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
Do you want a unique family hauler without too much cargo space? How about an Olds Eighty-Eight with six doors? Sure, it probably hauled families to funerals, but at least it’s not an actual hearse. As a bonus, this sale includes a 1970s child seat/death trap! Continue reading Six-Door 1979 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Armbruster Stageway Limo
Sure, this post has a weird title, but it’s because today’s feature is a particularly weird car. I remember the Bitter SC from an exotic car book my dad had in the 80s. Basically, it’s an Opel Senator with a custom body (which looks remarkably like a period Ferrari 400) and spruced-up interior. This particular example also has a stroked version of the Opel inline six.
Bitter technically sold cars in the US – at Buick dealerships, no less – for a very short time; so some are actual US market cars and some are grey market. These presented a strange proposition: Ferrari looks with a very luxurious interior and performance nowhere near Ferrari level. Still, the modified Opel I6 in this version put out over 200HP at the time, which means this might have been reasonably competitive with a basic 6-Series at the time.
Today, as in the 80s, these are unique oddballs with nice styling. So, if you want to be the only one at your local Cars and Coffee, a Bitter SC might be for you. That being said, today’s feature car might need a lot of work. There’s rust at the bottom of the windshield and at least one side window; so, at a minimum, the glass is coming out for metal work and paint. The car also hasn’t been started in two years and didn’t idle well last time it ran.
Given its Opel roots, basic mechanical parts shouldn’t be hard to find in the scheme of things (though you might have to search outside the us), but most cosmetic parts and much of the interior are Bitter-specific and we must assume they’re not available. Good news is the interior appears to be in good overall shape on this car.
So, with bidding at about $1,000, is this worth it to you?
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Spring, TX, USA (Houston area)
$1,001 with one bid, reserve not met and nine days to go
Here’s the almost-unmistakable profile. Is it a Bitter or a Ferrari?
The front end has a mean look.
The seller didn’t – or couldn’t – even push the car out to get rear pics, so we get shots through a chain link fence.
Here’s a badge few will ever see.
We don’t know the Opel Senator interior well enough to know what’s unique here. Do you? Regardless, it’s a nice overall look.
Dash has sun damage. That could be an issue.
We presume ivory gauges were unique to the Bitter.
Seats remind us of a Maserati Biturbo’s.
As always, the back seat is in great shape visually. We wonder how brittle it might be.
Let’s have a look under the well-insulated hood.
Here’s the modified Opel inline six. Supposedly, this put out about 200HP when new.
Have YOU ever seen the ID tag from a Bitter?
YOU ARE VIEWING A VERY RARE 1985 BITTER 3.9SC COUPE – THERE WERE A TOTAL OF ONLY 461 CARS EVER BUILT!!!
I PURCHASED THIS VEHICLE 3 YEARS AGO IN HOPES OF RESTORING IT HOWEVER HAVE NOT HAD ANY TIME TO GIVE IT. WHEN I PURCHASED IT, IT WOULD START AND DRIVE BUT IT DOES NOT IDLE SMOOTH SINCE IT HAS NOT BEEN DRIVEN IN 10+ YEARS. I DID DRIVE IT AROUND THE BLOCK A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTED WELL. IN THE LAST 2 YEARS, IT HAS NOT EVEN BEEN STARTED.
THE BODY IS IN DECENT SHAPE, THE ONLY RUST I NOTICED IS ON THE LOWER EDGE OF THE WINDSHIELD ON BOTH SIDES AND ON BOTH QUARTER GLASS WINDOW EDGES (SEE PICS). THE INTERIOR HAS LOTS OF WEAR – PLEASE CAREFULLY LOOK AT ALL THE PICTURES FOR DETAILS.
THIS VEHICLE IS BEING SOLD AS-IS WHERE-IS. YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME BY AND HAVE A LOOK AND I CAN HOOK UP A BATTERY BOOSTER AND ATTEMPT START IT UP FOR YOU.
Ah yes, another 70s Cadillac pickup conversion. This one was done by Caribou, supposedly out of the bay area, and has since been treated to a Tiffany Blue paint job, wood bed slats and, among other things, a “unique” high roller interior.
