We are liking the creativity displayed here in this VW pick-up ‘replica’ from Greece. The use of VW van body parts on the back is particularly interesting. The seller is open to offers, and we can’t help thinking a great set of custom wheels would finish this off nicely.
Now here is a rarity – a ’60s American prototype that escaped the crusher! A fibreglass mock-up of this car was made for the Chicago Auto Show in 1966, and the car with its ‘Rambleseat’ had such a reaction that AMC built 2 fully operational examples to test shortly after. This car is one of them and the story of its survival is amazing. To quote the Mecum website: “Not surprisingly, safety concerns soon outweighed the speed gained by a lightweight body and the fun to be had with a rumble seat. Those features never made it to the manufacturer’s floor, as the AMX was toned down before production even began; the fibreglass was replaced with steel and the “Rambleseat” disappeared. That would be the end of the story, with the two aforementioned prototypes slated to be destroyed, if not for the initiative and amazing good luck of Domenick Jiardine, Jr., who worked the line at American Motors Kenosha Lake Front Plant in 1971.
Having heard about the cars and their impending fate, Jiardine decided to see if he couldn’t step in and alter destiny. In a bold move, Jiardine walked right up to the visiting William Luneburg, then-president of American Motors, and inquired about the cars. His request was that if the cars were indeed sitting on the chopping block, that Luneburg instead just give one of the cars to him.
To Jiardine’s amazement, he received a call a week later letting him know that the car was his if he still wanted it at a purchase price of $50. An entire, complete and functional car for $50. Jiardine was stunned. On his sales receipt it states, “one (1) scrap fiberglass body… without title or serial number.” Not listed, is the 343 CI V8 with four-speed manual transmission that was housed inside the “scrap body.”
We’ll update the site when we get the results through on October 10th.
It may only have lowly origins but this Vignale bodied Fiat 850 looks incredible value. It’s for sale in Italy for €6400, that’s just £4600 at today’s exchange rate. The ad says the car is in ‘impeccable’ condition and the pictures back this up. This is effectively just a Fiat 850 Coupe in a different suit, but what a suit, with beautiful lining (look at that interior)!
This is not the first time we have featured a Fiat 1500 Coupe but we offer no excuses as we just adore these beautiful, under-valued cars. Just look at those lines – clearly from the same pen as greats like the Ferrari 250 California. This one has the perfect colour combination of silver bodywork (a car in its natural state is silver and only very well designed cars can pull the colour off) and sumptuous tan leather interior including the door cards. It’s only had 2 owners from new and all the history comes with the car. Can you drive a more tasteful car? We do not think so. A bargain – watch the prices sky-rocket in the next few years.
Very rare French sports car in the best colour with fantastic period wheels. Restored in 1998 but still looking good, this example has a Renault 5 Alpine engine and 5 speed trans from a Renault 18 Turbo and Renault 16 brakes for better performance.
27,000€ (£21,000) is quite high but it does make an Alpine A110 look expensive.