Worst Idea of the Day: 1982 Datsun 200SX

1982 Datsun 200SX Convertible

We love automotive oddities. There is just something about them that we can’t resist. Some of the oddballs we find seem like great ideas, others not so much. Some of them came from the factory as oddballs, while others were customized or coachbuilt. Richard R sent us a link to the bad idea you see above. This 1982 Datsun 200SX is newer than most of the cars we feature and it wouldn’t normally pique our interests, but when we realized it had been converted into a convertible, our minds started picturing all of the various reasons this was simply a bad idea. Have a look at the worst idea of the day here on craigslist with an asking price of $1,300. Thanks Richard for the tip! Read more »

Mazda Mania

David's Mazda Barn

It is amazing to think of how much of an impact our early experiences with certain cars can have on us for the rest of our years. If your first car was a ’57 Chevy, than chances are you will always have a special place for the same. For me, it was an ’87 Mazda RX-7 and ever since then I’ve been fascinated by these rotary-powered lightweights. When David M sent us an email about his collection of Mazdas, it struck a cord with my inner 16 year old and brought back some good memories (and some not so good memories). He has collected a number of rare and interesting Mazdas, but rather than ramble on, I’ll let David tell you about his rotary obsession right after the break! Read more »

Baby Bus: 1969 Subaru Sambar

1969 Subaru Bus

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 »

Toyotas First Sports Car: 1967 Sports 800


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 »

Pet Project: 1960 Toyopet Crown RS30 Wagon


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 »

Jesse James’ Honey Bee: 1976 Datsun B210


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 »

$300 Bike: 1965 Bridgestone BS-90


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!

Rare Boxer: 1971 Subaru FF-1


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 »

Reader Find: 1975 Datsun 260Z


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 »