BaT Video: Our Datsun to The Mitty Road Trip

We had a great time driving our 1973 Datsun 240Z from San Francisco to Road Atlanta for The Mitty. The premise for this project was simple: Nissan/Datsun was the featured marque for both The Mitty and the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, so, first I suggested to BaT co-founder Randy that we should find an old Datsun to attend the events. Then, I offered to drive it cross-country to meet BaT fans and talk to them about their experience buying and selling cars. This would have been the most demanding BaT trip yet, and much to my enthusiasm, Randy approved. Read More

Too Close for Komfort: 1987 Porsche 959 Project

This 1987 Porsche 959 (VIN WP0ZZZ95ZHS900075) is the 41st of around 300 made (not including a few dozen prototypes), the large majority of which were lux-spec, 444 hp Komfort models like this. The car was offered for sale–undamaged–at Canepa fairly recently, but has clearly taken a big hit since. Check out the pre-crash photos here. Mileage was reported to be 2,391 km at the time, but is now given as 3,657 miles, and unfortunately the ad doesn’t provide any of the grizzly details, instead focusing on a brief model history lesson. While the race-bred, water-cooled-head, twin-turbo flat-six in the back appears undamaged, fixing the car’s exotic aluminum and Aramid (Kevlar) composite bodywork and Nomex floor will not be inexpensive. Find it here at Mecum who will oversee its auction in Monterey, California between August 23rd – 25th, 2018. Pre-sale estimates range from $450k – $550k. Read More

Jaguar Land Rover opening its first U.S.-based classic center in Georgia

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Salon

From the seller’s description:

1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Salon Two Door Coupe,

This is one of the nicest Olds. you could find. I am the 2 nd owner excluding a dealer. As you will see in the pictures it has been taken care with white gloves. This Cutlass has no modifications , only repairs to original condition.The headliner and sun visors have been recovered with matching fabric. The tires are Uniroyal as were the original tires. All service records will come with the car. The a/c is as the factory sent it out, with R-12 coolant. I have an air conditioned garage that it spends the hot So Ga. days in to keep everything from heat damage.The 1960 and 1970 Cutlass have been restored that did not go to the junk pile. These 1980 Cutlass’s are beautiful cars and are just becoming the pick of someone that wants a car that parts are easy to find as well as someone that needs some help keeping in good running condition. This car can been enjoyed as-is , and take it to weekend car shows. And then take it to car shows , and you do not have to worry about your car as most of the vehicles do not stand up to the condition of this car. Read More

“There’s not very much to look forward to here anymore:” Detroit faces the Eighties

There’s an early 1980s’ CNN report floating around YouTube in which reporter Robert Vito runs down the high-level challenges that the American auto industry faced circa 1982. But a couple years earlier Bill Moyers, of public television station WNET, traveled to Detroit to interview the people on the ground who were facing catastrophic changes, and to try to untangle the complicated and sometimes nuanced issues of automation, union support, layoffs, downsizing, and more, just as the U.S. government was debating whether and how much it should assist the industry. Read More

Nuccio Bertone One-Off: 1966 Porsche 911 Spyder

This 1966 Porsche 911 Spyder (chassis 13421) is a one-off Bertone creation originally commissioned by SoCal-based Porsche dealer John von Neumann, who, in hearing of the rumored Targa, insisted that his clients were only interested in fully open cars. Displayed at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show not far from the production 911 Targa, reception was good but no firm orders were placed, and the factory alternative soon moved toward full production. Retained by von Neumann and subsequently a number of collectors, the car looks well kept throughout, with almost too much interesting detail to take in, including the entirely unique interior, disappearing headlight covers, delicate trim and much more. The car has reportedly been serviced recently, bringing it back to running condition, though further attention will be needed to make it roadworthy. Find it here at Gooding who will oversee its auction in Pebble Beach, California between August 24th and 25th 2018, with pre-sale estimates ranging from $700k – $1m. Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1930 American Austin

Unrestored 1930 American Austin coupe for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

Rare 1930 American Austin Bantam 5 window coupe. No mileage since total restoration. Body and fenders in good condition.

The car is not currently registered but has a clear title (Colorado 2016).

