This next car comes as a tip from Zach who writes: The Mk III Spitfires still had the chrome bumpers, upsized engine 1296cc vs 1147cc earlier unit. Looks to have most all the pieces you’d want there – OD, hardtop, replacement floors to be welded in… if the sills are good, this is about as straight forward as you can get. Difficult to tell, but body panels generally appear straight. Pretty much any part you need is available and after you go through and clean the electrical bits, as reliable as you need on a project car. I still miss my ’70. Right on Zach…buy this one!! Find this 1969 Triumph Spitfire Mk3 offered for $1500 near Portland, OR via craigslist.
Another day…another kit car. But this is a Manta Montage — and we’ve had a history of posting these things and then getting random emails from people looking for one for sale. It usually comes in all caps and says something like “IM LOOKING FOR A MONTAGE. MY UNCLE HAD ONE AND ONCE GAVE BRUCE MCLAREN A HIGH FIVE AT THE POUGHKEEPSIE REGIONAL AIRPORT. IS YOUR MANTA STILL AVAILABLE?” Well…here is one for you guys. Find this 1980 Manta Montage bidding for $5000 reserve-not-met in Topsham, ME via eBay.
All you get is one photo for this next car. But it has only be posted on craigslist for 22 minutes…so…you’ve got to act quickly and the only thing you know is that it has CA black plates (appear to be original because BKC would be proper for 1965 registration, but they look old and could be part of the CA YOM (year of manufacture) program from a few years ago (check the registration slip for a YOM fee)…or recent CA special interest black plate with custom numbers to look like an old plate…again check reg. But…but…if this is an OG CA black plate Mercedes-Benz it means it has never been out of the state or salvaged titled and it looks like screamin deal. Find this 1965 Mercedes-Benz 190D W110 offered for $2750 in Vallejo, CA via craigslist.
I really wish this next car had a name that was easier to pronounce and spell…because you are going to field a lot of questions from people asking exactly what you are driving. I’d go with a prototype Corvette from 1952 if you want to quickly get on with your shopping trip…or if you’ve got the afternoon you can tell them it is a fiberglass La Dwari body on a reinforced Henry J frame, powered by a ’49 Oldsmobile Rocket V8 running power into a Cadillac-La Salle 3-speed manual a Ford ’49 rear end…so on and so forth. I don’t think I have the time/patience to own this car. Find this 1960 La Dwari Conquest bidding for $8,200 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Alvaton, GA
This next car has me confused. Is it a Vette? Wait…it’s not a C3 Corvette. It is a kit car made to look like a C3…but why would someone build a C3 Corvette kit car…when they’re not expensive to buy and haven’t been since a few years after they left the showroom. It would like wearing a fake version of a Casio watch…if you are going to spend the time to make fake watch, make it a Rolex or a Patek Philippe…but this is a 2 liter Ford Cortina powered kit that looks like a C3 and is…somehow…slower. How? What? I’m not saying I wouldn’t want to drive it for the LOLZ…but what is the point? Find this 1972 Lightning TS offered for $10,000 in Poughkeepsie, NY via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I know we’ve posted quite a few Corvairs recently…but this next car is just too much to ignore. At first glance it hurts the eyes brain…the proportions are…wait…where’d the doors go? Yeah. Somebody is channeling their inner Luke Duke with welded shut passenger compartment…but at least this is a convertible, so it should be easier to get in/out. Find this 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Custom offered for $15,000 in Santa Clarita, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Zach who writes: Needs a bit of love, but a number of pieces there. At current bid ($7.50) a fair price. Indeed…it is a complete basket case and will require a total restoration, but 123GT Amazons are rare and prices are appreciating…if you can find one. Even prices for the basic 122 Amazon are up, but scoring a 1 of 1500 ever built factory hot-rod 123GT for less than a Big Mac meal deal is a score. Find this 1968 Volvo 123GT bidding for $7.50 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Pensacola, FL via eBay.
You put the boom boom into my exhaust (hoo, hoo)
You send my soul sky high when your engin’ starts
Glitterbug into my brain (yeah, yeah)
Goes a bang-bang-bang ’til my headgasket blows
But something’s bugging you (ha-ha, ha-ha)
Something ain’t right (ha-ha, ha-ha)
My mechanic told me what you did last night (ha-ha, ha-ha)
Left me sleepin’ in my van (ha-ha, ha-ha)
I was dreaming, but I should have been drivin you instead (ha-ha)
Rev’ me up before you go-go
Don’t leave me riding on the bus-yo
Rev’ me up before you go-go
I don’t want to miss this 1962 Volkswagen Glitterbug for $5500 in FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The original Ford Thunderbird was launched in 1955 as a lithe two-seater convertible to compete with European imports and Chevy’s Corvette. The T-bird actually outsold the original Corvette by large numbers in the first few years, but Ford’s product planners thought they could do even better by adding rear seats and redesigning the Thunderbird for more comfort and less sportiness. By 1965 the Thunderbird was so bloated and comfort oriented that you would have cross shopped a Lincoln against the Vette, but that doesn’t mean a cheap used Thunderbird doesn’t have a spot in your classic car garage. Find this 1965 Ford Thunderbird offered for $3,100 in Port Charlotte, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.
This next car comes as a tip from Cory who writes: rare Fiberfab kit car- is that an oxymoron? Is it possible for a kit car to be rare? But the bigger question is…is this a kit car? The seller seems to think it isn’t a kit car and assures us that this is one of two factory built Fiberfab Aztecas with a factory ID tag…but I can’t find any reference to the Azteca on Fiberfabs website…but they do mention a Aztec GT convertible…so I’m not sure what this is…other than being really cool and needing some finishing to get it going. Find this 1966 Fiberfab Azteca offered for $8500 in Reinholds, PA via craigslist.