1969 Corvette

1969 Corvette Stingray: A Friend Of A Friend

From Chase V – A friend of mine sells old car parts for a living. I asked him that if he ever came across anything cool that he was not interested in if he would let me know.  I got an email from him a week ago and he told me he just left a barn at a blueberry farm that had a ’69 Corvette Stingray sitting in it and it had a “bunch of dust on it” so he thought of me.  He did not know much about it other than it had been 5 years or so since it had been started and it looked to be pretty complete, but very dirty. I told him I was interested in learning more and over the weekend he went back to the location and talked with the owner.  The owner asked if my friend would sell it for him and my friend agreed, so he put it on his trailer. I saw it on Monday evening and we had a deal by Tuesday evening. I have not met the owner, as we did the deal through our mutual friend. Read more »

1973 Pontiac Grand Prix

1973 Pontiac Grand Prix: Dusty Poncho

One score and five years ago ( or just 25), this Pontiac Grand Prix went into storage. It had supposedly been pampered all of it’s life, up until that point. From that day forward, it was left to survive in the barn on its own. It acquire a thick layer of dust, dirt, and what I can only assume is bird droppings. Still, it appears to have survived the years with minimal damage. This is one find I would love to help wash off, I can only imagine how exciting it will be to wash away all those years of dirt to reveal the original paint underneath. I have a feeling though, that it will also reveal rust issues. If you would like to have the privilege of washing off this Pontiac, you can find it here on craigslist in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (only a short distance from where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address) for $2,500 or best offer. You could even make the trip to get it a family vacation! So would you make this dust covered classic yours? Special thanks to Chevy55 for this tip!

1973 Ford LTD Country Squire

1973 Ford Country Squire: Big Block Wagon

I was a bit surprised by the current bidding on this Country Squire wagon when I first saw it, but then I started looking at the specs and I realized why it’s already bid up over $12k. You see this LTD doesn’t have the base 351 V8, but was instead optioned with the 429 4V, making this one hot wagon! It was also optioned with the Brougham luxury interior, so not only is it powerful but comfortable too! With just 24k miles it is still like new inside and out, although the A/C system is going to need work. This is another case of the A/C system “just needing charged”, but I’m going to guess it will need more than that. Also long as the rest of the car runs and drives well, that’s a pretty minor issue. I’m honestly surprised the engine is still in this car and hasn’t been pulled out to be put in something more sporty, but I’m glad it’s still in this big wagon. Keeping this beast fueled up would take getting a second job, but I would love to load the family up for a vacation in it! You can find this big block Squire here on eBay in Portland, Oregon. Special thanks to Charles H for this tip! So would you make this wagon your family hauler?

Stutz Blackhawk

Elvis, Dean, And You? 1972 Stutz Blackhawk

Another great find from Robert R, this 1972 Stutz Blackhawk was originally owned by Elvis Presley, who sold it to Dean Martin. I can see this being an Elvis type of car! The Stutz is in Osage Beach, Missouri and is up for auction at no reserve here on eBay. When you look up the word “outrageous” I think a Blackhawk’s picture comes up. This one looks to be in excellent condition apart from the original leather having a seam or two popped. Amazingly the one-off sheepskin “carpeting” is intact and, of course, the mobile phone is in place. Trust me, you really should look at the auction pictures to see the mobile phone in the center console! I won’t spoil the surprise. One of the great things about these cars is despite the coachwork being “hand built” in Italy, the mechanicals are all contemporary GM stuff that’s easy to maintain. I’m used to seeing these in pretty poor shape; this car seems to have escaped the ravages of time, perhaps due to its previous owners. Would you like to be the next one?

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1977 Plymouth Volare: 19,000 Miles

It’s not as hard as you might think to step back in time, especially with this woody-style ’77 Plymouth Volare wagon here on eBay with under 20,000 original miles. In our second Florida find of the day, this Volare sports working A/C and AM/FM radio, giving you everything you need in a summer cruiser. Not to mention the fake wood paneling appears to be in excellent condition, which is a must-have for a family truckster of this vintage. I’m always more interested in how the car maintained such low mileage than the vehicle itself, but I imagine this had a history of being owned by grandparents who only took it for a ride when the grandkids were in town. These low-mileage but low-value finds always beg the question of what do you do with it, but I’d feel perfectly sane driving it in the summer and adding some easy miles each year. Hopefully, the reserve gets lifted soon and someone ends up with a creampuff classic.

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Dovetail: 1960 Simca Aronde

I had to look up what “Aronde” meant in French; it’s “dovetail,” very fitting for a car company whose symbol was a bird in flight. This stylish little coupe is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan and is for sale here on eBay, where the buy-it-now is $3,500 and the opening bid (below reserve) is $2,000. The little car is said to run and drive “beautifully” and certainly appears solid in the pictures. The brakes have been rebuilt and even the period radio works! Yes, there’s some rust and crinkles, and I have no clue where you’d get replacement body parts, but I did find some mechanical components available in the US. Although the Chevy wheel covers aren’t original, they are period and the owner has painted the centers to camouflage their origin. Want to be different? The entry price is $3,500!

