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.

36K Mile Fairlady: 1970 Datsun 1600 Roadster

This pretty 1970 Datsun 1600 roadster is described as being an older restoration that is showing its age in places. I personally really like cars in this sort of condition, as they generally still look good enough to the… more»

54K Original Miles: 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SEB

This handsome 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SE coupe is an unrestored example featuring a factory sunroof and extensive documentation. The seller has a fairly full picture of its ownership history, with much of its time spent in the care of a… more»

Some Assembly Required: 1992 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

This 1992 Porsche 911 Cabriolet may have at one time been the pinnacle of an early 90s sports car, but it’s been left neglected in the seller’s garage following drivetrain removal to recondition the heads and reseal the engine…. more»

Levi’s Edition: 1978 Jeep Cherokee Chief

If you want to put an iconic vehicle in your garage, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic Cherokee. And if you want it to be a model that will always find a following among fellow square body… more»

Wagon Survivor: 1988 Dodge Aries LE

There are some cars you’re not even remotely surprised to see come out of an elderly driver’s garage in pristine condition. The Dodge Aires wagon is one of those vehicles, as older owners just seemed to gravitate towards a… more»

Sunburnt 1987 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Bidding is surprisingly strong for a sunburnt 1987 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 that needs an engine rebuild and the interior restored, but that’s exactly the case with this project grade example. The Camaro was left outside for many years in… more»

Driver Quality: 1983 Studebaker Avanti

The Avanti remains an underappreciated classic in my book, especially as it relates to the kind of car you can buy for short money and maintain on a relatively tight budget if need be. The running gear is dirt-cheap… more»

Driveway Find? 1986 Lotus Esprit Turbo

This 1986 Lotus Esprit Turbo looks conspicuously like a Copart lot find, as this picture goes to show us. The dirt lot, the sticker in the windshield, the yellow marker scribbles – this is surely a Copart car, right?… more»

Roadkill Build: 1972 Ford Torino Wagon

The Roadkill guys have built some of the most noteworthy customs over the last few years, and by some weird cosmic alignment, a few of those builds have come up for sale recently. First it was the Super Sammy,… more»

Nicest One Left? 40k Mile 1999 Dodge Caravan

The third generation of the Dodge Caravan represented perhaps one of the more transformative eras overall at Chrysler. The designs were fresh, and the lineup was deep, with seemingly endless ways to configure everything from a Neon to a… more»

Low-Mileage Project: 1991 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Sometimes, low mileage doesn’t guarantee pristine condition (and conversely, high mileage doesn’t mean a car is tired.) This 1991 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is a desirable model, and while it at one time was a slicktop – meaning it didn’t… more»

Project Pair: 1988 Chrysler Conquest TSIs

The Chrysler Conquest and Mitsubishi Starion are two marquee examples of 1980s performance cars that have come back into style in a big way as more vehicles from the 1980s rise in collectability. The good news is this doesn’t… more»

No Reserve Survivor: 1986 Toyota 4Runner SR5

The auction for this Toyota 4Runner is wrapping up shortly, and is listed in a no reserve format – a surprise for such a desirable specimen. These first-generation 4Runners show no sign of slowing down value-wise, and the rising… more»

Epic Interior: 1976 Chevrolet Corvette

There’s just over a day left for this groovy 1976 Chevrolet Corvette, which is already notable for its rarely seen tan exterior. But it’s when you peek inside that this ‘Vette really begins to shine, as it has one… more»

Corvette Engine Swap: 1957 Jeep FC170

When it comes to taking vehicles that most enthusiasts prefer to keep original and going way off the reservation in terms of modifications, it’s a calculated risk in terms of how the next owner will respond. Modify it one… more»

Well Optioned Mopar: 1970 Plymouth Cuda 440-6

When it comes to old Mopars (or any muscle car, really), the options list can make all the difference when assigning value. Throw into it rare features like colors and upgrades and the price can climb even further. This… more»