Rare British Sport Car: Swallow Doretti

This little beauty is supposedly one of 263 made and uses Triumph TR-2 mechanicals with a bespoke, mostly aluminum, body and steel frame. We think that’s a winner, especially given the looks, which seems to take bits from early Ferraris and early Healeys. Plus, anyone who knows Jaguar’s origins would be excited about the Swallow tie-in. Continue reading Rare British Sport Car: Swallow Doretti

Potential Kabinenroller Deal: 1955 Messerschmitt KR200

The┬áBruce Weiner microcar museum auction, in 2013, set a high bar for microcar prices, as some of the best example of the rarest and most desirable among the breed went up for sale. It seems that Isettas and Messerchmitts have kept fairly high prices ever since, so this Messy will be a deal if the bidding doesn’t go up too much and the reserve isn’t too high. After all, what’s not to love about a three-wheeled microcar made by a German aircraft company? Continue reading Potential Kabinenroller Deal: 1955 Messerschmitt KR200

1958 Singer Gazelle with Datsun Power

The Singer Gazelle is a rare beast here in the USA, and is a close relative to the Hillman Minx. That means it was originally powered by a 1.5L four cylinder shared with a number of other (now mostly obscure) British cars. This one, however, has been upgraded to Datsun B-210 power, which means something like 70 horsepower! Hey, that’s up from about 50, so it’s a decent percentage increase. Continue reading 1958 Singer Gazelle with Datsun Power

L28 Powered 1955 Rambler Wagon

Here’s an odd swap: A 1955 Nash Rambler wagon with a Nissan/Datsun L28 inline six.

While the combination of brands is genuinely odd, this Nash would have had an I6 from the factory; so we assume this was a relatively easy fit.  Good news is this L28 should put out nearly twice the power of the original unit. So-so news is this is hooked up to an automatic trans. Still, anyone buying this is interested in a unique cruiser, so the slushbox may not be so bad.

The seller states this is a running and driving project in need of unspecified interior work and wheel balancing.  If it really is ready to run, the asking price of $3,550 seems pretty reasonable for something so interesting. We’d want to see the extent of the interior work needed – as only one pic is provided – and take a test drive to assess the supposed balance issue, however.

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Riverside, CA, USA
$3,550

You just don’t see these anymore, especially in wagon form.  Prior model years had big fender skirts, but this year Rambler lifted up its skirt to reveal more wheel.

We love Nash’s interpretation of the classic wagon shape.

Front end is very, very Rambler.

As with all wagons, the rear 3/4 is something of a money shot.

Front the angle the major items in the interior seem to be complete, but carpet is needed.  If the needs are limited to carpet, upholstery and headliner, the cost to fix shouldn’t be too bad.  Apparent open head restraint hole may mean that’s a more modern bench seat.

Here’s the Datsun 280Z L28.  An Edelbrock four barrel feeds it now, instead of the original electronic fuel injection. We can understand that change in this swap, both in terms of easing the process and actually fitting the car’s image better. Of course, three big-ass Mikunis would work better.

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Kristi KT3 Snowcat with Needs

Today’s feature is a rare Kristi KT3 Snowcat in non-running, but essentially complete, condition.  These cool little critters were made in the 1950s and 60s and featured Volkswagen engines, as well as hydraulic leveling systems.

The Kristi company built these in Denver, Colorado, which makes sense.  This one found its way south to New Mexico, which also has no shortage of skiing.  While we have no use for it, we’d love to have it just for the coolness factor and perhaps to take to Big Bear.

The seller says this isn’t currently running, but that the engine is not seized.  VW power means minimal investment, even if a full rebuild or replacement is needed.  We’re not so sure about the hydraulic system, however.  Also, the interior looks bare from what we can tell from the lacking pictures, but the seller says the two original bench seats are included in the sale.  We hope someone scoops at this cool ride and gets it back off the road!

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Rio Rancho, NM, USA
$10,000 BIN with offers considered and four days to go

This cat’s low profile adds to stability on slopes.

Here’s the Kristi logo.

Other side show similar wear, but it’s all there.

Rear features an access door, presumably for loading cargo, tools or those the driver has to save on a mountain.

Interior pics are lacking and it doesn’t look like much is there.

We’re not sure exactly what we’re looking at here; but we see a wiring harness and perhaps some hydraulic lines.  Both should be present.
We like any vehicle that has a hand-written model info on its data card!

Here’s the VW engine’s data plate.

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Original Kristi KT3 snow cat complete.  IN unrestored condition.  New owner would have to spend some time getting this Kristi perfect again, but is very doable with its present condition.  Comes with the two interior bench seats.  Does not run, however the engine is not locked up or seized.    Please if you would like more details of specific pictures please let me know. 

