Classic Cars

  • Hellephant crate engine

    We knew the folks at Mopar were planning something big for this week's SEMA show, and on Tuesday collective jaws dropped when the covers were pulled off a 1,000-horsepower crate engine dubbed the Hellephant. The engine, which also generates 950 pound-feet of torque, is a supercharged V-8 with 7.0 liters of displacement, or 426 cubic inches, and its name, if you haven't guessed already, is a portmanteau of “Hellcat” and “Elephant.” The Hellcat needs no introduction here at Motor Authority but the Elephant may not be familiar with all readers. Chrysler's 426-cubic inch...

  • 1970 Speedkore Dodge Charger Evolution
    Demon-powered, carbon fiber-bodied 1970 Dodge Charger arrives at SEMA

    Imagine a 1970 Dodge Charger with all of the best modifications imaginable thrown in. The result, we'd wager, would be something close to SpeedKore Performance Group's Charger Evolution unveiled Tuesday at the 2018 SEMA show. It's a carbon fiber-bodied beast with a V-8 borrowed from a 2018 Dodge...

  • Project Gold: 911 restomod
    Porsche's Project Gold 911 restomod sells for $3.1M

    In August, the wraps were pulled off a special 993-generation Porsche 911 Turbo built to celebrate this year's 70th anniversary of the German sports car marque. Called Project Gold, the car featured the original body of a 993 911 but a new chassis and VIN and a whole host of other mods not...

  • Ken Block’s “Gymkhana 10” 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck
    Ken Block now has a 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck with 914 horsepower

    Rallycross racer and entrepreneur Ken Block is working on the tenth episode of his gymkhana series of videos, aptly named “Gymkhana 10,” and on Wednesday he revealed one of the vehicles set to appear: a heavily modified 1977 Ford F-150 dubbed the Hoonitruck. In case you're wondering...

  • Mopar SEMA teaser for Dodge Charger
    Mopar SEMA teaser shows big-power original Dodge Charger

    Mopar has teased "something big" for this month's 2018 SEMA show, and it's residing in a first-generation Dodge Charger. The video shows a pair of paw prints stamped over with some rather large prints instead. In the distance, we're treated to a wonderful chugging noise from a loping camshaft...

  • 1956 Porsche 356 A “training chassis”
    Unique Porsche "training chassis" set for RM Sotheby’s auction

    A stripped-down 1956 Porsche 356 A “training chassis,” used by the legendary New York import-car dealer Max Hoffman to instruct his American mechanics, will be offered by RM Sotheby’s during the Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction in Atlanta. The bodywork was left off this 356 to...

  • Jay Leno inspects a trio of late 80's Toyota Land Cruisers

    Classic and vintage SUVs are big business right now. That's because these well-aged machines have timeless style, the ability to go anywhere and bring your family along, and usually don't cost too much. That last trait is changing quickly, though. Jay Leno welcomes a man profiting from this SUV boom, and he's brought along a trio of his favorite Toyota Land Cruisers. Brian Corsetti owns Corsetti Cruisers, a company that aims to keep 1980s-era Land Cruisers chugging down the road. Corsetti's love of the FJ60 generation stems from a childhood spent riding in the back of one. He's turned that...

  • 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo first owned by Walter Payton
    Bears fans rejoice: Walter Payton's 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo heads to auction

    This car is the sweetness. That's because it's a 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo in excellent condition, but also because it was owned by Walter Payton. One of the greatest running backs in NFL history, Payton's Porsche is set to cross the auction block at Mecum's sale in Chicago running October 25-27...

  • Lanzante 930 Porsche 911 powered by Tag Turbo Formula 1 engine
    Lanzante to build Porsche 911s powered by raced F1 engines

    Lanzante is best known for being the mad wrenches committed to turning McLaren F1 and P1 GTR race cars into road-legal vehicles. Now the British firm is treading into sacred Porsche ground by preparing a modified 930-generation 911 with Formula 1 power. Revealed during Porsche's recent Rennsport...

  • 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible once owned by Marilyn Monroe
    Marilyn Monroe’s Ford Thunderbird to be auctioned for first time

    A 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible once owned by Marilyn Monroe will roll across the auction block for the first time in November. The Raven Black T’bird was owned by the iconic American actress between 1955 and 1962, Julien’s Auctions said in a news release. The car has an estimated...

  • 1964 Volkswagen Beetle being sold for $1,000,000
    Factory new 1964 VW Beetle for sale for $1 million

    This car is a time-capsule. In 1964, Rudy Zvarich purchased a Volkswagen Beetle from the Gilbert and Seibel dealership in Vancouver, Washington. The plan was to use it as a backup for his 1957 Beetle. So Zvarich put the car into storage until the time came to use it. That never happened, and now 54...

  • 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am “Bandit” recreation
    Trio of Burt Reynolds movie cars fetch $330,000 at auction, including "Bandit" Trans Am replica

    Following the passing of Burt Reynolds on September 6, a collection of the late actor's vehicles were put up for sale last week at Barrett-Jackson's auction in Las Vegas. Reynolds had been selling off cars from his collection in the years leading to his passing, with some of the proceeds going to...