This is quite the project, but the $75K asking price is pure crack pipe. Further, if one claims a vehicle like this has such a value, one should include finished pics! There are no shots of the complete interior, and the seller claims a nice set of Boss Hogg horns is on the front, but we don’t see it in the pics.
This is certainly a curiosity and the work appears to be done well. What do you think it’s worth?
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Pasadena, CA, USA
While the entire concept is questionable, the work here appears to be well done. Note the wood floor in the bed.
Front offers no shortage of lights nor decorative gee-gaws. The seller says 7-foot-wide longhorns are included, but they aren’t shown.
The seller proudly claims that the top is covered in albino alligator skin.
Here’s a shot in the paint booth.
And here’s a shot of the interior. This is where the seller get’s the “high roller” name. Oddly, no finished shots are included.
Here’s a collage of interior shots – all “in progress.”
This 1973 Cadillac Caribou (EL CAMINO TYPE) CADDY CAR-TRUCK This “HIGH ROLLER” TIFFANY & CO. BLUE SPECIAL CUSTOM is one of the most unique vintage Caddy
(El Camino Type) Car-Trucks around today!
It has the iconic and highly desirable “Boss Hogg” style REAL 7 feet wide “TEXAS LONGHORN” Bull Horns out front which BLOWS everyone away that see this Premier Custom Caddy Rolling Down The Boulevard!
Long (CUSTOM OAK WOOD) Bed which has been varnished and shellacked to a high luster. Along with LINE-X bed lining to give it a lifetime of durability!
(NO RUST ANYWHERE) on this well preserved TIFFANY & CO. custom Caddy Car-truck.
It had spent it entire 42 years of life in the dry arid climate of North Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming until being brought to Los Angeles last year for this project.
The El Caddy-Mino is sitting on brand new…
DAYTON WIRE wheels & VOGUE (Mustard Over Mayonnaise) tires (a $4,500 value) giving the Vintage sled a cool classic BIG PIMPING COWBOY CADDY look and stance.
The Engine is the Famed Caddi 501 BIG BLOCK engine with Edelbrock Intake and Hooker Headers and a high performance 700R 4 Speed trans. with standard shifter with CUSTOM BIG TIFFANY & CO. BLUE DICE SHIFT KNOB to set it off.
Tilt steering Column.
MOMO WOODGRAIN STEERING WHEEL
AM-FM-CD SOUND SYSTEM
THE AIR CONDITIONER BLOWS ICE ICE BABY COLD!!!!!
New Gas Tank.
NEW Leather power seats.
EVERYTHING YOU’D EXPECT IN A HIGH LUXE CUSTOM CADDY!
The Custom over the top TIFFANY & COMPANY “HIGH ROLLER” SPECIAL CUSTOM INTERIOR design was done by MAVERICK DESIGN LTD. of Pasadena Ca.
New Las Vegas Craps felt Head Liner!
New Door Panels!
The ENTIRE CUSTOM LEATHER ROOF is done in an over the top ALBINO ALLIGATOR LEATHER…
JUST INSANE DETAIL!
A TRUE ONE OF A KIND HEAD TURNER!
The El Caddy-Mino would be perfect for motion picture studio or prop rental, 1960’s or 70’s movies
This project 1973 Cadillac Caribou TIFFANY & COMPANY “HIGH ROLLER” SPECIAL CUSTOM won’t last long so TEXT now!
No scammers, lowballs, no photo ops, tire kickers!
Here’s yet another custom Firebird – this time futuristic (by 1991 standard), rather than retro. If this is your cup of tea, this looks like a good example and has had lots of recent work.
According to the seller, these were modified in Omaha, NE and all were automatics. This is one of only two V6-powered examples – probably because the V6 was lame as hell, especially when attached to a slushbox. You’ll have to decide whether nearly $12K is reasonable, but it doesn’t seem too far off, given the condition.
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NOHO, CA, USA
$11,950 BIN with offers considered
Ah, the days of odd body choices on F-Bodies. Why were there so many?
