272 Mile Miata!

Back in October we featured a 6,686 mile Miata and it surprised everyone when it sold for $9,000! Well, another low mileage example has popped up so I figured it was worth a mention. Jim S found this one back in November, but it is still on the market so it might be worth making an offer if you are interested. It's going to take a collector with some serious foresight though because the seller is asking $15,990 here on Hemmings. That may seem crazy, but remember, this car sold for only slightly more when new, yet with only a claimed 272 miles covered, this one is basically still brand new! Read more »

1980 Celica Sunchaser

Rising Sun: 1980 Toyota Celica Sunchaser

One of the best ways to feel a connection to a car outside of driving it is to own it in miniature. For those of you who collected them before you could drive one, you might remember the Tomy brand out of Japan. Fittingly, they offered several variations of the original Celica and Supra models, which included the Sunchaser. To this day, I still consider the quasi-convertible design one of the more memorable ones out there, with a targa-style roof bar in between a removable roof panel and soft, folding rear-glass section. Thanks to Jim S for sending along this garage find example of a Celica that needs a rescue mission to chase the sun once again. Find it here on eBay or in Pennsylvania. Read more »


The Original Commuter: 1972 Honda Z600

If you have any memory of how big Honda’s Civic was in the 80s, you likely recall a small, tin-like structure that was as efficient as it was compact. The thing is, the Civic has lost much of that tossable form in favor of a more refined vehicle that isn't nearly as light on its feet and suffers from poor sight lines, due to the airbags stored in the a-pillars and a high beltline that extends into the rear door windows. Of course, if you take the lineage back one step further, even the game-changing lineup of hatchbacks, coupes and sedans from the 1980s look heavy by comparison. That’s why I felt it was important to profile this 1972 Honda Z600 found here on eBay - a barn find kept by the same owner for 41 years! Read more »


Junior Workhourse: 1967 Toyota T100 Stout

These days, consumers can find a variety of options across the pickup truck segment. However, if you’re looking for a light-duty alternative to extra cabs and extended beds, you have limited options (though the new Chevy Colorado could be a sign of things to come!) But it wasn’t always that way, especially if you were hankering for an economical foreign-built hauler. While we may be accustomed to brands like Toyota churning out full-size trucks with V8s and impressive towing capacity as of late, this 1967 T100 Stout found here on eBay reminds us just how far they’ve come! Read more »

Subaru Brat

Microwave Not Included: 1979 Subaru Brat

When it comes to utility vehicles, the Subaru Brat has to be one of the more interesting ones ever built. It was based on a Subaru station wagon, but with the rear roof section cut off. To get around the tariff placed on small trucks, Subaru mounted a set of jump seats in the back. It circumvented some taxes, but it was also dangerous passengers. In the past few years these things have actually gained some serious collector's status. This 1979 Brat is in need of a new home, where it can receive some much needed love. It appears to have endured some rough times in its life, but has weathered the worst of it quite well. Someone started rebuilding the engine, but never finished. The seller didn't provide any photos of the engine bay, but I see some vital engine parts in the truck bed, along with a microwave. Hopefully everything needed to make it run again is still here, but you won't know until you start Read more »


Quarter Century Obsession: Datsun Collection

Following up on yesterday’s post about the Datsun 1600 roadster in Arizona, we had to share this collection in Northern Virginia. Barn Finds reader Geroge S. sent in a link to what could be the ultimate find if you're on the hunt for Datsun roadsters or parts – and if you're hunting for the only factory prototype 1500, the seller claims to have one of those too! Find them all here on craigslist. Thanks for the tip George! Read more »