Swap Meet Classics -Treasures Inside

In the first installment we took a look at the sights that the swap meet parking lot had to offer. This time around we will concentrate on the vehicles and other treasures found inside.

There is always a bustling car corral that offers potentially tempting deals on classic motors. This 1951 Nash Statesman was for sale for a very reasonable $6500.

This Statesman was powered by a 184cid flat head straight six cylinder.

Interior looked to be in very nice shape.

It might have four doors but looked to me like a very usable classic for cheap.

Next to the Nash was this Canadian market 1966 Meteor Montcalm two door. These used Ford Galaxie bodies with Mercury trim.

The Montcalm was the top of line model with Rideau and Rideau 500 below it.

This 1980 Triumph TR7 appeared to be in very nice shape with traditional British green paint.

The interior featured upgraded seating materials and aftermarket steering wheel. Normally I do not care for aftermarket steering wheels but the stock TR7/TR8 unit is not a thing of beauty.

My apologies for the blurry photo but underneath the hood was a fuel injected GM 3.8L V6 that replaced the stock and troublesome 2.0L Triumph unit. The engine was hooked to a five speed manual transmission and would not doubt result in very spirited performance.

Larger than stock aftermarket Minilite style wheels were also a visual and functional upgrade. Although this TR7 was very nice the asking price was a bit rich for my blood at $9,500.

A pair of classic, right hand drive Minis were offered as well. These both appeared to be Japan Domestic market imports. The darker one, stated to be a 1989 model, had been tastefully back dated.

The North American sized rear plate does not fit all that well. While it sports a MkI look this Mini has a fuel injected engine but sadly an automatic gearbox as well.

This 1993 Mini had a 1275cc fuel injected engine and was offer for $8000.

1937 Plymouth slant back two door with plenty of patina.

A slant back with a Slant Six engine, this 225 cid example dating from 1975. The engine was backed by a 727 automatic transmission.

The interior features both old and new elements with modern seats but the original steering wheel.

Here is a real rarity, a Canadian market 1959 Monarch II Lucerne. Monarch was an upscale car sold at Ford dealerships in Canada to be comparable with Mercury. Sold from 1946 to 1957 until the Monarch name was dropped in favor of Edsel. The marque was revived for 1959 as Monarch II with a Mercury body and a unique and unusual grill. For 1960 the II was left off and again because just Monarch but was again dropped for the final time after the 1961 run.

Here is a better shot of the same car highlighting the grill design.

I believe this a MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) V8. Not sure on displacement as it is hard to find information on Canadian variations but the 430cid engine was available.

The interior looks like a nice place to spend some time.

The rear shows off a few more of the Canadian specific details. This is a rare car as only 4,979 Monarch II of any variation were made for 1959.


This 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V appeared to be in great condition as well.

This 1967 Mercury Comet is a rare sight around here. This one wore Ford Ranger/Explorer rims and sold before I got there.

A row of motorbikes and a scooter.

Not all the vehicles were complete and ready to drive away. This Ford shell probably has a future as a hot rod.

Of course a swap meet is not all complete vehicles. Lots of parts and antiques for sale such as this pair of old taxi meters.

A pile of mostly fuel pumps as well as a Zenith carburetor.

Many books were on offer as well.

Here are some air-cooled Volkswagen “smoothie” rims with what looks like some old winter tires mounted.

There are always a few of these poster style ads which are usually but not always field projects. The 1933 Chrysler Imperial three window coupe in the center of this ad is certainly a rare and desirable classic.

I have wanted to build a Ford Model T style speedster for a number of years but buying all the parts at the swap meet would make the final price tag breathtakingly large.

I will leave you with a 1938 Ford truck grill and some sort of vintage steering wheel with column. While there were a few items like a classic spot light or date coded license plates that tempted me for the Pontiac I left the swap meet with only photos and memories this year. Likely for the best as I have enough automotive related trinkets already.