Category archives: Pick of the Day

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

Pick of the Day: 1922 Stoughton Fire Engine

The Stoughton Fire Engine is from the first year the Wisconsin company produced fire trucks
The Stoughton Fire Engine is from the first year the Wisconsin company produced fire trucks

Antique firetrucks are wonderful things, flashy and brassy and honoring brave firefighters who rush into burning buildings to save people. There is a small but dedicated niche of firetruck enthusiasts who love and collect these mammoth pieces of Americana. They all have one thing in common: lots of storage space.

Here in Phoenix, we have the Hall of Flame museum, which despite its quirky name is one of the most-significant collections dedicated to vintage firefighting equipment. It’s open to the public and worth a visit. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Morris Minor Deluxe Traveler

1959 Morris Minor Traveller has undergone rotisserie restoration
1959 Morris Minor Traveler has undergone rotisserie restoration

About a decade before he created the Mini, Alec Issigonis designed the Morris Minor, a car produced from 1948 until 1972 and the first British motorcar to exceed 1 million units sold.

Morris Minors were produced as two- and four-door versions, as convertibles, vans and pickup trucks and, as in the case of Pick of the Day, a 1959 Morris Minor Deluxe Traveler, as a station wagon with a wood-framed rear body section and wood rear quarter-panels and rear doors.

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Pick of the Day: 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible

The Ford Falcon Sprint convertible is said to still wear original paint
The Ford Falcon Sprint convertible is said to still wear original paint

Spring has sprung, so it’s time to dust off the ragtop and go cruising. What, still covered in snow? Be patient because the warm weather will come. It always does.

The Pick of the Day is an homage to spring and rebirth, a baby-blue 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible that’s about certain to make you feel young again. And this car’s youthful appearance is genuine; it is a 53-year-old survivor still wearing its original glossy paint and with just 51,500 miles on its odometer. Continue reading

British cars score top bids at Bonhams’ Goodwood auction

A 1961 Aston Martin DP214 Replica GT competition coupe sold for $682,629 | Bonhams photos
A 1961 Aston Martin DP214 Replica GT competition coupe sold for $682,629 | Bonhams photos

British cars played well on home court Sunday during Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction, which scored an 80 percent sell-through and £5,624,147 (nearly $7 million at the current exchange rate) in total sales. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1991 Toyota Supra Turbo

The Toyota Supra Turbo is said to be in like-new condition, driven just 16,000 miles
The Toyota Supra Turbo is said to be in like-new condition, driven just 16,000 miles

The other day, a friend expressed some regret that he hadn’t bought a Toyota Supra Turbo back when they were cheap and unappreciated, before The Fast and the Furious and before collector cars from Japan hit the mainstream.

The Pick of the Day, an ultra-low-mileage 1991 Toyota Supra Turbo in apparently excellent original condition, would not be out of place today at a Mecum or Barrett-Jackson auction, or even one of the higher-end sales. Car collectors no longer turn up their noses at great Japanese performance cars, and this one looks special indeed. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint convertible

1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint carried inline 6-cylinder engine that packed 215 horsepower
1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint carried inline 6-cylinder engine that packed 215 horsepower

It’s no surprise that John Z. DeLorean, who gave us the Pontiac GTO, wanted to do something different with the new Firebird being offered by his Pontiac Division of General Motors. That something different was the Firebird Sprint.

For an additional and mere $116, the Sprint was equipped with Pontiac’s overhead-cam, inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed floor-shifted transmission, high-performance tires and special badging. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2000 BMW Z8

The BMW Z8 is described as a low-mileage car in excellent condition
The BMW Z8 is described as a low-mileage car in excellent condition

Every once in a great while, a large automotive manufacturer really shows what it can do and builds a limited-production model that is the best car the company is able to produce. The automaker is not limited by either marketing or cost constraints, and gets to build a very cool car.

Some that come to mind are the Dodge Viper, the Porsche Carrera GT and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing. These are all great cars, but my all-time favorite is the BMW Z8 sports car, built from 1999 until 2003. This was a revelation for BMW, a car that looked back at everything that was truly great in the company’s history and combined that with what is exceptional about what they do now. Continue reading