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.

Huge SAAB Stash With Some Rare Gems!

Barn Finds reader Ian C. spotted this huge stash of vintage Saab cars on craigslist, consisting largely of Saab 96 cars (or 95s and 94s, depending on the year) and a Sonnet coupe. There also looks to be an… more»

Cheap Survivor: 1980 Ford Thunderbird

I realize this 1980 Ford Thunderbird is not a particularly special car. However, the design of this malaise-era T-Bird has always caught my eye for combining the decidedly old-school look of flip-up headlights with a thoroughly 80s-appropriate unibrow taillight… more»

Low-Mile Driver: 1993 Dodge Stealth ES

It’s a shame when a car is so close to greatness – but not close enough – that its impressively low mileage ceases to matter. They made the Dodge Stealth in top-shelf R/T Twin Turbo guise, which is the… more»

Bone Stock: 1986 Ford Mustang SVO

While I think the seller of this clean 1986 Ford Mustang SVO may be slightly ahead of the market in terms of pricing, it’s not by much. The SVO is listed for $10,500 or best offer, and that is… more»

31k Original Miles: 1990 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

While most Cadillac enthusiasts prefer their cars to be larger than life with rear wheel drive and Northstar V8s, I’ve always been a fan of the more compact Eldorado of the late 80s and early 90s. To me, this… more»

1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle Project

When it comes to special edition trim packages, finding a specimen with the unique cosmetic tweaks still intact is hard to do when dealing in barn finds. Sure, you may discover a vehicle that was one of the limited… more»

Track Car Build: 1990 BMW M3

Some of the insanity around E30 M3 prices has begun to calm down, with less than perfect cars sticking around for longer periods of time 0r selling for far lower prices than a few years ago. Now, that’s not… more»

15,000 Mile Stripper: 1973 Chevy Nova

While mileage claims can be dubious, some sellers exude a certain level of confidence in their low-mileage specimens. This 1973 Chevrolet Nova is one such car, as the seller claims it has a mere 15,000 original miles and there… more»

Rare Sport Coupe: 1986 Ford Escort EXP

Although Ford never mounted a serious challenge to the sport compact coupes of the late 1980s, they did try to formulate an answer with the short-lived EXP coupe. A true two-seater, the EXP offered buyers plenty of style in… more»

Estate Sale Find: Multiple Race Car Projects

While most estate sales these days generally reveal few surprises as it relates to collector cars, there’s always one that makes you stop in your tracks. This is the case with an upcoming public auction in Illinois, where several… more»

Matching Numbers Basketcase: 1962 Porsche 356

How badly do you want a numbers-matching Porsche 356? Given how many of these cars lost their original drivelines given they were once cheap and disposable, it’s a rare find to discover a standard model the retains its matching… more»

Daily Driver: 1992 Dodge Ramcharger LE Survivor

On a recent junkyard visit, I saw an old Ramcharger going into the yard – its final resting place. The fenders were rotted out, the tires were clearly cheap mudders, and the interior was in shambles. Sadly, I see… more»

Grandpa’s Hot Rod: 1996 Buick Roadmaster LT1

While the hubbub around new-age car shows like Radwood has focused largely on imports and exotica, emerging classics like this 1996 Buick Roadmaster should be included in the same conversation about iconic youngtimers. While the Impala SS tends to… more»

Tasty CMX: 1981 Dodge Mirada

A relatively short production run and limited appeal among consumers were two contributing factors in the Dodge Mirada’s relegation to automotive obscurity. However, its good looks have aged well, and examples like this CMX trim model offered a host… more»

28,000 Mile Survivor: 1990 Ford Ranger

Unlike econobox cars, there is something inherently charming about cheap pickup trucks. I have no personal hatred against a stripped down ’82 VW Rabbit, but it’s slow, small, and not that much fun to drive. Old base-model pickup trucks… more»

Lotus Tuned: 1988 Isuzu Impulse

For years, I wanted an Isuzu Impulse. I was certain one would be in my garage. The clamshell hood, the loose affiliation with the classic VW Scirocco, handling by Lotus, available turbo power – yes, it had quite a… more»