Preserved, but why?

An aunt of one of us here at Oddimotive HQ once had one of these in yellow.  This beige one is awfully close and reminds us of just how boring  this body style was.

This ad is interesting for a few reasons:
1) Insanely low mileage and great condition, but why?
2) The brochure and marketing bits included in the ad are great.  GM even touted the Teflon(R) coating on part of the leaf springs.
3)  We don’t see HP listed – did they want to be Rolls Royce and be above quoting it, or is output on an 8:1 compression 350 so low it’s embarassing?  We think it’s both.
As of press time: $1,025 with 4 bids and no reserve
The no reserve auction will be interesting – true market value!
Update 03/28/2013:  Someone got this beauty for $8,600.  As always, it’ll be interesting to see if it pops up again.
Interior looks brand new…

There a lot going on under the hood, but it’s amazingly clean.

Ad text:

NO RESERVE
MINT CONDITION
A VERY RARE BARN FIND
1976 CADILLAC SEVILLE
36,650 MILES
IMMACULATE ORIGINAL CONDITION

LOOKS AND DRIVES GREAT

First we’ve seen

When Americans think Triumph cars, most don’t think sedan.  I6 adn 4-speed with overdrive sounds pretty cool to us.  Is anyone out there familiar with these?

Click for Craigslist ad
Your for $4500

Too bad there’s only one image in the ad.

Ad text:

Just imported. My wife and I bought the car to tour England and Scotland for two weeks and shipped her back. Very reliable and original with 57K mileage. No accidents. Mostly garaged with some minor rust. Nice interior.
New steering rack, clutch, brake cylinders, alternator, radiator, exhaust and tune up. Has 4 spd. electric overdrive. RHD. 2.0 6 cylinder with twin Stromberg carbs. Economical and parts readily available. A very cool and unusual Michelotti Sedan for CASH purchase. The only one you will ever see here. Serious only please. I can send additional photos. WILL TRADE FOR CLASSIC OR FOREIGN CAR OR ?

Warning: Desirable car

With the Eagle brand long since dead, these now qualify as oddities. Here we have the best of them all – the Talon Tsi AWD.  Okay, it’s debatable whether first or second gen is the very best, but you get the point.  These DSMs are cool and two out of the three brands that sold this car are long gone.  Long live this and the Plymouth Laser.

These were awesome when they arrived on the scene.  This is a low mileage example, so it will be interesting to see the market speak.

Click for Ebay ad
As of press time: $5,650 with 33 bids and reserve not met
Update (3/20): this was bid to $7,200, but did not meet reserve.  Thoughts?  I think th reserve may be a bit optimistic.

Color combo is nice, though not as retro-cool as a 90s teal.

Seat pattern is pretty cool.  Mouse belts are a throwback, these days.

 Here’s the source of the excitement.

Ad text:

I have NO need to sell this, kinda more of a testing waters. 

I have a completly mint and stock 1990 Awd Talon Tsi 5sp with 54k miles.  I have all the original paper work when it was bought new.  Its always been garaged kept.  Runs and drives like new.  All power options work, ac and heat work great.

Smart project?

Parts must be easy to find.  It is pretty cool, though…

Click here for Ebay ad
$7,400 opening price with no bids and TBD reserve
Update 03/28/2013: Zero bids, so reserve not met.

Ad text:

 A rare one here, has title and needs resto. The car is in restorable shape. 301 xxx xxxx
This car runs and has minimal rust. We can store the car for 60 days.
The article I took a picture of is not this car.

Another retro bird

What is it with these things?  We had no idea they existed, and now they keep popping up in ‘rare’ searches, etc.  It seems some have spent a lot of money to make these oddballs.

Click for Ebay ad
Starting bid $8,500
03/23/2013 Update:  Closed with no bids.  Shocking!

Fancy ‘cove’ paint job adds flair.

Surprise! No big changes on the interior.

Here’s the real surprise – it has the boat anchor 3.8L V6, rather than a V8!  Interesting choice…

Ad text:

COOL!…THAT’S THE RESPONSE I GET, EVERYWHERE I GO IN THIS CAR. LOT’S OF THUMBS-UP AND CAMERA SHOTS TOO. NOT TO MENTION “WHAT KIND OF CAR IS THAT?”
THIS CAR IS A LOT OF FUN. I CALL IT A MODERN/RETRO ROD. 


