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Archive for: November, 2010

The Camaro was the original GM pony car, released as a direct competitor to Ford’s Mustang in 1967. The body was compact and the engine bay was roomy, affording plenty of space for custom drag race powerplants, or any of the eight engines offered from the factory between 1967 and 1969. This numbers-matching ’69 sports...

The key identifying feature of the long-running and largely-unchanged VW Beetle is the rear window. Pre-1953 cars are identified by a split window, 1953-1957 cars have an oval-shaped window, and post-1957 cars (referred to as “classic Beetles,” and the overwhelming majority of surviving Bugs seen on the street) have a...

The F-series pickup is Ford’s best-selling vehicle, the world’s best-selling truck, and the best-selling American vehicle of all time. Nearly 34 million have been sold since 1948. By 1966, the truck was in its fourth generation, with a wider and lower hood, larger front and rear windows, and modern “Twin I-beam” front...

For sheer muscle car swagger, there’s no better choice than a Plymouth Cuda or Dodge Challenger. And among them, the Challenger T/A is one of the rarest. Released as a homologation model for Sports Car Club of America Trans Am racing, each T/A came equipped with a 3×2-bbl 340-ci V8, a pinned, matte black hood,...

BMC’s legendary Mini debuted in 1959. It was a revolutionary design with a compact front-wheel drive system, leaving 80% of the floor pan for passenger and storage use. The versatility of the platform allowed a range of models spanning from the high-performance Cooper S to a pickup. Examples were built from 1959...

Ford’s Thunderbird came into the scene with a bang in 1955, outselling the Corvette more than 23 to one.  It was marketed as a personal luxury vehicle rather than a sports car, setting itself apart from the rest of the two-seater crowd. 1956 saw some cosmetic and utilitarian enhancements, including an outside mounting...

Muscle car tastes were shifting away from full-size cars by the mid-sixties. But performance-minded designers at GM found themselves constrained by a company policy that limited engine size for smaller body styles. Pontiac designers found a loophole when they stuffed a 389-ci V8 into the mid-size Tempest LeMans and...

Over the last few years, online automotive classifieds websites are seeing growth in the US.  We are happy to announce that eBay Motors is the largest automotive classifieds website by traffic in the USA! The recently released October 2010 report for the number of US visitors to automotive classifieds websites places...

In the recent months we have seen some of the most expensive vehicles ever sold on eBay motors. This includes our top car, the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California which just sold on October 3rd, 2010 for a price tag of $3.26 million dollars. This graphic does include some vehicles with a final sales price that leave us...

GM’s Task Force Series pickup was built from mid-1955 through 1959. The design was shared between both Chevrolet and GMC, with upgrades including available V8 engines, 12-volt electrical systems, optional power steering and power brake systems, wrap-around windshields, Wide-Side beds, and even wrap-around rear windows...

The BMW 2002 was released in the U.S. in 1968 to wide acclaim from the enthusiast press. As a basic and well-built sport sedan, it was both economical and fun to drive. It became one of the company’s most famous models, helping to establish BMW as a player in the international market. The seller of this 1971 sounds...

Cadillac’s iconic tailfins were introduced in 1948 with the Series 62. With a rear modeled after the tail of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter, they were well-received, and they started a styling trend that would dominate American car designs through the early 1960s. Just over 32,000 Series 62s were sold in 1948,...

Well, the eBay Motors team wrapped up another exciting and productive week at the annual SEMA trade show in Las Vegas November 5. The SEMA show is a major trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association that brings together manufacturers and buyers within the aftermarket automotive specialty...

Second-generation Trans Ams (1970-1981) are among the most popular collector cars of the 1970s. Built as a specialty package for Pontiac’s Firebird, they featured upgraded handling and horsepower, and were given special styling touches, including the iconic hood bird decal. Sales hit their peak in 1979, with over...

Muscle car performance was all but killed by the emission regulations of the 1970s. Dodge took advantage of the situation by releasing a muscle pickup—The Li’l Red Express. Features included a high-performance 360-ci V8, a 727 automatic transmission, and chrome stack exhaust. With a quarter-mile time of around 15...

Putting full-sized muscle in a mid-sized package was a recipe for success in the ’60s. With the 442, Oldsmobile was second in line only to Pontiac’s GTO in making it work. The 442 started as an option package for the Cutlass in ‘64, standing for four barrel, four-speed, and dual exhaust. It became its own model in...

The Toyota Prius is a flagship vehicle of the modern hybrid market and without a doubt, the best-selling hybrid vehicle produced.  This economical hybrid is the most widely distributed gas-electric in the world and is considered by many to be the dominant horse in the hybrid market due to its strong brand and fuel...

With just 5,196 built, 250 SLs are the rarest of the “Pagoda-top” SLs. Performance-wise, the cars benefit from a stronger engine than the previous 230s, and they have a stiffer, sportier suspension than the 280s that were to follow. This restored ’68 250 SL has tons of eye appeal in Signal Red, with red leather interior...

Most people dream of being in the movies. Unfortunately, without years of acting, training, or an uncle in the business, a dream of fame is rarely realized. However, collecting movie memorabilia is something anyone can do, which is why it developed a small but loyal market. The following are the quintessential pieces...

Chevrolet’s Advance Design pickup series was the company’s first major post-war truck redesign.  It also went on to become the best seller every year it was available—1947 through 1954. And with collectors starting to see the value in these pickups as usable parts haulers, they’ve been spiking in popularity the last...

1971 was the first year of the third-generation Dodge Charger, featuring a more rounded body style and a split grille design. The Super Bee, previously built on the Coronet platform, was shifted to the Charger body for 1971 only, but it remained a low-cost muscle car with few standard features aside from heavy-duty...