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Archive for: 2012

After all that work to restore your car’s interior to pristine condition, you’re going to want to keep it in good shape. Sure, you could shell out a couple hundred dollars for a professional detailing shop to make your interior spic and span, but if you can spare a few hours on the weekend, you can get the job done,...

California Department of Motor Vehicles announced that vehicle owners can now pre-order replicas of California license plates issued in the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s. Often times we spot beautifully restored vehicles with modern California license plates. Vehicle owners who wish to complete the retro look to their...

Of all the vintage sports coupes to choose from, the first-gen Datsun Z car is, in my opinion, the one to have. You can see how Nissan designers took simultaneous inspiration from sexy European curves and American “pony car” muscle, creating something uniquely Japanese—best realized in the small-bumper 240Z of...

2012 was a huge year here at eBay Motors. From original series to eBay Motors Racing to new car reviews and breaking news, we saw a lot of everything automotive going on in 2012, and we’re expecting nothing but more excitement as we move into 2013. Before all of that, though, kick your feet up and have a look back at...

Never offered for sale in the U.S., the Skyline GT-R (produced 1969-73 and 1989-02) holds an almost mythical status among auto enthusiasts. The Japanese sports car dubbed “Godzilla” was a force to be reckoned with on tracks around the globe and won accolades in the global press. The car’s frequent appearance in films...

The Collector Car Year in Review With 2012 drawing to a close, it’s time to take a look back at some of the biggest events of the past twelve months. And for those of us who track the collector car market, the biggest news has really been an increase in values of classic cars. We’ve seen some of the highest prices...

While we here at eBay Motors America have been a little light in our coverage of the racing initiatives of our friends at eBay Motors UK, we’re always excited by their activities. So we were excited to learn recently of eBay Motors UK’s continued sponsorship of West Surrey Racing (WSR) in the Dunlop MSA British...

eBay Motors wouldn’t be what it is without our wider community. All of you, from sellers to buyers, to those commenting on our blog and in our forums, to the fans that come to see us at racetracks all over the United States, make eBay Motors the place to go for all things automotive. We’d like to take a quick second...

If you’ve ever taken your car out in rough weather, chances are the interior isn’t in the same condition as it was when it was new. Dirt, leaves, and moisture can be really hard on carpet, cloth, and even leather – especially over a long period of time. How do I know? Well, I’m right in the middle of trying to clean...

Reuniting the Painted Body and Built Chassis Our eBay Project Car has come a long way since our last report. We built the entire rolling chassis with restored, rebuilt, and new parts sourced on eBay. It looks great, and is almost an art object on its own. The Daytona Blue paint work is complete and came out looking...

Likes: New 325 hp 3.7 L V6 engine makes for even snappier acceleration Handling is almost sports car quick Loads of available technology Unique exterior style still turns heads Good value compared to the competition Dislikes: Limited interior room, especially for a mid-size crossover 7-speed automatic transmission...

WFCS 2.24 – Night Vision Driving in an Audi In my racing career I have done a lot of fun crazy things, but none like this one! When my producer suggested it I thought he was joking, but next thing I knew I was hurtling around a race track fixated on a three inch screen to show me the way. It truly is a case of...

This bagged Lincoln Continental, in all its slab-sided glory, reminds us that sometimes driving slow is the whole point. The handles and side trim have been shaved, and the bodywork looks laser-straight, with nothing concealed by the deep, black paint. The massive chrome discs continue the theme and absolutely fill...

When it comes to hot rods, there is no better icon than the ’32 Ford. Rodders have been chopping, channeling, and overpowering these cars for generations — and thanks to years of use as street terrors, drag machines, salt flat top-speed specials, and show cars, there just aren’t a lot of real-deal cars left. Today, a...

WFCS 2.23 – Recreating Classic Bullitt Car Chase Driving the streets of San Francisco in the tire marks of one of the most famous car chase scenes was a real treat. Since the movie Le Mans we have had a family connection to Steve McQueen. So knowing that I was seeing what he saw (albeit at a slower pace) and connecting...

Photo credit: Nikki Boertman / The Commercial Appeal Winter is one of my favorite seasons, but it’s not usually a very good time for using your classic – unless that classic is a vintage 4×4 pickup and you love plowing through snowdrifts. For the majority of us, winter generally means our classic cars sit for a couple...

Three world-renowned drivers – Justin Bell, Martin Brundle, and Christian Danner – were invited to test drive prototype models of the new Jaguar F-TYPE at Snetterton Race Circuit and on the roads surrounding Norfolk in the UK. While both the 380hp V6 and 495hp V8 models are still considered prototype models and were...

Almost one year ago, a silver Jeep JK Wrangler began its transformation into a no-limits, stretched out beast known as, VENGEANCE. Originally owned by a senior moderator and one of the first members of JK-Forum.com, this 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler Sahara started as humble project under the wing of Ken Offerbeck (aka...

My wife is on a hunt for a new car, and she’s not listening to my suggestions at all. We agree that we’ve got a budget of about $40,000 or so, but we don’t agree on much else. I’m corroded with lust for a fire-breathing 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8, one of the hottest modern muscle cars, with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine...

While the wheel is dated at 3,500 BCE, the tire is a much newer invention. Many of the names involved with the development of tires are still around today. In 1844 Charles Goodyear patented (U.S. #3,633) the process to create vulcanized rubber. He discovered that if the rubber was combined with a curing agent, in this...

After fire, the wheel provided the greatest technological thrust for human survival and subsequent domination of the planet in ancient times. We could travel faster and farther, filling in the blank edges of the maps, shrinking the known world. The first time we can place a date and origin on the wheel is 3,500 BCE,...