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Posts by: Tony Piff

Of all the vintage sports coupes to choose from, the first-gen Datsun Z car is, in my opinion, the one to have. You can see how Nissan designers took simultaneous inspiration from sexy European curves and American “pony car” muscle, creating something uniquely Japanese—best realized in the small-bumper 240Z of...

Never offered for sale in the U.S., the Skyline GT-R (produced 1969-73 and 1989-02) holds an almost mythical status among auto enthusiasts. The Japanese sports car dubbed “Godzilla” was a force to be reckoned with on tracks around the globe and won accolades in the global press. The car’s frequent appearance in films...

This bagged Lincoln Continental, in all its slab-sided glory, reminds us that sometimes driving slow is the whole point. The handles and side trim have been shaved, and the bodywork looks laser-straight, with nothing concealed by the deep, black paint. The massive chrome discs continue the theme and absolutely fill...

In simple terms of horsepower-per-dollar and low miles, this ’06 Charger SRT8 looks like a tremendous value. It’s has been driven just 34k miles, the 6.1-liter HEMI V8 makes 425 horsepower and you can buy it now for $21,295. And if you’re in the mood for a rear-wheel-drive American muscle car, but you need a full-size...

With a $39,900 buy-it-now price, this is one of the cheapest, cleanest, most honest Chargers on eBay. It looks absolutely menacing in deep black with red Bumble Bee stripe. Under the hood is the numbers-matching 383, detailed as perfectly as the gleaming exterior, rumbling through new 2 ½-inch exhaust. The interior...

The first 4wd Subaru wagons hit U.S. shores in 1975, two years after debuting in their native Japan, and long before most other manufacturers would get on board with the idea of a 4×4 passenger car. Today these capable, practical, understated cars are synonymous with outdoorsy college types seeking an alternative to...

The M5 represents the continually advancing high point for the notion of a true four-door sports car. Not just fast, not just sporty, not just powerful — but a hard-driving sedan purpose-built for the experience of performance. Traditionally, this meant high-revving naturally-aspirated powerplants, growing over the...

I confess that what I love about BMW is not their distinctly German notion of sports car handling or their opulently appointed interiors. What I love is their ability to deliver race-bred performance and world-class luxury in a package that is somehow classy, elegant and yet, supremely understated. Here is a quick...

Porsche has always built robust, high-performance cars. The cars are intended to be driven and pushed to their limits, and well maintained examples will be reliable, valuable and a joy to drive. Let’s take a quick stroll through eBay Motors and check out some highlights from the Porsche timeline. 1962 Porsche...

Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth — you can sum up the weighty legacy of these automotive heavy-hitters in one charged word: Mopar. Add in the Jeep and Fiat brands, and you’ve got an automaker with serious history and a serious vision for the future. Here’s a quick survey of Mopar highlights old and new, currently for sale on...

Remember the late ‘60s muscle car boom, when automakers built the most awesome car technologically possible, unfettered by the red tape of regulations governing safety, emissions and fun? When engineers raced to cram the biggest, most powerful engine into the lightest car? Cars that produced so much torque, you could...

Watching Justin Bell rip around Willow Springs sent me looking hungrily for a John Cooper Works edition MINI, which is how I stumbled on this 2011 model. MINIs are spunky little sports cars, but the John Cooper Works edition is a beastly performer, pumping 211 hp out of its four cylinders. This one looks downright...

More Than Just a Car Hole A garage keeps your vehicle secure and sheltered, but if you’re going to work on your car, or if you own a classic car that doesn’t get driven frequently, there’s a lot more to it. Here are nine must-have items that no garage should be without. Battery charger. There’s no sadder moment than...

There isn’t a compromise to be found in the Mercedes-Benz GL450. It’s a full-size SUV with three rows of seats and seating for seven, true off-road performance cred, sports-car acceleration, and opulent, blingin’ finishes on every surface. It’s the SUV I’d buy right now for cruising the kids to the country club, or...

BMW’s Very Special M Cars: An eBay Motors Introduction Lots of cars go fast, but a BMW M car is a special kind of fast. An M badge denotes a car with neck-snapping throttle response, hairpin cornering ability, a sonorous, high-revving engine note and a connection between driver and road that’s almost tactile. M is the...

On top of all the Mach 1 handling features and in-your-face styling touches, the original buyer of this 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 paid up for disc brakes, power steering, and a Q-code 428. This is the car we would put in the garage, and it looked like a screaming deal when spotted at a bid of just $15k and no...

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...

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,...

I’ve always preferred the “notchback” form of the VW 1600 to the more common squareback and fastback, but you just never see them. Most arrived here via Canada or came home with G.I.s stationed overseas, as they weren’t formally sold in the U.S. The current California registration on this 1965 VW 1600 is a big...

If the words “African barn find” and “Zimbabwe vehicle registration stickers” don’t stimulate your imagination like an ivory backscratcher in the eye, then this filthy fintail station wagon is probably not for you. Mercedes didn’t build a factory wagon in the 1960s, but this period conversion looks like a natural...

They’re not fast, safe or powerful, but vintage Japanese pickups do make great light-duty haulers. They’re reliable, economical, easy to drive, offer great visibility and boast tons of personality for their size. In short, they’re the perfect thing to declare to the world, “I’m not compensating for anything.” They’ll...