Category archives: Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day: 2005 Honda S2000

The Honda S2000 is a strong candidate to become a classic in the future
The Honda S2000 is a strong candidate to become a classic in the future

When the talk turns to future classics, one of the first Japanese cars that pops into mind is the Honda S2000, a quick and aggressive little roadster with an engine that loves to rev. The S2000 is something of a throwback to the British sports cars of the ’60s, and it has earned a reputation as a raw and demanding hot rod that rewards the driver with its unique style and performance.

The Pick of the Day is a 2005 Honda S2000, a second-generation model that had received a minor facelift and an engine enlarged to 2.2 liters from 2.0. The 2.2-liter engine delivers a peak of 237 horsepower at a lofty 7,800 rpm but only a comparably mild 162 pounds-feet of torque at 6,800 rpm. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

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1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition

Imagine buying a new muscle car – something iconic and inherently cool – only to hardly ever drive it and leave it largely untouched. For me, that would be torture and I don’t know how long I’d last before the desire to not only drive the car but modify it would become overwhelming. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1998 Bentley Continental R coupe

The Bentley Continental Turbo R is capable of exceptional performance
The Bentley Continental Turbo R is capable of exceptional performance

One of my favorite things about the collector car hobby is finding a car that was once very expensive and buying it at the bottom of its depreciation cycle. I have done this quite few times, and in every case, I ended up driving a great car that increased in value over my ownership so that when I sold it, I had essentially owned it for free.

Lately, I have been looking closely at the Bentley Continental R coupe built from 1991 until 2002. Over that period, Bentley built only 1,236 of them, and when new, they cost northward of $300,000. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: Mazda RX-7 GSL

The Mazda RX-7 is a clean-looking low-mileage survivor
The Mazda RX-7 is a clean-looking low-mileage survivor

Although the Mazda RX-7 has never hit its stride as a collector car, enthusiasts know it as an innovative sports car powered by a tiny-yet-powerful rotary engine mounted far enough behind the front wheels to earn it mid-engine designation. A near-perfect 50-50 weight balance contributes to the car’s exceptional handling.

The Pick of the Day is a 1983 Mazda RX-7 GSL with only 32,699 miles on its odometer and a very modest price tag for such an interesting survivor. The GSL label designates the fully optioned luxury model equipped with the desirable power and convenience features of its day. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: Ferrari-powered ’32 Ford custom

Twin-turbocharged, Ferrari-powered '32 Ford custom hot rod
Twin-turbocharged, Ferrari-powered ’32 Ford custom hot rod

If your first thought is “why?” then this Ferrari-powered 1932 Ford hot rod is not for you. But for the rest of us, it presents a fascinating juxtaposition that would be sure to attract attention everywhere it goes.

Offered by a classic car dealer in West Hollywood, California, the Pick of the Day is a 1932 Ford custom that’s powered by a turbocharged Ferrari V8 engine. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 King Midget Model 3

The King Midget microcar has 8-inch wheels and room for two occupants
The King Midget microcar has 8-inch wheels and room for two occupants

Readers of Popular Mechanics back in the 1950s and ’60s should remember staring starry eyed at the articles and advertisements that offered so many futuristic breakthroughs that would completely change our lives. One memorable ad of the day was for a tiny microcar, the King Midget, that promised to open up a whole new world of sporty motoring at a rock-bottom price.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 King Midget Model 3 convertible that was one of the final run of the sub-basic runabouts before Midget Motors went bankrupt in 1970. But it had been a good run, with the first King Midgets turned out in 1946, originally advertised as the “500-pound car for $500.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2001 Hummer H1

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2001 Hummer H1

Recently, my good friend got a new car. It seems as though he buys cars every other week, but his latest purchase is particularly special and unique. To him, it wasn’t just another Fox-body Mustang, it was the car he had on a poster in his room growing up,  right down to the same color.

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Pick of the Day: 1968 Ford Mustang California Special

The Mustang California Special is a rare, highly optioned model
The Mustang California Special is a rare, highly optioned model

A few days ago, I got a message from a friend about a car he was looking for. It was a car that I had not thought about for quite awhile, the 1968 Ford Mustang California Special. Somehow these often overlooked pony cars are still affordable, having not experienced the run up in price that has happened to every other classic Mustang.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Ford Mustang California Special in Seafood Green with a Gold Ivory interior. Located in Miami, its options include GT Cyclone Wheels, Shelby style hood with hood locks, fiberglass Shelby-style side scoops, Shelby-style trunk lid with spoiler, blacked out grille with fog lamps, and racing-style fuel cap. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1930 Studebaker President

The Studebaker President is said to be fully restored and ready to roll
The Studebaker President is said to be fully restored and ready to roll

For most of today’s old car hobbyists and collectors, pre-World War II classic cars are vestiges of the distant past, vehicles that were before our time, that we never experienced or desired when they were actually on the road. But as tastes mature, there is a growing appreciation for the wonderful antique automobiles that range back to the start of the 20th Century.

The Pick of the Day, a 1930 Studebaker President four-door sedan, is a Full Classic included by the Classic Car Club of America in its list of recognized automobiles. As such, it’s in the company of such top-drawer marques as Duesenberg, Bugatti, Pierce-Arrow, Hispano-Suiza, Packard and Delahaye, among others built between 1915 and 1948. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Honda N600

Air-cooled motorcycle engine propels Honda N600 to speeds of 75 mph
Air-cooled motorcycle engine propels Honda N600 to speeds of 75 mph

After spending a couple of days recently at the vintage motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas, I figured it only would be fitting to use a bike as the Pick of the Day on my next turn. So I searched ClassicCars.com for “motorcycle” and up popped this 1972 Honda N600, which has four wheels not two.

But the engine comes from Honda’s longer history with motorcycles. It’s an air-cooled two-cylinder single overhead-cam unit linked to a four-speed manual transmission. Continue reading