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Yesterday’s comments of note

A few of the comments that stood out to us yesterday:

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Question of the Week: What’s the Best Same-Generation Facelift? the Worst?

Question of the Week: What’s the Best Same-Generation Facelift? the Worst?

Manufacturers and industry types usually refer to them as “mid-cycle styling refreshes”, though most enthusiasts simply call them facelifts. Some have been quite minor, others extensive, and both approaches have produced winners and losers.

So, what’s the best same-generation facelift? The worst?

As always, a $25 BaT Store gift certificate will be awarded to the winner, and a select few comments will be highlighted as honorable mentions in next week’s recap/fresh QotW.

Click through to chime in below!

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BaT Video Inspiration: Trafic

BaT Video Inspiration: Trafic

As fun to watch for a ludicrous plot and clever filmmaking as it is for its fantastic car spotting, Trafic follows a klutzy Parisian automotive engineer driving his latest creation from the French capital to an Amsterdam auto show.

Readers familiar with director Jacques Tati will appreciate the film’s funny but often subtle and poignant sight gags, and as long as you don’t expect a linear story with a well-defined ending, fans of late 60s/early 70s European car culture should enjoy everything else.

Among countless Benzes, Citroens, Fiats, NSUs, Panhards and Peugeots, starring cars include a sunflower yellow Siata Spring, a DAF 55 Combi and Monsieur Hulot’s telescoping, feature-packed, wood-paneled Renault-4 based mini-RV.

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BaT Auction: 33-Years-Owned 1972 Lotus Europa Twin Cam 5-Speed

BaT Auction: 33-Years-Owned 1972 Lotus Europa Twin Cam 5-Speed

This 1972 Lotus Europa Twin Cam reportedly was acquired by the seller in August 1986 as a project, and the body and engine were subsequently removed from the frame. By 1989 the exterior had been refinished in yellow and the 1.6-liter inline-four was overbored and rebuilt, now utilizing a Weber cylinder head with a Euro-spec camshaft, dual Weber carburetors, a Dave Bean exhaust header, and more. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. The seller recently refreshed the tan leather interior, and a 55-amp alternator has been fitted alongside other upgrades to the electrical system. Other updates include a lowered front suspension, larger sway bars and axle shafts, and replacement suspension bushings. The seller reports that the carburetors were rebuilt in 2016, the points and spark plugs were recently replaced, and the oil was recently changed. This Europa is now offered with three decades of service records, an owner’s handbook, a workshop manual, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: Restored 1973 Datsun 240Z

BaT Auction: Restored 1973 Datsun 240Z

This 1973 Datsun 240Z was reportedly moved from Oklahoma to California in 2007 and was acquired four years ago by the seller, who stored it until 2018 when a refurbishment began. Work included stripping the car, placing it on a rotisserie, and refinishing the bodywork in orange. The numbers-matching 2.4L inline-six was rebuilt and the four-speed manual transmission was inspected and resealed before being reinstalled. The black vinyl interior was refreshed, and additional work included replacing the brakes, suspension, and steering rack. This S30 is now offered with receipts from current ownership, factory tools and wheel chocks, an owner’s manual, restoration photos, a scale-model 240Z, and a clean Florida title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 5k-Mile 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster Final Edition

BaT Auction: 5k-Mile 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster Final Edition

This 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT is one of 350 produced in the Final Edition and shows just over 5k miles. Sold new at Silver Star Motors of Long Island City, New York, it spent time in Virginia, Florida, and Arizona before being acquired by the selling dealer in 2019. Power comes from a 6.2-liter V8 paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle, and the car is finished in Designo Mystic White over a black diamond-stitched Exclusive leather interior. Additional features include carbon fiber trim, a black soft top, Keyless Go, COMAND infotainment, heated seats, and more. An inspection was completed by Schumacher European of Phoenix, Arizona in August 2019. This SLS AMG GT Final Edition is offered with manufacturer’s literature, keys, a build list, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Arizona title. 

