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Keith Martin

Keith’s Blog: Top Up or Down?

We just had the 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider S4 out for a 4th of July parade. We hadn’t had the fancy tonneau cover that goes over the folded top on the car in a couple of years. Consequently, we had to stretch it to fit and consequently pulled a couple

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Keith Martin

Keith’s Blog: Which English Car for You?

There’s been a lot of buzz about classic English sports cars recently. Most notably, some Austin Healey 3000s that used to be able to crack $125k are now selling for half that online. I grew up with these cars; my first two roadsters were a Bug Eye Sprite and an

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Keith Martin

Keith’s Blog: The Fun Factor in Online Auctions

I mentioned last week that Chevrolet Corvairs, Corvette C3s and Avantis are on my online auction watch lists. Having a watch list is similar to subscribing to a series of documentaries on The History Channel. I’m not sure I want to know much more about Roman chariot warfare, but don’t

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Keith Martin

Keith’s Blog: Macan Hunting

A few weeks ago, in my discussion of how I bid online, I mentioned the different models I was watching. I concluded by saying that Chevrolet Corvairs and Porsche Macans were also currently on my watch list. Looking at online auctions is a lot like no-risk fishing. You bait your

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Rising Sun

Half-Japanese

1991 Plymouth Laser RS S/N 4P3CS44R3ME148237. 148,600 miles. “2.0-liter inline-4, 5-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive, 16-inch wheels, pop-up headlights, pop-up sunroof, cloth upholstery, automatic front shoulder belts, power windows, air conditioning.” Condition: 1. SOLD AT $5,538. Cars & Bids, 5/22/24. Chrysler teamed up with Mitsubishi to create Diamond-Star Motors in

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Legal Files

California Cracks Down on Montana LLCs

“Trevor” was surprised when a California state investigator and two sheriff’s deputies rang his doorbell. They were armed with a search warrant authorizing them to search his garage and to seize his cell phone. The garage search located exactly what they knew would be there — a high-dollar sports car

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Affordable Classics

That’s Mister Two to You

The Toyota MR2 rocked the sports-car world when it arrived in 1984. With a mid-engine, rear-drive design that stood on the shoulders of the Porsche 914 and Fiat X1/9, the lightweight Toyota offered nimble steering and adequate speed at a truly affordable price. American buyers stepped up, purchasing more than

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Collecting Thoughts

The Cadillac of Ferraris

In early May, Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 s/n 11429, a non-running project, was sold on Bring a Trailer for $78,750, including buyer’s premium. A bargain price! At least until one digests that it was fitted with a 4.6-liter Cadillac Northstar V8 backed up with a 4-speed automatic GM 700R4 trans,

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Shifting Gears

Ciao, Bella Macchina

When I was director of dance for the Portland Opera, a large part of my life revolved around yearning, passion, searches, mysteries, findings and farewells. It’s not so different with the classic cars that roll in and out of our garages. After 10 years and 15,000 miles, I am selling

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American

1940 Packard Custom Super Eight 180 Darrin Convertible Sedan

According to a report filed by some of the top Packard historians in the country, such as Richard Langworth, Bob Turnquist and Don Figone, fewer than 150 Packard Darrins were produced between 1937 and 1942. Of those, just 11 Convertible Sedans were constructed and 10 are known to survive today,

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English

1959 Austin-Healey “Bugeye” Sprite Mk I

This 1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite was purchased by the seller on Bring a Trailer in March 2019 following a six-year refurbishment process completed by the prior owner. The car had previously been stored disassembled in a barn, and the overhaul included rebuilding the 948-cc inline-4 and the 4-speed manual transmission.

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Etceterini

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Special Cabriolet

Introduced in 1934, the Type 57 is widely regarded as a masterpiece by the hand of Jean Bugatti. Like all Bugattis that preceded it, the Type 57 handled with finesse and possessed a delicate feel characteristic of these magnificent automobiles. Graceful, exquisitely made and incredibly exclusive, the Type 57 was

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Ferrari

2007 Ferrari F430 Spider

This 2007 Ferrari F430 Spider has been registered in New York and Oklahoma from new. Finished in Rosso Corsa over beige leather, the car is powered by a 4.3-liter DOHC V8 paired with a 6-speed F1 automated transaxle. The car is equipped with a black convertible soft top, 19-inch split-spoke

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Next Gen

1999 Bentley Turbo RT LWB

One of the more famous Bentleys to come out of the late ’90s is this exclusive and highly optioned 1999 Bentley Turbo RT long-wheelbase sedan. Affixed to the bottom of the door seal is a plaque stating that this is the last example to be delivered to North America, which

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