The 5 cars for sale on eBay this week that will blow your mind
eBay is a magical land filled with some of the craziest crap you could hope to find on the planet. Case in point: Dinosaur-shaped cheeto, fish-shaped Dorito, and a heart-shaped potato chip. It's also home to some of the most insane cars that we've ever seen for sale... anywhere. Lucky for you, we've sifted through them to find the best of the best this week.
The CLK GTR Roadster, $1.9m:
The CLK GTR is a rare beast, and its existence is based almost purely in technicality. Back in the '90s, Mercedes wanted to race in the FIA GT Championship, but, in order to compete, you can't just show up with a one-off rocket ship. You actually have to manufacture a bunch of street legal versions... which means there're only 26 that have ever been made. 25 of them are left-hand drive, with the 26th being custom right-hand drive for the Sultan of Brunei. Yeah. That kind of rare. Allegedly this is the only one left in the US, so when you pull into to the Dunkin Donuts parking lot, the chances you'll see another one are slim.
1976 Ferrari Dino, $395k:
The Dino is an interesting case study in Ferrari. The mark was initially created as a way to create lower cost, lower output sport cars to capitalize on the market that competitors like Jaguar were dominating with their offerings. The first sales brochure went so far as to describe the diminutive mid-engine car as "almost a Ferrari". This ended up being the understatement of the century when collectors started going nuts for the insanely sexy lines of the Dino.
1932 Duesenberg Model J Tourster, $800k:
In late 1926, E.L. Cord, the owner of Duesenberg gave it's lead engineers (two brothers) a simple order: "I want you to produce the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious car in the world." 21 months later, the first Duesenberg Model J rolled off the assembly line and was quickly crowned king in all areas it set out to dominate. The base model of the Model J was $19,000 -- a staggering figure considering that most highly paid doctors in the era would earn little over $3,000 a year. Needless to say, the fact that this car is hanging out on eBay means that there's a glitch in the matrix.
1960 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster, $769k :
Like the CLK GTR, the first days of the 300SL's existence were spent on the racetrack. History reflects that it was one of the most successful race cars of its day, but it was a guy named Max Hoffman that would determine the cars fate on the road. Max was the official North American Importer for Benz, and he had a hunch that the 300SL could be a runaway hit if they were to make a street legal version. Long story short: Max was right.
Super Stock Legend 1968 Camaro Z/28 AKA "Old Reliable", $459k :
If you know anything about drag racing, Camaros, or manliness, you know about Old Reliable. This is hands down the most thoroughly documented Camaro in the world, every part accounted for as it rolled off the factory line over 50yrs ago. Old Reliable dominated the NHRA drag circuit in '68 and '69, and it's spent every day since then looking like a total boss.