Tag Archives: Classic Cars

This original Shelby Cobra 427 should fetch millions at auction

It's amazing what you can do if you just think outside the box a little bit. That's what Carroll Shelby did when used a hefty dose of American ingenuity to transform a little British roadster called the AC Bristol into the Shelby Cobra. By ingenuity, of course, we mean a massive V-8 engine. Pairing an oversized mill with the small AC Bristol created a...

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VW Microbus too common? This retro Mercedes bus may do the trick

Everyone knows the Volkswagen Microbus, which stands as an icon of the German automaker to this day. The Mercedes-Benz O 319 bus is likely not as well known, but this fine example is just the ticket if the VW bus is just a little too commonplace. RM Sotheby's will offer the pristine 1959 Mercedes-Benz bus at its Arizona 2018 auction later this month, but...

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Now’s your chance to buy one of 53 road-legal Jaguar race cars

The year is 1990. You're a higher up at Jaguar and you want to get folks to start talking about your road cars more often. One obvious way to achieve this is by making a splash in the world of motorsports. Another is to take what you've learned in that space and apply it to a special road-going supercar. Jaguar did this in 1990 when it produced a monstrous...

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Jeff Dunham’s 1970 Plymouth Superbird visits Jay Leno’s Garage

The Plymouth Superbird is basically the king of all muscle cars. Many other muscle cars sold in greater numbers, and many are more revered by fans. But the Superbird and it's cousin the Dodge Daytona shout so aggressively with their design and accomplished so much on the racetrack. That's why they should be crowned the kings of the muscle car era. A...

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Brazilian Ford F-75 originally started out as a Willys

First off, it's pronounced Will-Us. But that's of no use here really, as we're looking not at a Willys Rural but rather a Brazilian-market Ford F-75. Looking stand-out sharp in its clean aqua paint, this rare beast was spotted rumbling through city streets in its native country before being posted to the always enjoyable Curbside Classic blog. Willys began...

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Documentary details iconic McGee/Scritchfield 1932 Ford roadster

If you had to pick one car as the quintessential hot rod, the McGee/Scritchfield Roadster would be as good a choice as any. It's one of the most legendary, historic, and iconic hot rods in the history of the hobby, and it's a car that lived numerous lives. This documentary, by the Historic Vehicle Association's ThisCarMattersFilms, traces the history of the...

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Porsche reminds us that the 911 was originally called a 901

The numbers 9, 1 and 1, arranged in that order, are today iconic among sports car fans. The arrangement is the name of the car that signifies the essence of Porsche, so clearly it's very important to the automaker. However, this wasn't always the case. In fact, if it wasn't for Peugeot, the 911 today would probably be known as the 901. As...

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Documentary details iconic McGee/Scritchfield 1932 Ford roadster

If you had to pick one car as the quintessential hot rod, the McGee/Scritchfield Roadster would be as good a choice as any. It's one of the most legendary, historic, and iconic hot rods in the history of the hobby, and it's a car that lived numerous lives. This documentary, by the Historic Vehicle Association's ThisCarMattersFilms, traces the history of the...

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1942 Dodge Carryall restomod stops in at Jay Leno’s Garage

Meet one of the most obscure Dodge vehicles that you likely never even knew existed. Jay Leno's Garage welcomed this 1942 Dodge Carryall, which Legacy Classic Trucks restored as an ultra-reliable restomod chase vehicle for a road-rally racer. The Carryall predates the Power Wagon and Dodge first built the vehicle for World War II. The idea was to provide a...

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First-ever Alfa Romeo model expected to fetch over $1M

North Americans only recently got reacquainted with Alfa Romeo following a lengthy return to the continent, but only die-hard fans will know what this is. In fact, it's the brands first-ever model, the 1921 Alfa Romeo G1, and it's heading to an RM Sotheby's auction in January. After decades spent in storage, the 1921 G1 traded hands a few times, but there's...

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