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.


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

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

FREE Abandoned Vanagon Pickup Conversion Project

Well, it’s free if you never want to register it. Should you choose to do so in California, you’ll owe $665 in back registration fees.  Still, this looks like a parts van to us, but some ambitious individual might try to finish it as a truck…

We love the ad text (below), as the seller includes a bid for labor in exchange for the van:

“Pull the transaxle for me and you can take the whole thing for parts or make a truck out of it.”

And, only in the final line is the van’s current state mentioned:

“And the back has been cut to start a truck conversion.”

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San Diego, CA, USA

Someone with a project van might find plenty of good, used parts here, but don’t expect like-new condition.

It looks like someone tried to separate the “cab” from the “bed” – possibly with canvas.  We’re not sure whether that sliding door still slides.

Front end just shows a tired, faded Vanagon in need of love.

And…here’s more of the handiwork.  We’re not sure how (or whether) the “converter” intended to finish it out, but it does look like hinges were welded onto what’s left of the hatch to make it swing open.

Ad text:

Free 1983 VW Vanagon 

Pull the transaxle for me and you can take the whole thing for parts or make a truck out of it. 

I just need the transaxle. 

It doesn’t have any paperwork. 
It owes $665 in back registration as of last week. 

And the back has been cut to start a truck conversion.

Save this Falcon Ranchero Project!

Falcon Rancheros are just plain cool!  Although the Mustang was based on an updated 1964 Falcon, many parts still fit, which means you can do just about anything with one of these little trucklets.  These didn’t come with a V8 until 1963, but they easily accept one.

The owner of this one has done some good things, as a V8 is installed, along with front disc brakes and new springs and shocks front and rear.  The car originally has a “three on the tree” column-shifted, three-speed transmission, but now wears a floor-shift four-speed.  The column shifter would be cool for its unusual nature, but the four-speed and floor shifter will be much better for performance driving.

Why do we beg readers to save this one?  The seller says he or she was going to make this a tribute to the early Shelby Mustangs.  We love Shelby Mustangs and we love Rancheros,  To each his own, but we don’t think the two should meet.  This would be awesome looking mostly stock and would have good sleeper value with its upgraded engine and suspension (although the rumble would probably be obvious!).  This needs a lot of work, but a lot of work has already been done and it’s ready for you to make your own decisions on how to finish it out.

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North Hollywood, CA, USA
Many don’t realize that the Ranchero came before the El Camino. It was much larger at first, though, as it was downsized for 1960.  This one looks pretty straight.  The camper shell should probably go, though.
The owner has been storing it without front wheels to prevent theft.  That’s North Hollywood for you.  Would your HOA let you do that?
The disc brake set up is rusty, but present.  These had drums all around from the factory.
New springs and shocks!
Yes, front wheels and tires are included.  White walls (still wearing protective blue film) will work perfectly with our sleeper idea!  They were a strange choice for a Shelby tribute…
Four-speed shifter is visible here and the wood Mustang wheel is a nice touch.  This is all we can see of the interior, so we know it at least needs carpet.
Here’s the engine – it’s not clear whether it’s a 260, 289, 302 or even a 351; but it’s definitely some sort of Windsor.  We’ll bet it’s a 289 or 302.
Look ma, no valve covers!  As seen in the previous image, they are included, however.
Ad text:

1960 Ford Ranchero.
It is an Ugly Betty, but it won’t take much to make it a real beauty.
Here’s what I’ve done to my 1960 Ford Ranchero.
Front end:
Replaced front springs with 1″ lowering for a 65 mustang. Most parts are for a 65 Mustang except for Falcon specific items.
1 1/8″ sway bar
tie rods, 
center linkage (falcon)
idler arms
ball joints
control arms
Cobra style valve covers
Steering wheel (wooden)
65 mustang steering column, got rid of the three-on-the tree column
KYB shocks front and rear.
new leaf springs in the rear
1972 Comet spindles with disc brakes- 5 lug
9″ rear end
Dual brake master
Brake lines (partial finished)
Monte Carlo bar
Export brace
3 core aluminium radiator
White wall tires
14″ wheels
My goal for this project was to build a tribute to the 1965 Shelby Cobra Mustang.
I have to sell my project due to lack of full tome employment and we’re moving across the country.
The front wheels off the car to prevent theft.