This car was passed to me by my father, who purchased it from the estate of a friend who completed the restoration shortly before he died. I am not an antique car expert and my knowledge of this vehicle is very limited but this is what I know: Read More

Four-Links – ball-stud Hemi, Egypt’s desert racers, lead bromide, Lucky 13

Had muscle cars continued uninterrupted throughout the Seventies, we would have seen all sorts of interesting progressions of Sixties tech, including the ball-stud Hemi, which Mac’s Motor City Garage detailed this week.

* Here in the United States, off-road racing largely faces threats from development; in Egypt, it’s their army’s lethal enforcement of no-go zones in the desert. As Roads and Kingdoms wrote this week, however, a growing bunch of off-road racers are heading out into the desert regardless. Read More

BaT Auction: 1970 MG Midget at No Reserve

This 1970 MG Midget is finished in blue over black vinyl and powered by a high-compression 1,275cc inline-four backed by a close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission. The car was reportedly sold new in Southern California, and resided in South Dakota before coming to Colorado following its acquisition by the seller two years ago. A repaint and interior reupholstery were performed under previous ownership, while the seller replaced the muffler, rear shocks, brake and clutch master cylinders, and more six months ago. This Midget is offered with a clean Colorado title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1989 BMW 325is 5-Speed at No Reserve

This 1989 BMW 325is is finished in Alpine White over a black interior and is powered by a 2.5L inline-six paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The car was previously owned and cared for by a father and his son before recently being acquired by the seller. Factory equipment includes sport seats, front and rear spoilers, sport suspension, a sunroof, 14″ BBS alloy wheels, and a limited-slip differential. The timing belt and water pump were reportedly replaced about 8k miles ago. This E30 is now being offered at no reserve with some records from 2009-2012, an accident-free Carfax report, and a clean Utah title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 4-Seat Roadster

This 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 is a Mark II 4-seat roadster that was built in February 1962 and sent to Chicago, Illinois for sale in the US the following month. It was acquired by the current owner last year and reportedly underwent previous refurbishment by marque specialists Fourintune of Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Work included a color change, new upholstery, and a refreshing the Smiths gauges. Power comes from a triple-carb 2.9L inline-six mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox, and maintenance performed in the last year is said to include a new battery, fuel pump, wheel cylinders, choke cable assembly, and more. This BT7 is now being offered by the current owner’s nephew with service records, an original owner’s manual, weather gear, a tool kit, a BMIHT certificate, and a clear New Jersey title. Read More

BaT Auction: 1983 Audi Ur-Quattro

This 1983 Audi Ur-Quattro shows just over 68k miles and is powered by a turbocharged 2,144cc inline-five sending power to all four wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. The car has spent much of its life in California and Oregon and was acquired by the seller earlier this year. Recent maintenance included the installation of a new distributor, spark plugs, clutch and brake master cylinders, Koni front struts, front brakes, and more as described below. Approximately 500 miles have been added by the seller, and the vehicle passed a California emissions test in April. This Ur-Quattro is now being offered for sale with some recent repair records, original manuals, a clean Carfax, and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 6-Speed

This 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S coupe is finished in Arctic Silver over black and shows just over 90k miles. Power is delivered to all four wheels from a 3.6L flat-six mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, and options include xenon headlights, body-colored interior trim, and more. A recent service included installation of an LN Engineering IMS bearing kit as well as a new air/oil separator, clutch, water pump, and thermostat. The seller has owned the car for two years and driven it about 1,000 miles. This 996 is offered with partial service records, a clean Carfax report, and a clear California title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1964 Pontiac Strato Chief Safari Land Speed Car

This 1964 Pontiac Strato Chief Safari is a modified land speed race car that holds a number of records with the Loring Timing Association and the Ohio Mile. Produced on April 8, 1964, this car is one of 1,637 made for Canada in the model year. It was acquired by the seller in 2011, and the race car conversion was initiated two years later. The interior has been stripped and is fitted with a racing seat, 5-point harness, window net, and welded roll cage. Front disc brakes and drop spindles have also been added, and the modified 355ci Chevrolet V8 is backed by a Muncie M20 4-speed manual. This land speed racer is offered near Toronto with removed interior parts, a certificate from GM Canada, spares, and an Ontario title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1990 Jaguar XJ12 Series III Vanden Plas at No Reserve

