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.

Project Potential: 1988 Merkur XR4Ti

This seems like a potentially good buy for the Merkur fan: a nicely optioned XR4Ti for just $850. Sure, it needs a lot of work and appears to have been used for parts pillaging, but the… more»

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Stored In ’69: 1960 Austin Healey 3000

The hit TV show Wheeler Dealers recently did a segment on the rescue and restoration of an Austin Healey like this one – the classic “big Healey”, or Austin Healey 3000. I had never had much interest… more»

Original Owner: 1971 Audi 100LS

It’s rare to see the words “I am the original owner” in a listing for a car last sold in the 1970s. This 1971 Audi 100 is a rarely seen sedan from the company’s early days… more»

25 Year Clear: 1983 Austin Mini Cooper

I can’t help but wonder if this barn find 1983 Austin Mini Cooper has been hiding out, just waiting for the day it could legally be put up for sale. As a right-hand-drive, clearly-gray market car,… more»

One Of…One? Bill Blass Lincoln Mark VII Diesel

The one-of-one is an exaggeration, but likely not by much: this 1984 Lincoln Continental Mark VII is not only a rare Bill Blass edition, but it also features the BMW-derived turbodiesel powerplant! Seriously, that was a rare… more»

New England Project Car: 1973 Volvo P1800ES

It seems like there are some cars, no matter how obscure, that just pop up in a given area. Volvos and Saabs are two of the more popular import brands in New England, going back generations… more»

Euro Spec: 1983 Porsche 928S

Among the many ways European-market variants of US cars are better include lighter weight and more power. The weight savings comes from not having ridiculous steel safety bars in the doors and other nonsense, while the… more»

Time Capsule: 7K Mile Jaguar E-Type

As rare as it is to find low-mileage vintage sports cars, we still can get a bit bored seeing untouched Mustangs or Alfa Romeos. What is unusual to find is a slice of period exotica –… more»

Safely In A Junkyard: 1974 Bricklin SV-1

To see a classic sitting among the piles of junked vehicles is a bit jarring. Then again, if this lime-green Bricklin SV-1 came in by way of a donation or property clean-out, it’s not surprising to… more»

Tii Warehouse Find: 1972 and 1974 BMW 2002s

What is it about cars stored in dark, cramped warehouses that gets our attention? Well, it’s likely the potential of discovering a long-hidden rarity or parts stash, or perhaps it’s just the allure of florescent lighting… more»

Show Car Styling: Craigslist Renault Caravelles

In what is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime event, two Renault Caravelle coupes are up for sale on craigslist sites in California and Missouri. The Caravelle is seldom seen today, despite the company’s desire to overtake the popularity… more»

Dealer Trade: 20K Mile 1985 Nissan 300ZX

Seeing cherished vintage cars end up at a new car dealership makes me feel like we’ve stepped back in time, where awesome period sportscars like this 1985 Nissan 300ZX are still sitting on the lot (instead… more»

How Many Left? 1987 Nissan Stanza Survivor

These days, the sight of a Nissan Altima is hardly a rare occurrence; more rare is seeing one that isn’t being driven by someone lacking in hand/eye coordination. Before we had the Altima, the Nissan Stanza… more»