Johnny Dark’s Woodill Wildfire

1953 Woodill Wildfire

We have seen a few Woodill Wildfire kit cars, but this is the first confirmed factory built Wildfire we have ever come across. There were only about 15 complete cars to leave the Woodill facility, with another 200 or so as kits. Not only is this one of the original 15, but it is also one of the 3 used in the classic movie Johnny Dark. It has been in storage for a number of years and the seller claims it is all original and unrestored. Be sure to take a look at the listing here on eBay where bidding is getting close to $20k. Read more »

Basement Cat: 1965 Sunbeam Tiger

Basement Sunbeam Tiger

Update 3/19/2014 – Tom Cotter left a comment about this Tiger below and it seems this seller is trying to pull a fast one. Tom believes this was his car, which he sold this past summer, and as far as he knows it was never stored in a basement. Read in the comments section below for more information. Our thanks to Tom for letting us know.

The simple fact that this Sunbeam is a mighty V8 powered Tiger makes it worth a closer look, but what really makes this one interesting is the fact that it was stored in a basement for 31 years. We have come across a few basement finds, but it certainly isn’t a common occurrence and that just adds to this Tiger’s story. The seller claims it is an original survivor that is ready for carving up the back roads. Have a look at it here on eBay and is currently located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more »

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Low Miles Estate Find: 1969 Shelby GT500

1969 Shelby GT500

Imagine that you just picked up your brand new Shelby GT500. What is the first thing you would do with it? For us, we would be spinning the tires and driving it as much as possible, but that isn’t what Mr. Larry Brown did when he got this 1969 Shelby GT500. Unlike us and our rowdy ways, Mr. Brown babied his brand new Shelby. From the day he got it, his car was meticulously cared for and only saw 8,500 miles of use. Up until just a few years ago, it still ran and drove, but has since fallen into disrepair. Mr. Brown’s estate is now being auctioned off, including this Shelby, a 1971 Ford Ranchero GT, and several other low mileage vehicles. The auction is being handled by Ron Gilligan Auctioneering on April, 25th. Special thanks to Michael B for this tip! Read more »

The Little Mouse: 1951 Fiat 500 Topolino

1951 Fiat Topolino

At first glance, you might mistake this for a ’40s or ’50s American or French coupe, with aerodynamic and flowing lines. In reality, this is an incredibly compact Italian car. This is a 1951 Fiat 500 Topolino and if you think it looks like someone took one of those big flowing cars and crunched it down, that’s probably because that was Fiat’s goal when they designed it. Fiat wanted a car that could offer the kind of style people had grown accustom to, but was still compact and affordable. When it came out in 1937, it was one of the most compact cars on the market, yet had the style of a car twice its size. The Topolino was so successful that Fiat built it until 1955, although the design did see a few changes over the years. The one you see above is claimed to be a survivor and can be found here on eBay. Read more »

Low Mileage Survivor: 1965 Mercury Colony Park

Mercury Colony Park Wagon

It might not be Wednesday, but this wagon is so cool that we couldn’t wait till Wednesday to feature it! The Colony Park was Mercury’s top of the line wagon and came with just about every bell and whistle one could want in a wagon, it was even called the Lincoln Continental of Wagons. This one is in great condition and the seller claims it has only seen 11,000 miles since new. Those of you who have been with us for a while know we love originality and station wagons, so it’s just natural for us to want an original low mileage station wagon. Take a closer look at it here on eBay, where it is being offered with a BIN of $10,500. Read more »

Li’l Red Express Survivor

1979 Dodge Lil Red

If you were to ask the average car guy when the muscle car era ended, they would likely tell you that the days of fire breathing big blocks ended in the mid ’70s. What would you say if we told you that end didn’t really happen until 1979? To really answer that question you have to define what makes a muscle car. Most would agree that it could be any American production vehicle with a high performance engine shoe horned under the hood and perhaps some visual upgrades. Based on that definition, it seems that Dodge’s Li’l Red Express Truck could be considered the last muscle car. It had a tuned V8, visual enhancements, and even suspension upgrades. The one you see here is a survivor and has been in storage for the past 24 years. Find it here on eBay. Read more »

1966 Moretti 500 Sport Coupe Survivor

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Grungy old barn finds are great, but sometimes you just want something that you can just get in and drive without getting your hands dirty. You do have to be careful though because some sellers attempt to pedal off restored cars as “survivors”. We are not sure where this one fits, but the seller claims that it is 100% original. It does look suspiciously wonderful, but with only 18k miles on the odometer, the claims could very well be true. This is one rare car too, so it is definitely worth a look! Find it here on eBay out of┬áMoncalieri, Italy. Thanks goes to Jim S. for the tip! Read more »

Original or Restored: 1940 LaSalle 52 Coupe

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Reader P. Trout found this 1940 LaSalle Coupe here on the craigslist and thought the seller’s claim of complete originality seemed to good to be true, so he sent it in to us to get all of your opinions about the claims. The seller states that it is a barn find and has never been restored just cleaned up and polished. It looks nearly mint, which does seem rather unusual for a 70 year old car with 70k miles on it. We have seen older original cars in this kind of shape, so you never know… Read more »

Pseudo Wagon: 1948 Packard Station Sedan

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Some wouldn’t consider this 1948 Packard Station Sedan to be a true Woodie wagon, but it looks like a Woodie wagon to us. The seller claims it is original and it looks to be in excellent condition. Finding a solid woody wagon without rust or rot can be a challenge, but thankfully there are still a few original examples out there like this one that are solid. It spent the past 35 years parked in a barn on an almond farm, but is now back on the street. Take a look at this pseudo wagon here on eBay. Read more »

1948 Studebaker Champion Survivor

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This 1948 Studebaker Champion has been preserved by a long line of owners who appreciated originality. The first owner drove the car until his passing in 1963. It then passed on to his son, who used it as a second driver. It was kept in the family until 1987, when the son could no longer drive. From there it was passed on to a local car enthusiast, who added it to their collection of over 140 cars. It was part of their collection until last year, when the owner passed away as well. It may sound like this Studebaker is bad luck, but in reality each owner lived long lives while always enjoying this car’s companionship. Each caretaker did their part to keep it original and it has survived the years very well. So, if you’re interested in growing old with this Champ, it can be found here on eBay with no reserve. Read more »