Weekend Edition – Misfit Toys (Legends of the 24 Hours of LeMons) is selling off its toys…

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Well, this is sad news, but I can relate to their predicament. Misfit Toys, the team that campaigned a 1958 Wartburg 311 in several 24-Hours-of-LeMons events (as well as other racing venues) is calling it quits, and they are now selling off their collection of toys, including that glorious Wartburg. What do you think about the news?

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I’m going to start with their Wartburg. It is currently on eBay, and according to the listing:

This started as a 1958 Wartburg 311, the Wartburg is an east german car and is very rare in the US. The car was stripped to the frame, the front engine front wheel drive drive train was removed and it has been converted to rear engine, rear wheel drive. It utilizes a 4 speed transaxle from a VW beetle with a Subaru 2.2 engine. Porsche 944 brakes all around and 944 front suspension with Ground Control coil overs grafted in. Porsche 911 steering rack and many many other custom touches. This car was featured in the August 2011 edition of Grassroots Motorsports magazine (a copy of the issue will come with the car)

This vehicle was used to compete in the 24 Hours of Lemons road race, The Big Apple to Big Easy road rally (over 3000 miles covered without incident) and the Grassroots Motorsports Challenge. The vehicle is street legal and is currently registered and tagged under a historic registration in NJ. As it has been used for racing it does lack creature comforts. Continue to use it as a unique racer or revert back to street use and add some creature comforts.

In addition to the car you will get all the parts which have been gathered for the next phase of this project which was to make it faster and wilder while returning it to a full street car. Parts include: a spare Subaru 2.2 engine, a Subaru 2.0 Turbo engine from a WRX complete with ECU and wiring harness, engine will need a new turbo and a valve job but it is good for an additional 100 hp over the current setup. Subaru STi interior (blue and black), a set of 16×10 and 16×11 CCW classic wheels and tires. A spare transmission. 1 set of coil over shocks for the rear and anything else I can find that pertains to this car.

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According to their Forum Posting (go ahead, and click the link… I dare you!) the car will be sold for $5,000, and you can race it with the other crap cans in LeMons if you use their formula. See the eBay listing here: [sc:ebay itemid=”330992846604″ linktext=”1958 Wartburg 311 Custom” ]

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If you think that’s the only toy the are selling, take a look at this 1990 Yugo GV Widebody. According to the posting over at the 24-Hours-of-LeMons forum:

1990 Yugo GV+
Fully gutted and flared widebody Yugo. Currently has 1300cc EFI motor, not running. Previous owner was trying to convert to megasquirt. All original wiring and ECU is still in tact. Current engine has a good 4-2-1 header installed. Currently sitting on 13 inch; widened steel wheels with racing slicks. An assortment of other used racing slicks as well as 205/60/13 BFG tires included. With the Fiat 500 on the US shores there is good availability for larger diameter wheels in the 4×98 pattern if desired.
6 or 7 (I’ve lost track) spare engines 1300 and 1500cc. Current spare motor in build up process is a 1500cc with 9.5:1 compression pistons, PBS built big valve head and a real (not regrind) Faza Daytona 40/80 cam. This WILL NOT run on the stock EFI, see info on MS system below.
Spare 5 speed transmission (original) a Steve Hoelsher built 4 speed is currently in the car. Steve is a multi time SCCA DP autox champion and transmission builder, its a good unit.
Mold to make a fiberglass hoods is included but no hoods have been pulled from it yet. Needs a final polish before ready to pull parts
MANY MANY MANY spare engine, brake and other mechanical parts included.
One of the last remaining sets of Koni Red shocks and struts for a Yugo in this country are included. Rear transverse leaf spring pack upgraded with extra spring. Further extra springs are included for tuning. Adco rear swaybar installed. This is a very light, very fast, good handling little car that just needs time invested.

Asking price for this car is $2,000, and you can race it in LeMons or Chump Car using his formula. For an extra $1,000 you can get a brand new in box microsquirt controller, Innovate wideband O2 sensor with gauge, and all the parts required for conversion to distributorless ignition. See the post at the 24-Hours-of-Lemons Forum here.

