Category archives: Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day: 1969 Volkswagen Westfalia camper bus

The VW camper bus is said to be ready to roll on a cross-country road trip
The VW camper bus is said to be ready to roll on a cross-country road trip

It’s spring, and the open road is calling. And what better craft for an extended road trip than the Pick of the Day, a 1969 Volkswagen Westfalia camper bus with all the trimmings.

According to the Sonoma, California, dealer advertising the VW camper on ClassicCars.com, this Westy is ready for a national tour. The flat-four engine has been rebuilt and bored out to 1,776 cc, the ad says, which should help provide enough muscle for these typically underpowered vehicles. The key to driving any VW microbus is to abide by one simple rule: never be in a hurry. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1985 Jaguar XJS

The Jaguar XJS coupe has been driven fewer than 21,000 miles
The Jaguar XJS coupe has been driven fewer than 21,000 miles

There is something magical about a sports or GT car with a V12 under its hood. The V12 is the mythic engine layout that has won hundreds of races, used in everything from F1 cars to some of the most famous sports cars in the world.

As a result, cars powered by V12 engines also are some of the most expensive collector cars available. An entry-level Ferrari V12 will cost you at least $70,000, while other V12 cars, even modern Aston Martins, will leave you with little change left from that amount. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1909 Pierce-Arrow motorcycle

The Pierce Four, made by Pierce-Arrow, was the first four-cylinder motorcycle in the U.S.
The Pierce Four, made by Pierce-Arrow, was the first four-cylinder motorcycle in the U.S.

Anybody who knows anything about vintage cars knows about Pierce-Arrow, a premier maker of luxury automobiles through the 1930s. Less known is the company’s brief foray into motorcycles, producing the first four-cylinder model in the U.S., a bike that was far ahead of the competition.

The Pick of the Day is a handsome example of the first year of production, a 1909 Pierce Four, made by Pierce-Arrow’s fledgling motorcycle division. It is a very innovative motorcycle for the era, with shaft drive and large-diameter frame tubing that  served to contain both gasoline and motor oil. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham d’Elegance

1980 Caddy has 6.0-liter V8 with carburetor
1980 Caddy has 6.0-liter V8 with carburetor

If you’re nostalgic for the 1980s and looking for a way to reach back to another era, you might want to consider the Pick of the Day: this 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham d’Elegance.

The car is located in Woodland Hills, California, and is available for what the private seller calls a “firm” price of just $7,000. Continue reading

Pick of the day: 1972 Jeep Commando

The Jeep Commando has remained in stock condition, down to its factory wheels and hubcaps
The Jeep Commando has remained in stock condition, down to its factory wheels and hubcaps

Despite its militaristic name, the Commando was a civilized version of Jeep, in relation to the classic CJ models, designed with a longer wheelbase and more interior space to compete with such interlopers as the Ford Bronco and International Scout.

The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Jeep Commando that appears to be in very good condition with new paint and a fresh interior in stock specifications, unusual for a vehicle that is more-often altered with an array of off-roading upgrades and custom “improvements.” Even the set of new wheels and hubcaps are factory spec, according to the seller, a Roswell, Georgia, dealer. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Dodge Charger R/T

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1970 Dodge Charger R/T

The Fate of the Furious will be released on April 14, the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise. As anticipations builds to find out why it appears from the movie trailer that Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, has sided against his family, we are reminded of the key moments and memories shown since the original film made its debut 15 years ago.
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Pick of the Day: 1964 Corvair Monza Spyder turbo coupe

The turbocharged version of the first-generation Corvair was called the Spyder
The turbocharged version of the first-generation Corvair was called the Spyder

You might have noticed that in the past few years, air-cooled Porsches have had a serious boost in value. Not just 356 and 911 sports cars either; even more pedestrian models such as the 914 have followed suit. This spillover has started to move towards alternative rear-engine, air-cooled cars, including many Volkswagen models and recently, the Chevrolet Corvair.

The compact Corvair was built from 1960 to 1969 in two different series, and there were various sub models with different engine and trim options. Among the most desirable were the turbocharged models, called the Corvair Spyder in the first series and in the second series, renamed the Corsa. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1952 Jaguar XK 120

The Jaguar XK 120 was owned and driven by  John Lesseter who co-wrote and directed the animated film 'Cars'
The Jaguar XK 120 was owned and driven by John Lesseter who co-wrote and directed the animated film ‘Cars’

What could be more wonderful than the most-voluptuous of all 1950s roadsters, gorgeously restored and ready to drive? How about one that was owned, driven and loved by the man who created the most-celebrated animated films about cars?

The Pick of the Day is such a roadster, a gleaming black 1952 Jaguar XK 120 properly fitted with spats on its rear wheels and hunkered down in purposeful glory, and formerly owned by John Lassetor, who co-wrote and directed Cars and Cars 2. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Renault Caravelle

1960 Renault Caravelle comes with removable hardtop
1960 Renault Caravelle comes with removable hardtop

Renault unveiled the Floride, its Dauphine-based sports car, at the Paris Salon in the fall of 1958. Even before a price, specifications or production schedule were announced, the company’s American dealer affiliates had orders from nearly 13,000 customers for the car. Continue reading