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Wagon Wednesday – This is probably the Finest 1965 Chevy Corvair Greenbriar Van Ever…

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It has been a while since I have writted a proper Wagon Wednesday Feature, and the Snowpocolypse that the Northeast recently experienced has given me enough time to show all of you what is probably the nicest Corvair Forward Control Greenbriar Wagons in the country. You all know my fascination with Corvairs, and the fact that my family once owned a Greenbriar Wagon ties everything together. This is an especially rare 1965 8-door model, one of the more unusual variants. The auction has ended without reaching the reserve, but so what… This is an unusual thing of wonder. Tell me you wouldn’t like to own it…

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eBay Insanity – Here is a 1970 Chrysler Newport Convertible, with a 3-Speed Manual, Armstrong Steering, and Bench Press Brakes…

Jim Brennan January 27, 2015 eBay Insanity, For Sale

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So we are in the middle of the Blizzard of 2015 here in the Northeast, and you know where my thoughts are… on Summer of course, and so I thought I would share this very unusual Chrysler Newport Convertible with all of you, which is my way of getting past the snowpocalypse currently swirling around me… See if you agree with me that this particular Chrysler is unusually optioned, even for a car that was born in 1970…

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eBay: The marvelous ‘Launcha Splatos’ crapcan racer is for sale


720-Splatos_LedeIt’s not every day that I see two cars listed for sale that make your heart skip a beat, but today has been a remarkable day. Bringatrailer.com already beat me to writing up the lurid Panhard project for sale in Los Angeles and this evening I discovered that one of my absolute favorite 24 Hours of LeMons cars is up for sale.

If you’re on this site, you’re likely familiar with the rallying legend the Lancia Stratos, a screaming, mid-engined, V6-powered, 1970s wedge that looked couldn’t possibly have been more Italian. The Stratos’ V6 made about 210 horsepower, which was plenty in a car that weighed all of a ton. In fact, those numbers would be great in a series like, say, the low-buck endurance racing 24 Hours of LeMons, a great racecar builder might think. Enter Mike and Darren Besic and their crapcan Stratos replica, the Launcha Splatos.

Launcha Splatos on eBay

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a 1983 Nissan Pulsar NX; Talk about a True Unicorn…

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You know what has virtually disappeared within the American Car Scene? Sensible, cheap, and reliable 2-Door Sporty Japanese Coupes and I wonder how that happened. Does everything have to be a High-Riding SUV or Crossover thingy? Do you have to have gigantic cars just to drive yourself to work? Do you have to have the latest Euro-Prick machine to impress your family and (really not) your friends? Well, let’s go back to 1983, when Nissan introduced this very unusual looking, wedge shaped, 2-door sport coupe to America, and this one is a time capsule…

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Turbocharged 472ci Powered DeVillamino: We’re Done. Everyone Go Home.

Tim Odell January 6, 2015 eBay Insanity, For Sale

1974 Cadillac DeVillamino for saleWhile they have their fans, a 1974 Cadillac DeVille hardly represents the brand’s pinnacle. The massive 472 and 500ci V8 made low-200s horsepower and only high-300s lb-ft of torque with a wheezey 8.5:1 compression ratio. One upside of low-compression engines? They take well to turbocharging. While he’s spared us the details, the seller’s equipped this DeVille with what looks like a decent sized hairdryer on a baffling set of plumbing. From what we can see in the pictures, it’s clearly a draw-through setup. Looks like there’s a big adapter between the carb and the block, with one massive pipe coming out of the carb towards the turbo, then another return dumping into the intake manifold.

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The simplicity is attractive, as the carb is blind to the fact there’s actually a turbo downstream; it just feeds in air and fuel in response to the vacuum pulled on it. The downside is now the air/fuel mix is heated up by the turbo, though the presence of the fuel supposedly has a cooling effect compared to a typical air-only compression scheme. The new air cleaner and absent-due-to-damage hood suggest there may have been a few hiccups getting the setup working completely right.

And then there’s the bed. Cadillacs frequently served on hearse and flower car duty back in the day, so this might’ve been an “original” flower car…or just a backyard special. There seems to be a provision for a snap-on cover of some kind and the interior’s got a decent coat of trunk/truck bed paint.

All-in-all, looks like the perfect ride for the owner of a firearms dealership in Bakersfield, California. The reserve’s unmet at $1,000 and four days left; what do you think it’ll go for?

1974 Cadillac DeVille Pickup – eBay Motors


Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1986 Rolls Royce Camargue on eBay; The Italian Job of British Luxury!