IT’S A KIT THAT CONVERTS T-BIRDS INTO 49 FORDS. A COMPLETE BOLT ON FRONT END AND A SPLICE ON REAR END. SO YOU HAVE ALL THE COMFORTS OF A NEWER CAR, WITH ALL THE COOL, OF A OLDER CAR. SO GETTING PARTS AND SERVICE IS EASY BECAUSE IT’S A ’93 T-BIRD. BODY PARTS ARE SOLD INDIVIDUALLY TOO. SO ONE CAN REST ASSURED TO OWNING THIS CAR AND ENJOY DRIVING IT AROUND, INSTEAD OF KEEPING IT IN THE GARAGE AS SOME RARE CLASSIC, ONLY GETTING IT OUT FOR SUNDAY DRIVES OR CAR SHOWS. WITH THIS CAR YOU CAN DO THE SAME AND THEN SOME.


MY WIFE AND I RECENTLY TOOK THE CAR TO LAS VEGAS, WHAT A HOOT THAT WAS, WE GOT TREATED LIKE ROYALTY. MOST BUSINESSES LET US PARK UP FRONT IN VIP SPACES. THE CAR WOULD GET THE LOOKS AND HAVE A CLOSE EYE ON IT TOO. “YEAH, ELVIS DROVE THAT.” LOL


SO, NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO GET THIS BEAUTIFUL CAR. I’M A CATCH AND RELEASE GUY. I GET THEM, FIX EM-UP, ENJOY THEM, THEN MOVE ON TO ANOTHER EXPERIENCE. IT’S TEMPTING TO HANG ON TO IT. I’M IN NO BIG HURRY TO SELL IT. BUT, I CANT KEEP-EM ALL.

THIS CAR RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT! IT LOOKS GREAT TOO. SHOWS NORMAL WEAR DUE TO USE. A FEW SCRATCHES IN THE PAINT. THE INTERIOR LOOKS GREAT!.. LIKE NEW! THE CAR GOT 25MPG ON THE TRIP TO LAS VEGAS. CRUISED 80MPH AT 2500RPM


I DO MY BEST TO DESCRIBE THE CAR, SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO GIVE ME A CALL, AT 801-xxx-xxxx LYLE.


I WILL WORK WITH OUT OF THE COUNTRY BUYERS, HELP THEM TO GET IT SHIPPED. BUT IT IS THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO GET IT SET-UP WITH THEIR BROKER.


BID WITH CONFIDENCE…I HAVE 100% FEEDBACK


DON’T PASS UP THIS OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A COOL CAR,  YOU’LL BE PROUD TO SHOW AND HAVE IN YOU GARAGE.


THANKS FOR LOOKING. 

Because the ’76 Eldorado just wasn’t gaudy enough.

This ’76 El Deora appears to be a dealer kit from the peak of hideous Detroit gaudiness.  This reminds us of the pimp-mobile(see last image) in that bad ’70s James Bond film with all the AMC products.  Modern hipsters are sure to love this.

This is a great ad quote:  “at one point the gentlemen was backing out of his garage & wasn’t in his prime at the time. he had a little greek statue in his drive way “he backed into it he was 85+ years old when he placed a dent on the passenger rear panel”

Of course the person who bought this has a greek statue in his driveway.

Click for Ebay ad
03/23/2013 Update: Sold for $8,599…impressive!  We’ll see if it pops back up.

70s JC Whitney buyers must have gotten ideas from this car.  It has it all!

Shockingly, there aren’t too many interior changes evident.

8-track offers maximum hipster street cred.

Comes complete with tapes!

Here’s the bond-mobile. Okay, it’s a little weirder…

Ad text:

Up for Auction IS A VERY RARE! ONE ORIGINAL OWNER 1976 Cadillac El Deora / El Dorado 1 OF ONLY 3 EVER MADE! Sold New from Don Lucas Cadillac Dealership in San Francisco CA: with just 22,795 Documented Original Miles &  it was still in the city where little cable cars climb half way to the stars ” That is until I sent it to Palm Springs CA: ” less then 3 months ago THIS SLEEPING BEAUTY IS AWAITING FOR HER NEW OWNER/PRINCE TO AWAKE HER 

IT IS SAID THAT IN 1976 THERE WAS ONLY 3 OF THESE TRUELY WONDERFUL AND VERY RARE EL DEORAS MADE WITH THE CUSTOM ROLLS ROYCE GRILLE/CAP  ALL OF THE CHROME IS IN WONDERFUL SHAPE ALSO IS ALL THE GLASS

