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Archive for: September, 2012

We traveled to Gainesville, Florida this past weekend to participate as guest judges for the Concours judging and to meet the creative minds and hands putting together some really credible race machines built on a $2,012 budget. A few notable entries included a 1986 Ford Escort with two motors from team Little...

Japanese collectibles are starting to get hot. Why? Because they were daily workhorses and commuters, which meant they got used up instead of preserved. So finding good low-mile examples of cars like this Celica Supra can be pretty hard today. And prices are starting to move accordingly. This 1985 Supra is a...

There’s no greater satisfaction than when you’ve just done something all by yourself, which is why so many car owners love getting their hands dirty by working on their car themselves. Sites like eBay Motors help connect DIYers to the things they need. Every day thousands of parts and tools are available to you and...

The internet has become an endless resource of information, inspiration, and admiration for auto enthusiasts everywhere. Social media in particular has connected fans, DIYers, and hobbyists like nothing before. With so many people and so much to discover, curation sites like Pinterest and Svpply have risen up to give...

Pickups from the 1960s and early 1970s are soaring in value these days, and Chevrolet trucks are cruising at the highest altitude. So, that means clean Fords are flying a bit under the pricing radar, and this clean, rust-free F-100 looks like it just drove in via a time warp. But it looks like the truck made a stop at...

So the last GRC round in New Hampshire seems so long ago – back in mid-July – and this break has been both long and welcomed. Taking full advantage of the time between GRC rounds, myself and the team have been able to kick back a bit, see family and friends, whilst also preparing the car (and driver) for the charge to...

The Off Road Evolution crew took on the BUILT from eBay challenge in a big way, coming through with a rough-and-ready machine built off of a rarely-seen 1970 Jeep Jeepster Commando. The Commando was an unlikely candidate to become a rock-crawling, river-fording monster, but the Team Four Wheeler gang took eight weeks...

When it comes to 1969 Mustangs, there’s a little secret the Boss 429 owners don’t want you to know: The Q-code 428 CJ — in stock form — was faster in the quarter mile. They can have their rarity and six-figure entrance fee. I’ll take the quicker E.T. This Candy Apple Red Mach 1 428 CJ underwent a nut and bolt...

WFCS 2.4: Pebble Beach 2012 – Jay Leno / Breitling Stunt Plane I go to Pebble Beach, where I meet Jay Leno on the Concept Lawn! Jay shares his knowledge about the history of concept cars and what makes cars collectable in the future.

Now that summer is, unfortunately, in the rear-view-mirror, perhaps you’ve noticed the days getting shorter and the nights cooler. As temperatures continue to drop, you might also see a slight decline in your car’s MPG. That’s completely normal, and should be expected. In fact, by the heart of winter, the drop in...

Study: Used Hybrids and Electric Cars Retain Value The economics of buying a fuel-efficient car can be misleading.  Critics of hybrids and electric cars often say, “They’re not worth it.”  That’s because their calculations about payback period—how long it takes to recoup a higher upfront cost—often exclusively look at...

Buick introduced the Gran Sport package into the Skylark line up as an option mid-1965 model year. It brought a lot of grunt and attitude to the plush intermediate; not unlike the GTO package did for Pontiac’s LeMans. A 401-ci “Wildcat 445” V8 wedged between the inner fenders pumped out 325 horsepower and a massive...

Driving Impressions – Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Titanium, Fusion SE Competition in the bread and butter family sedan segment is as hot as ever. New versions of the Accord, Altima, and Malibu are set to arrive in 2013, and of course you also have current best sellers like the Camry and Sonata. Luckily for Ford, the new...

Riding around in a Silver Spur has a special European elegance, but this Rolls Royce has a special purpose that is different from the other luxury coaches listed on eBay Motors. We discovered that proceeds from the sale of this low-mileage 1986 Silver Spur will go towards building a new state-of-the-art animal shelter...

In the late ’60s, if you wanted to go fast for not a lot of money, Plymouth was your brand and the Road Runner was your car. Launched in 1968, the Road Runner catered to the bare-bones racer who wanted performance over options. For about $3,000, the Road Runner outran a lot of other higher-priced muscle of the day,...

Pebble Beach 2012 — Trans Am Racing at the Monterey Historics I bet you didn’t know that Trans Am racing was once as big as NASCAR? Well I have always been a fan of the series and even raced and won Rookie of the Year in 2001 in a Corvette in the Championship – so it seemed natural for me to do a story on the history of...

Stand within earshot long enough, and you’ll hear me fantasize out loud about commuting to work in a vintage Jeep—no doors, no top, no roll-cage, windshield folded down flat on the hood. This 1955 Willys CJ5 is exactly the one I’d buy. It’s had lots of recent mechanical attention, including a new wiring harness, a...

More than sixty communities around the country will be holding events to celebrate the second annual National Plug-in Day on Sunday, September 23. The event, designed to stimulate interest in electric cars, is organized by the Electric Auto Association, Plug In America—and perhaps surprising to some people—the Sierra...

The Mini Italian Stallion Likes:170 lb-ft of torque from 2,500 to 4,000 rpm from the turbocharged 4-cylinder Unique styling of the Cinquecento now with badass quotient Low bellowing exhaust noteDislikes:Steering wheel lacks enough adjustability Missing a 6th gearThe Fiat 500 Abarth starts at exactly $22,000....

Progress Report #2 – The Color Change and the Bare Frame Last week we introduced our ’63 Corvette project and went over the first four updates documented in our progress reports. Our fifth update was a major one, we had the car at the paint shop and were going to pull the body away from the chassis. The fiberglass body...

The 1962 Starfire was a cool luxury cruiser with a great muscle-car stance and tons of flashy, interesting trim accenting its one-year-only sheet metal. It seems like they went unappreciated for many years, and few examples survive today. This 1962 survivor looks straight, shiny and complete—just don’t crash it,...