No Risk No Reward: 1957 Jaguar XK150

1957 Jaguar XK 150

The Jaguar XK series is one of the most iconic British sports cars of all time. These cars have always been desirable, but in recent times they have begun to climb in value massively. Buying even a cheaper project car can be a big gamble. There are so many unknown factors that could break the bank. When buying a car like this 1957 Jaguar XK 150 Roadster, you want to know as much about it and what pieces are and aren’t there as possible before putting out any cash. The seller of this one has it listed here on eBay and admits that some parts are missing, although they don’t know for sure all of what is missing. What they do know is that the previous owner had planned to restore it, but after getting it pulled apart they never finished. It has been in pieces for the past 20 years, so it’s hard to say what all is lost. Like they say though, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. Read more »

California Truckin: 1937 Studebaker Coupe Express

1937 Studebaker J-5 Coupe Express

Of all the classic trucks we have seen over the years, few look better than the ones to come out of Studebaker. One of our all time favorites is their J-5, particularly the Coupe Express model. The flowing lines and swooping shape of these trucks just looks fantastic to us. Studebaker only built about 3k Coupe Expresses in 1937 and this one has been hiding in a barn since 1992. It is going to need attention, but is all original and is still even wearing its original paint. Hopefully the rust isn’t so severe that the original paint can’t be saved, but either way this is one cool truck. Find this 1937 Studebaker J-5 Coupe Express here on eBay, with an impressive $18k opening bid. Read more »

4th of July Find: 1970 AMC Rebel Machine

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It doesn’t get any more American than a red, white, and blue AMC Rebel Machine! The Machine was developed by American Motors with some help from Hurst and featured a 340 horsepower 390 under the hood. Patriotic paint, heavy duty suspension, alloy rims, and a Hurst shifter finished things off. The photos of this particular one are bad and we have our doubts that this is a real deal Rebel Machine, but you never know. Take a look at the listing here on craigslist and you be the judge. Happy 4th of July! Read more »

Which Big Healey Would You Bag?

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There are a handful of cars out there that people love so much that they will restore any example they can get their hands on, no matter the condition. Ferraris, Shelbys, Corvettes, and yes, even Austin Healeys fit in this group of highly sought after restoration projects. We have seen Big Healeys brought back to life that had all but rotted away. Lesser cars would have been left for dead, but luckily their are some very enthusiastic people out there who are willing to pay the price and do the work. Still, these are relatively common cars so normally there are a few options on the market when shopping for one. So, when reader Dolphin sent in links to two MKI 3000s, we thought it would be a good opportunity to compare these prospective projects and talk about the merits of each. Thanks for the tip Dolphin! Read more »

Finally Letting Go: 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

1969 Plymouth Road Runner

After having this 1969 Plymouth Road Runner parked in their garage for 21 years, the owner has come to realize that since they haven’t finished it in the past 21 years chances are they never will. As they say, sometimes the best thing you can do for something you love is to let it go. In the case of this Road Runner, the seller knows its best chance for seeing the road again is to let it go to a new home where it can be finished. This one is a bit rough and we typically don’t like finishing other people’s projects, but it got us thinking about the thought processes behind keeping an old car parked in your barn or garage. We will get into that later, but if you’re interested in giving this Mopar a new home and a chance at life again you can find it here on eBay. Special thanks to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

Alloy Jigsaw Puzzle: 1955 BMW 503 Coupe

1955 BMW 503 Coupe

BMW is one of the top luxury car manufacturers today, but throughout the companies near 100 year existence they have nearly closed their doors on a number of occasions. Most of these near collapses were caused by wars, but in the late 1950′s they almost closed as a result of poor automobile sales. In 1955, they decided to try to move upmarket by building luxury cars for the American market, but this proved to be a costly decision. The cars that they built during this period were beautiful, but far too expensive for the times and nearly put the company out of business. Their poor sales numbers meant BMW didn’t build many of the 500 series, so the coupe and roadster variations being extremely rare and highly sought after today. We have had the pleasure of seeing a few 503s and 507s in person, but they were all in pristine restored condition, so you can imagine our intrigue when we came across this rough 1955 BMW 503 Coupe here on eBay with an opening bid of $1k and no reserve. It is currently sitting in a barn in Surrey UK. Read more »

Lots of Potential: 1932 Auburn Speedster

1932 Auburn Speedster

Looking at this pile of parts and rusty metal, you wouldn’t recognize that what you’re looking at is a rare and valuable gem with incredible potential. Seeing how little of the body is left, it might be hard to tell what exactly you are looking at, but at one time this was a beautifully crafted 1932 Auburn 8-100A Speedster. The seller doesn’t provide details on how it came to be in this sad condition or any of its history, but given how rare these are, we hope it turns out to be the real deal! Have a look at the seller’s listing here on eBay where bidding starts at $200. Read more »

Stacked High: 1968 Triumph GT6

1968 Triumph GT6

Oh the unusual places and conditions we find cars in! We have seen cars stored in some interesting locations and in peculiar arrangements, so seeing this 1968 Triumph GT6 stacked like Tetris blocks to the rafters of this barn isn’t all that unusual for us. We can only assume it has been left like this simply because floor space was limited and the bonnet needed to go somewhere. The seller doesn’t provide much in the way of information, so we can only speculate about its history and what goes along with it. It has been listed here on eBay with an opening bid of $200, so be sure to take a look at it. Thanks to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

Big Dreams, Bad Idea: 1968 Ford Mustang

1968 Ford Mustang

We all have big dreams, if we didn’t we wouldn’t all be on the hunt for barn finds. Seeing the potential in a car that has been parked and left untouched for decades requires being a dreamer, but it also means being realistic and realizing when a dream has gotten to big. Jim S came across this 1968 Ford Mustang here on eBay that is going to require a dreamer to sell. It is going to take an even bigger dreamer to put it together the way the seller had hoped to. They dreamt of installing a 460 cui big block V8 in it, which wouldn’t be all that crazy if this car had originally come with a V8. Being a six cylinder car means this one will need most of the drivetrain, suspension, and brake system upgraded to handle the added weight and power, making this an expensive and unlikely dream. We have to give it to the seller though for dreaming big and for throwing the engine and transmission in this no reserve auction. Read more »