This 1990 Jaguar XJ12 Vanden Plas is a late Series III example that was originally sold at MCL Motor Cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Finished in Diamond Blue over Isis Blue Connolly leather, this top-spec Vanden Plas model features a more luxurious interior than standard XJ12s and additional badging. An unmodified 5.3-liter V12 sends power rearward through a 3-speed automatic transmission, and service in 2018 has included the installation of a new ignition coil and fuel tank switch-over valve, a fluid check and inspection, and repairs to the fuel tank. Service records from new, a Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, the original manuals, and a factory spare come with the car, which is now being sold at no reserve with current British Columbia registration in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 240GD

This 1987 Mercedes-Benz 240GD is reportedly an ex-Danish army vehicle that has been imported to New York and was acquired by the seller two years ago. The truck is finished in military green with a khaki canvas top and equipped with a 2.4-liter diesel inline-four paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. Power is sent to all four wheels through a 2-speed transfer case and locking differential. This 240GD shows 17k kilometers (~11k miles) and is offered with a clean New York title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 2002 BMW M5

This 2002 BMW M5 is finished in Jet Black over a Black Nappa leather interior and powered by a 4.9L S62 V8 paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The car has remained in California since new and was purchased by the seller in December 2017. Detailed photos and video highlight its overall condition and included records are said to document a recent oil change, coolant hose replacements, air flow sensor, suspension work, tires, California emissions test, and more. This E39 shows just over 74k miles and is offered with a clean Carfax report and a clear California title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1991 Mitsubishi Delica L300 Star Wagon Turbodiesel 4×4 5-Speed

This 1991 Mitsubishi Delica L300 Star Wagon is a right-hand drive Japanese-market example that was recently imported to the US. The van is  finished in Coral Blue with Sofia White body cladding over a grey cloth interior with seating for eight passengers. Power is sent to all four wheels from a turbocharged 2.5L diesel inline-four paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox and 2-speed transfer case. Additional equipment includes a factory brush guard, air conditioning, and more. A general inspection and oil change were performed by the selling dealer in July 2018. This Delica is offered with a clean Virginia title. Read More

BaT Auction: 1949 Bentley Mark VI

This 1949 Bentley Mark VI is a right-hand drive, 2-door saloon that was acquired by the seller out of New Mexico 20 years ago. The car was reportedly delivered new to Canada and spent time in upstate New York with its second owner. Power is supplied by a 4.75-liter inline-six paired with a 4-speed manual transmission, and the car was serviced three months ago. It has reportedly been stored in a climate-controlled garage during the seller’s ownership and has been driven less than 500 miles over the last two decades. This Mark VI is now being offered for sale with service records, original manuals, tools, and a clean New Mexico title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: Original-Owner 2014 Morgan 3 Wheeler at No Reserve

This 2014 Morgan 3 Wheeler is finished in black over tan quilted leather and equipped with a 1,901cc S&S V-twin sending power to a single rear drive wheel through a 5-speed manual transmission. The seller has added just over 16k miles during his 4-year ownership, and has modified the vehicle with a Brooklands banjo-spoke steering wheel, accelerometer-based auxiliary brake light, tri-bar headlights, cockpit intercom system, seat heaters, and S&S air filter. This Morgan is reportedly registered as a motorcycle in California and is offered with removed stock parts, dealer service records, and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

This 1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz is finished in Aspen Gold over a Sandalwood interior and powered by a 390ci V8. Factory equipment includes power brakes, fender skirts, wheel discs, power steering and windows, and a 6-way powered front bench seat. The convertible top and boot were reportedly replaced in the last few years, and the seller has added about 2k miles during a year of ownership. This Eldorado Biarritz is now being offered with a clear California title in the seller’s name. Read More

Group B Super GTI: 1985 Peugeot 205 T16

This 1985 Peugeot 205 T16 is one of 200 mid-engined, turbocharged, four-wheel drive Group B rally homologation specials built. Produced for the 1984 through 1986 model years, these are very special cars, sharing virtually nothing with standard 205s excluding general outward appearance. This example was sold new in Cologne, and briefly resided in Switzerland before returning to Germany in 1990, where it would be kept with minimal use for the next 26 years. Subsequently acquired by a Belgian enthusiast who commissioned a full mechanical service, the car looks great throughout, and the odometer is said read just 11,500 km. Find it here at Veni Vidi Vici in Oudkarspel, Netherlands for 198,500 euros (~$226k USDtoday). Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission. Read More