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

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.

Ad text:

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.

Isetta / VW Combo Project

The last time we broke a story on a modified Isetta, it made the rounds on all of the major online car sites.  We’re not sure that will happen this time…

It’s not that today’s feature isn’t interesting, it’s that it’s very much an incomplete project and the seller has only included two images.  Apparently, a VW transaxle has been fitted, which is why this has a comically large rear track with wheels/tires not even close to fitting within the stock fender (such as they are).

We’re certainly intrigued, but this is a really bad Craigslist ad – it’s not clear whether an engine is even included or, if so, whether it runs and we don’t know if any parts not shown are included.  Given that, it’s impossible to put a value on it. Maybe that’s why there’s not even an asking price…

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Los Angeles, CA, USA
No Price Listed

This has the potential to be interesting, although we’ll bet the project was started before prices went upon microcars.

The steering wheel is present, but no seat.  It’s not clear whether it may be included in the sale.  Same with the glass, which probably isn’t cheap or easy to find.

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This Isetta has been tricked out with a vw transaxle. I build very cool microcars that have been featured on popular TV shows and this little beauty was going to be my next project. Due to its age, it is being sold as is, where is.

Dually Rat Rod with or without Engine

Ah yes, the “Rat Rod” concept.  It seems it can be used to describe just about anything rusty and incomplete, but we’ll venture to say that this is pretty close to the original intent.

This is based on a 1926 Model T and a 1958 Dodge dual-axle truck.  It looks like the basic structure is complete, but there is no interior at all.  As such, this is a bit of a blank canvas.

Also, although it’s huge and clearly visible in the pictures, the Cummins diesel pictures in the ad is NOT included in the base sale.  Apparently, arrangements can be made to sell it, though.  So, either go with what might or might not have already worked, or consider power to be part of the blank canvas situation here, too.

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Menan, ID, USA
$900 with ZERO bids and one day to go

Long, low and with big ass wheels.  That’s the theme.

You don’t need a hood on this sort of Rat Rod project, so don’t count that against it.

This should be labeled “serving suggestion”, as it’s a closeup of an engine not included in the sale without extra cash.  It’s not exactly light weight…

Ad text:

This is a auction for a rat rod project. Its a dually made for a diesel rat rod. The project has been constructed from a 1926 ford model t coupe and 1958 dodge dually axles. The engine and transmission have not been installed and are not included with the sale. If the buyer is interested in the Dodge cummins seen in the picture and the NV4500 transmission, other arrangements can be made to sell it as a package. 

Quickie: Datsun 411 Wagon Roller on Top of a Shipping Container

We don’t know how this car got on top of this container nor why.

If the body and glass truly are in good shape, this could be a deal at $500 or so.  We’re not sure Lemons rules allow a rolling shell at $500, but this shouldn’t be smashed to bits on a track, anyway.

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Valencia, CA, USA
Again…no idea why or how.
The seller claims two grill are included.  Neither is attached to the car.
Ad text:
Solid body, great glass. The windshields of these cars typically sell for $700.00. Two grills
No engine or trans. Good builder of parts car. Clear title.
Mike 818-404-eightytwo thirty
If it is listed, it is still for sale, so don’t ask. No lowballs, no trades, no CLBS

Dumped 4-Runner Project

Like yesterday’s Cutlass lowrider, this is an incomplete project based on a terrible idea.  Is it too late to save it?

Let’s try to figure out just what we have here.  It’s a ’92 4Runner on hydraulics, it has no engine or trans, it comes with a right-hand drive dash and steering box (not installed) and it supposedly lays on the pinch moldings with 20-inch wheels (whatever that means), but said wheels are no included.

Maybe the seller will get damn lucky and find just the right buyer.  Note that the seller will consider throwing in a Toyota pickup as part of the deal (huh?).

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Ramona, CA, USA

Yep, it’s low.  Really low.
Did we mention it’s low?

The extra, RHD dash has been thrown inside, but it’s not clear whether anything is or was wrong with the stock LHD unit.  Hmm.