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It is very rare that you see a Rolls Royce with Italian Coachwork come up for sale, but here you go. This is one of only 531 models built, with bodies built by the Italian design firm of Pinninfarina. This was the most expensive car built during it’s time period (with a US price of $147,000 which is equivalent to $600,000 today…) with parts that are truly unobtainable today. So is this Roller as special as it seems?

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Maserati Bitrubo: Because the Kids’ College Fund Has Too Much Money

Tim Odell December 23, 2014 eBay Insanity, For Sale

1984 Maserati Biturbo for saleMy personal zenith (or is that nadir?) of junkyard finds was three Maserati Biturbos in one yard on one day. I can’t help but think it was the result of a collector/restorer/Stockholm-syndrome victim’s stash being cleared out by relatives/The Authorities. Of course, I was there looking for e12/e24 BMW 6-Series parts with a number of cars to choose from, so maybe these things just naturally gravitate towards San Fernando Valley wrecking yards.

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If that’s the case, this one’s Florida location has it a long ways from its inevitable destination. That’s good, as it looks about one owner away from death: it’s missing some trim, has “light surface rust” (but actually concerning bubbles around the tail lights and elsewhere), and “needs complete tune up and brakes”. Hello darkness deferred maintenance, my old friend…

Two interesting things pop out in one picture: it’s got only 3,300 miles (on a six-digit odometer) and either a non-functioning oil pressure gauge or non-functioning oil pump. Assuming that’s just a bad gauge, you could work on it while driving it and enjoy high-100s horsepower while constantly pointing out it’s not a Volkswagen Fox. If it’s as bad as things seem, you could part out a few functional bits to some collector in the San Fernando Valley, use those gorgeous leather seats for office chairs or recliners and make a sweet coffee table out of the motor, like our own Jim Yu did.

Looks like we’ve cleared $1,100 and the reserve, so there’s really nothing holding you back from a non-TC $1500 Maserati when the auction ends Wednesday!

1984 Maserati Biturbo for sale – eBay Motors

Diecast Delights: The Maserati Quattroporte V in 1:18 scale


Yeah, I’ve totally lost control. The whole idea of me rebooting the Diecast Delights thing was to make use of the several dozen 1:18th scale models which have been rotting away in various attics across Northeast Essex. Last weeks episode where I covered Maisto’s interpretation of the Morgan Aero 8, was supposed to be a hiccup. That was a model I picked up on eBay within the last fortnight. Well, so’s today’s. And I’ll admit now that I have another two coming. I’m a hopeless addict, but it’s a cheap habit so I’m not going to worry too much.

I bought today’s car, the Hotwheels rendition of the Maserati Quattroporte Mk 5 because that car is, out of all the cars I’ve ever driven, my favourite, despite the Skyhook system letting go dramatically mid roundabout and leaving me sawing at the wheel of what became a wobbly, tail-happy monster. I love that car, (read about the fun I had in it here) but alas in my current position in space, time and economy, a 1:1 scale QP is beyond my means and practicality. There are limited choices in scale model terms, too, and that’s why I ended up with this one. Take a closer look after the jump.

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eBay: 1982 Alfa Romeo GTV6 with Callaway twin turbo setup


If I have learned only one thing from the 24 Hours of LeMons, it’s that the song of an Alfa Romeo V6 rivals the sweetest strains of polyphony from the most alluring of sirens. I want one.

And of all the American-market cars Alfa powered with their 2.5-liter and 3.0-liter V6s, the GTV6 is surely the most striking. While it produced healthy power numbers for the time, it wasn’t suitably crazy enough for an Italian car, so Alfa entered an agreement with tuners Callaway, who built the beautiful twin-turbo engine in this GTV6 up for sale on eBay.

Alfa Romeo with Callaway Twin-Turbo Setup

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Die-Cast Delights:- Peugeot 205 GTI in 1:18th Scale


I’ve been up in the attic, fighting my way through the cobwebs, bat shit, old luggage and decorating ephemera (on stand-by until the resumption of operation Make-House-Nice) and I have itches all over thanks to fibreglass insulation penetrating my T-shirt and jeans. And it’s all with the aim of bringing you another exciting instalment in the current series of Die-cast Delights.

Many of the 1:18th scale models I have hoarded, obsessively collected, gathered over the years have now become available second-hand via eBay and, after a quick search and with a little bidding luck, can be yours with very little financial hardship suffered. But, what to buy? I have a load of models and some of them are absolute crap. Maybe, as this series continues, I’ll suggest something that takes your fancy, if last week’s Ford Cougar didn’t already.

Today it’s the turn of Solido’s Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI.

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