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BaT Auctions: Prepare your wallet for destruction

Jeff Glucker October 22, 2014 For Sale

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Apparently I’ve been under a rock (or have had my head down editing video), because I just found out that Bring-A-Trailer is hosting its own online auctions now. Today sees the ending of timers for a new batch of vehicles and, as you’d expect from BaT, the offerings are excellent. They range in price from “Ooooh crap, maybe I should shift some things around and buy that!” to “Wow, people pay that much for those?!”

Head on over to Bring-A-Trailer to check out the latest batch of vehicles. The list includes the above Mini Cooper, a Ford Falcon Sprint with racing history, a refreshed Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3, and an excellent Buick Skylark with a 500-ci Caddy mill swapped under the hood.

Malaise Showdown: Cosworth Vega Vs 4-Speed LeMans

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With six divisions and 50% market market share, GM of Old could afford to offer a variety of flavors of “sporty” cars. The “Colonnade” styling of the A-body midsizers, introduced in 1973, embodies so much of the Malaise Era: overwrought and overweight, housing large but disappointing powerplants, a desperate hollow ploy to hang onto what made the 60s great. Meanwhile, on the communist side of town, the Vega represented the new reality of Diminished Expectations: America was going to have to make due with less. Smaller, lighter and more advanced was the future, and the Vega was here to show us the way.

But if you’re reading Hooniverse you already know all that. The Vega was about 3/4 done when launched and the Colonnades are almost lovable if properly overhauled to be more beefy than porcine. Such is the case today. Our Pontiac’s been blessed with a warmed-over 389 from a ’66 GTO, backed by a four-speed Muncie M22. The interior’s decent (as ’74 Pontiacs go) and the paint’s good. I’d do the details differently: wheels and tires that fill the wells, no hood scoop and probably one four-barrel instead of two. However, overall the package looks like a fun machine for parking lot donuts and some decent drag passes. The reserve’s unmet at $3,150, but I’d guess this is a $7-10k car.

“One Vega for the price of two”, the Cosworth Vega is arguably the more Hooniverse car here, in that it’s a crappy platform that might just have some potential courtesy of some choice upgrades. Wait…I just said that about the Colonnade. Ok, anyway, the Cosworth Vega came equipped with a 2.0L motor checking all the right boxes: all-aluminum, DOHC, EFI, stainless header, and a decent-for-the-time 6500RPM redline. Alas, in production trim it only managed to deliver 110 net horsepower.

Our example’s in damn good shape—from 20 feet away. The paint’s original, faded and rusted in only one spot according to the seller. Otherwise the listing’s pictures show the interior and engine bay to be in great original shape. With a $2499 opener and $3600 buy-it-now, this actually looks like a damn good deal for the Best of the Worst.

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V.I.S.I.T: Czech street scene- Automobily Prahy.

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I’d been looking forward to this trip for ages. There were a number of gravities which pulled us towards the Czech capital; not least the fascinating history that the country has built up having been directed under a number of regimes during the last century. The architecture, too, promised (and delivered) a rich blend of renaissance, gothic, cubist, art-nouveau and brutalist styles to gawp at. Beer too, is in abundance and very cheap.

Of course, I had my camera on standby in case I encountered anything wheeled that was notable. Judge my results for yourself with the photoflood after the jump.

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – How about a 1974 Imperial Crown Coupe, claimed as only 1 of 57 made…

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Continuing on with theWeekend Edition, and here is an interesting Craigslist Listing… This is an ad for one of the 57 Imperial LeBaron Crown Coupes sold for 1974, a claim that I find dubious at best. While not really willing to take the time to find out if it’s true, this is the last really big Imperials offered beefore these cars became the Chrysler New Yorker the very next year. Collectible or Forgettable?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a Rare 1989 Pontiac 6000 STE AWD on Craigslist…

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Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I am going to start out with this gem I found on Craigslist. This is a car that GM decided to produce in the late 80’s to try and compete with Audi and BMW. The STE was introduced for the 1983 model year, and featured a high output V-6 engine, 5-passenger seating as standard, specific alloy wheels, and most of the luxury features offered on the imports. The last 6000 STE was produced for 1989 before the STE nameplate moved to the Grand Prix. So is this last year model desirable?