As Nissan proved with the Pulsar Sportbak, a hatch makes for easy pickins if you want to change the look of a car. As such, most custom F-Bodies have significant changes in that area.
This not only has flying buttresses, but one hell of a massive (and likely ineffective) wing.
Front shows the period “smoothed” look and has bits of period Ferrari and maybe Z in it.
Here’s a shot of the massively thick buttresses, mostly likely required in order to hold that wing. Rear visibility must really suck. Is it just us, or is there some Jalpa in this view?
Interior looks stock and clean.
Bone stock dash appears to be in good shape. Automatic shifter is not a welcome sight.
It’s unusual to see one of these without a Crutchfield enclosure/cover and two 12-inch subs. Apparently, one can still open the “hatch” – good to know.
Yep, a V6. Hmm.
This 1991 Pontiac Tojan is a very rare find. It’s an extremely limited production car based on a new third gen F-body Pontiac Firebird chassis. There were only 138 of them ever made, and this is one of the rarest, as only 2 were built with V6 engines. Granted it’s not a speed demon, but it’s guaranteed to get more looks than any exotic Italian supercar.
GM commissioned the Tojan as a Ferrari fighter to be designed and built by Knudsen Automotive, based out of Omaha, NE. They were made from 1984 to 1991. Only certain Pontiac dealerships in California, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, and a few other states sold them. All of them were special order vehicles, and all were automatics.
They ranged in price from $36,000 to $62,000 depending on the options chosen. The majority were sold to overseas buyers, making them even more rare in the US. The Tojan was never sold as a kit. The hand-built body is very solid and well made.
Pontiac wanted a car that was capable of competing with the Ferrari on a road course, yet still affordable to the average American. GM provided Knudsen with GTA frames, and Knudsen beefed up the stock suspension so the Tojan could corner like it was on rails. It was equipped with power disc brakes on all four wheels and power steering. The 90% fiberglass body is about 500 pounds lighter than a stock Firebird, giving it an even greater performance edge.
24 were T-Tops, 18 were convertibles, and the rest were hardtops. The Tojan’s styling was heavily influenced by the Italian supercars of the time, particularly the Ferrari 308. The Lamborghini Countach style wing was available as an option. The Tojan appeared in the movie Collision Course, and on TV in Miami Vice and Alien Nation.
This unique and gorgeous supercar turns heads everywhere and gets attention like you wouldn’t believe. Be prepared for constant waves and thumbs-up everywhere you drive, and people coming up to take pictures and ask about it everywhere you park. Most people assume that it’s a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Maserati. The comment I hear most often is: “This is the coolest car I’ve ever seen!”
The condition of this car is excellent. With a 3.1L V6 fuel-injected engine and automatic transmission, it runs great.
It is equipped with T-tops, air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, power trunk lid, power locks, and a Kenwood CD Receiver.
The seats have been upgraded to Recaro LS seats. They are extremely supportive and comfortable, and the upholstery is a perfect match. The only flaw is a frayed edge about 4 inches long in the usual location on the driver’s seat bolster.
Mechanically, the car is pretty much perfect to the best of my knowledge. It has had more than $5000 worth of work done over the last year to make it as reliable as possible:
• New brake calipers, rotors and pads all the way around
• New front end suspension (ball joints, tie rods, etc.)
• New Eibach Sportline springs
• New KYB shocks
• New quick ratio gear box (Fresh alignment)
• Rebuilt rear end (3.27 ratio)
• New Cooper tires in front, rear tires are about 50%
• New window motors
• New headlight motors
• New Three Rivers aluminum drive shaft
• AC converted to R134a
• New valve cover gaskets
• New intake manifold gaskets
• New Transmission mounts
• New PCV valve
• New water pump
• Full tune-up
• New distributor
• New battery
• New alternator
• New windshield
The body is very straight, with no dings or dents, and just a few minor scratches. There are no stress cracks in the fiberglass. The paint is fairly new and they did a pretty decent job. There are a few minor flaws here and there, but overall it looks great, with a deep mirror-like shine.
The interior is in very nice condition. There are no stains, rips, or odors of any kind, and no cracks in the dash.
