Now that our Rabbit can move under its own power, it’s time to address some of the finer details. As we have mentioned, the shift pattern was so vague that you couldn’t tell which gear you were in most of the time. The twenty year old tires were also making us a little nervous and the noise caused by the three inch hole in the muffler was grating. Hopefully with a a few days of work we can turn this GTI into one smooth sounding and shifting criminal. Read more »
UPDATE: Sold for $4,300.
The Crosley Hotshot and Super Sports represented America’s first low-buck sports cars. They were small and crudely built, but they were lightweight and fun. Many were even raced around the country with some success. This particular example has seen better days, but we think it would make for a good project. The owner had a heart attack so they have decided to sell off their entire collection in order to focus on more important things. The sale includes a pair of engines and transmissions, but like Swedish furniture, some assembly is required. Find it here on eBay where bidding is at $3,950. Better hurry though as the auction only has two hours left!
When the Austin Healey 3000 was killed off in 1967, BMH needed a replacement. But, instead of updating the AH, they just shoved an inline-six into the MGB. With 50 more horsepower it may have seemed like a good idea, but the extra weight upfront threw the balance off a bit. MGCs are still good high speed cruisers though and there are not many around. This particular one was parked 12 years ago so it is going to need some work, but it does look like a worthwhile project. Find it here on eBay where bidding is already up to $4,000. What do you think?
For those of us with families, the dream of restoring a classic car to share with our children is a special one. Sadly, we are starting to think that like many dreams, it rarely comes true. The owner of this 1963 Chevy Corvair Monza Convertible is more proof that it’s hard to make it happen. The seller had planned on restoring it so their daughters could drive it, but other things in life have gotten in the way, so they have decided to sell it here on craigslist for $1,000. A special thanks goes to Robert J. for the tip! Read more »
The Abarth 750 GT Zagato is one rare little Italian hot rod, yet we have come across a number of them over the years. Another one has just surfaced in California and it can be found here on craigslist for $35k. It is going to need a complete restoration and some important parts are missing, but we have hope that someone with deep pockets will have mercy on it. Thanks goes to P. Trout for the tip!
It has been almost a month since the last update on our 1984 Volkswagen GTI project, so we thought we had better bring everyone up to speed. We have been very busy cleaning, polishing, and wrenching on our little Rabbit and we are glad to say that it is now safe to take around the block. Well, at least we feel a little safer than we did on that first voyage. Here is a list of summary of the areas we have addressed so far… Read more »
We would never encourage the act of swapping a V8 into perfectly good classic, but if someone already started the job, why not finish it? The owner of this TR3 passed away before he could finish the task of shoving a Rover V8/5-speed combo under the hood. It will take a lot of engineering to finish the job, but the idea of a 200 horsepower TR3 is tempting. Luckily, the original engine is included with sale in case you chicken out. Find it here on craigslist for $5k out of Littleton, Colorado. Which route would you take with this project?
Unless you are a Fiat enthusiast you may have a hard time identifying this one at first glance. An obvious victim of crash damage, this once beautiful Dino Spider is in pieces after a failed restoration attempt. Ferrari may have designed the V6 for their own Dino, but Fiat made some improvements and shoved it in their own model with the same name. This one is going to take a lot of money to bring back to life, but with excellent examples touching six-figures at auction, it may be a worthwhile endeavor. Bidding is currently at $2,247 here on eBay. Thanks goes to Jim S. for the tip! Read more »
We don’t typically feature cars built in the ’80s, but the E30 BMW M3 is one of the best driver’s cars ever built. So when we came across this 1988 BMW M3 barn find, we were torn as to whether to feature it or not. It might be one of the best driving cars ever built, but this one was parked in the barn after being flooded during hurricane Ike. As a result it is going to need a complete restoration. Find it here on eBay out of Kenedy, Texas.
After school there was always a 1959 Cadillac convertible parked across the street from where I caught the bus. The image of that car will forever be burnt in my memory and it’s not because of the bright pink paint. Those huge fins protruding from the rear were the reason every kid stopped and stared. Little did they know that they were witnessing the largest tail fins ever fitted to a production automobile. No car had ever been so well endowed and none would ever come close again. That’s why it is sad to see this one here on eBay in such a sorry state. Read more »