Here we have what is claimed to be a factory racer built upon a highly unusual vehicle: The Simca 1204. Continue reading 1969 Simca 1204 Factory Rally Car Project
Here we have arguably the best Soviet car ever made – one so good that it’s still in production. Its the Lada Niva, the ultimate off-road hatchback! As a 1990 model, this is still Soviet, too, not only Russian.
Several years after the original March/Micra launched, it seems Nissan wanted its own race series for these little buggers; so the March Super Turbo was born. What that means is 110 HP out of 0.93 liters. This was achieved using both a turbo and a supercharger!
Regardless, this is a cool little piece of history and must by pretty fun to drive, with that oddball engine and very low mass. This wears a few period- and market-correct mods, such as shocks and wheels; but that might boost (get it?) the whole JDM image.
The asking price is not in super-bargain territory, but doesn’t seem crazy, either. eBay indicates that offers will be considered, so perhaps a good deal for both buyer and seller can be worked out.
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Bridgewater, MA, USA
$8,800 BIN with offers considered and four days to go
This shows just about everything we love about 1980s Japanese and Hot Hatch styling. Yes, the scoop is functional!
Here’s a tiny, classic hatch profile. Super turbo badges are just plain awesome.
Front end has a rally car look and reminds us of some other non-US Nissans from the period.
Interior looks to be in good shape and ample gauges should provide plenty of info. We assume the accessory gauge is for boost, but for which device?
We love the original cloth; so we respect the Recaro and its oddball cloth while simultaneously wishing that the original driver’s seat was included in the sale.
Here’s the hard-to-dissect engine. Despite small displacement, there’s a lot crammed in there, especially given the top-mount intercooler.
***VEHICLE IS A 1989 MODEL, EBAY WILL NOT ACCEPT NON-17 DIGIT VINS ON NEWER VEHICLES***
Federally legal imported under the 25+ year law, this car is legal anywhere in the US. I have the import paperwork for title in your state. I imported the car myself and the last picture shows the actual inspection sheet from this vehicles auction to show that it was a grade 3 car with no accident history. I can assist with vehicle shipping and have done so many times in the past.
Recently imported 1989 Nissan March Super Turbo. Extremely rare, 1 of 2 known to be in the US.
This car is both TURBO AND SUPERCHARGED from the factory. It’s a homologation special from Nissan and was only available in Japan. The only other one of these cars in the US was sold last summer for $11000 and they still fetch $10k+ in Japan as they’re now considered “sport classic” vehicles.
Powered by a mighty 1.0 (yes, 1000cc) turbo and supercharged engine and 5 speed short ratio LSD transmission pumping 110hp out to the sub 1700lb chassis (the car is slightly smaller than an MK1 GTI). There is a factory triple din gauge pod like whats found in the Skyline GTR, manual windows/locks, but the car does have working AC.
Mechanically the car is excellent, the body has a few blemishes I’ll be happy to point out during an in person inspection or I can email pictures if you’d like. There are also a few aftermarket parts including KYB SR Special struts, aftermarket (I believe they are Rays) wheels, Recaro confetti drivers seat, and a boost gauge. Parts are easy to obtain and tune ups/oil changes can be done with parts found locally at any parts store.
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.
Callaway modified much more than Corvettes in the past, with their Alfa Romeo GTV fairly well-known; but they also got into a few Volkswagens over the years. Their “Stage I” Sciroccos boosted output from about 74HP to 117HP, which is a huge increase. The seller claims this car is one if a few “Stage III” cars with a bigger turbo and intercooler, as well as water injection. No dyno figures are available, but the interwebs claim north of 200HP.
200HP in this little sports car would be a blast, but the seller points out that a lot of work is needed to get it moving. This is truly a “bring a trailer” find. Mileage is in the neighborhood of 195K and the car hasn’t been on the road since 2003. A quick internet search also reveals the seller was trying to figure out how to remove the head and replace the head gasket – it’s not clear whether that was completed. Also, there are some areas with supposedly minor surface rust; so paint and body might eventually need to be part of the conversation.
This is a dream find for a Scirocco/Corrado fan or any Callaway collector. We’ll just have to see where the bids land and how high the reserve is.
Here’s a link to a classic Car and Driver aricle on the Stage I: http://www.not2fast.com/vw/stuff/callaway_scirocco.jpg
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North Grafton, MA, USA
$1,500 with one bid, reserve not met and 5 days to go
These had little to differentiate the cosmetically from standard Sciroccos, which is fine. We like the sleeper quality, and this was a great design in the first place. TSW wheels are aftermarket and were put on by the previous owner.