This car has spent its entire life in California, and it is completely rust-free. It has a clean title, clean CarFax, and current registration through April 2017. If you have any questions or you’d like to see it, please call Brian at 818-xxx-xxxx.
We’re not sure whether Johnson Motor Company, which made Camaros and Firebirds into retro wannabes like today’s feature, is related to the old Big Johnson t-shirt company; but it’s entirely possible. There are a lot of these 70s and 80s oddballs out there, but this one stands out with its orphaned brand roots and T-Tops, not to mention very low miles.
We see these based on GM G-Bodies and Fox T-Bird/Cougars at times, but a Firebird died to give birth to this one. The T-Tops and interior give that away and that also means you can expect a lot of interior rattles. Still, if you want to stand out this is a decidedly odd way to do it.
Unfortunately, the asking price of nearly $45K is high. There’s a Camaro-based one for sale on Hemmings right now for a bit under $14K, but it has 70K+ miles and isn’t in nearly-new condition. You’ll have to decide what it’s worth.
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Fort Myers, FL, USA
$44,900 BIN with offers considered and one day to go
The body is well done, but the T-Tops really stand out at way too modern.
From this angle, this could be any Excalibur or similar retro-mobile. Three air horns!!
How about that wheelbase and overall length?
Luggage rack holds precisely one duffel bag.
We just had to include a close-up of the t-tops.
Here’s where F-Body bits are more obvious. Still, the wood kit does an okay job of dressing it up (from a distance, anyway).
Yes, there’s a vestigial back seat there.
We mentioned the small-capacity luggage rack, but one shouldn’t rely on the trunk here, either, despite the massive overall size of the car. We recommend throwing the bags onto the rear seat.
Hood opening is unique to this car, but the engine is all Firebird.
1989 JOHNSON MOTOR COMPANY PHANTOM COUPE
STATRTED WITH A BRAND NEW 89 FORMULA 350
ONLY 2800 ONE COLLECTOR OWNED MILES
THIS IS NOT A KIT CAR FACTORY BUILT
CAR IS HUGE 18.5 FT LONG
ALL POWER OPTIONS AND T-TOPS
BEAUTIFUL LEATHER INTERIOR
NEVER ANY ACCIDENTS!!!
ALWAYS STORED IN CLIMATE CONTROLLED BUILDING
STILL SHOWS AS NEW
JUST FULLY SERVICED READY TO ENJOY
WILL CONSIDER QUALITY TRADES
PLEASE CALL 239-xxx-xxxx
Yes, indeed, it’s a 1980s Accord limo! We’re curious about the interior, but the seller has denied us photos.
Apparently, a company in Canoga Park, CA converted several of these, though we don’t know why. This one appears to have many needs; so it will be a special someone who decides to buy this and sink money into it.
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Riverside, CA, USA
85 honda accord limousine. rare very few made. every person who sees it says they have never seen one before. very low miles. limo was manufactured in the 80’s by a limo company in Canoga Park Ca. runs. rebuilt carburetor. interior in good condition. double bench seats in rear facing eachother. working sunroof in rear. dividing glass window. separate vents in rear. it needs exterior cosmetic work. was going to keep it but have too many projects. i attached a picture of what they look like fixed up. $1200. call or text
You want odd proportions? We got ’em! This poor ’79 Seville was subjected to “coachbuilt” pickup conversion, probably early in its life, as these sort of things happened back then.
The ’76 Seville was a big deal. While youngsters might look at this and see a tank, this was a much more compact and cleanly-styled (read: boxy) luxury car vs. other domestics at the time. Though its 350 V8 was technically an Oldsmobile plant, the use of fuel injection on this Seville brought modern power and reliability to match the modern looks.
This car was so highly regarded that multiple coachbuilders chopped them and turned them into two-door “shorty” coupes, convertibles and, as is the case with our subject car, El Camino-esque pickups. While “Cadillups” based on larger, older Caddies are fairly common, these Seville units show up less frequently.
This one needs some fixing up, yet the seller has absolutely no concept of market value. This should be a sub-$5K car, but he seller is asking $35K – probably three times the value if it was a perfect, restored car. Perhaps that’s why no one restores these.