BaT Auction: 1971 Porsche 911T Targa

This 1971 Porsche 911T Targa left the factory finished in Tangerine and moved in 1996 from Washington State to Ohio, where it was kept by the same owner until 2004. The previous owner retained the vehicle from 2004 until the seller’s purchase in July 2018, adding just 3k miles over 14 years. The car is now believed to have just over 113k total miles, and power comes from a 2.2-liter flat-six paired with a 5-speed manual transaxle. The engine was rebuilt in June 1998 at 99k indicated miles, and the gearbox received a rebuild in January 2002 at 108k miles. Service records dating back to May 1996 accompany the sale, along with an original owner’s manual and a clean Ohio title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 2003 BMW 540i M-Sport 6-Speed at No Reserve

This 2003 BMW 540i is powered by a 4.4L V8 mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and finished in Black Sapphire Metallic over a black leather interior. The car was optioned with the M-Sport package, which included special front and rear valances, sport seats, interior trim, and M-Parallel wheels. The seller has added approximately 29k of the indicated 79k miles during three years of ownership, and recent service included a new alternator, spark plugs, and valve cover gaskets as well as a dash cluster LCD repair. This E39 is offered with partial service records, a factory trunk mat and tool kit, a clean Carfax report, and a clear Florida title in the seller’s name. Read More

Car show for a cause – the Fallen Trooper Memorial Car Show

The Fallen Trooper Memorial Car Show had something for just about everyone. Photos by author.

Being both a retired USMC Sergeant Major and a retired Oregon State Patrolman, Rod Beach of Brooks, Oregon, wanted to do something to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty, whether in military service or in law enforcement and public safety. His dream has been to erect a memorial to the fallen warriors. Read More

BaT Auction: 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4²

This 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² is a variant of the 463-series G-Class and is one of about 300 built for the US market. The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission, and the truck also features a factory suspension lift and portal axles. It was purchased new by the current owner, who has since added just under 14k miles. Finished in matte Platinum Magno, this example is upholstered in quilted black Nappa leather with DINAMICA microfiber and white topstitching. Additional factory equipment includes COMAND navigation, a Harman Karon LOGIC7 sound system, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, bi-xenon headlights, a 2-speed transfer case, and three locking differentials. RENNtech downpipes and blow-off valves have been added, and the 10k-mile has been performed. This G550 is now being offered on behalf of the current owner with the original window sticker, factory downpipes, a clean Carfax, and a clean California title. Read More

BaT Auction: 1970 Fiat 500 Giannini TV Tribute

This 1970 Fiat 500 has been built into a tribute to the Giannini 500TV of the 1960s. Finished in blue over a white interior, the car has been driven about 375 kilometers since the seller acquired it on BaT in March 2016. Power comes from an air-cooled twin built with Giannini parts, including a valve cover and oil pan. The car is also equipped with a 4-speed manual transaxle, Giannini gauges and emblems, a Dellorto carburetor, and a fixed fiberglass engine cover. This Fiat 500 is now being offered with a clear Washington State title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 327/300 4-Speed

This 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is finished in Riverside Red with black upholstery and remained with the previous owner for the past 20 years. The original 300 horsepower 327ci V8 was rebuilt in 2004, and less than 2k miles have been added since. According to the selling dealer, other original components include the 4-speed manual gearbox, 4.11 Positraction rear-end, intake manifold, carburetor, alternator, differential, date-coded glass, and intact body bonding strips. A professional glass and trim-out repaint was completed in the 1990s, and the car received an interior refresh at the same time, as well as a new soft top, weatherstripping, window felts, suspension parts, brakes, wiring, exhaust, and a fuel tank. This C2 Corvette is now being offered in Portland, Oregon by Cascadia Classic with service records from the previous owner, a shop manual, car cover, knock-off wheel wrench, title copies since 1980, and a clean Montana title. Read More

BaT Auction: 39 Years-Owned 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Coupe

