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This is easily the best-looking pickup ever made, and the Honcho package added 70s decals, roll bar and Levi’s interior to the mix. We love it, especially in these colors.
Most Datsun pickups from the 60s and 70s were standard, two-seat affairs with separate beds – much like almost every other pickup out there. There were a few oddballs, though, including the Sunny Ute we previously featured and today’s U620. This is the Ute version of the 620 pickup and arguably the coolest (and weirdest) Datsun pickup ever made.
We’ve always been intrigued by these 70s Lotus Elite and Eclat (sometimes called the Lotus Eclair). These front-engine oddballs were large for Lotus, but still used the “just add lightness” formula and were known as excellent handlers. The Elite, with its shooting brake body type, is more the oddball, while this Eclat has a coupe roof line. To us, it seems like these cars were style leaders, as they went angular in the mid 70s, while so many others went that way around 1980-1984 (think Celica/Supra, 200SX, Corvette, Camaro/Firebird, Datsun Z, etc.).
Today’s feature is a true project, but it was recently painted and it seems that most, if not all, parts are present. Note that this is offered by the same shop that sold the Renault Dauphine we featured last week.
The seller indicates that some interior parts should be replaced or restored ad that an engine rebuilt may be a good idea. That being said, this car was driving to the shop before the restoration was started. Whether refreshed or rebuilt, the Lotus twin cam should provide a great song and this car should offer a high level of “fun to drive” once it’s put back together. We hope it finds a loving and capable owner!
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Cullman, AL, USA
$5,950 with ZERO bids and four days to go
This styling has grown on us in recent years. Sure, we’d love the shooting brake, but the name Eclat adds a few weirdness points.
One doesn’t have to worry about floor pan rust, as these are fiberglass. The worries relate to the steel frame underneath.
Here’s the trunk – again, it seems solid, but needs to be trimmed out.
Was the twin-cam was left in place for painting? Maybe not, as the white paint looks pretty fresh.
Yes, front seats are included, along with supposedly every other part removed.
” Happy 75th Birthday… time to sell all your cars , close the restoration shop, and enjoy some track time while you can “
after many years of restoring old race cars, family thinks it’s time to sell off all my accumulated stock of cars and parts.
So we have sold one of our shop buildings, and are preparing to sell the main shop as well.
ALL reasonable offers to add a “Buy it Now” considered
the Lotus is for sale at the shop and elsewhere,
the listing may be ended at any time
This is a great opportunity to acquire one of the very desirable Lotus Éclat Sprints
Relisted without reserve, starting where it ended last month.
This Lotus has recently been refinished in Performance Yellow basecoat/clearcoat, and is for sale as shown just after a rinse.
It is ready to have the trim re-installed.
The interior is in fair condition, and now that the exterior is a head turner, the upholstery should be refinished also.
This is a Euro Spec car, LEFT hand drive, Euro bumpers, with dual D’llorto carburetors, and optional 14″ wheels. Not on the road for some time, the car was driven to the body shop, but after 40 years, the engine should be freshened.
Cylinders showed 160,155,160,160 psi
All trim and interior parts were carefully removed, and can be packaged and loaded inside the car, so this car can ship quickly to Europe
Many of our cars leave from Port of Savannah, and we can assist with arrangements to any of the European Ports, as well as Australia from LongBeach on the West Coast
This restoration is NOT ‘stalled’
This Sprint is one of several cars in the shop that we continue to work on ( SO PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU BID ) , and if not sold, the price will change as work continues
Other cars , include the ex Karl Flessa ’59 Bugeye race car, a ’65 Morgan +4, a ’57 Mercury Montclair w/Tpke engine, the ex Bill Leonhardt/ Dan Gallant ’57 Volvo 444 race car (oldest Volvo race car still actively racing ), 59’LaDawri Daytona 292 T’Bird w 3 deuces, a ’60 Lotus 7 Series1, , the ex John Helms Fiat 124, spider race car, ’72 TE27 Corolla Vintage race car,a’52 BucklerMk10 TaylorAlloyBody, the original Fiberfab Factory Azteca mid-engine Corvair/Porsche 356 base , a’58 Turner 803, a PreWar Ranger 440 Aircraft engined race car, a ’29 Studebaker Lt Six Boattail speedster, several Vintage race car rolling chassis(s), bodies, and numerous other parts cars and cars for restoration..as well as a 4000 sq ft building full of Vintage parts.
