Survivors

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1982 BMW 320i: 26,328 Miles

Even as a BMW guy, I’m blown away by the bidding action on this 1982 BMW 32oi here on eBay. It’s already up to almost $15K with close to 2 days left on the auction! The reserve is long gone and I’m sure this is one happy seller right now. Granted, this is an unusually clean example with less than 30,000 miles thanks to over 20 years left in warehouse storage, but I’ve seen the more desirable “IS” cars struggle to crack $15K for similarly preserved specimens. At least this seller put some work into it, rebuilding the engine and cleaning out the gas tank among other updates, and the Alpina wheels are a desirable upgrade. This could be the high-water mark for E21s – has their time finally come?

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Elegant Survivor: 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupe

This Mercedes is the nicest Mercedes survivor from the ’60s I have ever seen. It only has about 89,000 miles on it and it is a rare sunroof car. The woodwork and chrome are in amazing condition and the paint is original. The interior could use some cleaning. It had been covered up and stored in a climate controled warehouse by the second owner for 15 years. The current owners have had it 3 years and have redone everything necessary to get it running well again. They had the fuel injection rebuilt and the brake system redone except for the booster. It is rust free except for a front bumper bracket. Perhaps the battery boiled over when the battery overcharged. Pictures show it to be rust free underneath. What this car needs is a new brake booster, the bumber bracket fixed, the interior cleaned and the paint compounded and polished. That’s a pretty short list. Bidding has just opened here on eBay and is bid up to just over $5k. How much do you think the final bid will be? I’m glad I live so far from Saint Louis where this Mercedes is, or I’d be going to get it! Read more »

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1971 Cadillac Sedan DeVille: Holding Out

The story of how this 1971 Cadillac Sedan DeVille here on Hemmings has remained in mint condition is a good one: With less than 30,000 miles on the clock, it has been stuck in rotation as part of a collection from the original owner. Now, rotation might mean it went unused while other vehicles got road time, but in this case it means the owner would take the cars to the dealer each year and if he didn’t like the offer they gave him to buy the car outright, back into the rotation it went! That’s why this Caddy has seen such little use over the years, and the condition backs up its status as a trade token rather than a daily driver. My favorite features? The still-working lamp monitors and the near-perfect condition Nixon bumper sticker. Not at all surprising the owner was a Nixon man! Thanks to Barn Finds reader Charles H for the find.

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1955 Pontiac Star Chief: 4 Door Survivor

I don’t know why the owner calls this 1955 Pontiac Star Chief a hot rod. It is said to be completely original. The owner only had to replace the fuel pump to revive the old Starchief, so it must not have sat for very long. It apparently runs pretty well because they drove it 800 miles from Oregon to LA. The body is straight and solid and the paint has the usual patina. They provided pictures of the underside and it appears reust free! The interior needs lots of work, though, including headliner. The owner is claiming only 45,800 miles. How does $4500 sound for a running, driving car? One could use this as a daily driver as you restore it bit by bit. Or perhaps, just drive it as it is perhaps doing a little interior work and mechanical work as needed. The owner only has the one picture in the posting here on craigslist, but they have posted many more here.

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Great White Sled: 1970 Olds 98 Convertible

Did you ever dream of cruising in a great big convertible land yacht, top down, looking for a gas station? This 1970 Olds 98 convertible with a 455 CID V8 could be just the thing. It’s all original and even has the 8 track player so you can relive the ’70s. The owner claims it’s 95% rust free, but if that’s by weight, that would be a lot of rust, like 200 pounds? One can only hope for the best. It will need a new top as it has a “small hole”. The owner has done some serious work on this to revive it including new timing chain, water pump, radiator and reconditioned heads. He doesn’t provide any information on it’s barn time. The interior looks OK and just needs the driver’s seat repaired. It’s said to run and drive well, so what do you think of the $7995 asking price if there’s not much rust? It’s in New Jersey and listed here on craigslist. Read more »

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Air-Cooled V8: 1971 Tatra 603

This isn’t something you see every day! Thanks to reader Charles H for this great find from the Netherlands–although the car was manufactured in what was then Czechoslovakia. Tatra had long been marching to the beat of a different drummer when this 1971 left the factory. I love that it’s been largely left as-found; most classic car dealers I know would have cleaned it up immediately upon arrival. The car is located at a dealer and is advertised here. It’s listed for 12,950 Euro (about $14,240 today) and the engine is said to run well. The interior looks fairly complete, although it needs a really good cleaning and is missing a window handle, although that may be in the crate of parts contained in the “frunk”. Of course, the main attraction for an engineer like me is the rear-mounted, air-cooled V8. I would love to drive one of these; I know there are a few in the USA but when I’ve seen them advertised they are quite pricey. Can any of our European friends shed some light on this car and what the oddball little rods with spheres on them mounted to the front bumper are?

