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Ford C-600 Cabover, Panhard Dyna Z12, Morris Minor Traveller 1000: Mercedes’ Marketplace Madness


Welcome back to Mercedes’ Marketplace Madness! If you’re new here, I have to tell you that I have a problem with searching for and ultimately buying too many vehicles. I’m currently sitting on 20 of them (I think?) and I can’t seem to get rid of them. The upshot of this is that I have a huge list of cars that I find each week. You’ll get to see some of them right here.

This week, I’m letting my trip out to help host the Autopian Meetup And Car Show influence a few of my finds, and we have a few picks from the west coast! We have a little bit of everything from a big classic truck to forgotten cars and motorcycles.

I’ll warn you right away, some of these may be downright stupid or crappy cars. Some of them are questionably modified. Some of them may be suspiciously cheap. And some, unfortunately, may be a bit too expensive for many enthusiasts. But it’s ok to window shop!

So, join me in looking at some fun cars, motorcycles, and commercial vehicles.

2000 BMW Z3 M Coupe – $31,000

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This performance coupe is nicknamed the “clown shoe” and really, the picture above should perfectly explain why.

The M Coupe is the work of engineers who built the car in secret before presenting it to management. The man running the Z3 roadster program, Burkhard Goeschel, thought the car deserved to be more than just a cushy convertible. So he and the rest of the engineering team added a roof, creating a car 2.6 times stiffer than the roadster.

Power normally comes from BMW’s 3.2-liter S52 straight six making 240 HP and 236 lb-ft torque. However, this clown shoe has some upgrades from tuner Dinan. Those upgrades include a little bit of everything from a strut brace to an engine tune, lowering springs, an intake, exhaust, and more. It’s said to run well, but could use refinishing on the front bumper in the future. It’s $31,000 on Facebook Marketplace in Novato, California with 116,680 miles.

1997 Oldsmobile LSS – $3,300

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“Think of it as a prizefighter in a well-tailored suit.” That’s how the brochure for the 1996 Oldsmobile opens. “It’s got the power, agility and reflexes you’d find in an all-out sports coupe. But it also features the roominess of a full-size sedan.”

The Oldsmobile LSS launched in 1992 as a trim level for the Eighty Eight. The LSS–an abbreviation of Luxury Sports Sedan–was the high-performance version of the Eighty Eight. Oldsmobile pitched the LSS variant as an Eighty Eight with the performance of a sports sedan, but with the luxury of a full-size sedan. The automaker’s goal? Pull customers away from import brands selling sporty luxury sedans. And it would do it with a big boat of a sedan powered by Buick’s venerable 3800 V6. Early on in the LSS’ life, this engine made 170 HP before getting bumped to 205 HP.

My future wife owned one of these, but without the supercharger. While I don’t quite see why Oldsmobile thought that buyers would want this over a BMW or Mercedes, it is a wonderful highway cruiser. The seats are La-Z-Boy comfortable, the air suspension soaked up Chicago’s worst bumps, and it even scored over 30 mpg. The Buick 3800 got the car to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds. Considering the age of the vehicle, that’s not bad!

Later model years of these had an optional supercharger. When equipped, power bumps up to 240 HP and acceleration to 60 mph drops to 6.9 seconds. Again, these aren’t going to win races. But if you’re a fan of 1990s GM, I think these are a solid choice. The seller of this 1997 tells me that it does have a supercharger and it drives well. It’s $3,300 on Facebook Marketplace in Sacramento, California with 108,145 miles.

1962 Morris Minor Traveller 1000 – $28,000

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As Hagerty notes, the Morris Minor marks an important part in British motoring history. Production began in 1948 and ran until 1972, selling over 1.5 million units in the process. The Sir Alec Issigonis-designed car is notable as Britain’s first car to surpass a million sales.

What we’re looking at here is a Morris Minor Traveller 1000, a wood-trimmed wagon that the seller says is in original condition. It’s a member of the Minor 1000 family, which originally launched in 1956. Power comes from a 948cc British Motor Corporation A-Series four making 37 HP.

This example is notable for its apparent stack of documentation. The seller says that it was imported to America in the 1980s and has spent its time in climate-controlled storage for much of the time since. It comes with original paperwork and logs for everything, including when the original owner put gas in it. If true, that’s some pretty incredible record-keeping on top of maintenance. It’s $28,000 on Facebook Marketplace in Conway, South Carolina. Listing courtesy of Obscure Cars For Sale.

2014 Honda Valkyrie – $7,800

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In 1996, Honda did something wild with its Gold Wing tourer and put its engine into a cruiser. The resulting bike, the Valkyrie, was a true muscle bike sporting 1520cc of Gold Wing flat six power coupled to enough brightwork to make a Harley-Davidson blush. These originals made 100 horses at the rear wheel and sped on to a top speed of 131 mph.