This car is offered as shown… and it appears complete, with good glass, and dash.
All of the alloy trim is in good, except for a couple of rear window pieces will need straightening.
Notice that the beltline has been finished, to better enhance the lines of the car,
and the car has the desirable and hard to find Euro bumpers.
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This is one of several fiberglass-bodied, kit-type cars sold without engine or trans and designed to accept Porsche or VW goodies. This one’s special, though, as the fiberglass body sits on an aluminum monocoque. That is only now becoming more common, thanks to Jaguar, Audi and a few others; but it was seriously exotic stuff at the time, which probably explains the high price – equivalent to $70k in today’s dollars.
The seller indicates that this example is powered by Porsche 914 bits and is “as-is” and waiting for restoration. It’s not clear whether it runs or drives, but it certainly looks complete in the images and dealing with the 914 engine and/or transaxle will be the easy part.
We hope this oddball finds a loving home in which it will be revived as a runner for occasional drives and lots of smiles. At somewhere around 2,000 pounds, the flat four should work nicely. Hopefully, the handling is good, too.
Note that the seller put TONS of period brochure and press info in the ad – cool stuff!
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Tampa, FL, USA
$6,350 with 3 bids, reserve not met and six days to go
The profile is simultaneously unique and familiar, with bits of Dino and Porsche visible to these eyes.
With the deeply recessed headlights, the front is unique,though some might say the Nissan Z31 got got some ideas from this one.
This angle exaggerates the already-long hood.
As does this one. Note the t-tops!
Rear shows flying buttress design – not uncommon for mid-engine cars.
Before we go inside, take a look at the riveted aluminum door structure!
Interior is in great shape and has tasty, classic looks.
We feel a definite Lotus vibe in here.
Frunk is pretty tiny, so don’t bring too much stuff.
Rear luggage compartment (aft of engine and on top of transaxle) offers a little more room.
Here’s that trans.
Note more rivets.
Yep,T-Tops are included.
1977 Aerocon Boa “Porsche” Special
Aluminum Monocoque Chassis; Porsche Mid-Rear Engine; Aerospace Design
“The Fusion of Automotive Design and Aerospace Technology.” That’s how Dave Saunders, creator of the Boa sports car and President of the Aerocon Corporation (an aerospace engineering firm based in Ventura, California) put it in the Aerocon Boa brochure. In an April, 1978 Road & Track article, author John Lamm shared the following:
“Considering Saunders’ aircraft background, you wouldn’t expect something too conventional for the Boa’s chassis and it isn’t – unless you consider ‘conventional’ the Formula 1 automobile. That’s right, Saunders uses an aluminum monocoque chassis.”
The Boa was designed for either a Porsche 914 or Volkswagen engine – the choice was up to the buyer. This is a rear mid-engine sports car with a wheelbase of 101 inches. Total weight is 1800 lbs, and in stock form, the Boa is approximately 15% (250 lbs) lighter than a Porsche 914. With appropriate engine tuning combined with the sophisticated chassis, the Boa would trounce a Porsche 914.
The price in 1977 for an Aerocon Boa was $18,000 – that’s approximately $70,000 in 2017 dollars. While projections of 200 being built the first year, just 15 cars were built before production ceased in late 1978. The serial number of this car is “BOA-77-1013” and may indicate this was the “13th” of 15 produced.
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Our Aerocon Boa was found several years ago in Los Angeles, California and eventually made its way to Tampa, Florida. In storage for the last 5 years, the odometer shows just over 7000 miles which given the condition of the car may be original. This Boa uses a Porsche 914 engine, and the drivetrain has not been tested. The Boa looks great for a 40 year old sports car. It is unrestored and being sold in “as-is” condition inviting the new owner an exciting opportunity to finish this car to their taste and standards.
WWe love Pinto Cruising Wagons in just about any condition or format. This is probably the most heavily modified we’ve seen, as it’s lifted and features a 1974 Bronco 4WD system and 1975 302 V8. The result is beautifully ridiculous.
