Weekend Edition – An Oddly Fascinating Threesome found on eBay

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Here at the Hooniverse, our readers (as well as the contributors themselves) seem to have a habit of browsing for vehicles that are currently for sale from all corners of the web. I am no exception (as you will soon find out) except I don’t look for the pristine sports car, or the latest in German hardware, nor do I glance at any of the exotics that seem to be everywhere. No, I look at the oddly wonderful vehicles that are unloved, forgotten, or often ridiculed. Well, here are three oddities that are currently offered on that fascinating, time killing sight called eBay Motors, and I was wondering if anyone here finds these three Oddly Fascinating cars worth owning?

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Let’s start with a car that has earned a very questionable reputation due to poor build quality as well as it’s ability to shed plastic hardware at will. This is a very rare (at least here in the states) Sterling 827 SL1 5-door Hatchback. This car was built as a joint venture between the remains of British Leyland and Honda, but we all know that story, as the Honda Legend easily outsold its British Cousin here in the states. This particular Sterling has seen over 182,000 miles, and according to the seller:

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The time has come for me to part with my trusty Rover Sterling 827SLi that I have owned since June 2002. I purchased it from a Sterling mechanic who worked at the Kuni Cadillac/BMW/Sterling Dealership in Portland, OR. I am the third owner and it has been my daily driver ever since. I have parted out four Sterling’s to help keep this Sterling and the others I own on the road. Only reason I am selling this beautiful Sterling is because I have run out of space for the others I am restoring. This Sterling is an absolute pleasure to drive and own. It is in excellent running condition. Vehicle condition and maintenance history is outlined below. Contact me with any questions. Hope this ends up in the hands of another Sterling enthusiast.

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The current bid of $3,695, with no reserve I might ad, is very interesting, as I would be running for the hills away from this car for no other reason but to make sure it doesn’t disintegrate just by my touch. These is over three days to go until the auction ends, so I want to know this… Desirable or not? See the listing here: [sc:ebay itemid=”141155252479″ linktext=”1989 Sterling 827 SLi Hatchback” ]

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Which brings us to our next oddity, a Renault Caravelle from 1966. I have always thought this was Renault’s answer of how to compete with the Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia. It is about the same time frame, lovely to look at, quirky handling, and not at all fast (at least compared towhat was available in North America at the time). It also seems that most of the Renault cars offered during this period have all turned to iron-oxide, and there are very few examples left. According to the listing:

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Very nice Caravelle convertible. Brought back from France by the original owner, it still wears the export license tag and has French headlights. It is a late 1966 model so it has a tach just like the 1967 models. The car is mostly original except for a repaint, an electric fuel pump, new top, and the ugly rear view mirror that I never got around to changing. The interior is excellent original. Chrome is nice but not perfect. The car is rust free and always garaged. The top is a quality replacement in very nice condition. Car come with its original hardtop. The hardtop has a crease in it from the shipping company that brought it to me, but has basically been stored since new. The car runs and shifts great. I am the third owner.

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With less than eleven hours to go until the auction ends, the high bid so far is $6,000, and the reserve hasn’t been met. Just how desirable is a French convertible from the 60’s? It includes an accessory hardtop… It looks very well preserved… You will never find another one in this condition on this side of the pond… You tell me if you find this car tempting in any way. See the listing here: [sc:ebay itemid=”191034087106″ linktext=”1966 Renault Caravelle” ]

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And now for something completely different, yet still slightly odd and fascinating, I bring you this 1980 Plymouth Arrow Pickup, which is a Mitsubishi Forte in it’s homeland. This is an exceptionally odd truck from a period of extreme financial duress experienced by Chrysler in the US. You see, Chrysler was trying to prop up it’s dealerships by letting them sell anything and everything, which meant Plymouth Trucks imported from Japan for a brief time period. The Plymouth badged truck would disappear by 1982, so this particular truck is a delight. According to the listing:

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1980 PLYMOUTH ARROW PICKUP TRUCK… 76,016 Original Miles. This One Owner Pickup comes to us from Washington state. It comes with Original Washington State title issued in 1980 as well as Original Window sticker. It has Manual Gearbox, Leather / Cloth combination seat and AM / FM Radio. Engine is in Good Shape, does not smoke, does not leak, nice and quiet. Manual Gearbox feels Perfect, shifts without any problems, without delay, and without noise. Clutch feels like New. Suspension is in Excellent shape, Pickup tracks nice and straight. There is No Evidence of any Electrical problems. The exterior is in Excellent shape for a 1980. The paint looks original with absolutely no rust anywhere on the car. Leather / Cloth Seats, Carpet Floor and Glass are all in Great shape. Interior of this Pickup is Nice and Clean. This Plymouth has 4 matching Tires that are mounted on Good straight rims.

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The Buy-it-Now price is $5,600, but the dealership (in Staten Island of all places) is offering a $550 rebate if you call before you bid. It must have something to do with the eBay fees, at least that would be my guess… Anyway, there is twelve days to go until this auction ends, and while this truck is indeed Odd and Fascinating, I’m really not sure if it warrants that price-tag. You tell me after you go and take a look at the listing here: [sc:ebay itemid=”131091226941″ linktext=”1980 Plymouth Arrow Pickup” ]

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