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1970 Datsun 510 Wagon

1970 Datsun 510 Wagon: California Clean

Beige. Admit it, most of you would equate beige with bland. But if you’ve ever driven a Datsun 510, you know they aren’t bland at all. More like a Japanese BMW 2002! This creampuff wagon is located in Atascadero, California, and was found by prolific finder Robert R here on craigslist for $7,800. This one surprised me by still having the original 510 wheel covers; almost all 510’s you see for sale now have some sort of aftermarket wheels installed. The seller states that the car has been under cover in a garage for many years. I could only find one major deviation from stock; it looks like a downdraft Weber carburetor has been installed. However, the fly in the ointment for me is the automatic transmission, but I know that doesn’t bother everyone. If you owned it, would you swap it to a manual? What else would you do?

Subaru 360s

Seven Subaru 360s With Extra Parts

There seems to be something special about the number seven and collections of small project cars. After featuring a group of seven Fiat 850s that are for sale, Amanda A contacted us about helping find a new home for her and her husbands collection of ’69 and ’70 Subaru 360s. They have acquired a small fleet of these micro cars, but they need to find a new home for the entire collection and all the spare parts they have accumulated. If you are interested, you can contact her here via email. Read more »


1971 Datsun 240Z: Only One Problem

When the Datsun 240Z was released it represented a relative bargain at $3,500. With a 150 horsepower inline six and fully independent suspension it could run with much more expensive cars. The fit and finish may not have been the best, but the reliable engine and good looking exterior made up for that. I have always liked the early cars and this one really caught my eye. It looks to be very original and rust free. Presumably the current owner has done a lot of work to keep it on the road. Take a look here on eBay where bidding is currently right under $4k. It’s clean and ready to drive, but there is one major problem. It’s an automatic…

1969 Datsun 1600 Roadster

South Florida Sunshine: 1969 Datsun 1600 Roadster

Yes, Virginia, Datsun did make sports cars before the 240Z. And they were good ones! While this isn’t the more desirable larger-engined 2000, the 1600 is a nice convertible in its own right. Thanks to Jim S for spotting this one that’s located in Miami, Florida and is offered here on eBay with a buy-it-now of $2695.95. Read more »

1970 Toyota Corona Deluxe

All Original: 1970 Toyota Corona Deluxe

I had been skeptical of the “goodness” of Toyotas until recently. No cars can be that reliable and that undemanding, right? Or at least that’s what I thought, but I’ve been proven wrong as two very-high mileage (230k+) Camrys have entered our extended family fleet and they just keep going on and on and on, so I’m a convert now. Toyota’s long heritage of quality and value was built on cars like this one, providing basic, no-frills transportation for many years without complaining or breaking down. This pristine example actually hasn’t done that much transporting, as it only has 37,000 miles! The Corona is located in Brentwood, California and is up for auction here on eBay with a reserve and a buy-it-now of $7,500. Read more »

1985 Suzuki Samurai SJ410

No Frills Fun: 1985 Suzuki Samurai SJ410

My wife and I recently embarked on what has become an annual tradition: get the heck out of the cold and go somewhere warm with palm trees. In addition to plenty of sunshine, I always enjoy driving a native vehicle in whatever island nation we visit, and this most recent trip has me hunting for a Suzuki. Why? Cheap and proven four-wheel drive, narrow width for slicing between traffic, and that wonderful feeling of thin doors that leave little between you and the outside world. Hence, this 1985 Suzuki Samurai here on eBay with only 34,000 miles and bidding racing towards the $5,500 reserve caught my eye. Read more »


What A Feeling: 1979 Toyota Celica ST

When you watch any of Toyota’s current advertisements, you’ll notice a common theme: heavy emphasis on the excitement of driving their cars, or the experiences the vehicles help create. Now, I am not one to ignore the reputation Toyota has built for itself in the world of dependability, but the excitement factor – or anything involving emotion – checked out of the building long ago. That’s why it’s fun to reminisce about the company’s early days with cars like this 1979 Celica ST which has supposedly only 32,000 miles. It can be found here on eBay, currently bid to $2,275 with no reserve. Read more »

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 »