Saturday, November 9, 2013

Weekend Quickies, November 9, 2013

1979 Chevy Chevette - Not every car I post will be a great car. Sometimes they will just be interesting.

What makes this Chevette interesting is the mileage. It has just 1,711 miles on it. One thousand, seven hundred and eleven miles.

The story goes that a man in Florida bought this car for his wife who passed away 2 months after the purchase. After her death, it was brought into the dealership twice a year for oil changes, but not driven elsewhare.

Chevy sold a ton of Chevettes. While about as exciting as a bowl of oatmeal, the Chevette was a pretty reliable, economical little car. For many people the Chevette was their first car. As I write this, 14 people have bid it up to $4850.00, with just under 2 days to go in the auction.

Located in Milwaukee, WI, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to Jon for spotting this car.

1969 Renault R10 - The R10 was the last rear-engined Renault. It was the last in a line that started with the 4CV.

Renault's reputation took a beating in the US with the Dauphine, a car that was marketed as an alternative to the VW Beetle. Despite being a better car on paper than the VW, the Dauphine was wholly unreliable and Renault's dealers were not equipped to handle the numerous problems.

Although it was a much better, much more developed car than the Dauphine (and, again, better than a Beetle in many, many ways), US car buyers didn't flock to the R10. The Dauphine fiasco was still too fresh.

Except for a recent re-spray, this R10 is original. It was recently featured in Sports & Exotic Car Magazine.

Renault's rear-engined cars are interesting cars that offer a unique driving experience. They are rarely seen these days. This R10 is a nice example of the best of the breed.

Located in Carlisle, PA, click here to see the eBay listing.

Volkswagen Powered 1967 Saab Sonett - I'm speechless. This is most of a Saab Sonett. The roof is gone as are the doors. But, most remarkably, it is now powered by a Volkswagen 1600cc Type III engine and transmission. It's still FWD, no less.

This is an impressive piece of engineering. This is a pointless piece of engineering. I don't know what else to say. I'm still speechless.

Located in Fort Collins, CO, click here to see the eBay listing.

3 comments:

steve in podunk. said...

I had a Chevette in college and it really was a good car. I put a set of Falken tires & Monroe Gas-matic shocks on all 4 corners and it transformed the way it drove; unfortunately I never upgraded the brakes and rear ended a semi-tractor in a moment of inattentiveness.I can't believe this at 5K,I didn't pay that for mine and it was new. The last one I had I bought for a $100 and sold for $200 the same day, that had to be 15 years ago.

steve in podunk said...

$9399 was the winning bid for the Chevette; that is simply amazing. I remember now that I had to repaint mine after a about a year because every time it rained the paint would be a little thinner on the fender tops

mallthus said...

My first car was a 1982 Chevette with a similarly tiny number of miles when I got it in 1985. When I sold it in 1989, it had 160,000 miles.

Truth is, these things have a bad rap, but their biggest failing wasn't their reliability or economy, but was that they were unpleasant and old fashioned compared to similarly priced competition from Japan.

I fitted mine with Bilstein shocks and Pirelli tires, then proceeded to learn the joys of driving a slow car fast.