The blue 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake in a dimly-lit garage
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The Only Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake Is up for Sale

Besides finding bargains, auctions offer opportunities to own some truly rare cars. That means everything from hypercars like the Koenigsegg Regera to a US-market Unimog. And it also includes special variants of already iconic classics. One such opportunity is coming up this March: the only remaining Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake. The Shelby Cobra 427 …

A white 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution in the forest
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The 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution Is a Group B Rally Beast

Rallying, like many other forms of automotive racing, makes automakers pursue intriguing and oftentimes kooky solutions to speed. Renault, for example, turned a front-engine, FWD hatchback into a mid-engine RWD one. The Citroen 2CV Sahara has 4WD and two engines. And the Lancia Delta Integrale’s predecessor, the Delta S4, had both a turbocharger and a …

A rider on the orange Ural electric cT motorcycle concept with its sidecar on a city street
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Can You Convert a Classic Motorcycle Into an Electric One?

While riding a classic motorcycle can certainly be fun, it requires some additional upkeep compared to a modern one. Classic bikes have carburetors, for one, as well as older ignition systems and brake designs. Admittedly, you can upgrade or swap out these vintage components for modern parts that require less maintenance. But what about ditching …

A black 1956 Matchless G45 production race motorcycle by a wall on a black-and-white checkerboard
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Matchless: A Classic British Motorcycle Marque Worth Remembering

For every revived motorcycle brand like BSA, there’s an equal number of classic ones that still lay by the wayside. Here in the US, for example, we have historic brands like Henderson and Pierce-Arrow. And from Britain, we have marques like Vincent and Velocette. But there’s also Matchless. Matchless made its reputation through winning races …

A red-and-white 2021 Microlino 2.0 pre-production prototype with two passengers
Hybrids & Electrics

The Microlino Is a Modern Electric BMW Isetta via Switzerland

As electric powertrain swaps give classic cars second lives, some companies are starting the other way around. Bugatti, for example, resurrected its Baby as a small-scale EV. Alpha’s ACE Coupe also has a few retro-ish elements. And now, a Switzerland-based electric scooter company has released its own classic-inspired car. It’s called the Microlino, and its …

Doug DeMuro with a gray 1988 Volga GAZ-24-10 on a parking garage roof
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Outdated, Comrade: Doug DeMuro Drives a Soviet Volga GAZ-24-10

Russian vehicles rarely register in the US public consciousness, especially Soviet-era classic ones. Some remember the Yugo, and Tom Hanks helped bolster the Fiat 126p’s status. And apart from the Lada Niva and Ural’s motorcycles, that’s about it. As such, you’ve probably never heard of the subject of Doug DeMuro’s latest video: the Volga GAZ-24-10. …

The side view of a gold-brown 1976 Honda CB550 Four in front of a white shed
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The Honda CB550 Is an Overlooked Classic Super Standard

It’s hard to overstate the CB750’s impact on the motorcycle world. When it launched in 1969, its affordable performance and technology helped coin the term ‘superbike.’ It also launched the Universal Japanese Motorcycle segment, and inspired rivals like the BMW R90S. But the CB750’s status can overshadow some of the other contemporary Honda four-cylinder bikes—including …

Jay Leno with his green 1953 Hudson Hornet coupe
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For Jay Leno, the Hudson Hornet Really Is Fabulous

Usually, the phrase ‘celebrity cars’ refers to the cars celebrities own. But a few cars are stars in their own right—and not just the ones in Fast and Furious. There’s Herbie the Love Bug and James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, just for starters. And recently, Jay Leno took a look at the real version of …

A green Jaguar C-Type Continuation in a hangar
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Legendary Jaguar C-Type Will (Briefly) Prowl Again

While replicas can finally be sold with powertrains, they’re not the only ways of getting brand-new classic cars. Several automakers have been dipping into their histories and reviving hallowed models with modern build standards. Bentley, for example, brought back the Blower; F1 manufacturer BRM is building new V16-powered Type 15s. And then there’s Jaguar, which …

A burgundy 2004 BMW Z4 showing its M54 inline-6 engine
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Which Used BMW Engines Are the Most Reliable?

