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Archive for: October, 2011

The story of this 2008 Tesla Roadster electric sports car can be told by the numbers.  Let’s start with four–as in the number of heart-pounding seconds it takes for this gem of an electric sports car to go from zero to 60 miles per hour.  (The current owner pegs 0-60 acceleration at 4.3 seconds, while Tesla says 3.7...

Plymouth’s Road Runner is a great car, but it’s known for being a little spartan. What to do if you’d like the power of a 440 and a 4-speed in a B-body Mopar but would rather have niceties other than a bench seat, heater, and rubber floor mat? The GTX is your car — it’s basically an upscale Road Runner, complete with...

Are you interested in reviving an Italian supercar with a top speed of 165 mph? This 1967 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada has reportedly been under the same ownership since 1973, but it’s been stuck in storage for the last 30 years. Bringing it back to life may turn out to be relatively painless, as it reportedly “started...

Lincoln produced the first Continental Mark IV in 1959, only to revive the nameplate in 1972 after a long run by the Continental Mark III. This first year four-door hard top is said to be in “virtually rust-free” condition. The brakes have been gone through and the Treadle Vac braking system has been rebuilt — no...

This 1967 Sunbeam Alpine convertible is reportedly a great driver, although it was stored for some indefinite amount of time starting in 1985. It’s said to be a three-owner car from new, with the second owner having kept it a total of 35 years. The car was blue prior to a red repaint during a restoration in the early...

Ford sold over 100,000 pickups in 1954, but few were destined to survive five decades of hard work, weather, rust, and accidents. F-series trucks are now the best-selling vehicles of all time, but surviving examples from the early years have become relatively rare and collectible. This example looks very well...

Few muscle cars live up to the hyperbole that comes with the territory, but Shelby’s 1968 GT500 KR comes close. These cars were underrated by the factory at 335 horsepower, with the general consensus putting the number much closer to 400. The King of the Road differentiated itself from the GT500 with the introduction...

Since 1955, the Crown has stood as Toyota’s full-size luxury line, but 1971 was the last year for the model in the United States. Today’s vintage “J-tin” enthusiasts are snatching up and restoring anything with fender-mounted mirrors, so finding something all-original is getting harder and harder. This 1970 Toyota...

In the market for a stately, quiet, and comfortable English cruiser? The seller of this 1959 Jaguar Mk IX bought the car four years ago with the thought of starting up a wedding car business, but life got in the way and that project never got off the ground. Now this Jag can be yours. The seller says he’s researched...

While many pre-World War II cars have been built, chopped and rodded, pre-war trucks also get a lot of attention from gearhead customizers. Pickups, such as this red 1940 Ford, were common and cheap for a long while. Those bargain-priced days, sadly, may be over, but the rodding part isn’t. The seller states this...

Buyers in the market for cheap performance have any number of options available to them. But if bare-bones all-out acceleration for under $20k is what you’re after, it’s hard to go wrong with a modded notchback 5.0 Mustang from the early ’90s. These cars are nearly bulletproof, easy to modify, and can make some...

This 1970 Commando proudly displays forty years of patina on every surface, but the straight, un-dented panels show no evidence of risk-seeking off-road behavior. While the paint and gauges are said to be original, it’s had plenty of recent mechanical work, and the seller states that he “would not be afraid to drive...

If you’re looking for a car that will get attention every time you take it out, look no further than this 1958 microcar from BMW. The Isetta was an instant hit when it debuted in April of 1955 under the BMW name, after a license was acquired from the Italian inventor Iso. This yellow Isetta is said to have an older...

This 1960 Healey roadster was re-done in 2006 to a high standard, and it looks like a very clean, strong-running car today. The seller says the engine is smooth and powerful, and he describes the body and chassis as “absolutely never rusted.” The car is equipped with top, side curtains and tonneau with reinforcing...

Chevrolet built over 200,000 Impala wagons in 1964 alone, but they’re far from common today. Their popularity among the lowrider crowd makes finding a surviving, unmolested example all the more special. This one looks clean, straight and period-correct. It wears a one-year-old repaint and a fresh interior and is said...

Fullsize GM cars from the ’60s have a huge following, thanks to high production numbers, clean designs, and easy-to-source parts. The Caprice was first offered as a range-topper for Chevrolet in 1965, and it gained its own 2-dr coupe body for ’66. Today, they’re harder to find than common Impalas, and for some buyers,...

Alfa Romeo’s Duetto production technically lasted only from 1966 through 1967, but the following ’68-’71 Spider 1750s were nearly identical, so the name stuck. The major difference between the two was a 1,779-cc engine instead of a 1,579-cc engine. This red ’69 Roundtail has an added distinction of being powered by a...

Nothing’s more American than a tire-melting ’60s GTO, and you don’t need to spend $40k to get a fun driver-quality example with enough torque to vaporize a set of radials. The seller starts off noting that this car is a real GTO, not a clone, and it came from the factory with a/c, power steering, and power...

A Russian Lada within the borders of the United States is a rare sight indeed. This 1984 sedan looks clean and straight, and has been reportedly upgraded with a turbo and a 5-speed Fiat transmission. If the stretched tires on boy-racer rims aren’t the look for you, the seller states that he does have the originals to...

Classic American pickups have become really hot in the market over the past few years. And before you think that means Ford, Chevy, or Dodge, think again—not all classic pickups came from the Big Three. For two years immediately following WWII, Hudson produced a ¾-ton pickup, like the one offered here. According to...

Over 21 million Volkswagen Beetles were built between 1938 and 2003. It’s pretty hard to go anywhere without seeing one. But they make excellent usable collector cars, thanks to their typically inexpensive purchase price and cheap maintenance. There’s also a massive aftermarket and custom Volkswagen parts network, so it...