1961 Jaguar MK IX

British Motoring Monday: 1961 Jaguar Mk IX Project

My wife is in love with Jaguar Mk. VII’s, VIII’s and IX’s and eventually wants one. Consequently, I am in a constant search for the right car, although I think there will have to be a thinning of our herd before we purchase one. I asked her the other day what her ideal color combination would be, and she said dark blue and gray. So the first thing I did when I found this Jaguar that’s located in Berlin, New Jersey was pass my laptop to her. Sigh. It’s offered here on craigslist for $5,500. Read more »

1970 Mercedes 280SL

Dusty Drop Top: 1970 Mercedes 280SL

One of the major appeals, or at least the dream, of a barn find is getting an amazing deal. I know the first time I ever heard about the concept of a barn find, I was still a child and all I remember is a story about someone finding a rare Mustang in a barn and buying it from a little old lady for only a few hundred dollars. The story went as most of them do, they fixed a few things  and sold it for tens of thousands. While stories like this are still somewhat common, the internet has changed things. With a few clicks of the mouse, anyone can look up the value of a classic. Personally, I think it’s a good thing that people can educate themselves. The problem is that lots of people value their barn find off of what a fully restored example recently went for at some high dollar auction. Reader Andrew M recently tipped me off to this 1970 Mercedes 280SL found here on craigslist and I’m trying to decide if the seller’s $30k asking price is on target or if it is a bit high. Read more »

1969 Dodge Charger RT

Born 2 Run: 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

If you’re a habitual Barn Finder, I’d imagine you’ve grown used to finding truly great cars but discovering they’re quite rough underneath. This, of course, is the paradox of such finds: they are left untouched but typically also unprotected, making their future as a complete car an expensive proposition. This 1969 Dodge Charger is a well-equipped factory 440 car that will take some deep pockets to restore, but there’s enough history captured in its battle scars that I think it’d be worth it, I say that with the full disclosure that I’m a bit of a sentimentalist at heart. Check it out here on eBay where bidding is at $8,300 with no reserve in sight. Read more »

1978 Saab 99 Turbo

Cosmetically Challenged: 1978 Saab 99 Turbo

If it weren’t for taking the plunge on vintage BMWs, pre-GM Saabs would likely be my drug of choice. From the hatchback funkiness to the liberal use of turbocharging, old-school 99s and 900s just rub me the right way. Unfortunately, finding examples in any condition of the iconic Saab 99 Turbo takes more than a stroke of good luck, which is why this rough-looking ’78 example may actually be worth throwing a bid at if you’re on the hunt for one. You can find it here on eBay with a Buy-it-Now of $2,200 and the option to make an offer. Read more »

1959 Porsche 356A Coupe

Beyond Patina: 1959 Porsche 356 Coupe

I often come across finds that, while they are somewhat interesting on their own, what is parked in the background is considerably more intriguing. Well this 1959 Porsche 356A is one of those cars that is fascinating to look at, but what I’m really interested in are the cars parked around it! The seller clearly has a taste for fine European automobiles, but sadly this rusted 356 is the only car in their collection currently listed for sale. You can find their listing here on eBay, where bidding has already reached $27k. Read more »

1978 Triumph Spitfire

Never Break Your Own Rules!

Now that I have lived in Boise, Idaho for a few months, I have finally settled in and can say I feel at home in the Tree City. However, over the past few weeks I have been missing my Fiat 124 Spider (it’s still in Wyoming) and I have been really feeling the need to have a classic to work on, tinker with, and enjoy. The other day I was telling Jesse that I really needed a classic to park in my own drive. I’m still working my way through college, so I told him it needed to be something cheap. That’s when he recommended a certain car from his buddy Bruce’s collection that would fit even in my budget. So he got on the phone and before you knew it, we were off to meet up with Bruce to have a look at the car. Read more »

1987 BMW 535is

Jeff’s New Project: 1987 BMW 535is

I’ve made plenty of references to the newest project in my garage but hadn’t yet put together an update for the Barn Finds faithful: it’s time to introduce my 1987 BMW 535is. I bought this car sight-unseen from California and had it shipped to Rhode Island. So far, I’ve discovered some things were worse than expected, others were better and that I absolutely love driving this thing (after some much-needed mechanical refurbishment). The 535 joins my almost-finished 3-Series, a 1987 325is. Yes, I wanted a matching pair – they’re even both white! Read more »

1967 Sunbeam Alpine

A Pair Of Them: 1967 Sunbeam Alpines

When you look up “under appreciated British roadster” in the mythical automotive dictionary, I’m sure the Sunbeam Alpine (second generation) has to be right there. When new, Alpines offered more creature comforts, better rides, and arguably better styling then many of their competitors, yet frequently they were branded with the “girl’s car” label and often suffered in comparison with their similar appearing Tiger brethren. This pair of Alpines is available here on eBay in Dayton, Maryland with a starting price of $5,000 and a Buy-It-Now of $6,500. Read more »

choke-handle

How To Fix A Sticky Choke

If you have been following this site for any length of time then you already know that I have been driving a 1972 Volvo 145 to the office for the past few months. Snow, rain, or shine – I head out to the garage every single morning and climb into that seat. Once inside, I pull out the choke, push in the clutch, and turn the key. On some days she fires right up, but on cold mornings it can be a bit of a struggle. Since we have been busy getting the 122 running, I haven’t had much time to look into the problem, but the other day I decided to take an afternoon off to sort out a few annoyances. Read more »

1963 Volvo P1800

One Of 6,000: 1963 Volvo P1800

I’ve wondered for a long time exactly what logic led Volvo to have the first P1800 bodies built by Jensen in England. Don’t get me wrong; I love British cars. But generally they were and are known for their beauty and charm, not their craftsmanship. As it turns out, it’s a path filled with twists and turns almost as curvy as this Swedish sports car’s body. Jim S alerted us to this great find of a Jensen-bodied P1800 located in Corona, California and available here on eBay. Read more »