Production lasted until just 2003, and prices for originals are actually pretty affordable. I’ve wanted to purchase an original Valkyrie, but haven’t because I have no desire to mess with a rack of six carburetors.

Honda decided to give the Valkyrie another shot in 2013. This time, its Gold Wing-borrowed flat six is 1832cc and making 118 HP. In a departure from the old Valkyrie, the new one sports bodywork that gives it a futuristic look. Ultimate Motorcycling praises the Valkyrie for its seemingly endless power and good handling for such a big cruiser. Unfortunately, the revived Valkyrie ran for just two years in the States.

This 2014 is said to be in good condition. It’s $7,800 on Cycle Trader in Arlington, Washington with 12,154 miles.

1996 Mitsubishi Pajero Jr – $8,500

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The Mitsubishi Pajero is a SUV famous for off-road domination. It entered the infamous Dakar rally 26 times and won a total of 12 races. Of those 12, 7 of them were consecutive wins. Mitsubishi used to serve up three flavors of its famed Pajero SUV. If the regular Pajero was too big, you could step all of the way down to the kei class Pajero Mini. If the Mini was too slow, you could move a step up a class larger to this, the Pajero Junior.

The Junior was the Mini, but scaled up a little and was given more power, enough power to be too powerful for the kei class. That said, the gains aren’t too large. The 1094cc 4A31 four makes only 79 horsepower, and top speed is 85 mph.

This one caught my attention for its flashy orange paint. Sadly, whoever had this repainted didn’t pay to get the door jambs repainted, and that’s where you’ll find lots of overspray. But if you can live with that you get a cute mini 4×4 that can go down the highway better than a kei car. It’s $8,500 on Facebook Marketplace in Clementon, New Jersey with 75,000 miles.

1936 Nash Lafayette – $9,950

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The LaFayette Motors Corporation was founded in 1919 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The luxury marque built cars for just a short couple of years before Charles W. Nash became president of the company. Nash was also president of Nash Motors Company at the time, too. Lafayette was supposed to be the luxury counterpart to Nash. However, in 1924, Nash purchased LaFayette Motors. In the same year, Nash phased out the name and used the factory to build the budget Ajax.

The Lafayette name would return in 1934, but this time as an entry-level car. As Hemmings notes, sales weren’t great, and Nash tried changing the design to see what would work. In 1936, the Lafayette would see two grille designs. This car appears to have the earlier 1936 design.

This Lafayette is said to be in good condition with a lot of original parts from the paint down to the factory heater and radio. You even get the original hood ornament. Power comes from a 217.8 cu-in six making 83 HP. That’s said to be in good running order.

It’s $9,950 on Facebook Marketplace in Massapequa, New York with 56,000 miles.

1956 Ford C-600 – $40,000


The Ford C Series was a cabover truck line that, as Curbside Classic notes, had a lengthy run without major cosmetic updates. How long? It went for 33 years from 1957 until its 1990 retirement without many visual changes. These commercial trucks did all kinds of work from fire engines, tankers, garbage trucks, cement mixer trucks, and many more. You might not find one of these still in service outside of a farm. But you can find them as classics for the kind of person who wants something a bit different than a vintage Mustang.

This 1956 Ford C-600 comes from right before the 1957 redesign. The truck is said to have just 52,000 miles and is powered by its original Y-block V8. It isn’t said which Y-block is under there, but these trucks made 158 to 168 HP and 247 to 260 lb-ft torque depending on a choice of three Power King V8s.

That engine drives the rear wheels through a manual transmission and a two-speed rear. It’s $40,000 by Gateway Classic Cars on Hemmings in Deer Valley, Arizona.

1958 Panhard Dyna Z12 – $5,100

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According to our friends at the Lane Motor Museum, Panhard, or Société Anonyme des Anciens Établissements, Panhard & Levassor, has a pretty place in history:

In 1891, Panhard built a batch of four identical cars, followed by series after series of increasing numbers. While Benz and Daimler had built cars earlier, they were individual examples. Chronologically, this makes Panhard et Levassor the world’s first marque of car in continuous, series production. Panhard et Levassor was also the first manufacturer to fit a steering wheel to a car, instead of a tiller. Primarily a producer of large luxury cars, Panhard realized after World War II that they needed to concentrate on lower-priced offerings to stay competitive. The Baroque-styled Dyna X series was a big success, but by 1953, it was due for a replacement.
The Dyna Z model debuted in 1954. Panhard had been using wind tunnel testing for years, and utilized the latest methods to develop the car’s slippery shape. Its drag coefficient is an amazing 0.26, compared with 0.51 for Citroën’s 2CV, and 0.48 for the Volkswagen Type 1.

