The 6,686 Mile Miata

7k-mile-miata

The seller of this 1990 Miata purchased the car back in 2013 from a craigslist ad. The original owner had put fewer than 1k miles on the car and was keeping it in tip top shape in anticipation of it becoming a collectable. Apparently their patience ran out a few years short of that happening so they decided to sell it to someone who might enjoy it. The story is a good one, but the new owner committed one major sin. Take a look at this pristine roadster here on eBay and I bet you will spot the mistake immediately. Read more »

Early Fairlady: 1960 Datsun SPL212

1960 Datsun SPL212

When most of us think of Datsun, we picture Z-cars or light duty pickup trucks, but before the American market was flooded with either, Datsun was selling a limited number of their small roadster known as the Fairlady. These cars were built to compete with the small European sports cars that were selling so well in America, but at a much lower price. They were surprisingly good cars, especially given how affordable they were. Being a new brand to the market, sales didn’t really take off until a few years after their introduction, so there aren’t many of these here in the States. This 1960 Datson SPL212 is one of only a handful built and is likely one of only a few left on these shores. It is going to need a complete restoration, but it’s being offered without a reserve and bidding is still low. Check it out here on eBay in Apple Valley, California. Thanks goes to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

Rare and Odd: 1965 Mitsubishi Minica

Mitsubishi Minica

When it comes to oddball cars, micro cars tend to take the cake as the oddest. The compact size usually leads to odd proportions and styling unlike anything else. If you know your micro car history, you know they’ve been around nearly as long as full size automobiles and that their popularity comes and goes based on government regulations and fuel prices. Every continent has had at least one decade in which they were popular, but one country stands out for having a near continual production of micros of various shapes and styles. After WWII, Japan was in need of cheap transportation and a boost to their economy, so the Kei car was born. This 1965 Mitsubishi Minica is a great example of the Kei car and is actually believed to be the only one on American roads. Take a look at it here on eBay or check it out in person in Gardena, California. One strange thing to note is that the seller also lists a Honda N600 with it, but doesn’t mention if it is included in the auction. Thanks to Jim S for this tip! Read more »

California Z-Car Dreamin’

california-z-car

There’s no shortage of vintage Datsun Z-cars out there, but the early Zs weren’t given any protection against rust at the factory. So, unless the dealer or buyer took steps to protect the underbody, that’s the way they stayed. The result is that by now most of them are very rusty. This California 240Z caught my eye because it seems to be in far better condition than most unrestored early Z cars. Have a look at it here on eBay or find it in Sunnyvale, California Read more »

Rotary Fanatic’s Dream!

Mazda RX Collection

We each have our own tastes and interest here at BF, some of us love finely tuned European sports cars, others love the big block Americans, and then there is a small group dedicated to the screaming triangle known as the rotary engine. For those who don’t know, I myself have had a long love affair with these unusual little engines and my current daily driver is a Mazda RX-8. Many companies actually experimented with the Wankel designed rotary, including the likes of Ford, GM, AMC and even Rolls-Royce, but only one company has managed to mass produce and continue to sell rotary powered cars. That brand is obviously Mazda and they have been putting out rotary sports cars since 1965. Some rotary nuts just can’t get enough of these cars and manage to amass impressive collections. The owner of this Mazda collection has acquired 10 RXs ranging from the RX-2 to the RX-5, but hey have decided it’s time to let go of the cars and all their parts. Find the entire collection here on eBay or in Reno, Nevada with bidding at $9k. Read more »

Ukraine Find: 1978 Mitsubishi Lambda

1978 Mitsubishi Lambada

Barn Finds has truly become an international community and we love seeing so many finds from all over the globe! Recently Alex (Aleksei in Russian) from Kiev, Ukraine shared hisĀ  find with us. It isn’t the most beautiful car in the world, but his little gem is quite rare. The tale of how he came across it is nearly as interesting as the car itself. Continue reading as Alex tells the story in his own words. Read more »

Immaculate 1971 Toyota Corona

1971 Toyota Corona Deluxe

I recently received an email from a new member of this fine community. In Ray’s email he presented me with a link to a Toyota Corona Deluxe with the question as to whether I believed it was a barn find and if it was truly a survivor as the seller claimed. As I clicked on the link I was expecting to see a worn out old Toyota, but when I got to the listing I was presented with one of the most immaculate and pristine classic Japanese cars I have ever seen. In all honesty, I was taken aback by how fantastic this little car looks. The seller claims it has just 40k miles on it, but it looks like it just left the showroom. I keep looking for signs that it has been restored, but either it is truly original or has been restored to an extremely high level. Be sure to take a look at it here on eBay or view it in person in Grant, Oregon. Read more »

Retro Before It Was Cool: 1989 Nissan Pao

1989 Nissan Pao

Over the past decade, nearly every car manufacture has introduced some sort of retro throwback of their previous models. VW did it with the Beetle, Mini Cooper was reborn by BMW, Chevy reintroduced the Camaro, and Ford redesigned the Mustang to look more like those of old. While I appreciate their efforts to recapture some of that classic appeal, one manufacturer built a throwback before retro was even cool. That company was Nissan and although they were careful not to put their name on it, I have to give them credit for going out of the main stream to build something unique and fun. The micro car you see above could easily be mistaken for one built in the ’60s. I know it isn’t a real classic, but this 1989 Nissan Pao is just too cool to not take a look at. With just 50k built, it is already becoming collectable, so in another 20 years this could actually be a very desirable car. Have a look at it here on craigslist in Seattle, Washington for $6200. Thanks goes to Matt K for the tip! Read more »

3/4 Scale Woodie: 1979 Toyota Cressida Wagon

1979 Toyota Cressida Wagon

At first glance you could easily mistake this wagon for one of the big American station wagons built in the ’70s, with boxy styling and simulated wood grain. In reality, this wagon isn’t anything like those grocery haulers. This one wasn’t even built in America, but it certainly was styled like it was. This is a 1979 Toyota Cressida Wagon with the wood grain option. Reader Chuck F sent this one in and thought it would be fun to take to your local car shows to see how many people mistake it for one of the big American wagons. This rare Japanese wagon can be found here on craigslist with a $2,600 asking price. Read more »