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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 […]

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Convertible Coupe

The Castagna-bodied 6C 1750 Alfa shown here is a triple masterpiece: its magnificent Vittorio Jano-designed engine, Alfa Romeo’s superb chassis,and the beautifully constructed and subtly detailed Castagna body. In addition, it has been fastidiously restored in Australia by marque specialists Double J. Vittorio Jano put the P2 GP project behind […]

A Thousand Here, A Thousand There

In Oregon, May 1 is the official beginning of our sports car season. Our garage is soon filled with the chirping of a half-dozen vehicles, each, like a hungry baby bird, crying out for hundred-dollar bills to be tossed under its hood in an annual rite of spring awakening.Cindy’s 1978 […]

1970 Alfa Romeo GTAm

The GTAm models are derived from Alfa’s 1750 Veloce coupe. The Am suffix is a shortened version of “America,” and refers to the US model, which required fuel injection for emission reasons. With full development, the GTAm engine brought twice the brake horsepower available from a standard carbureted car. The […]