New Winter Project

Datsun 240ZWith Winter seems to come an itch that I need to scratch… a project car to tinker on. Two years ago it was the white Jaguar XJ-S. Last year I was in California and then in the midst of moving so no joy. But this year…well, I’ve been on the hunt for a new project car. Mostly I’ve been looking locally on CL for a Triumph, Lotus, Jag, MGB or something British. I missed a really good deal down in the Springs on a TR6 which bummed me out. There hasn’t been much available, which is not surprising given the time of year, but this is the best season to find one priced under the market. I finally expanded my search to eBay which I knew was dangerous because the bulk of the “nice” cars available tend to come from CA or FL. Of course, the selection expands dramatically as well and I was finding all kinds of interesting stuff. I even started looking at some Italian, German, and Japanese classics from the 60’s and early 70’s. Ultimately, I bought a 1971 Datsun 240Z which doesn’t need much work really, mostly cosmetic and interior improvements. It was of course, in CA. “sigh”

So, it is being shipped today. I think this is the first time I’ve ever bought a car sight-unseen. Pictures help a lot but there is only so much you can tell from pictures. I developed a pretty good rapport with the seller during our email/phone exchanges so that helped. I think it will be a fun little project. I’ll get it spiffed up, drive it to a few events this summer, and then probably sell it. Might have a hard time parting with it though! Could always keep it as an “investment”.

3 thoughts on “New Winter Project

  1. eBay Motors has made this easy (they sell a car every 60 seconds). I didn’t actually buy the car on eBay but the process is the same. You contact one or more of the many auto transport brokers who bid on your transport requirement. Once you select one (we went with a local outfit) they put your car (pickup and destination) up on an Internet site and the truckers check this site to find a cars to fill up their trucks with.

  2. Matt-

    Sounds like you have an adventure in the making: adventure buying it remotely, fixing it up and having fun with it!


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