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Archive for: June, 2011

The most successful manufacturer ever at the classic French endurance race has announced its intention to return to the top category to run for overall victory. Porsche will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a works-run LMP1 sports prototype, the completely new developed race car is planned for the 2014 race....

The first McLaren car built for racing outside of Formula 1 since the McLaren F1 GTR will make its public dynamic world debut at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed, held from 30 June-03 July in the UK. The new GT3 car, based on McLaren’s MP4-12C high-performance road car, will appear in its revised form, honed...

In the summer of 2005 legendary singer, songwriter and former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney entered into an agreement with the Cadillac division of General Motors to build a one-of-a-kind CTS Sport for his personal use. As an animal rights activist Sir Paul directed that no animal products be used in manufacturing the...

Once upon a time, access to a Shelby GT350 was as simple as running over to a local Hertz Rental shop and renting one for the weekend. Rumors have it that some were even returned with evidence of roll cages being installed. But that doesn’t appear to be the case here. The seller says the car has undergone a meticulous...

Hertz has been known for years for its willingness to bring real honest-to-goodness performance cars into its fleet so those of us who love cars get a chance to drive cars we might not otherwise be able to afford. It started back about 35 years ago when Hertz brought aboard a fleet of specially-constructed Shelby...

Fancy a future sprinting around world-famous racetracks but just not sure how to get there? Joining a local motorsporting group for the masses like SCCA, NASA, etc. is a step toward your future glory.  And what better way to show up than with your own turn-key race car? This 1986 Volkswagen Scirocco could be just what...

Interested in exotic ’70s Italian sports cars but don’t want the initial wallet-shock of a Ferrari Daytona or Lamborghini Miura? The 1976 Lancia Scorpion on offer here is a step in the right direction. Only produced for two years for the American market, they’re relatively scarce, with just 1,801 made from 1976 to...

Not only is eBay Motors commemorating the second annual National Collector Car Appreciation Day on July 8, it’s turning the entire month of July into a celebration of the automotive hobby with original videos, expert content and a consumer sweepstakes. Established by the U.S. Senate in 2010, National Collector Car...

British roadsters from the 1950s often blur together for Americans who were used to ever-expanding fins and gadgets on Detroit Iron. And, after all, MGs, Triumphs, and the like tended to have the same general silhouette.  But the Morgan Motor Company, which is still to the world’s oldest independent auto manufacturer,...

This 1972 Oldsmobile 442 is said to be fresh off from a nut-and-bolt restoration from an owner with 33 years of professionally restoring Oldsmobiles.  Reportedly one of only 17 two-door hard tops with the factory W-30 performance package, this car is meant to be a no-frills driver. “This is a very low option car. No...

This turbo diesel Land Cruiser is an off-road-oriented 70 Series that was never offered in the U.S. They’re occasionally imported from Japan, but this one is LHD, and Canada got a few in 1985-1986, so that might be where it came from. The truck is said to be a “legal import” with “all duties paid” and a U.S. title. It...

When these rare, rust-prone, incredibly fast cars periodically appear on eBay, they tend to be little more than parts cars, having had every last drop of life wrung out of them by a long series of hard-driving owners. This “Ur” boasts an incredibly low 16,000 miles and has reportedly been with one owner for the past...

Light up the night It’s no surprise having clear, bright, working lights on your vehicle helps you drive more safely, especially at night. What is surprising is that traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day, according to the National Safety Council. So it’s critical to replace or upgrade...

This ’49 Packard is said to be a true one-owner Arizona car with “extensive” documentation and “meticulous” maintenance all its life. The seller notes that, “despite infrequent use, all fluids are changed twice per year by the owner’s mechanic.” The 90k indicated miles are claimed to be original. The car reportedly...

President John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States, gas was 27 cents a gallon and gangs were fighting over who was the better dancer. The year was 1961, and Wayne Gretzky was not the only Great One born that year. The Jaguar E-Type was the first of its kind. An affordable sports car...

In the market for a solid collectible American car? Impalas were Chevrolet’s hottest sellers in the 1960s, and for good reason. They were big, comfortable, and featured attractive styling as well as a laundry list of available options. If you have acres of garage space, this is the car for you. This Impala looks like...

Why do buyers go online when searching for a new vehicle? Well there are a number of factors leading to this. Let’s take me for example. I live in Reno and we have one dealership per franchise in the immediate area along with a handful of independent dealerships. When I begin shopping for a new vehicle my choices...

Looking for a good  911 track toy with gobs of documentation?  Go buy a lotto ticket, because today is your lucky day. The seller states that a complete book of history accompanies this car. All of the ten or so owners have reportedly contributed “each and every modification, parts change, oil change… with mileage...

This ’83 Civic is the “sporty” S version, which came factory-equipped with upgraded suspension, rear stabilizer bar, tach, and front spoiler. The 1500 was the larger engine option, producing a whopping 69 hp, compared with the 1300’s 62. A five-speed manual rounds out the quirky little package, which looks like it...

Want to gain instant notoriety among local car enthusiasts? Show up in a custom ride. Take this 1936 Buick Series 40, for example.  It isn’t the most practical of devices, as there’s no heat or a/c. That’s not the point, though. It’s about looking good, showing off, and enjoying the drive. “I’d say this particular car...

This PV444 was restored from the ground up in 1998 at a reported cost of $10,000. The repaint was done in the stock Cherry Red color and then clearcoated, with chrome valve covers and wheels added (original hubcaps included), along with updated 12-volt electrics for stronger cranking. Under the hood is a “newer” B-20...