31 Vintage Southern California Cars and Trucks

Todd FitchBy Todd Fitch

Santa Barbara, California has suffered heart-breaking devastation from fires and mud slides. After nearly losing these vehicles to fire, the seller has listed them for sale here on Santa Barbara craigslist. Thanks to Mountainwoodie who suggested we cover this sale. The variety of makes includes the International Harvesters seen here plus some others, a classic Mercedes-Benz sedan, Jeeps, and (at least) a 1970s Ford van.

Most of the cars look good, especially compared to typical rust belt classics. Extra money invested on a clean Southern California car can pay dividends throughout your restoration. Rust complicates every step of that journey.

I almost bought one of these nifty Jeep Commandos from an estate sale years ago. Recalling the classy Willys-Overland Jeepster of the post-war era, the Commando featured sturdy Jeep mechanicals wrapped in a classier upscale body.

Not radically different from today’s long-wheelbase SUVs, this International-Harvester Travelall offers families plenty of room and towing capacity. IH produced this Fourth-Generation body from 1969 to 1975. My Grandfather had a burlier Third-Gen 4×4 model  we called “The Green Monster.” I’ve considered building one with a modern engine and transmission and comfort features then selling it as an alternative to lookalike modern SUVs. Which of these classic rides is your favorite?

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  1. RichS

    According to the ad:
    62 lark sold
    68 international travelall sold
    62 2 door wagoneer sold
    48 willys jeepster sold
    71 international truck with camper sold
    57 Willys overland Wagon sold

    • leiniedude Member

      Well Rich, My top six are gone. Still some cool iron left. I am happy they were saved from the fire. I am guessing that was the motivation for the sale?

  2. Kevin Lee

    I’d take any of the ‘ Binders, but would have to ditch that hood ornament on the Scout, looks a mite pimpish.

  3. JW

    The Scout would be my pick.

  4. David Miraglia

    I’ll take the forgotten MC9 Motor-coach.

  5. Rspcharger

    Dibs on the white Scout

  6. Rube Goldberg Member

    Somebody got a nice Commando. Very hard to find one like this. I think the Commando was the coolest Jeep made. I’d love to find one. There are a few here in Colorado, but the owners would probably sell their wife before the Jeep.

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