Saturday, March 6, 2010

Weekend Quickies - Saturday, March 6, 2010

1968 Commer RV - I can't imagine that there are many RVs less practical than this one. I can't imagine that are are many that are as cool as this one, either.

RVs are about traveling and freedom. I have to admit that there's a part of me that would love to tour the country in an RV. RV campgrounds can be tacky, but still, the idea of traveling wherever I want and not having to worry about hotels and motels is pretty appealing.

Commer was the truck division of Rootes, the English company that brought us Sunbeam, Hillman, Humber, etc.

Although not mentioned in the ad, this truck most likely has a Rootes 1725cc engine in it. The top speed of this RV is around 70 MPH and it gets to 60 MPH in about 30 seconds. (Not that it matters, it's not like you'd want to run a Gymkhana in this thing. Although that would be pretty amusing to watch.) This is leisurely cruising at its most leisurely.

I like excitement, but only to a point. Driving a 42 year old RV from a long-out-of-business British car manufacturer across the country is a little more "exciting" than I'd want to deal with.

With those funky side windows you could always turn it into an ice cream truck...

Located in Vista, CA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1961 Lancia Appia Convertible - Here's something you don't see very often.

The Appia is one of the more under appreciated pre-Beta Lancias. Like all older Lancias, the Appia was well engineered and (for its time) reliable. It was powered by Lancia's V4 engine.

The convertible was designed and built by Vignale. According to, just 1584 were built.

Located in Portland, Maine, click here to see the (typically brief) Craigslist listing.

1962 Jeep FC-170 Custom - In the comments section of my recent VW SC pick up truck post, Jon mentioned the FC Jeep and how they were often used as plow trucks.

This is no plow truck.

Between the seats, inside the engine bay, a small block Chevy 400 engine now resides. The rear end is from a Ford Bronco, the transmission a Turbo 350 Automatic and the power steering is from a 1979 Ford Granada (??!!). It has been converted from 4WD to 2WD and lowered about 6".

I'm not usually attracted to this kind of vehicle, but I have to admit that if I had an extra $15K and extra storage space, I'd buy this truck. I have no idea why.

Located at a place called The PreOwned Store in Cartersville, GA, click here to find the ad for this jeep.

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