A classic barn find here! Located in Charlotte, North Carolina and listed here on eBay with an opening bid of $2,000 (with reserve not yet met), this Fiat 1200 convertible has been waiting to be rescued for 40 years! Taken off the road for a leaky top at 57k miles, this largely unmolested car has almost no rust and looks very complete. The seller has even loaded a collection of photos here in addition to the ones in the eBay listing. There’s no mention of engine condition in the auction, but I was able to find a parts specialist here that seems to have most of what you would need to perform a complete rebuild if necessary. The seller even thinks the paint could be brought back to “new condition,” I don’t know about that but I’ll bet it would be perfectly acceptable once cleaned and detailed. Let us know if you’re interested!
I’ve seen a lot of ’57 Chevys over the years and I’ve noticed that most people just call them all Bel Airs, but there are actually 3 distinct trim levels. The 150 was the base model, the 210 lands right in the middle, and the Bel Air is at the top. While they all were based on the same chassis and body, the Bel Air was more luxurious and better optioned. Interestingly, they built and sold fewer 150s than the other two. I guess most buyers felt the extra money was worth more chrome and a V8! The 150 you see above is a solid survivor and amazingly never been modified. The original six is still in place and runs great! The seller states they have been driving and enjoying it as much as possible. They have decided to part ways with this survivor and have listed it here on eBay, where bidding is already over $10k. Read more »
While this Road Runner is a far cry from the late ’60s/early ’70s versions with their huge V-8s, this is still a nice package compared to the stock Volare it was based on. This survivor has been winning car shows since at least 1994 based on the trophies, is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is up for auction here on eBay. The car looks to be in truly stellar condition in the pictures, with no obvious flaws at all. A buy-it-now figure of $9,995 is only slightly above the opening bid amount of $9,500 – a lot of money for a Volare! As a period piece, this Road Runner represents the emasculated power levels of the late 1970’s perfectly with a Slant-6 225 cubic inch engine rather than the previously available 360 V-8. According to the seller, only 464 Road Runners with this engine combination and air conditioning were manufactured, and with the propensity of this body style to rust, I doubt that there are many left. Less than 20k miles are showing although the seller states that the mileage cannot be verified with any documentation. Of course, the iconic “beep-beep” horn is standard equipment! Are you interested?
There are some cars that just seem so “right” to me. I didn’t wake up today wanting a 1964 Dodge Dart GT convertible, like this example here on eBay with one bid at $1,950 and no reserve in sight. But for a cheap entry to cruise nights that you can enjoy all summer long, there’s a lot working in the seller’s favor. He claims to have owned it for the last 14 years, a rarity in today’s flipper market, and it seems like he used just as I’ve described here – fire up the 273 V8, pick up some friends and go for a ride. And while it hasn’t been restored by any stretch of the imagination, does it even need it? The interior is basically new, making it a pleasant place to spend a few hours, and the replaced gas tank means you’ll actually arrive (assuming other mechanical systems check out). I wouldn’t even worry about the rust for the time being if it continues to be stored indoors. The styling is a matter of personal taste, but I see some references to the Chrysler Turbine cars in the front end – not a bad thing, in my opinion. If the auction stays under $3,000, this looks like a deal to me – anyone agree?
This “car port find” Torino GT has an interesting recent history. Sadly, the original rescuer of the car died before getting to the project and the current seller, his best friend, purchased the car. After completing some of the harder aspects of the restoration including replacing a damaged quarter panel, the friend is now selling the car on. The Ford is located in Crestwood, Kentucky, and is for sale here on eBay with a buy-it-now of $6,500 and bids being entertained below that figure. The car is impressively rust-free (after the quarter panel damage fix, which was physical) but given the large primer spot I think a repaint will be necessary. Read more »
It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for some wagons! To kick things off, have a look at this Buick Electra woody wagon. Being built in ’88 means it was the last of a dying breed. It’s a big family wagon with a big V8 and faux wood paneling, something that you didn’t see often by the time it was built and something you didn’t see on many cars after. It looks to be in solid shape and the seller is asking just over $3k for, which seems like a good deal for a survivor with patina and 3rd row jump seats! The seller seems to be honest about condition, so if you are in the market for something a little different with a cool look to it you can find this Buick here on eBay in San Diego, California. So would you load your family up in this wagon for some family vacations or would you rather have more classic woody wagon? Special thanks to Robert R for this tip!
