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1955 Chevy Nomad: Perfect Canvas?

Although it has no motor or transmission, this ’55 Chevy Nomad found here on eBay wears original paint and comes with new floor pans to replace the ones that are rotted through. There is a reserve on the auction, but at least the seller opened up bidding at a rock-bottom price. While there are some cars that aren’t worth restoring with so many major components missing, Nomads are generally desirable enough that it’s worth sourcing your own drivetrain and deciding whether to keep the paint as-is or start fresh with a new coat of baby blue. The tailgate and the lower doors look fairly rough as well, but the interior appears salvageable in places. I think it’s still a safe distance away from the point of no return – would you agree?

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Rare Cruiser: 1966 Chrysler Imperial Convertible

The seller of this rare (514 made) 1966 Chrysler Imperial convertible makes sure they don’t overpromise and underdeliver by making the statement, “Please don’t ask what works and what doesn’t, because I’m sure none of it works.” The car has an interesting history, including original ownership in Atlanta and then spending the last 40 years in a barn in Florida. It’s still located in Florida, in Ocala to be exact, and is offered for sale here on eBay with no-reserve bidding starting at $1,600 and a buy-it-now of $3,000. The original 440 V-8 is still in place, along with the air conditioning unit, although the seller isn’t going to see if the engine is free.  The ad states no “rot,” but there’s certainly surface rust in a lot of spots and some accident damage to repair as well. I’ll bet this was magnificent to cruise in when new and I hope someone will return it to it’s former glory!

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1992 Muff Mobile: One Of One

As we all know, shop promotional vehicles can be a bit whacky, but they can also provide great value by becoming a community favorite while serving as advertising for its owner. How could you not love a car shaped as a gigantic muffler? I come from a marketing background, and I long for the days when oddities like this Muff Mobile here on eBay were the norm. Today, advertising has moved into the digital arena where cars like this just don’t play. Although I’d like to see the Muff Mobile continue in its duties as a conversation starter for a local muffler shop, its days as a sales tool may be coming to an end. My personal favorite ad-cars are the air-cooled Truly Nolen VW Beetles – complete with ears and tails, what’s not to love? Hopefully, someone feels the same way about the Muff Mobile. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Doug N. for the find.

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1975 Bricklin SV1: Supercar Dreams

The Bricklin SV1 is a curiosity of automotive history. I remember being drawn in by its profile, with those exotic gullwing doors and turbine-style wheels. But for the most part, it never really took off and is only cherished today by fans of the brand. The Bricklin was packed to the brim with safety features, and its doors operated with the push of a button – despite these neat features, however, the car was a flop and Bricklin went bankrupt owing creditors millions. This particular SV1 is located in Canada, listed for sale here on kijiji for $12,000 (thanks to Barn Finds reader J. Clark for sharing). As the dust will tell you, it has been idled for quite some time, despite being on the receiving end of an engine rebuild before it was parked. This certainly isn’t the only Bricklin that sits unloved today, as any scan of craigslist or eBay will tell you. Will they ever become a cherished collector car?

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1950 Ford F1 Pickup: Build-a-Bed

No matter the condition, the early Ford pickups are among the most handsome trucks ever made. This 1950 Ford F1 is listed here on eBay as a rusty project that’s been sitting for 28 years, so long that the bed has completely rusted out. It’s got a V8 and a stick, and the whitewalls look good enough to roll on. They probably aren’t, but it’s fun to think you could drive this rig in its severely weathered condition. Ocala seems to be a hot spot for old projects like this, and it’s a local I visit often when traveling to a nearby town to visit family. While the Florida weather hasn’t been kind to this truck, a $1,200 Buy-it-Now isn’t too terrible of a price – but I’d be happier to walk away with it for $800 and get to work building a bed. How would you restore it?

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1965 Volkswagen Bus: Shriner-Driven

If there’s one thing old VW Buses are good for, it’s being used as a rolling billboard. This barn find ’65 Bus here on eBay has a reserve price that I hope isn’t too high, as it deserves a sympathetic restoration to preserve its role in annual Shriner parades. Converted to allow the kids staying in the local Shriner hospital to wave to the crowds from dual ramp-style doors, this example of Volkswagen’s ubiquitous people-hauler is unlike any I’ve ever seen. They’ve been used as ambulances, track-side support vehicles and handyman’s vans, but a parade car is a new one to me. This Bus is going to need some work to protect the body from further corrosion and the motor is locked up, but the paint and doors should definitely be preserved during any restoration attempts made on the “Boogie Bus.” I can only imagine how much fun it had to be if you were a kid loading up in this cheerful VW on parade day. How would you restore it?

