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Archive for: June, 2012

Trading their Coors Light for a bottle of Pinot Noir, NASCAR Nation came to Northern California to witness their beloved Sprint Cup racers turn right AND left at the Sonoma Raceway road course. The eBay Motors team was on site today and we observed the following. A chilly fog layer, typical San Francisco summer...

The 2012 Mini Cooper with manual six-speed gearbox gets 29 miles per gallon in the city and 37 on the highway. That’s great mileage for a car that provides such a high quotient of fun and styling. Due to car’s small profile and light weight, its 121 horsepower provides plenty of oomph. The Mini’s legacy of fuel...

In kicking off our race this weekend at Sonoma Raceway for the NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 event, we held a private media event last night by our Motors and Mobile teams that focused on how we are driving our Motors business through unique and innovative approaches in the mobile space with our eBay Motors Mobile app....

A chopped ’50 Merc is the iconic American Custom. These cars were the blank slate used by a number of big-name customizers like Barris, Ayala, and Winfield in the 1950s and 1960s. Although they weren’t the first customs built, they were undoubtedly some of the most attractive, and their appearance in movies like...

For the 2005 season, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) built a Nextel Cup car specifically for the Sonoma and Watkins Glen race tracks. These are the only two road courses that are part of the race schedule and involve a lot more right turns than a typical oval track. Hence, road course engineered NASCAR chassis are a...

Did you know eBay Motors is a primary sponsor of Charlotte Motor Speedway, Laguna Seca, and Sonoma Raceway? Next up on our race calendar is NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 Race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, June 22 – 24. Sonoma Raceway is one of two road courses on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series...

The chrome slotmags and rolled fenders on this Z600 give it a muscly stance that you wouldn’t expect from a car that’s reportedly good for 136 mpg at 30 mph. These strange little microcars pack a ton of quirky style into a tiny, tiny package, and you just don’t see them around any more. This one is being sold by its...

This 1960 Lotus Elite has a known pampered history and is ready for summertime. It sports a stress-fracture free fiberglass monocoque, original paint and interior, original numbers-matching engine, and BMC 4-speed transmission. “Whether winding through the canyons, bombing down the highway or even just tooling through...

Flat black paint, five percent window tint, and a slammed stance give this ’63 Galaxie a sinister look. But it isn’t a pieced-together ratty driver like a lot of other frame-laying customs – this car started out as a complete running and driving rust-free four-door from Coral Gables, Florida. The seller than shaved all...

LikesSmile-inducing Go kart handling Decent MPG even with spirited driving Smooth-shifting 6-speed manual transmissionDislikesUngraceful roofline Bad visibilityThe MINI Cooper Coupe is the first sports coupe of the modern MINI line-up. It only seats two people and has a more rakish windshield. It also...

President Barack Obama has occasionally voiced public support for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles over the past few years. But the chief transportation priorities of the administration and Energy Secretary Steven Chu have been clear: raising the overall fuel economy of consumer vehicles and promoting early...

The latest version of the eBay Motors iPhone is now available on the App Store. Version 1.5.0 was released with new features and bug fixes. Now browsing and shopping for parts that fit your cars and motorcycles just got better with the iPhone app that can be customized with your personal settings. What’s New in Version...

This little Colt isn’t what it appears to be. Under the hood lives a 2.6-liter turbocharged engine from a 1989 Mitsubishi Starion, which the seller says has been fitted with a larger turbo and a few other performance goodies. The result? A quick little cruiser that can surprise more modern imports, all while looking...

Not perfect, but pretty darn close LikesTurbocharged 4-cylinder engine is the real deal, providing ample power and efficiency 8 speed automatic transmission is so good we never wished we had a manual Although a bit softer than before, handling is still typical BMW, meaning sublimely good Interior technology is...

Want a truck that you know will get you anywhere? Maybe something a little more serious than a Jeep or Land Rover? Check out this Olive Drab 1985 Chevrolet M1008 CUCV. When the military needs support and transport vehicles, the stock isn’t from the typical consumer pool. The heaviest-duty parts were picked from the...

Saab Automobile has been on life-support for the past few years. Now, it appears the Swedish automaker will be brought back from the brink—transformed into an electric car company primarily focused on the emerging Chinese market. On Wednesday, a consortium identified as the National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB said it...

A big block and a drop top — is there anything more you want in a full-size cruiser this summer? The seller says this ’67 Fairlane is only a few steps away from being complete. “Only minor mechanical left to finish and the majority is cosmetic.” An air cleaner top might be high on the shopping list, judging from the...

Less than three days left on our eBay Motors listing for a limited edition Saleen S281 S/C Mustang. One of two built by the Saleen factory, this 500 horsepower 4.6-liter supercharged V8 Saleen Mustang packs a big wallop and does not tread quietly. Although it may look like a street car, this Saleen Mustang was purpose...

GMC’s Typhoon debuted in ’92 as the high-performance variant of the Jimmy SUV. An aggressive body kit and unique wheels were cues that you weren’t looking at an everyday SUV. After the engine fired up, the rapidly shrinking taillights confirmed that this wasn’t an ordinary, grocery-getter. Output was rated at 280...

“Gentlemen. We’ve got some good news, and we’ve got some bad news. The good news is we found your Mercedes. ” – Officer Franklin in “The Hangover” The 2008 comedy hit “The Hangover” featured this 1965 220SE convertible as one of five Mercedes-Benzes — three of which were original convertibles like this one. It found...

Today’s electric cars, like the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric, have a driving range of about 80 to 100 miles. Simply charging up overnight at home will give you enough electric miles for the vast majority of daily driving. But for those occasions when recharging away from home is necessary, there are a growing...