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.

Loaded ZR1: 1991 Chevy Corvette

The Corvette ZRI remains one of the most under-appreciated modern classics on the market, and is still incredibly cheap for the level of performance it offers. This 1991 example is loaded to the gunwales with all the right equipment,… more»

EXCLUSIVE: 1987 Dodge D150 Pickup

A Barn Finds reader has shared with us a very clean 1987 Dodge Ram 150 for sale. This truck is a southern survivor, with just 130,000 original miles, the reliable 318 V8, cold AC, and lots of recent maintenance. The seller… more»

Special Order Paint: 1957 Porsche 356A

This 1957 Porsche 356A coupe is an impressively straight project car, fresh out of long-term ownership that ended with the caretaker sprucing it up prior to the sale. The 356 is a desirable early model with several unique styling… more»

Daytona 500 Tribute: 1983 Pontiac Trans Am

Domestic muscle in the early 1980s was somewhat of an oxymoron, and bright spots hard to find. This 1983 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is a reminder that any “performance” car from the Big 3 capable of knocking of 0-60… more»

AMG Modified: 1991 Mercedes 190E

This 1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E is equipped with the 2.6L inline-six and a host of AMG upgrades, both cosmetic and performance-minded. The car is a gray market example and wears larger AMG monoblock wheels; an upgraded suspension; Sebring exhaust; and… more»

Never Seen One: 1972 Meyers Manx Shark

In the 60s and 70s, Volkswagen-based fiberglass kits were a dime a dozen, with myriad styles and colors to choose from. This listing on craigslist labels this particular model as a “Meyers Shark”, for which I can find next… more»

Wonderful Survivor: 1968 Ford Mustang California Special

This 1968 Ford Mustang GT California Special is an impressive survivor, highly original in its condition and still wearing its California black plates. The seller provides a compelling narrative as to the car’s longtime West Coast roots and long-term… more»

Black Plate Coupe: 1963 Mercedes 300SE

This rare 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE coupe is listed as a project that needs minor restoration work, apparently with one owner from the 1970s until just recently. The W112 clearly needs its pneumatic refreshed, but the seller claims it’s quite… more»

Jeff in the Junkyard: Parts Harvesting Score!

I have been negligent in posting any recent junkyard expeditions, but finally had a Saturday morning clear and a yard in sight that had two excellent parts cars for my two most recent project acquisitions. Theres isn’t much else… more»

Street Legal Buggy: 1976 Allison Daytona

There are many classic cars that get a backseat and suddenly lose everything that made them visual stunners. I hate to pick on an obscure car like this 1976 Allison Daytona dune buggy, but this is a case of… more»

Replica Roadster: 1953 Allard J2X Kit

This 1953 Allard J2X may fool you at first, but the asking price of just $9,950 clues you in pretty quick that it’s not the real deal. This is a kit car variant of the classic (and valuable) Allard… more»

Desert Dry Project: 1972 Plymouth Barracuda

This 1972 Plymouth Barracuda is no small project, but the seller contends its life-long residence in Arizona and New Mexico has played a significant role in the body remaining largely rust-free. While the car isn’t currently what you’d call… more»

Runs and Drives: 1973 AMC AMX

This 1973 AMC AMX is described as a running / driving project car that comes with a host of spare parts needed for completing its restoration. The seller notes that the AMX drives quite well, with a 401 V8… more»

Ran When Parked: 1942 Willys MB

This 1942 Willys MB was found in a Utah garage where it had been parked years earlier. Left there as a running vehicle, the Willys no longer runs and will need an overall refresh to return to road use;… more»

Low Mileage Turbo: 1988 Saab 900 SPG

This 1988 Saab 900 is a rare SPG model, short form for Special Performance Group. This was the Motorsports group of BMW or Special Vehicles Team from Ford – but in a distinctly Swedish package. The 900 SPG blended… more»

Survivor Sedan: 1985 AMC Eagle

While the AMC Eagle Wagon tends to grab much of the spotlight, the Eagle sedan is just as interesting (if not more so) for being an American sedan with 4WD in an era when Audi hadn’t yet found its… more»