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So here are two cars that are very competitive in their own right, and I’m surprised that they are still for sale. So, what do you have to say about this?

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19 responses to “Weekend Edition – Misfit Toys (Legends of the 24 Hours of LeMons) is selling off its toys…”

  1. Sjalabais Avatar

    This incredibly cool Wartburg was posted on Bring A Trailer 18 months ago, for $6800. From where I sit, it is just beyond Unicorn-level that this thing is even street legal. With its history, and a wealth of documentation that this is a working, reliable mashup, I wouldn't really throw it into the misfit-category with the other crap posted this weekend.

    1. Jim Brennan Avatar

      You say "other crap" like it's a bad thing… What gives?

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Haha, how could it be bad? =8^)

  2. JayP2112 Avatar

    That Yugo looks sharp!

  3. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Buy either of those cars, and you can start at the top of the heap. Which sort of goes against the whole ethos of hooptie racing. But they are fantastic cars, and well sorted at this point.

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      Not only does it go against the spirit of crapcan racing, it is in clear violation of rule 4.1.1, under “Lame-Ass Rationalizations,” to wit : “‘it would have been worth $500 if it didn't already have a cage’ doesn't count.”
      Granted, I think that either of these vehicles would make it through B.S. inspection without much hassle based solely on what they are, but if the judges are having a particularly bad day, either one of these could justifiably be given a bunch of penalty laps.

      1. OA5599 Avatar

        The Wartburg was the part of a prize package in a 24HOL contest. Another part of the prize package was a license to cheat–zero penalty laps regardless of actual cash outlay.
        http://forums.24hoursoflemons.com/viewtopic.php?i

        1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

          I remember that much, but I don't recall anything about transfer-ability of the B.S. waiver. I always assumed that it applied only to the winning team, but I suppose since it wasn't laid out specifically as being non-transferable, the Wartburg might have an indefinite pass on cheaty-ness. The judges are pretty forgiving about previous LeMons vehicles transferring ownership, anyway. Judge Phil, specifically, has expressed a willingness to accept the whole "$500 for the car, $2000 for the cage" justification for former LeMons cars in the past.

      2. Van_Sarockin Avatar

        That problem, like so many of life's other problems, can be solved with enough bottles of whiskey and tequila.

  4. cruisintime Avatar

    That Yugo has 2 grand worth of WTF factor going for it.

  5. dukeisduke Avatar

    The Wartburg is amazing.

  6. Kamil_K Avatar

    Why am I building the Buick?
    I should have just bought this…

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      Because building something leads to a greater sense of personal satisfaction should you succeed.

      1. Jim Brennan Avatar

        Meh, building it yourself is Highly Overrated…

      2. Kamil_K Avatar

        F that! It's work…Sent from my iPhone

  7. HTWHLS Avatar

    Is this serious? While i think the Yugo looks very cool, the Wartburg is running. for 5-6K, this is an unusual street car. Very cool!

    1. JThw8 Avatar

      Some clarifications 🙂 If you are bidding on the Wartburg you could have it for under 5k depending on how the bids go, the reserve is below 5.
      The Yugo, while not running is an easier car to work with as it comes with all the factory shop manuals, a boatload of parts and many other people/message boards on the internet who have experience with the car. The Wartburg has 1 person who knows everything about how it is put together although a portion of it has been documented in places.
      The Yugo, if developed according to the plan already in place (for which all the parts are included) will be a much better track car than the Wartburg.
      Both cars are great cars and represent a lot of my personal time and work over many years and I will miss them both like giving up my children, but dollar for dollar the Yugo is the real bargain here in parts value alone.

  8. IronBallsMcG Avatar

    I may be the first to say these words together in 20 years…
    "That Yugo looks like a pretty good deal."

  9. JThw8 Avatar

    Wartburg is sold. That hurts a bit. Quick buy the Yugo while I'm vulnerable.

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