Old Classic Cars for Sale

Classic USA cars for sale sticker. Pictured - 1956 Buick Special 4 door hardtop with for sale stickers in the side window.Classic cars are for sale everywhere in the USA. I’ve just traveled through Idaho and I’m amazed at how many barn finds and restoration projects are available for sale along the road sides and in old gas stations.

1956 Buick Special 4 door hardtop was a genuine barn find. It is totally original.
Parked in a roadside parking lot. It does not run, but what a find for a beginner classic car collector. Hubcaps, and all the trim still mostly intact.

I found this 1956 Buick Special 4 door hardtop in completely original condition in a small farming community. The car must have been from the area and perhaps from its appearance, would have been owned by the one family. A local dealership badge was still on this classic beauty, telling of just a small part of its long history.

You can see the paint is mostly original, and these days the fading paint revealing undercoat and surface rust is appealing for realist car collectors. Some collectors might keep this beauty unrestored. Even leave the engine as is. Barn finds are just as appealing to certain enthusiasts as a full restoration. The reason is because it means the car is at the lowest of pricing in this state. The potential buyer will either see it as a minimal restoration project, or a full restoration.

Picture of original classic car badge reads: '1956 Buick Special'
Date 1956 actually shown in the badges front and rear. Wing like designs represent the aviation and space-age times.

An interesting part of this car is the badging. Front and back are the badges displaying the actual year model 1956! Rare in any car!

It would be a difficult choice for any collector to cast vision to the future and decide what would best suit this 4 door hardtop, should it be a total restoration for tens of thousands of dollars, or should it be a minimal restoration where the engine and functions are restored, but keeping the originality of the appearance?

I’ve just checked online and these 1956 Buick Specials are selling as wreckers from $3,000 to over $49,000 for a full restoration.

Looks like this particular Hot Ride is a bargain at $2,500 asking.

Photo of rear view of Buick 1956 Special with rectangular exhausts inset into the heavy chrome rear bumper
Tail fins and winged designs of the 1950 classics. Note the rectangular dual exhausts perfectly inset into the rear bumper, directly underneath each tail fin. Inset exhaust tailpipes are now common in modern designs in 2016.

Post Author: Alan O'Neill

4 thoughts on “Old Classic Cars for Sale


    (August 5, 2016 - 10:35 pm)

    Interesting article and great photos / write-up. I had no idea that there was a market / appeal for ‘unrestored’ cars left as original as possible. You can’t beat the iconic artistry and craftsmanship that went into these old beauties – something that is lacking in modern design, IMO. I think one would be hard pressed to find a restored Prius 50 years from now. I actually just started restoration on a ’69 MGB – entire rebuild and new paint in the engine bay – good times!

      Alan O'Neill

      (August 10, 2016 - 9:15 pm)

      MGBs are iconic. Would love to see photos Mike.

    Janice Nichol

    (August 7, 2016 - 12:09 pm)

    My Dad had a car like this. But back then, it was pretty much new. Those were the good old days; nice and roomy and “no seat belts”. We never worried about getting into an accident. Of course, with all that metal around you, it wouldn’t do any of us any damage. You have a great site; brings back old memories.

      Alan O'Neill

      (August 10, 2016 - 9:13 pm)

      Thanks for your comments Janice. These cars were certainly works of art.

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