Saturday, February 15, 2014

Weekend Quickies - February 15, 2014

1961 Fiat 1200 Cabriolet - The roots of this car go back to 1955 and the Fiat 1100 TV. A few years after its introduction, Fiat hired Pininfarina to create a new body for the 1100 TV. Fiat increased the engine displacement and the resulting car was this; the Fiat 1200 Cabriolet.

This is a very restorable car. The body was painted with a spray can and the interior is said to need some help, but it has very little rust and the seller says it "runs, drives and stops."

Fiat 124 Spiders are a dime a dozen compared to this. With a little money and effort, you could have one of the coolest old Fiats at any car show.

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

1962 LaDawri - I wrote about a LaDawri back in November, 2013. It was in rough shape, but you could see it had potential.

This one is in better shape, but it has been customized. The hood scoop ruins the car's lines. The spoiler looks too modern and is unnecessary. The word "awkward" doesn't even begin to describe the top.

The seller states "This car could be worth its weight in gold." No. It won't be. But, with a little "de-customization," it could be a cool, unique, weekend driver.

Located in South Miami, FL, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to Jon for sending me the links to the Fiat and LaDawri.

1985 Honda City Turbo II - Want to stand out anywhere you go? Want to embarrass the drivers of larger, well known performance cars? Then this is the car for you.

For all intents and purposes, you can look at this as a Honda's take on a Renault 5 Turbo II. It's a rocket based on a common commuter car. 60 MPH comes in roughly 8.5 seconds.

This car looks to be in very nice condition. It's over 25 years old and is perfectly legal to own and operate in the US.

Located in Chesterfield, VA, click here to see the eBay listing.


bluetoes591 said...

As a kid in the 80's I somehow or other came to be in the possession of a Tamiya catalogue that was full of Honda City Turbo models. I've lusted after them ever since.

steve in podunk said...

That LaDawri looks like it was customized by Jethro BoDean!

Jon said...

I remember years ago reading about The LaDawri (and the Woodill Wildfire, etc.) on the Forgotten Fiberglass website. This was one of the rare websites where the "barn finds" actually outnumbered running or restored models.

The body mods on the LaDawri look like the common Corvette mods of the mid 60's to early 70's. The tail lights, even with an additional pair, have that 68-72 Corvette look. The front looks a lot like Baldwin-Motion Phase III Stingray.

HJS said...

The owner of the Fiat painted it's ca. 1985 blue license plate black to give it the impression it was issued in the 60s. Stupid.