BMW’s experimentation in the economy car market started long before they acquired the Mini brand — in fact, it started with the Isetta minicar and later moved to rear-engine aircooled BMW 600 and 700 models. This next 700 saloon looks strangely similar to a Glas Isar/Goggomobil T700, but this was before BMW’s acquisition of Hans Glas GmbH and purely coincidence. Find this 1960 BMW 700 with VW engine offered for $10,000 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
One of my only automotive acquisition regrets is the time I turned down an offer for a free Volkswagen Beetle. It was actually two Beetles, but the parts were in boxes and the body was separated from the pan and my ability to assembled one working Beetle from the assorted boxes/bags/piles was questionable given the other projects I was also nursing along…so the Beetle went to someone else to store the pieces of another automotive jigsaw puzzle. However, today’s next feature seems like a much shorter putt to get your Vee-Dub itch scratched. Find this 1967 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $3,000 in Vernonia, OR via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.
Up until the 1990s Brazil (the world’s fifth largest country by population and geography) did not allow imported automobiles — and as a result, major OEMs around the world set up local manufacturing centers. In the beginning, the local plants built vehicles designed and engineered from the parent company’s home country, but eventually the locals […]
The King Midget is not a child’s toy that someone sneaked past the dimwits at their local DMV, but a micro car that traces it roots all the way back to 1946. The initial versions were kit cars offering the unbeatable value of a 500 lb car for $500, but later the guys at the […]
The Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback was sold from 1961 through 1973 in three distinct configurations, the notchback (looks coupish), the squareback (a wagon thing), and the fastback…which is what we have here today. Power comes from Volkswagen’s 1600 cc version of the aircooled flat-4 that was fuel injected starting in 1968. Find this 1969 Volkswagen Type 3 […]
We listed a Porsche 914 the other day and it generated to some discussion around these being a decent drive for the asking price…but the 1.7 liter engine isn’t the favorite and most would prefer an upgrade to the 2.0. Naturally, we were thrilled when tipper Rod sent us in this next car, which does […]
In 1955 Volkswagen introduced the Type 14 that was built as a 2+2 coupe and convertible using mechanical components were borrowed from the Type 1 Beetle with styling by Luigi Segre of carrozzeria Ghia and coach-built bodywork from Karmann…hence the name Karmann Ghia. Today the Ghia offers an interesting alternative to a common Type 1 […]
I’ve got to be honest with you guys today and admit that I’m really not an expert on the Renault 4CV market — and the going rate for one of the surviving examples of the million 4CVs produced from 1947 through 1961 is beyond my limited understanding…but…this next car just feels like a good deal […]
When it was first released in 1960, Sports Car Illustrated called the Chevrolet Corvair “the most profoundly revolutionary car … ever offered by a major manufacturer.” The second generation Corvair offered from 1965-1969 was both the evolution and the swan-song for GM’s domestically produced answer to the onslaught of imports. For a brief moment, there was a […]
I’m sure it is only a coincidence with the new administration in the White House, but I’ve noticed a recent uptick in the number of cars being offered from ex-Soviet bloc members on USA ebay. Most of the Volgas and Gazs are just not interesting enough to get my attention (many are some kind of […]