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Archive for: March, 2011

Tired of the leather seats, cupholders, and automatic everything in your Suburban or Expedition? Want something built in the era when trucks were built to be tough rather than plush? This Land Cruiser has a manual transmission, manual hubs, and manual windows. It fits the bill perfectly. Search for “Land Cruiser” eBay...

In the market for some serious Mustang muscle? This Mach 1 is the car for you. It’s a rare 428-ci R-code Super Cobra Jet car, which was rated by the factory at 335 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. That’s good enough for a zero-to-60 sprint of 5.5 seconds and a quarter mile time of 13.9 seconds at 103 mph—just the thing to...

Want a classic British roadster that has roll-up windows and a decent convertible top? This TR6 could be just the car for you. The seller says he’s done a lot to it since 2005, including installing new wheels and tires, brake components, front suspension, rear suspension, clutch, and much more. The listing even...

There’s a lot to be said for modern Camaros, Mustangs, and Challengers. They all have a retro look, plenty of power, great handling, excellent mileage, and a/c. But if that all-plastic new-old look doesn’t do it for you, why not go with an original? And you don’t have to live with ancient wiring, steamship handling,...

Love the ’50s look but are tired of all those same old Bel Airs and Cadillacs you see at your local cruise in? This DeSoto could be just what you’re looking for. It’s straight out of 1956 and claimed to be 98% original, with only 52,745 miles.  A 330-ci 230-hp Hemi V8 and optional PowerFlite push button automatic...

Interested in a piece of drag race history?  How about a blown big-block with zoomies that makes enough noise to wake the dead?  Offered for sale here is the 1933 Willys F Troop gasser used in the Outlaw AA/GS series in the late ’60s by Jay Howell and Tom Prock. The car has been featured in many publications; a...

Who says you can’t take the party with you? With a custom ’70s van like this, you’ll become the grooviest guy you know. Features include custom serpentine snakeskin graphics over brown paint outside, full wood paneling inside, simulated wood ceiling beams, brown-and-white upholstery, and even stained glass. The...

Want snarling V8 performance, megaphone sidepipe exhaust, and sleek curves that’ll turn heads anywhere? You should be looking at a Cobra. And if you don’t have $400k+ for an original 289 roadster (or $600k+ for an original 427 roadster), you’re in luck, because replicas can give you nearly the same experience for a...

Looking for an affordable vintage sports car you can drive regularly? This ’71 240Z could be just the ticket. It looks great in red over black and appears to be clean from top to bottom. And really clean examples are pretty rare today, as they were cheap for years, suffered from rust, and had a high attrition rate...

Looking for some Mopar muscle? Want something classier than the bare-bones rubber-mat Road Runner or Super Bee? This red and white Coronet R/T could be your car. The seller calls it all original with matching numbers, and it’s said to have a straight body, its factory interior, and no rust. It’s just the thing for...

Talk about bare-bones minimal—the 2CV was designed for peasants in the French countryside. It’s pretty much a fabric-roofed tin can, compared to any modern car. But the underpinnings are strong, and the cars actually hold up well, even in the hands of James Bond. He used a yellow one like this to escape captors in “For...

The 280SL was always more of a wine & cheese picnic-mobile than a hard-cornering rally car. The “Pagodas” offered the fun of two-seat open-top motoring with the luxurious conveniences of a larger car, like wood grain on the dash, leg room underneath, usable trunk space, and a soft, forgiving suspension. 1971 280SLs,...

This ’57 Ford Country Sedan Wagon has “not a speck of rust or filler anywhere” and “absolutely, positively no known mechanical issues.” The confident seller describes the body as “laser straight,” chrome and trim as “virtually perfect,” and glass as “original and perfect.” Station wagons in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s...

This ’60 Impala bubble top is a fishbowl on wheels. It has a panoramic 360 degrees of visibility, made possible by roof pillars so narrow that you’ll have to squint to see them. The squared-off trunk fins are less ridiculous than the swoopy bat wings adorning the 1959 version, and they give the car a great early...

Excellent examples of classic American trucks are all the rage in the collector car market these days. And why not? They’re simple, reliable, and can haul just about anything. And with modern trucks trending toward slab sides and plastic interiors, oldies like this Ford look even better, with two-tone paint and lots of...

Looking for a car with more character than performance? Don’t mind getting wet when it rains? Then a Bugeye is for you. These little Healeys feature only the most basic of conveniences, with small engines, no outside door handles, no trunk, and weather protection tacked on as an afterthought. And with a tiny little...

This may look like just your everyday ’57 Chevy project. But if you can see past the missing glass, the pile of stainless trim, the bare interior, and the multi-color primered body, you’ll see a resto-mod waiting to happen, with a complete C4 Corvette suspension and powertrain already installed. So while this may look...

When you think about NASCAR’s aero cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s, chances are you visualize the Plymouth Superbird and Dodge Daytona, with their sloped noses and huge rear wings. But Ford beat them both to it with its one-year-only 1969 Torino GT Talladega, which was designed and built with NASCAR’s super...

The seller says this 1973 Karmann Ghia convertible will need a little tuning, as it has been sitting a short while. But that’s probably OK, as VW reliability is legendary—a Beetle was shown starting after 200 years in a cave in the Woody Allen movie “Sleeper,” and as he says in the film, “They really built these...

Jeeps like this one were among America’s first entries into the world of mechanized warfare, with bare-bones go-anywhere utility, and things have never been the same since. The seller of this ’43 Ford GPW says he bought it because he liked the patina, which is “hard to find,” as military vehicles tend to get restored...

Oldsmobile stepped out onto a limb in 1966 with its Toronado— the company’s first mass-produced front-wheel drive car. But it was stylish, ruggedly built, and featured decent performance from its 425-ci V8 (or 455-ci V8, starting in ’68). And although they were groundbreaking when new, today these cars an acquired...