Foose Paint Job: 1933 Pontiac 5 Window Coupe

The “Pontiac” was actually a model introduced by Oakland, which was part of GM, in 1926. Pontiac proved so popular that Oakland was absorbed into the Pontiac division by 1932. Meanwhile, a young man named Harley Earl was working… more»

Instant Collection: 55 Radiator Emblems

When automobiles began displacing the horse in the early 1900s – and if you think that was only Ford’s domain, better hit the books as there were dozens of car makers by then – radiators were the first thing… more»

Wants Carb Work: 1973 Jensen Healey Roadster

Was there ever a more star-crossed car than the Jensen Healey? The “committee” approach to its creation included several headstrong personalities with different objectives: Kjell Qvale, Donald Healey, his son Geoffrey, and at least two designers.  The quest for… more»

Air Cooled Project: 1974 Porsche 914 2.0

It was the late 1960s. Volkswagen’s Karmann Ghia had had a long and satisfying run but was out of date, and Porsche wanted to replace its entry-level 912. The entwined history of Porsche and Volkswagen goes back a long… more»

Desert Star: 1980 International Harvester Scout II Project

The International Harvester Scout II came rolling down the road in 1971, to replace the Scout 800. Changes included different grilles and light housings as production extended to 1980, a slightly lower stance, and best of all, the optional… more»

Parts or Restore? 1954 MG TF Project

As MG limped along in the early 1950s, raiding its parts bins to line-extend its T-series cars, it was hearing complaints that the TD, while comfortable, was slow. The TD meandered from 0 to 60 in over 20 seconds…. more»

Pure British: 1953 MG TD Roadster RHD

The MG Midget series, established in 1928 with the M-type, needed a successor after WWII. But budgets were tight, so the first post-war Midget was the TC, a pale evolution of the 1939 MG TB. Changes to the XPAG… more»

Stylish Pixie: 1967 Austin Healey Sprite

The Austin Healey Sprite was first marketed as the beloved Bugeye in 1958. In 1961, the Sprite body was updated and twinned with the MG Midget to give customers an option under each badge. The Austin Healey version was… more»

Tidy Driver: 1967 MGB Roadster

The MGB was such a hit that over 525,000 were sold worldwide. For a first foray into the vintage car world, an MGB is a prime candidate. Usually, the initial price of the car is reasonable, and parts availability… more»

Whatsit: 1968 Lola Project

I spent about 45 minutes figuring out that our next car is probably a Lola T70 Mk3 coupe. Here on craigslist, for $100,000, is a project race car listed as a “Lola 908”. The car is located in Santa… more»

1959 Triumph TR3 With Factory Hard Top

In 1952, Standard Motor Company needed a new sports car to replace the Triumph 2000. A gap in the marketplace had opened up, between MG’s tiny Midget series at the low end, and the Jaguar XK 120 at the… more»

Italian Stallion: 1972 De Tomaso Pantera

Panteras were built by Italian car maker De Tomaso and imported to the U.S. by Ford in two series: the cars built from 1970 through August 1972, with small chrome bumpers, and the L, for “Lusso” aka luxury, with… more»

Rare Rambler: 1953 Nash Rambler Custom Project

The Rambler name was first used for a vehicle by the Thomas B. Jeffery Company in about 1900. “Rambler” is actually derived from a bicycle of the same name. The Jeffrey company was purchased by Charles Nash in 1916… more»

Alien in the Garage: 1971 Invader GT5

Since Day 1 of the automobile, enterprising people have wanted to build their own cars. The first kit car was produced in 1896 by an Englishman, with plans published in a popular science magazine of the day. The Lad’s… more»

Swedish Beauty: 1969 Saab Sonett V4

In the 1950s, a Saab engineer and racing enthusiast named Rolf Mellde, along with three partners, built a two-seat fiberglass roadster in a barn near Trollhattan, the site of Saab’s factory. They called it Sonett, a contraction of several… more»

Almost Show Worthy: 1950 Nash Ambassador

Nash started using the Ambassador name in 1927. Back then it was not a stand-alone model, but the top-shelf trim level for a five-passenger sedan. In 1932, the Ambassador badge was finally placed on a car, the Ambassador Eight…. more»