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.

Spouse Neglect: 1976 Alfa Romeo GTV

At one time, this 1976 Alfa Romeo GTV was painted gold and likely had a presentable interior and engine bay. Now, after years of sitting following the passing of its owner, ths car exhibits extensive evidence… more»

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Muscle Truck Showdown: F150 Lightning Vs. Chevy SS

  This 1990 Chevrolet 454SS pickup is clearly a tired example, but these trucks are still considered desirable collector’s items as vestiges of an era when Chevy and Ford went toe-to-toe with high horsepower haulers. Low… more»

Parked for 25 Years: Corvette Collector Edition

The Collector Edition C3 Corvette is a bit of an anomaly, as the packaging essentially amounted to special wheels and colors, and over 6,000 were sold. Featuring “unlimited availability,” you can still find nearly new ones… more»

Not a Dolphin: VW Bishcofberger Camper

The range of mini camper conversions is somewhat hard to plot, as it seems there’s always an oddball or two like this Volkswagen pickup-based R/V running around the English countryside. Here in the states, we’re accustomed… more»

Less than 25K Miles: 1984 Ford Escort

The seller of this 1984 Ford Escort typically takes in interesting donated vehicles which usually have some tragic flaw, such as structural rust or engines that have run without coolant for years. That’s just the nature… more»

One Of 750: 1987 Shelby CSX

In addition to looking worn out and battered, this 1987 Dodge CSX Shelby edition is missing its original turbocharged powerplant and doesn’t currently run. It’s hard to imagine a car emblazoned with the name Shelby could… more»

MG TD Alternative: 1982 Blakely Bernardi

Among the legions of VW-based kit cars, a few non-Beetle based kits squeaked in that we don’t hear too much about. The Blakely Bernardi is one such example, effectively providing a modern riff on the classic… more»

Boosted, Literally: $550 Chrysler Maserati

The Chrysler TC by Maserati was, by many accounts, a bit of a sales disaster. Strong competition and a high price tag, with minimal features to justify said price, all combined to sink the project before… more»

The Ultimate Omni: 1985 Dodge Omni GLH-T

The Dodge Omni GLH is revered in enthusiast circles; the GLH-T even more so. Clearly, these cars are disappearing at a furious rate, so preserving the ones that are left is a priority. However, this 1985… more»

Beetle Body Snatcher: 1976 Invader GT IV

If you wanted to build a collection of kit cars that offered a different vehicle for each day of the week, you’d seemingly need 12 days in a week. This 1976 Invader GT IV model is… more»

Donation Write-Off: 1978 Toyota Celica

Featuring a rust-free body with paint that looks like it could come back with a serious buffing, this 1978 Toyota Celica is a recent charitable donation that is bidding quite cheaply at just over $200. Located… more»

Stalled Speedster Convert: ’82 Porsche 911 Targa

A 1982 Porsche 911 Targa likely didn’t seem to have much value left by the mid 1990s, as they were always the least desirable of the entire lineup. This example was recently unearthed following being parked… more»

14K Mile Firetruck: 1989 Chevy 3500

Former municipal vehicles like this 1989 Chevrolet 3500 Sierra SLE Crew Cab are seemingly always loaded and always low mileage. It makes for an ideal combination, plus they typically retain added lights, sirens and radio systems… more»