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Archive for: January, 2012

This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air post just screams Americana, with its trademark fins, bright red paint, and chrome Torq-Thrust-style wheels. If you’re looking to turn heads, this could be the car for you. The seller says the car is in excellent driver condition. It’s fitted with a fresh GM Goodwrench 350-ci crate engine and...

Americans are familiar with the Mini Cooper and perhaps the Austin Mini, but over the decades many companies around the world produced their own licensed versions. This ’72 Morris is a New Zealand market car that was recently imported to South Carolina. The funky cream-of-mushroom paint looks to be in great condition...

Henrik Fisker is not so much an automotive designer, as an artist who uses sheet metal to sculpt beauty on wheels.  His best-known creations are the Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin V8 Vantage and BMW Z8 Roadster. Fisker designed the exterior of the production BMW Z8 roadster featured in the James Bond film, “The World...

This 1964 Porsche 356C will catch everyone’s attention when you go cruising by—and not just because it’s bright green. The 356C was the last iteration of Porsche’s first car, and the first one to feature four wheel disc brakes. The car is said to be powered by its numbers matching 1600-cc flat four-cylinder and...

Ford recently revealed the looks of its new 2013 Escape compact sport utility vehicle—the company’s first redesign of the model in more than a decade. The dated boxy look will go away, and be replaced by a more modern edgy look. Something else is going away: the 2013 Escape SUV will no longer be offered as a hybrid....

In 1969, the Road Runner was near the top of Plymouth’s intermediate-size muscle cars, following only the GTX in horsepower and standard features. The convertible featured here is rare, as just 2,128 convertibles were built that year, and only 773 of them came with a 4-speed transmission. Muscle car survival rates...

The 1960s were the right time for race-ready cars from the factory—and that wasn’t just true in the USA. GM’s Australian division, Holden, made the HK Monaro an instant winner with its GTS 327 package. Tony Roberts and Bob Watson piloted one to a first race win at the 1968 Sandown 3-hour endurance race. Later in 1968,...

Few pickups are as instantly identifiable as the Dodge D150 with the YH6 “Li’l Red Express” package. Highlights include Bright Canyon Red paint, stack exhaust, real oak bed trim and door decals announcing its identity to all. One of the fastest vehicles of its era, as it was tested by Car and Driver to be the fastest...

This ‘77 Celica is described as “the most-rust free car” that the seller has ever seen. It wears California blue plates and looks extremely well preserved inside and out. It’s equipped with air conditioning, rear defroster, remote dual mirrors and FM radio – and “everything” reportedly works. It shows 50k miles on the...

This ’63 Bel Air wagon wears its original paint and well preserved original interior. The odometer shows just 51k miles, which are said to be actual. Documentation includes original dealer invoice and “all maintenance records.” The car reportedly has “no rust anywhere,” and all rubber is soft and without cracks....

The new era of affordable plug-in electric cars got off to a start in 2011—most notably with the Nissan LEAF pure EV and the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid. The momentum picks up speed in 2012 with the introduction of at least 10 new electric cars. One of the most intriguing is the 2012 Mitsubishi i (formerly i-MiEV). The...

Miatas are often the least expensive way into road racing. Their excellent handling and peppy engines can be easily tuned to handle track use. This 1991 Miata has been converted specifically for SCCA use, but since the owner is off to college soon,  it’s up for sale. The last time the car raced was 2008, so we’d...

This 1957 Ford Thunderbird is fresh off a restoration featuring a respray of its original Raven Black hue and the original 292-ci V8. The generator-style charging system has been replaced by an alternator set up for increased reliability. The seller says the 3-speed manual transmission “shifts effortlessly.” The...

Short of the astronomically-priced L88s and the supremely rare Grand Sports, the Z06-optioned Corvette is arguably the most desirable of the mid-year cars, built from 1963 to 1967. Only 199 Corvettes were ordered with the Z06 option in 1963. They were purchased with one thing in mind—road racing. The seller spells out...

This chrome-bumper midget has great colors and just the right stance. The restored cosmetics are shiny and crisp, with new top, carpets and dash, plus much mechanical work. It retains “all books and documentation,” but the rest of the story is unknown, as the “charitable foundation” selling the car received it as a...

The Marina has the particular distinction of being the last Austin model to be officially imported to the U.S. The two-door GT body style added a tach, pin-stripes and a walnut-finished dash to further differentiate its sporty nature from the four-door sedan. The internet is rife with people who will argue the Marina...

This beautiful barge of a wagon sports original “New Lime” paint and all-original interior, appearing exceptionally well preserved. The service records date all the way back to 1974, when it was acquired by its second owner—an airline pilot—who maintained it meticulously. It is now offered without reserve. The car...

After two years of service as a Colorado highway patrol car, this 1967 Fury was sold to its civilian owner who kept it, maintained it and drove it regularly until five years ago. It was then restored to highway spec and has been only driven 500 miles since. The car spent its life on the salt-free roads of Colorado and...

Designs that avoid appearing dated after nearly 50 years are few and far between, especially concerning automobiles. Lamborghini’s Miura hits on all the major points of the collector car world: performance, historical significance and beauty. All combined, the cars are instantly identifiable and a shoe-in to many...

If a first generation RX-7 is the affordable sports car you’re looking for, this two-owner 1984 GSL-SE is as clean as they come. Many early examples have been run hard into the ground with ruined apex seals and bad rotor tips, but this one appears to still be minty fresh. The 13B fuel-injected engine gets 35 more...

If slow and steady will win the race you’re in, this 1957 Mercedes-Benz 180D is ideal. It sports a “1000000 km” badge on the grille indicating that Mercedes has recognized and certified this vehicle traveled over 625,000 miles. This car is not tops in the world however—the reigning mileage king is a 1976 240D with...