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

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: 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

Pick of the Day: 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S

The Porsche 944 Turbo S is fitted with the Club Saort Package of performance upgrades
The Porsche 944 Turbo S is fitted with the Club Sport Package of performance upgrades

Strange as it may sound today, there was a time when the Porsche company feared that the days were numbered for its rear-engine sports cars. Sure, the 911 was beloved by its fans and owners, and fearsome on the track in its many guises, but time was marching on – as well as federal pollution and safety regulations – so Porsche looked to gradually change over to more-customary front-engine, water-cooled sports cars. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Plymouth Flower Car

The Plymouth Flower Car looks retro chic  with its windshield visor and fender skirts
The Plymouth Flower Car looks retro chic with its windshield visor and fender skirts

While Australians might call it a ute, the Pick of the Day is one of the most interesting little sedan/pickup trucks that I’ve ever seen. The seller describes the 1950 Plymouth as a “flower car,” which are vehicles – usually Cadillacs – used by funeral directors to dress up graveyard-bound processions with their open beds brimming with fresh blossoms.

Flower cars have long been collector items, and while researching this one, I stumbled on the Facebook page of the Flower Car Club, made up of aficionados who collect and restore such things. Another posting I saw described his Caddy flower car as a “funereal El Camino.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi Quattrovalvole

The Ferrari 308 GTSi is the more-desirable Quattrovalvole model
The Ferrari 308 GTSi is the more-desirable Quattrovalvole model

Today, Ferrari is a name brand as big as Coca-Cola or McDonalds. But in the 1970s, it was very much a niche brand known only by the few who had one of the fantastic cars from Maranello or the true car crazy people like me who lived and died by the words written in Road & Track magazine.

This all changed in 1980 when Ferrari put together the best serialized television commercial ever created with the launch of the TV show Magnum P.I. The strength of the Ferrari brand today, I feel, would never have happened if it wasn’t for Magnum and the Ferrari 308 GTS that starred alongside Tom Selleck. This to many people is the seminal Ferrari that they picture in their heads. Pretty astounding since the show went off the air in 1988. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1936 Lancia Astura ‘Tipo Bocca’

The Lancia Astura won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The Lancia Astura won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

With the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance taking place this coming weekend, the Pick of the Day is a magnificent piece of concours royalty: the very 1936 Lancia Astura “Tipo Bocco” that won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1948 Packard Super 8 Victoria convertible

The Packard super 8 convertible was the automaker's most expressive car
The Packard Super 8 convertible was the automaker’s most expressive car

Packard’s first modern redesign after World War II appeared in 1948 with polarizing “bathtub” styling, meant to be sleekly streamlined but which critics said looked like a pregnant elephant. The Packard did look bulbous, but today’s collectors see something majestic and appealing in the rounded-off form with its striations of glittering chrome that encircle the front end.

The Pick of the Day is a 1948 Packard Super 8 Victoria convertible, the Detroit automaker’s halo car of the era. In case you’re wondering, that chrome-plated bird taking flight from the prow of this luxury yacht is a cormorant. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 Triumph TR6

The Triumph TR6 is powered by a feisty six-cylinder engine
The Triumph TR6 is powered by a feisty six-cylinder engine

A vintage British roadster can be an expensive proposition both to buy and to service, especially if it has a six-cylinder engine. A typical Jaguar E-Type in driver-level condition costs a minimum of around $50,000, and even an Austin Healey 3000 will run you north of $35,000 for any car that can be driven immediately.

Happily, there is a six-cylinder British roadster that’s still affordable, the Triumph TR6, which offers about 60 percent in performance of an E-Type for as low as 20 percent of the price. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner

The Ford Skyliner is said to be a low-mileage survivor in exceptional condition
The Ford Skyliner is said to be a low-mileage survivor in exceptional condition

A convertible with a retractable hardtop might be no big deal these days, but back in the ’50s, that was the latest and greatest feat of automotive technology. Ford’s 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner wowed the crowd when its hardtop folded automatically into the trunk with the push of a button.

The Pick of the Day is the third and final year of Ford’s daring retractable, a 1959 Galaxie Skyliner. Actually, you can take your pick with its name – this was the year that Ford’s top-of-the-line cars oddly said “Galaxie” on their rear fenders and “Fairlane 500” on their trunks. Continue reading