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BF Auction: 1982 Honda C70 Passport

It’s impossible to argue with Honda’s success with motorcycles over the last several decades. Whether some folks would call this 1982 Honda C70 Passport a motorcycle or not is debatable, but as far as I’m concerned, almost anything with… more»

Short Bed 4×4: 1983 Toyota Pickup

When we think of a valuable vehicle, we often consider it in terms of rarity, equipment, performance, and what its original intended use was. A classic Ferrari was exclusive when it was new; was built to be the top-performing… more»

$7K in Receipts: 1976 Toyota Land Cruiser

Making the decision to invest in any vehicle is a decision that forces owners to assess whether the car or truck in question has enough going for it that you can justify the predicted expenses. In the case of… more»

Mean Green Racer? 1972 Datsun 510

The Datsun 510 was the U.S. designation for the Datsun (aka Nissan) Bluebird that found its way to the U.S. shores in 1968. It was a subcompact sedan (also wagon) that was fielded through 1973. It did have success… more»

Japanese Mustang: 1988 Mitsubishi Starion Turbo

Sometimes timing can make or break a new car offering, and the early eighties seemed like a ripe period in the American market for Mitsubishi to get into the so-called hot hatch mix, as several other GT-style Japanese sports… more»

Original Off Roader: 1981 Honda ATC 185S

One of the more intriguing segments of future collector vehicles is that of the 1980s class of three-wheeled ATVs. Honda was quite possibly at its peak of engineering ingenuity during this time, seemingly cranking out endless configurations of outrageous,… more»

User-Friendly Pit Bike: 1991 Honda Cub EZ90

Small motorcycles are often referred to as scooters whether they’re scooters or or not. Or, mini-bikes, which typically have pull-start engines, basic, exposed frames, and aren’t as refined as motorcycles from major manufacturers. This 1991 Honda Cub EZ90 is… more»

Pristine Commuter: 1988 Honda CRX HF

The Honda CRX has been a cult classic for some time, and in recent years, values have shot up dramatically for good cars. This is especially true for the Si model, which had more power from the factory and… more»

Most Popular Kid On The Block: 1977 Honda Z50 Mini Trail

Some kid in my elementary school—I don’t remember his name, or maybe I’ve repressed it—had one of these. He lived close enough to the school to run home after the final bell and drive his mini-bike back over to… more»

40 Years Out Back: Pair of Vintage Project Cars

For reasons unknown, this 1965 Ford Mustang and 1972 Datsun 240Z were parked in Mom’s backyard in the early 1980s – and left there to the elements. They haven’t run since, and both will need substantial work to perform… more»

Turbo Diesel 4X4: 1986 Isuzu Trooper

When it comes to fun times playing off the road, hauling cargo, or just being a reliable driver to get you from Point A to Point B, this 1986 Isuzu Trooper seems like a capable performer in all three… more»

76k Original Miles: 1983 Mazda RX-7 GSL

The Mazda RX-7, in its various guises, remains the most successful production car ever powered by the revolutionary Wankel rotary engine. It was not only a marketing winner but proved a giant killer in global motorsport. This 1983 RX-7… more»

Clean Runabout: 1988 Suzuki Samurai

For years, the Suzuki Samurai was a cheap, off-road beater that was used for as long as its notoriously vulnerable body panels held together. Now, it’s become an actual collector’s item, snatched up from estate sales and local auctions… more»

Low VIN: 1970 Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z (and later 260Z and 280Z) was Nissan’s Japanese answer to those economical European sports cars. And they turned out to be more reliable than some of their British competitors. The 240Z first appeared in 1969 and… more»

Minty Hilux: 1983 Toyota Pickup 4×4

It’s amazing how a once-utilitarian vehicle has suddenly become a collectible showpiece. This 1983 Toyota Hilux 4×4 pickup looks absolutely perfect sitting on color-matched steel wheels with the period-correct decals running down the sides. The old-school Toyota pickup has… more»

Stuck In Low Gear: 1974 Honda ATC90

Many sources list the Honda US90, the predecessor to the ATC90, as “the first ATV.” It’s always dangerous to list something as the first, last, biggest, smallest, oldest, whatever. It almost forces people to research it and prove us… more»