A few days back we featured a Saab Sonett with some interesting cars parked in the background. Since I love odd and unusual cars, I was very curious to see what else the seller had in the background. Well PaulG pointed out to me that the seller has another one of their cars listed for sale here on eBay. Being a Ford it is a bit more conventional, but still is a rather unusual find here in the States. This German built Taunus 12M is reminiscent of the Falcon, just smaller. If you love Fords, but want something different this could be the one for you! Read more »
You’ve heard of Yenko Camaros and Saleen Mustangs? This is a “Von Piranha” AMX. A what? As far as I can tell, an AMC dealer in Denver, Colorado took GoPak AMX’s and added scoops on the roof, rear sides, added some other performance components, and named the result a Von Piranha. I could only find one other one on the internet, so I’m guessing they didn’t make many. Unlike the Chevy and Ford special editions, not much is known about these cars. However, if nothing else, this is a low-mileage, solid and rare AMX located in Fairplay, Colorado and for sale here on eBay with a buy-it-now of $38,000. Showing only 24,750 miles that are claimed to be original, the car has supposedly been stored for the last 33 years in Denver. Have you ever heard of a Piranha? Do you think it’s worth that much of a premium over a nice AMX?
It’s a car! No, it’s a motorcycle! No, it’s a Messerschmitt! We haven’t featured one of these unique microcars in while so when this project showed up here on eBay, I knew we needed to give it a mention. Messerschmitt was a German manufacturer who was known for their aircraft, but for a while there they tried their hand at automobile manufacturing too. Well, sort of. The KR-175 was a three-wheeler that was powered by an air-cooled engine, so it may have seemed more like a motorcycle than a car. With tandem seating and a top though it offered cheap transportation to those who wanted a little more protection from the elements. This early example is going to need a full restoration, but it does look complete. Thanks goes to Robert R for the tip!
We have seen a lot of Sunbeam Tigers over the years, but I think this one takes the cake as being the most odd. Tigers are very collectible because of the V8 under the hood and their connection to Carroll Shelby. This one takes things in a strange direction though with a Superbird-esque nose job and an automatic transmission swap. Luckily, the original four-speed are included with the sale, but you would have to find your own fenders. Take a look here on eBay where the seller is asking $48k or best offer. This MK II suffered an older restoration and could use some freshening now, so you could take it back to original or just keep things weird. Which route would you go?
I’m sure at some point in time, most of us have dreamt of owning a big Rolls Royce or Bentley. Then the reality of what they not only cost to buy but to maintain and that dream is quickly squelched. Someone in the ’70s decided that all most people really wanted was the massive grill and ornate hood ornament, so they created the Custom Cloud. They based their Rolls Royce wannabe off of the common and affordable Chevrolet Monte Carlo. No one knows just how many conversion kits were built, but it can’t be many. The example you see above was submitted by Bob L and can be found here on eBay, where the seller claims only 14 were built, but I have a feeling there are far more than that. As a matter of fact Robert R found another one! Read more »
Neither a car nor a traditional motorcycle, the Servi-car was originally created by Harley-Davidson in 1932 for the odd purpose of being towed behind repaired cars being delivered from service stations back to customers’ houses so that the delivery driver could get back to the station afterwards. Used also by police departments and delivery services, this practical vehicle was produced until 1973! We don’t know a lot about this one, located in Bozeman, Montana and offered here on craigslist, but Barn Finds reader Herb gave us some more information: Read more »
Here’s one you don’t see very often. Well, actually I’ve never seen one until now! It’s a 1963 Rochdale Olympic and it was one of the first fiberglass monocoque cars ever built. Lotus may have beat them to it, but I’d argue that this car is much more unique. Power was provided by a little Ford four banger and although it didn’t put out a lot of power, with a sub-1,400 pound curb weight, this thing had to be a little screamer. So, if you can appreciate something a little off the beaten path, you can find this one here on craigslist. It’s located in St. Louis, Missouri and the seller does not have a price listed. Thanks goes out to one of our facebook followers, Joel H, for the tip! Read more »
Those of you that have followed this site for a while know that I’m a fan of oddball British cars, and the A40 fits right in. This one is located in Long Beach, California and is available here on craigslist for only $2,450. Styled by Pininfarina and quite successful in rallyes at the time, the A40 brought Italian styling to the masses in the UK. This one seems very solid and sports Cosworth Vega wheels, although a stock car racing wheel is shown as well. The great thing about these cars is that Sprite/Midget hopup parts fit, such as disc brakes, larger engines and fully synchronized transmissions. I’d modify the heck out of this one and create a real sleeper. The ad says it runs and drives already so part of the work is done, and newly redone seats look very usable. Build on the already refurbished mechanicals and you’re on your way! What would you do? Thanks to Robert R. for this great find!
At first glance, this micro car might look like a mini Corvette, but it is so much more than that. This little car is a 1948 Crosley with an Almquist body strapped to it. If you haven’t ever heard the name Almquist, then you don’t know about one of this country’s greatest speed pioneers – Ed Almquist. He built all kinds of interesting parts and upgrades, but the Almquist Crosley might be one of the more interesting and unusual products to come from Almquist Engineering. This tiny and lightweight sports car has been in storage for several decades and is currently housed with several other interesting little sports cars. The seller needs to make room, so they have listed the Almquist here on craigslist in Tallmadge, Ohio for $8,900. Thanks to Dan M for this tip! Read more »
We try not to feature finds with inflated prices, but Amphicars are so rare and unique that I thought this one deserved a mention. It’s a 1968 model and even though there aren’t many around, I bet you have heard of the Amphicar. In a stroke of genius or maybe a bit of insanity, a German designer named Hanns Trippel decided that the world needed a car that could not only drive down the road, but that could navigate the water. It wasn’t really good at either function, but the novelty of the thing made it interesting then and collectible now. Find this project here on craiglist with an outrageous asking price of $27k! Remember, #4 drivers go for about $30k. Perhaps with a little prodding the seller will come around and price it more accordingly? Thanks goes to Bob R. for the tip!