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BaT Auction: 36k-Mile 1993 GMC Typhoon

BaT Auction: 36k-Mile 1993 GMC Typhoon

This 1993 GMC Typhoon is one of 2,200 built for the model year and is finished in black over a black leather interior. It shows 36k miles and is powered by a turbocharged 4.3-liter V6 paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. According to the seller, this truck remained in storage for 15 years until his recent acquisition and subsequently received replacement brakes, ball joints, and an intercooler coolant pump. This Typhoon is now offered with a clean Carfax report and a clean Wisconsin title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo

BaT Auction: 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo

This 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo was sold new from Porsche of Hunt Valley in Cockeysville, Maryland, and was recently acquired by the selling dealer in Illinois with 66k indicated miles. The car is finished in Guards Red over a Stone Grey Full leather interior, and equipment includes heated adaptive sport seats, the Sport Chrono Package, a painted center console, Porsche Communication Management system with navigation, and more. Power is from a twin-turbocharged 3.6L flat-six driving all four wheels through a five-speed Tiptronic S automatic transaxle, and service in October 2019 is said to have included new coolant lines. This 997 Turbo is now offered by the selling dealer in Illinois with factory literature, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Illinois title.

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BaT Auction: 32k-Mile 1994 Lexus SC300

BaT Auction: 32k-Mile 1994 Lexus SC300

This 1994 Lexus SC300 was purchased new by the seller’s father at Difeo Lexus in Bound Brook, New Jersey, and now shows 32k miles. The car is finished in Garnet Pearl with gold trim over a tan leather interior, and it is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. This SC300 is now offered by the seller on behalf of his father with factory literature, a clean Carfax report, and a clean New Jersey title in the current owner’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1973 Citroen SM 3.0L 5-Speed

BaT Auction: 1973 Citroen SM 3.0L 5-Speed

This 1973 Citroën SM is a US-market example that is one of approximately 600 powered by a Maserati 3.0-liter V6 and equipped with a five-speed manual transaxle. The car was reportedly owned by a succession of Citroën collectors before being acquired by the selling dealer, a Citroën enthusiast, one year ago. A repaint has since been performed, and the hydropneumatic suspension system was serviced with fresh spheres. This SM is now offered with a clean Arizona title.

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BaT Auction: 21k-Mile 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet 6-Speed at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 21k-Mile 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet 6-Speed at No Reserve

This 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet was first registered in Quebec, Canada, and remained there until being imported to California by the seller, who purchased it after it was offered on BaT in April 2018. Now showing 21k miles, the car is finished in Seal Grey Metallic with a black top over a black full leather interior. A twin-turbocharged 3.6L flat-six sends power to all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, and options include 18″ GT3 wheels, heated sport seats, sport shifter, navigation, and more. Steel rotors have been added to the brakes, and service under the seller’s ownership included new spark plugs and coil packs, a serpentine belt, and an oil change. This 996 Turbo S is now offered at no reserve with service records, factory literature, a Porsche Production Specification Certificate, a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1970 Ford F-100 Ranger

BaT Auction: 1970 Ford F-100 Ranger

This Ford F-100 Ranger was built on January 8, 1970 and is said to have remained with its original owner for 46 years. The truck is finished in white and black with factory Ranger trim, and power is from a 302ci V8 backed by a three-speed automatic transmission. Modifications include lowered suspension with DJM Dream Beams, a flipped rear axle housing, and new springs and shocks as well as a front disc brake conversion with a dual-circuit master cylinder. A new radiator, hoses, ignition components, and power steering box have also been fitted, and an oil change was carried out in the last 500 miles. This Bumpside pickup is offered by the selling dealer with recent records, a build sheet, and a clean Oregon title.

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BaT Auction: 1969 Morris Mini-Minor Traveller 1000

BaT Auction: 1969 Morris Mini-Minor Traveller 1000

This 1969 Morris Mini-Minor Traveller 1000 is a right-hand-drive Mk II example that reportedly was sold new in England and relocated to Japan in 1981. There it remained until 2013, at which time it was purchased by the seller through Mini specialist Garage Grace in Yokohama, Japan and then imported to California. The car is finished in red with ash wood trim on estate-style rear bodywork over a red interior, and it is powered by a 998cc A-series inline-four mated to a later-model four-speed manual gearbox. This Mk II Mini Traveller is now offered in Chula Vista, California with a Washington title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1967 Saab 96

BaT Auction: 1967 Saab 96

The 1967 Saab 96 has been repainted in green over a refurbished white vinyl and black cloth interior and is powered by an 841cc inline-triple paired with a four-speed manual transmission. Additional features include a Solex carburetor, a period AM/FM radio, and stock wheels with hubcaps. This 96 was acquired by the selling dealer earlier in 2019 and is now offered with a tool kit, an owner’s manual, and a Washington State title.