This 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Coupe was purchased by its most recent owner in 1979 and has been driven less than 9k of its 60k indicated miles over the past 39 years. Power comes from a 303ci Rocket V8 paired with an optional 3-speed Hydra-Matic transmission. The car was given a cosmetic refurbishment in 1985 including bodywork, a repaint, and interior refreshment, while the selling broker completed mechanical recommissioning earlier this year including a carburetor rebuild as well as a new water pump, re-cored radiator, fuel filter, brake master cylinder, wheel cylinders, and more. This Holiday Coupe is offered with a log dating from 1979, a recent inspection report, a cover, and a clean Ohio title. Read More

BaT Auction: 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6-Speed

This 2004 BMW 330i is finished in Silver Grey Metallic and equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission along with the ZHP package, featuring factory suspension upgrades, unique trim, 18″ wheels, and additional power. Originally purchased at BMW of Greenwich in Connecticut, the car has remained in the state through three owners. It was acquired by the current owner in 2016 and has been driven approximately 8k miles since. Power is from a 3.0-liter M54 inline-six, and a B&B Tri-flow exhaust was added by the previous owner along with a Dinan cold-air intake and Stage I software. Maintenance by the seller included replacement of the cooling system, new intake manifold and valve cover gaskets, a VANOS anti-rattle kit and seal, fresh transmission and differential fluid, and new tires. Now showing 124k miles, this E46 ZHP is being offered by the son of the current owner with the factory manuals, records, a Blackstone oil analysis from 2016, a Carfax report, and a clear Connecticut title in in his father’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1968 Ford Mustang Race Car

This 1968 Ford Mustang was produced in San Jose, California as a C-code coupe and has since been rebuilt in the style of the Terlingua team cars of the 1960s. Power is from a freshly rebuilt 331ci stroker V8 paired with an overhauled 4-speed Toploader manual transmission, and extensive track-oriented modifications are detailed below. The car was purchased by the current owner in 2014 from his son-in-law, a Mustang and Shelby restoration specialist based outside Kansas city, Missouri who performed the build in the mid-1990s. It is offered by the seller on behalf of the owner with records dating to 1999 and a clean Missouri title in the current owner’s name. Read More

Why We Love Them: Citroen 2CV

Slow cars are fun. Quirky cars are fun. Slow, quirky cars are even more fun, and very few are slower or quirkier than the Citroen 2CV, a car which even in its most potent form never offered more than 33 hp, and about a quarter of that in its least. As with another iconic air-cooled people’s car, the 2CV was originally conceived in the 1930’s, and designed to meet very similar criteria including streamlined manufacturing, low cost, ease of maintenance, and low fuel consumption. One famous addition to that list was Citroen VP Boulanger’s insistence that farmers–the largest targeted market–should be able to drive across a freshly-plowed field while keeping a basket of eggs fully intact, leading directly to another of the 2CV’s more memorable characteristics. Read More

BaT Auction: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16

This 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 is one of 1,267 sold in the US market in 1986 and was purchased new by the husband of the current owner. Now showing 44k miles, the car is powered by a 2.3-liter Cosworth inline-four paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission and limited-slip differential. Finished in Smoke Silver Metallic over an Anthracite interior, this example is equipped with powered and heated Recaro sport seats, a power sunroof, and a self-leveling suspension. Modifications include tinted windows and chromed factory wheels, and the car has reportedly been driven less than 1,000 miles over the last 15 years. This 190E is being offered by a friend of the late owner on behalf of his widow with factory literature, two keys, tool kit, a clean Carfax report, and a clear California title. Read More

Marseille Mule: 1970 Lohr Fardier FL 500

This 1970 Lohr Fardier FL 500 is one of just a few hundred produced during the 1970’s for the French Army and their airborne troops. Just the second featured on BaT, only three are believed to be in the US. Unsurprisingly, these were parachute droppable, and boasted a Lohr Industrie designed frame that ingeniously used what were basically off-the-shelf Citroen drivetrain components (36 hp 602cc twin-cylinder engine, 2CV suspension components, GS wheels and H-van steering gear) to create a nimble vehicle for field operations. Said to be in “perfect working condition,” this one looks like a lot of fun and should be a good deal quicker than the typical 2CV. Find it here on eBay in Petaluma, California with a $15,000 BIN. Read More

