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This ad is for several very interesting old cars, boats and bikes the seller has amassed over the years, including, in no particular order, a claimed-unrestored and matching-number 1960 Alfa Giulietta SS, a 1964 Abarth 1000, a Binz-bodied ’64 Benz 190b kombi, a ’34 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, a gorgeous 1950’s Aristocraft Torpedo 14′ mahogany runabout with two-stroke Evinrude power, a ’58 Velocette Venom Clubman, a ’62 Laverda 200 and more. Find them here on Craigslist near Los Angeles, California with individual prices listed. Special thanks to BaT reader Coleman M. for this submission.
It’s not quite clear if cars not specifically mentioned in the ad but shown in the above photo–including a 356 cab, a Michelotti Shellette, two Fiat 600 Jollys, another Giulietta (Sprint), an Issigonis Mini, an unidentified roadster and more–are themselves for sale. Reads the ad: “I have been collecting classic cars, bikes, and vintage boats for a long time. The time has come to downsize and sell some things as I’m out of storage space. Here are a few that I would consider selling:” (then lists the cars noted in this story’s intro paragraph, plus a few more below.)
Again, from the ad: “1956 Nash Rambler Custom sedan. This is a wonderful cruiser, in rare colors (yellow and black two-tone with apple green interior). I was told that the mileage was very low when I bought it, but there was no documentation. Straight 6 with automatic, wide whites. $13,500.” Note what appears to be a rare Jaguar XJC hiding in the background.
From the ad: “1960 Mercedes-Benz 190b Kombi by Korrosserie Binz. Mercedes didn’t build their own wagons in those days, so they were special ordered through an outside coachbuilder. This was a California car that was purchased on the European Delivery Program. Unfortunately, it was poorly stored for years outside in LA, and now needs a complete restoration. Only 349 built, so it is rare enough to make the time and cost to restore worthwhile. $10k.” Binz Benzes are indeed rare and cool.
Says the seller: “1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Limousine De Ville with coachwork by Gurney Nutting–beautiful older restoration done to AACA and CCCA standards. This car has documented celebrity and Royal (Ducal) history. A very impressive classic.” This vehicle is the only one listed without a specific price, but based on looks alone we’re including it anyway.
The seller: “1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale–an original black plate California car that has been off the road, and parked in a dry garage since 1972. Odometer shows 35k miles. Complete and matching numbers. Unrestored condition. A genuinely great car–this is the one you want to keep, restore, and never let go of! $90k.”
From the ad: “1964 Fiat/Abarth 1000 race car. This is a barn find that was last road registered in Iowa circa 1978. It features front radiator, 4 wheel disc brakes, Cromadora alloy wheels (with petrified Pirelli CORSA tires still mounted), radiused front wheel openings like the 1000TCRs had, 3 gauge cluster with Jaegers, deck lid props, Raydyot mirror, etc. Engine is out and apart. Body has a couple of issues, but is mostly very good. No known history. $10k.”
From the ad: “Aristocraft Torpedo 14′ mahogany barrelback dual cowl runabout. This is probably one of the most beautiful small boat designs ever created. It is really extraordinary and very sexy! Great condition overall (collector owned for years). These are currently being built and sold for $15k with no motor or trailer. This one has an Evinrude and galvanized trailer for only $8k.” We wish more photos of this thing were included, but based on what can be seen, the seller isn’t exaggerating regarding its looks.
Says the seller: “1958 Velocette Venom Clubman. Iconic 500cc thumper with all the cafe racer equipment: clip-ons, dual gauges, rear sets, fishtail exhaust, etc. $12,500.” What a great looking bike–dig that fishtail exhaust and shift linkage.
From the seller: “1962 Laverda 200 twin by Gemini. A very rare variant of the Laverda line rebadged by Gemini for the US market. Original unrestored condition including paint. Starts easily and runs/shifts well. 4 stroke twin built for comfort, but would be a fun Giro mount! $3,500.”
We love the diversity on offer here, and hope that a BaT reader is able to make a deal and give at least one of these interesting machines a new, loving home.