Classic Cars

  • BMW 5-Series found abandoned in Bulgaria

    There are barn finds, and then there are treasure chests. While 11 brand-new BMW 5-Series isn't exactly a gold mine, it's an incredible discovery nonetheless. This group of 11 E34-generation (1988-1996) 5-Series models was discovered in a warehouse in Bulgaria, according to a Facebook post by a local company called The Rust Center. The Bulgarian site Auto Club reported last Friday that the cars were found stored in the city of Blagoevgrad in the southwest region of the country. Sadly, we don't spot any M5s among the bunch. Instead, it looks like most of the cars are 520is with a few 525is...

  • Mitch Button’s highly modified Ferrari BB328
    What some of 2018’s top classic car builds mean for 2019 trends

    The world of classic car builds continues to evolve both in materials and skills — 3D printers, easy-to-use carbon fibers and reliable 700 horsepower engines would have seemed unimaginable just 20 years ago. The highest quality builds were once reserved for the OEMs creating design concepts...

  • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL AMG with right-hand drive - Image via Best Heritage Auction
    Rare Mercedes 300SL with AMG upgrades heads for auction

    A deadly cocktail of shockingly poor taste and vast wealth led to the travesty that is the Mercedes-Benz 300SL AMG. A total of 11 of them were built between 1996 and 2009, and now one is up for sale. The car is listed for sale at Best Heritage Auction and is one of only two built with right-hand...

  • Jay Leno at Nissan Heritage Collection
    Jay Leno digs into the Nissan Heritage Collection

    Jay Leno's Garage went on the road for its latest episode, which took the comedian and car guru to the Nissan Heritage Collection. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the collection is home to some of the oldest and most special Nissans and Datsuns on the planet. But Leno doesn't dedicate the episode to...

  • Bullitt Ford Mustang watch made with original car's paint
    One-of-a-kind watch with paint from original "Bullitt" Ford Mustang to be raffled for charity

    In early 2018, the original 1968 Ford Mustang from the motion picture "Bullitt" emerged from the shadows after decades. The car spent the year criss-crossing the country and even the Atlantic Ocean to help launch the 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film. Now, the...

  • 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 heads to auction
    Original Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 heads to auction

    Porsche fanatics will likely have the Silverstone Auctions’ Autosport International Sale on their radar this month as it will host the sale of an original 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7. The car is one of the first 500 models produced for homologation and it comes with a decorated motorsports...

  • Second-generation Ford Escort rally racer

    There are only a handful of cars that have reached legendary status thanks to their participation in rally racing, but perhaps chief among them is the Ford Escort. And this year marks the nameplate's 50th anniversary as the original made its debut in 1968. Immediately, the car found success in motorsport and clinched numerous championship wins. In the FIA-sanctioned World Rally Championship, the Escort claimed victory in 20 rounds from 1975 through 1981 with the second-generation car. The first-gen car was no stranger to success, either, and made a name for itself in the late 1960s and early...

  • 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo tartan fabric
    Porsche counts down its top 5 fanciest seat patterns

    The saying, "they don't make 'em like they used to" certainly applies here. In the latest installment of Porsche's "Top 5" series, the brand looked back on its five fanciest seat patterns put into production. Right away, the nostalgic feelings wash over us with the Porsche 928 S. The 1983 model...

  • Steve McQueen drove the Trans Am in ‘The Hunter,’ his final film
    Pontiac Trans Am from final Steve McQueen movie resurfaces

    Editor’s note: Late in 2017, the stunt car used in the movie Bullitt was discovered in Mexico. Earlier this year, the ownership of the Bullitt hero car was revealed. Now, the presence of another McQueen movie vehicle — from his final film — has come back into the limelight. Steve...

  • 1950 Plymouth Suburban wagon on Jay Leno's Garage
    1950 Plymouth Suburban rolls into Jay Leno's Garage

    Jay Leno slowed things down this week with a 1950 Plymouth Suburban that visited his famous garage. The garage has played host to numerous sports cars and supercars throughout the year, and Leno said he decided to take things more casual with the station wagon, which was the first American wagon...

  • Porsche Classic Vehicle Tracking and Security system
    Porsche launches its own vehicle tracking system to protect classics

    Porsche wants to better cater to its classic vehicle owners and has rolled out its very own vehicle security and tracking system. The Porsche Classic Vehicle Tracking system allows owners to monitor where their car is at all times, receive alerts via an accompanying smartphone app, and even set...

  • 1967 BMW 1600 GT Convertible prototype
    BMW's only surviving 1600 GT Convertible is fully restored

    BMW in 1966 hired Italian design house and coachbuilder Frua to pen a convertible based on the bones of the GT sports car manufactured by Glas, the automaker most widely known for the Goggomobile series of minicars, which BMW had acquired earlier that same year. The result was the 1600 GT...