BaT Auction: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe

This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe is a 2-door hardtop finished in Adobe Beige and Sierra Gold and powered by a 283ci V8 paired with a Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission. The seller acquired the car from a Las Vegas collector in 2012, after it had reportedly spent 30 years in a climate-controlled warehouse. Approximately 900 miles have been added in six years, and the carburetor was reportedly rebuilt in 2017. This Bel Air is offered with an Idaho title. Read More

BaT Auction: 1960 Austin Mini MK1 Monte Carlo Rally Tribute

This 1960 Austin Mini MK1 was built as a tribute to the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally-winning car driven by Timo Mäkinen and Paul Easter. According to the included BMI Heritage Trust Certificate, the car originally left the factory on March 14, 1960 as a US-spec left-hand drive Saloon De-Luxe model finished in Speedwell Blue with grey cloth upholstery. It has since been modified with a right-hand drive conversion and a number of exterior, braking, interior, and mechanical modifications as detailed below. Power comes from a transplanted 1,275cc inline-four with an alloy intake manifold and SU carburetor paired with a fully-synchronized 4-speed transmission. Over $2k in service was completed in June 2018 by Heritage Garage in Costa Mesa, California. This Mini is now being offered with a large service file, spare parts, 1960s Speedwell racing helmets, a service manual, and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 39k-Mile 1995 BMW 850CSi 6-Speed

This 1995 BMW 850CSi shows just over 39k miles and is one of 225 examples produced for the US market between 1994 and 1995. Finished in Daytona Violet over a two-tone Lotus White and Daytona Violet leather interior, the car was reportedly ordered new through the BMW Individual Program by its original owner in Palm Springs, California. Power comes from a 5.6L S70 V12 coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission, and modifications are said to be limited to a rear lip spoiler. Approximately 4k miles have been added by the current owner over the last six years, and recent maintenance included new tires, a clutch service, and an oil change. This E31 is now being offered on behalf of the current owner in California with a clean Oregon title. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1966 Chevrolet Biscayne

Big-block-swapped 1966 Chevrolet Biscayne for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

Originally a Georgia car that started life as a six cylinder, three speed, to a meticulous, full frame off restored L72 tribute car.
Just 2000 miles since its completion, its black paint is laser straight. All original sheet metal including trunk, floor and floor boards. No rust.
Under the hood resides a 425 HP 427 cubic inch big block with L-72 cam shaft, roller rocker arms, MSD HEI distributor and wires. A Holley 3310-1 780 cfm carburetor and aluminum high rise intake provide an adequate fuel and air.
Backed to its engine is a M21 Muncie four speed transmission with the correct Hurst shifter and shift lever for the bench seat equipped Biscaynes.
Its power is channeled to a 12 bolt GM posi-traction rear end with 4:11 gears.
The interior is brand new with correct carpets, seating upholstery, trim and headliner with factory tachometer and optional two spoke steering wheel.
It rolls on Corvette rally wheel with police cruiser center caps and red line tires.
Cooling chores are handles through an aluminum radiator with dual electric fans. This car never gets hotter than 190 degress, even on the warmest days.
Everything is working as it should including reverse lights and speedometer.
Spare tire is original to the car and has never been down. Read More

If the idea of Seagrave building a compact car does not compute, that’s because it didn’t

Photos courtesy Worldwide Auctioneers.

The concept of the assembled car—one built of off-the-shelf parts bought from a host of suppliers—died out in the 1920s. One of those suppliers, however, just couldn’t let the idea drop even 40 years later, and one of the three resulting prototypes, a fiberglass-bodied compact car that fire apparatus company Seagrave built, will soon come up for auction. Read More

BaT Auction: One Family-Owned 1972 Datsun 240Z 4-Speed

This 1972 Datsun 240Z has reportedly spent its entire life in California and Oregon with the same family. It was first purchased by an IBM engineer, who used it as a daily driver for several years. He sold the car to his nephew in the mid-1990s and purchased it back from him in 2008. The nephew recently bought the car back from his uncle for a second time, and it now has 147,847 miles. Power comes from a stock 2.4-liter inline-six paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. Around a decade ago, the car was given a cosmetic refurbishment, including a windows-out repaint in the original color, re-chroming the bumpers, and some interior work. Additional maintenance has been completed within the past 2k miles as detailed below. The selling dealer installed new Panasport-style Rota alloy wheels just prior to this auction. This Datsun is now being offered with 10 years of service records, the original owner’s manual, and a clean Oregon title. Read More

