Reader Submission: Shorty Ford Fiesta

Here we have what appears to be a dramatically shortened Ford Fiesta. From what we can tell, a sedan front was combined with a hatch rear, yielding homemade three-door. If not that then maybe just the front valence from a sedan was used? What YOU think?? Continue reading Reader Submission: Shorty Ford Fiesta

Just a Marquis?

From time to time, shorty cars pop up based on various platforms.  Today’s feature started life as a Mercury Grand Marquis sedan, which means a lot of shortening took place.  Don’t bother to ask why.  We suppose the end result is just a Marquis.

In this case, the ad text is almost as amusing as the vehicle.  Here are a few quotes (SIC):

“A One of a kind modifty 1988 Grand Marquis project car.”

I actually like this made-up word.

“Legal to drive and it has a 5.01 motor, eight cylinder.”

5.01? Motor? Is it electric?

“However, it needs some work in the interior, muffler, windows and has a cracked windshield.”

Just a little work, huh?

“Additionally, you will receive some parts for the engine of the vehicle.”

Why were they removed?

“You are weclome to come look at the vechicle as well as negotiate a better price if plausible.”

We love the combo of typos and use of the word “plausible.”

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The Bronx, NY, NY, USA
$6,800 BIN with offers considered and 6.5 days to go

When we said short we weren’t kidding.  Driver sits on top of the rear axle, presumably.  Is there even a drive shaft?

From this angle, this is your average geriatric equivalent to a police car.

Yeah, cover that plate – no one will be able to pick out this car in a crowd.  Or…is that a parachute?

How about one more look?  Sadly, no interior pics were provided.  We really hope there’s a thin sliver of roll-up window left, as it appears there may be.  We’re not sure the mech would fit in the door, though.

Ad text:

A One of a kind modifty 1988 Grand Marquis project car. It was originally 4 doors but was converted into a two door vehicle. Legal to drive and it has a 5.01 motor, eight cylinder. However, it needs some work in the interior, muffler, windows and has a cracked windshield. It runs excellent and is a real head-turner. Additionally, you will receive some parts for the engine of the vehicle. If purchased you must pick up the vehicle. You are weclome to come look at the vechicle as well as negotiate a better price if plausible.

Shortened Corvair Hot Rod

The title pretty much says it all!

Yes, this is a hot rod/rat rod built on a Corvair platform and which has been greatly shortened.  What’s left of the car shouldn’t weigh much; so the Corvair flat six should move this pretty well.

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Dana Point, CA, USA
$8,500

Most would assume this was Beetle-based.  They’d be wrong, but it’s understandable, given the engine location.

Low hood means this has no luggage space, but we’re thinking this isn’t exactly a road trip car.

Rear reveals fuel tank and tall stacks leading to the carbs.

Person for scale.

Here’s the engine, which has received some serious cleaning and polishing.  Hopefully, fuel proximity isn’t an issue (?).

Ad text:

One-Of-A-Kind, mini Rat Rod built on a 1960 Corvair chassis. The all-aluminum body was masterfully fabricated by an aircraft builder. Street legal. 

Runs / handles great and really scoots! Turns heads everywhere she goes! Great for cruising the beach, Coast Highway, or wherever you need to go…in STYLE. Very fast!

$8,500 O.B.O. 

Serious inquiries only, pleases. No trades.

Shortened, then Lengthened, 1979 Cadillac Seville

Coachbuilding was very much a thing in the 70s, and the all-new Seville was often a victim.  This was a world-beater car at the time, so this should come as no surprise.  For some reason, several companies offered ways to convert these four-doors into two-doors.  This is one example.

The seller doesn’t list mileage here, so we can’t evaluate this as well as we’d like.  It does, however, have Vogue tires on Dayton wheelz; so maybe that’s all you need to know?

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Somewhere near Los Angeles, CA, USA
$8,900

So, the cabin has been drastically shortened and the front drastically lengthened.

Hood length is truly amazing here.

The rear is oddly not so odd.

We included this photo in order to reveal the dual exhaust.  Is that from a much later Cadillac?

As is usually the case with “things” like this, the interior is essentially stock (minus the steering wheel).  Interior mods are expensive…

Ad text:

Grandeur Motor Car Corporation cool custom unique odd ball straight pimp call it what you want runs and drives excellent has minor cracks in the paint it has Dayton wheels Vogue tires Rolls Royce grill euro headlights…$8900..

Short Type 2: Project car or Objet d’Art?

Here we have a shortened VW Bus, much like that sold be Gas Monkey Garage at Scottsdale this year, but in rather worse condition.

This bus has no engine, trans or title and is claimed to be rusted out.  This is likely going to be an art object at this point, but would sure be a cool one.  Why not cut off that front end and mount it such that you have a bus emerging from a wall?  One could do so and then sell off the doors and anything else that is still in useful condition.

If that’s your thing, contact this seller and be ready to move this thing yourself!  The seller lists $1 as the price, but that might be a placeholder.

