Category archives: Pick of the Day

Pick of the Day: 1965 MGB roadster

The 1965 MGB would be an affordable entry into the world of classic sports cars
The 1965 MGB would be an affordable entry into the world of classic sports cars

When the talk turns to affordable classic sports cars, the first one considered is often the MGB, Britain’s most-successful roadster. Hundreds of thousands of them were sold in the U.S. during the 1960s and ’70s, and while  MGB values as collector cars have crept up over the years, they remain quite inexpensive, rarely crossing $20,000 for the very best examples.

The earlier models are the most desirable, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1965 MGB Mark 1 roadster offered by a classic car dealer in Fairfield, California. This MG is a 67,000-mile car that has been thoroughly restored, according to the listing on ClassicCars.com, with fresh red paint and original black-leather interior. And the asking price is just $14,990. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1952 Studebaker S2

Truck still bears door logos from its role in 2001 movie
Truck still bears door logos from its role in 2001 movie

What do Johnny Depp, Ray Liotta and a 1952 Studebaker S2 pickup truck have in common? According to the person selling this particular ’52 Studie, it was driven by Liotta when he played Depp’s father in the 2001 movie, Blow. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 coupe

The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 is an authentic restored original, the seller says
The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 is an authentic restored original, the seller says

For GM muscle cars, model-year 1970 brought together a mighty confluence of ingredients, when big-block technology and evocative styling joined up for a final blast down the quarter mile before emission controls and insurance rates ended the game on a high note.

One result was the mighty Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6, fitted with a race-bred 454 cid V8 conservatively rated at 500 horsepower, which was linked up to the mandatory Rock Crusher heavy-duty 4-speed manual transmission and Positraction rear. Available for one year only, the LS6 is considered an apex of U.S. muscle-car performance for all time, and the car has long been a sought-after collector’s item. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1930 Ford Model A

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1930 Ford Model A

Often a popular car to turn into a classic hot rod, the 1930 Ford Model A was created to help Ford maintain a strong presence in the market during a time when other cars began to be more affordable and practical. Ford’s Model A retains the sleek and dramatic lines of the era but minimized in a sense for daily use, as opposed to some luxury cars of the era that spanned upwards of 16 feet in length.

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Pick of the Day: 2002 Panoz Esperante

The Panoz Esperante offers style and performance in a limited-production American sports car
The Panoz Esperante offers style and performance in a limited-production American sports car

I have always had a soft spot for limited production sports and GT cars, especially ones of the affordable variety. The most common of these are cars from Jensen, TVR, Peerless, Elva, Moretti and the like. One thing these cars have in common is that they are all European. I have tried to love the limited-build Avanti GT but just cannot get my head around the styling.

But the cars from one limited-production American brand, Panoz, tick all the boxes for me, specifically the Panoz Esperante. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1974 Porsche 914 V8

he good-looking Porsche 914 shows no outward sign that it’s powered by a Chevy V8
The good-looking Porsche 914 shows no outward sign that it’s powered by a Chevy V8

A couple of weeks ago, the Pick of the Day was an interesting customized Chevrolet Corvair with a 350 Chevy V8 transplanted into its tail section. Today’s Pick is a kindred custom, a mid-engine 1974 Porsche 914 with its normal four-cylinder boxer engine replaced with another 350 powerplant. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1977 Jeep Cherokee Chief

1977 Jeep Cherokee Chief has been restored inside and out
1977 Jeep Cherokee Chief has been restored inside and out

For the 1974 model year, Jeep launched a second version of what we now recognize as a full-size sport utility vehicle, the new Cherokee joining the Wagoneer. With the introduction of the two-door Cherokee, Jeep was able to move the four-door Wagoneer upmarket.

Our Pick of the Day is a 1977 Cherokee Chief. The Chief featured an appearance package that included wider wheels and tires, and special trim. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1934 Ford custom street rod

The ’34 Ford custom coupe, powered by a Chevy 350 V8, has won a number of Super Chevy Shows in Ohio
The ’34 Ford custom coupe, powered by a Chevy 350 V8, has won a number of Super Chevy Shows in Ohio

In honor of SEMA week, when the entire world of aftermarket automotive goodies crowds its way into Las Vegas, the Pick of the Day is a classic street rod that was hand-built using many of the products found at SEMA.

The 1934 Ford three-window coupe is a full-fendered chop top with a rakish stance that “was built to be a show car but it also gets its fair share of cruising,” the Grand Rapids, Michigan, dealer says in the ClassicCars.com listing. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1929 Duesenberg Replica

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1929 Duesenberg

So I’m at the SEMA Show, land of obnoxious, flashy, overdone, shiny, and yet still incredibly bad ass automobiles, and while I enjoy it, I find myself craving the seemingly endless hoods, rolling fenders, sharp angles and detailed craftsmanship that make up classic Duesenbergs. So while my Pick of the Day isn’t authentic, it is a fantastic replica of a 1929 Duesenberg.

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Pick of the Day: 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1

The restored 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 looks to be a bargain for an up-and-coming model
The restored 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 looks to be a bargain for an up-and-coming model

Many Mustang aficionados will argue that 1970 marked the end of the classic Mustang, and as a result, 1971-73 cars have always lived in the shadow of the earlier models, with prices reflecting this for years. We can remember seeing 100-point restorations of 1971 Mustang convertibles selling for as little as $9,500 at Barrett-Jackson.

Over the past few years as the 1960’s Mustangs have continued to increase in price, the 71-73 cars have finally started getting the respect they deserve. These cars are cool in their own way, and the Pick of the Day, a 1973 Mustang Mach 1, displays the last vestiges of form-over-function design from the Ford Motor Company, with its extreme dimensions and essentially useless rear window. Continue reading