Sunday, April 24, 2011

Weekend Quickies - Sunday, April 24, 2011

1958 Dual-Ghia - Yesterday I featured a "Frank Sinatra Edition" Chrysler Imperial. I doubt that Sinatra never owned one of those, but he did own one of these.

The Dual-Ghia was based on an early 1950s Virgil Exner design, the Dodge Firebomb/Firearrow show cars. (Can you imagine calling a car a "Firebomb" today?) Dodge chassis' were sent to Italy, where Ghia built and fitted the body. The engine was a Dodge 315ci hemi V8.

Just 117 Dual-Ghias were built. Around 50 are known to exist today. If you want it, this one will cost you a cool quarter-of-a-million-dollars.

Located in Houston, TX, click here to see the eBay listing.

PS - Ronald Reagan owned a Dual-Ghia. Legend has it that he lost it in a poker game to then-president Lyndon Johnson. (Just a little trivia that you'll most likely never see on the History Channel or in a presidential library.)

1967 Rover P5 - Rovers seem to be coming out of the woodwork lately. Chris over at Rusty But Trusty featured one the other day, and now this one just showed up on eBay.

This car is said to run "good" and has no rust. It needs restoration, but starting with a running, rust free car is a huge plus.

Rovers were not very popular in the US, and one in this condition is a rare find.

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

1969 Peugeot 404 - Do you have $200.00, a ton of time and plenty of ambition? If so, this extremely rough Peugeot 404 station wagon could be your next project.

The 404 was designed by Pininfarina. Although it's tough to tell by looking at this one, they are very cool looking cars.

This car has no floors and a rusted frame. Realistically, it's best use is as a parts car, but someone would earn huge points in my eyes (and most JaCG readers eyes) if they restored it. (I'll make a deal with you... This car is in a town about 1/2 hour north of where I live. If you promise to restore it, I'll meet you there and help you load it on to the trailer. - Hey, free labor is free labor.)

Located in Greenfield, MA, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to Tony for sending me the link to this car!

1967 Ford Flatbed - This is really just a post for me. I've always wanted to own my own flatbed. A cool old one like this would be perfect.

This is a very well cared for 44 year old truck. It has a 352 V8 and 4 speed transmission. The flatbed hydraulics have recently been rebuilt.

If you live on the west coast and have the same flatbed fantasy that I have, this truck looks like it's well worth checking out.

Located in San Jose East, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

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


Anonymous said...

I had one of the Peugeot 404 wagons and a '68 404 sedan. For their time they were an amazing value. Roomy & comfortable, good on gas, great brakes, the sedan had a huge sunroof. I would love to find one, not rusted to oblivion, but they are as rare as gramophone needles these days.

Jon said...

That Dual Ghia ia nice, but I'm not sure the bidding will come near the reserve. Too bad that Studebaker never made a convertible version of the Hawk. It even has the same "turned alloy" treatment on the dash. I saw a couple of chopped Hawks on Google, and they looked nice.

404 - If I remember correctly, the sheetmetal on a 404 is pretty thick. That is why France is still chock full of them.

Flatbed Ford - I'm guessing that anyone with a running flatbed instantly ends up being CEO of the local favor bank. Your phone would be ringing off the hook.

Enmotors said...

The Dual-Ghia and a Facel Vega HK 500 are two my favorite cars ever. This Dual -Ghia is one of the nicest I've seen. The color combo is striking and it looks like it has had a correct restoration. Both are out of my price range now and forever as they have been ticking up in prices. No it most likely not sell on the auction, as few cars sell in that price range ever do on eBay. It is great advertising for Carsource. I’ve pulled up that listing a half a dozen times today and am mesmerized by this car. Simply spectacular.