Seeking Info: 1957 Drag Corvette “Lil Twister”

Lil-Twister-Corvette

From Bob B – Hello, I ran across your site googling for pics of Corvette gauges and was very interested to see the yellow 1957 BM/SP Corvette drag car. This is because I bought a ’57 BM/SP drag Corvette back in May and I, also, am looking for information on the car. Read more »

British Belly Tank Racer

british-streamliner

One of my earliest memories of cars growing up was seeing Craig Breedlove’s Spirit of America, Sonic I – the Land Speed Record holder at the time, while it was on tour. I ducked under the rope to touch the sleek side and immediately fell in love with the idea of one person and one car against the clock. Tthe first people to try to set records immediately after WWII were using leftovers from that war, including belly tanks from airplanes, to build some truly unique streamliners. While I’ve seen a few of these special cars in the US, I’ve never seen one anywhere else. This one is currently being auctioned of here on eBay in the UK. Read more »

Tragic History: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

1969 Charger Daytona

If you’re a Mopar nut or simply love NASCAR and its history, than there is no doubt that you have at least heard of the Dodge Charger Daytona. These odd looking race cars were designed and built to dominate the oval track. There special aerodynamic features and high performance engines allowed for impressive speeds, but sadly there weren’t many built. Of the 30 or so built, it is believed that only 6 of the original race cars exist today. Recently another one of these rare cars was discovered rusting away in South Carolina, but it is in less than great shape. Paul G came across this Daytona here on eBay, where it is already bid up well over $50k. Then again, I guess it isn’t every day that someone drags out one of the most iconic and recognizable Mopars ever built, especially one with such an interesting history! Special thanks to Paul for this tip! Read more »

Number 26: 1954 Arnolt Bristol

1954 Arnolt Bristol Racing

They say the best things come out of collaborative efforts and based on the 1954 Arnolt Bristol above, I’d have to agree. There are other great examples, like the De Tomaso Pantera and the Intermeccanica, but those cars were simple collaborations between Italy and America. The Arnolt Bristol took it to a new level, as it was an American car with an Italian body and a British drivetrain. Only someone as whacky as Stanley Arnolt could have ever envisioned something like the Arnolt Bristol and I’m just glad he was able to pull it off, even if only 142 were ever built. This one was used for racing almost from day one and was raced until ’59. Over 50 years later, it is back on the road with the number 26 still emblazoned on its sides. Have a look at it here on eBay or see it in person in New Milford, Connecticut. Read more »

Pint-Sized Project: 1962 Morris Mini Cooper

1962 Morris Mini Cooper

Looking at a Morris Mini, it is hard to imagine such a small car flying around Monte Carlo at speed, but after John Cooper was done tuning the Mini it became a force to be reckoned with. The Mini had impressive handling before Cooper got his hands on it, but he gave the Mini the one thing it needed to be competitive, more power. Minis have always been in demand, but the Cooper versions are without a doubt the most desirable of these tiny cars. This 1962 Morris Mini Cooper was discovered in Italy and is in need of a complete restoration. The seller literally provides no information about the car, other than the fact that it needs restored. Thankfully, they offer lots of photos, which can be seen here on AutoClassic.it and if any additional information comes to light, I’ll be sure to add it! Read more »

Out of Retirement: 1964 Ford Galaxie

1964 Ford Galaxie Dragster

Plenty of professional athletes have retired, only to leave retirement and start competing again. If some athletes can do it multiple times and still be successful, why can’t an old drag car? This 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 has spent most of its life either ripping up the quarter mile or parked in a barn. After a long retirement, it has been pulled out, freshened up, given a new motor, and is about ready to hit the drag strip! If you’re interested with getting this Galaxie out of retirement, be sure to take a look at it here on eBay or find it in Gainesville, Florida. Read more »

First Fuelie Corvette Factory Racer Hits the Market

1957 Corvette Fuelie Race Car

While surfing eBay recently, I came across a listing for the first fuel injected Corvette race car. The lack of photos made me question the authenticity of the listing, as the very car has graced the pages of this site in our In the Barn series. What really grabbed my attention though was the price. If you’re standing, you might want to take a seat. They are asking an astronomical $6.5 million for this historic race car. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand the historical significance of this particular car, but is it really worth that much? It’s a well-documented car that raced at Daytona and Sebring and it does have an interesting story as a barn find, but it is hard to fathom it being worth so much. The seller has since updated their listing with more photos and if you’d like to take a look for yourself, find it here on eBay. Read more »

S-Code Project: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Some of the cars we find are desirable because of what they are, but sometimes the most desirable car is a tough sale. Condition can really keep a car from being a tempting proposition, but sometimes these cars are worth checking out just because of how cool they look. Take this 1969 Mustang Mach 1 390 we discovered here on eBay, it is a highly desirable model, but its condition keeps it from being a realistic project for us. While it might not be realistic, that doesn’t stop us from wanting it simply because of how fascinating it is to look at. We aren’t sure what exactly is going on with the paint job, but it certainly has us intrigued. If it was cheaper and we had money to spare, we would be tempted to buy it simply for curiosities sake. Read more »

Mystery Model: 1957 Devin

1957 Devin

We have had the pleasure of featuring a number of the amazing cars built by Bill Devin. Most are clearly identifiable, but occasionally we come across one that isn’t as easy to determine the exact model. There were several models offered, but most were the VW based D model. This one is based on the VW, but the body isn’t like the typical Devin D. Given that the Devin was offered as a kit car, it is possible that this one was modified or it could be one of the Devin Specials. We are going with it being a Special, but take a look at it here on eBay and decide for yourself. Read more »