  • four classic American cars that stood outside the replica 1955 McDonald’s restaurant

    The four classic American cars that stood outside the replica 1955 McDonald’s restaurant – known by the company as Store No. 1 – in Des Plaines, Illinois, have been consigned to Mecum’s auction in nearby Chicago. All 1955 models, the cars are lavishly restored, Mecum says, following their long stint parked outside the ersatz McDonald’s, which was used as a corporate museum until it was razed in 2008. The cars were preserved in storage until recently being brought back to factory condition. The cars are a Chevrolet Bel Air, an Oldsmobile Super 88, a Ford Crown...

  • Rennsport Reunion VI, Weathertech Laguna Seca, September 2018
    Rennsport Reunion VI: A living, driving, racing museum

    In the movie “Night at the Museum," Ben Stiller plays a night watchman who gets caught up in all kinds of hijinks when the museum’s exhibits come alive. Stiller’s Larry Daley character interacts with heroes like Teddy Roosevelt, Sacagawea, and Christopher Columbus. That’s...

  • 1993 Toyota Century on Jay Leno's Garage
    Jay Leno samples the style, power, and luxury of the 1993 Toyota Century

    The Lexus LS has nothing on its Toyota cousin. "When they were new, it was by invite only. They only built about 200 per year." That's how owner Chris Marion, from Original Rare, tells Jay Leno about the exclusivity factor attached to the Toyota Century. This is essentially Toyota's take on a small...

  • Muhammad Ali's 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Convertible
    Rolls-Royce once owned by Muhammad Ali hitting auction block

    A Rolls-Royce once owned by late boxing legend Muhammad Ali will hit the auction block at Bonhams’ Zoute Sale in Belgium early next month. The 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward convertible was bought by the champ, at the time still known by his birth name of Cassius Clay, in...

  • Porsche 935 customer race car tests at Monza circuit
    Watch Porsche's modern 935 take to Monza

    Porsche on Thursday surprised the automotive world with the unveiling of a modern interpretation of the 1970s-era 935 race car based on the chassis of the 2018 911 GT2 RS. We now have video of the car testing at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza racetrack in Italy ahead of the start of deliveries next...

  • Ares' modern Ferrari 250 GTO based on the Ferrari 812 Superfast
    Ares designs stunning Ferrari 250 GTO for the modern era

    Italian coachbuilder Ares Design is working on a modern interpretation of the Ferrari 250 GTO for its latest project. The company, which is based in Ferrari's backyard of Modena, Italy, provided the first details on the project in an interview with Robb Report published Friday. Ares' 250 GTO has...

  • Porsche 935 customer race car, 2018 Rennsport Reunion

    Suddenly it's 1978 all over again. With WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway as the backdrop, Porsche on Thursday unveiled the new 935 customer race car with a look that draws on the legendary 935 race car from the late 1970s and early '80s. The reveal took place at Rennsport Reunion VI, where the brand is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Based on the 911 GT2 RS, the 935 uses the same 700-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-6 mounted out back. Drivers shift the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission via steering wheel paddles. CHECK OUT: DP Motorsport ready to build the Porsche 935 track toy of...

  • Lotus Mark I
    Hunt on to find Lotus founder Colin Chapman's first car

    Lotus is enlisting the help of enthusiasts, collectors, and any car hunter willing to help find the first car that company founder Colin Chapman built. The car is the Lotus Mark I, which Chapman built from a donor Austin Seven back in 1948, and it hasn't been seen for over 60 years. Chapman built...

  • Modified Porsche 935 by DP Motorsport
    DP Motorsport ready to build the Porsche 935 track toy of your dreams

    Porsche has a long list of amazing race cars its produced over the years. One of the greatest is the Porsche 935, a turbocharged fire breather built to battle it out for Group 5 supremacy. Now there's a German Porsche tuner building an updated homage; the Porsche 935 DPIII from DP Motorsport. It's...

  • RBW electric MG Roadster
    British firm to build electric MG Roadsters

    Converting internal combustion-powered cars to electric powertrains is all the rage these days. A British firm by the name of RBW is the latest to jump on the electrification bandwagon with its electric MG Roadster offering. However, these aren't old MGs turned into electric cars—these are...

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang turns 50 years old
    Relive your childhood by celebrating 50th anniversary of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"

    In 1968, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" premiered to the world. Roald Dahl's film adaption of Ian Fleming's classic book took the world by storm. To celebrate the golden anniversary of this iconic film, the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England, is rolling out a massive celebration of the film and...

  • JD Classics center in Maldon, United Kingdom
    Classic car restorer and dealer JD Classics sold to new owner

    JD Classics can breathe a sigh of relief as it's been sold to a new owner. AM Online reported Tuesday that the major classic car restorer and dealer found a buyer in Woodham Mortimer, a company controlled by HPS Investment Partners LLC. Woodham Mortimer's purchase of JD Classics secured 60 jobs at...

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