I can’t tell you how much time and money it would take to restore this next Europa, but I can tell you that I know someone who did a frame-off resto on a Europa a few years ago. He said it took a considerable amount of time and effort, but most of the parts were […]
If anybody ever says to you “my Suburban is a real gas guzzler”, I suggest you buy this car so that you can respond “no…MY Suburban is a real gas guzzler!” This next car isn’t the Suburban you typically think of..this is a ’51 Plymouth Suburban, but the original engine is holding a boat in […]
The Renault R10 was a small French family sedan that offered a surprisingly Beetle-like architecture (1100cc rear-engine riding on a swing-axle). But today’s example has been electrified…and apparently the electrification work was done way back in the 1960s when gas was cheap and nobody knew who Elon Musk was. It was a simple time. Find this 1968 Mars II offered for $5500 in Junction City, OR via craigslist. Tip from Evan.
This next car isn’t a museum piece or a rusty barn find…no, it is neither — it lives somewhere in the seedy underworld of automotive purgatory. This half-fixed classic needs someone to expunge its past sins and prepare it for automotive Valhalla or sell it for scrap. But for $1500, you could go either way and break even. Find this 1972 MG Midget offered for $1500 in Cuero, TX via craigslist.
I’m all about comfort and convenience as much as the next guy…but repurposing your old Pottery Barn sofa as a seat for your Model A seems like a bit of a stretch. You have to wonder if it is even bolted down… Find this 1930 Ford Model A offered for $3900 in Scottsdale, AZ via craigslist.
I’ve got a good friend who drives a classic Triumph GT6 that looks a bit like this next car — and it is a bottom of the barrel project, but people stop and take photos of it and he gets celebrity treatment everywhere but Pebble Beach. Most people don’t know what a Triumph GT6 is, but that is part of what makes ownership fun. Find this 1970 Triumph GT6 offered for $4300 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
This next car is a 2001 Porsche Boxster offered for $2000…so something has to be grenaded in the expensive Porsche 2.5 liter flat-6 engine. That is not good…so you’ll need to fix that…but those Porsche parts are “oh so expensive”…perhaps a Fiero Iron Duke 4-banger or a Buick 3800 supercharged V6 would fit out back? What do you guys think — what should repower this porked Porsche? Find this 2001 Porsche Boxster offered for $2000 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
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.
This next car comes as tip from SecondMouse who writes: I have always liked the looks of the mid to late 80’s C4s, especially in black. This 1986 model ticks all the boxes – low miles, manual, cheap price, and well-cared for. But it looks to need a degree of reassembly that is not entirely clear from the ad. If you can overlook that, you might be the new owner of a sweet little cruiser. Find this one in Buffalo TX, about halfway between Houston and Dallas, on jackstands (!) with no plates (!!), asking $5500. Yes SecondMouse, I completely agree that the C4 is one of the most under appreciated cars from the 80s…and I loved the boxy shape before I got one as MicroMachine in the mid 80s…and someday I’ll own the real thing, hopefully before they get expensive. Find this 1986 Chevrolet Corvette C4 offered for $5,500 in Buffalo, TX via craigslist.
This next car is personal…not because I have any interest, ownership, or investment in this particular car — but because it is a car that looks to have one wheel in the local classic car scene and another in the junk yard. It has some rust in the wheel wells and it doesn’t have the […]