As the Lane further notes, early Dyna Z cars were built with aluminum bodies. However rising prices for aluminum meant that later Dynas like this Z12 have bodies made from steel. Whether steel or aluminum, you still got a charismatic French car. Power comes from a 850cc boxer twin making 50 HP and driving the front wheels through a manual transmission.

Sadly, this Panhard hasn’t been on the road in 23 years, and that means it’s going to need a revival. It’s $5,100 on Facebook Marketplace in Lancaster, California.

2001 HDT M1030M1 – Auction


The HDT M1030M1 is an off-road motorcycle based on the Kawasaki KLR650 and built by Hayes Diversified Technologies. As the National Motorcycle Museum notes, a number of NATO nations decided that everything should run on multiple fuels. A lot of multi-fuel military vehicles came out the other end of this idea, and one of them is the M1030M1.

It runs on JP-8 jet fuel, diesel, and kerosene. As these motorcycles retire from service, people like you and I can buy them. There aren’t many diesel-powered motorcycles in America, but if you’re like me and love the smell of diesel in the morning this might be the ticket.

The 584cc single saddled in the frame uses the donor Kawasaki’s case and five-speed transmission, but has been modified to deal with the high pressures of a compression ignition engine. It makes 28 horsepower and is good for a top speed of 85 mph. Compare that to the 42 ponies of the gasoline version.

It’s up for auction on GovDeals, where bidding is currently at $5,367.87 with 12 days to go.

That’s it for this week! Thanks for reading.

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34 Responses

  1. Several days later to the game, but I’ve got a fun Valkyrie story: I was working on a Valkyrie that had sat for a while, and I had to rebuild the carbs.

    Just syncing and rebuilding them was a massive headache, and when I thought I was done, I took it for a spin.

    It seemed a bit weak, but I keep going, and realized it was only running on 5 cylinders at low speeds. I realized this as I was going around a corner and gave it full throttle, trying to see if it might clear its throat. Clear its throat it did, and cylinder number 6 came on line mid-corner. The bike probably gained 20-30 HP at a minimum, and started to drift the rear wheel around the turn! I made it back home, changed my shorts, recleaned the pilot jet on that cylinder, and the client left happy!

    1. Well the listing is gone so I can’t speak about the car as a whole but noce examples have been going $20 to $37 on Bring a Trailer. For that kind of money though they have uprated engines and are exceptionally nice.
      I’d be happy at $15 for mine

  2. The Hayes diesel is interesting to me. When they first started to make them, they were going to sell a civilian version, too, and I was looking to buy one until I found the price. The expected price was around $13,000.

    Even if I ran free converted veggie oil as fuel, it wouldn’t be economically sensible within my lifetime, even if we assume the engine would never break down. At the time, KLRs were going for under $6000 brand new.

    But I still love the idea of a diesel motorcycle and would pay a premium price to get one. This one’s way too premium priced already at $5800 plus a 12% buyer’s premium, plus transportation.

    Compare that to the price of a new 2022 KLR with ABS at $6999, which is near enough to get in an afternoon, probably 1000% easier to find parts for, and at least 1000% more reliable, too.

    1. Yeah. I love the idea of a diesel motorbike just for the sheer weirdness, and the NATO heritage and color scheme is pretty rad. I can’t see paying that kind of money for one, though. My guess is whoever buys this is mostly just going to display it. It would certainly be a cool conversation piece, I guess.

      1. or possibly to rev coal while it is tied down in the back of a brodozer, it would never come out because the ramps would be too long, and Bro’s rarely use offroad vehicles offroad anyway.

    2. The thing that blows my mind is that *both* of the Hayes bikes on GovDeals right now are that expensive. There was a time that these sold for around $6,500-ish.

      But there have been a number of diesel motorcycle articles and videos in recent times (I wrote one of them lol) so maybe they’re slowly being lifted out of obscurity.

      I’m hoping for a day when they get down to maybe $3,000, but that day may never come.

  3. The Valkyrie makes me feel like a snooty art critic judging a new artist’s work. Everything about it looks wrong, yet I must have it!
    Love the C-600. Mount a radar dish on the back and go fight the flying saucers.

  4. While the idea of a diesel bike might sound weird, it’s ideal for the military. Virtually every other vehicle in the inventory runs on diesel, which means they can run on anything from kerosene to cooking oil–that’s a valuable capability in the field.

    As to how it would fit into civilian life, I don’t think it’d be a great bike to ride every day but it’d be fun to take out in the wood and flog.

  5. I’m surprisingly not really into any of these.. over $30k for an old ass clownshoe?! Pass. $3300 for a Buick? Also pass. The orange Paj is a little interesting. Regarding the modified KLR, does the diesel version get better mpg than the gas version?

