Eight of the oddest cars to come up for auction so far this year

Rob Sass

High-dollar Ferraris and muscle cars get the majority of the attention at the major auctions in Arizona and elsewhere early in the year, but if you look to the margins of the sales, you can find some pretty strange stuff. Here are some of our favorite oddballs:

1976 Chevy Nova

1. 1976 Chevrolet Nova: While there was little information given about the past owner, this was almost certainly grandma’s Nova; grandma with bad cataracts or some other thing that kept her from driving the car at all. It showed just 10,000 miles and was practically brand new. Somebody paid essentially a buck a mile for it at Silver Auctions.

Cadillac Catera

2. 1997 Cadillac Catera: The Catera, otherwise known as “the Caddy that zigs” (a cat-errible ad tagline, if you ask us) or “the German Cimarron,” isn’t something that you expect to see at a collector car auction. But here was a gold one in decent shape for $3,500 at Silver.

Citroen 2CV Truckette

3. 1964 Citroen 2CV Truckette: The market for this two-cylinder truck is pretty thin. Inspector Clouseau and owners of patisseries and boulangeries are about it. This one managed to make almost $15,000 at Silver auctions.

Kelmark GT

4. 1984 Kelmark GT: This plastic Ferrari Dino wannabe screamed kit car from every glass fiber, but at least they stole from the best — Pininfarina’s 246 Dino. It was oddly appealing at just $10,800.

Nissan Patrol

5. Nissan Patrol: Toyota FJ40 Land Cruisers were everywhere in Scottsdale. Unlike last year, supply seemed to exceed demand. The Patrol, on the other hand, is a far rarer item. Only the wheels and the non-factory blue paint were off-putting. We prefer ours in white with a UN decal on the door.

Lamborghini LMOO2

6. Lamborghini LM002: Known alternatively as “The Rambo Lambo” or the “MOO-2,” the LM002 was truly ahead of its time. Long before every luxury brand decided it needed an SUV, Lamborghini did this Hummer lookalike. You almost never see them sell publicly. RM sold this one for $155,000.

Jensen GT

7. 1976 Jensen GT: The Jensen GT was the last gasp of Jensen Motors. Stung by the energy crisis, which made its big 8 mpg Interceptor practically sale-proof, they added a weird wagon-like hard top to the Jensen-Healey and some luxury kit-like wood and leather. Nobody was fooled. Barrett-Jackson sold this one for $9,500.

Citroen Mehari

8. 1970 Citroen Mehari: The Citroen 2CV was as versatile as it was slow. In addition to the truckette mentioned above, it spawned this weird Jeep-like thing. With bodies made out of the same plastic as kiddie-pools, they were at least lightweight. They were used by the much-feared Irish army in the 1970s and as rentals in Hawaii, which was likely a use for this example at one time — the Hawaiian plates were a giveaway. Just 10 grand gets you a not-terribly useful beach car that you can’t find parts for.