One Fun Econo-Box

When Honda brought the first Civic subcompact to America in the middle of 1972, the car was not very well received.

Honda’s previous cars had been far too small and idiosyncratic for the American buyer, and early Civics had a tendency to rust so badly that the U.S. government forced Honda to recall and repair them with new fenders.

For a short time it looked as though the Civic might not catch on, even though Datsun and Toyota were making Read More

Spend a Little More — Get a Lot More

If you want to put an all-wheel-drive sports car into your collection, but you don’t want to pay the ticket price for an exotic and you don’t want the boy-racer styling of a sport compact, there aren’t a lot of options. Fortunately, the obvious choice is also a good one. The Audi TT is a car you can drive every day, and it is likely to age well in your collection.

The TT badge recalls the Tourist Trophy races, where Read More

2002 BMW Z3 M Coupe

Chassis number: 5UMCN93462LK61096

  • S54, 3.2-liter, 315-hp 6-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • One of 678 with this engine
  • One of two with factory sunroof deleted
  • 21,000 miles on the odometer
  • Imola Red paintwork
  • Comes from a climate-controlled private collection

The BMW M coupe was built to be a German masterpiece — to perform and handle better than most sports cars on the road. The purpose behind creating an M Coupe was to increase the rigidity of the much-loved Z3 Read More

Why You Buy an Underlig

“Underlig” is a Swedish word that means curious, odd, peculiar or strange. Any of those terms could fairly be applied to the venerable Saab 96 and its kindred. No matter how you look at it, these little cars are funky. They’re not as odd as the Messerschmitts and Isettas of the world, but they’re strange enough that Saabs have never really caught on as collector cars — even though they’re highly regarded among rally competitors for their sure-footed handling and Read More

2005 Acura NSX

  • Dealer-installed/factory-authorized CompTech supercharger
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Offered in “exceptional like-new showroom
    condition”
  • 4,600 original miles
  • Service records and original books
  • Air conditioning
  • Power steering and brakes
  • Radio
  • Clean CARFAX
  • Two extra sets of keys

2014 McLaren P1

  • 3,799-cc DOHC twin-turbocharged V8 engine
  • AC Permanent-Magnet Synchronous electric motor
  • 903 bhp at 8,250 rpm
  • 7-speed SSG transaxle with manual shifting mode
  • Four-wheel Independent Proactive Adjustable Suspension
  • Four-wheel carbon ceramic disc brakes
  • One of very few P1s finished in striking McLaren Orange
  • Extreme cutting-edge automotive engineering and design
  • In practically new condition, with less than 1,200 miles

Go Find Another (Good) One

The imported mini-truck surged in popularity in the wake of the first 1970s fuel crisis and rising gas prices. The 4-cylinder engines in the import trucks were more economical than the V8 and straight-6 engines that powered the bigger domestic models.

The little trucks from Toyota, Datsun/Nissan, and Mazda offered more responsive handling than their larger cousins. The Big Three got into the import truck market as well. Ford sold a Mazda pickup as the Courier, while Chrysler sourced its Read More

Hot or Not?

Going to a collector car auction is a lot like visiting an online dating site. You get to check out the prospects — and you have one quick chance to decide if you want to get involved. If you’re interested, you present your best offer and hope the competition doesn’t make a better one. It’s an unpredictable game of dashed hopes and dreams come true. And, sometimes, there’s buyer’s remorse the next morning.

With that in mind, here are six Read More

A Car for the Younger Collector

On any given Saturday morning you can find a Cars & Coffee event in most American cities. The phenomenon is less than 10 years old, and it’s delightful in its simplicity. There’s no entry fee, no class structure, no judges, and no trophy to take home. It’s just about driving your car and enjoying what everyone else brought. Call it a cruise-in for the Millennial Era.

The vehicles and the people you find at a Cars & Coffee tend to Read More

2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2003, the Gallardo was intended to complement the 12-cylinder Murciélago in Lamborghini’s model line. Far from entry level, however, the Gallardo was a 10-cylinder, fire-breathing supercar that not only offers world-class performance, but all the refinement and technology that Audi ownership has afforded the sports car manufacturer from Sant’Agata Bolognese.

Two years after the introduction of the coupe, the Gallardo Spyder was released. This new model featured a folding soft top; the Spyder’s Read More

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