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Weekend Reader Finds – 2/17/2014

Weekend Finds 2-17-2014

It seems this past weekend, Pontiacs were on everyone’s minds. Since Friday, we have featured five Pontiacs in total and it seems to have impacted everyone’s submissions. We also received several great non-Pontiac finds, including an International Metro Van (it’s been partially restored), a Dodge Li’l Red Express, a Land Rover, and an Austin Princess Saloon. The Studebaker Lark Daytona is also worth a look. The seller’s photos aren’t the best, but this interesting little Stude was the sportiest of the Lark models and has a 259 cui V8. While the Lark has some potential, it doesn’t offer nearly as much performance potential as the Pontiacs that were submitted. Which of this weekend’s finds would you like to have?

  • 1964 Pontiac GTO (eBay) – Connor B
  • 1969 Pontiac Firebird (craigslist) – OffShore64Guy
  • 1970 Pontiac Firebird (craigslist) – OffShore64Guy
  • 1973 Pontiac Formula Firebird (craigslist) – OffShore64Guy
  • 1962 International Metro Van (eBay) – Jim S
  • 1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona (eBay) – Jim S
  • 1979 Dodge Lil Red Express (eBay) – Jim S
  • 1973 Land Rover Series III (eBay) – Jim S
  • 1961 Austin Princess Saloon (eBay) – Jim S


  1. That Guy

    That Austin looks terrifying. The B-pillar appears to be made of wood – did these cars have a wooden substructure with sheet metal skin? In a brief interwebs search I can’t find any information about that. But unless the value of these cars is a whole lot higher than it used to be, this is about as deep an automotive money-pit as I’ve ever seen.

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    • Horse Radish

      Same thing I looked at.
      Looks like the whole C-pillar came off with the door and hinges, now resting in the car.
      In a few months the interior wood will be bloated and destroyed.
      $1000 reserve not met,….what a sad sight.
      And that is how the auction will end.

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    • geomechs geomechs Member

      Yes, the Austin would have to be a project one would have to be totally dedicated to. I know a guy who just completed a restoration on an older model than this one. He came from NZ and had some connections for parts and wood patterns. I think he said it took him 9 years but he added that it was worth about a third of what it cost him but it was still worth it. Why did he do it? The same reason a lot of us use: He loved the car and wanted to give it a new beginning.

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  2. David G

    Hey Studebaker ebay lister, howsabout borrowing your friend’s nice digital camera? You know, one that has a capability for focus adjustment and maybe even a flash. The Larks are indeed neato cars but then i have no idea what i’m (not) seeing there in this one’s ebay auction, sheesh…

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  3. Fred W

    On the Stude, all I need to see is that front fender rusted from top to bottom. Next!

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  4. Don Andreina

    I’ll take that International van, but with a little more patina please.

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  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    My preferences? First of all the GTO but it’s sold so that leaves the ’69 Firebird and the International Metro. The Metro would be a lot of fun on short runs but keep away from dusty roads because it would be a dust vacuum supreme.

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  6. DT

    “Im as honest as I can be when i sell things on ebay” I love that line and may adopt it” when I sell things”

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  7. Jim-Bob

    It looks like the guy selling the 1973 Firebird couldn’t be bothered to take the extra 5 minutes it would have taken to write an actual description. Instead, we are left to guess what powers it: Pontiac 400? turbocharged rotary? Ford Nucleon nuclear reactor? All are valid possibilities until one opens the box to see whats there. You also have to ponder the price as that too could be anything from $100,000,000,000 ZIM to, say 100 bars of gold pressed latinum that is only sold by traders in the Ferengi Alliance. Yes, it boggles the mind just exactly what the deal is with this car and it seems the only way to find out is to call this lonely, lonely owner and ask. It seems he needs the company otherwise he would have answered the obvious questions in the ad.

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    • Don Andreina

      Don’t be silly, Jim-Bob. You of all people should know its powered by a Ralph Sarich orbital engine. Nucleon power plants apparently won’t go in GM cars.

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      • Jim-Bob

        They don’t? Well, I guess that cuts down the number of possibilities for Schrodenger’s Pontiac then. However, it still doesn’t rule out a Stirling engine…

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  8. Graham Lloyd

    Well, I love that Metro van, but with bidding over 15 large, it’s out of my reach. Nice truck, but I can’t see it going this high, especially on ebay. Makes me suspicious about shilling. A lot of that going on there now.

    The 64 GTO sold for 4 grand. Without the original drivetrain, you are buying a shell. And a pretty tough one at that. For not a whole lot of money more you can get a hell of a lot nicer car. I think whomever bought that one is in for an unpleasant surprise.

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  9. ConservativesDefeated

    That ’64 GTO ran when parked.

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  10. Bill M

    RE- Princess limo; I’ve had 35+ of these limousines over the last 30 years. Yes, they are an ash wood body frame with exterior aluminum body panels from the firewall on back. In this condition, most are parted out or sell for about $750 less. This is a parts car. When the wood is this bad, it requires the exterior metal body to be cut off the car, then the wood replaced, & the alloy body re-welded back on. Restoring this car will result in about a 10 cent value for every dollar spent. Should anyone need parts for these cars, I have a semi trailer full of them, new & used.

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