The seller provides a decent amount of info, but it’s not 100% clear how this was put together. We suspect – and hope – that the body is sitting on the full Bronco frame. The car seems to be well done and most of the visible interior bits look new. Power comes from a 1975 302, which is hooked up to a C4 automatic.
Oddly the seller says the car comes with maple. We’re not sure how much.
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West Yarmouth, MA, USA
$17,500 BIN with offers considered and seven days to go
Wagon + 4WD + V8. We love it!
Massive, custom bumpers work nicely here.
The red seats and door cards contrast nicely with the black carpet and the silver exterior. Nice choice!
Gauges look stock and steering wheel might have come from a Mustang II.
Cargo area is ample and clean. Porthole windows are true classic.
Here’s the 302, which has typical dress-up goodies. It should provide plenty ‘o torque for off-roading and, despite the added weight of the 4WD system, should move this thing on the road better than the stock setup.
Sport steering wheel, tinted windows, self-adjusting mirrors from driver’s seat, Blaupunkt stereo w/ front door speakers & 8″ rear woofer. Sport gauges, maple, custom bumper front & rear and side steps. Has 1974 Bronco drive train; limited slip Dana 44 front end C4 shift kit, rebuilt transmission 1975/302 stock 40,000 mi, towing pkg, big bearing rear end 11″ rear drums. Front and rear sway bars. 350 gears 3 Spd automatic. Tires 30×9.50 15’s. Current state inspection sticker, registered, one of a kind! Clean open title. Payment due in 48 hours by bank wire or check (wait until cleared) Title will be turned over after funds have cleared. Sold in ‘as is’ condition (windshield trim needs re-installation.) Questions? Call/text me at 774-xxx-xxxx. Thank you!
Okay, we’ve posted one as UR-Sylvia before. We stand by that. This is where the Sylvia started and it offers light weight and rear wheel drive with a nice, little L-series four cylinder up front. Included is a healthy dose of delightfully odd 70s Japanese styling.
The seller claims this example has about 97K miles, which is nothing. Apparently, it runs with gas sprayed into the carb and the clutch has no pressure. So, at a minimum, you’ll want to refurb the fuel tank and clutch system, but these aren’t huge tasks.
Another consideration is no registration since 2011. We recommend checking with your state to see what it’ll cost to register five years later. We hope it’s not too much, as this cool, little relic deserves to remain on the road and in service. At under $1K, this may be a no-brainer, assuming not too many big issues don’t appear once it’s up and running.
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Turlock, CA, USA
$660 with 20 bids and two days to go
These were always “interesting looking” cars – oddly appealing and a bit ugly at the same time.
The rear of this generation of 200SX was always delightfully odd and it seems a lot of them had stripes to accentuate it. We approve of the brown stripe color choice!
Front end is perfectly handsome, though the 70s bumpers jump out.
Interior is all there and relatively clean. These is one of our favorite 70s dashboards. Upholstery appears to have a rip or two and we’re not sure it’s original.
Rear seat shows little use, but a few spots. No telling what that could be. This appears to be the original cloth, though.
L-series four cylinder looks as appealing as ever and it looks like someone has cleaned up under here. We’d consider painting the air cleaner…
1977 Datsun 200SX
Vin # HLS10137709
Last registered in CA in 2011
97K miles on the odometer
Holds a clean CA Title
Engine fires up with gas sprayed in carburetor (gas tank is dry)
Clutch pedal has no pressure
Minor fender dent on passenger side (see pictures)
AS-IS with no guarantees
Buyer responsible for pick up
$500 deposit is due immediately after auction ends
Vehicle must be paid in full and picked up within 7 days of the end of the auction
$25 per day storage fee will apply after the 7 day grace period
This is a fully custom tractor running a Chevy 350 and an Opel-based front suspension. The seller calls it the “Road Warrior”, but promptly points out it’s not for on-road use, as it likely can’t be registered. Hmm – to be fair, no one needed registration in the Road Warrior (as opposed to on Mad Max).
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Justice, IL, USA
$1,025 with three bids, reserve not met and 6.5 days to go
The look is all tractor, yet the front end is clearly extended to house the non-tractor engine.
Here’s a close-up of the chromed 350 with its awesome headers. Up close, the fabrication work looks good, and the builder even thought to put in a step.
Rear view doesn’t show much other than lots of tire and the keg-style fuel tank, but there’s a narrowed Dana rear end in there.
