It is funny that you can’t buy a convertible pickup from a new car dealer today (at least since the SSR went out of production in 2006) because the convertible pickup has been a common form of transportation for the better part of human obsession with the wheel. Remember Ben-Hur? Charlton Heston’s chariot (technically a quadriga), was basically a Roman equivalent of this next car. What? Yes, it had wheels, a spot for the driver, and place for junk. Because to do work with a vehicle (regardless if that work is to transport someone places, or move stuff, or wreck someone else with spinning wheel spikes) what you really need is a propulsion system, a spot for the driver, and a work bed. Everything else — flappy paddle gearboxes, touchscreens, massaging chairs, rear seats, electric windows, opera lights, landau roof, any roof, 4-wheel-drive, airbags, cigarette lighter, ashtray, warranty, navigation, bluetooth, 8-track, et al — are simply luxury items. Get back to basics with this 1926 Ford Model T Pickup offered for $5,200 in Opelousas, LA via craigslist. Tip from Ramjet.
I’m no expert on selling cars…but I do know a thing or two, and one of them is that you should never stage your car to look like you’ve just dug it out from a grave. If you did unearth this thing in your yard, maybe consider pushing/pulling it a few feet into fresh dirt before taking pictures with your dirty thumbnail obscuring the ancient license plate…oh, wait, there is an old bench seat sitting next to a tarp that’ll do. Find this 1930’s Ford Kit Car based on a 1959 Thunderbird offered for $5500 in Covina, CA via craigslist.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a car driving down the street and shouted out “my, that’s a good looking Whippet.” I can’t tell you because I’ve never done it, and that’s because I just discovered the existence of the Willys Whippet a few minutes ago when I found this next car and then found a pretty thorough summation of the Whippet by Hemmings (thanks DuckDuckGo, you are a good search engine and don’t sell my info to Google). Apparently the Whippet is a dependable, easy-driving antique pre-war car that sold almost a quarter-million per year and it has the most amazing center-of-the-wheel mounted combo turn signals/parking light/head light switch. Find this 1927 Willys Whippet offered for $11,000 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist.
This next car was produced in 1937…and that was a long time ago. It was the year that Howard Hughes made history by flying from Los Angeles to New York in 7.5 hours, Trotskyites were being executed for their anti-Stalin overthrow attempts, FDR was trying (and failed) to pack the supreme court, George VI and Elizabeth (I) were crowned King & Queen of England, Amelia Earhart disappeared, the Hindenburg blew up, people built custom scale battleships with functioning guns, and Steinbeck was writing the Grapes of Wrath…which brings us to back to our featured car. The seller describes it as a “tinyhouse”, but I’d call it a mobile home from the Grapes of Wrath era. Find this 1937 Chevrolet Truck House offered for $21,500 in Austin, TX via craigslist.
This next Ford Model A makes up for all of the Jaguars with small block Ford V8s (and Chevy 350s) that we’ve posted over the years…and leaves some change on the table. It starts with a 1930 Ford Model A Coupe that has been chopped and then adds a Jaguar inline-6 that has been juiced to produce some insane amount of horsepower if we are to believe the 9.32 second 1/4 mile drag time according to the seller (then engine needs a new headgasket, but don’t even think about putting a Chevy V8 in it!) We’ve always wondered where the old XJ engines go when someone shoves in some lump of American iron…well here it is. Find this 1930 Ford Model A Coupe offered for $14000 in Modesto, CA via craigslist. Tip from Andy.
I don’t need a tractor. Not in the slightest. I don’t have a ride on mower, or even a push motor. I barely have enough dirt in my yard to get one tire on this next thing muddy, but I still think I need it. The only thing it needs is a wagon to attached on the back so I can get the kids to school on time. Find this 1950ish Ford 8N Tractor with Ford 289 V8 offered for $5,500 in Humboldt, CA via craigslist.
Remarkable cars have an effect on automotive minded people. They make our mouths open in surprise and awe. But sometimes it is more confusion than anything, and here today we have a modified Ford Model A with a Mercedes inline-6 and some serious ’70s styling. You’d have to wear bell bottoms and rock some John Fogerty hair to drive this thing…but it might be worth it. Find this 1929 Ford Model A offered for $9,500 in Cottonwood, AZ via craigslist.
I’m all about comfort and convenience as much as the next guy…but repurposing your old Pottery Barn sofa as a seat for your Model A seems like a bit of a stretch. You have to wonder if it is even bolted down… Find this 1930 Ford Model A offered for $3900 in Scottsdale, AZ via craigslist.
This next car had me to a double take on the model year. 1987? Surely this must be a typo — it looks closer to 1957 or 1967…but the legendary Citroën Duex Chevaux was sold in a Beetlesque single generation from 1948 through 1990 with only some safety and regulatory changes to keep up with the times. To put this in perspective, imagine if you could buy a brand new 1978 Pontiac Sunbird at a dealer today — that is how old the 2CV was in the late 80s when this example rolled off the factory line. Find this 1987 Citroen 2CV offered for $12,500 in Henderson, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car comes as a tip from Carter who writes: They say that people look like their dogs, or maybe it’s people’s dogs look like them? But what about when the car looks like the dog? Or maybe like a beluga whale riding a tricycle? Haha, yes this is indeed a strange looking vehicle, probably because a Crosley CC was never meant to be shoved on top of an MG Midget chassis…but it sorta works. Find this 1947 Crosley on 1976 Midget Chassis offered for $5,000 outside of Boston, MA via craigslist.