BaT Auction Success Story: 1990 Volvo 740 Wagon 16V 4-Speed Fills A Void

This just in from the buyer of the 1990 Volvo 740 Wagon 16V 4-Speed w/ Overdrive that was listed on BaT Auctions 2/15/18 (link):

“We had the Volvo shipped from SF to NYC. We lost our old 740 to a timing belt failure at 500k miles and lamented its absence and could not find a suitable replacement. Although 2 years older than our old Volvo (which was a 1992), our new car is in infinitely better condition. Read More

BaT Auction: 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z51

This 2016 Chevrolet Corvette was acquired new by the seller and subsequently modified by automotive designer Steve Osorio. The build was reportedly sponsored by 15 automotive aftermarket companies and included a repaint in Satin Mako White, custom-built turbine wheels with Ferrari center-locking hubs, an Alcantara interior, a Borla exhaust system, and numerous aerodynamic pieces. Factory equipment includes a 6.2-liter V8 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and an electronic limited-slip differential as well as 3LT package and Z51 performance package. Now showing 15k miles, this C7 Corvette is offered with a clean Carfax report and a California title. Read More

BaT Auction: 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN4 Roadster

This 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN4 Roadster is finished in red with white coves over a matching two-tone interior. The car was sold new in Boston, Massachusetts, after the first owner traded in their 1955 Dodge Royal Convertible for $1,359 towards the original $3,389 purchase price. It was acquired in 1992 by the current owner, who performed a 10-year restoration that was completed in 2002. Power comes from a rebuilt later-model 2.9-liter inline-six mated to the original refurbished 4-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, and approximately 11k miles have been added since the work was completed. A new set of Dunlop tires have been installed within the past two years, and a major service was performed in July 2018. This 100-6 is now being offered by a friend of the current owner with the uninstalled numbers-matching engine, original sales documentation, parts and service manuals, receipts from the restoration, a BMIHT certificate, and a clear Louisiana title. Read More

BaT Auction: 1954 MG TF

This 1954 MG TF was reportedly purchased by the seller’s grandfather from its original owner in 1958, remaining with in Arizona until inherited by the seller’s father and then by the seller in 1999. The car is finished in red over a matching interior and powered by a 1,466cc XPAG inline-four mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. Mechanical refreshment conducted by the seller in summer 2018 included brake work as well as a new starter, spark plugs, and tires. This TF shows just over 93k miles and is offered with recent records, side curtains, a tonneau cover, and a clean Washington State title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 15k-Mile 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

This 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage has just under 15k miles and is powered by a 4.7-liter DOHC V8 paired with a rear-mounted 6-speed sequential transaxle. Finished in Onyx Black over a Sandstorm and black interior, the car has resided in Virginia and Illinois from new and was purchased by the seller 22 months ago with a two year CPO warranty. Service has been performed by Aston Martin dealers and authorized service centers during his ownership, including engine and gearbox oil changes at 13,608 miles. This V8 Vantage is now being offered with a crystal key, two standard keys, clean AutoCheck and Carfax reports, and a clean Illinois title. Read More

BaT Auction: 1940 Plymouth P10 Convertible Project

This 1940 Plymouth P10 Convertible was sold new in Oregon according to the selling dealer, who acquired it as a running project from its previous Wisconsin owner in 2012. Power comes from the original 201ci L-head straight-six backed by a column-shifted 3-speed manual transmission, and exterior and interior color changes were begun under previous ownership. This rolling project is described as largely complete and comes with bagged and labeled parts, owner’s and shop manuals, and a clean Wisconsin title. Read More

BaT Auction: 1990 Nissan Pao at No Reserve

This 1989 Nissan Pao was imported from Japan to California a few years ago and was purchased by the selling dealer out of Florida in 2018. Finished in Aqua Grey, the car now shows just under 111k kilometers (~69k miles) and is equipped with a 987cc inline-four and a 3-speed automatic transmission. Additions include a Japanese-market navigation screen, aftermarket wheels, and yellow fog lights. Service records from the seller’s ownership are included and document installing a new alternator, four new tires, an oil change, and a general inspection. This Pao is now being offered at no reserve with with Japanese manuals and a clean Florida title. Read More

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