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Hoarder’s Treasure: 1981 Porsche 911SC

This 1981 911SC Targa Porsche sat for years under a hoarder’s pile of treasures. When they dug it out, it looks like they found a real treasure. The pictures make this Porsche look perfect inside and out. It’s said to have only 58,000 miles. The seller did all the things necessary to revive this beauty, including cleaning the fuel system and performing a full tune up. It’s said to run perfectly. This appears to be an amazing find, a real survivor. Now for the rest of the story? They want a king’s ransom for it! I’m don’t know much about Porsches and I know this is a survivor, but can it really be worth $42,800? That is about what condition a number 1 cars sell for, I understand. What do you think this 911 might be worth. Is there a collector somewhere who would pay this much? It’s listed here on craigslist in Dallas.
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1947 Chevrolet Stylemaster

1947 Chevy Stylemaster: Patina Potential

We’ve been quite busy lately working on all of our projects and lately my attention has mostly been on polishing and waxing our Torino (update coming soon!). As I’ve watched the paint come back to life, it’s made me realize just how much potential old paint can have. I’m not sure why so many people jump to repainting a car when they might be able to save what’s there with some elbow grease and a little polish. As I look at this all original 1947 Chevy Stylemaster, I see so much potential in the original paint. Sure it won’t be even or as perfect as new paint will be, but the patina this car has would be impossible to replicate and could look so amazing with a little work! You can find this survivor here on eBay in Defuniak Springs, Florida with bidding just over $2k. The seller claims to have bought it as a restoration project off of a farm in Alabama, but doesn’t have time for it, so they are selling it. They’ve already done the work to get it running and driving, so the next owner can focus on making it look good! So would you polish the original paint or just skip straight to repainting this Chevy?

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1966 Fiat 1500GT Ghia: Exotic Looks

While just about any car looks better on wire knock-off wheels, this 1966 Fiat 1500 GT Ghia could be sitting on cinder blocks and I’d still consider it beautiful. Spotted by Barn Finds reader Harlyn J, this Ghia can be found here on craigslist and is a rarity no matter where it is discovered, and thankfully appears in good order despite its current storage arrangement in a barn. The Ghia-designed body houses a tiny but simple Fiat motor that makes sourcing spare parts and performing repairs a relatively painless task, a pleasant surprise considering exotic bodies typically house expensive and complicated running gear. I’ve seen these 1500s used as road rally cars and as preserved collector-grade vehicles, so they occupy a useful niche for those seeking a unique project car. It definitely deserves to be saved and stored properly, and the price is fair considering what other examples have sold for.

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Model T Fighter: 1920 Chevrolet 490 Touring

The seller of this 1920 Chevrolet claims that it is unrestored, is 98% original, and has covered only covered 21k miles. Pretty big claims there for a 95 year old car! I’m not so sure about all that, but if you are in the market for a Model T fighter, this may be the one to get. The engine is said to run and the brakes stop. It may not be as rugged as a T, but it’s also a lot less common sight today. It’s located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan and is listed here on eBay with a BIN price of $9,500 or the option to place a bid. I’d want to inspect anything this old in person before throwing any numbers out there. So, is there anyone here who would take this pre-war Bowtie over a Blue Oval?

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Dad’s 1970 Chevelle SS 396 Survivor

From Chad H – This is my father’s 1970 Chevelle SS396 4spd w/M22 Rock crusher transmission this car is a 100% original numbers matching with no paint or body work and with original interior. Found here in Michigan in a garage that was starting to fall down around the car. This is how the story went, the previous owner (dad is #3) drove by this car everyday on his way to work noticing the tail lights and bumper behind a half opened garage. Knowing the type of car it could possibly be he still drove by it several more months. One day he stopped in and asked the owner if he could look at the car and the guy said “sure but it’s my sons car that I purchased for him when he was serving overseas in the military but he now lives in Hawaii”. So he proceeded into the half falling down garage with dirt floors and found a once in the life time surprise… Read more »

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Go, Montego, Go! 1968 Mercury

As a lover of mid-60’s FoMoCo products, this one really caught my eye. And it’s got those great GT wheels that Jesse & Josh’s Torino has, too! The seller of this 1968 Mercury Montego has decided to let their pictures do the talking. The car can be found in Damascus, Maryland and is listed here on eBay. There’s a buy-it-now price of $4,500 and lower bids are being entertained as well. The Montego was a new car for Mercury in 1968, and was related heavily to the Torino. This one has a middle of the road engine with a 302 and 2-bbl carburetor – some of these came with 429’s! This one really looks good on the outside in pictures, with shiny paint and what looks like straight trim and bumpers. The seller mentions minor body touch ups, and correctly says a lot of interior work is needed – I don’t think there even is any carpet. Interestingly enough, the dash pad looks really nice and what you can see of the original back seat and door panel upholstery is OK. I’d need to know a LOT more before bidding, but the price doesn’t seem out of line if it runs well. There’s even a copy of the window sticker, showing the factory A/C which still has a belt attached! I’d sure like to know more; maybe the seller is a Barn Finds fan and will chime in!

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