The Renault R10 was a small French family sedan that offered a surprisingly Beetle-like architecture with a small 1100cc engine riding out behind the rear swing-axle. The R8/10 family was allegedly one of the first 4-door family cars to offer 4-wheel disc brakes but that won’t impress the average person because they won’t have any idea what this thing is, but French car lovers will know. Find this 1970 Renault R10 offered for $6000 in Virden, NM via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Hugh who also provides some commentary: This thing just looks like so much fun. Looks like the builder had at least seen a Kurtis roadster. Look at that beam axle. Seems that the seller picked it up at this auction. There are a couple of vacuum cleaner patents listed to a Leo G. Krieger who worked for whirlpool in Benton Harbor, MI. So maybe this was a hobby project for an engineer at Whirlpool? I can’t find anything else about it, and just don’t have the resources to acquire and keep this thing but it looks like fun and I am sure has some sort of interesting story. You could probably get invited to some old car events with this thing on the cheap. Personally, I love the combination of biasply tires and finned drum brakes on something powered by a small block Chevy and sporting Batman seat piping plus tail fins. Win, win, win. Those little exhaust pipes should make the perfect hotrod brap-brap-brap sounds as you do limitless burnouts to impress your neighbors. Find this 1961 Custom Replica bidding for $8,850 in Granger, IN via ebay.
The Triumph Spitfire was a small 2 seat convertible manufactured by the boys in the West Midlands from 1962 to 1980. It was a light, simple, low-power, little roadster that preferred winding roads to drag strips…but it wasn’t known for long term reliability. Enter the Mazda Miata — it took up where the MG and the Spitfire left off — open air motoring with durability and reliability. So what’s a British car enthusiast to do? Do you give in to the siren song of the MX-5 or do you shove all of those highly refined parts under the skin of a some old British piece and hope that rust doesn’t ruin your restomod dreams? Find this 1975 Triumph Spitfire with MX-5 power offered for $9,950 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
car comes as a tip from Hugh who writes: You seem to be on a pointy car theme today and this is the champion of pointy nosed cars so to exclude it would be pointless, no? Find this 1951 Studebaker Champion offered for $12,000 in Rhode Island via Hemmings.
olkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14 was launched in 1955 as a 2+2 coupe with Type 1 Beetle mechanical parts and styling by Luigi Segre of Carrozzeria Ghia plus a coach-built bodywork from Karmann. The Type 14 was cheap and affordable for years, but with the recent astronomical price increases on all things aircooled (Porsches…Hippie Buses…etc) the Ghia has been pumped up by these nefarious market forces. Anyway, today’s next Ghia isn’t free, but it has a decent amount of modifications to make to look tempting. Find this 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia offered for $12,500 in Aptos, CA via craigslist.
This next car is a California black plate equipped behemoth from another era. It has a 400 cubic inch V8 mated to a 3-speed auto and features a sickly shade of green on the out and in — and I love it. Is it a coupe? Or the pillarless hardtop?…No… wagon… nope…just a simple 4-door sedan, but that shouldn’t stop you front driving this old Poncho. Find this 1968 Pontiac Ventura offered for $6,800 in Richmond, CA via craigslist.
der of this next car had a moment of clarity when he put down the blow torch and said; you know what most custom El Camino conversions are missing…a landau top and windows to see into the bed. He likely when took another sip from his moonshine jug and got back to fabricating one of the best looking Eldoradaminos I’ve ever seen. Find this 1978 Cadillac Eldorado offered for $14,750 in Ft Lauderdale, FL via craigslist. Tip from Bobby.
Beetle was a slow car. No amount of loud exhaust can fix that and short of building a $10k race motor you can’t go fast in a Beetle…except…maybe you could remove the entire front/top/sides of the Beetle and steer it with a motorcycle front end. Then it’ll be…well…slower than the motorcycle…but faster than the average Beetle. And that’s a good thing. Find this 1965 Volkswagen Custom Trike offered for $4,200 in Bonita, CA via craigslist.
The Datsun 520/521 pickup was built from 1965 through 1972, right in the middle of the biggest explosion in performance and horsepower in the US market. But Nissan didn’t care, they were building a simple car for simple people and it was powered by a 1.3 to 1.6 liter J-series inline4 that made about as much power as the average domestic’s air conditioning system consumes at idle. Find this 1970 Datsun 520 Pickup offered for $6,700 in San Ysidro, CA via craigslist.
I’ve purchased a few disassembled project cars over the years to question my own sanity, but I can tell you for certain that I’ve learn a few important things. The first is that you shouldn’t buy a disassembled project car and the second is…oh…that’s it. But. BUT…when I see something like this car, I can’t help but think, “how bad can it be…what if the owner DOES have all of the parts necessary to reassemble it” and then I remember that I still don’t have functioning reverse lights on a car I’ve owned for 20 years because the previous owner swapped the transmission and didn’t finish the job. But…do you know much an assembled Elan costs? Find this 1965 Lotus Elan S2 in pieces offered for $15,000 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist.