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11 can't-miss automotive oddballs in search of new homes

January is by far the busiest month on the auction calendar, with Mecum's gargantuan 10-day sale in Kissimmee, Florida, followed closely by the flurry of auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona. Of course, there will be more Mustangs, Mopars, Camaros, and Corvettes than you can shake a stick at, plus plenty of European performance cars thrown into the mix.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/auctions/11-cant-miss-automotive-oddballs-in-search-of-new-homes/
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skidmark
New Driver

I know where the Laser 917 molds are, in Ontario Canada, they are for sale.
TonyT
Technician

SILENCE! Mounties, arrest that man!!
CashsMom
New Driver

I'm kind of hoping they stay there.
jdreeves
Pit Crew

Agreed. Why ruin the legacy of an iconic race car like the 917.
PRScott
Advanced Driver

No, no, they need to go back to the states. Please!
Buzz
Detailer

BURN THEM. BURN THEM WITH FIRE.
FartinMartin
Intermediate Driver

Hope they do a follow-up article revealing what these cars brought at auction.
TonyT
Technician

"... 'roided up SL." Does that mean it is painful to sit in? Funny!
sclin10
Advanced Driver

The 1977 Chevrolet Corvette Martel Continental Coupe is utt bugly!
Corvettebaggs
Intermediate Driver

Oh buddy, took the words right out of my mouth. And the Avelate coupe looks like a gussied up bath tub Camaro of that era. 😱
PalmSpringsJJ
Pit Crew

That is the ugliest group of "vehicles" I've ever seen - and I wouldn't allow any of them in my garages. Why, I wouldn't be caught dead in that Munster-mobile!
zappafanx
Intermediate Driver

I would love to have the cutaway Camaro 🤤
Keith1
Pit Crew

.....and a Sears poncho.
brb
Instructor

Drag-u-la pegs my cool meter. The Martel does the same for my weird meter. Fun article! I to would like to see a follow-up with the auction results.
19camaro67
New Driver

The Elvis caddy is a 1976 the 75 caddy has round headlights
drhino
Technician

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gster
Intermediate Driver

I like the Munster car as well.
Followed bt the Devin.
Mot
Pit Crew

I can’t think of any car that has suffered more indignities than the Chevrolet Corvette . Two of the more offending varieties shown here.
Mike_E_V
Detailer

Never have I seen, gathered together in one article, more ugly cars than in this piece. Pull Granpa Munster's car out of the line up and forget the other ten ever existed. Please!
Mot
Pit Crew

I'll take the Apollo GT, I mean if you're just going to throw the rest away😉
mtnmanmike
New Driver

I can't stand people taking nice cars and ruining them. They would be better off if they totaled them in an accident than paying someone to ruin works of art from the factory.
Tim
Technician

I can imagine a Chevy dealership snagging the cutaway Camaro. Or maybe a museum. That seems to be the most fitting home.
Tim
Technician

This list started with oddball (thumbs-up for the Drag-ula), but quickly turned gaudy with successively worse entries as the Avelate Coupe, Oldsmobile Intrigue, Martel Continental Coupe, Cizeta-Moroder and the Laser. If any of those sell for more than scrap-metal prices, it's a testament to the old adage that money doesn't buy taste!
Maestro1
Technician

Andrew you came up with some beauties. From the irrational to the insane. The 917 is extreme and wonderful, and the Apollo and the Devin get thumbs up for design. Thanks very much.
PRScott
Advanced Driver

I didn't see anything I would want to be seen in.
roadio55
Intermediate Driver

I'm a big fan of oddballs, but the two Corvettes here are disappointing. The Avelate looks more like a Camaro, at least from the angle shown. The Martel appears to be an update of the modern Stutz Blackhawk, albeit with a Corvette roof. I'll take the Apollo or the Crossblade, thank you.
Were there two alternate coffin-based Munster dragsters, one in the television series and another in the movie, "Munster Go Home"? I seem to remember seeing two different cars back in the day, in addition to the hearse.
007khez
Pit Crew

What a COOL article!! I see LOTS of neat "oddball" cars I would LOVE to drive from time to time so average folks could have an eyebrow raising experience and something to take a pic of and talk about later!!

I especially love the Munsters coffin car! But others would be cool to own as well!
Too bad I'm not rich 😞
Keith
drhino
Technician

The Apollo and Devin are fantastic.
(There’s a guy that vintage races a Devin C; met him at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix a few years back. Great guy, lovely car.) Cutaway Camaro is an interesting historical artifact— one could make a case that the Merc, Cizeta and Olds fall into different species of that genus. Barris stuff has it’s place, I guess. The balance of this list… hard to imagine a suitable punishment for the folks that stripped the inherent dignity from those machines. Reminds me of dressing up a dog in a stupid costume— I always feel sorry for the dog. (Although, not sure how much dignity a “Smart” car has to begin with.)
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

The customized Corvette's are just horrible and that Oldsmobile Intrigue is ugly too.
MARK400
Detailer

I wonder if Rob Zombie knows the Drag U La is up for sale ? Grandpa Munster would be proud.
PhillipinSD
Intermediate Driver

The Drag-U-La looks like the best deal. Odd cars aren't my thing, but I guess if one buys one Hagerty is probably the on company that can insure one. However it's best not to get in a fender bender with any one of these cars. Coffin cars were all the rage in the 1960s. Maybe they will come back into fashion with a remake of the Munsters.
Keith1
Pit Crew

The craze to lower EVERYTHING (trucks!) crowd should take a stab at the mighty Laser, along with a paint job minus the considerable sparkle. I know it's supposed to be loud and cheesy!
1Warlock
New Driver

I kinda like the Olds.....
Zephyr
Instructor

Does anyone know exactly where in Oakland the Apollo was built? The background in the photo looks more like Fremont. Speaking of Oakland, that Martel sports pimpmobile would have looked right in style cruising down East 14th back in the day.
PurelyPMD
Detailer

"The body was then painted in fold flake paint" Did you mean GOLD flake?
Tinkerah
Gearhead

If the legend is true, Barris’ project engineer would've had to pay for five of them in cash.
Tinkerah
Gearhead

Looking at all the unkind opinions, if I ever do anything unique I'd better keep it to myself.
avideo
Detailer

Having owned and enjoyed a 2003 C5 Corvette Anniversary Convertible for several years, I have to say that the Avelate Coup is simply an ugly version of a good looking car.
Zephyr
Instructor

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Here are some photos of the Cizeta Morodor taken at the 2018 Canapa car show at Scotts Valley California.
Zephyr
Instructor

Well that didn't work.
Casey
Intermediate Driver

Thanks for another fine article. This will assist in my perpetual quest to appreciate something other than 50s and 60s+stock+American as the ideal classic car.
tee_zee65
Pit Crew

I wish I would have kept my 917. There are a lot more options for improvement now days.
MATTMERICA
Technician

Many of these autos reaffirm the Rick James quote:
Cocaine is a helluva drug
acooper529
Detailer

Well... it did say "LETS GET WEIRD" right?
MrBill-1943
Detailer

Most of these cars look like they designed them after a long night out. Sorry not for me but thanks for showing us the Dark side.