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Archive for: January, 2011

When you think of American cars from the late 1940s, chances are you don’t visualize a Hudson. But they were groundbreaking in their day, with a “Step Down” body set down inside the car’s frame rather than on top of it. The net result was a low center of gravity that made them dominant in NASCAR racing well into the...

With an engine note like a swarm of angry hornets, chain-driven rear wheels, and microscopic size, Honda’s S600 is as close as you can get to a chainsaw on four wheels.  The tiny 606-cc dual overhead-cam 4-banger spins to a crazy 9,500-rpm redline, and driving one in modern traffic requires keeping the needle above...

This car is hot rod royalty.  T-Buckets and Deuce Coupes bow before the curvaceous—if otherwise plain—Willys.  All kidding aside, the Willys coupe is a very popular pre-WWII car that was lost in the success of Willys’ other famous vehicle—the Jeep.  The proper model name for the passenger vehicle that Willys produced...

You can almost picture Oddjob and his henchmen in this in the movie “Goldfinger,” hotly pursuing James Bond’s DB5. Of course, if they hadn’t crashed and burned the movie cars in the chase, they’d probably still be driving today, approaching a million miles with no signs of slowing. These hand-built M-Bs were built to...

This Bonneville could nearly be called a barn find.  According to the seller, it was just recently retrieved from long-term storage.  After the retrieval, the engine was rebuilt and redressed.  Most other pieces necessary for proper road operation are said to be rebuilt as well, including the carburetor, starter,...

This old Stude has a great weathered patina on top of a solid chassis, and it looks like it wouldn’t take much to get it back on the road. It’s an M15-20 1-ton that’s described by the seller as a “left behind restoration.”  It features a cleaned and painted frame, a new muffler, and is said to have virtually no rust....

When you think mid-engine exotic, the Maserati Bora probably isn’t the first car that comes to mind. But while it may not be quite as sexy as a Lamborghini Miura or as instantly recognizable as a Ferrari 308, the Bora offers something alongside its excellent performance that many of its high-dollar contemporaries...

An unlikely classic car with an unknown history is up for sale on eBay Motors.  Check out the 1973 VW Talon Air Force project car. The seller states that he has extensively researched the history of this car but has come up empty handed. He has called museums, Facebooked names written on the door inscription and...

If you’re looking for an iconic British roadster, a Healey 3000 should be at the top of your list. The “Big Healey” gets its nickname from its higher engine output over earlier models.  With 17,712 built during the 1963-1967 production run, they’re not rare, but clean examples really stand out. This two-tone BJ8 has...

There’s nothing quite like blowing the doors off the competition in something that looks like a family hauler. This ’64 wagon is the perfect sleeper: it looks beautifully stock, but under the fresh repaint (in factory teal), it’s fitted with a 1999 5.2-liter Magnum V8 with an Edelbrock Air Gap intake manifold and a...

Chevrolet’s Super Sport package has been used on everything from the pony cars to full-size, big-block, fire-breathing beasts.  A claimed true SS, this Chevrolet Impala convertible doesn’t have a big-block, but rather a 327-ci small-block. The seller says it’s a very nice running and driving Impala, and with great...

Nothing screams hot rod more than a chopped 5-window Ford coupe. From pre-WWII dry lake racing through the custom scene of the 1960s and 1970s, Ford’s Model As were among the most popular rides—after all, they were lightweight, relatively easy to come by, and could be easily modified thanks to a massive aftermarket...

Classic pickups are still hot in the marketplace, but if you’re looking for a vintage hauler that’ll really stand out from the crowd, you have to stay away from the ubiquitous Fords and Chevrolets. This Dodge is described as “all original,” with the interior restored to “original looking condition.” The seller says he...

GT Juniors don’t have a lot of grunt, but they’re excellent in the handling department, and their revvy small-displacement engines and 5-speed manual transmissions make them great fun to drive. Unlike the higher-performance GTV, the Junior was never officially imported to the states, but enthusiasts have brought in a...

The seller of this  ’69 Super Bee calls it a matching-numbers car, and the stampings on the engine, radiator, and rear quarter have all been confirmed to match the VIN. Mopar authority Galen Govier is said to have called it “the real deal.” The car has a 4-speed manual transmission, and the the 440-ci Six Pack V8 will...

Fat-fendered Fords have been a favorite of hot rodders for years now, with 1939s and 1940s really being the most desirable of the bunch. And with so many running around on custom chassis with independent rear suspension systems and Corvette-sourced V8 engines, it’s rare to find one still with its original equipment....

This  ’73 Triumph looks great following a recent “driver quality restoration,” with new paint in original Mimosa Yellow and the desirable small chrome bumpers, rather than the federally-mandated homely rubber overriders that were standard in ’74. These British sports cars are famed for their oil leaks, so the...

Looking for a vintage van but don’t want to look like a hippie? This  ’67 Econoline Van offers a nice alternative to the outrageously expensive VW bus, with reduced connotations of hippie-dippiness, and better performance, thanks to a straight-six powerplant. The seller says, “I just drove it up from Saint Pete Florida...

David Beckham’s 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet is for sale on eBay motors! The Porsche was originally purchased at the Beverly Hills  dealer and customized with #23 emblems  throughout  including the front hood, floor mats, rims and steering wheel. Beckham seems to have spared no expense in upgrades one source puts...

If you like garlic-encrusted snails, then the Citroën DS might be just the car for you. The DS definitely has a look all its own, but the coolest part of the package isn’t its oddball shape. These cars feature a unique hydropneumatic suspension system that raises and lowers the ride height on demand. And when it’s...

Most muscle cars have passed 40 years old and some early ones are approaching 50. It is becoming more and more difficult to find mostly original examples in exemplary condition.  But this ’67 Mustang fastback appears to be just one of those cars. The seller claims over 200 pictures of the car are available; so if any...