CC Outtake: Say Goodbye To Summer, Hello To Good Buys

Special interest car spotters in my corner of the USA know that this is the optimum time to see the unusual, the rare, the quirky and the downright interesting cars for sale. 

The reason is that after Labor Day, depending on where you live, the first crisp days are nigh and if you are far enough north, it’ll be uncomfortable outside in a thrice.  Here in the south, there is another factor that can make for some interesting opportunity if you are in the market: the college football season means that Saturday afternoons are spoken for and no matter how cool, crisp and splendid, most folks will be watching their favorite teams at home or on campus.  They lose interest in driving their weekend cars.  Another factor is the “lost my storage” story. (Translation- somebody’s spouse is not going to park outside in the cold all winter).

Either way,  the window is open here south of the 35th parallel for savvy buyers to snag a bargain.  I took time out from a date with the missus this weekend to snap a few pics of some very interesting metal (and fiberglass) on offer in North Georgia.

Yes, it’s a kit car, but it has that certain je ne sais quoi that makes you feel 16 again.  And the price is right – $2800 and you can look like a wealthy playboy from…1978.

Despite the logo, underneath bits are pure Beetle.  These kits were really popular in those days.

The interior even has a wooden dash !

Fifteen feet away, the owner had another “parade car” on offer.  He was baling hay, so his wife told us that this Model T was a ’16 and the price was “negotiable”.  She cheerfully told me that I could take as many pictures as I liked.

 For a car crowding 100 years old, this buggy looks grand !

Driving a T was challenging.  There was no gas pedal in those days.  The planetary gearset meant that there were reverse and forward gears.  Engine speed was controlled up on the dash (or column).  It was similar to a John Deere riding lawn mower of today.

Something struck me as interesting (in a good way).  Just about every part that was stamp-able, was stamped “Made In U.S.A” .  Wish that it were that way today.

Have you seen any screaming buys lately?  I’d love to hear your story.