Corvettes have always been hugely popular used sports cars. They could be had relatively cheaply over the years and we’ll go out on a limb here and say a good portion of them have been monkeyed with to some degree. Getting them back in original condition isn’t easy and the expense is usually justified for ‘Vettes with some rarity. But every once in a while, a basic Corvette will surface in original condition. Better yet, one with a hard top too. This is a ’62 with some styling hints that will be seen on the revolutionary Sting Ray in ’63. Read More
Fifty years ago, a farmer walked in to his local Chevy dealer in a small town in Oregon and sat down to order his new truck. No ordinary farmer, this guy. For he didn’t order some drab dark green he ordered red. Then he checked off the 283cid V-8 box and added a 4-speed manual transmission on the floor where it belongs. The interior has a painted dash with a very sixties tri-tone vinyl bench seat. It took fifty years to get it to look the way it does. No, it isn’t perfect. It wouldn’t be as interesting if it were. Read More
The USS Niblack attacked a German U Boat on April 10, 1941 months before the US formally entered WW II. This very original Series 75 was shipped to a dealer in San Francisco on April 2, 1941 therefore it was lucky to get built at all. It was a special order car in Brewster Green with Beige cloth interior. This is a formal 5-passenger sedan with a window divider between the driver and passengers. Read More
We should all know by now the story of the Sunbeam Tiger. Early cars, like today’s featured example, used a low-horsepower, 164-hp version of the Ford 260cid small-block engine, and performance was relatively mild. It was enough to stress the chassis and braking of the Alpine in stock form. Stock Tigers need to be driven with a fair degree of skill leaving much of the engine’s potential in reserve. Read More
These cars were built for the Trans Am circuit, therefore a minimum number of vehicles had to be delivered with miles on them before Chrysler could race the T/As. Legend has it the factory had Chrysler employees drive many of the T/As to dealerships to meet this requirement. The T/A is one of our favorite muscle cars of the period. And although the R/T had the bigger engine, the T/A had balance. Read More
TVR 280i is a sports car designed and built by TVR from 1980 to 1988. It was available as a fixed head coupé, both as a 2-seater and as a 2+2, or as a 2-seater convertible. The 2.8-litre “Cologne” V6 producing 145hp (in US form) had already been certified for US sales, allowing TVR to return to the US market after a six year hiatus. The Tasmin was the last TVR to be exported to the USA, with the last car brought over in 1987, this being a series II 280i like today’s car on the street. Read More
The new Dürkopp Diana scooter was presented at the 1953 IFMA fair held in Frankfurt. Dürkopp selected the name “Diana” – meaning the goddess of hunting. The name stood for power and beauty. Without a doubt, the Diana was a German scooter with a touch of Italian design.
Couldn’t resist another great Mustang Boss 302. This one is in a pretty rare color. Rare considering they only made 7,013 Boss 302s and many of them are either Orange or Yellow. We can only guess that maybe 700 of them were in this color blue. And even fewer still equipped with a Drag Pack. A Drag Pack consisted of an oil cooler, 4.30 gears with a Detroit locker differential. It was listed on the window sticker as optional ratio axle and Detroit locker differential but included the oil cooler. Read More
If you are not a cutting-edge cool car geek, you might think we are nuts for featuring this one. But our intrepid car-finder, Mike M., sent this one in and we couldn’t resist. If you spot all of the rust (and not just the trendy surface rust) you might think this is crazy. But you have to admit, you will win pretty much every People’s Choice Awards from now until you get bored. Read More
There is no doubt that the GM bubble tops of ’61 are among the handsomest cars of the period. We are partial to the Pontiac Ventura because we think it has a nice blend between style and performance. Today’s find is in a beautiful Bristol blue with 2-tone grey interior. It is a 348cid, tri-power with a 4-speed transmission. It is also equipped with those fabulous 8-lug wheels that are terribly expensive and worth every penny of it. Read More
Here is another case of fintail jealousy. Look at the body on this one. We don’t know it but it sure looks like it is an original paint car or a decent repaint. We like it because, like ours, it is a column mounted 4-speed. We would have waited for a floor shift car for ourselves but have grown to appreciate the convenience of a column shift. We sort of like it better. At least on a big, old Mercedes. The listing tells us it is an original 73,000 mile car with a decent looking red interior. Read More
Italians spell it Spider and Germans Spyder. Go figure. We see literally dozens of Alfa or “Alpha” Romeo Spiders every day. And they are there, the same cars, day after day after day. And that is because so many Alfas that are for sale are junk. They should be recycled so that others may survive. Alfas are great cars when they are on their game. They are light and nimble and make great sounds. There are issues with Alfas. Rust seems to enjoy their taste and 2nd gear synchros can be a challenge. Read More
One of our frequent readers, Lou O., really wanted a new 2014 Corvette. He wanted one of the first convertibles and pay a fair price for one. His experience shopping on his own, was less than pleasant. Either the dealer wasn’t allocated any Corvettes or the dealer added a signficant “dealer profit”. We read this on The GM Authority Website that described his experience: “As the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette begins to trickle into dealerships, the more greedy establishments are not hesitating to charge as much as $10,000 and more for their C7 Stingrays on the block. Way to go, guys. At the same time, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Stuff like this always happens when it comes to vehicles as hotly anticipated as the new Corvette.” And they were referring to the Coupe and not the Convertible! We know a great dealer who has a franchise on Long Island and New Jersey so we gave them a call. We put a deal together and a few months later, Lou’s Cyber Grey Convertible arrived at the dealership.He paid a fair price and the dealer is happy to have a new customer. If you are looking for that special car, give us a chance to make it happen for you.
You will only see nice original, 240Zs on Mint and that means there won’t be many of them. Somehow, 240Zs found it difficult to stay original and rust-free. This is the best way to buy a Z car. The Z has accumulated only 44,000 miles. It had one repaint some time ago but everything else is original to the car. Read More
We confess that the Mondial has never been high up on our list of cars to own. But like everything else in life, opinions and tastes change. With all of its early shortcomings, by ’88, Ferrari had overcome many of the initial complaints. The ’88 had already adopted some of the styling cues from the popular 328GTB/S. The engine size was increased in ’85 to a robust 3.2 liters pumping out 266hp. Not awesome power but decent for the late ’80s. The ’88s also featured ABS brakes and maintained the mechanical Bosch K-Jetronic mechanical injection system and an advanced Marelli Microplex provided the spark. Read More