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Different Strokes

Leaving Helena, Montana, we passed the Wok ‘N’ Roll sushi house on our way towards the Continental Divide. Our mount was a newly purchased 1965 Saab 96, with a 46-horsepower, 841cc two-stroke engine.My co-conspirator John Draneas and I found the car on eBay Motors, the result of a late-night Internet […]

1983 Alfa Romeo GTV-6 2.5 Liter

As described by the seller on eBay Motors: No repair has been spared on this car, when any was needed. There has been extensive attention to maintain the car in original working order. This car is best purchased by someone who knows Alfas and appreciates them. The car starts on […]

The Stuff of Dreams

STRATFORD-ON-AVON, England As I write this, we are nearing the end of our SCM Goodwood Tour. Yesterday we visited the ruins of Old Sarum, where the builders of Stonehenge are thought to have lived, and then went on to the monument itself. A superb and provocative performance by the Royal […]

It’s a Jungle Out There

While getting ready to take our Healey to the frame shop (more on that later), I thought back on the collector cars Ms. Banzer and I have owned over the past few years.A few, like the ’72 Datsun 240Z, were painless experiences. Others, including our ’59 Isetta and ’72 Chevy […]

1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina

As described by the seller on eBay Motors: This is a USA car converted to carburetors (Webers) as a European model. Engine redone 3,000 miles ago. New transmission, new $3,000 paint with new rubber throughout. Original interior in near-mint condition. No cracks on dash. Extensive work mechanically and otherwise. Drives […]

Quality Seat Time

We hadn’t gotten more than 20 miles from our Portland, Oregon, home. Trapped by rush-hour traffic, the big Healey’s temperature started to climb. The needle on the gauge quickly passed the 212-degree mark, and visions of warped heads and steaming radiators danced in my head. “Just drive on the shoulder, […]

1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Veloce

{vsig}2002-8_1360{/vsig} As described by the seller on eBay Motors: This rare Alfa is a complete car. All bits and pieces are intact. No alterations or modifications have been made, inside or out. It has been well kept and always garaged. It is in daily-driving condition, and is rarely driven except […]

The Cuban Galapagos of Yankee Cars

Sometimes we collectors should just leave well enough alone.A recent article in the New York Times about American cars in Cuba, written in part to preview a PBS program entitled “Classic American Cars of Cuba,” extolled the creativity of the owner/mechanics there. Since the embargo in 1959, no American cars […]

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint

(Note: The following grammatically challenged description of the Sprint appears exactlyas found on the eBay posting, edited only for brevity. – ED.) Red exterior with the original red and gray leather interior & red carpets. The panel fit on the Bertone coachwork and over-all aesthetics are excellent. Interior, although original, […]

SCM, Phase II

In October, 1963, Austin-Healey introduced the BJ8, with an updated interior including a wood-veneered dash. Several months later, the so-called phase II version of the Big Healey was unveiled, with many updates such as dual lenses for braking and winking, and exterior refinements including such advanced features as locking door […]