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Echo Park, CA
$1?

It does look like there could be some salvageable parts here.  Clearly, it’s been used as its own strange form of art, though it might have been a shop van before that.

Here’s more evidence of shop van usage.

Ad text:

Hello I have a VW bus that has been cut in half and shortened to half its original length. Its been sitting for many years and is totally rusted to the point that its probably not ever going to see the road again. It does not have an engine nor title. It would make a great art piece or some sort of funky furniture piece in the right setting? It is a head turner for sure. This would also have to be moved by flat bed trailer to its new home.

Shorty Falcon. Never Ask Why.

The seller says it’s “hard to put a price on this unique vehicle”, but never mentions the significant body mods.  It appears this has been made into a two-seater, but the wheelbase is the same, as the Falcon trunk was not originally this long.

They say desert people do crazy things, and it’s important to note that this is near Palm Springs.  All the green seen in the images is the result of either a rare rain (’tis the season) and/or sprinkler systems.

The title to this post say it all – we’re not going to ask the obvious question.  Anywho, this is a guaranteed conversation piece at any event.  Just note that this is a six cylinder car – too bad, as this would have more cache with a built 260 or 289 under the hood.  In the good news department, this has a column-shifted manual trans.

Given there’s no asking price, we can’t criticize as we usually would.  What’s this worth to you?  You have to admit it’s oddly cool!

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Cathedral City, CA
Offers Accepted

Yep, it’s short.  Maybe these are doors from a four-door fitted to a two-door with the roof shortened and back seat area removed?  It almost looks like a Ranchero, but not quite.

Here’s a closeup of the messy B- and C-pillar execution.

From here, it’s just a ’63 Falcon, which is a good thing, these days.

From the rear, you can see the trunk cutout, so it’s not a Ranchero.  Sadly, there’s no interior trunk shot – was it extended all the way to the back of the seats??

Interior is what we call “cheap custom” or “generic custom” with aftermarket seat covers and plain door panels.  Console is nice for those who take their own coffee to cars n’ coffee.

Cluster and wheel are original, thankfully.  Also, that column shift runs a manual transmission for three-on-the-tree action!

Here’s a closeup of the plain door panel.  It’s not tattered, but it has little style.  That might be “Putt-Putt carpet” dyed grey.

Were you thinking this was a hot rod?   Nope, it has an inline six.

Ad text:

Accepting offers on 1963 Ford Falcon, one of a kind vehicle. 67,900 original miles. 170 cu straight six with 3 on the tree. Runs and drives excellent. New brakes , shocks, tires. Numbers matching drive train. Redone interior, fully insulated. Out of state title in hand, just need transferred, no back fees. Hard to put a price on this unique vehicle but want it gone. If your looking for that one of kind car this is it . MAKE ME AN OFFFER I CAN’T REFUSE. Thanks for your interest. phone 

BUY THIS CAR!

That’s the message I get from the YELLING, multi-color-text-using seller.  This is a custom, shortened ’74 Honda Civic.  Apparently, it was once red and it’s now in primer.  Why?  I’m not sure.

The seller claims the car runs and drives and could be a reliable daily driver.  It even has new “BREAK” hoses.  Also, the rear view “MIRAZ” are included in the sale.  This has been in a car show near a “FERRERI” and still got a lot of attention.  The biggest worry here is that the windscreen is not includedin the sale and it will clearly have to be custom-made.

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Taunton, Massachusetts
$1,225 with 7 bids, reserve NOT met and $3,000 BIN price

Ad Text (format intact for this one):

IF YOU WANT ATTENTION THEN THIS IS THE CAR YOU WANT, FORGET THE FERRARI VERY CHEAP TO OWN .I GOT THIS CAR FROM CALIFORNIA 90 PERCENT COMPLETE THIS IS ONE OF A KIND  ITS ABOUT 9 FEET LONG TINY FUNNY LITTLE THING LOL,, YOU WILL BE THE TALK OF THE TOWN,ENJOY

On Aug-12-14 at 16:25:43 PDT, seller added the following information:

THIS CAR DRIVES FINE HAD ENGINE TUNE UP OIL CHANGE NEW BATTERY WIRES SPARK PLUGS NEW ALTERNATOR AIR HOSES AIR FILTER ECT, TRANS CLUTCH IS FINE TIRES ARE NEW , HAD FRONT END ALL DONE BALL JOINTS ROTORS PADS  NEW CALIPERS BREAK HOSES BEARING ECT, UNDER CARRIAGE WAS SAND BLASTED WASHED THEN COATED IN BLACK,CAR WAS RED IT IS NOW IN PRIMER, VERY RARE SPORT RIMS CAR IS COMPLETE NO PARTS MISSING BUT WINDSHIELD ,I  BOUGHT SMALL DOOR AND REAR VIEW MIRAS  EXHAUST PIPES FROM MOTOR TO REAR ARE NEW SO IS THE MUFFLER ,YOU WILL GET LAMINATED COLOR WIRE DIAGRAM , 1974 HONDA CIVIC WORK SHOP REPAIR BOOK AND TONS OF INFO AND A FOLDER AN INCH THICK IN RECEIPTS *******  , NOW THIS IS WHAT IS LEFT TO BE DONE ON THIS CAR. PAINT JOB ? IF YOU WANT ,HAVE EMERGENCY BRAKE NEEDS TO BE INSTALLED SOME ELECTRICAL WORK WINDSHIELD MIRAS TO BE INSTALLED  FLOOR CARPET NEED SPARE TIRE , THATS IT AND CAR IS DONE READY FOR THE WEEKEND CAR SHOWS, YOU WILL NEVER SEE A HONDA LIKE THIS ONE, ENJOY

