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Archive for: February, 2012

The seller claims that this 1971 Datsun 521 pickup is one of just 20 delivered with 4-wheel-drive. The truck has not been started in eight years, and the cylinder head is currently off, but the seller says he has “all the parts” to put it back together. It’s hard to see details inside the cramped garage, but the body is...

When you think of GM’s Tri-Five cars, you tend to think of Chevrolet Bel Airs. But if you want to stand out from the crowd and still have that classic shoebox shape, you should be looking for a Buick. They featured sweepspear trim, bullet-shaped bumper pieces and mesh grille inserts. And who doesn’t love those...

This well documented GTX shows just 18,838 miles, which are said to actual since new. It wears a shiny repaint in correct and appealing Forest Green but is otherwise an unrestored original, complete with factory trunk mat, jack, and spare. The standard-equipment 440/375 “Super Commando”  and TorqueFlite automatic will...

There can’t be more than a handful of Hornets surviving today, and these “Sportabout” station wagons must be among the least common. Much maligned over the decades for their styling (and reliability), AMCs were never considered collectible, and most were just driven to death and forgotten. Today, intact examples of any...

This ’73 Roundie has already met its reserve. The seller gave the car a full rotisserie restoration, down to removing the original undercoating to “expose any issues” and re-coating it in POR-15.  Very important, as rust is the biggest killer of these cars. The 4-speed manual transmission suggests that this may not be a...

Toyota’s FJ40 has a tough-as-nails reputation. Add to that a small-block Chevrolet engine, a suspension lift, a full roll cage, and 37-inch radials, and you get a full-tilt off-road powerhouse that’ll likely keep up with any other 4×4 out on the trail. The seller of this FJ40 is quick to not that it isn’t perfect...

Ford’s Model A was an extremely popular starting point for hot rodders of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. And it was for good reason – the cars were readily available, relatively cheap, and could be modified easily thanks to a massive aftermarket parts network. They’re still a common sight at just about every cruise-in and...

Volkswagen busses are everywhere in the U.S., but you rarely see pickups built on the same platform. Why? Well, in the 1960s, in response to a steep tariff placed on U.S. chicken in France and West Germany, the U.S. placed a 25% tariff on the importation of light trucks, brandy, dextrin, and potato starch. Over the...

Chevrolet’s full-size car line was revamped completely for 1959. It got subtle but important updates in 1960, resulting in sharper lines from front to rear. The El Camino was built on the full-size platform for 1959 and 1960 only, and they’re a relatively rare sight today, due to the ways in which they were used from...

Pitching staffs are already reporting for spring training, which means baseball season isn’t too far away. This 1973 Super Beetle is just in time to get you in the swing of things. Baseball motifs on the inside complement the custom air-brushed stitching and logos on the outside. “Be the talk of the neighborhood,”...

Yes, late 70s Trans Ams are forever associated with Smokey and the Bandit he chases, but this 1979 blue example commands attention for other reasons. “You will not find another one in this condition,” says the seller after the car received a (sub) frame-off, nut and bolt restoration. Quite the statement since a total...

Barn finds have been hot tickets for several years now. Often the cars are decrepit, forgotten by caretakers and left for nature to reclaim over the course of decades. This 1954 BMW 501A, however, is in solid condition according to the seller. There is only light surface rust from sitting only a few years in a barn in...

Vintage trucks have gained significant value over the past few years. Especially those with rare options and excellent condition. This ’67 short bed 4×4 matches that criteria, as the seller says it’s one of less than 30 built with a short bed, four-wheel drive, manual transmission and factory tach. And since it’s...

Fiat’s 500 was only officially imported to the U.S. from 1957-61 while European production continued until 1975. The 500L (L for Lusso, Italian for luxury) debuted in 1968 and brought updates to the decade-old city car, including a changed dash, gauge cluster and other interior refinements. This off-white 1970 example...

Sales of the 1964 Impala set a world record, with 1,074,925 cars sold—a record that stands today. And as with the multi-million-selling Model T, customizers have been hacking them up for decades. Today, any Impala that isn’t riding on air bags or funny aftermarket wheels is the exception to the rule. This ’64 SS is...

This two-tone Harvester pickup is offered without reserve and looks like a crazy deal at the opening bid. According to the description, it’s been “well kept and always maintained” and is “all solid” with “no rust,” and the photos would seem to confirm. It’s well known that IH got their start building farm equipment, and most...

Mercury’s twin to the 1970 Ford Torino was the Cyclone. The seller of this yellow 1970 Cyclone says the car is a numbers matching original. The 370-hp 429-ci Cobra Jet runs its power through an optional C6 automatic to a highway-friendly 3.50 geared Traction-Lok differential. “It is a great running and smooth driving...

This 1956 Messerschmitt KR200 was reportedly acquired by its enthusiast owner in 2000. According to the listing, the owner gained experience working on these quirky cars in their native Germany when he was stationed there in the 1960s as an Air Force jet mechanic. He passed about a year ago, and the car is now being...

McLaren may best be known for their Formula One-winning championship racecars. But they also competed successfully in Can Am and Indy racing in the 1960s and ‘70s. McLaren introduced the M8 line in 1968, winning four races. Trojan Limited was subcontracted by McLaren to construct customer versions of works...

Very few vehicles can stop modern traffic like a pre-war classic. The size, shape and cub appeal is arguably unmatched by any contemporary car. This 1936 Packard 120B often is mistaken, according to the seller, for a same period Rolls-Royce. A bit of the car’s history is known—a plus for a vehicle of this vintage. It...

Oldsmobile’s F-85 is overshadowed the long-running Cutlass that it begat, as well as the well muscled 442. But the first-gen cars have a styling and presence that is all their own. This 1962 coupe retains its original powertain, sheet metal and interior components, which are all functional and in “excellent”...