1985-88 Porsche 944

If Porsche had never built a 911, the 944 would be regarded as remarkable

The 944 is the Rodney Dangerfield of sports cars, and it has been fighting for respect from the moment it was introduced in 1982. If Porsche had never built a 911, the handling and performance of the 944 would be regarded as remarkable. If Porsche had never built the sad-sack 924, 944 owners wouldn’t have to deal with Read More

1968-70 AMC AMX

The AMX was hardly a car for conformists

In 1968 American Motors finally had a winner. Maybe it’s just a law of averages type of thing, but the AMX was in many ways the right car for the right time.
American Motors dumped the funky four-seat Marlin in ’68 and replaced it with a car made in the true pony-car formula (long hood, short trunk, six- or eight-cylinder motor, 2+2 seating), Read More

1992 Corvette LT1 Convertible

1992 represented a milestone year in the life of America’s sports car. The one-millionth Corvette was built, ground was broken for the National Corvette Museum, and Corvette made its performance comeback with the introduction of the LT1 as the base engine.
While from the outside, all of the 1984-1996 C4 Corvettes looked very similar, connoisseurs know that ‘Vettes from ’92 on are the ones to have.
Successfully overcoming the challenges of federal emission standards, fuel economy and Read More

1985-89 Toyota MR2 Mark I

1984 marked the debut of the Toyota “Mid-engine runabout two-seater,” or “MR2,” in Japan. Less than a year later, it arrived on American shores amid enthusiasm and debate. Based on a prototype called the SV3, the short, lightweight, angular car found a comfortable seat in the Toyota model lineup. It was a sporty offering, supported by the consistency and reliability Toyota was known for.
There is some suggestion that the SV3 prototype was based on the Lotus X100, Read More

1959-61 Chevrolet Impala Two-Door Hardtop

The 1959 Chevrolet was designer Harley Earl’s final, dramatic statement before his retirement. While “all new all over again” was GM’s apt description of its entire 1959 model series, it was the full-size Chevrolet that sparked the most controversy both within the industry and from observers.
With its signature cat’s-eye taillights, it was called “the wild one” by admirers, and “the Martian ground chariot” by detractors. The only slightly less wild Chevys of the following two years represent a Read More

1967-74 Triumph GT6

A “poor-man’s XKE” is what some call the Triumph GT6. They share a six-cylinder engine and fastback styling, both rarities in English cars of their era. And they both boast independent rear suspensions and relatively luxurious interiors. The fact that the GT6 can be bought for less than one-fifth the price of an E-type coupe makes it an affordable classic worth considering.
Triumph built three distinct series of GT6s. The first, or Mk I, was produced from 1967 to Read More

1966-76 Jensen Interceptor

If one bought cars by the pound, Jensen Interceptors would be the best value in the marketplace. Produced in Great Britain during the death throes of the Jensen company and following the time-honored traditions of British companies installing big American engines into Italian-designed bodies, these cars are large, heavy and dirt-cheap. With space for a golf foursome, complete with bags, and sporting a Chrysler V8, the car was huge by contemporary English standards. Aluminum and fiberglass minimized the weight, Read More

1963-64 Studebaker Avanti R-1/R-2

The Avanti was an automotive Hail Mary, a last-ditch effort to bring excitement and warm bodies to Studebaker showrooms. In 1961 Studebaker president Sherwood Egbert made the decision to build a sports car-and to do it as fast as possible. He called upon one of the best-known industrial designers in the world, Raymond Loewy, who assembled a group of talented designers in Palm Springs, California. The team produced the basic Avanti design in just a few weeks.
The Read More

1968-69 Dodge Dart

Veterans of the ’60s remember the Dart for plenty of reasons, most of them related to its economy-car status. The 225-c.i. “slant six” motor, named for its pronounced lean to the port side of the car, was known as the motor that thrived on abuse-it never seemed to need any attention to keep it running. The slant-six Darts were practical cars owned by practical people and used as reliable, affordable transportation.
The Dart jumped into the muscle car race Read More

1974-90 Fiat X1/9

The least expensive car listed in SCM’s Price Guide is the Fiat X1/9. The scrap value of its aluminum bumpers alone might be almost equal to the price of the whole car.
Introduced in 1974, its Bertone styling was revolutionary at the time. Nowadays, however, people often mistake its straight lines, which taper to a point at the nose, for those of a Triumph TR7-not exactly a compliment. From 1974 to 1982, when they withdrew from the US market, Read More