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Mini Monkey: 1971 Honda ZA50 K2

Candy Sapphire Blue probably isn’t a color name that would have gone over well with too many rough-and-tumble Harley owners, but hey, this is a Honda, a motorcycle that the nicest people ride, remember? This little mini monkey 1971… more»

Manual FJ60: 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser

Like it or not, old Toyota Land Cruisers are no longer cheap. This is great if you happen to own one; less so if you’re on the market for one. This particular truck appears to belong to a caretaker… more»

Barbados Yellow Project: 1990 Honda CRX Si

Among Honda models made in the 1990s, one of the rarest specs you can get is the CRX or Prelude clad in Barbados Yellow paint. This is the car you saw in the showroom in 1989 or splashed across… more»

Trail 70 Survivor: 1970 Honda CT70 K0

The word “super” has different meanings, as we all know. When a person says the term “superbike”, that can mean a super fast motorcycle or one that was super successful, or anything in between. In the case of this… more»

Stored Since 1990: 1983 Datsun 280ZX

When it comes to 1980s sports cars, few are as instantly recognizable as the S130-chassis Datsun 280ZX. This is a car that has the same sort of instant recognition capabilities as the Porsche 911, but it is far more… more»

Unicorn Hot Hatch: 1994 Honda Civic Si

For many casual observers who look at this car, it may be lost on them what a find it is to anyone who chases tuner or import cars. The EH3 Civic Si is a legend to enthusiasts of a… more»

Matching Numbers Z Car: 1971 Datsun 240Z

This 1971 Datsun 240Z is basically the epitome of the classic or vintage sports car you hope to discover before someone else does. The reason being is it’s offered by the original owner with a paper trail for this… more»

Rotary Engine Survivor: 1974 Mazda RX-3

Like Subaru, Mazda has always been behind Toyota and Nissan in sales in the U.S. But that didn’t mean they didn’t try harder, like developing a rotary engine for use in a wide variety of its automobiles. This 1974… more»

Nicest One Left? 1976 Toyota Corolla SR5

Toyota launched the Corolla subcompact in 1966 and it’s still going strong today. I had a stripped-down ’77 Corolla for a couple of years back then and it was a solid, but unspectacular little car. Its third generation debuted… more»

Youth-Oriented ATV: 1984 Yamaha Tri-Zinger YT60

A lot of us older adults did things as kids that would make parents today cringe. It’s a wonder that a lot of kids have any fun at all today – or the type of fun that involves riding… more»

Red Hot Beat! 1992 Honda Beat Convertible

Fun and frugal, the convertible Honda Beat blends the sporty appeal of small convertible like Honda’s S2000 with the fuel sipping and ease of parking associated with cars of diminutive size like the Smart Fortwo. Though never sold by… more»

Untouched FJ60: 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser

Sometimes, I look back and wonder why I didn’t make a move even when I had a suspicion a particular vehicle was a smart one to buy. I prefer not to call it a list of regrets, but with… more»

Trail 70 Survivor: 1970 Honda CT-70K0

“Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound” – it’s a bird, it’s a plane! It’s superbike! To paraphrase Superman’s opening line. This 1970 Honda CT-70K0 isn’t any of… more»

Too Many Projects: 1971 Datsun 240Z

Series 1 Datsun 240Zs have been on a tear lately, with values of restored cars climbing to levels that put those finished examples out of reach for many casual hobbyists. Buying a project-grade example is now the best option… more»

Nicest One Left? 46K-Mile 1996 Honda Civic CX

An almost perfect condition and unmodified 1996 Honda Civic CX?! That’s practically unheard of, yet here it is. No, this one wasn’t found in a barn and it has probably never even been near a barn, but it’s an… more»

Rust-Free 1986 Toyota SR5 Xtracab Short Bed 4×4

The fourth-generation Toyota pickup went through a minor redesign for the 1986 model year, which included a new grille, front bumper, and some interior changes. They’re pretty hot right now and the seller has this 1986 Toyota SR5 4×4… more»