When Size Does Matter

How to decode the evolution of Ford’s 427, 428, and 429 big block muscle

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Ford 427, 428, 429. What do these similar numbers tell us about very different engines?

To the uninitiated, Ford’s big inch performance motors all seem basically the same, with slightly different displacements. Nothing could be further from the truth. That last digit can make a really big difference in both performance and value of Blue Oval Read More

REALLY Basic British Fords

The Ford Popular was happy only on the crown of the road, and steering one was likened to stirring jam with a rubber spoon

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The British must truly love their Fords, since the models produced after the end of World War II appear so frequently in popular media.

One definition of “icon” is a symbol conveying deep and complex cultural meaning. By that measure, the Ford Prefect, Popular, and Read More

Room for Four

Mechanics, parts suppliers and restoration shops do not discriminate; Ferrari parts and labor do not relate to market value (Part I: More seats, less money. The early 2+2s)

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In the late 1950s, Aston Martin and Maserati found a very lucrative market niche supplying GT cars to owners who wanted to bring the occasional extra friend or children along for the ride. While Ferrari had built four-seaters with bodies by Ghia, Read More

Hands-on Happiness

There are three basic ways to invest in an older Porsche, each with pluses and minuses (Part III: Defining the Collectible Porsche)

In the June issue, I examined some individual Porsche models and outlined what factors set them apart as either collectible or rather ordinary. Last month, I discussed those factors in-depth, with respect to rarity, firsts and lasts, and race history.

In this, the final installment of this series, we Read More

Either Rare or Well Done Will Do

Rarity can matter, but a rare Porsche is not automatically collectible, just as some high-volume models are valuable (Part II: Defining the Collectible Porsche)

Last month in Part I, we examined why some Porsche values accelerate like an early 911S, while others lag behind like a 924 with a bad head gasket. Except for a few celebrity connections-such as Speedsters driven in the movies by the likes of Paul Newman and Steve Read More

Strangers on the Shore

If the Mini you’re looking at has roll-up windows and no visible door hinges, it was made after 1969.no matter what the owner or the title claims

The success of the new Mini has meant that classic Minis are starting to reappear in the United States, despite the fact they haven’t been legally imported since 1967.

However, there’s something a little suspicious about many of these cars, with their roll-up windows, Read More

Whipping the Prancing Pony

When it comes to older Ferraris, what once was supercar performance is now dated, and speed costs money. How fast do you want to go?

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There’s always been a direct connection between how much fun your sports car is, and how fast it goes. Best of all is a machine that makes all the right noises, and few cars do that better a 12-cylinder Ferrari.

Alas, when it comes to Read More

Everyday Muscle

Forgo modern conveniences (such as a jack for your iPod and seat heaters), and you can find an old car that will be daily fun

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So your Cobra Daytona Coupe is too hot and loud inside, and your Hemi ‘Cuda convertible’s top leaks when it rains. You’d like something old yet practical as a daily driver, something you might even let your significant other or kids drive once in Read More

Three Wheels on My Wagon.

The Scootacar was promoted as having room for a driver and groceries, but in practice, it was one or the other

Sometimes I wonder how the British ever managed to produce distinguished automobiles when the government threw so many obstacles in the path of the motor industry.

Perhaps the most significant was the motor vehicle tax policy with its quixotic exemptions, arcane methods of calculating horsepower, and arbitrary categorization.

The most Read More

Enzo Crashes: Repeat as Needed

This Enzo was a stunt car in the filming of “Redline,” and had
unquestionably been used hard and put away wet

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As virtually everyone in the car world knows, on March 26 actor Eddie Griffin crashed a Ferrari Enzo at Irwindale Raceway in L.A. while practicing for a promotion for the movie “Redline.” The Enzo was owned by Daniel Sadek, “Redline” executive producer and exotic car collector.

Because Read More