Sunday, March 6, 2016
It’s amazing how many GIs stationed overseas brought back European sports cars, but what is even more interesting is how many big American cars made the trip over the pond. Most made their way back to the States, but a few became permanent residents. This Thunderbird was one of these cars to have made the trip over to be used by a serviceman and then never made its way back. I’m sure when it was still on the road, it was an impressive and dominating machine on British carriageways! It had to dwarf just about every other two seater on the roads there! It is in pretty rough shape, but I’m sure one of our European readers would love to tackle it! You can find it here on eBay in Knutsford, United Kingdom with a current bid of £1,550.00. Special thanks to George G for this tip!
I’ve seen a lot of rusted out T-birds over the years, but this could be one of the worst I’ve seen. Clearly, these cars were not built to survive in high humidity environments, well at least this one wasn’t! The seller actually has a partially restored Thunderbird that they might be willing to let go of as well and it looks to be much more solid. They would be interested in trading both cars for a Chevy trucks, so if you have a Chevy truck, it might be a worthwhile exchange!
I’ve always liked the looks of the early Thunderbirds and while they don’t have the collector appeal of similar vintage Corvettes, I wouldn’t mind having one of these beautiful cars. Clearly, I wouldn’t go for this one purely from a transportation standpoint, but I wouldn’t mind seeing this car returned to our shores. With so many of our best classics being exported, it would be great to see one return home! Wherever it ends up, I just hope it finds a good home! So are any of our UK readers interested in giving this T-bird a good home?
This 1958 Ford F-100 “short box” pickup really caught my eye as an “honest” vehicle. The advertisement gives me the same impression, with the bad highlighted just as much as the good. Despite spending most of it’s life in New Mexico, it’s currently located in Norfolk, Virginia and is for sale here on eBay. Bidding is starting at 99 cents, so what have you got to lose?
I’m not sure just what it is that I like so much about this truck. Maybe it’s the car-like grille, and the more modern lines of the 58 versus the older F-1’s and F-100’s? Maybe it’s the great red and white color scheme? I know I like the fact that not only is it straight, but apart from some relatively minor rust in the bed, the truck really looks like there’s nothing much to fix body-wise. This, of course, assumes you are going to use it as a truck, not as an immaculate showpiece! This here’s a truck!
The seller has thoughtfully included pictures of the well-used bed, as well as the front edge where rust has been quasi-repaired with a piece of angle iron and the rust through towards the side where no repair has been made at all. Having a truck bed that looks like it’s been used doesn’t bother me at all, but I would try to properly repair the rust-through and see what I could do to improve the “repair” at the front of the bed.
The inside to me is a pleasant surprise, with a decent red seat and nothing too terrible. I love that it’s a manual four-speed, and look at that giant shifter! You must have to move it a foot or more to go from gear to gear! Nothing here I’d change at all!
With a 272 V8 that runs great, recent brake and clutch hydraulic work, and it driving nicely, I think that’s exactly what I’d do–drive it! How about you? Have you got a home for this truck?
The seller of this 1978 Ford Fiesta here on eBay claims that the car was in an accident when it was quite young, and as a result, only has 1,200 miles on the clock. Included in the sale are the parts to complete the repairs, which this car surely deserves if it’s otherwise an unused example without any major frame damage.
Personally, I’d have thought the wires and air cleaner would appear a bit fresher-looking for a car that has traveled so few miles. Of course, it could have been stored outside for some of that time, as there’s a little more surface rust than I’d expect for a protected, low-mileage specimen. The engine bay paint does still shine up nicely, and seems consistent with the exterior of the car.
As you’d expect, the interior appears untouched and completely as the factory intended. The seats, though flat, look like they retain good coverings and padding. The other detail I like to pay attention to is how shiny the paint remains in the door jambs – a possible indication of limited use. The Fiesta is undoubtedly an economy car, with no luxuries or electronic controls anywhere. But that’s part of the joy of owning a simple car, in my opinion.
The factory decal package is appropriate for the era in which the car was made, and I’d want to keep it exactly the same. Though the seller will include a NOS fender and core support, getting the paint to match the original will be a challenge. There’s limited activity on this auction at the moment, which surprises me given the notoriety of buying an essentially brand-new Fiesta. Do you think bidders will begin to notice before the auction runs out?
There’s a certain movie that my wife really likes to watch sometimes. The story is about this guy who delivers flowers to a lonely lady and they end up falling in love. It’s not my favorite flick, but I do enjoy the scenes of the 1948 Chevrolet panel driven by Christian Slater. So, when I spotted this spiffed up Ford, I instantly thought flower delivery business. Just think, you could take your classic as a tax write-off! It’s already been modified to make delivery duty a breeze too. It’s located in Jonesboro, Arkansas and is listed here on AutoTrader Classics for $7,500.
Power is provided by a 350 V8 and the interior has been extensively modified to make it a comfortable place to be. Air conditioning, power leather seats, and a bunch of other nice touches. It needs a little work and a new wrap before going back into service, but this is a whole heck of a lot cooler than one of those HHR panel vans. What do you think you would use it for?