We’ve featured some interesting Shorty conversions over the years — the winged Shorty Type 2, a super cheap 56 BelAir, and a particularly eye-bending Dodge Omni with rear doors that Kate Moss couldn’t squeeze through, but this next custom is special. Not short bus special, but with that wheelbase, it’ll be twitchier than Jeffery Epstein at a Disney princess convention. Find this 1980 Toyota Corolla Shorty offered for $3800 in Perth Amboy, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
We featured a chopped Silverado the other day that was generally appreciated by the crowd for being tidy and subtle modification. However, today’s next feature is anything but understated. It does appear to be a decently conceived 4 seat convertible pickup truck conversion, which is not something you hear very often. Find this 2000 Chevrolet Silverado offered for $6000 in Buffalo, MN via fleecebook mothership.
The Porsche 914 was the entry level offering from the aircooled engine guys from Stuttgart in the early 1970s, and it is well known for fun handling and subtle styling. Today’s example has a crazy modified body that looks like it could win a race against a fighter jet, but the basic stock 2.0 liter flat-4. Expect a lot of confused cops looking to recalibrate their radar guns after you cruise by 5 mph under the speed limit. Find this 1976 Porsche 914 Bravossa Custom bidding for $9,500 on eBay with 6 days to go and with a $16k asking price on craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
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.
I remember when seeing a Volkswagen Beetle with a Rolls Royce front end was both a novelty and interesting, but that was a long time ago. Today, seeing a stock Beetle is the oddity as many have been turned into Baja Bugs or El Caminos or whatever, like this next thing…which is…I’m not sure. Find this 1973 Volkswagen Beetle offered for $5500 in Massillon, OH via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Urban Dictionary says that a Viccup is “what occurs when you’ve been drinking too much or have overeaten (or both) and have a momentary hiccup with a slight vomit aftertaste.” That is just plain wrong, because a Viccup is what happens when you put a Ford F250 Pickup body on top of a Crown Victoria chassis, and it happens far more often than you’d expect. Find this 1973 Ford F250 offered for $7,500 in New Jersey via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Cadillac Calais was available as a coupe, sedan, and hardtop, but it was not available as a pickup or El Camino. But it should have been. So the builder of this next vehicle did to the Caddy what should have been done by GM way back in the mid 1970s, and that is to hack off rear of the cab and create an automotive mullet. Find this 1975 Cadillac Calais offered for $8,500ish via GrassrootsMotorsports classifieds. Tip from Cory.
I wonder if someone looked at the Honda S2000 and said “this car is too heavy and too safe…I’m going to fix that.” A few hundred yards of welding rod and a few bent pieces of aluminum later this next beast emerged from the shed. With 240 horsepower from the 9000 rpm screaming Honda VTEC engine and the curb weight of a wicker basket, this thing should fly. Find this 1965 Lotus 7 Replica offered for $9,750 in Dublin, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car is strange looking piece of metal — and it took me a few minutes to figure out what I was looking at, especially on the inside. It was obviously a modern car, but not the typical PT-Cruiser or random 90s Pontiac that gets the “woodie” treatment on a weekly basis. But the center mounted gauge cluster with a HYBRID badge from a Ford product on the back confirmed what I suspected…this is a rebodied Prius. Find this 2002 Toyota Prius offered for $18,000 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.
The Porsche 928 was a round car when it hit showrooms in 1977. The rear end was round, the front end was round, the pop-up headlights were round…even the wheels were round. Very round indeed. But somehow, inexplicably, someone made it more round. The seller doesn’t say who assembled the fiberglass body that sits around this thing, but it would be fun to explore the history of this car while riding around with the top down. Find this 1989 Porsche 928 offered for $10,500 near Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.