1957 Citroen 2CV

1957 Citroen 2CV For $2,500!

About 10 years ago I remember seeing one of these. It was parked in front of a strip mall and was painted up with Little Caesars Pizza logos. It was an effective sign, but one day it disappeared. Up until that point, the car just seemed like an oddity to me. I’ve since learned that these little French cars were actually something special. They may not be fast or even beautiful, but these Citroens are unique and well engineered. The seller claims that this is one of the earliest 2CVs imported to the United States. It has been in their possession since 1998 when they bought it as a restoration project. That never happened, but they did store the car inside all those years. The seller is throwing in an extra engine so you can decide if you’d like 2  or 4 horizontally-opposed cylinders. It’s located in Hinton, Iowa and is listed here on eBay for $2,500 or best offer. Let’s just hope that doesn’t wind up at a pizza joint!

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1973 VW Super Beetle: Show-Winning Woody

There are occasions in this hobby when I don’t know whether to be impressed by the work done or wish the seller had invested his time and money elsewhere. This 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle has been converted to a Woody wagon and is listed here on eBay with the reserve unmet. I do have to give the seller credit: he had a dream, and he worked it to reality with his own bare hands. That’s more than I can say for any of my project cars, which I’ve been fairly conservative with in terms of what I want them to be. This is certainly more creative than the bulk of the Beetle conversions on the road today, but there are some touches that need finessing (such as the bulkhead-mounted air conditioning unit). Overall, I still see potential here and the active bidding seems to reinforce that others do as well. I just hope the reserve is no higher than $5K, as this is clearly a case of finding a very particular buyer for a very peculiar car.

1957 Jeep FC-170

1957 Jeep FC-170: Snow Plow Included

This is one you don’t see often, as a matter of fact have you ever seen one before? It is a 1957 Jeep FC-170 and is certainly unique, it even includes a snow plow. I guess you might actually use it for plowing snow if you live in snow country, but wouldn’t it also make a great toy hauler or an attention grabbing promotional truck? I hope the new owner gets this back on the road and has some fun with it! What do you suppose the paint is like under the oxidation? I don’t see any rust or body damage. The seller is asking $7995, but perhaps he’s willing to entertain a more reasonable price. It’s listed here on craigslist in Rogers, Minnesota. So if this Jeep were your’s, what would you do with it? Would you leave it rough or give it a proper restoration?

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Evel Knievel Custom Trike: Found Overseas

So, what is it? Well, it’s one of the many creations that supposedly became famous for its association with legendary dare-devil Evel Knievel. This Cadillac-powered trike-on-steroids is listed here on eBay as part of a German collection, and bidding is light at $3,049. It apparently left the states years ago after being sold off from a Florida-based collection and ended up overseas. The seller notes that the estate of the deceased owner has little info about their relative’s car  collection, which appears to house other treasures. After being added to the collection in the early ’80s, this bike/hot-rod combo hasn’t seen the road for decades and will require re-commissioning to be roadworthy. My personal favorite of the Knievel vehicles has to be the Mack transporter truck that I last heard of being in the Tampa, Florida area; whether it was ever restored is unknown to me. I’m not sure of the history of this custom trike, or what it’s specific connection to Evel Knievel is (although Marcus G, a friend of the seller did contact us, so perhaps he will be able to answer some questions), but we’d welcome your input if you remember him racing or riding this rig in his heydey!

1977 Corvette Sport Wagon

1977 Corvette Sport Wagon

In the seventies, what was a guy to do if he wanted a sports car with some hauling capacity? Well, he could have had the guys over at Greenwood perform their Sport Wagon conversion on a Corvette! The end result was unique looking and offered much more utility than the standard Vette. You would think that there couldn’t have been many of these built, but we have featured quite a few over the years. So, there may not be a lot, but they sure seem to hit the market often. Some cars were built by Greenwood, but there was also a kit available in the Ecklers catalog for DIYers. This 1977 example sounds like a good one, but the seller’s foggy photos make it hard to see all the flaws. The auction found here on eBay ends soon though so unless you live in the area, you probably won’t have to time to get an inspection done in time. Too bad, because there are few wagons that are cooler than a Corvette Sport Wagon!

