Saturday, February 19, 2011

Weekend Quickies - Saturday, February 19, 2011

1962 Corvair Monza Station Wagon - In last week's "Quickies", I posted a 1969 Corvair and stated it was "one of the nicest unrestored Corvairs I have ever seen."

To my list of "nicest unrestored Corvairs I have ever seen", I now add this one.

The Monza station wagon is one of the rarest Corvairs. It was built for just one year, 1962, and just 2300 were built.

As the seller states, "You can always restore anything, you get original only once." This is an amazing original car.

Located in Camp Verde, AZ, click here to see the eBay listing.

1960 Morris Minor Pick Up - Just about every other pick up truck ever built was more practical than this, but none ever looked as cool.

This MM has a 1275cc A Series engine in it. The seller is offering a Datsun 1500cc engine and 5 speed transmission with it. That's a pretty common transplant, but I hope the new owner keeps this truck all British.

Located in San Luis Obispo, CA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Jon for sending me the link to this Morris.

1994 Ford F350 Centurion Econoline Cruiser -Speaking of odd pick up trucks... This, as far as I can tell, was made by a company called Centurian-Lehman. It's half Econoline van, half pick up truck. It has a 6.9 liter turbo diesel in it. It's capable of hauling 3000 lbs. The back seat can be turned into a bed.

No one seems to be sure how many were built (the factory, along with the build records, was destroyed in a fire), but it wasn't many.

I have no idea why, but I really like this thing. It would be pretty cool to tow an SCCA race car with, or something like that.

Located in South King County, WA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Rose, for sending me the link to this truck!

1963 Sabra - The Sabra was built in Haifa, Israel, by a company called Autocars Company, Ltd. It's essentially a British car. (In fact, Reliant, who did most of the developmental work, built the first 100 cars and sold them as Reliant Sabres.)

The engine was a 64 HP Ford Consul 1.7 liter 4. The car weighed just 1770 lbs and top speed was 100 MPH.

The huge bumperettes are the focal point of the car and are a matter of personal taste, I guess.

The seller claims that just 41 were sent to the US, but I've seen a few other sites that mention 100 or so made their way here.

Offered by the Deezer Collection in North Miami, FL, click here to see their ad.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Ric, for sending me the link to this car!


enmotors said...

The eBay list for the Corvair is great. I wish more people would create a straight forward list with such a rich description. It looks like a beautiful car. I hope whoever buys it does not restore it and pressures what’s there.

The Centurion is an odd company. They were almost always based on Ford vehicles. As far as I remember, they were in production until early 2000’s. I think Southern Comfort conversions purchased them in 2005. I did a little work for a dealer that had Southern Comfort Conversions in 2006 and they never mentioned Centurion. Centurion’s F series diesel truck conversions were very luxurious with heavy use of wood and nicer leather. Lots of fiberglass cladding, running boards, chrome accents, and large vinyl graphics. Sound tacky, but the pickups were nice.

The listing has expired and it’s a 1984. Just do a search for Centurion on the Seattle Craigslist site and it will pull up. I had a similar truck about eight years ago that only had four doors, not the typical Econoline swing out side doors like this truck/van has. My wife, who is usually not very opinionated on the vehicle I would buy, stated it was the ugliest vehicle I have every bought. I had a couple of their four door Broncos, about ten years ago, that preceded the Expedition. Really cool but the build quality on the Econoline and Broncos was poor. The extended area that was welded on the back of these was layered with tons of filler. The seam/bondo on the roofs on all of them would crack and peel the paint. The second issue I saw on the few I owned was that the rear doors were off factory municipal vehicle with no power locks or windows as Centurion did not want to run a wire harness to the back of these vehicles through the B-Pillars. Other than those two issues, they were all Ford. Google Centurion Bronco for photos of one of their other creations. Thanks Dave for posting the Centurion, my wife got a laugh.

enmotors said...

Googled the Bronco by Centurion. Of course someone has a site for them . More Centurion info.

That Sabra has been kicking around for a while. I seem to remember this car on eBay last year at the same dealer. I could be wrong as I look at way to many cars to remember all of their specififcs. The dealer site has some pretty cool inventory. It’s worth a look. I like the Jimp Truck, DAF 55, Skoda Felicia Cabro

Colin Dayton Stacy said...

Dude. In the Corvair post, there's a sweet old school Toyota truck, too. Nice catch man :)

Bill said...

I have been personally involved in parting out one Sabra, and I know someone who has parted out two more in the 1990s. The gearbox is a nice ZF piece that fits Lotus Elite (type 14). Rest of car is crude, with especially poorly designed front suspension. Later on Reliant changed that, and eventually made them with the Zepyr 6. There is one red Sabra that has done the entire east coast show circuit in the last 5 years. Way over the top restoration.