Assembly Required: 1963 Saab 96 Project

The 1960-64 “bullnose” Saab 96 is the car that cemented Saab’s reputation as a rally winner. Behind the wheel of a 96, legendary driver Erik Carlsson won the RAC Rally three years in a row in 1960, ‘61, and… more»

Fast Finds

American Hot Hatch: 1986 Shelby Omni GLH-S

By the 1980s, Carroll Shelby had shifted his focus from modifying V8 Ford-powered cars to tweaking front-wheel-drive four-cylinder Chrysler products. One of the fruits of this collaboration was the 1984 Dodge Omni GLH (Goes Like Hell), which was a… more»

One-Family-Owned: 1974 Saab Sonett III

The Sonett III was the final iteration of Saab’s fiberglass sports car, and traces its roots back to the six Sonett I roadsters constructed between 1955 and 1957. Officially known as the 94, the original Sonett got its name… more»

X Package? 1974 AMC Gremlin

1974 was something of a transition year for the AMC Gremlin, which was in its fifth year of production. The Arab Oil Embargo kicked off in October 1973, just as the 1974 model year was beginning, which increased the… more»

Corvette Power! V8-Swapped 1958 Triumph TR3

Dropping an American V8 engine into a nimble British sports car is a tried-and-true recipe for go-fast performance and handling. Examples that immediately come to mind are the AC Cobra, Sunbeam Tiger, and TVR Tuscan, all of which were… more»

Sportstar Edition: 1980 International Scout II

By 1980, the International Scout II was at the end of its run, but there were still plenty of special editions available in that final year. One company that specialized in creating these limited models in 1979 and 1980… more»

Overhead Cam Six: 1967 Pontiac Tempest Wagon

It’s sometimes easy to forget that General Motors was quite an innovative company in the 1960s. One example of this forward-thinking was the overhead cam six-cylinder (OHC6) engine that was the brainchild of Pontiac Chief Engineer John DeLorean. At… more»

Supercharged Manual: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R-2

The Avanti was Studebaker’s answer to the Ford Thunderbird and intended as a halo car for the ailing independent auto manufacturer. Created under the direction of famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, fewer than 6000 were made from April 1962… more»

47k Mile Survivor: 1969 Pontiac GTO

The second-generation Pontiac GTO was a big hit with both consumers and the press, being named as Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 1968. One innovative feature cited in the award announcement was the Endura front bumper. Made… more»

1973 Volkswagen Riviera Camper Van Survivor

Riviera Motors was a major Volkswagen distributor in Beaverton, Oregon, just miles from Portland, which was one of the main ports of entry for Volkswagen imports to the West Coast in the 1960s. During that time, Volkswagen camper vans… more»

Long-Term Storage: 1974 Lotus Elite

The Type 75 Lotus Elite shooting brake and its fastback variant, the Eclat, were released in 1974 as a replacement for the Elan 2+2. Like their predecessors, the Elite and Eclat had a fiberglass body mounted on a steel… more»

Early US Export: 1960 Morris 850 Mini

The BMC Mini, initially available under both the Austin and Morris nameplates, was an instant hit when it arrived on the market in England in mid-1959. Exports to the US began in early 1960 where it was sold as… more»

Rare Alpine: 1966 Dinalpin A110

The Renault R8-based Alpine A110 staked its reputation as one of the hottest rally cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Its rear-engine layout made it something of a French answer to the Porsche 911. In addition to… more»

Slant Six Survivor: 1972 Plymouth Duster

The Chrysler A-Body cars, the Dodge Dart and Plymouth Valiant, were one of the staples of sensible American motoring in the Sixties and Seventies. The Plymouth Duster came along in 1970 as a coupe version of the Valiant, intended… more»

Period-Correct Custom: 1976 Chevrolet G20 Van

Did you miss the heyday of mid-1970s van culture? There is a strong Instagram-fueled “van life” scene in 2021, but it is just not quite the same as the days of vans done up in an outrageous combination of… more»

Turbo Muscle: 1984 Ford Mustang SVO

The Ford Mustang SVO appears to be from an alternate timeline where the Mustang was conceived in Europe rather than America. At first glance, it appears the same as a standard Fox Body Mustang, but upon closer examination there… more»