Note the “Turbo Intercooler” badging on the right. Supposedly, these also came with a rear window decal which is missing on this one.
Interior has some custom touches not done by Callaway.
One more angle. Callaway did install the auxiliary gauges.
Here’s the groovy boost controller!
The previous owner installed the Recaro seats, but the originals are included in the sale.
Rear seat shows original leather.
As mentioned, original wheels are included in the sale.
Let’s have a look under the hood…
These have a unique cam cover, but there’s some debate over whether Callaway removed the head to put in a thicker head gasket for lower compression.
An Estate sale offers a true “Barn Find”, a 1983 Callaway Turbo Stage III VW Scirocco.
If you’ve never heard of a Callaway Scirocco, you can read what Car and Driver said about them from a 1983 article:
On the Stage III cars, Callaway included a larger Turbo, intercooler and water injection, variable boost, heftier shock tower braces, stiffer shocks and bigger brakes with cross-drilled rotors. It’s no wonder these cars were called the “Vette and Mustang killers” of their day.
This example has a storied past of mechanic/owners; it was originally modified by Reeves Callaway of Old Lyme, CT, from a new VW Scirocco which was then bought by one of the leading Stock Car chassis builders in New England as a car for his wife. It was later bought by my late brother whose business was building high performance racing engines for Snow Mobile racers.
This is the ultimate “Sleeper” – Minimal exterior badging to announce its heritage, but the heart and soul of a Cheetah. While the Stage I cars, at around 117hp, were formidible street cars, the Stage III version almost doubled that with a hefty performance increase, surprising many a Corvette and Mustang owner left in its wake.
This unique Scirocco goes beyond the Stage III amenities with the addition of an adjustable Cam Timing gear, 5-spoke TSW 7″ wide rims, and, for creature comfort, a pair of Recarro front seats that look only minimally worn (no rips or tears). In the cockpit, along with the prominent Callaway boost gauge mounted to the right of the instrument cluster, you’ll find an air/fuel mixture, cylinder head temp and oil pressure gauge, all tastefully mounted in the upper center of the mini-console.
This car is the original very dark brown (Paint code may be verified from the VIN) with black Recarro seats with gray inserts (seats installed by my brother). The interior, while a bit dusty after more than a decade of being in a closed garage, looks like it just came in off the street. The “Callaway Turbo” badging has been removed from the rear window. There is a minimal amount of paint bubbling/surface rust just behind the wheels on the rocker panels (2″ diameter, Max) and only surface rust on the frame and undercarriage – no rot through. Included in the sale are the original Callaway wheels, the original Scirocco steering wheel and the original, leather front bucket seats, the drivers seat having one minor scuff from seat belt wear.
The car currently has 195,563 miles on the odometer, was last on the road in 2003 and has been in closed storage since then with the usual accumulation of dust, making it a true “Barn Find”. It will have to be trailered home by the buyer and thoroughly serviced before starting it. It is in ZIP 01536 (central Massachusetts) with a long, flat loading area very suitable for a pickup/trailer or car hauler. This car has ALWAYS been well taken care of and, to the best of my knowledge, never driven in Winter. This is a rare find – as far as I know, Callaway only made 43 of them.
If you’ve ever heard of the legendary Callaway Turbo Cars, this is your chance to own one.
You might be excused if you don’t remember the “sporty” 024 variant of the Dodge Omni or its Plymouth Turismo TC3 sibling. You’ll absolutely be excused if you never knew that there was a DeTomaso-badged special edition. While the DeTomaso didn’t have its own performance upgrades, this 1981 model at least has the upgraded 2.2-liter four cylinder; so it’s the one to have.
The seller claims to have bought this from the original owner’s family and the claimed mileage is about 81K. Said seller has done quite a bit in the way of basic maintenance, which suggests this car sat for a long time before he or she bought it. Still, with the right things done and with claimed occasional driving over the last five years, one can hope it’s pretty well sorted.
The 2.2 won’t make for a powerhouse, but this should be a light and nimble car; so ought to be fun in its own right. This is an interesting and obscure piece of automotive history and we hope the next owner keeps it as original as possible and enjoys showing it off. It’s pretty much guaranteed to be the only one at any show unless it’s an L-Body show.