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I have a 1992 Toyota 4runner here. Go-Ez customs built a 3/4 chassis for it. It’s on a 2 pump hydro set up. Brand new cylinders and hoses but the pumps are used. Currently lays pinch molding on 20’s with 225/40R20 but with different tires will lay rockers. Currently has some stock wheels on it. The interior was removed for the stock floor body drop and just loaded back inside. I have recently purchased a a right hand drive dash and steering box for it. the stock back seat will fit in its stock location. I DO NOT HAVE A MOTOR OR A TRANSMISSION. all the wiring is still there for it. It was a 3.0 V6 and an auto. I am sad to have to do this but i am not sure when I am going to be able to finish this project. Asking $4K o.b.o. or trade for something running and driving. The 4 Runner is currently on non op status with DMV. I am located just outside of San Diego CA. I do have a trailer and can deliver for the right deal. I also have an 86 standard cab daily driver I would be willing to throw in to the right deal. Hit me up let me know what you got.

A Cutlass That’s Not Cut-less

Yes, this Cutlass was cut.  Olds never offered a convertible version of this generation of Cutlass.  As a matter of fact, this entire generation of A- and G-Body never had a factory convertible.  That didn’t stop someone from chopping this one as part of a lowrider project that never got off – or on? – the ground.

Supposedly, the body was reinforced as part of this conversion, but we have low confidence in that area.  What we do know is that this thing has been mostly gutted, but is claimed to run well.  The hydraulic cylinders are installed at each corner, but that’s about it.  The interior parts are, however, included as part of the sale – at least we can certainly see the ugly seats in two of the images.

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Perris, CA, USA

It’s always good to include 1.5-year-old, date stamped photos as part of your sale.

Front is missing some goodies, but the seller does include images of the bumpers, so not all is lost.

All body rigidity may be lost, however, as might be any foul weather capability.  We see no provision for a top on this one.

Milk crate driver seats rock!  Note oddly coloured dash/center stack.

Not much to look at here, but no visible rust, either.

Here are the seats in white with red.

Trunk shows the beginnings of some efforts, but not much.

Engine compartment looks complete, but dirty.

Ad text:

Engine runs good, transmission works, cutlass project ready for sanding and paint. Reinforced body has been cut to be a roadster convertible. Nice California lowrider, Was a a custom 80’s lowrider in Texas, brought out to Cali to Hop, partial frame reinforced, has a cylinder in each corner, (needs pumps, batteries, solenoids) Nice project, I have all trimming, all plastic, bumpers. 
$1400 invested in just the upholstery and carpet kit all included, wire wheels also go with sale. JUST NEEDS PAINT and PUT BACK TOGETHER! Clean Title in hand. 

You can drive it up on your car hauler

Makeshift Crew Cab: 1947 Diamond T Truck(s) w/Free Bullet Holes

One way to make a crew cab when it wasn’t originally offered it simply to bolt/weld on an extra cab.  Here’s your chance!

Not only do we like any deal that involves parts of multiple vehicles joined in a way not originally intended by the factory; but we love any vehicle ad that says “besides the bullet holes on the passenger side, truck is in good shape for how old it is.”

 Doesn’t that tell you all you need to know?  If not, note that it’s not clear whether the rear cab has been secured to the frame, as the seller suggests it can be used for parts or as the crew cab.  One image appears to show that cab separated from the frame; but we don’t know when pics were taken or what was done.  Regardless, this is plenty odd.  An engine is included, but condition is unknown.

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Enumclaw, WA, USA
$2,750 with 12 bids, reserve not met and 4.3333333 days to go

We’d get this running, make sure that second cab is secure and be on our way.

Hood section is in good shape, complete with grille and most, if not all, trim.

Hood ornament is even there!

Seat could use some upholstery.

Gauge cluster appears to be complete.

Here’s that engine – some sort of inline six.  We can tell you it needs plug wires…that’s about it.

Presumably, this truck spent some time out in the woods and a shotgun was fired in its direction.  Maybe the farmer was chasing off a would-be suitor to his daughter?  So, perhaps these are impacts from shot, rather than individual bullets.

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1947 306 Diamond T Truck – clear title, truck came from Idaho. Besides the bullet holes on the passenger side, truck is in good shape for how old it is. Don’t know anything about the motor. Most guys that buy these put Cummins in them. I got a lot of emails from people wanting to make a four-door or extended cab so the cab on the back gives you that option or use the parts to fix the bullet holes. If you make the truck into a four-door there will be eight feet of frame left. 17″ wheels, the front axle has new king pin bushings.