On Aug-17-14 at 17:50:11 PDT, seller added the following information:

AFTER FULL PAYMENT I CAN STORE CAR FOR A FEW MONTHS (3) WHILE YOU  SAVE  UP MONEY FOR SHIPPING CAR COMPANY IF NEED BE, ENJOY

On Aug-22-14 at 12:19:35 PDT, seller added the following information:

PLEASE SERIOUS BIDDERS ONLY IT COSTS ME ALL MOST $200 JUST TO PLACE THIS ADD UP ON EBAY FEES ,,,DO NOT BID IMPULSIVELY MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE FUNDS,I HAVE $5,800 INTO THIS CAR SELLING AT A BIG LOSS – RESERVE – IS SO LOW ITS A JOKE I JUST CANT GIVE CAR AWAY FOR FREE, LIKE I STATED I HAVE BEEN GOING TO CAR SHOWS FOR OVER 15 YEARS AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN ONE LIKE THIS, AND I WILL TELL YOU I HAVE PARKED THIS*** LITTLE TINY THING ***AT THE CAR SHOWS OVER FROM A FERRERI AND I GET TONS OF PEOPLE SURROUNDING MY CAR  ASKING ME WHAT KIND OF HONDA CIVIC IT IS .IF I GO OUT TO THE STORE OR ANY WHERE ELSE I ALL MOST ALL WAYS COME OUT TO PEOPLE LOOKING AT MY CAR ASKING WHAT IT IS,,SO IF YOU DONT LIKE ATTENTION  THEN THIS CAR IS— NOT— FOR YOU,,AND NO THIS IS NOT A  PARADE CLOWN CAR ,IT IS A RELIABLE EVERYDAY DRIVER , AND YES ITS TONS OF FUN TO DRIVE  ,  ALSO I STATED MILAGE AT 58K THAT INFO IS NOT CORRECT MILEAGE IS AS OF NOW  41,9802  🙂  YOU CAN CALL OR TEXT ME FOR MORE INFO IF YOU WOULD LIKE 1 508 xx xxxx  THANKS  GOOD LUCK ON YOUR BID,,, BEING RELISTED AGAIN  FOR THE –THIRD- -TIME ,PLEASE DO NOT BID UNLESS YOU HAVE THE FUND READY FOR FULL PAYMENT, THANKS

More Milanese Goodness

Esteemed editor DS previously posted one of these, but I couldn’t pass on this one when it popped up.  That’s partially because the ad is so bad.  Do people think Craigslist will charge by the line for their ad?  Also, why must they scream?

The seller provides astonishingly little information, but proudly states that “only 500+” were made.  Basically, any mass produced car can claim “only” 500+ made.  Luckily, we know from the previous post that the estimated total is 509.  We also know that this started life as a Seville, which means a four-door sedan.

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Eagle Point, OR
$6,500

Yes, this is the only interior shot.  I hope you like the steering wheel…

Ad text (caps are the seller’s):

’77 CADILLAC MILAN CONVERTIBLE, ONLY 500+ MADE, EXCELLENT CONDITION. ALWAYS GARAGED, SILVER AND BLACK, ALL ORIGINAL. FUN UNIQUE CAR TO DRIVE.

Shortvair

I like any ad that begins with “I have a collection of shortened cars.”  Do we bother to ask why?  If you must shorten a car, a Corvair seems like a decent choice, given the lack of a driveshaft…

It looks like the body work has been done, which is obviously the biggest step if you’re into this sort of thing.  The ad lacks major info, though, such as running condition and any information on the interior, which is likely the second biggest step in a shortening.  Only a potential buyer can determine whether $900 is reasonable for a one-off.  The seller claims nothing is more fun to drive, but I’m not 100% convinced.
Orange County, CA?
$900
Posted by CG
Yes, it’s short.  Is that a carry handle on the side?
Different colored primer on the other side?  Hmm.
Ad text:
I have a collection of shortened cars, and there is nothing more fun to drive. 
This little Corvair was going to be my next shortened project, but I do not have the time. I am asking $900 and the hard work is done.
Bill of sale only. It is a fun project and you will have a good time once it’s complete.
I am not sure of the year.