Sure, this variant is all show and no additional go, but it’s delightfully odd and has the dubious distinction of being the original L-Body special edition, even if the later, Shelby-ized, turbocharged versions have remarkably more sporting character. We’re interested in seeing where the bids land and just how realistic the seller’s reserve it.
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Arlington, VA, USA
$1,255 with eight bids, reserve not met and 5.5 days to go
An 024 is a rare sight in any form and the DeTomaso bits make it just a bit more interesting. DeTomaso parts visible in from this angle include the “targa band”, quarter window louvers, fender flares and allows.
The air dam is unique to this variant. The original was cracked and is included in the sale, but the seller has this replacement made.
Here’s a look at the black-out rear panel. Also, one can just barely make out the side decal here.
Here’s a close-up of that decal.
Interior appears to be in great shape and manual shifter is always a pleasant sight.
Here’s a glimpse of the faux wood and the DeTomaso gauge package. Note the CB radio!
The gauges are supposedly unique to this model and are very cool, even if the tach is in the wrong position. Youngsters may not remember the days of the 55 MPH national speed limit, when essentially all cars sold in the US had that number highlighted on their speedometers.
Cargo space is ample and condition looks good here, too. We can’t confirm, but that looks like a fold-down rear seat.
Here’s the “mighty” 2.2, which drives the front wheels.
Yes, the Monroney label is included, as is the manual for the aftermarket “whoopie horn!”
This Dodge Detomaso is a rare survivor car that is quick, fun to drive, and in very good original condition. The Dodge Detomaso was a package available on the 1980 and 1981 Omni 024 hatchback coupe, and was the start of the Omni front wheel drive performance vehicles, including the Charger 2.2, Shelby Charger, and Shelby Charger GLHS that followed the Detomaso. The Detomaso is the rarest of these, with only about 1300 made in 1980 and about 600 of the more desirable 1981 models produced. The 1981 models are more desirable with the larger and more powerful Chrysler 2.2 liter engine, and larger 14 inch finned alloy wheels.
The Detomaso package included a front air dam, wheel flares, louvered rear quarter windows, roof targa band, rear spoiler, Detomaso graphics, and the alloy wheels and larger tires; inside the package included a leather wrapped sport steering wheel and shift knob, the rallye gauge package with tachometer, and Detomaso badging including on the unique Detomaso floor mats. This Detomaso also has optional air conditioning, premium low back bucket seats, and cruise control. The base price of the 024 coupe was $6149, the Detomaso package was $1719, and other options and destination brought the total sticker price of this rare Detomaso to $9253! This Detomaso also has a period after market AM/FM cassette, CB radio, and horn that plays tunes in lieu of the factory horn, all installed by the original owner many years ago (they appear to be from when the car was new).
This Detomaso was assembled in August, 1980, and sold through Thein Motor Sales in Clarence, Iowa. The original window sticker, as well as owners manual package, is included with the car.
This Detomaso is in excellent running and driving condition. Since I bought the car from the family of the original owner five years ago, I have done significant work to the car to make sure that it is in top running order. Work done includes new shift bushings, motor mounts, wiper bushings, tires (205/60/14), front brake assemblies (pads and rotors), and spark plugs. I also had the wheels refinished, and had a new front air dam fabricated (I will include with the car the original front air dam, which is somewhat deteriorated from age and cracking damage). I have just had the oil and filter changed, and installed a new battery. The car starts, runs, stops, and shifts great, and has very good acceleration for its day… remember, it is the larger Chrysler engine (versus the earlier models with the VW-based engine) and a very light car. I have driven the car just under 1000 miles in five years; typical of these motors and cars, it has some vibration when cold, but smooths out as it warms up. All gauges and lights work, the radio works (I have not tried a cassette or the CB), the wipers work, and the ventilation system works though I have never tested or used the air conditioning (and would assume that it would need at least a charge if you were to use it) or the cruise control. The clock does not work; I do not know if it is not working or simply disconnected in order to prevent battery drain when the car was in storage. That said, the only mechanical issue that I am aware of is that there is a slow battery drain if you leave the battery connected when leaving the car parked for extended periods of time. Overall, the Detomaso starts right up, accelerates smoothly, rides and handles well, and loves to cruise at highway speeds!