I was the first to have it taken out of the same garage that it as been in for years. BLUE PLATES! (1)-One CA: Owner it’s Whole Life… who has had it in the same garage from new till this day where I’ve came across this lovely sleeping beauty!
THIS LOVELY AND VERY RARE CADILLAC IS A TRUE TIME CAPSLE! NO SUN DAMAGE – NO RUST – NO CRACKS IN THE DASH – NOR DOOR PANELS  THE HEADLINER IS IN GREAT SHAPE INTERIOR LOOKS AS IF IT WERE NEW EVEN HAS THE SCENT AS IF IT WERE IT IS STILL PLUSH “SOFT TO THE TOUCH”  “HARD TO FIND IN A VINTAGE CLASSIC CADILLAC” ALL THE SPACERS ARE IN TACT & IN GREAT  SHAPE FOR ITS AGE “Notice Photos” STILL HAS THE ORIGINAL HAND PAINTED LIPSTICK RED PIN STRIPE 100% Original,  even down to the pink slip / title “its the little square pink one” that is signed off & clear ready to go… Several Old Registration Cards Dating Back To The Early 1980’s – Early 1990’s Original 8-Track Tape That Was Given Out When You Bought A Automobile From GM,  (EVEN HAS THE BOX FOR IT)  Also other 8-tracks that was in the car. “Originally Owned By The Owner Of The Car” artists such as Frank Sinatra – Elvis Presley – Andy Williams – Nat King Cole – Shirley Bassi – Connie Francis – Etc.  
Original Owners Manual & Maintenance Schedule…  Has Maintenance Sticker On Drivers Door. Stating the Millage @ 20.000 & i have Maintenance Receipts That State the Millage @ 22,309 for all you wondering if the millage is original  IT SURE IS!…  EVERY OPTION WORKS LIKE A CHARM! feast your eyes upon the photographs / videos below… This ole gal needs a little spa day & some lipstick! “Remember folks its been setting for a while sadly after the gentlemen has passed away” at one point the gentlemen was backing out of his garage & wasn’t in his prime at the time. he had a little greek statue in his drive way “he backed into it he was 85+ years old when he placed a dent on the passenger rear panel “Notice Photos” It can use very minor TLC as it is an ALL ORIGINAL AUTOMOBILE From 1976, NON SMOKER – ONE OWNER – “ELDERLY COUPLE” IN GREAT CONDITION ALWAYS GARAGED VERY LOW ORIGINAL DOCUMENTED MILES @ 22,795 IS MIND BLOWING! MUST SEE! TO APPRECIATE,  if interested & or have any questions feel free to call (415)xxx-xxxx Ask for Pete. 

Honda 600s

It’s not at all unusual to find oddities for sale in pairs and with parts cars.  These have potential and at least the seller claims the lot contains one running, driving car. The shelf full ‘o parts is a nice bonus.

Click for Craigslist ad

Ad text:
Running driving 1970 Honda 600
1970 Honda project with NOS parts 
Call for more details Daniel @ (702) xxx-xxxx
$3000

HMV Freeway

Some may remember one of these for sale near the former Oddimotive HQ in TN.

Click for Craigslist ad
Updated link!

Ad text:

for sale 1980 freeway ground up restoration in ex cond . 55 mpg Auto show ready very few left
None in this cond call 218 xxx-xxxx Norm

These are endlessly fascinating

These ChineseWildfire three-wheelers are interesting.  Apparently, they’re street legal as motorcycles in most places.  Handling must be excellent, and 65 MPH has to be an experience!

Click for company site (this model is gone?)

Click for long YouTube video involving one parked next to a Dodge Lil Red Express

Click for Craigslist ad

Ad text:

I have for Sale or Trade , a 2009 WildFire (Chinese) three wheel car it gets 70 mpg no joke, it has less than 500 miles on it and runs and drives great, 
It is a 4 speed standard in the floor and seats 4 full sized adults.
You must have the motorcycle endorsement on your license because it is titled as a motorcycle since it has 3 wheels, and a 2 cylinder engine, top speed about 65.
606-xxx-xxxx ask for Ron

Remember…

I’m a big fan of the way this car’s “unique” paint feature is only casually mentioned in its ad.

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1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse (New Engine/Trans./Clutch – (Tupac Mural) – $2800 (Riverside)

Ad text (yes, this is all of it):  Everything Works  (512)xxx.xxxx