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South Los Angeles, CA (the artist formerly known as South Central…the crack pipe price is right at home!)
One could argue this is a bit of a mullet – all formal and luxurious business up front, but a party in the back.
Well, okay, it’s not much of a party. Still, the odd slope matches absolutely nothing on the rest of the car. We must wonder if anyone has considered making the “bed” into a hot tub…
Here’s one more quick look.
How’s this for velour? Things look tired in here, but not terrible.
350 is dirty and the seller claims it needs unspecified engine work, though the claimed mileage is very low. We take that to mean it doesn’t run and hasn’t in a long time.
THIS IS A 1979 CADILLAC SEVILLE THAT HAS BEEN CONVERTED INTO AN EL CAMINO STYLE VEHICLE. THIS VEHICLE IS A 2 DOOR WITH A TRUCK BED IN THE REAR. THERE WERE ONLY A FEW THAT WERE MADE. WE WERE GOING TO FULLY RESTORE THE CAR BUT WE CHANGED OUR MINDS AND DECIDED TO SELL IT. IT IS STILL PRETTY CLEAN. IT NEEDS SOME ENGINE WORK AND INTERIOR RESTORATION. THIS WOULD BE A GREAT ADDITION TO ANY CLASSIC CAR COLLECTION. WE ARE ASKING $35,000 FOR THE CAR. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE CALL
Stutz was once a proud marque in the US, but its attempted Resurrection in the 1970s did not go well and let’s just say it did not produce the most tasteful of cars. Supposedly, Elvis Presley bought the very first 1971 Bearcat when the name was revived – that should tell you how subtle and tasteful it was. The company did limp along for about fifteen years, however; so this 1984 model was near the end.
Most sources say only about twenty of this Victoria model were produced. When we say produced, we mean that an Old Delta 88 was shipped to Italy to have gaudy panels and interior fitted at a ridiculously high cost. This car’s price was apparently close to $100K in 1984, which is the equivalent of $250K or more today.
The interior is indeed quite luxurious, although this example wears cloth in place of leather. The coolest interior feature is the center-console-mounted CRT TV for the rear passengers. After all, this was positioned as a limousine at the time.
We don’t like to quote Wikipedia, but we love this: “Many of these Victorias, all of them white, were sold to the Royal family of Saudi Arabia. But within 2 to 3 years all of them were retired due to various malfunctions.” That might not have been Stutz’s fault – that could have been the 1980s GM owner experience.
This is an intriguing oddity at anything under $5K, and the rarity is very real; but we will start to question peoples’ sanity if bids cross $10K. One has to wonder where the reserve is set.
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Bayside, NY, USA
$2,025 with 3 bids, reserve not met and 6.5 days to go
If you’ve ever seen a 70s Stutz, you know this front end, for better or for worse.
Though the tree’s shadow screws up this photo, the sun brings out the extra-gaudy two-tone paint and this angle shows the blocky Olds roof line, which contrasts with the added Stutz bodywork. Note the pseudo-continental kit, for which Stutz was known.
Here’s another shot of dat ass.
Here’s a face shot, for good measure.
As we said, things are better inside, which lots of real wood. Note the oddly-chosen cloth.
Here’s the rear – ample legroom, huge trays and a TV!
Here’s a semi-close-up of the C-stack. Note the high-tech, 80s. audio system.
Glove box was adorned with a plaque stating this was made for someone else, but Barney stuck his own plaque right on top.
Are these people proud to have built this?
Here’s the Olds V8, which is likely a 350 with modest output (think sub-200HP). Hopefully, it offers some low-end torque, as we imagine this thing is heavy.