Cosmetically, this Detomaso is in very good, very presentable, survivor original condition. The exterior appears to be all original with no body or paint work or repairs other than the new front air dam, and one wheel flare that I replaced with an NOS correct wheel flare. The car and paint are in very good condition for their age. The black graphics have some fading, but the red paint is very presentable and nice for its age, though not as shiny as a new paint job. Overall it is a very nice survivor original! There is typical minor surface rust and chipping along the bottom of the inside of the doors and rockers, a very small and almost not noticeable bump just behind the drivers front bumper, and there are two small areas of some minor pin hole rust, ahead of the drivers rear wheel and behind the passenger rear wheel. These issues are so minor that I prefer to drive the car and show it as original, but the new owner may choose to undertake and present the car as restored with repair of these very minor issues. I see no floor rust underneath the car. Both front and rear bumper rub strips are off the car, which most people would not notice that there were originally any additional rub strips. They have a unique metal clip to hold them in place, and both rub strips will be included with the car.
The interior of the Detomaso is in very good to excellent condition. There are no cracks in the dash, the carpet and seats are in very good condition, the door panels are all very good. The only interior issue is that the headliner is starting to sag, and the rear hatch struts need to be replaced. The spare tire doesn’t look like it has ever been out or used! And included are the original, never used, Detomaso floor mats! There is a dash rattle that sounds like it is in the area of the radio; I did not have the mechanics look into the cause, but it may likely be accessible behind the radio.
With only about 600 Dodge Detomasos produced in the 1981 model year, this is a very rare car… even better with its fun to drive 4-speed stick shift transmission instead of a power-robbing automatic… and better yet in such original, unmodified condition! This was the car that started the Mopar front wheel drive performance cars, including the Charger 2.2, Shelby Charger, Shelby Charger GLHS, and later cars based on the front drive K cars. The Detomaso may be the rarest of them all!
I have described this Detomaso to the best of my knowledge. The Detomaso is sold in ‘as is’ condition; I am not a mechanic, so if you have any questions, or would like to make arrangements to inspect the car, please ask before bidding! A bid is a contract to purchase the car, not to inspect or consider purchase. I have clear title in my name, and the title and car are available immediately after payment in cash or USPS money order or other mutually satisfactory payment arrangements may have cleared. The car is garaged and can remain so for a reasonable period of time not to exceed one month prior to picking up the car. Transport is the responsibility of the buyer.
These don’t come up often, and they always tempt us when they do. From a distance, one might think this is a Gremlin; but it’s actually an Eagle Kammback. Given the Eagle name, one expects four-wheel-drive and one will not be disappointed! As an added bonus, this one features a clutch pedal.
The seller claims a lot of recent work including clutch and various seals; so there’s a chance this will be a good, reliable driver. Mechanical parts should be easy to come by, given this engine was in almost everything AMC made for years. Even the 4WD parts were shares across a great many Eagles. The seller has replaced upholstery and carpet; so interior cosmetics are good, too.
At the current bid of $2,550, we see this as a bargain; but we don’t know the reserve and thus don’t know whether someone will get a good deal.
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Manchester, TN, USA
$2,550 with 33 bids, reserve not met and two days to go
Eagle had good front end brand consistency, meaning this might be mistaken for the common wagon from the front. Naturally, we love the brown color here.
This is the Gremlin angle, with a similar, chopped profile.
Rear view has Gremlin in it, but this might be even weirder.
Here’s the manual shifter for the four-speed trans, as well as the excellent condition upholstery.
This does have a back seat and it’s in great shape. Split-folding feature is nice.
Hatch has a tall floor, but decent cargo capacity and much more with seats folded down.
Here’s the ubiquitous AMC I6.
Up for sale is a 1981 AMC Eagle Kammback. I have been in the AMC hobby for many years and have worked to restore many of them, as you may know the Kammback model is very scarce, not many were produced, very few left. I need room in my shop to do my next AMC rebuild so its time to pass this one along to someone else.
This car has NO rust, and I know where to look. Frame rails, floorpans, rocker panels are all perfect. Car has original paint and other than a few places its very good for 35 years.
The car runs, drives and stops very well, Can be driven anywhere anytime. Starts immediately, runs smooth, shifts smooth. 4X4 works perfect
New or replaced by me:
New aluminum valve cover – this car leaks nothing on floor
New tune up parts – runs perfectly
New front axle half shafts
New belts and hoses
New clutch, new seals on transmission and transfer case
New seals, bearings, pinions seal for rear axle
New exhaust cat back
New rubber seal around hatch window
New shocks all way around
New carpet including back part, new spare tire cover
Front seats were redone in NEW NOS material (from SMS Auto Fabrics) and look perfect, rear seat is original and looks good
Has original owners manual and paperwork
All lights work as they should
Has spare tire and jack in place
Things you need to know:
Only have ignitions key, not door key (owners manual has key code so one can be made, I never locked it)
Has dent in front drivers fender and small crack in Krayton fender flare (see pic)
Rear hatch had a leak that messed up paint, I repaired and repainted back part flat black
Gas gauge works backward, full is empty, empty is full (PO installed new sender, prob not right one!)
