Mystery Hot Rod Find

Mystery Hot Rod

It must have been an interesting experience when the seller of this custom built hot rod discovered it. Other than one emblem that reads “Hot Rod”, there isn’t any form of identification on it. I can imagine it left the seller excited yet confused. If I hadn’t ever seen one of these before, I know I would have been incredibly confused as to what it was. For those of you who haven’t ever run across one of these odd looking machines, I’m guessing it’s a Mechanix Illustrated Roadster. In the November 1951 issue of the magazine, they documented how to build your own sports car for less than $500. As with most home-built cars, many were started but few were finished. This one was completed, but has been parked for many years. It has been pulled out of storage and listed here on craigslist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Thanks goes to Randall N for the tip! Read more »

The Short Bus: Dodge Postal Delivery Van

Dodge Postal Van

Update 10/21/14 – Reader Dennis has pointed out that this Postal Van has been relisted here on eBay, but this time it’s being offered by a different seller. The new seller doesn’t list its current location and they are reusing the previous seller’s photos and description. I would recommend being cautious with this one and I would highly recommend contacting them to get current photos. Special thanks to Dennis for the tip!

From 5/13/14 – Finding a car built in the 1950’s isn’t all the difficult, as they were heavy and well-built machines. Like most things built in the 1950’s, the vehicles built in this era were built to last. That being said, we don’t typically see ’50s work vehicles that have survived years of hard work and the effects of being left outdoors. This is likely because most tended to be so well built that they were used until they just couldn’t go anymore. It also didn’t help that most companies didn’t tend to keep them after they had been replaced. This 1950’s Dodge Postal Delivery Van was recently pulled from a barn in Montana and while it needs to be restored, it is in solid shape. Life as a work vehicle in Montana couldn’t have been easy, but somehow this one has survived and looks as cute as ever. Take a look at it here on eBay with a $4,500 BIN. Read more »

The First El Camino?

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This 1948 Chevrolet may deserve the title of the world’s first El Camino. While it wasn’t a factory offering, it does look like someone did a decent job of converting it. This CUV (coupe utility vehicle) may have started life as a 1948 Chevrolet Business Coupe, but someone decided that it would much more useful with a truck bed grafted onto the back. Eventually it was abandoned in a field where the current owner found it in Montana. They dragged it home to Welches, Oregon with the intention of building a rat rod. That never happened though, so now it has been listed here on craigslist for $2,800. Read more »

French Oddity: 1960 Panhard PL 17

1960 Panhard PL 17

If you’re the type who is always on the hunt for oddball cars, boy do I have one for you! The French brand Panhard is likely best known for the odd looking, but advanced Dyna Z. If the Dyna just isn’t odd enough for your tastes, Panhard offered another car that was even more unusual. This 1960 Panhard PL-17 is without a doubt one of the oddest cars I have seen in a while and I absolutely love it! This one needs a complete restoration and could prove to be a difficult project, but if you’re up for the task you can find it here on eBay in McMinnville, Oregon. Special thanks goes to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

Still Smells: 1976 Cadillac Castilian Estate

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We have featured a couple of these coach-built Cadillac wagons over the years, but none have been as nice as this 1976 Fleetwood! The seller claims that only 16 were ever built, but from what I can tell there are quite a few more than that out there. Im guessing that it is a Castilian Estate and that it was converted by Traditional Coachworks in California. The seller’s asking price of $18,000 seems steep, but it’s still cheaper than you could buy a new wagon for these days. Find it here on craigslist out of Rochester, Washington. A special thanks goes to Bryan L for the submission. 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 »

Coolest School Bus Ever!

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According to the seller of this stretched 1956 Chevrolet, only one of these specialty vehicles sold in 1956 and it went to a grade school. A Grand Rapids Minnesota Elementary School to be exact and there it served for 22 years! What could be cooler than climbing aboard this beast each morning for your daily trek to school? A handful of these were reportedly sold the following year and I assume that most went to airports or other organizations where a large group of people needed to be transported. Unfortunately, the seller also assumes that because of the truck’s rarity, it’s worth 50 grand! What do you think? Find it here on Hemmings out of Bristol, Virginia. Thanks goes to Connor B for the tip! 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 »

BMW + SAAB = 1977 Wartburg Knight

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Update 9/16/14 – Jason has listed this one here on eBay with a BIN of $4,000. The price just keeps dropping!

From 7/11/14 – We love to stumble upon cars that we have never heard of before! Take this 1977 Wartburg 353W that we just found on craigslist for example. When was the last time you saw one of these here in the States? Well, that could be because they were never officially imported to the States from East Germany where they were produced. We don’t know much about them, but this example looks to be in excellent condition. The $5,000 $4,500 asking price doesn’t seem too unrealistic either. Read more »