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BaT Auction: 5.7L V8-Powered 1971 Triumph Stag

BaT Auction: 5.7L V8-Powered 1971 Triumph Stag

This 1971 Triumph Stag is powered by a 5.7-liter Chevrolet V8 paired with a TH400 automatic transmission and was purchased by the seller in August 2019 from its previous owner in Illinois, who had reportedly stored it from 1995-2019. The drivetrain swap is believed to have been performed early in the car’s life, and the body wears an older repaint in dark red. The seller has recently serviced the fuel system and brakes, changed the fluids and hoses, and performed a tune-up. This Stag is offered with a factory hardtop, receipts for recent service, and transferable Maine registration in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC

BaT Auction: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC

This 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC was reportedly sold new in Europe and was imported to California during previous ownership before being acquired by the seller in 2009. It is finished in black over a black leather and Alcantara interior and is powered by a 5.0-liter M117 V8 paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes smoked lenses, painted bumpers and cladding, chrome trim, 18″ AMG Monoblock wheels, automatic climate control, heated seats, and an aftermarket sound system. This W126 coupe is now offered with service records, a clean Carfax report, and a clean New Jersey title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1974 Bobsy SR6

BaT Auction: 1974 Bobsy SR6

This 1974 Bobsy SR6 was raced in SCCA competition with different owners from 1974 to 1986, reportedly reaching the runoffs in 1977, 1978, and 1979. Jeff Gold purchased the car in 1997 and continued to campaign it in vintage racing series. During Gold’s ownership the chassis was replaced by Victor Hertfielder, with reassembly carried out by Roland Johnson. The current owner acquired the car in 2006 and installed a 2.0-liter Cosworth BDG inline-four, which is paired with a five-speed Hewland transaxle. The engine was rebuilt by Savannah Race Engineering in 2017, and subsequent dyno testing indicated an output of over 300 horsepower. The owner also replaced the fiberglass body, and the most recent service was performed three months ago. This Bobsy sports racer is now offered by the Wilson Collection on a bill of sale in Jupiter, Florida with service records and logbooks.

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BaT Auction: 1999 Mercedes-Benz S320 at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1999 Mercedes-Benz S320 at No Reserve

This 1999 Mercedes-Benz S320 is from the last year of W140 S-Class production and was originally sold at Pohanka Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury, Maryland. The car is finished in white with a gray leather interior, and power comes from a 3.2-liter inline-six that sends power to the rear wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes a power sunroof, heated 12-way power seats, programmable power side mirrors, and power closing aid for the doors and trunk lid. This S320 is now offered on the current owner’s behalf at no reserve with a clean Carfax report and a clean Virginia title.

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BaT Auction: 1960 Morris Minor Traveller

BaT Auction: 1960 Morris Minor Traveller

This 1960 Morris Minor Traveller was refurbished and modified in the 1990s with a repaint in red over a re-trimmed gray interior and a replacement 1,275cc A-series inline-four, which is paired with a four-speed manual transmission. Additional modifications include a custom fixed rear bench seat, four lap belts, a Blaupunkt stereo, and more. The seller acquired the car eight months ago and has since driven it approximately 300 miles as well as performing a tune-up. This Traveller is offered with a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1967 AMC Marlin

BaT Auction: 1967 AMC Marlin

This 1967 AMC Marlin is one of 2,545 built for the model year and was reportedly kept in two private collections from 1990 until the selling dealer acquired it in 2018. The car is finished in white and red over a red interior and is powered by a 290ci V8 paired with a three-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes an AMC dash compass, an under-dash tissue dispenser, and an AM radio. This Marlin fastback is now offered by the selling dealer with a clean Arkansas title.

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