Aug 25, 2023

Ferrari Engine, Toy Land Rover, Unimog Workhorse for Sale on BaT

No need to bring a trailer if you choose these enticing non-car options at the Bring a Trailer auction site.

Vehicle auction site Bring a Trailer sold more than 24,000 vehicles last year, but not everything on the site really needs a trailer. Sure, some of the vehicles for sale do need to be towed to a repair shop before they can move, but there are items available on Bring a Trailer—which, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos—that would fit into your pocket. They're mainly items from across the broader automotive world, though, and we chose some of our favorites currently available on BaT, like these non-cars currently being auctioned off.

We'll start with some pocketable items: four printed Ferrari manuals and catalogs from the mid-1960s. These now classic printed items relate to the beloved Ferrari 275 grand tourer, specifically the 275GTB, 275GTB4, and 275GTS versions. There's an operation and service manual, two spare parts catalogs, and a 275GTS sales brochure. Printed in Italian, English, and French, these old manuals come with a fabric-covered pouch featuring the prancing-horse logo and a leather closure tab if you don't want to actually put these pieces of automotive history in your pocket. The current bid is $275, with seven days left in the auction.

Moving on to larger items, we've got a gorgeous 3.6-liter F131 V-8 engine, the kind used in another Ferrari, the 360 Modena. But this engine hasn't yet powered any car. It can't, actually, since it's a display piece without any internal parts, the kind Ferrari must have used at some sort of promotional event. The display engine is fitted with red Ferrari-branded intakes, a non-functioning intake manifold and cylinder heads, and other components. Whether a trailer is required for this piece depends on the size of your vehicle, but it does come with a pedestal-style display stand when it comes time to show off your new purchase. With a week left until the auction ends on January 15, bidding currently stands at $1500.

Moving away from things Italian, we also found this pint-sized 1958 Series II Land Rover toy replica that was made in 2020. The Toylander Series II kart actually moves thanks to two 24-volt electric motors on the rear axle with a direct-drive transmission. While commenters on BaT bemoan the lack of authentic details like an oil leak, the toy car does come with eight-inch steel wheels and working headlights, taillights, and turn signals. The fiberglass body is about 63 inches long and 29 inches wide, big enough for one adult and two children, the manufacturer said. The Toylander Series II has a top speed of just 5 mph. The current bid is $1200, and while there's some room for higher bids, new Toylanders like this can be had for around $2000.

Finally, in our non-car BaT roundup, we've got something from the other end of the size spectrum: a Freightliner Unimog workhorse with a detachable hydraulically operated front-end loader. Originally a U.S. military vehicle—it's still painted in camouflage—this Unimog was overhauled in 2005 and had some maintenance done in 2022, including replacing a hydraulic boom cylinder. Work tools including a hydraulic chain saw, hammer drill, and pavement breaker are included in storage lockers on the right side of the vehicle. We'll see where this one ends on January 15, but the current bid is $10,666.

Sebastian Blanco has been writing about electric vehicles, hybrids, and hydrogen cars since 2006. His articles and car reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Automotive News, Reuters, SAE, Autoblog, InsideEVs,, Car Talk, and other outlets. His first green-car media event was the launch of the Tesla Roadster, and since then he has been tracking the shift away from gasoline-powered vehicles and discovering the new technology's importance not just for the auto industry, but for the world as a whole. Throw in the recent shift to autonomous vehicles, and there are more interesting changes happening now than most people can wrap their heads around. You can find him on Twitter or, on good days, behind the wheel of a new EV.

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Bring a Trailer offers more than (sometimes unusual) used cars, and we've rounded up a few interesting examples of things that you don't actually need a trailer for. Maybe. Nonfunctioning Ferrari display engines, a toy version of a 1958 Series II Land Rover, and some classic Ferrari service manuals can all be had on the site. There are also vehicles that kind of defy trailering, at least under normal circumstances, like the old U.S. military Unimog (pictured above), complete with a hydraulic front-end loader.