If there is one thing in life that everybody in the world can agree on, it’s Lincoln Zephyr’s. Everybody on this giant, soaking wet planet loves an old Zephyr. That’s is a fact! This one? It was in…credible! Say this next part out loud slowly so that you really feel it – Running V12. Solid original steel. 1955 window sticker. Original spare tire. “Hoover for president” license plate. And, never ending class that post Y2K humans don’t even know about. Yes, this car was mint-colored automotive lovin’ for sure. Why didn’t I buy it? I don’t have any idea. Dumbest move ever. Thanks for reminding me.
Worth noting: Someday, I’m going to learn how to use a camera.
Being a car-guy, my casual conversations always head in the direction of cars, whether I know the person that I’m talking to or not. One of the wonderful things about this, is that when people know you’re a car-guy, they tell you about interesting cars that they know about. It happens way more often than you would think, and I’m not one to turn down a possible barn find. Because of this, I frequently find myself on fascinating adventures that that lead me to vehicles that haven’t seen humans in many, many years. I’ve had many highs and many lows, but even the lows are better than no chase at all. I’ve had people tell me about and/or show me a split window Corvette, an insanely rare 64 fuel injected convertible Corvette, a Ferrari 308, a Mercedes 190SL, a 64 Impala convertible SS 4-speed, a Porsche in the back of a box truck, and even an entire building full of cars from the 1920’s to the 1970’s that hasn’t seen light in decades. I really have seen some pretty incredible stuff, and it’s all because people wanted to tell their own automotive story to a fellow car-guy.
Today we’re asking you: “What is the coolest car that you have found hiding from the world around it?”
Over the weekend I was sent a picture of a car that was spotted on the edge of a wooded area. Typically, I’m fairly good at identifying cars in the woods, but this one left me a bit puzzled. To me, the headlight area looked Karman-Ghia-ish, the curved door looked Italian, and the back looked like flat-out like a Triumph Spitfire. I hit the internet, looking at all sorts of different vehicles, hoping to find a match, but failed to come up with anything definitive. Luckily, there are enthusiasts out there that are FAR more familiar with small foreign convertibles than I am, and it was now time to test out their skills. With many different automotive experts on the internet, my place of choice for this question was TheCarLounge. The people on there are many, and I knew that if anyone could identify an old foreign convertible in a short amount of time, they would be the group. As I had imagined, they proved themselves to be champions (a user named “brickfrenzy” especially)! Without much fuss, we all agreed that the car in question is an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, which according to some sources on the internet they built about 14,000 of between 1955 and 1962. This is what a nice one looks like.
Above Blue Alfa picture borrowed from seriouswheels.com (very educational website btw.)
About 18 years ago, I went to Florida to visit my grandparents. While we were down there, my dad and I escaped from the rest of the family for a bit, and found ourselves at a local junkyard. I remember very little about that day, except for a glorious pair of convertible Packards that we found. When we first entered the yard, we exchanged pleasantries with the yard owner and wander through the dusty gates. Sitting right before us were two 1948 Packard convertibles that looked like the had been off the road for quite a while, but probably not at that junkyard for long. They weren’t in bad shape overall, and had beautifully patina. Back then, patina would have been removed immediately. These days it would have commanded top dollar. Sadly, we had zero room for a set of gigantic Packards in our driveway back up in Massachusetts. So, much to my chagrin, we left them behind. Since that day, there has always been a spot in the back of my mind, yearning for one.
Today on eBay is exactly that, a 1948 Packard 2 door convertible. It actually looks extremely similar to the mental image of them that is branded in my mind, though a little worse for wear. This one is for sale for $6500, and looks surprisingly solid. If it were mine, I would drop a good running engine in it, some nice brakes, a decent bench seat, a new windshield, and drive the heck out of it. What can I say, I just love that barn woods-fresh look.
I could go about a million different directions with an eBay find like this. Maybe I should reference Brad Pitt in the movie “Seven” when he is screaming “WHAT’S IN THE BOX!!!“? Or I could write my own version of Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s famous “Saturday Night Live” like song:
Step 1) Cut a hole in the box…
Step 2) Put a motorcycle in the baaaahhx…
Step 3) Never open the box… and that’s the way you do it. It’s a bike in a box!…
It’s not just a bike though. This is a 1984 Harley XR 1000, and yes it is brand new, straight from 1984 to your computer screen. You can’t make this stuff up. Here’s the story quoted right from the eBay auction:
Up for auction is a 1984 Harley Davidson XR-1000 Motorcycle. This bike was delivered to Thurnalls Harley Davidson in Clarksville Indiana. Due to slow sales at the time, the motorcycle remained at Thurnalls warehouse in its shipping crate. Mr Thurnall passed in 2003, and in 2007 the bike along with other motorcycle related items were purchased by the current owner. When the bike was transferred in 2007 a small C shaped cut was made in the crate so the local sheriff could inspect the VIN number. Other than that, the Motorcycle has been undisturbed in its crate. I was able to take some pictures by inserting my camera through the C shaped hole. We have a clear Ky title in the current owners name showing 3 miles. Local pickup, is preferred, with payment of the balance at that time. We will ship if payment methods are acceptable.
Much like the brand new Bronco from a few weeks, I’m left wondering what the owner can possibly do with it? It’s a crazy piece of history that is totally one of a kind. Tearing the box off of it would potentially hurt its value, never mind ever starting it and riding it. Sure, it would be amazing to tear up the streets with a brand new bike from the 1980’s, but let’s face it, once this thing has a couple thousand miles on it, its value will slice in half. Amazing mechanical finds like these are always a blessing and a curse for me to see because I am always so torn up about what the “right thing” is to do with them! Luckily, none of us will have to stress out about it, because the motorcycle sold yesterday for $30,000 to somebody that we don’t know (most likely).
I’ll tell you what’s better, an El Camino barn find! Let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment shall we? If there are two things in the automotive world that all people truly love, it’s a good barn find story, and glorious El Caminos. I can’t pinpoint what it is about Elky’s that makes me personally, so incredibly happy. Maybe it’s the 1964+ Chevelle nose? Or could it be the ability to haul rusty junk in the back? I. Don’t. Know. By now, you can probably tell where this post is headed. That’s right, I found a 1966 El Camino on eBay that is claiming, and appearing to be, a true barn find (so jealous). It’s quite solid, and it looks like it has some bruises, but it wears them like the boss that it knows it is. For god sakes people, it’s an El Camino with factory A/C. It is the vehicle that dreams (and nightmares) are made of. I mean this thing is terrific with a capital T. I hope that whoever lands this 100%-fun-wagon will daily drive the heck out of it as is, all while sending the 1A Blog pictures along the way. God I love El Caminos.
Just a few days ago, there was a vehicle on eBay that wouldn’t have caught your eye unless you were specifically looking for it. It was a very simple, two tone brown 1986 Ford Bronco XLT … with just 6,980 miles on it. Oh snap! Yes you read that right. Throughout its whole life, it has been meticulously cared for by its original owners and it really, really shows. It has original everything, right down to its perfect looking muffler. It took 37 bids to get up to its ending price of $22,810, but that was not enough to remove the reserve. I guess if you want the most perfect 1986 Bronco in existence, you’ll just have to fork out more cash than that. What’s the one problem with this vehicle you ask? Well, what the heck do you do with it? It would be a shame to drive it, and yet it would be a shame to not drive it. I’m happy I won’t have to make that decision.
For those of you that want to see all eleventeen billion pictures that this seller has available, I recommend checking out eBay item # 160705161860. Just be sure to give it plenty of time to load, because your computer will probably give up the ghost if you don’t.