We love to feature these Armageddon-prepared vehicles when we come across them. This one wasn’t built for getting out of Dodge when the grid goes down but to rescue people trapped in a fire. That is a very noble thing for a truck to do (and the brave folks who drove it). So the Traveler has lots of cool stuff in it and on it. All kinds of vintage radios and blinking lights plus a working winch up front. Equipped with proper wheels and tires makes this one pretty unstoppable in the down and dirty. Of course it has a hi/lo transfer case a trailer hitch and its share of bumps and scrapes. But it has no rust to speak of. We think this will be a bargain and you won’t be able to build anything like this for the price. Buy it, benchmark the service needs and address any non-functioning issues they head for the hills. Click here for the listing. Photography courtesy of Shadow Man.
The very popular Chevy Suburban started out as a station wagon built on a truck chassis. Nothing much has changed. We don’t usually consider an old Suburban as interesting enough to be Mintworthy but we like to think beyond driving pleasure and collectability. We think someone might be interested in a vintage Suburban to tow a vintage car, racer or travel trailer. Read More
Before we had the Jeep Wagoneer with the fake wood adorning the flanks, we had the Jeep Wagoneer with a Gladiator front-end. This ’65 Jeep Wagoneer was built under the Kaiser-Jeep Corporation. The engine is a 230 cu in Tornado engine and it is the first overhead cam engine in an American car in ’65. The Gladiator front end treatment for the Wagoneer model only occurred in ’64 & ’65. The seller states that everything works including the AM radio! We like this seller already. Read More
Conserve or restore? We say conserve but please let us buy some seat covers! This is the 1st of 2 old work horses. It seemed appropriate for us to feature some old affordable trucks now that Spring is in the air. Where we are in Northwest Connecticut, people are crazy for these things. We didn’t pick just any truck we picked an original C10 that we think will clean up real nice. It has been in storage for sometime and it still wears bias-ply tires. And it hails from Montana so if you feel like putting your boots on and donning your Stetson, this will be the perfect accessory. See all of the pictures on eBay by clicking here.
Conserve or restore? In this case we vote conserve. Not because this is an important collectible, but because it is cool to drive an old truck. The Ford F100 has been at or near the top of the Best Selling list in the USA for like 34 years. And it started with pick-up trucks like this one. It’s just an honest workhorse. The driving lights are a nice touch and will probably be handy out on the range. Check out this honest old truck on eBay by clicking here.
Many of our readers have race or show cars and what to trailer them with is sometimes a more practical decision than a creative one. And then someone comes up with an inspired concept like taking a ’48 Mack Truck Body and placing it over a Ford E-450, 14,000 GVW chassis. Its powered by a 460 Ford Big Block mounted aft of the cab! And it can carry! The ramp is 18’6 with self-storing ramps. See the eBay Auction by clicking here.
Ransom E. Olds is the genesis of the name of this car company. First introduced in 1915, production continued through 1953. Although the basic design and styling of the chassis remained consistent, the Speed Wagon was manufactured in a variety of configurations (pickup and panel truck, passenger bus) to serve as delivery, tow, dump, and fire trucks as well as hearses and ambulances. Read More
Virgil Exner designed some pretty unusual cars for Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge. When fins were in, Virgil’s fins were bigger and finier than any one else. Exner retired around 1961 but his influence on design hung around when they created the D100 Dodge trucks. They had a distinctive rear bed referred to as a Sweptline. The entire package was distinctive but maybe less attractive than the competition in the day. Fast forward to today and Sweptlines have quite the following ironically because of the distinctive styling that may have been a tad controversial in the day. And that takes us to our offering today.
We’ve owned an FJ 40, FJ 60 and currently own an FJZ 80 and all of them have been the source of great joy. No, they aren’t particularly fun to drive – unless you get it off the pavement. That is where you feel invincible. And you can fix these things (if they ever need to) in your sleep. We talk about patina and this FJ has plenty. Coincidentally, it has about as much patina as the example we owned. Like its American competition, the JEEP CJ, the top and doors can be removed to add an additional thrill to your commute. You can buy a Tribute to the FJ from Icon for a bit north of $100 grand or you can snap this one up for $10,000. On Craigslist.
There is something special about original owner cars. Maybe it is the character of the caretaker that has been ingrained in the Landie over the years. Or maybe it is the experiences they shared. But it is special. And that is why this Landie is pretty darn cool. It starts with Landies having that indomitable spirit of an English Bulldog – and the unbroken ownership for over 46 years. The pictures don’t tell the entire story and the New York State location warrants a peek at the underside but I feel confident all is in order. It is offered at $21,000 and it would take you tons more to take a basket case to this level. But then all of the history might get washed away. See it here on Craigslist.