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.

Arizona Dry: 1972 Datsun 240Z

Color me amazed to see the bids flowing in for this poorly-photographed 1972 Datsun 240Z, which is said to be an Arizona car with minimal rust. While it’s hard to get the full picture of its condition, the orange… more»

Magazine Car: 1984 Pontiac Trans Am

This 1984 Pontiac Trans Am is a former magazine feature car that remains in a nicely preserved state with some desirable options. Mileage is a tick below 50,000 and the paint looks quite nice – I especially like the… more»

Gold Edition: 1988 Alfa Romeo Milano

If I were more adventurous, I’d dip a toe into the well of Italian car ownership with an Alfa Romeo Milano, as seen here in rust-free condition with under 70,000 miles. The Milanos were a compelling alternative to the… more»

55,000 Mile Survivor: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R-1

The Studebaker Avantis come up for sale with some regularity, but more often that not, they are the less desirable later cars or fairly haggard R-1 projects. This example is neither of those, as it’s a desirable R-1 in… more»

Vintage Racing Ready: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette

Old race cars are some of the coolest barn finds there are, especially when they wear period race garb like this 1965 Chevrolet Corvette. The seller claims it was locked away for several years just the way it was… more»

One of 544: 1987 Chevy Camaro Z28 Convertible

To some extent, the listing for this 1987 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 convertible gets into the weeds of what makes a car rarer than the next, or when options begin to make a vehicle a one-of-nine or other variables that… more»

Ragtop Oval: 1955 Volkswagen Beetle

Since the listing says nothing about a repaint, I have to believe this is at least a partially original oval window Volkswagen Beetle. It looks too good to be true, but given bidding is over $15K with several days… more»

Parked For 10 Years: 1982 DeLorean DMC-12

To me, DeLoreans are a conundrum. I get that there’s a loyal fan base, but their values seem to fluctuate greatly depending on whether there’s a buyer in the room who has decided this is the week to own… more»

Lowest Mileage Example? ASC McLaren Grand Prix

The ASC McLaren Pontiac Grand Prix Turbo has quite a long name, but it’s also a legitimately impressive performance car (by 80s standards) that is near impossible to find today in condition like this one. It helps that this… more»

Centaurus Conversion: 1996 Ford F350

What do you make of these aftermarket conversions of otherwise ordinary vehicles? I suppose in an era where manufacturers weren’t getting away with charging $50K (or more) for a pickup truck, the aftermarket was the only choice if you… more»

29,765 Miles: 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra

The first owner held onto this bone-stock 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra until 2018, making it practically (but not quite) a one-owner vehicle. In that time, the Mustang was clearly cherished, with no obvious modifications or abuse inflicted upon it…. more»

Ferrari Alternative: 1991 GMC Syclone

While the concept of hot rodded SUVs is a trend that continues, single-cab, light-duty pickup trucks with lofty performance aspirations are a dying breed. Yes, I know, they stuffed a Viper drivetrain into a Ram, but that was a… more»

Field of Dreams? Chevy and GMC Truck Projects

If you have a hobby like car or truck collecting, it’s helpful to have lots of land and some steel buildings on your property. Of course, it can get quite dangerous, too, as your collecting can get out of… more»

Cosmetic Resto Candidate: 1982 Datsun 280ZX Turbo

One of the few things I loved about my departed Subaru XT6 project was that it came with headlight washers. For whatever reason, I just dig the idea of a washer system in miniature, and reserved just for the… more»

Turbo Coupe Survivor: 16K Mile Ford Thunderbird

One of the cars that is outside my normal sweet spots of old, German, and good handing or old, Japanese, and utilitarian is the Ford Mustang SVO or Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. I’m not sure why, but I love turbocharged… more»

Junkyard Trooper Update: Seized Engine Shocker!

Well, while I had hoped my next update on the junkyard-find 1986 Isuzu Trooper I acquired would have pictures of it fording streams and bouncing over rocks, that is sadly not the case. When we last left you, I… more»