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LeMons Grade Citroen SM? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Tim Odell October 16, 2014 For Sale, Terrible Ideas

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Spend enough time among the LeMons staff, and you pick up a few key phrases. The prefix “Hella butt terrible” is a favorite, and I feel it was invented for for this car. The SM is simultaneously incredible and incomprehensibly difficult, as only the team-up of Citroen and Maserati could be. Nothing’s easy or cheap to fix. Which is what makes this beater SM so awesome. It’s for sale in Beverly Hills and “has been sitting for many years, waiting to be restored”. The previous long-time owner didn’t exactly take great care of it. High end car from the 70s, what looks like drunken parking lot damage, offloaded to a high-end/classic dealer? Oh yes.

As far as we know, there’s never been an SM in LeMons. This needs to change. Now. The price is a little high, but I can say with 100% certainty that if the sale price is even close to the current $860 (reserve unmet), you’re guaranteed to receive a disinterested limp-wristed wave of the long cigarette holder through BS inspection. Besides, that soon to be removed interior’s gotta be worth a pretty penny towards your final budget. On the plus side, it’s pre-smog, so it’ll be easier to keep it street legal in case you want to cruise in real style.

1973 Citroen SM for sale – eBay Motors

24 Hours of LeMons Year-End Tent Sale Event Blowout!

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[Disclaimer: Neither Hooniverse nor the 24 Hours of LeMons is selling these cars. They are being sold by private owners. It's only a headline.] 

Autumn brings about many changes in the year, but perhaps the most important change is that 24 Hours of LeMons teams turn over a new leaf, shedding their cars just as automotive writers toss out so many overwrought story ledes. Yes, the end of a racing season finds LeMons teams moving up, moving on, or sometimes just plain moving, leaving the budding crapcanista to benefit with a reasonably priced, already-built racecar. Of course, “reasonably priced” means different things to different people, but the general agreement among racers is that building a first car with all the required safety equipment requires an investment of at least $3,500. Consequently, a used-hooptie price usually reflects that builder’s investment.

I’m not nearly the used crapcan salesman that Spank Worthington is, but follow the jump for a list of tremendous LeMons cars up for sale right now for you to buy with American (or Canadian, in some cases) dollars to take racing. Or you could just look at them, I guess. Or park them in your yard to drive down property values. Whatever.

It’s time to clear these owners’ lots for next year’s models, so follow the jump to find the crapcan that fills your needs and Save, Save, Save!

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a US market 1974 Opel Manta 1900 with less than 24,000 miles…

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Let’s take a look at an original 1974 US Market Open Manta 1900. The Mantas I remember from the time period was in the Luxus trim package, meaning that they all had a higher grade plush interior fabric, AM and FM Radio, some fake wood trim on the dash, and Rallye Wheels instead of hub caps and trim rings. Well, this car has none of that, but is it still desirable?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here’s a 1998 Nissan Stagea 260RS Estate… Wait… What?

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Continuing on with the Hooniverse Weekend Edition of Quick Hits, and this was originally a Craigslist Listing I discovered, but it was a little short on images, so I went to the dealership web site to see what this car was all about. The Nissan Stagea is a JDM model that was never offered here in the US. So, does this recent Canadian import make you lust for late model Nissan Estate Cars?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a 1971 Ford LTD Convertible that is unusually equipped…

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Welcome to the Weekend Edition of the Hooniverse, and I thought I would start out the weekend with something a bit unusual. I know, it’s another Detroit Boat from the 70s that I seem to love so well, so what is so unusual about that (you might be saying to yourself)… Well, according to the listing, this car comes complete with a Marti Report stating that this LTD Convertible is the only one equipped with both Factory Air Conditioning (unusual in itself on a convertible during this time period), and a 3-speed Manual Transmission…

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