1953 Glasspar G2

1953 Glasspar G2: V8 Special

From this strangely angled photo, it is hard to tell what exactly you are looking at. It is clearly a roadster with an American built V8 providing power, but that’s all you can really tell. The seller states that this car is a 1953 Glasspar G2 and looking just at the hindquarters it could be, but there is something off with the front of this car. Could it be that someone decided they wanted to give it a more Cobra-esque look with a custom built front end grafted on or could this be something specially built by Glasspar? I have heard of a few cars receiving different noses, but those cars still had some type of chrome grille. Overall this car looks really well put together, although it needs work from being parked, which leaves me questioning the seller’s asking price. They have listed it here on craigslist in Arroyo Grande, California with a $25k asking price. If it were running and driving with more history and explanation about the front end, I would say it could easily be worth that. Special thanks to Robert R for this tip! So what do you think the story is with this American special?

Turboniques Rocket Kart

Rocket Thrust Go Kart Barn Find

I love ’50s and ’60s technology. With the space race, cold war, and speculation about the future all taking place at once, people were coming up with some crazy ideas. One company I had never heard of  was the Turbonique Company, but after seeing this rocket powered barn find go kart that Alan S tipped me off too I had to do more research on this brand. It would seem the guys behind this company were mad men with dreams of going fast. Well reality was, they built rocket engines for NASA and were looking for a consumer application. Drag racers are always looking for a new way to go faster and this company saw an opportunity to hurdle people down the dragstrip faster than ever before and make money doing it. While they came up with everything from jet powered superchargers to the jet engine Drag Axle, their craziest creation has to be these rocket powered go kart! Read more »

1948 Crosley Wagon

Sheet Metal Engine: 1948 Crosley Wagon

Some cars just make you smile, and this is certainly one of them. Remember the Crosley? This 1948 has seen better days but it looks like it’s all there and the floors are solid. Perhaps it was parts hauler or even a sign for a while. What would you do with it? It’s a project that won’t take up much room. You could get the tiny sheet metal engine running and have your very own clown car. Roomy is not a word that could be used to describe this. It wouldn’t take much horsepower to make this little thing fast, but what would it take to make it stop and perhaps go around corners? It’s for sale here on eBay with a BIN of $3950, but they are open to offers.

Mazda RX4

Wankel Wagon: 1974 Mazda RX4

No, it’s not an RX2, 3, 7, or 8! This unusual RX4 wagon is currently in Sanford, Florida and is for sale here on eBay, where the buy-it-now is $4,000, but the opening bid is only $2,500. Let me start by saying I’m biased here; I like Wankels (rotaries). To a mechanical engineer, the whole idea of drastically reducing the number of moving parts in an engine is a good thing. Mazda struggled for years to find the right market niche for the rotary and finally did so with the RX7 and RX8; where enthusiasts don’t care quite as much about fuel economy but are interested in the performance aspects of the engine. So putting it into what at the time was not-quite-a-compact wagon puzzles me (almost as much as the rotary pickup, but that’s a whole other story). Read more »

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Barns Finds Are Everywhere!

It seems like everyone is jumping on the barn finds bandwagon these days. Even the model car guys are getting in on the action. Just check out this 1/18th scale Cobra I found here on eBay. The seller starts with standard model cars and then spends hours adding dirt, leaves, and rust. The end result looks believable and I have to commend him for his efforts. So, besides on TV and model cars where have you seen the “barn finds” phenomenon setting in?

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Doors For All: 1961 Pontiac Catalina Limo

So not only does this Pontiac Catalina Airporter Limousine have room for about 12 people, it’s got a separate set of boxes on the roof for all their luggage. Currently the Pontiac is located in Brentwood, California and for sale here on craigslist for $6,250. Thanks to prolific finder Robert R for this great find! This rare example of how folks got back and forth between hotels and airports before shuttle vans would make a really cool vintage race hauler, as long as your racing car isn’t too heavy. I can see taking my entire racing team along with spares, fuel, and the other team accouterments–yes, I might have to massage or replace the existing V8. Of course, that would be a shame, as the original engine runs and the car drives, although it doesn’t stop! Read more »

1960s Midget Racer

The Milk Man’s Midget Racer

As I was on the hunt for an interesting motorcycle to feature, I came across the most interesting of finds! It clearly isn’t a motorcycle, although it is powered by a Cushman motor. This 1960’s midget racer looks like it could be an absolute blast to restore and zip around it! I imagine size wise it lands somewhere between a go-kart and an ATV. And with the right tires would probably be as comfortable on a dirt track as it would be on road course. I love the plaid seat and its back story! The seller states it was last raced by a guy who went by the name “the Milk Man”, which seems like the perfect name for an all white midget racer! While it is going to need work, there really isn’t a lot to this little machine. You can find this racer here on eBay in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida with bidding just over $1,200.