Even if they’re used and depreciated, luxury cars from marques like BMW are still luxury cars. That means maintenance and repair bills, especially for engine-related issues, can cost a pretty penny. However, not only can used BMWs be reliable overall, but so can their engines. It’s all a matter of understanding what’s under the hood. …

A modified silver 2004 Mercedes Unimog U500
Trucks & SUVs

Why Is It So Hard To Find a Mercedes-Benz Unimog in the US?

The G-Wagon, aka the G-Class, tends to be the model people first think of when you ask about an off-road Mercedes-Benz. However, as capable as it is, in terms of overlanding ability, it plays second-fiddle to another Mercedes-Benz: the Unimog. Still, while Mercedes Unimogs make for excellent campers, trying to find one isn’t easy. But …

Jay Leno on his red 1975 Suzuki RE5
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Jay Leno’s Rotary 1975 Suzuki RE5 Is Smooth but Unsuccessful

While the return of the rotary to Mazda’s US lineup is great news for the engine’s fans, it’s worth pointing out that it’s not the only automaker to use it. And cars aren’t the only motor vehicles to feature the ‘spinning Dorito.’ A small handful of motorcycles used rotary engines in the past. And recently, …

A modified yellow Coca-Cola-liveried 1980 Piaggio Ape
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The Piaggio Ape Is a 3-Wheeled Vespa Mini Truck

Although Vespa scooters are designed around urban commuting, they’re more capable than some may realize. Classic models even compete in off-road rallies from time to time. However, given that they’re scooters, Vespas aren’t necessarily the most practical choice when it comes to hauling cargo. At least, most Vespas aren’t; the Piaggio Ape, aka the Vespa …

The contact breakers for a Honda CB750 ignition system
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Classic Motorcycle Ignition Systems Are Simpler Yet More Complicated

For those looking to start riding a classic motorcycle, know that it comes with some unique, and more frequent, maintenance needs. These bikes have manually-adjusting carburetors, for example, and shorter overall service intervals. Plus, those used to modern computerized ignition systems might be overwhelmed when it comes time to fixing a classic motorcycle’s system. But …

A red MST Mk2 Ford Escort Ultimate Rally Car drifts around a racetrack
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MST’s Brand-New Mk2 Ford Escort Lets You Play Ken Block

People trying to break into rallying often pick modern machines; rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive Subarus are common picks. But when it comes to slick slides, classic cars can be just as good and just as fun. Ken Block has driven that point home with his modified vintage Mustang and tweaked Escort Cosworth. And now, there’s another …

Jay Leno's 1959 Daimler Ferret Mk 2 scout car
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Jay Leno Ferrets Out an Armored Scout Car’s Secrets

Modern technology means that armored cars can be more discrete than their forebears. Discretion, though, goes out the window when you’re talking about ex-military vehicles, especially vintage ones. The subject of Jay Leno’s latest video, a 1959 Daimler Ferret armored scout car, is just such an example. But the armor plating is just the tip …

The white Singer ACS on a beach
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The Singer ACS Might Be the Ultimate Twin-Turbo Safari 911

At this point, the trend of modifying Porsche 911s for off-roading purposes is practically a phenomenon. Various companies, including the famed tuner RUF, have displayed their own take on the Safari 911 idea. Even Porsche itself may be dabbling in it. And now Singer, a company practically synonymous with restomodded Porsche 911s, is joining in …

A white 1957 Fiat Nuova 500
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Why Are Classic Fiat 500s Worth More Than Some Modern Ones?

As the owners of air-cooled 911s can attest, classic cars sometimes loom large against their modern descendants. Sometimes the looming is more about a car’s ethos, as seen with the E30 BMW M3. Other times, though, the vintage model can eclipse its newer counterpart in market value. Such is the case with the Fiat 500—specifically, …

A race official inspects a NASCAR carburetor
Tips, Tricks & Trends

How Do You Adjust a Carburetor?

