Awesome oddball classics, one hell of a gnarly beard, beagle puppies, herbal supplements and cereal marshmallows by the ton: it’s all in a day’s work for Nathan Wratislaw, aka 1OwnerCarGuy (dot com). A few of his eBay listings showed up in our saved searches for the kind of funky cars we love to feature, so we figured we’d see what else was in his eBay store, titled “Cereal Marshmallows“.
We could keep ourselves busy posting almost every car in his inventory, from this F250 Highboy to this Mercedes 220 to this Volvo 262 Bertone to this Fox Body wagon. His cars are well photographed and thoroughly described. He’s a model eBay Motors seller in so many ways. But his ebay Motors cars would only scratch the surface of his entrepreneurial empire. Turns out that store name isn’t just some clever in-joke nickname, the dude also moves bulk-packaged cereal marshmallows via eBay and cerealmarshmallows.com:
Right here in the USA I found the perfect Marshmallow only Problem was I had to order over 10,000 pounds WOW and Marshmallows are LIGHT this is a SEMI Truck full well a big step but nonetheless one we made and now we sell out every 4 months or so I’m sure you will love these marshmallows
Hit the jump and follow us farther down the rabbit hole…
Meeting absurd characters is one of the best parts of being into old and crappy cars; Guys like Jack, who exist in a bubble of exceptions that allows the accumulation of two dozen rare awesome cars in a random backyard in The Valley. Beyond the cars, they’ve always got great stories to tell, and they always leave us wondering how they pull it all off. Luckily, Wratislaw’s great at cross-promoting his different business ventures, so there’s lots to see.
First, the cars: from his eBay store we can go to his dealership in El Cajon (San Diego), CA. But then there’s apparently a Missoula, MT connection via missoulaautoauction.com. I suppose that makes it easy enough to take smog-failing California malaise-mobiles and traffic them to a land where they can breathe freely and be appreciated for their lack of rust.
Then, on to the marshmallows. You could pick up a bag via his eBay store, or just go to the somewhat more manically written cerealmarshmallows.com. Just looking at this picture has me thinking a cross between Lucky the Leprechaun and Pablo Escobar is standing just off camera.
After that, things get truly weird. Pocket beagle puppies? Here ya go. Herbal supplements (made Montana!)? Sure thing. Penny Stocks? Why not? That’s not to mention the miscellaneous swap meet finds, GI “cleanse” product, and condoms business ventures.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!
While writing this up, we stumbled across the page for the Riot kit car he’s selling. Based on the pictures page, it’s been around for a while, but it seems he’s bought the design/rights/tooling and ordered a few rounds of improvements. For about $10-15k, you can get a complete car powered by a ~150hp VW motor burdened by a mere 1100lbs. Bet driving it’s a ri–oh…right.
Too often we’re only known by our screen names or writing; luckily, we get the chance to meet our hero up close and personal via his multiple youtube channels. This montage sums it up nicely:
Does anyone else have a “plan B” they keep in the back of their head?
Were I released from the golden handcuffs of my day job, I’d love to traffic cool old used cars via some combination of eBay and maybe a brick-and-mortar store. Since that probably wouldn’t pay the bills on its own, maybe some bit of web enterprise (oh, wait…) along with a few other things would all add up to enough income to pay the bills. …and that’s exactly what 1OwnerCarGuy is doing. He’s living the dream. Even if it’s a bit of a fever dream.
Now, about that boat…
[All images Copyright Nathan Wratislaw, 1ownercarguy.com, used without permission but we're giving him a ton of publicity so hopefully he's cool with it.]