Here is a crazy opportunity to own a super rare car. This is a 1984 STUTZ Victoria. There was only 7 of these cars made. They only know of 5 that are still to exist. 2 are Mia. This car was based on a 98 Oldsmobile platform. The car was then handcrafted in Torino Italy by Stutz Motor Company. It is an amazingly built car. It has so many crazy things. It is all trimmed out in 24 carat gold inside. It has pull out trays in the back seat for its passengers and a tv built in. This car was a high class car built in 1984 with everything it has. The cost new was a little over $100k in 1984. Do some research through Google and you will see this actual car. This car has some crazy history and paperwork. This car actually won 1st place in the GM nationals in 2006. I have a ton of trophies and plaques from past shows. Now for the current condition. This car was purchased at auction in 2006-2007 from the last owner Barney Loucks. All the search info on this car online comes up as being the Barney Loucks car. He was the second owner from what I can tell. It honestly only has 38,000 original miles on it. I can prove the mileage. The car was purchased as an investment back then but the car was not kept in the proper storage over the years. The car will need to be refreshed again. The car will need to be painted to be nice again and some chrome work. The car is still solid and runs and drives great. It’s better than a Cadillac the way it drives. The interior is in good shape but will need to be polished and a good deep cleaning. There is so much to tell about the car so I think the best thing is to call me at 347-xxx-xxxx. I will tell you everything about the car. This car deserves to be lightly restored and be in a museum or personal collection and taken care of. Call for all info.
No, Ford never made a Ford convertible between the mid-60s and the 2002 “final bird.” Coachbuilt convertibles were very much a thing in this era, as there were no factory convertibles for several years, due to DOT regulations which were rumored, but never came about. These beasts filled a void and, thanks to them, we have malaise era convertibles.
The seller here claims 80K miles and a 351 engine. The engine compartment is so crowded with smog equipment that we can’t even tell if it’s Cleveland-based (the 351M and 400) or Windsor-based (351W or 302). Oh well, suffice it to say, this 1979 vehicle contains a V8 putting out well under 200HP and with nothing except low-end torque in its favor.
The suspected builder is American Custom Coachworks, and we found a link to one of their marketing images. This particular example look rather neglected and the seller says it has been parked since 2001. Some electrical bits don’t work, so any new buyer will have to track down potential wiring or corrosion issues. We recommend starting your offers at or under $1,000 if you feel you must have this one.
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Nipomo, CA, USA
With the top chopped, this look remarkably like a Buick Riveria in profile.
Front, however, is all Ford.
As are big-ass tail lights. Note the top is only barely there, although the seller claims the power mechanism works.
Interior could be a lot worse for a neglected convertible with a questionable top. We’d want to see those floor pans, though.
Yes, there is still a back seat, but it seems to have lost some space.
Here’s the V8, which the owner thinks is a 351. The top hose seems to enter the engine more like a Cleveland than a Windsor, but it’s really hard to tell here and a 351 could be either. Hopefully, any potential buyer can do a quick VIN decode.
I have a 1979 TBird convertible for sale. Detroit did not build convertibles in 1979-1981 because of safety issues. Americans love their convertibles, so, a company out of the Los Angeles area took hardtop automobiles and converted them to convertibles. I think the name of the company was Custom Coachworks. I have found solid production numbers on this exact T-Bird, however I do not remember what it was except that it was pretty low.
The pictures do not really do it justice. It looks better in person. The last picture was taken the day I got it from the impound yard The owner had it stored, in a barn, and had passed away. The towing company removed it to their yard. You can see what the top looks like.
I think that the motor is a 351. It runs pretty good. Transmission and brakes work fine. The interior is decent.
The top is pretty well shot. It goes up and down fine. It is a power top. It does not have the glass back window. It was a plastic one instead.
The car is currently in no-op status at the DMV. This is a barn find, literally and has been sitting since 2001. It has just over 80,000 original miles.
The chrome on the bumpers is peeling off in sheets. They look to be a low quality re-chrome job.
The drivers seat and window will not operate. The radio comes on and lights up, but no sound comes out. The heat and a/c blower does not operate. I have not checked the fuses.
The car is about 99.99 rust free. The paint may buff out okay, but is kind of oxidized.
I am located in Southern CA about 90 miles north of Santa Barbara and 10 miles south of Pismo Beach in Nipomo. I can deliver the car, up to 200 miles or so, for $1.00 per mile round trip after it is paid for. Please email, text or call Dana. Blessings!