If you’ve been eyeing a classic car or motorcycle, know that their maintenance schedules are typically shorter than their modern counterparts. Oil changes are more frequent, for example. Plus, even the best-kept vintage vehicles are, well, vintage—and time decays all eventually. And one of the biggest changes is learning to live with and adjust a …

Jay Leno's red 1955 Bristol 403
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Jay Leno’s Bristol 403 Is “the Most British of British Cars”

In-period exclusivity often turns to modern obscurity when it comes to classic luxury cars. While the Citroen DS is fairly well-known, for example, not many remember Facel Vega’s well-appointed wheels. It’s a similar story for premium British marques. Jaguar, Aston Martin, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce are all prominent names. But the lesser-known subject of Jay Leno’s …

A black 1985 E28 BMW M5 on a snowy mountain
Sedans & Coupes

The Original E28 BMW M5 Was a Supercar-Slaying Sedan

Given that the 707-hp Dodge Charger Hellcat is now the 2nd most-powerful model in its lineup, it’s easy to forget that sedans have rarely been performance cars. That especially applies to classic luxury sedans, which were typically more about refinement than outright speed. But back in the ‘80s, one car helped change that perception: the …

A white Shelby Cobra 289 'Street Cobra'
Tips, Tricks & Trends

This American Sports Car Earned the ‘Greatest Ever’ Title, Not the Legendary McLaren F1

Even though Gordan Murray already designed its spiritual successor, the McLaren F1 still looms large in the automotive consciousness. From its Toyota-Sera-inspired doors to its gold-lined engine bay, it’s a supercar that still feels, well, super. But according to Road & Track, it’s not the best sports car. Instead, that title belongs to the Shelby …

Jay Leno driving a 1927 Ford Model T
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Jay Leno Drives a Homebuilt Ford Model T

The simple designs of classic cars are part of their appeal. But all too often these cars are priced out of reach for people who don’t have the resources of someone like, well, Jay Leno. However, there are still bargains out there, and enthusiasts always find a way. The star of Jay Leno’s latest video, …

A light-blue 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk3 BJ8
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The Jaguar E-Type Alternative: The Austin-Healey 3000

The Jaguar E-Type still looms large in the classic car world, especially for fans of British convertible sports cars. True, there are noticeably more affordable options, such as the MG MGB. But they don’t quite have the E-Type’s performance or style. However, there’s at least one car that comes close: the Austin-Healey 3000. The 1959-1967 …

A green 1974 Triumph TR6
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Bring a Trailer Bargain of the Week: 1974 Triumph TR6

Motorcycles are what usually come to mind when the name ‘Triumph’ is mentioned. But along with bicycles, the British brand also made cars, many of which competed with MG’s sporty roadsters. And if you’re looking for a classic convertible sports car, many of its products are still fairly affordable. This week’s Bring a Trailer bargain …

A gray 1990 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast
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The Honda PC800 Pacific Coast Is an ’80s Bike for Drivers

Trying to bring car owners into the motorcycle world has led to some interesting products. For example, the Polaris Slingshot, the 3-wheeler from Indian’s owner. And there’s the Morgan 3-Wheeler, which has an actual S&S bike engine. But some brands attempted to tackle the task from a different angle. Rather than build a bike-like car, …

The side view of a green 1978 Saab 99 Turbo by a harbor
Sedans & Coupes

Like Your Turbocharged Sedan? Thank the Saab 99 Turbo

Turbos aren’t limited to high-end performance cars like Porsche 911s anymore. You can find turbocharged engines in pickup trucks, luxury cars, hot hatches, and entry-level sedans like the Mazda3. But as with any technology, automotive or otherwise, someone had to help bring it on a mass-market level. And in the late 70s, that car was …

The side view of an orange-and-white 1975 BMW R90S
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The BMW R90S Created Sport-Touring To Take on the CB750

With the sheer variety of motorcycle types available today, it’s often easy to forget that some are fairly-recent creations. The adventure bike category, for example, didn’t exist until BMW launched the 1981 R80 G/S. Others, though, evolved from older designs, such as how UJMs fostered standards. And BMW has some familiarity with this as well. …