Can Do Highway: Pennsylvania Auction

 

Salvage Auction Saab

Barn Finds reader Frank C. clued us into an auction taking place this Friday in Pennsylvania, located somewhere along the aptly-named “Can Do Highway” in Hazelton, Pennsylvania. “Can Do” is a great name for bidders looking to score a clean project, and my personal favorite is the car posted here: what looks to be a ’74 Saab 99, complete with its original hubcaps. But there are plenty of other finds to be had.

Salvage Yard Dodge

This Dodge Meadowbrook almost has a subtle rat-rod look going for it, which is helped by its flat whitewall tires giving it a lowered stance. While sedans aren’t popular choices for customizing, this car looks very straight and the original sun visor is an added bonus if this old Dodge isn’t too rusty underneath.

Salvage Yard Mystery

I’m going to ask our readers for help identifying this car: the listing mentions there’s a Kaiser sedan and a Chrysler Royal in the auction, but I can’t tell if this is either of those. The turquoise and white paint is a sharp look, and the original chrome and hubcaps still shine up nicely. Let us know which model this is in the comments below!

Salvage Yard Willys

This is one of two Willys Jeeps included in the auction (you can see the other one parked behind it), and the faded green paint indicates this may be an original military vehicle sold off as surplus. While not fast, they are capable little crawlers. The still-visible registration sticker could indicate this one saw occasional use over the last few years.

Salvage Yard Ghia

What would an auction clean-out be without an air-cooled Volkswagen? This Karmann Ghia could be a fun project, assuming it’s not rusty. But the edges of the fenders around the headlight bezels indicates corrosion may be lurking underneath some resale red paint, so this one definitely warrants an in-person inspection.

Salvage Yard Plymouth

The auction list says this classy black sedan is a 1946 Plymouth Deluxe, and it looks like one of the better preserved cars in the sale. The trim is largely intact, and the tires still hold air, so those are two potentially positive signs. But you can see at least some surface rust on the rear fender, which may or may not be an easy fix depending on parts availability and/or level of corrosion. There are also some great old trucks and the requisite MGB convertible available as well, so take a look and let us know which model you’d like to take home!

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Comments

  1. David R.

    The car that is unidentified is a 1956 Hudson. A revised version of this (really the only changes were to the ‘fins’ above the headlights) was the last gasp 1957. They sold in dismal numbers, so seeing one is a treat.

  2. Matt Helm

    The car you are trying to identify looks like a “Hash” – a Hudson built after the merger with Nash, built using a Nash body shell.

  3. Gary

    I wish I could afford to go and bid on one of those jeeps.

  4. Todd Zuercher

    I want the Jeeps too. The one in the back is a CJ-2A. The one in front is either a CJ-3A or it’s military cousin M38.

  5. Matt Tritt

    Finally a worthwhile auction! In the wrong part of the country! Ditto on the Jeeps, but the Saab and the Dodge look great as well.

  6. Van Massirer

    The car in question is a 56 Hudson. Recently saw one of these in restored condition. If you want something somewhat rare and different, this is it!

  7. dj

    The Jeeps are civilian models. The military versions had 9 slats in the grills. I just restored a 1948 military CJ-2A that was used at Norfolk VA as a shore patrol vehicle.

    • Rustowner

      No offense, but what are you talking about? 9 slat grilles were only used on the WWII Jeeps, either the Willys built MB or the Ford built GP, both made from late 1941 through the end of the war in 1945. There is no such thing as a true “military” CJ-2a, especially in 1948, lol. CJ stands for “civilian jeep”. Some were used on military bases, but almost all were destined for the civilian market, especially since the armed forces had a glut of leftover jeeps from the war to use on and around bases, etc. The Jeep in the pics is very clearly a M-38 military Jeep, produced post WWII, during the korean war era.. Easy to tell by the grille which has hinges on the bottom, the battery box cover on the cowl, extra holes in the front of the frame for lifting shackles, closed off winshield vent, etc, etc, etc.

  8. Andrew

    Not to be too picky but on the jeep…that window sticker is a PA inspection sticker. Some areas require a 2nd sticker for emissions. The registration sticker is on the plate. While the inspection sticker is a good indication of the last time the car was roadworthy in PA cars registered as antique do not require inspection or emissions and would have no stickers.

    • Jeff Staff

      Not picky at all – thanks for clarifying.

  9. jim s

    i like the ghia, mgb, both tractors, and the auto-bus. something for everyone at this auction. great finds.

  10. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Pilot House Dodge pick up….52-54 ?……in there as well…..

  11. Rich

    I like the KG, even if it is a late impact bumper model – but that disintigraing front wing around the headlight and at the lower rear edge indicate lots of money needed to fix the notoriously difficult to fix coachbuilt bodywork. Shame.

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