Double Cab Ute: Datsun U620

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.

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Mid-Engine, Manually-Shifted Van: 1991 Previa

Sure, it looks like an egg, but we respect the Previa. What other minivan has offered a mid-engine layout, manual trans, supercharger and all-wheel drive? Sadly, one couldn’t combine all of these concepts, as it seems all supercharged Previas were of the automatic, rear-wheel drive variety.  Today’s feature is a rare one with its five-speed manual.  The addition of Lexus SC430 “pie plate” wheels is an added bonus.  We stand by previous claims that this is among the five ugliest OEM wheels ever offered.

This is a 231K mile van, but it’s a Toyota, so maybe it’s just getting broken in. The seller has had quite a bit of maintenance done recently, but anyone buying should assume this high mileage vehicle will occasionally need attention. That means anyone buying should be prepared to take to YouTube for videos on how to get to the engine for even the most basic of services. It is, after all, located under the floor between the front seats.

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Laguna Beach, CA, USA
$3,800

Here’s the delightfully odd profile and those hideous wheels. Oh, those wheels.

Odd from every angle (which is to say we love it).

Sorry, there’s no S/C badge on the right rear corner of this’un.

This money shot shows the manual shifter.  We assume seats look like the inside of a pumpkin when we see cheap seat covers used for hiding.

How about one more show of that shifter and a touch of dash. It looks like a double DIN head unit will fit here. That means Android Auto can bring you all the modern technology you need!

Here’s the third row. The second has been removed, but that’s a temporary issue.

Here’s the second row, which appears to be in great shape.

Yes, there’s cargo space behind that third row!

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ULTRA RARE 91 TOYOTA PREVIA/ESTIMA 5SPEED MANUAL! Mid-engine, RWD, old-school Original TOYODA PRODUCT(YES Toyota with a D) Extensive maintenance has been done. Here’s what I did just in the last 3 months…..New NGK Iridium IV spark plugs and NGK wires, Brand new Clutch master cylinder, Brand new slave cylinder, Brand new Stage 2 Carbon Kevlar clutch and new transmission fluid, brand new rear main seal, brand new tie rods, brand new ball joints, Brand new rack and pinion, New stabilizer bar bushings, New control arm bushings, New stabilizer bar rod ends, new starter, new battery tie down. Drain, refill and seal rear differential, fresh oil change with Castrol 10w-40 with magnetic aluminum drain plug, BFI intake mod, Lexus SC430 plate wheels may or may not want to keep depending on the offer. Has a brand new alternator and belt. I might be forgetting something but yah, a lot of maintenance has been done! All pure and manual everything! Also has the Tow Package! I believe I’m only the second owner since I bought it.Just drove it to Vegas and back with no problems. Cons are has dime size dents here and there, could use some paint, Needs a new cat and o2 sensor. (no prob with smog). Needs a new compressor for the AC if you want AC(Windows down in Cali is the way to go). Heater works and Fan works. Also the interior is fairly clean. 7seater, 5 with the middle row taken out easily, and 3rd row can be folded out of the way to reveal huge cargo space if you need it. I was going to stance it out but I don’t have any more to keep it. Original, oldschool, and bad ass bippu or stance start. 3800obo negotiable. CLEAN TITLE and Registered until April of 2018, 2nd owner, 231kMI. Other pics are examples of how it could be modded. Email me if your interested. Thanks

1976 Lotus Eclat Project

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.

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 ” 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.

As Usual

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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We can help with arrangements to have the car shipped quickly.

Call Dave at (256) xxx xxxx, 8am – 9pm Central Time,