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1967 Ford MUTT: Willys Alternative

I always forget Ford had its own version of a military-grade, Jeep-like vehicle. The Multipurpose Utility Tactical Truck (or MUTT) featured here on eBay is in presentable shape complete with the deep water fording kit and roll-over protection installed. The MUTT is now located in Virginia after selling a short time ago at a military surplus auction in California in February. The seller mentions that he is regrettably selling it to free up some funds for other toys, so it will be exciting what he comes up with next! There’s currently only one bid for $200 and the reserve unmet. Do you have any experience with these early Ford 4x4s, and what should it sell for?

1932 Auburn Mark V 160

1932 Auburn Mark V 160: Ex-Harrah’s Car

This 1932 Auburn Mark V 160 is an amazing and significant car. It is one of only three to exist. This was the year, 1932, that Auburn introduced their V12. It is a 391 CID overhead valve engine and produced 160 horsepower. The top speed was an impressive 93 mph. Many speed records were broken with this V12! Lycoming was a subsidiary of  Cord, as was Auburn, and all it’s engines were designed and built by them. Lycoming still manufactures light aircraft engines, one of 2 surviving companies in the US. The Auburn cost only about $1100, a bargain for the times compared to other luxury cars. This Auburn was in the Harrah’s collection and was not restored when the collection sold. The auction includes many spare parts. It surprises me that it is listed here on eBay. This is perhaps beyond the reach of most of us, but it is a very rare car.  I hope to read about this Auburn when it is restored! Read more »

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About 100 Made: 1971 Jeepster Hurst Edition

I thought I knew all of the Hurst special edition cars, but I was wrong! Have you ever heard of the Jeepster Commando Hurst Edition? This model apparently came about due to the need to add some pizzazz into the Jeepster lineup and was Hurst’s first attempt and adding performance to a 4WD vehicle. You can find a lot of information on this special model here, here and here. This particular Jeepster has been stored for the last five years in Birmingham, Alabama, and is up for sale here on eBay with an opening bid of $3,000 and no reserve. Yes, that warped hood scoop is stock, and this one is warped a lot less than some I saw in pictures. All the Hurst equipment is present, including the unusual Hurst dual-gate automatic shifter and the original striping. I happen to like Jeepsters a lot, so this one to me would be nice to restore. Share your Hurst special edition experiences here with the rest of us!

Plymouth Fury

1957 Plymouth Fury: Bramble Beaten

Sometimes, I just love a good basketcase. This 1957 Plymouth Fury here on eBay is all kinds of ugly and looks well past the stage of being restorable, so you have to take pleasure in the way nature is clinging to this car’s remaining sheemetal. When cars are clearly unearthed after years of being buried in the brush, I always wonder what the owner must have thought walking past it to get the mail. “Huh,” he might muse casually, reminding himself that a full-size car is being overtaken by wildlife. Of course, some of these vehicles are inhabitants of large estates where the owners (or former owners) have little interest in the car and it’s put up for sale – hopefully for someone else to restore and enjoy. Whatever happens next, outdoor storage in a dark forest in Washington State is not a good approach to preserving a car for future generations. What are this Fury’s chances at rebirth?

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Ex-Air Force: 1968 Mercedes 200D

Shown here rolling out of the barn it’s been kept in for most of the last 40 years, this 1968 Mercedes 200D was once a very loved car. Originally purchased by a decorated USAF Colonel as a reward to himself after returning from the Vietnam war, the car has only been driven 54,000 miles. The colonel has a very interesting history, I’ll leave it to you to google if you are intrigued. The car is located in Xenia, Ohio and is being sold here on eBay to provide funds for the Colonel’s care. The buy-it-now price is $2,500 but offers are being taken below that figure. Said to have no rust apart from the rear bumper and a perfect interior, the engine being out of the car for a rebuild has me wondering about that legendary Mercedes diesel reliability. That being said, it seems like a good platform for a classic tourer. Would it make more sense to rebuild the engine that’s there or find a replacement, perhaps a later one with a little more oomph?

Alfa Romeo Spider Duo

Two Alfa Spiders Plus Spares For $2,900!

Reader Roger C has two Alfa Romeo Spiders barn finds and he is looking for a new home for the pair! I will let you tell him a little more. From Roger – I have discovered two Alfa Romeos in a barn near Marysville, Ohio where they have been untouched since 1980. One is quite good, its a ’72 Spider. Would be an easy restoration. The other 1974 spider is too rusty, but is complete. Good for a parts car. Both seem to be complete. Also comes with 4 – 2.0 liter engines, 4 rear ends, 3 transmissions, 4 Spica systems, tons of steel and alloy wheels also included. All instruments included. No split dashes, good stainless, amazing. Original Ohio titles too (hooray). I’m asking $2900 for the whole bunch. Contact me at rcoch10423@aol.com if you are interested. Read more »

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