  • Mid-engine Dodge Viper mule

    The automotive industry is full of incredibly fascinating tales of "what could have been." We can think of numerous examples, but one we're sure few have heard of has just surfaced: Dodge built a business case for a mid-engined Viper in the 1990s. Dodge could have beaten both Ford and Chevrolet's C8 Corvette to the punch with a mid-engined supercar over two decades ago, but ultimately executives weren't thrilled about the idea. Classic car insurance experts Hagerty told the story in a report last week with thoughtful insight from Chris Theodore, Chrysler’s former general manager in...

  • Street-legal Porsche 935
    Gone whaling: Only street-legal Porsche 935 ever built now for sale

    Porsche's "Moby Dick" of a race car terrorized racetracks in the late 1970s and early '80s, but the 935 was never street-legal. Except for this one. This Porsche 935 was converted for the street for legendary Formula 1 team owner Walter Wolf. After decades, it's for sale and marks a truly...

  • First series-production Land Rover number 16
    Woman reunited with Land Rover she worked with 70 years ago

    An 87-year-old woman received the reunion of a lifetime when she got to spend time in an original Land Rover she worked with 70 years ago. Dorothy Peters told her story to Land Rover, which in turn granted her time with the car she kept pictures of for decades to come. According to the woman, she...

  • 1956 Ferrari 290 MM bearing chassis number 0628
    Ferrari 290 MM raced by Fangio, Hill and Moss sells for $22M at auction

    RM Sotheby's closed its final auction of the year with a high-profile Ferrari. A 1956 Ferrari 290 MM shattered into the record books with a hammer price of $22 million. With the sale price, it becomes one of the top 10 most valuable cars ever sold at auction. The particular car, chassis number...

  • 1985 Chevrolet K10
    Generation X, Millennials take over in the classic car market

    For the first time, individuals that make up Generation X and Millennials have surpassed Pre-Boomers and Baby Boomers as the largest share of those interested in classic car ownership. Popular classic car insurer Hagerty released data findings on Tuesday that showed Gen Xers and Millennials...

  • Aviar R67
    Russian firm wants to build high-tech EV styled like a classic Mustang

    Classic cars fitted with electric powertrains is starting to become a thing, but there's a Russian company by the name of Aviar taking a very different route to achieve a similar result. The startup company is working on a car that features an electric powertrain, a modern interior, and advanced...

  • First-generation Ford Bronco recreation by Gateway Bronco

    The Ford Bronco is making a return, and no, we're actually not talking about the yet-to-be-revealed 2020 model. Instead, we're focused on Hamel, Illinois-based Gateway Bronco, which has obtained an exclusive license from Ford to build fresh examples of the first-generation Bronco. Thank the Low Volume Vehicle Manufacturer Act of 2015 for the original Bronco's return. The legislation allows a company to legally assemble limited number of classic cars and sell them as new cars without having to meet modern safety and emissions regulations. Gateway Bronco has for a long time kept a pulse on...

  • Jay Leno's 1931 Duesenberg Model J chasis
    Duesenberg Model J chassis roars into Jay Leno's Garage

    Duesenberg may have only been a blip along the automotive industry's vast timeline, but it left a lasting mark. And one of the car's the company was best known for is the latest to be featured at Jay Leno's Garage. It's a 1931 Duesenberg Model J...chassis. Leno explains that be bought the car...

  • 1958 Saab 93 on Jay Leno's Garage
    Jay Leno highlights his delightful 1958 Saab 93

    Jay Leno's Garage is a varied place. In the garage, you'll find modern marvels like a 2017 Ford GT, uber-rare supercars like the McLaren F1, and oddball classics like a 1958 Saab 93. The Saab is the latest car to be featured at the garage. Leno actually featured the 93 on a very early episode of...

  • 1984 Ferrari 308 GTB on Jay Leno's Garage
    1984 Ferrari 308 GTB pops into Jay Leno's Garage

    The 1980s weren't exactly a high point for sports cars, but the decade still birthed some desirable pieces of machinery. Case in point: the Ferrari 308 GTB, which remains one of the most affordable ways to own a Ferrari today. A 1984 model was the latest vehicle to stop into Jay Leno's Garage, and...

  • The only 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake ever produced
    Shelby's one-off original Mustang GT500 Super Snake heads to auction

    The only 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake has been consigned to the docket for Mecum Auction’s Kissimmee, Florida, auction scheduled for February 3-13. As Mecum Auctions tells the car’s story, it was commissioned from Shelby American by tire maker Goodyear, which wanted to use...

  • 1970 Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante with electric powertrain
    Aston Martin to electrify its classic cars

    Aston Martin is following Jaguar's lead with a reversible electric car conversion for classic models, and the first to receive the treatment is a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante. Jaguar last year rolled out an E-Type whose original powertrain was swapped for a battery and electric motor. It proved so popular...

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