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.
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1954 Chevrolet Corvette Custom

Built using an original 1954 body and VIN tag Updated with an Art Morrison frame Kugel independent front and rear suspension with a two-inch offset for custom wheels Frame and underbody sanded, filled and painted to match the custom exterior Magnuson-supercharged LS6 engine with 554 dyno-proven horsepower to the rear […]

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1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition

One of 6,759 produced 14,515 miles believed to be original Bloomington Gold Certified in 2005 Original window sticker Matching-numbers 350-ci, 200-hp engine Automatic transmission Factory air conditioning Tilt/telescopic steering column Power steering Power brakes Power seat Power dock locks Power outside mirrors and antenna Cruise control Bronze-tinted glass T-tops Bose […]

Jeremy Cliff, courtesy of Mecum Auctions

1971 Chevrolet Corvette Resto-mod

Nut-and-bolt frame-off restoration by His Place Inc. in Emmitsburg, MD, in 2009 683 miles since completion 540-ci Dart block engine by Shafiroff Racing Aluminum intake manifold Holley double-pumper carburetor MSD ignition Dyno tested at 682 hp, 680 ft/lbs torque Tremec TKO 600 5-speed transmission 4.11 Positraction REM coated ring and […]

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette “711” racer

Harry Mann Chevrolet was the largest Corvette dealer in America when the new 1963 Sting Ray Z06 made its race debut at the October 1962 Times Grand Prix in Riverside, CA. However, driver Gary Pickens was relegated to the sidelines, as Chevrolet had released only six RPO Z06 competition Corvettes […]

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1976 Ford F-100 Off-Road Race Truck

This 1976 Ford F-100 was built by Charlie Haga and accomplished Class 8 victories in the 1977 Baja 500 and Baja 1000. Haga built the truck for Frank “Scoop” Vessels in 1976, and the ’77 Baja 500 was an important race to Vessels due to the introduction of BFGoodrich Radial […]

Pawel Litwinski ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions

1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype

Chassis number GT108 is one of just six open-top GT40 roadsters constructed, reflecting Ford’s experimentation with the open configuration to test for market appeal and salability. Built for Shelby American as a test and development vehicle, it was driven by Ken Miles, Lew Spencer, Carroll Shelby, Jim Clark and others. […]

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1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

This beautifully restored second-year ’Vette has covered fewer than 34,000 miles with three different owners in the 60 years since it rolled off the line in St. Louis. Its original owner kept the car only briefly and drove it sparingly before its second owner acquired it in 1958 with a […]

Ryan Merrill © 2014, courtesy of Auctions America

2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition

Inspired by the all-conquering GT40 race cars that beat Ferrari at Le Mans and won the famed 24-hour race four years in a row, the Ford GT was much more than a mere design resemblance when it was launched. It was a supercar the likes of which Detroit had never […]

John Hollansworth Jr., courtesy of Mecum Auctions

1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport convertible

For the 1996 model year, Chevrolet decided that a very special Corvette was needed to commemorate the end of the highly successful C4 generation. Dubbed the Grand Sport, this special car was named after the famous lightweight factory Corvette racers of the early ’60s. Echoing the original, the new Grand […]