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.

Running Copart Project: 1972 BMW 2002

Copart continues to intrigue me as it relates to hobby or collector cars that show up for sale on the internet’s largest salvage yard. This clean 1972… more»

Pacific Avatar Conversion: 1982 Mazda RX7 Convertible

This 1982 Mazda RX7 is a rare Pacific Avatar convertible conversion that’s also sporting a wicked wide body and some other period modifications that make it a… more»

Grandma’s Survivor: 1987 Buick Century Estate Wagon

This clean 1987 Buick Century Estate Wagon brings back some fond memories for me, as my grandmother owned the Chevy-badged twin for many years before converting to… more»

Barn Fresh Step-Through: 1946 Cushman Series 50

This gorgeous Cushman Step-Through scooter is a claimed California barn find that the seller will not have time to restore. Frankly, it looks too nice to do… more»

Period Modifications: Rusty Alfa Romeo GTV

I spotted this 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV on craigslist a few weeks ago, as did Barn Finds reader Roger. This is a complete basketcase, but I can somewhat understand why someone purchased… more»

Saved from Shredder: 1969 Saab Sonett

The seller claims he spotted this 1969 Saab Sonnet in line to be crushed at a salvage yard facility and rescued it before falling to such a… more»

Tangerine Targa: 1968 Porsche 911

The seller of this hard-window Porsche 911 Targa says he bought the rusty shell out of Syracuse, New York, and never made any headway on it. It’s… more»

Rare Targa Top: 1988 Jaguar XJ-SC Cabriolet

This is an exceptionally rare 1988 Jaguar XJ-SC, a bizarre experiment in creating an XJS-series Jag with the option to drive with the wind blowing through your… more»

Parked and Forgotten: 1968 Jaguar E-Type

This seller on eBay routinely posts barn find Jaguar E-Types for sale, and has discovered yet another forlorn example, this time in Florida. According to the listing,… more»

Freewheelin’ Package: 1979 Ford Bronco

The seller says he isn’t afraid to drive this 1979 Ford Bronco Freewheelin’ package survivor anywhere given how smooth it runs. With the original graphics fading nicely… more»

Rust Repaired: 1967 Jeepster Commando

This 1967 Jeepster Commando has been refreshed but not restored, with enough improvements made that should improve its reliability and resistance to rust. The Commando was spotted… more»

Take Your Pick: Avon Park Collection

This listing spotted by Barn Finds reader Fred is located in an area I’ve frequented quite a bit, thanks to my wife’s family being from Florida. Avon Park… more»

Desirable Manual: 1974 Avanti II

If you can’t find a first-edition Studebaker Avanti assembled in the Studebaker plant, the Avanti II with a manual transmission is the next best thing. These were… more»

Rare Vega Twin: 1978 Pontiac Sunbird Safari Wagon

While we often see the Chevy Vega listed for sale in varying degrees of condition, its corporate twin the Pontiac Sunbird “Safari Wagon” shows up far less… more»

Orange Tartan: 1974 VW Westfalia Pop-Top

I’ll be the first to admit that interesting color schemes can make me consider absolute basketcase projects. In the case of this 1974 VW Westfalia, which is… more»

10 Years Parked: 1984 Toyota Supra

This second generation Toyota Supra has been sitting for ten years following a fuel pump failure. The seller politely apologizes for not washing the car before taking… more»

Good Or Bad Idea? 1985 Ferrari 308 GTS

For whatever reason, I still get awfully excited about dealer trades that feature an interesting vintage car of some kind. This 1985 Ferrari 308 GTS is not… more»

Fairlady Survivor: 1974 Datsun 260Z

The seller of this 1974 Datsun 260Z acquired it from a friend and longtime owner of the car. With the second owner since 1981, it sat parked… more»

Never Seen One: 1980 Mercedes-Benz GTR Kit Car

Kit cars normally aren’t my jam, but this oddball Mercedes GTR “clone” was too eye-catching not to post. Frankly, I’ll go out on a limb and state… more»

Panther Pink Project: 1970 Dodge Challenger

In the world of collectible Mopars, the words “Panther Pink” have always been held with some reverence given the relative rarity of the unusual color. Pink is… more»

Rare Liftback: 1983 Toyota Corolla

While Corollas of this generation are rare in any form, we hardly ever see the liftback body design like this silver 1983 example listed for $2,750 in… more»

Service Station Survivor: 1969 Jeep Gladiator J3000

Years ago, you would always see a shop truck parked next to the local service station. It did it all – from plowing the lot to making… more»

Sitting for 27 Years: 1969 Dodge Charger

This 1969 Dodge Charger is fresh from a close to three-decade sleep, having last turned a wheel some 27 years ago. The exterior presents surprisingly well, but… more»

Garage Find: 1959 Austin Healey Sprite

This tired 1959 Austin Healey “Bugeye” Sprite is said to be a recent garage find from somewhere in New York State. These are among the most recognized… more»