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Weekend Reader Finds: April 28, 2014

Weekend Finds 4-28-2014

Who doesn’t love a nice summer evening cruise? Personally, few things are better than climbing into a convertible sports car, with the top down of course, for a summer evening drive. We received a number of convertibles submitted over the weekend and it seems the MGA is the car to have this summer. If these MGAs just aren’t your style, but you’d still like to enjoy those top down drives we have plenty of other great finds for you. And if roadsters aren’t your thing, we hope one of these other finds will be more to your liking! Be sure to take a look at each submission after the break and if you’d like a closer look, just click on its full size image or the link in the text below it! Our thanks to everyone that shared their finds with us!

1958 MGA

The MGA is a British icon and in recent times, has become quite collectible. Even rough examples are sought after, either for parts or as major restoration projects. This 1958 MGA is rough, but not to the point of classifying it as a parts car. It is missing a few pieces, but most of the important pieces are still here. It can be found here on craigslist with an asking price of $1,800. (John M)

1959 MGA

The seller of this 1959 MGA began restoring it, but never gotten around to finishing it. Rather than letting it sit in their garage, they have decided to let it go to a new home. It is an unfinished project, so all the typical warnings apply. It is also missing some pieces, but is much more complete than the one above. Take a look at it here on eBay, where bidding is currently at $1,600. (Connor B)

1960 Bug Eye Sprite

While we love the MGA, we think we would rather own a Bugeye Sprite. They are cheaper to buy and restore, plus we just love that smiling face. This 1960 Austin Healey Sprite’s body is rough and needs a lot of work, but a fair amount of the work has already been done and the seller has some extra parts. It can be found here on eBay, with a BIN of $2,500 and the option to make an offer. (Jim S)

1960 Alfa Romeo race car

Of this weekend’s Roadsters, this 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulia is the roughest. It could also turn out to be the most interesting, as it was at one time an F Production class race car. The seller doesn’t offer any of its history, so it could have minimal race history or it could be a championship winner. Finding out will take doing some digging, but shouldn’t be too difficult. Check it out here on eBay, without a reserve. (Connor B)

1965 Honda S600 Roadster

Before Honda was building econo cars, they churned out a few small sports cars. The S600 was the second car to come from the company and bears many similarities to many of Britain’s greatest roadsters. This 1965 Honda S600 needs work and has had some modifications made to the body, but given how rare these are it is definitely worth buying and putting back to original. Take a look at the rest of it here on craigslist, with a $4500 asking price. (Robert J)

1959 AMC Super Rambler

This 1959 AMC Super Rambler is about as far from a British Roadster as one can get. It is big, heavy, and a four door, but that doesn’t mean it still wouldn’t be fun to cruise in it. It is going to need some work inside and out. It won’t be the fastest, as it has an inline 6, but the manual gearbox should make it a bit more exciting. It can be found here on eBay. (Josh M)

1970 Pontiac Firebird

This 1970 Pontiac Firebird might have a roof on it, but it should prove to still be entertaining. Someone has already sprayed it with primer, but it looks like it still needs some work before it will be ready for paint. The seller claims the motor runs great and that they have extra parts for it. Check it out here on craigslist, with an asking price $5,500 or a trade. (Offshore64Guy)

1964 Pontiac GTO

If the Firebird above is too new for your tastes, perhaps this 1964 Pontiac GTO Tri-Power is more your style. It needs a motor and some rust repair, but otherwise looks complete. The seller is asking $7,900 for it and their listing can be found here on craigslist. (Connor B)

1978 Datsun 280Z

If you like Japanese sports cars, but the Honda seems like too big of a challenge, this 1978 Datsun 280Z might be a simpler project. The 280Z was a fantastic sports car in it’s day and compared to the Honda, should be a more affordable project. Take a look at it here on eBay, without a reserve and bidding under $1k.


  1. Dolphin Member

    A lot of these are so rough and incomplete that they are looking more like parts cars than projects despite the low asking prices. The point is hammered home by some of them being stalled projects that never got very far.

    On my Top Two list for today would be the Honda S600 and the ’64 Pontiac GTO. Both have needs, but the asking prices seem reasonable considering the potential.

    The S600 is in dry Sacramento and could be worth the trouble, as vintage Japanese sportscars are definitely on the upswing in both collectibility and valuation. Too bad someone added flares and a spoiler and took important components off the engine so you don’t know how it runs. Figure on a complete engine rebuild anyway. This project would be interesting and worth doing.

    The ’64 GTO is my favorite year, and the body looks like it could be pretty good. Too bad the Tri-Power engine is gone, but get another and this could be a Show ‘N Shine beauty for minimal cash outlay, and you might never be underwater with it. And parts will be way easier to source than for the S600.

    Too bad about the Z-car. I’m partial to them and am restoring an early first year 240Z now, but this 280Z isn’t worth having, unfortunately. These are very soft to drive and lost a lot of the street-fighter appeal of the earlier cars. It will take way more cash and work to make this a correct runner than it will ever be worth. If you want one of these it would be better to buy a nice ’72 or ’73 for less than it will cost to deal with this car. Thery are plentiful on the market and you will be driving it tomorrow.

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  2. paul

    That 60 AR Giulietta is pretty much the same as my 58 that I owned so many years ago except mine was much less rusty, when they get this far all you should do is run.My pick of the bunch is either the 70 bird or the goat.

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  3. maserati

    The Alfa did $ 7,950.00 . WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW

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    • paul

      Yikes, well they won’t be tracking this one, too bad, my 58 race car was a blast,1300 cc 8,000 rpm redline. Whatever rust you see on the outside, is much worse on the inside especially on these.

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  4. Ryan

    Love the weekend reader articles.
    So many cool (and unique) projects up for sale.

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    • Josh Mortensen Staff

      I’m glad to hear you enjoy it! I personally love seeing what everyone else is in too! Well if you come across any finds that pique your interests, please share them with us!

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  5. jim s

    my 2nd pick would be the rambler with the 6cyl/manual for $ 888.88 with no reserve.

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    • Josh Mortensen Staff

      I’m digging the Rambler too. I wan’t too sure about it at first, but the looks are growing on me. The 6 cyl wouldn’t be my first choice of motors, but it would still be fun and would get some great mileage. And you really can’t beat the price!

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      • jim s

        yes, but with 2 1/2 days left still no bids for some reason.

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  6. Gerardo Mascorro.

    That early Goat looks like a fair project, at least outside but, Isn’t the ‘Parts only’ title is a big issue?
    That Little Honda would be great to make a street racer cae, following and improving the Homemade modifications it has.

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  7. Tom

    Sorry but that GTO is a 65 not a 64. 65 was the start of the bigger body style

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