This next advertisement is remarkable. The car is a cool old beast, but the seller is the story. Here we’ve got a ’51 Ford that has been owned by the same dude since 1968. I can’t imagine selling a car that I’d owned for 53 years, but this guy signed up for an ebay account (his user name is new since June 2021, and I reverse image searched the pics and it doesn’t appear to be a scammer) and posted a car with decent photos and he (or she) is in his (or her) 70s (or 80s). I don’t want to be accused of being ageist — but as someone with parents and in-laws in their 70s/80s, I find that remarkable. The car is pretty cool too. Find this 1951 Ford Custom Convertible bidding for $10,302 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Granite Falls, MN.
Cars are like people. Some are reliable, some are not. Some are nice, and some will try to kill you. All are interesting, many have scars, but the most fascinating ones have some miles on the clock and won’t cost an arm/leg to spend some time with. And this next car is certainly something like an old man with a white beard that you’d meet near some seaside town and talk about nuances of the weather or the local flora or woodworking or how to properly do leatherwork. He certainly wouldn’t know what social media is and he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Find this 1963 Volvo PV544 offered for $5,500 in Oakland, CA via craigslist.
The passenger cabin of this next vehicle looks like a ride at an old fashioned amusement park or a county fair. It probably also drives like an old fashioned amusement park ride on the street, which is going to be both rickety and thrilling in equal proportions. I approve. Find this 1929 Ford Woody offered for $5,250 in Brewster, MA via craigslist. Tip from ME.
The other day I wrote a meandering diatribe where I claimed that a Volvo 122S was the textbook definition for an honest classic…and I’m going to have to add another honest car to the automotive dictionary, because this next car is an honest hotrod. Its got a small-block-Chevy in a ’41 Ford Coupe body with 3-on-the-tree, drum brakes, and all the best stuff you’d expect from a 40s hot-rod built in the 60s or 70s. And that’s not a bad thing, because HotRodding back in the day was less about pulling out your wallet for the latest/greatest junk you found at SEMA and more about figuring out what would fit with an adapter plate and some good ole American elbow grease. That hole for the original lug-wrench starter-crank might not be useful with the Chevy engine instead of the original flat-head, but man it looks rad. Find this 1941 Ford Business Coupe offered for $9,500 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
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.