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Archive for: May, 2012

“Not my best day at the office” using the words of Justin Bell. Justin’s last Pirelli World Cup Challenge race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey ended prematurely when accelerating out of Turn 11, he spun and got punted by another car exiting the turn right behind him. Fortunately, Justin was not hurt....

This 1963 Pontiac Tempest convertible is all about inexpensive fun. New bright red paint and an equally clean white top show off GM’s early takes on ‘coke-bottle’ design. The seller says the car is “very original throughout and she runs and drives great.” The innovative and unusual-looking 195-ci inline four is...

Several years ago, a Boulder-based vehicle conversion company embarked on a project to convert and sell a number of Volvo C30 hatchbacks to run only on electricity. When the economic downturn hit, the C30 electric conversion enterprise was abandoned, after the completion of the first and only prototype—now up for...

These early Datsun pickups have a quirky, appealing style all their own–more like a Morris Minor pickup than a Toyota Hilux, and every bit as tiny as they look in photos. You see them come to market from time to time, but they always have a handful of needs, at least. This one is the cleanest we’ve seen in some time,...

This 1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I is the perfect boulevard cruiser. The imposing grille, swooping fenders and 212-inch length will get you noticed at whatever posh dining spot you’ve picked for the evening. You might even get preferred up-front parking from the valet. In sales literature the company declared, “With...

The Coca-Cola 600 capped off nine days of racing and race related events at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night. Kasey Kahne posted his first win of 2012 after leading the race for 96 laps. This is Kasey’s is 300th Sprint Cup start, his first win of 2012, and the 13th of his career in the Coca-Cola 600 at...

This steel-body roadster showed up on eBay Motors just in time to kick off summer. You’ll get plenty of attention screaming past air-conditioned SUVs on the highway. Just make sure your jeans are cuffed and your hair is slicked back to get the full ’50s hot rodder look. This car’s parts...

eBay Motors is traveling to Charlotte this Memorial Day weekend and covering all the race action at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s events are the NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300 and Global Rallycross races. The History 300 draws into battle both Nationwide Series drivers and Sprint...

Nothing represents Americana like an old pickup driving slowly along the farm fence, or through an orchard. And slowly is the only way you’ll be moving in this 1946 Dodge COE. The 228-ci straight six is rated at only 99 horsepower. But this truck is so cool I don’t think you’ll care. COEs are rare these days, as most...

In 1982, Pontiac retooled the third generation of its classic Firebird line to provide better fuel economy in the face of rising gas prices. Where previous generations of Firebirds had been heavy, high-performance muscle cars, the 1982 models shed enough weight to significantly improve gas efficiency while marginally...

Custom wagons are hot, especially when they have a generally stock appearance and sit low on painted steel rims. They’re just the thing to take the family to a car show, or haul a few buddies and a couple of surfboards out to the beach. And better yet, they’re simple to fix and rarely break. This dropped ’61 Chevy...

Someone commented that Charlotte Motor Speedway should be renamed Jimmie Johnson Motor Speedway. After dominating the Sprint Cup All-Star race last weekend and six career wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS), Johnson and the Hendrick Motorsports Team are odds-on favorite to take the checkered flag. Johnson, with six...

This 1984 Renault R5 Turbo 2 can zip from 0–60 mph in 6.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 126 mph. But straight-line speed isn’t what Renault had in mind. Brick-like aerodynamics and little torque (159 lb-ft at 3,250 rpm) don’t lend well to drag racing. A short chassis with 40/60 weight distribution and a...

There are plenty of ways to get from point A to point B. So depending upon how far away point B is—and what kind of roads you’ll be traveling on—you may not need a highway-capable vehicle to get there. Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV), sometimes also known as Low Speed Vehicles (LSV), can be a good fit for people...

Here’s a rare one – a ’66 Cyclone GT convertible. It’s one of just 2,158 built that year. And better yet, it’s said to have matching numbers and looks basically stock apart from some aftermarket chrome rims, triple gauges under the dash, and a newer stereo. The GT package took the 1966 Cyclone from a middling...

When big blocks ruled the road, nobody put out as much factory-rated horsepower as the Chevelle’s LS6. Underrated (as most performance vehicles at the time were) at 450 hp, it ran from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. The quarter-mile pass lasted only 13.81 seconds at 104 mph. This red 1970 Chevelle is a rare piece indeed....

Winning a new car is not an everyday event, so you can imagine the level of excitement Barney was feeling when his  Pitch Black Dodge Challenger R/T was delivered today. Especially since this is Barney’s first time as a prize winner — ever. Another “first” for Barney is owning a sports car. In the past Barney has always...

With $1 million prize money up for grabs, pit strategy and winning at least one of the early race segments may be the deciding factor towards capturing the checkered flag in this year’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The field will consist of race winners in 2011 and 2012, active Sprint Cup champions and All-Star Race...

Many of today’s green cars are stingy on fuel, and speedy on the road. But nobody could have imagined combing fuel-efficiency and brisk acceleration when this Honda N600 was sold new in 1971. The N600 boasted fuel efficiency up to 40 miles per gallon. But when tested by Britain’s Motor magazine, they reported...

Split-window Bugs are rare, and finding one that’s never been restored is unheard of. This European ’52 reportedly came out of a Belgian museum twelve years ago, which helps explain its unmolested state. The faded blue paint looks great against the dull chrome, and its glass and floor mats are original. In addition to...

Want to own a piece of drag racing history? Here’s your chance. The “Silver Dollar” was one of the last Chevrolet-powered A/Gas Supercharged drag cars. Known for its unusually high stance, it was responsible for NHRA rules limiting gasser’s height. It competed up and down the west coast from the early ’60s until its...