“Interior” is simple, but better equipped than one might expect. We see a full (overdone!) compliment of gauges, although we note two tachs; so it’s possible the car cluster doesn’t actually work. A stereo is oddly present – we can’t imagine one can hear anything over the headers. Shifting looks to be a crotch-grabbing exercise.
This is a one of a kind, garage kept, custom built, trophy winning V8 **Tractor**. It’s called the ROAD WARRIOR (like an outrageous vehicle on Mad Max). It is about 9 1/2 feet long and is powered by a 1972 Chevy 350 V8, turbo 350 automatic transmission, Dana rear end, Opel GT front axle, powder coated Zoomie headers, aluminum keg gas tank, lots of chrome, custom paint. It runs great!
This vehicle is intended for car shows, parades, cruise nights, tractor events. It will be sold on a bill of sale since it is not intended for street use.
Due to recent non-paying bidders we will reject all bids with zero feedback. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience.
Any questions or concerns please call George on 708-xxx-xxxx.
This vehicle needs a good home. Happy bidding!
The Beetle was used and abused in many ways and Beetle-based kits ranged from the Bradley GT sports car to off-road buggies. Somewhere in between is this “Vendetta” delivery van body kit.
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Baldwin Park, CA, USA
$4,550 with 17 bids, reserve not met and six days to go
The front doesn’t even try to disguise itself. We’re okay with that.
The rear shows the “vanness”, as well as fancy exhausts.
The doors do indeed open.
Here’s a shot of the cargo area.
Plenty of windowless room here.
Obligatory bikini babe shot!
The engine presumably lies under the cargo floor.
Lots of wheels are included in this deal.
This is a rare 1973 VW Beetle that has a fiberglass trunk. It was converted by previous owner, and this is called a VANDETTA. It is covered by mat blue vinyl wrap that was done in summer of 2015. At that time, new window seals and door seals have been installed.
I bough it in 2007 and stored in my garage. I only take it out to drive when it is not raining. Every year, it has been tuned up by an expert VW mechanic located in Pasadena. Last tune up was April 2016. Carburetor has been cleaned, and spark plugs are new. Mechanically it is in superb condition. Actual mileage is unknown.
The winner of this auction also gets 6 extra VW wheels. As you can see, 2 front wheels fit in the front. The winner is responsible for picking this item up or arrange shipping. I do not ship to international buyers.
The video shows how smoothly this car runs:
What do you get when you combine a 1976 Pacer with GM axles, an AMC V8 and International Scout transmission and transfer case? Well, this…
Okay, it’s possible the V8 is original, but the rest is an interesting combination of parts and it results in a pretty amazing ride height. Hopefully, this actually offers some off-road capability. We find this one particularly strange, given AMC rather uniquely offered off-road capable hatchbacks in the form of the Eagle Kammback, SX4, etc. Perhaps this owner just had the parts lying around?
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Dolan Springs, AZ, USA
$4,900 BIN with offers considered
This is definitely unique. Running board is a nice touch, but we hope it didn’t sacrifice ground clearance.
Flag and eagle are very much appropriate here.
Rear also features a truck bumper, with spare attached.
Apparently, the hatch clears the spare.
These always had high floors, but one could still cram a fair amount of stuff in here. We assume the driver of this sort of vehicle hauls a lot of ammo.
Hooray for manual shifters!
Patriotic theme carries over to the seats. This is fitting for a “Spirit of ’76” vehicle, but we find no evidence that this was part of a factory special edition.
Here’s the AMC V8. The seller lists some work needed, but it’s not clear that the engine needs much, if anything.
One of a Kind beautiful AMC Pacer. …
This beauty was worked on with love and attention. Converted to 4 wheel drive by adding General Motors front and rear axles. International Scout 4 speed trans and transfer case to the Pacer under carriage.Does have AC but needs work.. Runs and drives but needs a tune up and some work. It’s been setting for 2 years. Paint on top is fading, lower right windshield has a small crack. A rock pit on the left side of the windshield. Brakes work but need a vacuum boaster. Ignition switch is bad, tires are old and need replaced. Lots of things need redone. We have driven this car for years. Very good car that can be made into an attention getting very rare show car. It has been in several show magazines, and won many trophies in car shows.