Author: John L. Stein

John is the product of the 1960s SoCal car and bike culture and has been screwing around with Ducati motorcycles since he was 16. An interest in cars, bikes and boats saw him simultaneously owning a twin-cam Lotus Europa and Kaiser Special, NSU Super Max and Ducati 750 GT motorbikes, and a mahogany Chris-Craft runabout. After leaving his job as Road Test Editor at Cycle magazine, he had a short-lived career in marine biology before becoming Associate Editor at Automobile and then Editor of Corvette Quarterly, GM’s official journal for Corvette. He’s American Car Collector magazine’s Corvette Market columnist and a regular contributor to Sports Car Market.

1998 Dodge Viper GTS-R coupe

Well-preserved second-generation Viper One of 100 GTS-R specification cars About 10,000 miles 488-ci, overhead-valve V10 engine Electronic fuel injection 460 hp at 4,600 rpm 6-speed manual transmission Four-wheel independent suspension Four-wheel disc brakes Aerodynamic package White with blue stripes Racing harnesses  

1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport coupe

No. 868 of 1,000 1996 Corvette Grand Sports produced One of 810 Grand Sport coupes 29,959 actual miles Sold new in Michigan Resided on East Coast for seven years before moving west Admiral Blue paint with an Arctic White stripe and red hash marks Two-tone interior with Torch Red leather […]

1971 Chevrolet Corvette 454/365 coupe

1971 Chevrolet Corvette 454/365 coupe

71,000 original miles Original matching-numbers 454-ci, 365-hp LS5 engine 4-speed manual transmission One of 1,455 equipped with the factory alarm system Four Season air conditioning (not operational) Power steering and brakes Original AM/FM radio Original luggage rack T-tops with original covers Pop-out rear window Original order copy Original owner’s manual […]

1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

One of 3,032 ZR-1s built for 1990 All-original condition with 953 miles showing 375-hp, 4-cam, 32-valve LT5 engine Normal and full engine power key 6-speed manual transmission Electronic Selective Ride and Handling suspension Four-wheel disc brakes Factory alloy wheels Power steering, windows, seats, mirrors and door locks Removable tinted-glass roof […]

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

Early production no. 62 Highly decorated first-year example of “America’s sports car” NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence Award winner NCRS Top Flight Award winner Bloomington Gold Certified 235-ci, 150-hp Blue Flame Special 6-cylinder engine Triple Carter side-draft carburetors Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission

Soaring with the ’Birds

Long drafting in the shadow of Corvette, Camaro, Mustang and Challenger — and now regrettably extinct — the Thunderbird was nonetheless Ford’s original post-war “sports car.” And at least until history passed it by, the T-bird forged a lasting presence in music and racing too. Witness “Fun, Fun, Fun” by […]

1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/375 Fuelie convertible

327-ci/375-hp L84 V8 Original numbers-matching engine Last year for Rochester fuel injection Original Muncie M20 4-speed transmission First year for four-wheel disc brakes Optional knockoff aluminum wheels Presented in Nassau Blue Pristine two-tone blue and white interior Body-off restoration Completely detailed NCRS Top Flight Award winner

Get the Story Straight

Acolleague once bought a rescue dog. It was a cute, bright-eyed thing that looked like a cross between an Australian cattle dog and a German bierwurst sausage. Unfortunately, this lovable mutt had numerous congenital problems, including seizures that required substantial doses of time and money to diagnose and treat. The […]

1973 Chevrolet Corvette Motion Performance Manta Ray GT

One of three Motion Performance Corvettes built in 1973 Custom bodywork and numerous special Motion Performance features 350-ci engine with 425 dyno-tested horsepower Reworked Turbo 400 transmission Center console, T-tops and letter of authenticity signed by Joel Rosen, aka “Mr. Motion” The only 1973 Motion Performance Corvette Manta Ray GT […]