    1. Weirdly, that seems to be on the cheaper end for supercharged Olds LSS prices. I’ve been searching for one to replace Sheryl’s dead one and it hasn’t been great. Seems like any LSS with a supercharger and without paint peeling is automatically $3k.

      Her previous one was $1,500, not supercharged, and was losing paint at a crazy pace.

      Of course, you REALLY have to like that era of GM to pay that much money. But I don’t discriminate, every car has an enthusiast! 🙂

      As for the diesel motorcycle, it’s less for fuel economy and more for streamlining fueling in the field. That bike will run on the same fuel that runs the trucks and the planes.

      1. the Diesel Bike is slow and steady, it is the novelty that gets most, but it would make for a pretty great over lander as the various fuels listed can be had pretty much anywhere. Wonder if you could fit enough filter on it to run on fry grease.

    2. for now a running driving winter beater with a motor known to be fairly reliable is in the 2000-4000 range. That Buick used to be a 1500 winter beater, but times have changed.

  6. Those Panhards are amazing cars. A full size car with a two cylinder engine that somehow doesn’t feel punishingly slow. Panhard worked magic with two pistons. They weren’t allowed to use anything bigger after Citroen bought them.

  7. You would want to look that Clownshoe over quite carefully. They’re known to start tearing the unibody where the rear ended is bolted in. Also look at the magic self-dimming rear view mirror: the fluid drips out. That’s on top of the known Vanos (sp?) issues not to mention plastic coolant system pieces which crack apart. Not dogging on them: once sorted, they are truly awesome machines, but the costs can really add up. This is likely priced at least 15-20% above market, but I’m not on fb so can’t see details.

    An interesting note: if you want to do burnouts in these, you have to remove a little restriction in the clutch line: BMW installed it so that, even if you side-step the clutch, it releases the throwout bearing slower than you expect. My bil did that, reinforced the sheet metal around the reared when he swapped in a steeper one, and supercharged his. I was never tempted to turn the traction control off in it as I’m more a low-powered fwd/awd driver.

  8. Did you know the Morris minor was originally designed to run a planned boxer engine that never materialized. It was also determined to be too narrow so the prototype was literally cut down the center and widened with a strip down the middle.

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  9. That is a good deal for that LSS. The 240 hp was sandbagged. Those L67’s often made closer to 260. They also are mostly immune to the Dex-Cool issues that plagued the N/A L36.

    The transmission will be the weak link. GM was still figuring out the 4T65-HD in 1997. Immediate fixes include a shift kit along with fluid/filter, replacing the supercharger oil, and replacing the intake manifold gaskets.

    For making this a Q ship, well, start with a built transmission. An original 1997 4T65-HD won’t handle greater than stock power for long. An old-school porting of the heads and lower intake manifold will wake up that L67. After those breathing mods are done, a smaller pulley and a tune were common mods back in the day.

    1. Yeah, that supercharged 3800 Series II was also in the Buick Regal GSes and the Pontiac Grand Prix GTPs of that era, as well. Thing could flat out scoot, pushing around 3500 lb mid size sedans.

  10. There are,several things I like today. The Panhard Dyna immediately leapt out as one of the weirdest French cars not made by Citroën. The Pajero Jr. would suit my wife, who loves tiny cars, or the Morris Minor since it appears to completely free of rust and dry rot, as it should be. I also dig the diesel motorcycle as post apocalyptic transportation.
    On the other hand the Honda Valkyrie is ugly, and I’d sooner have the equivalent Gold Wing because it’s better looking, better handling and ultimately more useful. The Ford C600 seems overpriced as does the Clown Shoe and the Oldsmobile doesn’t do it for me

  11. Note that the wood on the Minor Traveller is in fact structural, so if you’re buying that’s an important point to check out. I believe the same is true of the Mini Traveller of a few years later as well.

  12. The blown motor in that Olds would be a real treat. Those pull like locomotives, the supercharger enhances the low-end torque that the 3800 already excels at. It really does feel like an early-70’s Buick 455 that made 500 ft-lbs.
    And since it’s the LSS, it at least has a console shifter, which for an Oldsmobile is really hot rod.

  13. The Panhard seems like the only one with a non inflated fantasy price. So buy that one!

    Look up Jay Leno’s on YouTube. It’s not as slow as one should think! Also all those lovely french crazy details.

    If I didn’t already own a 1967 DS (and lived on another continent…) , I would grab the Panhard as soon as possible!

  14. Is the M1030 street legal, or could it be made street legal? I saw one of these a few years ago, and have wanted one since. I’m planning to place a bid on this vehicle, but I’m curious if I’ll be able to ride it on the street or not.

  15. I’m more of a sportbike guy, but there’s something about that Valkyrie that just looks right. A lot of bikes look good sitting alone, but look goofy once someone is riding them. I think the Valkyrie’s looks still hold their own as long as the bike has a short rider on it.

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