Survivor Cars

Not all barn finds are rusty! Here are the very best unrestored classics:

30k Original Miles: 1996 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 SS SLP

Those of us who lived through The Malaise Era can confirm what a miserable period it was automotively. Once potent muscle cars had developed the ability to turn gasoline into noise, and the best way to extract decent acceleration… more»

No Reserve: 1968 Mercury Cougar

Undeniably, some cars seem capable of ticking the right boxes and generating interest better than others. The First Generation Mercury Cougar is a perfect example because it took years to emerge from the shadow cast by its Mustang cousin…. more»

Patina in Black! 1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

After years of playing second fiddle to the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Camaro came out on top in the sales game in 1978. Chevrolet sold more than 68,000 more Camaros than Ford did the Mustang II, in its final… more»

Sporty Gas Miser: 1986 Ford Escort GT

In 1981, the Ford Escort replaced the Pinto as the company’s subcompact offering. Built as a “world car” through collaboration with Ford of Europe, the Escort shifted to front-wheel-drive and would remain in production into the early part of… more»

1 of 630: 1972 Hurst/Olds Pace Car

Oldsmobile and Hurst Performance collaborated on nine occasions to release a limited-production muscle car, dubbed the Hurst/Olds. And only on two occasions did one of them pace the field at the annual Indianapolis 500 race. The first time was… more»

French Mercedes: 1985 Peugeot 505S Turbo Diesel

If you want to buy a new French car in the U.S. today, you have one choice and you had better be a trust fund baby or a YouTube mega-star, as the new Bugattis are sold out, even for… more»

BF Auction: 1980 Unique Mobility Electrek 2+2

You are forgiven if you have never stumbled across a 1980 Unique Mobility Electrek 2+2 because only thirty-five of these classics were built. This is 1-of-13 known to exist, with only three still in active service. Its fresh batteries… more»

Baby Lincoln: 1978 Lincoln Versailles

“For 1978, an American luxury car designed for the discriminating driver who will settle for nothing less than an unmistakable blend of elegance, comfort, and engineering distinction.” So says a 1978 Lincoln Versailles brochure. This baby beauty is listed… more»

Rare 1987 Shelby Lancer Turbo Project

I’ll spare you the suspense: yes, this car is 1 of the 400 made with a five-speed manual transmission! The other 400 out of 800 total Shelby Lancers in 1987 received a three-speed automatic transmission. This is a rare… more»

Rust-Free Classic: 1977 Ford Bronco

The First Generation Bronco was reaching the end of its production life by the time our feature vehicle rolled off the line in 1977. Ford documentation reveals the company had estimated a production tally of 40,000 units per year,… more»

Oxymoron Alert: 1979 Datsun 310

Oxymoron. Two things set side by side that clash with each other. Example: calculated risk. Further example: the 1979 Datsun 310 seen here on craigslist and given to us in a tip by  Pat L. The car is two… more»

Clean Convertible: 1992 Ford Mustang LX

Is there a car you never tire of seeing pictures of? For me, it’s a clean Fox body Mustang. I’m not sure what it is, but scoping out bone-stock survivors like this 1992 Mustang LX convertible will never be… more»

Preserve or Restore? 1931 Ford Model A Pickup

It’s a 1931 Ford Model A pickup truck, and it’s here on eBay in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The honest what-you-see-is-what-you-get truck has been stored inside since 1975. The engine turns freely—with a wrench—and the ignition key is included. “Overall… more»

300 HP V8! 2006 Ford Mustang GT Premium

The Ford Mustang will soon celebrate its 60th birthday and has become the longest-running nameplate in Ford history. It has outlasted all its competition, including the Chevy Camaro which will soon be making its swan song. In 2006, if… more»

BF Auction: 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit

Choosing the right project candidate can be challenging because, sometimes, it is hard to justify owning a vehicle that will only see the road for weekend outings. That is where this 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit stands out from the crowd…. more»

Beefed Up 318 V8: 1973 Plymouth Gold Duster

As a compact, the Plymouth Valiant wasn’t exactly an exciting automobile in the late 1960s. To draw younger buyers into dealer showrooms, the powers-that-be created the Duster fastback in 1970 and it quickly became quite popular. While it shared… more»