Reader Josh O. discovered this rare 1960 Toyopet Crown Custom wagon hiding in a barn. He pulled it out with the plan of restoring it, but other projects have gotten in the way, so he has decided to let it go. There weren’t many of these imported to the States and only a handful are believed to still exist. If you are interested in saving this unique piece of Japanese automotive history, you can find it here on eBay. Thanks go to Josh for letting us know about his barn find.
Supposedly this 1976 Datsun B210 is currently owned by Jesse James of West Coast Choppers fame. That is interesting, but it doesn’t really do anything for me. The fact that this Datsun has avoided the ravages of rust is what catches my attention. These cars were built to be cheap and efficient forms of transportation so thin steel was used to cut cost and weight. It may of helped with mpg but it didn’t do anything for corrosion resistance. Seeing one on the road today is a rare sight, so you had better take a look at this Honey Bee here on eBay before it buzzes away! Read more »
We all know Bridgestone today for their tires, but the company actually started with bicycles. Naturally they then moved onto motorcycles and even had some success with racing in Japan. This BS-90 is nothing fancy, but should make for a fun and affordable project. It is located in Milwaukee and is listed here on craigslist with a $300 asking price. A big thanks goes to Zak H. for the tip!
This 1971 Subaru FF-1 isn’t the best car ever to come out from Japan, but it is actually a very rare vehicle. Very few of these boxer powered compacts were ever shipped to the States and of the few that were, most are either rusted to the point of no return or have already been crushed. The seller doesn’t say much about it in their craigslist ad, but they do claim that it runs. If that’s the case, then the $1k asking price might not be too bad. Thanks goes to M. Patterson for the tip.
We love to hear stories from our readers about their own discoveries. Shea C. just sent in photos of this 1975 Datsun 260Z that he found in an old neighborhood where it had been sitting under this carport for over 10 years. He paid the owner a fair price and was smart enough to drag it home before attempting to get it running (unlike us). He added fresh fuel and a new battery and it started right up! After a good cleaning this low-mileage Z car looks great. Take a look at all the photos below. Thanks for sharing it with us Shea! Read more »
Sometimes cars can get expensive. There is lot to go wrong. Sheet-metal, upholstery, trim, the list just goes on and on. We love them, but sometimes we just want something cheap and simple to wrench on. That is when motorcycles like this 1973 Kawasaki G5 start to look appealing. It is only packing 100cc, but that’s enough to hit 70mph. This one has been owned by the same owner since 1973 and has only covered 6k miles. It has not been ridden since 1991 so it will need some work, but should make for a fun project. Find it here on craigslist for $525 in Bloomfield, Missouri. Thanks goes to Will M. for the tip!
This 1970 Yamaha HS1 was just pulled out of a barn in New Hampshire. It has some surface rust, but supposedly only has 284 miles on the odometer! It is equipped with a 90cc two-stroke twin, so it should be a high-revving little monster. The compression is good, but a rebuild is recommended. This could be a good project for a first time motorcycle owner and a service manual is even included to help you get started. If you are interested you can email the owner directly. They are asking $600.
What boy doesn’t dream of driving a fire engine? There is just something mesmerizing about those big red trucks. This 1980 Toyota Land Cruiser might not be the type of fire engine most of us dreamt of as a kids, but I’m sure the child in all of us would love to take it for a spin. It was imported from Japan and only has about 8k miles on the odometer. It is currently in Monterey, California and can be found here on eBay.
Reader David C. just reminded us that we had committed to featuring the occasional motorcycle and this is the one he recommended. It is a 1968 Honda CB350 and it supposedly sat in a barn for many years. Everything has since been gone through to make it a runner. There is no shortage of these because the CB350 was actually one of the best selling bikes ever. Still, it can be hard find an unrestored solid example today. This one is in Virginia and is listed here on eBay where bidding is currently at $910 with no reserve. Thanks David!
The seller of this 1976 Toyota Corolla claims it is a one of a kind prototype. It was found in a barn, where it had sat since 1984. They have done considerable research and even contacted Toyota, who claims this car shouldn’t even exist. At first glance, it just looks like a Liftback, but the body work is more like that of a ’77 Corolla. Take a look at it here on eBay and decide for yourself if its real or if someone is just trying to pull a fast one on us.