Morris Minor Clown Car

No, it doesn’t seem like this one has been used for clown stuffing!  Rather, this car has been dolled up with a clown theme, complete with parade capability.

Supposedly, this is now witted with a 1275cc engine and front disc brakes; but those aren’t the reasons you’re interested in this one.  More to the point, the top hat is a pass-through for parades (see image below) and the clown nose lights up!

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Incline Village, NV, USA
$18,500 BIN with offers considered

How about this face?  Yes, the hands are part of the car.

Wheels are appropriately painted. Note the wind-up key on the back.  Apparently, it spins, though we don’t know what drives it.

The rear shows that key, as well as planters and the excellent

Here’s the hat pass-through in use.  Is that a Trump pledge or is this clown a Nazi?

The seller doesn’t provide many interior shots, but this appears to be the steering yoke.

The rear seat is covered in circus-themed cloth, perhaps from a child’s sheet set?

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CLARABELLE FOR SALE 1957 Morris Minor 1000. 2 door Clown car with a light-up red nose and black top hat. This is a unique, vintage, one-of-a-kind, amazing, incredible antique specialty car. New 1275 MG engine with dual carbs, four on the floor, engine has less then 500 miles, front disc brakes, new paint. See photos, built to show and use in parades. Extra special adorable extras include: a spinning silver skate key on the back, flower boxes on the rear bumpers, eyelashes, an ooga horn, custom circus-theme upholstery, multi-colored metal flake clear coat with added polka dots, powder-coated colored wheels, custom carved steering wheel, hinged top of hat (to stand outside and wave to the crowds). Additional spare tires included. Specialty side mirrors. Averages 46 MPG. Car comes on a trailer with clear title on both.

1950s Rapida – Homemade Microcar or Pedal Car?

This is being touted as a one-off microcar, but it’s not clear to use it isn’t a pedal car.  Given the wheels, it might be considered the first cyclekart??

The seller seems to know little about the car, and there is no mention of mechanical bits.  The interior shot below might even reveal it’s a pedal car.  If you’re near the seller, we suggest a visit before making an offer!  In any case, this isn’t a fly in/drive home vehicle.

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Faro Algarve, Portugal
$2,400 BIN price with offers considered

One must hope this was homemade!

Profile reveals tiny, spoke wheels (cyclekart!) and more of the homemade shape.  Note fender skirts at rear!

The rear is short on style, but the fenders do add a bit of flair.

There are wood steering wheels and there are wood steering wheels.  This probably isn’t what you picture first.  We see a chain drive, but it this a complex pedal car??  Also, why is there much newer wood at the “firewall”?

Yep, that’s a soccer player.

Lightning bolt and Rapida name…cool.

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I am very excited to offer a car that I acquired just over a month ago.  This is the very first automobile that I have ever owned that I cannot find absolutely any information on.  It has a manufacturers badge that reads “RAPIDA”.  The car has been sitting under this tarp for over 50 years and may or may not be restorable, but will make an excellent, original antique automobile display as everything on the automobile is original right down to the soccer player hood ornament.

As mentioned at the heading of this listing, this car is located in the coastal town of Faro Algarve, Portugal NOT KANSAS so shipping by port will be logistically straightforward.  Ebay does not give me an option to list an international zip code even though I am the legal and full owner of this veritably unique, museum quality automobile.   This car could easily be worth $10,000 possibly much more as prototype automobiles can be astronomically expensive.  

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A Crosley Incomplete Project Two-Fer

This two-fer will result in one working car, at best, and even that will take some time.  Hopefully, the right buyer comes along to make something really nice out of these.  They deserve it!


This two-fer includes one 1950 Hot Shot and one 1951 Super Shot.  These were very closely related; so most parts are interchangeable.  One catch: no engine is included.  We think that provides an opportunity to add modern power – perhaps a bike engine.  Whatever the buyer decides to do, this will take some work, despite the car’s diminutive size.  Maybe someone can talk the owner down from $2K?

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East San Diego County, CA, USA
$2,000

These always had cool, sporty styling and some versions actually had surprising features, like four-wheel disc brakes.

Rears offer just a hint of early Jaguar XK styling, though these are simpler and much smaller.

The red car has something of an interior and is a complete body on frame.

The yellow one is a solid body with no frame.  We must assume there’s a reason the red body isn’t usable.  Otherwise, why not just restore that car?

There’s no interior in the yellow one, but it does look solid enough.

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1950 Crosley Hot Shot body + chassis (no engine) and 1951 Crosley Super Sport body (no chassis or engine). Intended for a project to rebuild one running vehicle out of two. Looking for someone who covets the opportunity to restore a rare Crosley vehicle. Located in San Diego. This vehicle is available for local pick-up. Shipping arrangements and cost will be the responsibility of the purchaser.