Has aftermarket radio and PO cut bezel to make hole for it ( I have another uncut bezel that can go with car)
Front grill is not broken, but does have a spot where the plastic chrome is pealing a bit
Needs loved and driven, its super fun to drive. Just don’t be in a hurry when you stop somewhere, everyone will want to talk to you about your car. Again can be driven anywhere anytime.
Message me with any questions or if you would like additional pictures
The Caliber just wasn’t odd enough, so someone decided to paint one “chameleon green” and add 22-inch wheels and lambo doors. In fact, someone did this for Lear corporation and it was shown as the 2006 SEMA show.
As is often the case with such a car, this is all show (love it or hate it) and no go. Underneath all the custom weirdness is a stock 2.0-liter four cylinder and automatic trans. The seller is up front about that, however, and also points out that this car only has 646 miles on the odometer. We imagine it’s been in customizing shops for most of the last nine years. We also imagine it might have bad fuel in the tank.
Here’s a link to a SEMA video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNahLo1APxY&app=desktop Some things have changed since the show, but most of it is still there.
One bit of very good news: No SRT-4s were harmed in the making of this vehicle.
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New Hudson, MI, USA
$13,500 with one bid, reserve not met, $22K BIN price and 1.5 days to go
Yep, it’s green and those doors are “interesting.” There’s so much going on that the 22-inch wheels don’t even really stand out at first glance.
Front reveals blackout grill and green LEDs.
There are more LEDs at the rear and custom dual exhaust.
Interior has custom touches, but is remarkably tame compared to the exterior.
Yes, there are some green trim bits on the door, but it’s somewhat subtle, all things considered.
Yikes. Okay, that’s not subtle. Apparently, this originally had interchangeable inserts and this is one of them.
Sadly, there are only two pedals…
Green bits adorn the stock engine 2.0.
“Excellent Condition. One of a Kind! The Only known areas of concern are: Rear Wiper shoots fluid but doesn’t rotate back and forth. Only the driver can operate the power windows for all four doors. The Airbag Sensor light is on and I do not know what the situation is. It was on when I purchased the car. A few very small scratches. Their is a small draw coming from somewhere because the battery will need to be jumped if it isn’t started within 10 days. If you watch the YouTube video from the 2006 Seema Show in Las Vegas (Core-Dimensions iCar Caliber), some of the electronics are no longer in it that appeared in the video. The Speakers located on the inside of rear hatch are no longer there. The XBOX 360 is not in it. The wheels are different (But Cooler). There are no iPods in the car. The passenger side Visor DVD player does not work. The Temperature controls work but rotate about 60% from low to high. All of this can be fixed! The Battery is New as well as the Stereo and DVD Players!”
It’s not clear how current the single pic included with this ad is; but the car sure looked good at the time. The seller claims this one was sidelined due to a failed u-joint; but now the car hasn’t run in twenty years or so. Given that, it’ll have a few more needs; but may not be too bad? Whomever takes this on will be rewarded with a high-revving, great-handling little hatch. Sure, this isn’t the later V6 model – or its rare Callaway twin-turbo spinoff – but this earlier car is lighter and should delights purists.
Pasadena, CA, USA
1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT
Mileage: 66,496 mi.
Has not been on the road since 1996 — believed to have broken driveshaft universal joint. Since then, it has been garaged the entire time and never exposed to the weather.
The bodywork (red) is in good shape, and very little evidence of rust. Interior (black) is OK, but not perfect. Front seats have decent sheepskin seat covers on them.
Other features include a vintage Blaupunkt radio, “moon-roof,” and the car was lowered slightly by the previous owner. It had a new clutch installed not long before the driveshaft failed and at that time, it started easily, ran very nicely and stopped well, and never overheated. It retains its original Spica fuel injection system.
In addition to a thorough freshening up, the car will require four new tires and more than likely a new battery, the fuel system will have to be cleaned out, etc. Steering wheel (not original) not included.
This car is being sold strictly “as-is.”
$2,200 or best offer.