This next Loony Labor Day submission comes from Safety Fast who writes; Seriously, what is this? Simple, it was a custom body on a Toyota HiLux chassis built at a time when Toyota product planners were insane. They built 100 of these to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1936 Toyota AA (which was a blatant copy of the 1934 Chrysler Airflow)…but I think they should have saved the design for the next generation of the Mirai because this is an improvement. Find this 1996 Toyota Classic offered for $49,975 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.
The Lotus Elite had the distinct honor of being the world’s most expensive 4-cylinder powered vehicle when it was launched in 1974…but this next version is no ordinary Elite. Not that there is ANYTHING ordinary about the front-engine 2+2 shooting brake that looks like a Pinto Wagon that has been restyled by extraterrestrials. This next one has a GM LT1 V8 shoved up front and it might look familiar to you because we featured it Dec of 2020. Find this 1991 Lotus Elite offered for $6,200 in Lexington, SC via myface friendsterbook. Tip from Mark.
Unfortunately, I think that the best place to find cheaps cars has changed in the past few decades and I might need to get with the times. Gone are the advertisements in Autotrader print magazines and those who migrated to craigslist abandoned it when craigslist became a haven for scammers. A few years ago Craig implemented a simple $5 listing fee that is shockingly more than the typical kook (selling a classic for less than the prevailing rate) wants to pay and now some of the best deals have migrated to the faceyface. Find this 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix GT Coupe offered for $12,500 in San Leandro, CA via faceoff moshpitbook.
Willys-Overland Motors returned to civilian car production after the war with a stylish thing called the Jeepster. The roofless Jeepster was technically the last Phaeton (topless car with zero weather protection — but it appears that most Jeepsters today have tops that are dealer or aftermarket created pieces) to be built by an American automaker. They always look like an interesting way to get into an unusual classic. Find this 1949 Willys Jeepster Phaeton offered for $13,950 in Kingman, AZ via craigslist.
is next car has me confused. I get the smooth hot rod wheels -those are vintage land speed style and I dig ’em — but what is going on with the ride height? It is sitting on 55 Chevy Axles and Springs…and is powered by an electric forklift but the strangest part is the satellite dish, which is NOT included with the sale. Whut? Find this 1976 MGB offered for $2450 in Ione, CA via craigslist.
eatured a $1300 Volvo 240 that was hacked into an El Camino this morning..so I figured it was time to post a Porsche 914 that had been modified to look like a Lotus Elite. Yes, the price tag might be 100x higher, but the dedication to doing what you want and not what other people want is too much of a coincidence. Find this 1970 Porsche 914-6 Prototype bidding for $125,000 with a few minutes to go located in Strasbourg, France via pcarmarket.com. Tip from Mark.
You might think that combining the engine from a Pinto, suspension from a Beetle, and safety features from a pre-war British car would result in something that would be slow, handle miserably, and still kill you in the parking lot…but you’d be wrong. Because it is a homebuilt kit car and it’ll never run long enough to get to any speed that would be fatal. The worst thing that might happen is if it falls off a Harbor Freight jackstand and crushes you. Didn’t you read rule number 121 in the SAE Automotive Handbook “Don’t trust your life with anything from Harbor Freight” or rule 122 “Only drive a kit car if your life insurance payment is up-to-date”. Anyway…find this 1983 Blakely Bernardi offered for $10,000 in Copley, OH via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The classic Dune Buggy is a shape that was formed in the 1960s to liven up the bleh shape of a stock Beetle and allow bigger tires. People have been making Dune Buggies from Beetles forever and they normally look like a Meyers Manx, but today’s Buggy looks fresh and futuristic…or at least 90s futuristic. Looks good. Find this 1968 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $15,000 in Anaheim, CA via craigslist.
Let’s play a game. Somebody said you can’t get a decent $500 car anymore, but I think that is not entirely correct. Sure, you won’t find the plethora of running/driving cars that you could find 15 years ago, but you can still find an occasional gem in the guano. Find the best $500 car on your local craigslist/autotrader/facebashmorket/etc. I’ll kick this off with a 1980 Fiat 124 Sport Spider offered for $500 in Yucaipa, CA via craigslist.
People sell classic cars (and take a bath on them) when expectations and reality crash like two freight trains. The expectation was that the high desert dweller would store these classics for a day when they became valuable, but reality involved lots of blue tarps and some meth…err…mess. I’m not sure what is going on in this listing, but it seems like a fun weekend if you’ve got a car carrier and want to make some new friends. Find this collection of cars offered for $20,000 in Oro Grande, CA.