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Archive for: April, 2011

Looking for an Italian exotic to stand out from those cookie cutter ’70s and ’80s Ferraris and Lamborghinis? The Khamsin was designed by famed coachbuilder Bertone, and featured a 4.9-liter V8 making 320 hp. Only 421 were built, and fewer than 160 were sold in the U.S., so you’re not going to see them everywhere. And...

When’s the last time you saw a decent Volkswagen Dasher running around town? Most of these cars were used up long ago, so finding one in excellent original condition is next to impossible. But that’s exactly what we have here: this ’78 Dasher is reportedly fresh out of 20 years of storage, and it’s said to run and...

Interested in a rare piece of American sports car history? Only 435 of these Kaiser-Darrins were made during just one year of production. So you probably won’t see another at your local drive-in.  And those sliding doors will surely get your neighbors’ attention faster than any big-block powered finned Chevy. The car...

Looking for some vintage American muscle? Want to stand out from all the GTOs, Chevelles, Camaros, and Mustangs at your local cruise-in? This’67 Olds 442 is said to be a one-owner car with just 67,000 miles. The original Protect-O-Plate and window sticker confirm a long list of options, including power steering, power...

Want to go fast in a straight line? This ’54 Chevy has the perfect low-buck means-business look on fat Mickey Thompson rubber, and its 14.2:1 compression 355 small-block V8 has more than enough grunt to shut down all your local wanna-be Milners and Falfas. The seller notes that the car runs a 6.70 ET in the 1/8-mile,...

2009 Indian Chief Delux Vintage Custom America’s first motorcycle manufacturer, Indian Motorcycle, has been acquired by Polaris Industries, Inc. Founded in 1901, Indian is well known throughout the world for its legendary iconic bikes. According to Stephen Julius, chairman of Indian, “Polaris is the most logical...

This ’55 Metropolitan looks like an oversized bumper car. It was restored mechanically and cosmetically within the past ten years, and the seller says “everything works like new,” including the original tube radio: “give it a minute to warm up and it works great.” He also says it gets 40 miles to the gallon. Good luck...

Do you need a vehicle that exudes testosterone?  Don’t care about things like traction control, side glass, or even outside door handles? Vipers like this are modern day hot rods, with an 8.0-liter V10 that makes a tire scorching 400 hp. And this one only has 2,259 miles. The current owner isn’t afraid to flaunt his...

Do you dare to be different? Early Saabs like this 96 are good runners and look like nothing else on the road. And that includes what most people think of when they hear the name Saab. “Most people don’t know what it is, like it is some kind of alien,” notes the seller. So if you’re looking to turn heads, look no...

This ’61 Fairlane looks like a total sleeper from the outside, but it’s pretty much how a super stock racer would have been ordered in the early ’60s. To get the big 390-ci 401-hp engine, race guys would buy the full-size car, then delete all the options to save weight. In addition to the tire-smoking V8, this car has...

With just 76k miles on the odo, this 1975 Volvo 245 has a long life ahead of it. These bulletproof engines often run reliably beyond 300k, and this one is even equipped with a rare manual transmission. If you’re a fan of safety, reliability, boxy styling, and the color orange, this Brick checks all the boxes. This...

Vintage American pickups make great collectibles. They’re stylish, they run for a long time, and parts are inexpensive and as close as your nearest NAPA store. And despite a recent rise in popularity among collectors, buying classic trucks like this old Chevy won’t break your bank account. This one is said to run...

Looking for a vintage mid-engine Ferrari? It’s hard to go wrong with a Dino. These cars have a great balance and style, making them among the most popular sports cars of their era. This one has a great pedigree, with a claimed 2nd place two times at a Ferrari concours in Monterey, CA.  And it has low miles—just 35,456,...

Who says you need a Hemi to get noticed? This ’70 AAR Cuda left the factory with just 340 cubic inches of power—but don’t let that fool you. These stout street racers, with performance on par with the Camaro Z/28 and Mustang Boss 302.  Just 2,724 AARs were built in 1970 to homologate the model for Trans Am...

Want a tough-as-nails go-anywhere utility rig that’ll haul the family in style? The consigning dealer says this vintage Jeep Wagoneer is “100% rust free… needs nothing,” and “drives like a dream.” I’d liberate the glass of its purple plastic coating before taking it out in public, then load up the brats, cruise...

Is a regular Porsche 911SC just too subdued for you? Want something that’ll pin you to your seat and scare your passengers? Early 930s are among the most explosively powerful Porsches ever built, with a freight train of turbo boost that comes on just about the time you pass the legal speed limit. This 930 appears to be...

America’s first sports car wasn’t all that sporty. But if image is more important to you than all-out performance, then you should be looking at an early Corvette. These cars were initially built with a yawning straight six and two-speed automatic transmission, but their styling is unmistakable—a car like this will get...

Do you like your cars classy, sophisticated, and debonair?  Do you have time and resources to take on a massive project? Aston Martins are inherently stylish, even after wasting away for 20 years in a garage.  This DB2/4 is already stateside, claimed to have a clear title, and a VIN is given for buyers interested in...

Want a classic pickup that’ll stand out from the crowd? Interested in mind-blowing high-rpm shifts rather than low-end grunt? Like the sound of angry bees?  Then a Mazda Rotary pickup is the vehicle for you. They’re the first and only Wankel-engine pickups ever produced.  And in case anyone is curious about the mill...

Want to own the cutest car on your block? How about the whole neighborhood? This Fiat 500 estate could be just the thing for you. This example comes imported from Italy, brought from Naples by the seller. The two-cylinder 500cc engine is laid flat to create a flat loading surface in the rear, and the rear seats fold...

When you think muscle, you probably don’t think Buick. But although the company may be best known for building cushy rides for your grandparents, they also built some of GM’s most powerful muscle cars of the 1970s. The GS 455 was rated at over 510 pound-feet of torque in 1970—more than even the halo LS6 Chevrolet...