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.

Sports Car Survivor: 1979 Triumph TR7

You’d be forgiven if the Triumph TR7 doesn’t exactly jump off the page at you anymore, as they’ve been an entry level classic car for years. Sometimes, like any vintage vehicle that has been popular for ages, like an… more»

Auction Your Car On Barn Finds!

Skeleton Car? 1978 Datsun 280Z

As some of you know, I’ve been helping to clear out a stash of vehicles from a property in Georgia. One the models we have several of (and that has proven popular in terms of how many we’ve sold)… more»

Clean And Stock: 1986 Ford Mustang SVO

This gorgeous turbocharged Ford Mustang SVO is a desirable later production model, fitted with the flush headlights and a more powerful 2.3L four-cylinder engine. Despite having higher mileage of almost 70,000, it still presents quite well and the seller… more»

Rough R2: 1963 Studebaker Avanti 4-Speed

This is definitely a car we don’t see pop up for sale in project-grade condition every day, and it fits the description perfectly of diamond in the rough. It’s a desirable 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2, equipped with the rare… more»

Barn Find Oval Window: 1956 Volkswagen Beetle

It’s amazing how many places desirable collector cars can be found, hidden away. You’d be forgiven if you thought they were just in dense urban population zones, like Los Angeles or New York. But the truth is, barn finds… more»

Chopped and Rolled: 1984 Chevrolet Corvette Project

C4 Corvettes are a dime a dozen, but how many are offered with a custom chopped top? OK, this is about as far away from custom as you can get, as it’s merely the case of a bored previous… more»

Engine Sold Separately: 1967 Fiat Dino

Fiat’s 2000 Dino has long been considered a cheap entry into Ferrari ownership, owing to its Ferrari-built powerplant. This example is a major project, needing rust repair and “complete restoration”, according to the seller. There’s just one catch: the… more»

Summer Drives Only: 1981 Avanti II

When it comes to Avantis, the multiple chains of ownership and different styling that appeared over the years forces enthusiasts to think long and hard about which iteration they want to park in their garage. The earliest models, built… more»

15K Mile C-Package Survivor: 1993 Mazda Miata

While Mazda Miatas with low mileage aren’t exactly uncommon, we don’t often see them wearing white paint with butterscotch leather interiors. This is a C-package car, which placed the emphasis on luxury rather than rawness, and some would consider… more»

Four Seat Supercar: 1978 Lamborghini Espada

This 1978 Lamborghini Espada is one of the great touring cars ever made, built in an era when Ferrari and Lamborghini were churning out four-seater grand tourers on a surprisingly regular basis. This example has been mechanically restored, with… more»

1 of 3,052 in Yellow: 1987 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The seller notes this 1987 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 represents a great opportunity to own the car you wish you had in high school, and to his credit, I consider this one of the most powerful antidotes for bidding recklessly… more»

Potential Fun: Lotus Super Seven Replica

If there’s ever been a car that could transform you into a fan of track days and autocross events overnight, I don’t know of a better option than a Lotus Super Seven or Caterham kit. These cars were the… more»

Rare 4-Speed: 1976 Chevrolet Suburban

At first, this looks like another decent Chevrolet Suburban, certainly a respectable driver but nothing that necessarily makes you stop in your tracks. But here’s what sets it apart: it has a four-speed manual, a feature I can’t recall… more»

Garage Kept Convertible: 1988 Ford Mustang GT

This 1988 Ford Mustang GT convertible is a low-mileage specimen that presents extremely well, albeit with some minor issues to sort out. Ford offered this generation of the Fox body in a variety of color combos that featured the… more»

2000 Bentley Arnage Red Label Beater!

The scenario in which a customer asks for work to be performed on a high-end luxury vehicle and then effectively disappears when the invoice comes due is a more familiar scenario than you might think. Not only do these… more»

Four-Door Mustang: 1985 Ford LTD 5.0 LX

This 5.0L V8-equipped 1985 Ford LTD sedan is one of my favorite factory sleepers, as it doesn’t get much sleepier than an LTD sedan. Ford made these in exceedingly limited quantities for a mainstream model, and it’s one of… more»