Saturday, December 3, 2011

Weekend Quickies - December 3, 2011

1958 Bedford Dormobile - There's a part of me that would love to buy a camper / RV and just take off. I would love to take a year or two off and explore the country.

Of course, given what you know about my taste in cars, I wouldn't just go out and buy a regular ol' Winnebago, I'd buy something like this...

Dormobile is a brand name of a type of camper conversion carried out by a UK company called Martin Walter Ltd. Eventually the company became known as Dormobile.

Bedford was the truck division of Vauxhall, GM's UK subsidiary.

This Bedford CA Dormobile is interesting for a couple of reasons; 1)It's in the US, and 2)It's left-hand-drive.

This Bedford CA Dormobile is in very restorable condition. It would, of course, not be very practical to actually use on a cross-country journey, but it would be a very cool vehicle to take to British car shows.

Located in Bryant, AR, click here to see the eBay listing. has all sorts of great info about Dormobile vehicles.

1990 Peugeot 405 Mi16 Sport Wagon - Now this is cool. This 405S wagon has been turned into a 405 Mi16 wagon.

It's everything that was great about the Mi16 wrapped in a station wagon body. It doesn't get much better.

This is a no reserve auction with an opening bid of $2,250.00. It will be interesting to see how high the bidding goes for this car.

Located in Washington, DC, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to Blair for sending me this link!

1989 Merkur XR4Ti - This might be a nice winter project for someone. The seller says it has a leaking front transmission seal. (He's including a new seal with the car). Other than that and a few new bushings (also included), all this car needs is a bit of surface rust taken care of and a paint job. (Or, forget about the paint job and use it as your commuter car / daily driver.)

1989 was the last year for the Merkur line in the US. This car has the smaller rear spoiler, which I like better than the earlier "bi-plane" spoiler.

The asking price is a reasonable $650.00.

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

1985 Audi Quattro - Wow. Some people just know how to do things right. This car is done right. This eBay ad is done right.

Every modification done to this car has been done to make it perform better. There are no boy-racer mods, no lame graphics or wheels. It's a modified car that an adult could and would be proud to own.

The eBay ad is informative and honest. The seller includes a link to some short videos and a Picasaweb photo album. Perfect.

Located in Portland, OR, click here to see the eBay listing.


rrshadow2 said...

that Peugeot Wagon sounds like a screaming deal, More than 10 years ago I wanted a 405 Wagon and I searched high and low and couldn't find one Anywhere, I didn't realize how rare they were, I finally gave up and bought a Sterling 827.

Blair Russell said...

Yeah, I agree that the Quattro ad was well-done and I wish more sellers would be that thorough. Anyhow, I think all four cars are cool in their own ways, and not just the car I happened to stumble upon a few days ago.

Speaking of that Peugeot, it was featured on BAT yesterday, and while some people there were understandably curious about the conversion process, there were others who sounded downright snobby about the vehicle. That's unfortunate, but at least we around here know how cool the Mi16 is.

Anonymous said...

For Dormobile a better link might be this one:

The "new" reborn Dormobile is here:

RIP said...

This is a super rare van in the US, good enough to restore or keep it like that if your a RAT.

Jon said...

The Dormobile is something else. Add this to the "cool vehicles I never knew existed" box.

The rest are great as well...

Anonymous said...

Can not quite figure out if it is an Mi16 converted into a wagon or a 405 wagon with just the visual enhancements. Is that actually the mi16 engine?

Just A Car Geek said...

Based on the picture in the listing, it looked like an Mi16 engine.