When I comb through eBay and Craigslist for cars that I can’t have and can’t afford, I’m really looking for two specific things.
1) I want to see barn finds.
2) I want to see race fuel huffing, hell fire spraying, tire-hanging, M/T smoking, YouTube-video-filled listings that make me want to rip the exhaust off my snowblower and hit it with a 100 shot of nitrous.
The Ebay listing I came across today is pretty darn close to an exact match of my second request. It is tough to wrap my brain around it to be honest.
Today I received a text message from a friend with a great picture attached. It was the blue painted Delorean seen here. Apparently a friend of a friend bought it recently and is going to be stripping the totally tubular 1980’s blue paint off it in the…… future.
I then did a little research on “The Blue Delorean” (how many can there possible be?) and found an eBay listing that flew under the radar a few months ago. eBay Item # 290503186893.
The story goes… (according to the rumors on the internet, so it MUST be true) that John Delorean’s brother (more…)
If there were ever two words that shouldn’t be allowed to go together, “Montana” and “Fiero” would be them. The only logical reason to have a Fiero in Montana is to melt the snow in your driveway when the car eventually catches on fire. I’ve been in a Fiero in a snowstorm before, and while it is hysterically fun in a “I’m afraid for my life” sort of way, I wouldn’t recommend it to people that aren’t wearing helmets. Winter driving in a Fiero is like playing the lottery, but you’ve already lost the main jackpot and now you’re wishing you did something else with your dollar. Ok, let’s get down to business, there is a 87 Fiero 5-speed Sunroof car at stake here:
The current owner says:
“This is a great vehical, I blew the engine driving down the interstate.”
Wow. Just …wow. All Fiero joking aside, I have gotten (more…)
As I sit here relaxing on the day after Christmas, I find myself perusing eBay for cars I have no room, time, or money for. Without letting reality get in the way of a good blog, I’m going forward with my “Top 10: Cars on eBay that I wanted for Christmas” list! In no particular order:
1) 1939 Studebaker Coupe Pickup Truck. Yes, coupe…… pickup. It apparently sat in California for quite some time, so the frame is still there, unlike anything in the north east. Old black paint is also my favorite color.
Item # 160514350556
2) 1953 Chevy Belair convertible. These things are cool with a capital C. The grille on these things makes them look like they eat prius’s for breakfast. All this thing needs is a bath and a 4 inch channel job to get it closer to earth. Luckily(?) the bottom half of the car rotted away long ago, which means there will be less metal to cut out.
Item # 280605182223
3) 1958 MGA roadster. I have always liked the looks of these things, and I even sat in a coupe version at Toad Hall once. These things are super low, pretty small, and MUST be hysterically fun to drive at 9/10’s of what they are capable of. I would probably 2JZ it if it were mine just to keep it scary.
Item # 270677824778
4) 1954 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible. I’m going to throw this out there and if you don’t agree, just throw it back at me: 1950’s Cadillacs are some of the most stylish cars to ever come out of Detroit. Just look at the bumperettes and body lines. I wouldn’t have the heart to slice and dice one of these. It flows too perfectly as is, much like the Buicks of the same era. Incredible from all angles…… except where they labeled it under the right headlight.
Item # 170578239469
It would be untrue for me to say that I don’t need a 1970 Subaru Samvar 360 Van in my life in a big way. A fellow Subaru enthusiast passed this eBay listing over to me (Item # 250742053151) because a car soooo spectacular obviously deserves to be put on a pedestal in public view. Just look at how ridiculous it is! I’m not sure if it belongs in the circus, on the grass at the Concourse D’Elegance, doing AWD turbo time trials up Pikes Peak, or hanging the front wheels while burning nitromethane at the drag strip. The possibilities are endless! Could this Samvar actually (more…)
You heard right, The “1989 Batmobile” from Batman Returns was just up for grabs on eBay listed as “1980 Other Makes Batman”. Apparently eBay doesn’t have a Batmobile category yet. The listing has already been pulled down though. Apparently for $450,000, you would not only get the cave dwelling Batmobile itself, which does fully function and have hydraulics (Batman, you so gangsta!), but you also get a Batman statue and a Gotham city police badge! BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! If you had bought it now, a real Batman Batarang would have also been included. Geeze, you guys really missed out on this thing. Imagine going grocery shopping in a Batmobile.
Note to self: If you are going to try to sell the Batmobile, make sure you get “the ok” from Batman, or he WILL put a stop to it.
Note to eBay: Create Batmobile category for future Batmobile listings.
Today I was going to do a most vs least expensive car on eBay post, but then I saw this green gem hiding amidst some scrap metal on eBay. Let me start off by saying, I’ve owned a Saab before, but I never drank the kool-aid. They do have many cool features, decent horsepower, well thought out designs, and comfy interiors. They also built the Sonett.
The Sonett was a special little rascal that somehow made it into production between 66-74. It was intended to compete with the Triumph’s, MG’s, and Austin-Healey’s, but it never really “took off” (ha!…Saab). Now the V-4, let’s talk about it. The Sonett was in fact powered by a Ford Taunus V-4 engine (Not Taurus……. TauNus, with an N). It made around 60 horsepower, had timing gears instead of a belt or chain (pretty cool?), and sent power through the transmission to the front wheels. Wait…front?..what? Yes, FRONT wheels. This car is not only filled with oddball V4 technology, but it is front wheel drive. It’s almost like all the airplane engineers at Saab got together in the 1960’s and said “Let’s take everything we know about sports cars and throw it out the window! Then let’s build a sports car! Here Here!! ” Ok, ok, the Saab crew did get the fiberglass body aspect nailed down and the car didn’t seem to have any weight attached that wasn’t 100% necessary. Bonus points for that. When the Sonnet equation is added up at the end of the day, you had a super light, ok handling, front wheel drive, underpowered (though not in comparison to it’s peers I suppose), low production sports car. Win ? Lose? I’ll let you decide.
Now that you know the basics of the Sonett, it’s time to consider a purchase. The car pictured is obviously awesome because of it’s color and aggressive hood bulge. Don’t let the whole “I can see my feet when I look inside the rear window” thing scare you away. The body looks fairly solid and straight, and it is honestly a very rare car. Not to mention all of the parts are there where they belong. I’m thinking that in the right hands, this could be on on the road again in short order. You won’t be winning trophies and sipping a perfectly aged glass of Merlot at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, but you will likely make some friends at cruise nights, and save a piece of rolling history. That’s what this whole “car thing” is really about anyway. For $800, somebody should grab this thing and hit the streets with it.