Jeff Lavery

About Jeff Lavery

After waking up and realizing my paid-for Civic Si left me empty and bored, I’ve been on a bender of daily-driving BMWs that constantly test my love affair with vintage machinery. I’ve tried Miatas and Mustangs but keep coming back to the church of blue-and-white, despite their best efforts to test my devotion. Although I’m still searching for that next great barn find, I’m content to own two projects that were headed straight past storage and into the scrap pile if it weren't for some divine intervention and an understanding wife, two things no gearhead should be without.

German Surf Wagon: 1957 Auto Union Universal

The last time I saw a DKW/Auto Union was in the flesh during the failed Vermont junkyard excursion of 2016. On that trip, the most interesting car in the yard was what I believed to be… more»

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Sitting Since ’84: 1972 Datsun 510 Wagon

At first, I thought this Datsun 510 wagon was sporting a cheap repaint. But after seeing the interior photos, it’s clear this is the real-deal, Kermit-green from the factory paint code, as the floors, engine bay… more»

Found in the Mountains: 1976 Ford Fiesta

Ford’s compact Fiesta graced our shores for just a short while, bringing with it some much-needed European flair to the US lineup. Nowadays, they are rare to see on American roads but represent good smiles-per-dollar value…. more»

Baby ‘Vette Drag Car: 1969 Opel GT

Opel GTs are commonly referred to as a Baby Corvette, due to its Vette-like looks in miniature. But despite this moniker, power was never at Corvette levels. This storage-locker find Opel GT appears to have addressed… more»

One Owner Since ’84: 1983 Ford EXP

Ever find a car that reminds you of a Hot Wheels you once owned? Right down the color? Sure, you’d likely say, but rarely does the car in question look as nice as that die cast… more»

Locked in Uncle’s Garage: 1984 Mercedes 500SEC

Over the years, stories of relatives with significant vehicles locked away and out of the hands of more caring relatives have lingered across the enthusiast sphere. This 1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC is a genuine Euro-market car with… more»

Found in a Grove: 1964 Dodge 330

This Dodge 330, sadly, isn’t a Max Wedge hiding out in a base model’s body. No, it’s your standard, Slant 6-equipped model that is basically suited for commuter duty and that’s about it. But we don’t… more»

Rabbit Beater: 1976 Dodge Colt GT

The Dodge Colt era in America represented an interesting phase when rebadged Mitsubishi products made their way to our shores in multiple flavors. Although we’ve documented the Colt here previously, this GT-spec trim is less frequently… more»

Runs and Drives: 1961 Mercedes 180

1 It’s rare to find a Mercedes still wearing its iconic hood ornament after so many years, but this 1961 Mercedes-Benz 180 wears the three-pointed star with pride. This vintage sedan is located in Colorado where… more»

No Reserve Donation: 1980 Datsun 280ZX

Donated vehicles remain a source of fascination for me, mainly because I cannot get over how many seemingly decent cars end up being given away. I suspect in most cases this phenomenon is due to disinterested… more»

Near Extinct: 1989 Isuzu I-Mark RS

From the archives of 1980s hot hatches comes one of its more surprising contenders: the Isuzu I-Mark RS. Packing a Lotus-tuned suspension, Recaro seats, factory body kit and a slick-shifting manual transmission, these were formidable packages… more»

Dealer Painted: 1981 Delorean DMC-12

The painted DeLorean: this is the stuff of folklore and urban legend, with armchair quarterbacks often debating how many DeLoreans were painted and who was responsible for the color change. This 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 here on… more»

Farm Find: 1969 Rover V8

Rover’s famed V8 sedan remains an under-appreciated classic today, offering stately looks, a comfortable interior and reliable Buick V8 power up front. This example hails from California, where the previous owner collected it from a farm… more»