What a classy car! Robert R. sent in this 1953 Daimler Conquest that’s located in Jeffersonton, Virginia and is up for auction here on eBay. The buy-it-now is set at $5,524 and lower bids are being entertained. Honestly, that doesn’t seem like a lot of money for a survivor car like this, without rust or serious damage and running well. The seller describes driving down the highway at 70+ mph. I’ve wanted to drive a car with this type of preselector gearbox for quite some time; I understand the fluid flywheel makes shifting quite unique. Read more »
The Model A was a versatile machine and was just at home on dirt roads as it was on pavement. This Murry bodied A is even called a Town and Country! The seller claims it was parked in a barn for 40 years, but it looks to be in good shape for its age. Apparently, it was kept in the same family until the seller bought it. Since purchasing it, they have given it a good cleaning, a tune up, and have gotten it back on the road. They claim it runs great and that the Model A club couldn’t believe how well it ran considering how long it had been parked. It goes to show Ford really built these cars to be able to handle the punishment of country life! You can find this wonderfully preserved Model A here on eBay in Quakertown, Pennsylvania with bidding currently at $6,600.
The Ford Cortina is one of those cars that I’ve always wanted to drive but have never come remotely close to having the chance to do so. It’s just a vehicle that I don’t cross paths with often, either through my social circles or enthusiast groups. Nobody owns one! So when clean examples like this survivor-grade 1970 Ford Cortina GT pop up here on eBay, you can bet I take notice. Whether it’s the fancy script in the emblems or just the way it wears the old-school hubcaps so well, I always felt these squared-off coupes just oozed class. And of course, with the hotted-up Lotus version in the family, there’s likely more than a few parts that will swap over for a period correct resto-mod. This example is in Canada and has been bid to over $4K with the reserve unmet; what do you think it should sell for?
Being unique or one of a kind can come at a steep price, especially when we are talking about a one of a kind car built by a major manufacturer. If you don’t recognize this Chrysler 300H, then you must not have watched any major racing events in the early ’70s. This special 300H was built to be a parade float for Hurst to market both their shifters and the new 300H. After its days as a parade car, it went into a private collection and eventually traded hands to another collection. After the previous owner’s passing, it disappeared. It is now out of storage and up for grabs here on eBay in Sevierville, Tennessee with an incredible $150k asking price! That’s a lot of money for an otherwise stock 300, but then again only one car was used for parades and this one is it. Would you pay this kind of money to own a piece of Hurst and Chrysler history? Special thanks to Jim S for this tip!
The Rambler American was practical and dependable as well as the cheapest car in America. The six cylinder engines were durable, easy to work on and economical for their time. Rambler’s didn’t have much resale value, so it’s no wonder they ended up being parked or scraped. I remember a light green one like this one that was put in a barn in 1966 because it needed brakes and a clutch. It was only 3 years old, but my classmate had driven it pretty hard and when his dad took it away from him, he parked it in the corner of their big old adobe barn, but more on that later! This one is for sale in Bradford, New Hampshire and listed here on craigslist. Read more »
Reader Robert R sends us tons of great finds from all over the country, sometimes the world, and today he sent us a barn find that’s right in our own backyard! This 1970 Mercedes 280SE was discovered in a barn somewhere near Boise, Idaho and after a little work, the seller got it running. The body looks straight and the paint is surprisingly nice. It isn’t perfect, but this could actually make for a really nice driver and at just $3,300 won’t break the bank! Sure it isn’t a super rare or desirable model of Benz, but you could drive this one without fear of paint chips or parking lots. If this sounds like your kind of classic, you can find it here on craigslist. Special thanks to Robert for another great tip!