As many of you are aware I bought a Studebaker Lark at an estate auction, but it was actually one of the more mainstream vehicles on offer at the auction. Here is an overview which includes everything from a snow-plane, a sixties pickup diesel truck, a British limousine to a classic electric car. There were a few others I had considered bidding on that I will highlight as well.
As mentioned before I was one of the later people to pick up my purchase, so for some of these vehicles I need to use the supplied auction photos rather ones I have taken. We will start off with some of the other cars I considered. I will say perhaps I was a little ambitious in my virtual browsing as most of these went for more money than I initially suspected.
I really liked the look of this 1966 Volkswagen Woody conversion. I thought maybe if the rabid Volkswagen fans did not notice this auction, I might have a chance at it. While the roof needed some attention overall it appeared to be a high quality conversion.
Alas, it was not meant to be as someone else ponied up $5,700.00 to take this beauty home. Auction link.
Another oddity that I could be interested in if it went cheap enough was this 1980 Commutacar. I have always been intrigued by electric cars but put off by the generally high acquisition cost. No being able to inspect any of the cars during the auction meant that I could not test the batteries or operation of the car, so it would have to go cheap. The pint sized car with a giant front bumper ended up selling for a strong (in my opinion) $4,950.00 which put me well out of contention. Auction link.
Here is another oddball (are you sensing a theme yet?) in this 1959 Beardmore Taxi. This vintage cab was equipped with a diesel engine and while parts supply would be a major concern, it did appear to be in fantastic condition. I figured this would go above my price range and not at $4,100 it did. At that price I believe someone got a great deal on a very unique motor. Auction link.
The Triumph Mayflower probably has few fans and while it is not a classic beauty I have always had a bit of a soft spot for it. They certainly do not come up for sale very often. This 1949 Mayflower appeared to be in great cosmetic shape and was likely an older restoration.
The interior appeared to be in good nick as well with an ominous box of random parts in the passenger foot-well. Additionally I am a sucker for banjo style steering wheels.
Unlike most, this one has retained the original flat head four cylinder engine in the snug engine bay. The description stated that it needed a head gasket, but as I understand it, quite often the head cracks on these as well. Many of Mayflowers have received an engine swap from a Triumph Spitfire as the original engine was a bit marginal even when new. This one sold for a very reasonable $2,150.00 and I am sure I will kick myself in the future for not buying it. Auction link.
This Nash Airflyte looked like an easy revival candidate much in the same vein as the Studebaker. Being a two door fastback body style it likely had a better value upside when completed.
The Nash looked a little weathered but potentially a very solid car. This one sold for $3,100.00. Auction link.
This little buggy was certainly neat and appeared to be built with mostly Ford Model T bits and an unspecified Honda trike engine. The body was all wood but certainly showed as a high quality build. The only question was what could one do with it? It would be tough to make street legal in Alberta but maybe needs a person with some land could tool around with it there. The question of use was for someone else to answer with a sale price of $2,300.00. Auction link.
There was another 1963 Studebaker Lark up for re-homing in this auction, but in the more desirable Wagonaire body style. This one was the Custom trim and originally dark red in color, making it a Canadian car. This one was equipped with a six cylinder engine and automatic transmission. It went a little cheaper at $1,000 compared to the sedan I bought, but it appeared to be quite a bit more work to get it back on the road judging by the auction photos only. Auction link.
File this under not seriously considered but I love this 1940s Snow-plane. Unfortunately I would have no place to store or use it but just look at how fantastic it is.
The engine was described as a Menasco 135 HP which if you look closely you can see it is of the inverted inline style (head at the bottom). I did spend more time than is probably healthy joking with my wife that I was bringing this one home as the bidding stayed really low until near the very end when the hammer fell at $4,910.00. I was bummed not to see this one in person at pickup time.
One of the other highlights for me was this 1964 GMC diesel pickup truck with an interesting color. Note the custom grille on this one with the word diesel on it.
It had a 3-53 Detroit Diesel and five speed manual transmission which was installed when new. A real heavy and heavy duty combination.
The interior had a number of interesting custom touches as well. I was happy to see this one in person.
The rear was customized as well. The topper looks period correct as do the slot mag wheels and I suspect this would have been an expensive build when new. This unit sold for $12,499 but I doubt you will ever see another one. Auction link.
Do you know what else is unique? A 1990 Jaguar limousine in North America fits the bill for me. The Jagggggg went for only $1,950 but again what are you going to do with it? Auction link.
Here is a rare Canadian car which at first glance just looks like a 1964 Pontiac Parisienne two door wearing some partial hub caps.
But as its special party piece this one has a 327cid V8 and four speed manual transmission which must have been seriously uncommon. I am not sure what the red light is under the dash, but perhaps a shift light? The aftermarket gauges hint that the car may have seen some racing action in the past. This one sold for $4,700 which is probably a decent deal given the rarity of specification. Auction link.
If you thought the Parisienne was optioned uniquely then this 1964 Mercury Montclair might blow your mind.
Another four speed manual transmission hooked to a FE big block V8. The interior looks in good condition with bucket seats but the color scheme and pattern does not scream sporty, at least to me.
You know what else is not sporty? A continental spare tire kit. This cannot be a combination seen too often. Big block, V8, manual floor shift, bucket seats and continental kit. I do wonder if it was a factory order or someone pieced it together after the fact. Auction link.
This Canadian market 1966 Valiant Signet looked a little rough but it probably has survived this long because it is a two door and …
it is equipped with yet another four speed manual transmission. This time the engine is a slant six rather than an eight but I bet this was a fun car.
Someone named CountBob bought themselves a neat project for $1,750. Auction link.
My friend Rod was interested in this 1977 Dodge dually pickup truck for trailer pulling duties but bailed out before it sold for $4,000. Auction link.
This 1962 International Scout was very tempting but these vintage Scouts are hot right now, so I knew it would be out of my budget range.
It was rather appealing however and made $7,600 during the auction. Auction link.
This mint looking 1985 Dodge Power Ram has to be rare as a low mileage unicorn. It was also a little old school with a slant six, four speed manual and 4×4 drive-train.
Factory fresh interior with three pedals (four with the park brake I guess). The shift lever looks a like awkward with that bench seat. It went for an even ten grand. Auction link.
Amazingly this 1947 Reo Speedwagon with the rare pickup body style went for almost the same money as the Dodge, pulling in $10,300. I know which I would have preferred. Auction link.
There were quite a few older vehicles as well. This post is getting rather long so I will pick only a couple to highlight, including this 1938 Chrysler Royale Business Coupe. It sold for $11,260. Auction link.
This 1918 Buick Roadster is an attractive vintage car and 1 of only 985 six cylinder cars produced. I do not follow values on these but $23,523 feels like a deal to me. Auction link.
What struck me about this auction is there were very few “normal” collector cars like an early Ford Mustang (ok, there was one project 1957 Chevrolet Nomad). Not that there is anything wrong with those but I am always drawn to the more unusual. This auction had the odd and unique in spades. I would have a hard time picking a favorite if it were my collection (ok, it is the snow-plane!). I hope you enjoyed this mini-tour. There is more at the auction root site itself here and it works best to sort by Bid Price Descending to view the vehicles.