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Beautiful Blue: 1978 Ford Thunderbird

My Dad had a 1976 Ford Elite, one of the predecessors of this Thunderbird, and I still remember how quiet it was and how it floated down the road. This one looks particularly classy to me in this Diamond Blue color, and it’s obviously been loved a lot. The big bird is located in Oviedo, Florida, and is for sale here on eBay where bidding is at $6,000 but has not yet met the reserve. Owned by one family since new, this “Diamond Jubilee Edition” retailed for about $12,000 in 1978 and came with every option available on a Thunderbird at the time. The special edition was celebrating Ford’s 75th Anniversary as a manufacturer. This car is absolutely stunning from every angle (ok, at least in stunning condition!), and has no appreciable flaws that I can see, including under the hood. I don’t remember ever thinking of this body style as being particularly desirable, but I really like this one. How about you?

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1962 GMC Suburban: Memory Maker

There are some vehicles that simply emit good vibrations. Whether it’s because they have a great story or played a pivotal role in creating fun memories, these classics are destined to become part of the family. This 1962 GMC Suburban (or “Carryall”) is listed here on eBay with a Buy-it-Now of $11,000 and some light bidding activity. It appears well-cared for and the fresh interior is a welcome update, especially since with the third-row of seats you could likely fit the entire family and their most prized possessions inside for a road-trip or a short hop down to the town diner. The seller notes he bought it out of long-term ownership and that his plans have changed for a camping vehicle, so hopefully this truck finds a new owner that will preserve its authentic condition and not turn it into a hot rod or work vehicle. With a V6 in front of all that weight, I doubt it’s anything resembling quick – but that’s not the point of a vehicle like this. How would you use this old-school Carryall?

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Pumpkin Orange: 1974 Hornet Sportabout

I grew up with an orange 1971 Sportabout that was even plainer than this one. Dad did eventually take it to the local garage and have aftermarket air conditioning installed, but the AM radio never even got an FM converter, and the dog-dish hubcaps were awfully plain. This one at least has the wood grain siding and full wheel covers to break up the orangeness! Hailing from Leland, Illinois and listed for sale here on eBay with a buy-it-now price of only $1,700, this Hornet is ready to drive! I can tell you from first-hand experience that parallel parking one of these cars without power steering is a good substitute for time in the weight room. Just like Dad’s, this one doesn’t have power steering, brakes, or windows. Ours lasted close to 200,000 miles and was still going strong with the next owner when I went off to college. This one has around 150,000 on the 232 6-cylinder. How about buying it and putting some more miles on it? This is the type of car I’d like to show up with at my local cars-n-coffee!

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1975 Datsun 280Z: Daily Driven

It’s not uncommon to see the words “daily driven” on eBay listings for classic cars. It boosts the car’s credentials, in some ways, that it’s in good working order and hasn’t been relegated to garage storage with a trickle charger. This 1975 Datsun 280Z is listed here on eBay with a Buy-it-Now of $13,888 and the option to submit a best offer. The seller claims it’s been used as a daily driver, and with much of the original components still attached, from the hubcaps to the factory A/C, that’s an impressive accomplishment. Of course, with only 115K miles accumulated since 1975, it’s clearly been used sparingly or as a summer car, so a pampered life is not out of the question. Personally, I like cars you can use without having a mountain of deferred maintenance to tackle, so this 280Z speaks to me. The lack of the factory badging, however, screams repaint so some additional homework will have to be done to determine just how honest this car is.

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Rust Free: 1974 Plymouth Duster

Interested in a clean, rust-free, floor shift, good running classic Mopar? This 1974 Duster is for sale in Farmington, Connecticut after being driven there from California eight years ago and stored since (I hope inside!). The auction listing is here on eBay, where bidding is at $1,900 but it’s still under the reserve. It looks like someone sprayed some rattle-can paint of another color in areas, perhaps to protect those spots? The rest of the paint is the original red. The interior looks pretty decent including a crack-free dashboard although the seller notes that the driver’s seat upholstery and carpet need replacing. Powered by the long-lasting 225 “slant six” with a three-speed manual, this “stripper” model offers a potential purchaser a lot of choices. Would you leave the Plymouth as-is, restore it to original, or improve it’s performance and equipment level? Tell us in the comments section?

1929 Franklin

Roadside Find: 1929 Franklin

From Brian C – Howdy Barn Finders. I just spotted this 1929 Franklin for sale in the streets of north Seattle. The seller says the odometer shows 60k but doesn’t say if it’s original. However it does state the motor is numbers matching and has had recent engine and brake work and runs and drivers great. They also say only 1,400 were produced in 1929! I included a photo of the sale info if anyone is interested or wants to pass it along.  I’ve included the photo of the seller’s information below, but if you can’t quite make out their contact information, please email me and I will let you know what it is! Special thanks to Brian for sharing this find with us! Read more »